I feel like Cambodia is totally underrated. It’s smaller than it’s neighbours and it’s just getting back on it’s feet after a pretty hectic time with the Khmer Rouge and all. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do. Here is a list of 10 must see places and activities in Cambodia in no particular order.
1. CATCH A TUK TUK
I’m going to say that Cambodia has probably the world’s best tuk tuks. They’re essentially little cushioned chariots pulled around by a guy on a motorbike. Tuk tuks give you a chance to sit back, relax and take in the view of bustling street scape of little ole Cambodian. Plus it’s much cooler than walking.
2. HAVE A DRINK AT THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT’S CLUB
The FCC in Phnom Penh sits on the river bank and looks out at the mighty Mekong River. Sitting on the FCC balcony at the end of a stinking hot day (which is most days) is the perfect way to cool off and unwind. It also helps that drinks are cold, strong and half price everyday 5-7pm. They also serve food which is pretty tasty.
3. VISIT RABBIT ISLAND
Rabbit Island (or Tonsai Island) is a tiny island off the coast of Cambodia. The island is covered in thick jungle and has quiet sandy beaches, lined with coconut trees and hammocks. You can stay in a bungalow on the beach from just $7. If you’re looking for an almost untouched island get away where no one will hear you scream- this is the place for you. Boats leave the Kep pier everyday- rain, hail or shine.
4. EAT CRAB AT KEP
Kep is on the coast of Cambodia, about a 4 hour drive from Phnom Penh, an is famous for it’s crab. The crab is so fresh that when ordering crab at one of the restaurants along the shore, you can often see staff wading into the water to fish out a crab from one of their many traps bobbing away in the ocean. Now that is fresh. This is one of Ryan’s favourite things to do in Cambodia.
5.VISIT SAKURA JAPANESE THRIFT STORE
This might not be for everyone, but for those who love a bargain or are into vintage clothes, Sakura Thrift Store is amazing. I’ve seen a few of these shops hidden around both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. They’re great for finding interesting (and sometimes designer) clothes, bags and shoes and the best thing is that things are cheap, cheap, cheap. There are plenty of clothes for $0.25 USD.
Another: Visiting National Museum of Cambodia