I love Cambodia! It truly is a Kingdom of Wonders, a kingdom of extraordinary people. The history books will forever speak of the amazing culture of this nation, both about the people who live in our time and about the ancient Cambodians.
The Kingdom of Wonders lives in the stone, in the dust and in the blood of its people. Our journey to find things to see in Cambodia has stunned me. The architecture of the temples, the warmth and friendly approach from the locals, and the sheer beauty of the coastline has left me only yearning for more! Yes, I love Cambodia!
One way that we found we can benefit on our travels, is with an American Express Explorer Card. Well, want to know why? Here are some things that we make use of prior to our travels:
- We purchase our flight tickets with the card itself. By doing this we gain travel insurance (saving costs of having to purchase some) that will cover us for unfortunate events and as we are travelling to a third world country, we all know how incredibly important it is to be prepared.
- The card also has medical emergency expense cover; something we were hoping none of us would ever need, but we were wrong. On our way out of Cambodia we got so sick on the plane that we had to miss our connecting flight; in order to stay close to a toilet. I will spare you the details of the yucky story. None the less we learnt that insurance is necessary.
Let me put it this way; we have found out first hand, just how important it is to be insured. On our way back from Cambodia we had an unfortunate sickness take us all down, one by one! Haha… Yup, it is funny now, but it was not funny back then. Haha… Anyways, I will spare you the details for now. You can read all about it on our blog. What’s the moral of this story, with travel insurance, better safe than sorry, I always say?
Today, however, I will take you on a journey to the amazing places in the Kingdom of Wonders to show you the best things to see in Cambodia!
10 Extraordinary and Unique Things to see in Cambodia!
TIP: If you are traveling during the high season, it is important to think about booking your accommodation, tours and activities ahead of time. Our top recommendation of things to include in your itinerary can be found below.
1. Exploring the Iconic Angkor Wat Temples
The number one on the list of things to see in Cambodia is, of course, the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat. An architectural marvel, a genius of engineering and craftsmanship at its best! Cambodian temples are spectacular!
This famous UNESCO site is enormous! It will take you days, to be able to see and really take in the beauty of it all. There are numerous sites, all with their own style.
Some of them are well preserved, some have slowly crumbled and some have been caught in an eternal hug in the arms of the jungle. And to be there is a truly spectacular experience!
One of my favorite temples was the Ta Prohm Temple, I loved seeing all the massive trees swallowing up the temple.
2. Hammocks in the Ocean at Koh Rong Samloem
I always loved chilling out in a hammock, but I’ve never imagined that I would enjoy this awesome leisure activity in a setting like this one! Well, isn’t this just perfect? Perfect beach, simplicity of it all and you in the hammock… Do I need to say anything else? No… OK, well make sure you book a few nights of stay at Koh Rong Samloem.
3. Incredible Salt Lakes in Cambodia
I will always look at salt differently now since I have seen how it is produced. I thought that it is all done by machines and mass-produced for our consumption. Well, not here! Here it is all done by hand and in a back braking exercise. Hats off to the hard-working people of Kampot. As to the salt fields themselves, well it is a truly incredible sight to see! Where does your salt come from?
4. The Buzz at the Crab Markets
Witness the real-life at the coast of Cambodia and check out the world-famous Kep Crab Markets! Witness the life of locals as it is every day in Kep. Early morning catch, sorted and prepared for sale or cooking. Enjoy the buzz that surrounds the stalls. Smell and taste the tender, juicy and super delicious crab, right there and then!
5. ‘Chillaxed' Beaches of Rabbit Island
OK, so let me clear this up straight away. There are no rabbits on Rabbit Island Cambodia! Haha… I was kinda hoping that there was some. Just imagine an island, where you are chilling out with a bunch of white, fluffy rabbits… Haha… Yup!
There are no rabbits, but there is so much more! This amazing island resembles a shape of a rabbit. All you will find here is awesome and chilled out people. Beautiful beach, hammocks everywhere, funky little bars with delicious cocktails and plenty of smiley faces everywhere!
6. Stilted Houses in Kampong Khleang Village
Kampong Khleang floating village is extraordinary. People don’t have much here, but they have each other. This is a very tight-knit community, where neighbour will help a neighbour without question. This is about survival, growing crops, harvesting, building, fishing and much much more.
We love to travel with purpose. We love visiting amazing places like this one, to learn and to teach our kids the importance of sharing, of hard work and an appreciation for simple things. You don’t have to have masses of material things like we westerners usually have. Villagers here have not much at all, but in many ways they have more and you can see it in their smiles!
7. Spending time with the locals to learn new skills
Have you ever made a broom with your own hands, or have you ever harvested rice and prepped it for eating? Well, the experience of village life awaits you here! We had a fabulous day learning all about the art of broom-making and rice preparation.
It’s amazing how much hard work it takes to prepare rice for cooking. Here you will not find a Seven Eleven or a Quickie Mart…, here everything is done the old way and by hand. Interested? I know you are! You will love the people here and they will teach you their way! Learn more about this tour we went on here.
8. World Famous Kampot Pepper Farms
Have you ever checked out where your local convenience store pepper comes from? Probably not. Well, you might be surprised to see Kampot Pepper near you. This spicy delicacy travels far to all the corners of the world. If you are interested in a world-famous pepper, then you came to the right place! We had a great time learning about pepper, about their taste and colours. Pretty cool! Well, I use it everyday in my food, so it’s nice to have a little bit more knowledge of how it gets to us.
9. Colourful Markets
Cambodian markets are full of color and yummy things to eat! Fill up your luggage with great souvenirs and fill up your belly with delicious food. Well, I am hungry just thinking about it! Haha…
You might like to know, that everything in the markets is made by hand. People from surrounding villages gather to sell their creations, thus creating a wonderland of all our senses. You will love exploring Cambodian markets!
10. Khmer Buddhist Temples
When you visit Cambodia, you must visit one of the many Khmer Buddhist Temples and meet with the head monk. It was great to have a chat with a monk. You will be able learn a few things about the local way of life and interesting Buddhist customs. On our trip to Cambodia, we got a blessing from the monk for health, happiness and safe travels. A truly unique experience!
It is no secret that Cambodia is one of the most affordable countries that you can visit in this part of the world. Affordability was one of the reasons why we chose Cambodia for our family getaway in the first place. Add in the travel benefits and rewards of the Amex Explorer Card together with an inexpensive destination and you now have no excuse about not being able to afford that holiday!! That is how we like to travel. We chose to save money where we can so that we can experience a destination to the max.
Cambodia has it all, a variety of adventures, experiences and sights lie ahead of you. This is a destination where you can treat yourself to massages, spas and more without even having to blink an eye. We love the Kingdom of Wonders! Truly the adventure of a lifetime, filled with diversity, extraordinary destinations and with memories to last forever! Said it before and will say it again; we LOVE Cambodia!
American Express Explorer Card Benefits
Benefits to you, the card holder:
100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you apply online by 30th January 2017
Up to 2 Membership Rewards Points for every $1 spent online
Ability to transfer points to a choice of 8 airline partner programs
Smartphone Screen insurance in case you smash the screen
$400 Travel Credit each year towards flights, hotels or car hire booked online
Two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport
And much much more!!
Well, that is why we have American Express card. If you want to know more and/or apply, check out the link here.
Over to you:
- Which of the things to see in Cambodia will make it to your itinerary?
- What would you spend your AMEX Explorer Cards rewards on?
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with American Express.