Cambodia

A nation recovering from Khmer Rouge's reign in the 1970s, Cambodia invites visitors near and far to their Kingdom of Wonder to learn their traditions.

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The Kingdom of Wonder is steeped in cultural history, inviting visitors to burrow beneath the intricate layers and understand the people's experiences. Learn about the rule of Khmer Rouge that devastated the region in the late 1970s and the significance to the Cambodian people who are in a period of change. Become accustomed with the Buddhism religion that presides over the majority of the nation, adopt Cambodian greetings and mannerisms, try the signature cuisine such as Fish Amok and Beef Lok Lak and happen upon rural tribal minorities in Mondulkiri. Unearth remote beaches with no Wi-Fi or electricity, shopping markets selling clothes, food and artwork, and don't forget Siem Reap, an architectural gateway into the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat.

Sensorial Experience

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Situated in the centre of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a mysterious and fascinating land of contrasts, of paradoxes that leave both the conservative, mature traveller and the carefree, nomad wanderer bewildered with so much diversity. Although one cannot overlook major issues like striking poverty or infrastructure, it is also important to take note of the major steps taken to bring Cambodia to a state of healing. One thing that makes this country really remarkable is the astounding beauty of its temples. Focus on Siem Reap area where you will find a superb complex of ancient Hindu/Buddhist Temples. Make sure you include in your itinerary the beautiful Angkor Wat ( “City Temple”), one of the finest monuments in the world where you must definitely catch the most picturesque sunrise you could have ever imagined. Also, don't miss Ta Prohm, also known as The “Tomb Raider” Temple, whose popularity went straight to the roof due to the gorgeous Angelina Jolie, or the 12th-century Bayon, the hypnotising state temple of King Jayavarman VII. Animal lovers have to get to Kratie to see an endangered species of dolphins called Irrawaddy making their iconic jumps in the Mekong River. If bling-bling gets you excited, then head towards the Silver Pagoda with its countless jewelled Buddha statues and precious national treasures. Not afraid of a bumpy ride? Then hop on a Tuk-Tuk to Downtown Siem Reap or take a boat to the floating villages for an authentic experience of life in the fishing rural population of Cambodia. This is just the beginning, the rest is for you to discover.

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From ancient rhythms reminiscent of Angkor Empire, old India and China, to religious dances or depictions of legends and myths, Cambodia has a long musical history, having incorporated significant global vibes in the recent years. The classical Pinpeat music used in religious rituals, Mohori, its secular counterpart played at private parties and banquets, Pleng Kar comprising wedding songs, there are so many local varieties that you will most certainly find at least one to your liking.

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Similar to their sights, music and cuisine, Cambodian fragrances are also diversified and so very tempting. Think about rich jasmine mixed with subtle tuberose notes, then the freshness of Kirirom pines, spiced up by the smell of Kampot pepper, all engulfed in a sea of aromatic citruses, such as limes and kaffir lime leaves. What a delight!

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Variety, contrast, that is what best describes Cambodian cuisine. Anything from spices, pickles, flowers, leaves, herbs, absolutely everything goes with anything. If rice is at the base of most mains, fish, meat and noodles can also be counted on at all times. Popular dishes are fish amok, noodle soups, Khmer red curry, delicious pastries which they call Num and so many other tasty, flavoursome ones you'll be asking for a refill. Fruits are extremely popular, so make sure you have your share of durians, mangosteens, star apples, lychees and the list can go on.

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Everything you have ever felt will be taken to yet another level in Cambodia. Pure bliss at the natural beauty of Mother Earth, amazement at all the man-made gigantic temples imploring blessings from above, excitement and thrill when exploring around, sadness and compassion for the less fortunate living at the edge of poverty, it's all a cocktail of emotions and experiences that will surely change you for the better.

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