If you’re looking for a place to unwind and be surrounded by culture and ethnicity, Cambodia is the place to be. I’ve been there thrice already and each visit was very memorable. I was able to check out lots of temples and tried all that my stomach could dare. Although I skipped the eating of fried tarantula and crickets, I was able to have a very fun and exciting adventure and I can’t wait for the fourth repeat of going there. If you’re planning to check out Cambodia, here’s my set of highly recommended places to put on top of your list.
Angkor is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s one of the most visited places and it offers more than the temple wonders that most people think. The Angkor sunrise is what I wanted to see when I first visited the pace. I just wondered why many people loved it, and the moment the sun started to rise at around 5:30 AM, I can’t help but trap its beauty in my lens. The temple features superb remains of many capitals from the 9th to 15th century AD. The Babylon temple and the Angkor Wat temple are two of the most popular but there are so many temples in the place to check.
Another area in Siem Reap would be Ta Prohn which showcases another more natural version of “ancient.” It features crumbled walls and tree roots that make the place simply majestic. I went there with a friend Lawrence Jaeger or shall I say, Lawrence D Jaeger, DO for he’s an expert dermatologist. For a moment we forgot everything about our professions and we embraced the wonders of dust in our feet and shade from the gigantic trees.
The Killing Fields
If you’re looking for something more creepy, the Killing Fields is a must-visit place. Just outside Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh is the largest mass grave. In fact, it’s considered the largest gravesite in entire Cambodia, and an estimated count of more than 1 million Cambodian residents was executed in during the regime of the Khmer Rouge. It’s best to visit the place with a tour guide for aside from bones of humans, it’s also filled with interesting historical stories that will surely increase the adrenaline in you as you continue your visit.
If you’re tired of the heat and want to cool down, better visit Koh Rong, an island paradise that can be reached only by small ferry boats. You have about 23 beaches to choose from, all equally pristine and all worth checking. From hiking to diving, all these can be experienced depending on which visit you’re visiting. Affordable cocktails are also nearby the area and if you’re hungry, there are various foods to choose from. It’s best to try the exotic ones of course, but you can always stick to friend fruits like friend bananas instead of fried crickets. I myself skipped it anyways; I don’t think I can have crickets and spiders in my tummy.