Phnom Penh City at night. Credit: PixelsPhnom Penh City at night. Credit: Pixels

If backpacking across Southeast Asia is there on your ‘Travel Bucket list, then there’s no way you can miss exploring Cambodia! The rustic old world charm amalgamated with the beauty of modernity makes Cambodia one of the top destinations to explore in this new year.

No matter whether you are a gap year student looking for something meaningful to do during your break, or a budget backpacker aiming to explore the ruins of the Khmer Dynasty, or a foodie who wants to try the delicious signature fish amok and beef lok lak to crab and Kampot pepper along with spicy noodles – Cambodia has everything to cater your Wishlist!

And for those who are still wondering “Why visit Cambodia?” – here are a few reasons to convince you to travel to Cambodia.

The ruins of Angkor at Siem Reap

Of course, you can’t deny the fact that one of the major reasons why millions of travelers head towards this Southeast Asian nation is to witness the gorgeous temples built during the Khmer Era.

The sprawling temple complex in Siem Reap is a perfect example of architectural grandeur and home to a series of stunning structures and religious monuments, including the Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm, etc. You can either choose to walk down the historical trails through the lush green jungles, or rent a cycle and explore the World’s largest temple complex, that’s marked as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Ankor Wat Temple. Credit: Pixels
Ankor Wat Temple. Credit: Pixels

Cambodians are Southeast Asia’s friendliest people

People in Cambodia have a reputation for being among the friendliest and most welcoming in Southeast Asia. As you travel around the country, you’ll be greeted with warm smiles and kind words everywhere you go. Cambodians are passionate about their culture, eager to show off their incredible hospitality, and happy to share stories about their history and the dark period. From tuk tuk drivers and shopkeepers to tour guides, you’ll receive an unforgettable welcome in this beautiful country.

Friendly Cambodian people. Credit: Pixels
Friendly Cambodian people. Credit: Pixels

It is neither cheap nor expensive to travel to Cambodia

I have had the privilege of living in Cambodia. Cambodia was quite an inexpensive country to travel to when I visited it for the first time in 2015. The cost increased over the next few years, but it has not yet reached the threshold where you can consider it an expensive country.

Compared to neighboring countries, Cambodia is relatively expensive and travel costs can vary widely depending on the type of experience you seek. From luxury resorts to budget hostels, there are travel options for everyone in Cambodia. You can travel around the country without breaking the bank and still have a meaningful experience – whether that’s exploring the local temples or relaxing on the beach. Plus, with its growing travel infrastructure and transportation options, it’s easier than ever to travel to Cambodia.

Natural beauty

While areas of the country are dry, other parts boast the lush jungles, well-preserved national parks, teeming wildlife and tumbling waterfalls travelers have come to expect from tropical Southeast Asia. The great Mekong River offers diverse wildlife and feeds the Tonle Sap Lake – a natural wonder – while Cambodia’s coastal area is dotted with white sand beaches and pristine islands that have all the appeal but none of the crowds you’ll find in neighboring countries.

Beach in Cambodia. Credit: Pixels
Beach in Cambodia. Credit: Pixels

Varied cuisine

While Khmer cuisine still reigns supreme in, throughout the country’s more-visited destinations travelers will find a variety of local and global cuisine to fit any dietary preferences. With fresh produce available throughout the year and some of the world’s finest rice, dining in Cambodia is a surprisingly satisfying and delectable experience.

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