I was in Cambodia in September 2016. What I saw there is etched in memories. It has every thing you could ask from a travel destination : Culture in the form of various dance forms, ancient architecture in the form of famed Angkor temples, religion where I could see the impact of Hinduism and how it left its mark on Buddhism in Cambodia , nature in the form beautiful beaches and jungles that you could trek through, dark history in the form of holocaust of pol pot regime which is so recent and yet the country is at peace, food which is influenced by their neighboring Thai cuisine, village life that is untouched ,tropical fruits that would blow your mind away and relaxation through amazing spa and massages.
Top 5 experiences in Cambodia:
Temples in Angkor archaeological park are a treat
Knowing up close about the pol pot regime holocaust
Enjoying the sea ( Sihanoukville is a good option)
Go to country side and spend some time with villagers ( there are many sustainable tourist agencies which arrange the tours )
Amazing food ( Soup , noodles, fish amok in banana leaf and my favorite are the fruits especially the mangosteens )
Best time to visit they say is November to May which is the dry season. But I personally found September and October very good, because the rainy season is tapering off and the air is very clear with lush green terrain. The rains are at fixed times during the day, which you can easily plan around.
Below is a virtual trip through Cambodia in pictures. Let me apologize by saying that I have started with the gruesome story of Cambodian genocide ; but I sincerely believe , you should know about it and understand the cruelty that was involved and the resilience of people to overcome it.
Ta Prohm in Angkor. Tomb Raiser was shot here, if you have seen the movie. The best thing about the temple as you can see ,is that a lot of banyan trees have taken control of the temple
A Transformation consultant , Product Owner and Business Analyst by profession with an eternal traveler syndrome. Traveled in more than 26 countries in the last 5 years. I have been smitten by travelling ever since my first travel in the north of India in 2005 , when for the first time I traveled out of Mumbai (my birth place). I moved to London for work in 2010... and have traveled internationally ever since.
The things that enchant me about travel are the food, the people , the culture , the history , the architecture ( natural or man made) !!!
My top travel destination picks so far : the Inca trail in Peru , Fjords in Norway , Cappadocia in Turkey, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
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