A few decades ago, Cambodia was known as a war-torn and poverty-stricken country. In the last twenty years, the Southeast Asian kingdom has gradually gained international attention with its tourist destinations. Every country in the world has its own unique places that deserve the attention of travelers, and each has something different to offer.
What makes Cambodia one of the must-see travel and leisure destinations in the world? Cambodia is an interesting addition to an extraordinary Southeast Asian experience for those familiar with the charm of Vietnam and the hospitality of Thailand. Cambodia stands out as a tourist destination for the following reasons:
Spots of interest
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is considered one of Asia’s most energetic cities. Restaurants abound, along with the killing fields and war museums, giving visitors a realistic sense of the country’s history. Travel that allows a realistic connection to the essence of what a place has been through, and what it can be in the future, is by far the most memorable. The city of Siem Reap makes it onto the list of top Cambodian destinations. Siem Reap’s 100 jungle temples are the perfect starting point for exploring the old world charm of the ancient Angkor kingdom. The place essentially connects visitors to the rich cultural heritage of a stunning civilization in the Kingdom’s past. Sihanoukville, however, offers pristine beaches for beach lovers. The southern regions of the kingdom feature beaches that are at least comparable to other popular beach destinations around the world.
The transportation industry
Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is accessible by daily flights from any major city in Asia. In contrast, Siem Reap benefits from the operations of smaller airlines that offer direct flights from Bangkok. Another option for those on a budget is to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam or Bangkok in Thailand bound for Cambodia. Visitors will find the locals extremely accommodating, which makes exploring the kingdom’s tourist attractions relatively easy. For those who prefer to enjoy the scenery on their own, motorbikes and motor rickshaws are available.
Rice and noodles are staples of Cambodian cuisine, along with freshwater fish. You can get a lot of delicious food for a really low price at the markets. There are a variety of food specialties in Cambodia, such as the crab staples of Kep, reputed to be Asia’s best, or the pumpkin curries and Cambodian barbecues of Siem Reap. Making a feast of the local cuisine would allow even those who travel on a budget to keep their smiles.
When is the best time to visit?
From the month of May to the month of November, Cambodia celebrates a host of colorful festivals. It is therefore best to plan a visit between these months, as cultural activities greatly enhance a memorable trip.