Cambodia is a country on the brink of moving past its history (and it has certainly embraced tourism), but the brutal oppression of the Khmer Rouge years linger and continue to effect large parts of the population. There’s a strong sense of preserving its culture. It’s not uncommon for young children to practice traditional song and dance, and learning the crafts of their elders.
Who Should Go: Anyone who wants to be wowed by an immense, ancient kingdom, once subsumed by the jungle; Thailand visitors who want to tack on an easy two- or three-day trip from Bangkok
Ideal Length of Stay: 3 days (Siem Reap only); 7 days (with Phnom Penh, and private island resort Song Saa)
Itinerary Highlights: Don’t miss sunrise at Angkor Wat –avoiding the crowds makes up for the pain of getting up at the crack of down. A day trip outside of Angkor takes you to the lake-side communities of Tonle Sap, which you can explore by boat. Add a few days to include Phnom Penh, and the beach towns of Kep and Sihanoukville.
Read Before You Go:
Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors, Dith Pran and Kim DePaul (1999)
First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung (2006)
When Broken Glass Floats, Chanrithy Him (2001)
Indagare Tip: Venture to the less popular locations, including the capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll have a more in-depth understanding of the country’s history through the famous Killing Fields and the impressive Royal Palace. If you can only do Siem Reap, take a helicopter ride to see the expanse of this
Read a postcard from George Butterfield about biking in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Read a postcard about watching a rehearsal of Cambodian dance troupe Amrita Performing Arts
Read a postcard about bringing safe water to kids in Cambodia and how you can donate to a grass-roots well project.
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