Angkor Wat has become symbol of Cambodia for centuries. But besides discovering Angkor Wat and surrounding temples, visitors should not miss out many exciting activities in this beautiful country. Here are top 10 most interesting activities in Cambodia.
- Sunset Cruise in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh lies at the meeting point of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. It will be so fascinating to be immersed in golden colors of Phnom Penh’s sunset skyline on a cruise. Along Mekong River and cross landmarks like Royal Palace or Tonle Sap’s floating markets while enjoying a delicious barbeque dinner and refreshing drink will be fully artistic experiences.
- Elephant Ride in Siem Reap
Elephants have played an important role in Cambodia’s culture. It has served kings and queens of royal to travel from/to temples and to construct temples in ancient time. So, an elephant ride is as a way to step back in time and a unique way to explore the mysterious Angkor Complex as well as catch sunset of Angkor on Phnom Bakheng Hill. And make sure you will understand why elephants have been extremely powerful in the culture of Cambodia.
- Horse-Riding at The Happy Ranch Horse Farm in Siem Reap
While Elephants have a big culture value, horse brings the value of tradition in Cambodia’s local lifestyle. A must-try activity in Siem Reap is taking a countryside trail ride on horseback. From sunrise to sunset, you will explore untouched sites, countryside villages, scenic rice fields and ruins of ancient temples, all of which give you an authentic taste of the real Khmer lifestyle by a unique way.
- Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Phnom Penh
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is home to over 1,200 animals including iconic species, such as tigers and Asian giant elephants as well as endangered species like pileated gibbons, smooth-coated otters and Siamese crocodiles, which were rescued from illegal wildlife trade. Animals, saved by center, are rehabilitated, then each individual will be released back into the wild once they are recovered.
- Quad Bike Adventure in Siem Reap
It is really worthy for visitors to experience a memorable Quad bike tour in Siem Reap through countryside villages, back roads, greeb paddy fields and ruins of temples as well as the life of locals. All will give you different view of Cambodia life, besides a bustling Siem Reap. And certainly it will be really romantic to see the pink Asian sunset over the stunning Cambodian countryside.
- Snorkeling in Koh Rong
Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saloem Islands are ideal places for any traveler, who is interested in discovering sea animals because of their shallow water and light currents. Snorkeling in Koh Rong is interesting with amazing biodiversity of sergeant fish, seahorses, parrotfish, diamond fish, jumping fish, squid, yellow boxfish, diamond fish, needlefish, and goatfish in the waters.
- Apsara Dance Performance
Apsara Dance is a traditional Khmer dance, describing a story about Cambodian daily life or an historic event. Almost dances dating back from 18th to 20th century, was became the royal dance of Cambodian during that time. Nowadays, it has become a familiar dance of the beautiful young women on holidays, festivals, weddings and in ancient temples.
- Trekking through Cardamom Mountains
Cardamom Mountains is the largest remaining rainforest in Southeast Asia. It is one of the world’s foremost biodiversity hotspots, a place where endangered and rare wildlife have been preserved, especially wild elephants still roam free. Besides discovering a diverse ecosystem, you will have a chance to find some lovely little slices of Cambodian village life on they exploration journey. Most importantly, for adventurous travelers, to trek through this real tropical jungle, you can meet scary insects, snaked and spiders, even get eaten by mosquitoes, but all will worth when you conquer it.
- Trying Cambodia Street Food
Not as famous as Thai and Vietnam street food, but Cambodian’s ones also have a unique and amazing flavors. From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, street food in Cambodia is a new experience journey with real amazing Khmer culture. Some famous street food is amok, coconut water, Cha Houy Teuk, Phnom Penh Noodles, Mi Char, etc.
- Sailing along the mighty Mekong
The Mekong River is a Southeast Asian icon, slicing through six countries, which gives life and a home to millions of people. Mekong Delta is a labyrinth of thousands of waterways and secluded canals lined with lush vegetation, mangrove swamps and verdant rice fields. Mekong Delta is an exotic paradise for visitors with on-water life of more than 17 million people, the benign climate, an abundance of tropical fruits, sugarcane, coconuts and beautiful flowers. Cruising the Mekong from Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta is the best way to explore this beautiful part of Cambodia and Vietnam.