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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cambodia – A Magical Holiday Awaits!

Known for its rich history and heritage, Cambodia offers unforgettable holiday adventures for intrepid travellers exploring this vast country. From the stunning Angkor Wat to delectable delights, here are some of the main reasons why this destination should be on your travel bucket list.


Angkor Archaeological Park

Arguably the most famous of all attractions in Cambodia, the impressive Angkor Archaeological Park has to be seen first-hand to be believed. This expansive UNESCO World Heritage Site features some truly awe-inspiring structures and temple ruins which date back to the 12th century during the time of the Khmer Empire. Those staying at resorts in Siem Reap close to this site can easily plan excursions here and some properties will provide guided tours as well. Highlights include the Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple at Ta Prohm which is intertwined amongst ancient tree roots.


Outdoor Adventures

Properties located close to this archaeological park including the likes of Anantara Angkor Resort also provide ideal bases from which to explore the idyllic countryside of Cambodia. Depending on the tour, you can head off on excursions on foot or by bicycle, motorbike or jeep going past picturesque mountains and paddy fields and visiting local villages. Other outdoor activities include horse riding, kayaking along the Tonle Sap, zip-lining and trekking and cycling amidst the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains.


Flavour-Filled Cuisine

One of the highlights of any visit to Cambodia would be to sample the authentic local dishes which have unique flavours and aromas. At places like Siem Reap, dining can be a true culinary adventure with a chance to savour both progressive and traditional Khmer cuisine. Some properties will even give you the option to sign up for a hands-on cooking lesson which can include visiting a local market and buying the needed ingredients; from Cambodian chicken curry to the signature Khmer fish amok dish, there is much to try and learn to make!


Lively Markets

To soak up some local culture, get in some shopping and try local dishes, nothing beats exploring local markets. Amongst the most captivating things to do in Cambodia is to just wander around these lively markets where you can find all sorts of items for sale; these can include fresh produce, souvenirs, handicrafts, clothing, jewellery, household goods and yummy street food. The Central Market and Russian Market in Phnom Penh, as well as the Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap, are amongst the places to visit.


Island Getaways

While there is much to explore and experience inland, don't forget that Cambodia also provides idyllic island escapes where you can enjoy laid-back days soaking up the sun by the shore. For some seclusion, you can head to islands the likes of Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Thmei, each with their own unique charm. Also popular is Koh Rong; this island is not only known for its lovely beaches, but for some happening nightlife as well as offering a variety of water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, windsurfing and kayaking.