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Things to Do in Cambodia
|Angkor Wat, Siem Reap|
The most famous tourist attraction in Cambodia is the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Listed as one of the seven wonders in the world, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom (802-1431) and also the world's largest religious monument. One can climb the "Paradise Steps" in the Pre Rup Temple and worship "the Smile of Khmer" in the Bayon Temple. What's more, appreciating the sunrise and sunset in the Angkor ruins is kind of great relax to refresh your soul.
The Tonle Sap as the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, feeding the great nation of Khmer, now is revered as the Mother Lake by Cambodians. Floating villages like Kompong Phhluk, Kompong Khleang, and Chong Kneas are among the most representative villages on the lake, receiving thousands of tourists from all over the world. While visiting the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, if time permits, it would be a great choice to take a look of the living style of the local fishermen.
The Royal Palace, a must-see attraction in Phnom Penh, is one of the representative buildings in the capital of Cambodia. With golden walls, it covers more than 20 palaces such as Golden Palace, and Silver Palace. Watching the sunset and seeing the soft sunlight glittering on the golden roof while canoeing on the nearby Tonle Sap River could make you forget its glorious history as well as its bitter sufferings shortly. What you may want to do now is to frozen the monument and impress the scene deeply in your mind.
|Floating village, Siem Reap|
Sihanoukville, the modern business harbor on the southwest coast, is among the country's top destinations with Gold Coast for touring. Divided into north and south parts by reefs and hills, the famous Victory Beach has a length of more than 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). The north part is crowded with large cargo vessels and tourists since it is the best place to watch the sunset in Sihanoukville. The south part is also called the Hawaii Beach or King's Beach, and you can rent a boat for touring there. You could eat Chinese or Cambodian style seafood in restaurants like Hawaii Seaview or Sea Dragon on the beach. Also, some bars like Angkor Arms in downtown area also provide rich menu. The comfortable and relaxing life could wash away your fatigue of travel.
Fish and rice play an important role in the local diet culture. Below are some popular local foods you should have a try.
|Amok||Toast the fish, chicken, beef or other ingredients wrapped in banana leaves and then add coconut juice, vegetables and spices. Then fill it in the coconut shell or porcelain bowls.||Sweet|
|Bai Sach Chrouk||Toasted coconut-marinated pork with rice, usually served with pickles and a bowl of chicken soup.||Fresh|
|Khmer Red Curry||Not as spicy as the Thailand curry, the Cambodia Red Curry is a must-try. It is a stew with beef, chicken, fish, eggplant, coconut juice, lemon grass and kroeung sauce, often eaten with bread.||Spicy|
|Hot Pot||Boil beef slices in the hot soup with special herbs and spices in it, wrap the beef and vegetable in a pancake, and eat with the local sauce.||Fresh|
|Royal Palace, Phnom Penh|
An important thing to be noticed while traveling in Cambodia is that it's impolite to take things or food with your left hand. Also, Cambodians think head is the holy part in the body, so others should not touch their head, even the children's.
- Last updated on Mar. 30, 2023 by Brenda Lian -