5 Things You Need To Do In Cambodia!

Cambodia is an incredible. Just returning from my second trip to the country I am filled with a completely renewed outlook on life. Everyone that I met there was so friendly and positive. In three weeks I traveled around the country and saw and did some of the most incredible things in which you have to do when you visit Cambodia!

 

Koh Rong Island 

Koh Rong

 

Coconut Beach, Koh Rong

Koh Rong is a magical island off the coast of Sihanoukville. There is plenty to see and do on the island. Weather you want to party at one of the many bars on the tourist side or chill out on coconut beach and eat some of the best vegetable curry the choice is up to you!

Koh Rong is famous for the bioluminescent plankton in the ocean which lights up when you run your hand through the water! It is magical! Whilst I was on the island I was working with an organisation called Reach Out Volunteers in the village of Daem Thkov. Reach out has been working with the village for the past couple of years now helping where they can. Reach out have contributed to projects including building a library for the school, vegetable gardens to teach the children how to grow food and how to eat healthy, a water catchment to supply the village with fresh water as well as contributing to a man made coral reef!

Pro Tip: There are no ATM’s on the island so take cash with you. If you do run out of cash head to the tourist side of the island and there are a couple of hostels there that do cash out for a fee!

 

The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) 

Phnom Penh 

US$6 Each + Tuk Tuk 

The Killing Fields

These are not a fun place’s to visit but is very important. Back in the 70’s there was a massive Genocide and as a result 1/3rd of the population was murdered in some of the most horrific ways.

Take your time and listen to some of the stories during the audio tour’s.

 

Phare, The Cambodian Circus 

Siem Reap 

US$18-US$38 + Tuk Tuk

Photo Courtesy of https://pharecircus.org/our-shows/sokha/

Another must do is Phare, The Cambodian Circus. It is an amazing choreographed show that tells a story through acrobatics and through paintings. I was completely blown away! The performances where spectacular. You can really see the passion in the performers.

 

 

Markets and Street Food 

Pretty much everywhere 

Tach and El shopping at the Central Market

The markets in Cambodia are awesome to visit, you can pick up some cheap t-shirts, unique paintings, have some fish nibble at your feet or even try some delicious mouth watering street food! (Look out for the pork buns! They are amazing!) Don’t forget to barter!

 

Sunrise/Sunset at Angkor Wat 

Siem Reap 

US$37 for one day. US$62 for 3 Days. US$72 for a week. + Tuk Tuk

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Getting up at 4am to watch sunrise at Angkor Wat was truly an amazing thing to see! I highly recommend arriving at the complex early to get a good spot as it can get quite busy!

The site is a massive 162.6 hectares complex with many smaller temples to explore.

It is possible to see most of the temples in one day however if you truly want to see them all then it is recommended that you take a couple days to see them!

 

Bonus 

 

Sister Srey Café  

Siem Reap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Srey Café was my favorite place to eat in Siem Reap, in fact I went there about 5 times in 6 days! It’s an warming cozy little café across from the river. The coffee was perfect and the food was a little touch of home! A friendly and relaxing vibe! If you are in Siem Reap you have to drop on in!

 

There are my top 6 things that I did in my time in Cambodia, however that is just a fraction of things to do in Cambodia! There is so many places to see including Kampot, Sihanoukville and Battambang. I can’t wait to return to Cambodia, it’s truly an amazing country!

Have you been to Cambodia? Tell me whats your favourite thing in the comments section!

 

 

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