There’s a lot to do in Cambodia. The country’s magnificent temples might be the most famous attraction, but you’ll be rewarded with a far more enriching experience if you venture beyond Angkor Wat.
Enjoy quad bike ride into the Cambodian countryside to see daily life as locals fish by hand in the rice paddies. Don an apron in Siem Reap and learn to prepare Khmer food at a cooking school, or buy a unique souvenir in Kampot province.
Ride the bamboo train in Battambang, boat to floating villages on Tonle Sap lake, soak up the sun on the glorious south coast beaches, and meet survivors of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh.
Khmer cuisine is similar to Thai food, but not as spicy. Like most Asian countries, rice and sticky rice form the basis of the meal. The most common ingredients are fish sauce, palm sugar, lime, garlic, chilies, coconut milk, lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime and shallots.
Fish amok (fish in a coconut-curry sauce) and lap Khmer (lime-marinated beef salad) are two of the must-try dishes.
What to bring home as a memento of Cambodia? Besides handwoven silks in stunning colors and designs, hand-carved traditional sculptures are an excellent choice. However, if space and weight are an issue, spices don’t take as much space and Kampot province produces some of the best black pepper in the world.
Where abouts in Cambodia?
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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Tourism website: Tourism Cambodia
Time Zone: UTC +07:00
Currency: KHR – Cambodian Riel (US Dollar widely accepted)
Official language: Khmer
UNESCO World Heritage sites: 1
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