Cambodia is a gorgeous country, part of the Indochina peninsula. The country is popular for its ancient temples, laidback beaches, among many more. Cambodia also has an incredible range of activities to spend your time full of adventures. Here, you will find adventures for all ages. Some of the most popular activities you can do in Cambodia include cruising, many watersports, riding bikes through temples, and many more.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Cambodia.
Visit the Angor Archaeological Park is a must on your trip to Cambodia; no trip to Cambodia completes without a visit to this massive temple complex. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of some of the most incredible temple ruins, religious structures, and ancient temples that date back to the Khmer Empire. Some of the major temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm, attracting thousands of visitors every day. However, the major drawback is that this temple is unbearably crowded during peak season. However, with some changes in itinerary, even this isn’t much of a problem.
If you want a piece of authentic Cambodia, visit the rural part of the country. In the countryside of the nation, you will see the authentic lifestyle of Cambodians, experience warm hospitality, see beautiful natural landscapes, and laidback like. Fortunately, you can visit the rural part of the country easily. If you are on Phnom Penh, head towards Koh Dach, a small island in the middle of the Mekong River. The island is only forty minutes away but feels totally different. Here, the major occupation is agriculture and silk weaving. You can explore the villages of the island on a bicycle, enjoying the refreshing breeze. Other great rural parts include Kampot and Kep that are surrounded by gorgeous countryside with stretches of paddies, pepper farms, and salt fields.
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Cambodia contains lots of deserted tropical islands that see very few tourists. The largest one is Koh Rong, which is developed than others and also popular. The major highlight of the island is the beach at Koh Touch, full of guesthouses and backpacker bars. Long Beach contains stretches of white sand, with almost no people to enjoy, the more unique Sok San Beach Resort and luxurious The Royal Sands Koh Rong. Saracen Bay is also a great choice and contains lots of resorts, ranging from basic wooden huts to luxury villas. For budget travelers, M’phey Bei is a great choice. Then, for travelers looking for a secluded beach, there is Koh Ta Kyiv, where you will get to escape crowds and enjoy a rural lifestyle.
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One of the fascinating experiences for Cambodia’s visitors is cruising the Mekong. Sailing from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on a traditional Cambodian boat is the most fun thing you can do in Cambodia. Along with the relaxing journey, you can get stunning sunset views from the boat while cruising through the majestic Mekong. On your cruise trip, you will also get to encounter Irrawaddy Dolphin, the endangered dolphin. Watching these creatures playing in the water, following you are the most beautiful things you can see in Cambodia.
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For those seeking for some fun outdoor activities, you can try a gibbon spot that is getting quite popular in Cambodia. You will be trapesing through the forest, accompanied by a guide with the musky smell of humidity in the air and the sound of animals in the distance. Then, you will encounter the incredibly rare northern yellow-cheeked gibbons in their natural habitat. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, passionate about animals, or simply enjoy sustainable travel and eco-adventures, this activity is for you!
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Cambodia’s street is full of street food vendors, selling a wide variety of local delicacies. The street vendor’s stalls will be full of tourists looking to try out delicious Cambodian dishes, particularly during lunchtime. A simple tip while sampling street foods in Cambodia is to try foods from a vendor where you see Cambodian crowds feasting at it. There are also several tours in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh that take guests on a guided tour of the delicious food available on the streets. A fun way to indulge in Cambodian street food is to hop on a scooter and ride through various stalls while sampling various dishes.
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Cambodia is home to Southeast Asia’s largest remaining rainforest, Cardamom Mountains. For adventure enthusiasts, you can explore this rugged terrain with a trekking trip. The trek varies in difficulty, length, and location, depending on your preference. Keep in mind that it is a real tropical jungle, so there are no hospitals nearby, jut snakes, insects, and spiders. Also, carry mosquito repellants with you as hordes of mosquito await you through your trek. Here, you can stay in safari-style tents or camp in a hammock. You can have a king-sized bed and enjoy a hot rain shower in safari-style tents. You can also shadow the Wildlife Alliance rangers as they patrol the jungle for hunters and loggers.
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Cambodia has a surprisingly large number of places you can go kayaking; just decide on a tour that excites you. Kayak down the Mekong or Tonle San River, and combine some cycle or a jungle trek. Go for a scenic paddle in a flooded forest or challenge yourself with some ocean kayaking. You can have different kayaking trip in Cambodia, according to your preference. If you haven’t tried ocean kayaking, try it. Generally, it is combined with a remote island stay in a rustic beach bungalow and some snorkeling. But, the best part is the feeling of being alone out on the water.
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Cambodia has an abundance of culture and heritage that is worth exploring. The common cultural activity is apsara dancing. Apsara dancing is Cambodian classical ballet that dates back to the Angkorian times. You can see the evidence of this dance form as early as the 7th century in carvings at Sambor Prei Kuk temples in Kampong. You can watch this dance in several places in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Visitors can also try their the dance, drums, or circus skills at a private workshop.
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If you want to truly go local with your food, sample some insects that Cambodians love to eat. The Skuon town in Kampong Cham is popular for serving spiders. Situated mid-way between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, villagers catch spider from the jungles and sell them to the vendors. They are deep-fried in chili and garlic before being served as a roadside snack.