Cambodia is quickly becoming a hotspot for tourists as it becomes a safer country for foreigners to visit. There’s also the flair that Cambodia truly has it all. From overgrown forest temples to untouched beaches and even a hot nightlife. There are many reasons to you should pack your bags now, but here are our 6 top reasons to visit Cambodia this year.
1. Cambodia Cuisine
Although everyone seems to have caught onto the Thai cuisine craze, people often underestimate what Cambodian cuisine literally brings to the table. You may find many familiar flavor profiles to both Thai and Vietnamese food but completely different ways of serving these flavors in various dishes.
A trip to Cambodia isn’t complete without Amok, Kuyteav, and Beef Lok Lak. There is a great trend throughout Cambodia that restaurant staff is more than happy to direct travelers towards more familiar items. But the truth is that there isn’t a lot of mystery when it comes to Cambodian food.
A lot of classic Cambodian dishes including Amok are available in “tourist friendly” varieties where the restaurant may swap out the seafood and snakehead for beef, chicken or even vegetarian substitutes.
2. Adventure and Relaxation
If you’re looking for a lot to do in a small area, Cambodia is the place for you. You can take sunset tours down a river, fly in hot air balloons, and sail from island to island all in just 2 days. Then you can spend another 2 days exploring ancient temples and overgrown city ruins.
3. History Lovers Haven
If you love history or exploring cultures, there are few countries that have a history or culture as rich as Cambodia. The Khmer people are peaceful, pleasant and welcoming. So, it might seem strange when you learn about the very recent, very bloody history of Cambodia.
Thankfully, the Khmer people have come to a mostly peaceful place in their cultural development again. Take this opportunity to get to the know the people and explore how their ancient civilizations crafted such a unique collection of people.
4. Snorkeling and White Sand Beaches
Although you might think of destinations such as Hawaii or Jamaica for island fun, Cambodia is the truly great island getaway. If you’re looking for a spot to honeymoon where you can lounge in the sun, snorkel in crystal clear waters and drink $0.25 beer this is the spot for you.
Cambodia has little islands dotting its coastline, and many of them are great vacation spots. Travel to Cambodia’s islands or visit the Southwestern beaches for year-round cool water and clean beaches.
5. Easy Travel Arrangements
Does your travel monster come out from the moment you book your flight? The great thing about travelling to Cambodia is that everything is relatively easy. Yes, you need your passport and a visa. But you can visit this site for all of your visa requirements.
Realistically, it is very easy to travel to Cambodia and to get around once you’re in Cambodia.
6. Low Budget
How many countries can brag that they are mostly safe for travelers and it’s possible to have a great experience for less than $30 a day? We’re not talking about staying in shady hostels and surviving on street vendors for food either.
Having a full Cambodian experience on a cheap budget is easy. Many people love backpacking in Cambodia because of the lack of expenses. You can rent a bike for a day for about $2 and have a sit-down restaurant meal for 2 adults for less than $10.
These prices are a steal in any country. The prices for experiences such as guided tours, kayaking, and drinking are all very low as well.