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Friday, 30 August 2013

10 good reasons to visit Cambodia

Many people think that Cambodia is Angkor Wat only and is simply not the case. There is much more to Cambodia than that and there is plenty to see and do and take as you explore this country!

1.) Charming Khmer.

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Bayon

If you have never experienced the Khmer culture, you have not experienced the wonder that is the simple Khmer people being people. How they laugh as they meet on the road while driving, how food stalls, markets, families and business people seem to flow and work together seamlessly and sincere smile which hosts the most visitors with gratitude, embracing the charm of Cambodia Khmer people are worth it all by itself. One of the things to enjoy Khmer culture is the charm found in the silk scarves and many other crafts people make by hand. Shopping for local unique pieces for the dress or western decor and your needs can be quite affordable and cleverly in abundance. So travel light because it is a hot country and make room for all the great things that you can take home for you and your family and friends!

2.) The food is fantastic!

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Since the country is on the right between Vietnam to the east and Thailand to the west, they have adapted some of the delicious food styles of these countries food paradise as well as having their own style! The most common dishes found in Cambodia are lemongrass and coconut fish curry paste called Amok, is typically served on rice and wrapped in a banana leaf with a choice of meat. The other friend is a flat pan called Lok Lak is perfectly seasoned and served over rice with salad and sometimes French fries. Pho Vietnamese, Pad Thai from Thailand, curries, soups and a delicious serving of fresh spring rolls are never far away! Of course, there is also Ecstatic Pizza Pizza! Upscale restaurants offering Mexican food, sushi, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian are still available with prices beyond fair! If you're a guy healthy or just enjoy the fruit and vegetable markets are abundant with Dragon Fruit, coconut, papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, mangosteen, lime and are still to a large price! Enjoy fruits and vegetables!

3.) City of Siem Reap!

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Yes, we just said Siem Reap. The temples are amazing and leave us later on the list because you already know that Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat. What you may not know, however, is that Siem Reap is one of the nicest small cities in the world that is full of colonial charm. Old and new buildings do as well for a border of fun and life buzzing around. Street pubs for the night market all the way to cultural events that can be found on the front of the inviting river city of Siem Reap is full of activities and adventures. Easy to navigate and well equipped to meet all the western standards, Siem Reap is an ideal place for yoga, shopping, relaxation and discovery and offers upscale amenities for those seeking such! Siem Reap is a kind of perfect when you really think about it!

4.) Historical Discovery.

Some of us may know more than others about what happened in the Khmer Rouge, which is an important part of history to understand. The Killing Fields and S-21 Genocide Museum are not made so unpleasant and gore. Instead, they allow you to embrace the beauty of transformation and progress has become an essential part of what has allowed the Khmer people that emerge from this terror with an open heart to what the future holds. The story is well told in the record that accompanies your visit to the killing fields and the insight and knowledge available is wonderful, whatever your position on the event. More is to discover both from the Khmer history dates back to colonization by the French and before that the sovereign state of the world that was once self-proclaimed by the Khmer kingdom is now Angkor Archaeological Park.

5) Coffee!

I bet you have not thought about some of the best coffees in the world when you think of Cambodia, but you were wrong. The coffee in this country is incredibly rich and delicious and available hot or iced at any time of the day for an average price of $ 0.75 or $ 3,000 Riel! They can be found for even less and are usually served with a delicious serving of condensed milk. The coffee is rich as a pure delight of dark cocoa and is absolutely refreshing for warm days of exploration. Vietnam neighbor has a competitor with the likes of coffee roast Mondulkiri and other places too. If you are a coffee lover, you know how frustrating satisfied with Nescafé can be repeated, especially in Southeast Asia. If you're wondering if the coffee is "real" in a restaurant in Cambodia, you will get a strange look that Nescafé is not a well-known method of making coffee! Enjoy great coffee and do not forget to buy a coffee on the market so that you are always just a cup of hot water away from delicious coffee, even when you get home!

6). Kratie.


One of the best kept secrets off the tourist trail in Cambodia and just a hop, skip and a jump away from the border of Laos which is the entrance to the famous 4000 Islands door, Kratie is a place to relax and relax. Small, dolphinquiet Irrawaddy river and completely authentic, enjoy a relaxed ecological adventure in Kratie. The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin is almost extinct and the highest concentration of them remaining in the Mekong and one of the highest in the world are here in Kratie! Transport can be organized and a van ride from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap you there in less than 3 or 4 hours! It is the ride and drive out of the observation area Dolphin is quite beautiful and lets you peek into the most humble of the Khmer community already distinguished.

