The spectres of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge still haunt Cambodia, but peace and optimism are slowly returning and there’s a frontier-style excitement and entrepreneurial zing to the place. Take saffron-robed monks, lichen-covered ruins, hard-core moto traffic and clouds of dragonflies, and mix with jasmine-scented sunsets, gracious colonial boulevards, gorgeous silks and rioting bougainvilleas, garnish with the zest of Buddhism and serve at streaming temperatures.
Best time to visit
November to January, when humidity levels are low
Gliding down the Mekong River past houseboats and villages
Gazing at the mysteriously beautiful temples of Angkor, among the foremost architectural wonders of the world, at sunset or sunrise
Trekking through Bokor National Park and swimming in it’s waterfall
Joining in the mayhem of the Water Festival in Phnom Penh
Taking a moto trip through the capital in the jasmine-and-pepper scented air of sunset, taking you past the Royal Palace and down to the waterfront.
Food and drink
Sticky banana – a baked banana wrapped in rice, inside a banana leaf, fish amok – a coconut fish curry, served in a coconut; fried spiders – by all accounts they taste like…. Chicken
Soda and fresh lime – nothing beats the heat quite as well; Angkor beer, the award-winning local beer.
Cambodia is not as cheap as other destinations in the region; the sun goes down between 5-6 pm regardless of time of year; luxury items such as French wines are available in supermarkets.
Experiences in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh city tour
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek killing fields
Phnom Penh’s past
Secrets of Phnom Pehn
Ruins of Phnom Chisor temple
Visit Phnom Oudong
Visit Takeo province and Tonle Bati lake
Traditional village of Koh Dach
Experiences in Siem Riep
Angkor Wat tour and Angkor Thom Complex
Angkor Wat private tour
Sandstone of Banteay Srei
Underwater River Angkor Era Sculptures of Kbal Spean
Lifestyle on Tonle Sap
Evening dinner shows
Cambodian cooking class
Beng Melea and Koh Ker
Sunrise / sunset at Angkok Wat by Remok
Night tour of Siem Reap’s street food