The Southeast Asian nation that often plays poor cousin to Thailand, Cambodia is a nation that has more to do than what meets the eye. From swimming with elephants to riding bikes through temple roads, it’s possible that one visit won’t be enough for you to get enough of Cambodia.
Here are 15 amazing things to do in Cambodia:
Exploring Siem Reap on a bicycle
Cycle tours are a great way to get around and sightsee in Cambodia. There are many quiet, scenic countryside trails that are a must to explore on a bicycle.
Catch the famous Apsara dance show
For theater lovers, the Apsara show or Kymer performance is a must watch. The show is organized by many theaters, cafes and hotels around Siem Reap.
Cruise along the Mekong
Sail the Phnom Penh in a traditional boat to enjoy some stunning views of the sunset and spot the marvelous Irrawaddy river dolphins.
Explore the Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm, one of the best preserved structures in Angkor, is also casually known as the “Tomb Raider Temple”. The temple is one of the most photogenic locations in Cambodia.
Enjoy the freshest seafood
Seafood fans will not be disappointed with what Cambodia has to offer. Sample some Fish Amok (steam coconut fish in a banana leaf), Nom Banh Chok (traditional noodles) and Num Ansom Sach Chrouk (sticky rice based cake).
Check out the amazing Phnom Penh Palace
The palace, built way back in 1860, is an important reminder of Cambodia’s blood stained past. It’s majestic stupas, spires and a beautiful pagoda right next to it, make the Phnom Penh Palace a must visit destination.
Sightseeing at Angkor Wat
The world’s largest temple is also a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most romantic places to visit when in Cambodia. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built sometime in the 12th century.
Relax at some untouched beaches
Beach lovers will not be left disappointed with a trip to Cambodia. Koh Rong, Ream and Sihanoukville are some pristine beaches that offer travelers natural beauty with comforts such as dining and drink options, massages, snorkeling and boating options.
Swim with the elephants
One of the craziest and most fun things to do in Cambodia is swim with the elephants, literally. The Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri offers travelers a chance to swim and play with orphaned, abandoned and injured elephants. A beautiful and better way to spend time than riding on an elephant’s back!
Explore the beauty of Cambodia, underwater. Divers can enjoy some beautiful underwater marine life including seahorses, stingrays, eels, whalesharks, barracuda and starfish. If you don’t dive, a snorkeling trip will satisfy your urge to explore the beautiful world underwater.
Hit the spa
If you’re looking for some rejuvenation and relaxation, visit a certified spa in any of the major Cambodian cities. Choose from a variety of treatments including the Traditional Herbal Spa, Deep Tissue, Aroma Spa, Hot Stone and more.
Visit the National Museum
The National Museum is worth a visit to check out the amazing ancient Khmer-era art and artifact collection.
Explore Preah Khan
Preah Khan, the ancient temple, is dedicated to the Lord Buddha and is located in Angkor Archeological Park.
Visit the Baphuon Temple
The Baphuon Temple is another architectural masterpiece set bang in the middle of Angkor. It was built in the 11th century by King Undyadityavarman II.
Pick up some local souvenirs
Cambodia offers a dearth of inexpensive handicraft shopping options from silver trinkets and precious stones to fine silks and wooden carved items.
The list of things to do in Cambodia goes on and on but checking a few of these 15 items off your Cambodia bucket list is a great way to get started.