When we talk about Cambodia, we often think of the magnificent temples of Angkor. Cambodia is more than just temples. To discover Cambodia off the beaten path, you have to go to places where mass tourism is not present. Believe me, there are places that will leave you in love. Discover in our new article, the experiences of a trip to give you a taste of Cambodia off the beaten track.

A rather nice alternative to the road between Battambang and Siem Reap is the boat trip down the Stung Sangker River. More expensive and longer, however, the journey offers a great adventure off the beaten track for travelers who decide to travel the path that separate these two cities.

Hours to watch the Cambodian landscape and the lives of its inhabitants living along its course in houses on stilts or colorful boats. Some people prepare food, clean clothes or wash directly in the brown water of the river. Sometimes we meet fishermen who try to catch their next meal with their huge fishing net.

At the approach of Siem Reap, the river suddenly widens to give way to the Tonle Sap Lake with floating villages that move with the seasons. A river course that plunges us directly into the heart of rural Cambodia and the lifestyle of some of its inhabitants.

Not far from Kampong Cham is a sandy island still preserved just two kilometers from the city. Koh Paen is an island that can be reached from Kampong Cham by boat or a bamboo bridge depending on the season. If you want to use the bamboo bridge you have to wait for the dry season because there will be less water.

Once you are, it is the change of scenery. You take a motorcycle to go around in one day. On your way, you will discover small traditional houses decorated with beautiful vegetation and fruit trees, some temples and a school …

On the island of Koh Trong, time stops. Here, no car, only a few mopeds, but mostly bicycles and cart drawn by oxen and horses. We sleep there at home, on a mattress on the floor, we dine and lunch with his host family, we discover a whole new rhythm.

Cambodia off the beaten path, you imagine? it is about discovering Cambodia otherwise, far from the beaten track. It is to live experiences outside those we already know with mass tourism.

There are other places in Cambodia off the beaten track which you can find more information in the Lonely Planet Guide Cambodia – 10ed. Which ? These include, for example, the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, the Prek Toal bird sanctuary, the Mekong discovery trail: discovering the river …

 

You think to discover Cambodia but you still hesitate? Do not hesitate and take your, this country is magical and it will amaze you for sure. But for the undecided, here are 10 good reasons to go to Cambodia without waiting anymore.

1 / An exciting story

The episodes of Cambodia’s stories have impacted the entire South Asian region. From the reign of the Khmer to the kingdom of Angkor Wat to the Khmer Rouge, it is a real journey back in time when you visit Cambodia. Close your history books and find out for yourself.

2 / A warm and welcoming people

The Khmers are really an extraordinary people. In spite of the wars of colonization and the dramas that the inhabitants of Cambodia have undergone, they remain warm and always helpful people. They have their hearts on their hands and will welcome you with their arms wide open.

3 / Historical vestiges

We can not talk about Cambodia without mentioning the temples of Angkor. It’s a real open-air museum waiting for you by visiting the site including the famous temple of Angkor War, the largest religious building in the world!

4 / Paradise beaches

Cambodia is not only temples but it is also beautiful beaches that are located in the south of the country. I particularly recommend the island of Koh Rong Samloem which is a real paradise on earth.

5 / A cheap destination

Cambodia is indeed a very cheap destination with a night at the hostel below 5 euros and a meal that costs around 2 euros. A backpacker would find it quite his account.

6 / A country easy to access

With 2 major international airports in Phnon Penh and Siem Reap, we go to Cambodia quite easily from France. Tickets are also affordable with an average of 400-500 euros for a round trip in off season.

7 / Visa on the spot possible

No steps to take before your trip, the visa for Cambodia is done on the spot, at the airport. Just make $ 30 and a photo ID.

8 / A nice weather

The weather is nice in Cambodia with mild temperatures and little precipitation from November to March.

9 / A safe country

Security should not be a problem in Cambodia. Very few incidents will be reported, let alone with tourists.

10 / Healthy and delicious food

Cambodian cuisine is not very well known in the world but it is still excellent. Enjoy southern seafood, including Kep crabs and Kampot pepper.

I hope you like this article and that it made you want to go to Cambodia without further delay.