Being one of the few remaining constitutional monarchies in the world, Cambodia is really a unique country. If you are looking for a change of atmosphere and scenery then this is the place to be for your next holiday. Starting from the magnificent temples to the pristine beaches and the amazing cuisine, Cambodia has a lot to offer. Here are seven reasons why you a leisure trip to Cambodia should be at the top of your bucket list.
1. The people and their culture
86.3 percent of Cambodia’s population is made up of the Khmer people. Beyond their culture, you will encounter warmth and friendliness that will make you feel right at home. From the way you are greeted to how various services are offered to you, you can be sure that you are among friends. Here, families work and laugh together and the streets are full of life. Their culture is one you will find very captivating. To fully understand it, make sure that you have a local guide to explain everything to you.
Bordering Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia has borrowed their food and drink styles to develop a unique and amazing cuisine. In particular, you should try out the Amok which is fish paste coconut curry and lemongrass served with rice and your choice of meat. Also be on the lookout for Lok Lak, a fried dish also served with rice and at times salad. Whether it is the food carts on the street or a five star hotel, you will be amazed at the taste and style of Cambodia’s cooking.
3. Low travel, dining and accommodation costs
A meal at a hotel in the country may cost as low as $1. Transport within Cambodia is extremely cheap and as for accommodation, it is not so hard to find a $10 or $15 hotel with air conditioning. Basically, it is the perfect destination for the budget minded.
4. Angkor Wat
Dating back to the 12th century, Angkor Wat is a temple which is considered to be the largest religious monument globally. Though it was a Hindu temple, it later became a Buddhist one. Its rich history and architecture make it most popular tourist attraction in the country.
5. The coffee
It may not seem like a big reason to go to Cambodia but once you take a sip of their coffee, you will be hooked. Being one of the richest coffee varieties in the world, Cambodian coffee is simply the best. It is also cheap and you can get it either iced or steaming hot any time. Before leaving, make sure that you have bought a tin of the coffee to enjoy at home.
6. A vibrant night-life
For those who would like to unwind and have some fun, Cambodia offers various nighttime entertainment hotspots. There are numerous bars, live shows and night clubs. Just visit any one of these and you will be wondering why the night is moving so fast.
7. The beaches
For a quite time away from the bustle of the city, visit any one of the popular beaches for a relaxing time. Some of the best beaches are Southwestern beach in Koh Rong, Long Set Beach also in Koh Rong and Koh Thmei beach in Ream National Park.