The Khmer Kingdom of Cambodia was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world from the 9th century to the 13th century. Today, the country’s rich culture and complicated past makes it an intriguing tourist attraction. Want to do a tour of Cambodia? Then here are the top ten things you must do while there.
Do a Tour of Angkor Wat
Did you know that Angkor Wat is the largest religious complex in the world? Spend the day on a tour of Angkor Wat, where you play Lara Croft at Ta Prohm or explore the Bayon Temple. Just watch out for the monkeys!
Check Out Rare Dolphins in the Mekong River
Cambodia is the only place in the world where you’ll find the Irrawaddy dolphins. These rare, freshwater dolphins can be seen on a Mekong River tour in Kratie.
Try Peppercorn Crabs in Kep
Kep is famous for their peppercorn farms, and due to the city’s location along the water, they are also known for their peppercorn crab. Head to the Kep Crab Market down by the water where you can try this delicious meal for $7.
Do an Unforgettable Tour of the Killing Fields and S-21 Prison
You can’t go to Cambodia without understanding its difficult and recent past. To learn more about the history, take a tour of the Killing Fields and S-21 prison, two places that played a significant role in the deaths of millions of Cambodians at the hands of Khmer Rouge.
Ride a Motorbike Through the Countryside
One of the best ways to see the country is by doing a motorbike tour of the countryside of Cambodia. You’ll see endless rice paddies, silk farms, and happy sun-kissed farmers (and cows) with their families.
Disconnect from Reality in Koh Rong
If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, then go on a tour to Koh Rong and Koh Rong Salmoneum islands. While Koh Rong has a little more connectivity, Koh Rong is where you want to go if you really want to disconnect from civilization. Enjoy the nightlife, the beach, and swim with bioluminescent plankton.
Taste Fried Tarantulas at the Night Market
Fried tarantulas anyone? A private tour of Siem Reap can take you to Pub Street and the famous night market, known for having fried creepy crawlies filled with protein. Perfect after a long day at Angkor Wat!
Enjoy Happy Hour Beers for 0.50¢
While you should stay hydrated during your time in Cambodia, there’s nothing like grabbing a $1 lunch with some beers to wash it down. In Cambodia, beers during happy hour go for less than a dollar.
Indulge in Happy Pizza in Phnom Penh
Pizza is actually delicious in Cambodia, and depending on your interests, Happy Pizza will be even better. Just ask your waiter to sprinkle a little “happy” on your pie, and you’ll be good for the day. (If you catch our drift!)
Go Shopping at Friends N’ Stuff
A majority of Cambodians are impoverished, but different organizations are doing what they can to help. Friends N’ Stuff is one of them. All the products in this store are made from recycled materials by local families, which you can visit on a walking tour of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
Hana LaRock is originally from New York, though has called other places around the world her home for the last two years. She currently lives in South Korea as an English teacher and freelance travel writer. When she’s not working, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her dog, and of course, traveling. You can find her at www.hanalarockwriting.com.