What was once known as Southeast Asia’s most war-torn areas; Cambodia has earned a spot on the list of Asia’s must-see travel destinations. Last year, the remarkable Cambodian temples of the historic Angkor civilization were incorporated into the Google Street View. Considered a tourism boon for the impoverished country, the perseveration of expansive historical sites is underway and reminds us that there are more than just a few reasons to visit Cambodia.
Of course, the bustling streets, chock full of rickshaws and exotic cuisine, still beckon to be explored, but the serene beaches and abundant historical elements summon travelers to take note. Rest assured; Cambodia is a small but mighty country offering a host of tourist attractions that rival neighboring Bangkok.
From a historic perspective, the Southeast Asian country has come a long way. The monuments and museums that once depicted sorrow and suffering are some of the largest draws for visitors seeking a glimpse into sights they’ve only heard about in Hollywood movies.
Here are some helpful suggestions to help you to make the most of your travel to Cambodia:
Apply Online. If you don’t have time to get a Visa at one of the major airports in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, you can apply for a Visa online. The process is streamlined and makes entering the country easier than ever before.
Stay up Late. With a host of nightclubs, pubs, and eateries, staying up after dark provides a variety of different ways to enjoy the festive nightlife of Cambodia.
Float through Town. The unique floating village of Kampung Phluk offers a hint of the ancient culture of Cambodia. Take a boat trip down Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and experience the busting waterways that provide insight into an aquatic metropolis that has stood the test of time.
- Walk through Time. Cambodia’s history isn’t glamorous and visiting places like Tuolsleng Genocide Museum can be a somber experience. However, making a stop at some of the temples and historical places will certainly provide an important backdrop for the chronicles of how far Cambodia has risen.
- Say Hello. There is a traditional greeting in Cambodia that is widely accepted and considered very respectful. A greeting using a gesture of prayer hands and a slight bow of the head can go a long way.
With over 2-million tourists visiting Cambodia each year, this little country, has come a long way since the days of war and is recognized now as a hot-spot for international travel. The rickshaw filled streets, floating villages and offbeat fare of this quaint but provocative destination will allow you to create a fascinating history of your own.