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Pritha Manchanda Oct 17 2014

What are the best reasons to visit Cambodia?

Etti Bali Oct 17 2014
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These 10 reasons to visit Cambodia are sure to make you fall in love with the country! Known as the “Land of Smiles”, Cambodia is an exotic and intriguing travel destination of the South-East Asian region, making it all the more exciting to explore its hidden treasures.

Reclining Buddha at Phnom Pros Hill (by Paul Arps)


Temples

Cambodia is most famous for the Angkor Wat Temple which was built as a Hindu place of worship, but subsequently became known as a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia’s most important historical site. Angkor Thom has the famous Bayon Temple, renowned for its numerous sculptures and inscriptions. Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an important reminder of the rich cultural and architectural history of the Khmer Empire.


Angkor Wat Temple (by Christian Haugen)


Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom (by chee.hong)

Scenery

Silted houses, floating villages and lush paddy fields make up the beautiful landscape of Cambodia. The best time to visit Cambodia is the “green season” when the city is awash in the verdant hues, symbolic of the rainy season from June till October.


Rice Fields at Siem Reap (by ND Strupler)

During the green season, the place is quieter, giving you a chance at solitude against the backdrop of quaint villages. River Mekong changes its courses and flows back into the Tonle Sap Lake. The moats and Barays near the Angkor temples are filled with rainwater. You can also catch some of the best sunsets here.


Cambodian Sunset (by Tartarin2009)


Royal History

Cambodia’s history is glorified with the reign of the Khmer Empire who are credited with some of the most marvelous developments in the country. The rulers built the city of Angkor, and promoted many arts and cultures. The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, which serves as the royal residence of the King is also a major tourist attraction.


Royal Palace of Phnom Penh (by Tartarin2009)

The Tuol Sleng Prison and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields give an insight into the country’s brutal past under the Khmer Rouge.


Choeung Ek Kiling Fields (by Peter Collins)

Landscape

The diversity in Cambodia is astounding! Witness the verdure hues of the jungles or put your feet up in a hammock at one of the beaches--Cambodia never ceases to surprise with the variety in its topography! It is a place where the seas merge with jungles, which in turn culminate into the distant mountains. Check out and avail for a tour package to enjoy the destination in its full glory!

Rabbit Island Beach, Kep (by fabulousfabs)

Food

The streets of Cambodia are filled with numerous markets selling some of the tastiest and freshest local cuisine. A big hit with the tourists are the seafood delicacies which are fished and prepared fresh, everyday! There are many shacks at the beach where you can enjoy good food. Apart from the local fare, there are many places serving western specialities, and that too at very affordable prices. Tourists can also take part in the “cooking tours” in Phnom Penh to learn the art of Khmer cooking. The more daring souls can try the special snake infused whiskey!


Local delicacies (by ND Strupler)

Adventure

For the adventure junkie, Cambodia has a lot of activities owing to its vivid landscape. There are river cruises on the Tonle Sap Lake and Mekong River which present the tourists with a chance to explore the floating villages and markets, as well as the French colonial architectures that run along the river. Other activities include snorkeling and swimming, cycling tours and bird-watching safaris at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve. The adrenaline rush is one of the 10 reasons to visit Cambodia.


Floating villages (by Shankar S.)

People

A place is known by its people and Cambodia is known as the “Land of Smiles” for a reason. The people here are warm, friendly and welcoming. Unfrazzled by the tumultuous past, the locals are always happy. There is unity among the people and they work towards the prosperity of their land, keeping their country clean and inviting.


Spreading smiles! (by ND Strupler)

Value for Money

Cambodia is a backpacker’s delight not only for its amazing vacation spots, but also for providing value for money. Your trip to Cambodia will be worth every penny, and then some more! People on a budget who are looking for a frugal travel option will be satisfied with their trip to this beautiful country. The prices are still cheap and accommodation fares go as low as $1 a night!


Himawari Hotel (by SukkhaP)

Festivals

Cambodia celebrates many festivals throughout the year, the most famous being the Khmer New Year, known as Bon Chol Chhnam Thmei. It is celebrated on the 13th of April and marks the end of the harvest season. Every year, in the month of May, the Royal Ploughing Festival is celebrated at the beginning of the sowing season.. Other festivals include All Saints Day and the Water Festival.


Khmer New Year celebrations at Cambodian Cultural Village (by Narin Bl)

Destination Weddings

Weddings are an occasion to celebrate love and life, and Cambodians know how to celebrate! There is a plethora of options to choose a destination from--be it the sandy beaches, the Phnom Kulen Waterfalls or even the Angkor Wat Temple. Plan a memorable wedding at any one of the picturesque locations!


Wedding at Angkor Wat (by Curtis Foreman)

Hope that you loved this list of 10 reasons to visit Cambodia and are getting ready to explore the pristine, picture postcard beauty of the country!

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