All year long, people wait for the Christmas season when they can celebrate a bit of holiday cheer, but that too gets old quite quickly. After a month or more of frigid weather and freezing rains or snow, it’s time for a holiday abroad. This year, if you are taking your annual winter holiday abroad, have you considered Southeast Asia? Cambodia may be one country you had never thought of but winter at home makes it all the more desirable. If you are wondering what fun things you can do and see in Cambodia, here is a sampling of what you’ll find.
The Performing Arts Cambodian Style in Phnom Penh
If you are looking for a bit of authentic culture, why not experience a truly delightful Khmer dance performance. Cambodia is an Asian country, that goes without saying, but the Khmers are the ethnic group native to Cambodia, comprising nearly 90% of the total population of the country. These dance companies often perform at cafes and theatres, but you can probably find them at the Temple Balcony for free in Phnom Penh if youare on a rather limited budget.
A Unique Cycling Experience in Siem Reap
As a lesser known city and province in the northwestern part of the country, Siem Reap is also known as the “Gateway to Angkor,” where you’ll find many of the archaeological sites making it a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. There is nothing quite as fun as staying at one of the most popular hostels in Siem Reap and then taking off by day on a cycle to tour the local temples. You can rent bikes to go solo or you can join a tour. Upon arrival back at your hostel, you can share your day with other backpackers who are there from all areas of the world. Keep in mind that the temples of Angkor and surrounding regions like Siem Reap are the cultural epicentre of Khmer with thousands of years’ history.
Step Into the Set of Tomb Raider -Ta Prohm
Did you know that this temple of Angkor was actually used as a location set for the blockbuster, Tomb Raider? Believe it or not, this is one of the only remaining structures left in all its pristine glory and to date it as ancient, you only need to look at the surrounding trees where the roots have literally grown up around the temple. It’s an amazing site to see and equally as amazing as a backdrop for your holiday photos in Cambodia.
While these are only a few of the many fun things to do in Cambodia, you get a sense of taking a winter holiday unlike any you’ve ever experienced. From nights spent socialising at the Lum d hostel to cycling from temple to temple or even a day spotting dolphins in Mekong, there are so many unique experiences to be enjoyed. Don’t forget to bring your digital cameras or mobile phones because you’ll be wanting to send photos home to highlight your trip. It may not be a place you had ever considered going on holiday, but once you’ve been, you’re sure to come back again and again.