If you’re interested in the artistic history of Cambodia, the National Museum is a great place to start your journey of discovery, where the building alone will leave you awe-struck. For those who are temple-bound, Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, originally built to honour the Hindu god Vishnu. This treasure trove of archaeological riches, set amid the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Archaeological Park, covers over 400km2 and includes majestic trees growing through its ruins.
Cambodia’s Asian cuisine shares similarities with Thai and Vietnamese food but is by no means a lesser version. Soups, noodles, stir-fries, curries, fresh vegetables and tropical fruit are a plenty. Rice is a given staple at every meal, including breakfast. Pra-hok (a pungent fermented fish paste) and kapi (fermented prawn paste) are both regularly used to flavour dishes. If these acquired tastes are not to your liking, you can find multiple restaurants serving international cuisine, and many options to meet vegan, vegetarian or halal dietary requirements.
As the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the fascinating Tonlé Sap Lake in Siem Reap is filled by the only river in the world to flow in both directions; after draining in the dry season, the vast quantity of water in the Mekong River causes the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow during the rainy season. A diversely rich ecosystem results with a multitude of wildlife species, including Siamese crocodiles, Irrawaddy dolphins, Indochinese tigers, Asian elephants and sun bears.