May 31st, 2012
Ode to Cambodia
While Thailand and Vietnam get the bulk of the travel buzz, Cambodia is not to be missed. No country has captured our heart quite like this one, brimming with unforgettable experiences. A cosmopolitan capital, beautiful beaches, great food and a fascinating history make this a must-visit destination.
11 things we love about this captivating South East Asian country.
• Cool, creamy and expertly crafted Cambodian iced coffee.
• The warm, friendly, ever-smiling people.
• The artistry, history and sheer magnitude of Angkor Wat.
• Authentic Khmer dishes with a vegetarian (and organic) twist at Chamkar Restaurant, Siem Reap (The Passage, Old Market, 09-2733150).
• Sipping happy hour cocktails along the Tonle Sap River (grab a seat on the second floor of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club (FCC) for the best river view).
• Hoping for a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin along the mighty Mekong in Kratie.
• Bargaining like a local for everything from housewares to jewellery at the bustling Central Market, Phnom Penh (between streets 126 and 136).
• Beach-hopping in Sihanoukville.
• Indulging in fresh-caught crab in dusty but charming Kep. Head to the cluster of tiny waterfront restaurants in the Crab Market for the best.
• Finding well-appointed rooms with all the comforts of home (A/C, Wi-Fi, breakfast, pool) for under $20 – everywhere.
• Getting a much-needed aromatherapy massage and natural jasmine rice scrub at Bodia Spa (three locations). —Jessica Padykula
We continue our jaunt through South East Asia next week with a stop in bustling Bangkok.