Cambodia: 6 Things You Have To Experience
From insects to the Killing Fields, Angkor Wat and much more...
Cambodia is a land of many cultural treasures, with a fascinating history and a TON of tourist-friendly tours and activities to enjoy.
We headed over to the Land of Smiles with TruTravels, for an adventure of a lifetime. It was all a bit OMG.
Quite simply the most Instagram-worthy, iconic piece of architecture in the country. While it may not hold the official title, our guide regularly called it one of the man-made wonders of the world - and when you're stood there, jaw on the floor as the sun rises and refracts off each and every ancient angle of the place, it's hard to argue otherwise. Even more amazingly, you’re able to climb and explore the grounds as you please.
Actual Tomb Raider was filmed there, so worth hunting out one enormous tree in particular, if you want to stand in the footsteps of a certain Ms Angelina Jolie.
Siem Reap (The Killing Fields & S-21)
Cambodia's astonishing for its incredible scenery and beaches (more on that below), but it's also home to some of the most sobering, upsetting and historically important events in modern history. Head to Siem Reap for a fascinating exploration of both The Killing Fields (the site of a genocide in which the Khmer Rouge regime killed over a million Cambodians), and S-21, a former high school turned security prison turned museum where tens of thousands were actually executed. It's a sad, deeply emotional eye-opener to the terrifying recent history of the region.
Head to many a market (usually perched to the side of motorways, where your coach will regularly stop for rest breaks), and you'll be treated to an array of cooked insects for you to try - if you dare. From cockroaches to crickets, flies, spiders and so much more - you can widen your culinary mind for just under 70p a bag.
Kampot Jungle Cruise
It’s worth venturing out to Kampot, not least to try the ‘dino ribs’ which one restaurant has proudly labelled ‘the biggest ribs in Cambodia’. But with a beautiful stretch of natural surroundings, take a day cruise (booze included) down the serene stretch of waters. Mostly uninhabited by tourists of locals, glide down the still waters to play beach volleyball and float about on inflatable tires.
Hit up any hostel, and you'll quickly hear about boat parties. We attended the Dolphin boat party, said to be legendary as the No. 1 boat party to experience. The music's LOUD, the day-glo body paint was EVERYWHERE, and we spent the whole time dancing, eating BBQ and swimming out to nearby islands.
Koh Rong Samloen - Monkey Hostel
Paradise, they say, is fictional. After spending time at the Koh Rong Samloen Monkey Hostel, we'd like to argue differently. You’ll need two boats to get there from the nearest mainland area, and when you finally arrive at your island destination, you're introduced to a land of clear blue waters, palm trees and complete and utter calm. The hostel offers private beach huts or shared bunks which face out onto the shore. Hammocks and swings are built into the waters edge alongside a pontoon complete with an esky to keep your beers cool as you gaze out to the sunset. And then, when night has fallen, fire twirlers do their thang on the beach. Mind = blown.
MTV Travelled With... TruTravels and their Monkey Ladder tour. Prices start from £595 per person including 11 nights’ accommodation, transport and the chance to enjoy all activities on the itinerary. See more at www.trutravels.com or call +44 203 542 2463.