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7 reasons to travel to Cambodia

Cambodia is a country that is still relatively unknown in Europe, a country that is worth a visit as there are things to discover there. 

For a more laid back way of life and the friendliness of the Cambodians

Cambodians are a very welcoming people. You'll quickly feel comfortable during your stay. All the childen saying "Hello!" and everyone smiling. Khmers are known as the most welcoming people in Asia, and by going there, you will quickly understand why. 

To sail on the largest lake in Southeast Asia

Tonle Sap, located in the centre of the country, is the economic heart that provides a way for many Cambodians to survive. During the rainy season, the waters of the Mekong rise and the lake doubles in size! You can take a cruise on the lake, for example, to get to Phnom Penh or Battambang from Siem Reap. 

To discover a capital unlike any other

Phnom Penh is a strange capital, between tradition and modernity, where chaos reigns throughout the city, and at the same time there's a certain tranquillity. It is a city you should definitely visit in order to understand Cambodian culture, by visiting the Royal Palace or just by simply walking along the Quai Sisowath, which borders the river. 

To observe endangered dolphins

The Irrawaddy dolphin is a very specific species of dolphin that lives exclusively in the waters of the Mekong River in Laos and Northern Cambodia. Its snout and fin have a very particular shape. You can see them while on a boat ride in Kratie or Stung Treng. It's an excursion that is not to be missed for nature lovers, in the remote regions of Cambodia.

To take advantage of the heavenly islands that haven't been affected by mass tourism

Unlike in Thailand and Vietnam, the Cambodian coastal Islands are little bits of paradise on Earth, yet they aren't busy with tourists. The islands off the coast of Sihanoukville are more or less populated, but even during peak season, they are still untouched. So you need to go there now, before it's too late!

To get a taste of the best rice in the world

Yes, the Cambodian rice from the province of Battambang, just three hours from Siem Reap, is renowned as the best rice in the world, and for two years in a row, has won a contest comparing the world's best rices. In addition, the rice paddy scenery in Battambang's countryside is absolutely magnificent, ideal for those who love trips off the beaten path.  

To get lost in the maze of Angkor's temples

It's the most well-known site in the country and THE main reason why Cambodia gets millions of visitors every year! The temples of Angkor are an architectural wonder, of which Angkor Wat is the ultimate symbol. A "must see" during your stay in Cambodia.  
Bettina Zourli
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Updated 26 October 2018
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