Cambodia is best known for its magnificent ancient temple ruins such as Angkor Wat. It is also known for its dark history marked by the killing fields tourist attraction.
But that’s not what this blog is about today. The truth is there is so much more to Cambodia than temples and killing fields, which is why this blog focuses on the 3 most unusual or lesser known activities you can do in Cambodia that are sure to give you a great time.
The only thing better than visiting an ancient village in the heart of Cambodia is visiting a village that is suspended on water. The Tonle Sap lake in Siem Reap is one of the best known lakes and is home to floating villages which are inhabited by many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities.
Visitors will have a chance to get a glimpse of everyday life on the Tonle Sap and see families working, resting or conducting business on the lake.
Tours of the Tonle Sap lake also allow tourists to stop for lunch in one of the many local floating restaurants and enjoy the views of the surrounding waterways.
If you are ever lucky enough to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, be sure to visit the floating village.
Chill out and relax at Kep
Kep is a picturesque, seaside town located in the south of Cambodia. This beautiful little town is surrounded by sprawling salt fields and family-run pepper plantations.
Here you’ve got several exciting activities to choose from. You can either take scenic walks in Kep National Park, visit the famous Crab Market and indulge in as much seafood as your heart’s desire.
But what really makes Kep stand out is the scenery. In terms of the surroundings, Kep has it all - the palm trees, white sands and floating restaurants.
It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after temple-hopping across the island.
Enjoy sacred sites at Kulen
Kulen mountain is the most sacred in Cambodia. The main attraction is the waterfalls at the top of Kulen Mountain, which is set up with hammocks and shelters to provide respite from the sun.
This sacred spot is the birthplace of the ancient Khmer empire. It is said that it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed Cambodia’s independence from Java.
And if you don’t quite fancy a complete escape from the temples, then you’ll be pleased to know that this ancient mountain is surrounded by them.
Some of the sites around the mountain are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, within the Kulen National Park site and Preah Ang Thom pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha.
This part of Cambodia is a magnet to “kru khmer” (natural medicine doctors), and attracts people seeking blessings from its holy waters.
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By Janine Griffiths
Janine is a copywriter and marketing manager from England, with a background in journalism. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and a Youtube blog where she shares her top tips and travel advice with other travelers. As a digital nomad, Janine spends most of her time exploring new places, creating dynamic marketing campaigns on behalf of other companies, and producing inspiring content about travel and photography. She represents a number of different entrepreneurs and startups. She also has a passion for helping people to reach their full potential.