7). Sihanoukville and the coast of the Gulf of Thailand.



Most people only think of when they think of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and they do not realize how small this spectacular country has to offer. With many fair coasts in the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia offers some beautiful beaches and incredible islands and secluded for those who want to get away. Sihanoukville is a hip city on the coast which offers entertainment, restaurants and just about everything you need. Popular with expats, travelers and backpackers alike, Sihanoukville offers dream beaches to dream price. If you want to scoot off the beaten path a bit and enjoy something a little more relaxing, going to the beach Otres where there is enough life for you to get three meals a day that are not the same and do some mixing on the beach. The cabin of fungi and their cottages hip at the Golden Sunset and huts dream with the roller on the walls of thatch literally on the water, there is something about Otres for everyone! The islands are abundant as well and you can take a trip to the dreamy and idyllic Koh Rong where the last survivor series for France was filmed. The beaches are among the clearest in the world and can again be as far as one might be able to imagine or mixing with the local town and a few other tourists to Monkey Island! The possibilities are endless and a decline in fresh coast should certainly be a part of your trip to Cambodia!

8.) Phnom Penh.

Most people do not think much at the beginning of the charming capital and Sleepy Cambodia because there is not a huge nightlife scene or the like Khao San Road in Thailand, but do not look at this simple afford to miss the magic that is Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There is nothing not to love this capital city of the river front is filled with restaurants that are arranged back-to high-end. The town is small and easy to navigate anywhere in a tuk-tuk for less than $ 4 a still enough variety to keep you entertained. Beautifully constructed parks and plazas with monuments and statues occupy the city and they are perfectly aligned with flowers, plants, trees and monks walking. The whole river front is nicely paved and goes to meet the Naga Casino and Carnival of the water! Much is served in stylish and charming Phnom Penh. Fantastic restaurants can be found within the French colonial structures, picturesque and welcoming and if you're in the middle of a great trip, everything you might need can be found. The central Russian market department stores offer less than half the price of neighboring Thailand and if you need a visa to go to India or anywhere else on your way, it can most likely be easily found here! The service is warm and buses leave on time for other places in the country and only 6 hours of the party of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Phnom Penh is a great base to relax and enjoy the amenities life in a relaxed atmosphere. Of course, you can also see the royal palace, many temples, the National Museum, The Killing Fields and Genocide Museum while you're there!

9). Angkor Archaeological Park and Angkor Wat.
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Angkor

This is one of the most amazing sights you can still see in your life and is a must for all travelers from around the world for many reasons. It is amazing to see the preservation of the work that has been done there over a thousand years on some of the temples and the level of detail and the perfect construction was before modern tools and means of construction were available. It really does make you think. When you visit the park, you get to cruise through the calm and happy life of the Cambodian people appreciate and see the family, cows and dogs as you venture through the vast park that make up the kingdom of Angkor. Once a decision-making for much of South Asia, the story is rich and you can enjoy kissing the end of each structure that you follow the story and the change of scenery of the watch as a rule religious change. One of the most interesting things about this empire if it was respect for the rule of religion previous rule, although religions have changed. It is curious to learn from the masters of the world, as they claimed to be at a time and see how the Khmer kingdom once triumphed before the tragedy. The story gives you an understanding of the wonderful people who are Khmer. Enjoy being close and personal with the temples without much interference of security, etc.. You can ride your bike, take a tuk-tuk, travel by bus and more throughout the park and are able to really see the detail close to making it even more enjoyable. There are so many temples that you may want to organize your days and time right so that you can beat the crowds and have the opportunity to see and photograph the temples without tourists everywhere, which is surprisingly easy to do.

10). Changing lives.

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Most people do not think about their holidays, vacations and travel in terms of being life changing. We often think that other important elements, such as the food they serve, cleanliness and safety, availability of Western equipment, cost, etc. The amazing thing that Cambodia has to offer is a change in your perspective. It is almost impossible to travel across the country to learn from the history of the Khmer people have lived and see the Buddhist monks near Shrinesgenuine smiles on their faces today as they laugh at what many react to and not think that maybe there is something more to learn about life. People may appear to be poor by the standards of having "stuff", but they are rich in satisfaction and gratitude to them a very happy bunch of people leaving. The energy of happiness can be felt and the synergy of their lifestyle just screams at you. They understand that they need each other to survive and try to understand another fight against, knowing that need. It does not mean it is perfect, but it is beautiful and offers something to learn that will make you go home and look at life a little differently. This is something many look at how the Khmer people work together to survive and thrive, and it is possible for other crops that feed their socio-economic circle smooth symbiotic.
 

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