5 Unique and Unusual Things to Do in Cambodia
Are you familiar with dark tourism?
To give you an idea, some dark tourism spots include the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau near Krakow, Poland, Chernobyl, ruins of Pompeii, and the like. Simply put, it's tourism that involves travel to places historically associated with death and tragedy.
Do you know what else is considered a dark tourism site? If you answered the Killing Fields in Cambodia, you're correct. Of course, it doesn't mean you should skip the whole country just because you're not a fan of dark tourism.
There are many things to do in Cambodia that don't involve a trip to the Killing Fields. Here are 5 unique and unusual experiences you shouldn't miss when visiting the Kingdom of Wonder.
1. Angkor Wat Sunrise/Sunset
A list of Cambodia attractions wouldn't be complete without Angkor Wat. It's even more magical if you experience it while the sun is slowly rising above it or during sunset.
Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that Angkor Wat is massive. There's a whole lot of ground to cover so don't expect you can do it all on foot.
The best way to get around Angkor Wat is to rent a bicycle or hire a van driver. Tuk-tuks are also a good option. Just ask the hotel staff for recommendations.
2. Feast on Hairy Arachnids
For sure, there are many fun things to do in Cambodia, but if your idea of fun is trying out new delicacies, then you should definitely give fried tarantulas a try. According to locals, the best ones are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
If hairy spiders aren't your thing though, you can also try scorpions, silkworms, and grasshoppers.
3. Siem Reap's Best of the Best
Other than Angkor Wat, don't miss the chance to visit Tonle Sap Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. You should also check out Kompong Khleang floating village while you're in Siem Reap.
It's one of the best places in Cambodia to be if you want an activity-filled day. Here, you can go on a boat excursion to see some stilted houses, share a meal with the locals, and visit 'little Vietnam.'
4. Help the Local Bunong People
There are things to see in Cambodia because you want to cross them off your bucket list, then there are places you have to go to because helping is what you do.
The Mondulkiri Project is an elephant sanctuary that satisfies both conditions. Aside from helping preserve elephants and the forests in Sen Monorom, the project also provides a source of income for the local Bunong people.
5. More Things to Do in Cambodia
Despite how small Cambodia is compared to other countries, it has a bit of everything for everyone. For bikers, there are busy streets, rice paddies, and jungle tracks to explore. For water sports enthusiasts, there are diving spots, as well as kayaking opportunities down the Mekong or Tonle San River.
There are also cooking classes, museum tours, spas, etc. With so many things to see and do, one visit isn't enough for sure.
Are You Planning a Trip to Cambodia?
Now that you know about some of the best things to do in Cambodia, don't stop here. Keep on reading about the country so you can plan your trip well without going over your budget.
For more Cambodia travel tips and advice, don't hesitate to check out our other posts.