Here are a few suggestions that will help you maximize your Cambodia holiday.
Eat, drink, and be merry: Cambodian cuisine is one of the oldest and most underrated cuisines in the world. When visiting this wonderful country, do not forget to sample some of the local fare – the flavor palates are remarkably close to Thai and Vietnamese, but there is something understated, elegant, and subtle about Cambodian cuisine that will make it one of your favorites from the moment you have tasted it. Contrast is the name of the game when it comes to cooking in Cambodia, and most of the popular dishes are exercises in contrasting textures and flavors that surprisingly blend well together. Make sure to try the amok (fish curry), bai sach chrouk (barbecued pork with rice), lort cha, the Khmer beef curry (often served with a baguette), and the nom banh chok – down your wonderful Cambodian meal with palm wine, Angkor or Anchor (domestic Cambodian beers), or rice wine.
Live it up. Indulge yourself in luxurious accommodation in some of the boutique hotels in Cambodia. The La Villa in Battambang is a great choice – this colonial villa turned hotel is delightfully chic reminder of Cambodia’s past as a French colony. If you are in Siem Reap, the Frangipani Villa Hotel is the best choice, with its stylish pool, lush gardens, and picturesque frangipani trees. Still in Siem Reap, the Karavansara is a good alternative for those who want a bit of understated luxury.
Sun, sea, and surf: Cambodia is home to a number of lovely white- and golden sand beaches. Get your swimsuit and snorkeling gear read and head over to Koh Rong, Sihanoukville, or Koh Thmei for a sun kissed holiday.
See the dolphins: The Mekong River is one of the most important bodies of water in this part of Southeast Asia, and it is also home to the very rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Visit the Siem Reap Night Market: This exciting area is home to a wide variety of restaurants, spas, and vendor stalls that will fill your night with good cheers and plenty of gloating over your shopping haul.
Be daring: Whether you ride a motorcycle through rural Cambodia (typically, tourists use the Route 6 to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap) or eating a spider on the way, Cambodia is perfect for getting into your discomfort zone and doing something really daring (or crazy, depending on your perspective).
Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: Remember how we said that Cambodia is perfect for those who want to get out of their comfort zones? Well, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum will certainly make you feel uncomfortable. This torture center turned museum is the site of one of the most atrocious parts of Cambodian history.
TNK Travel Team