I feel like Cambodia is totally underrated. It’s smaller than it’s neighbours and it’s just getting back on it’s feet after a pretty hectic time with the Khmer Rouge and all. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do. Here is a list of 10 must see places and activities in Cambodia in no particular order.
6. EAT AMOK
Amok is a traditional Kmher curry made with meat or fish, lemon grass and coconut milk (and some other delicious mystery ingredients). It’s often served in a coconut with rice and is tasty.
7. VISIT ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
This may seem pretty obvious as one of the things to do in Cambodia – Angkor Archaeological Park is Cambodia’s #1 tourist attraction and money maker, but it had to be said. The park is just outside Siem Reap and is home to dozens of ancient temple ruins. Grab a guide (you’ll learn more) and a tuk tuk and get ready for a hot sweaty day of temple lovin’. You can also see the temples via elephant or helicopter if that’s you’re that way inclined.
8. EAT TARANTULA
Fried Tarantula, or a-ping, is a Cambodian favourite. The ladies believe it makes them beautiful and I think the kids just like the thrill of it all. Either way it’s there and you can eat it. You can find some vendors selling it on the streets and also in some restaurants in Phnom Penh. This might not be one of my favourite things to do in Cambodia, but hey, it might be yours.
9. HIT THE BEACH AT SIHNOUKVILLE
Sihnoukville is not Thailand. The sand is not white, the water is not turquoise and Leonardo DiCaprio is not here. But despite this, it’s still pretty good. The beaches are clean and lined with lounges and restaurants waiting to feed you while you sun yourself and sip fruity drinks. You can also hop on a boat and visit some islands and go snorkeling etc.
10. HAVE A MASSAGE ON THE BEACH
At the few beaches available in Cambodia, there are always locals waiting to paint your nails, thread your legs and armpits (like plucking but with string) or give you a massage – all for a price of course. The touts constantly pestering you can get a bit too much, so sometimes giving in and just getting that $3 massage is the best option. Avoid paying the kids though- they should be in school.