Cambodia – Things to do
In beautiful Cambodia, with its pristine forests, ancient temples and bustling cities, you’ll have a busy and unforgettable trip. There are so many things to do in Cambodia, that in this incredible destination you’ll find yourself splitting time between the stunning temple complex at Angkor Wat, the ancient ruins of the city of Angkor Thom and the incredible floating villages of Tonle Sap. Each one offers a full days worth of entertainment, as you wander through temples and ruins with the echoes of hundreds of years of history. Or take boat trips around the unique settlements that sit right on top of the waters of the Great Lake. No matter where you choose to visit, your trip to Cambodia is sure to be exciting and highly memorable.
1.Sunrise at Angkor Wat
No holiday to Cambodia would be complete without a trip to the awe-inspiring temple complex at Angkor, and in particular, the breathtaking Angkor Wat. Built to replicate the heavens on earth, you’ll discover that this dazzling temple is every bit as striking as it looks in photographs. To do the whole site justice, you’ll want to spend more than a day exploring, so base yourself at Siem Reap and get lost in the ancient Khmer city at your leisure. Angkor Wat is especially beautiful at sunrise, so it’s well worth getting up early for that iconic shot of the temple and lotus-filled moat bathed in the early morning light.
2.Visit Angkor Thom
The city of Angkor Thom is one of the oldest surviving examples of a Khmer city. You’ll cross over its moat and enter through one of the imposing gates to discover a huge expanse that was once home to hundreds of thousands of people. You’ll be dazzled by the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King palace. You’ll discover small temples known as the Prasat Chrung standing at each corner of the wall, giving a spiritual meaning to this grand old city. On your trip to Cambodia, Angkor Thom is a must-visit destination.
Visit the Tonle Sap Lake and get a taste of what life on the water is like for the locals. As the monsoon season hits, the river swells by five times its size and floods the surrounding plains and forests, creating a rich and diverse ecosystem. You’ll want to take a cruise on the lake, past the fascinating floating villages where you’ll see local fishermen and traders at work and children playing. It’s a unique way of living that has to be seen to be believed. During the dry season, you’ll discover that these houses sit on stilts more than 30 feet (10m) in the air.