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Cambodia: Ten things you just can’t miss

| Words by Zoe Crane |

1. Angkor Wat at Sunrise

Catch a tuk-tuk before dawn and creep through the jungle surrounds by torchlight. We enter through the eastern gate to avoid the hordes of tourists and our travellers are rewarded by a sight they never forget: the sun’s first rays hitting the majestic Angkor Wat.

2. Catch A Show

See one of the traditional Apsara shows and enjoy traditional Khmer dance, thought to be over 1,000 years old. In Siem Reap, check out the Phare Circus – Cambodia’s answer to Cirque de Soleil.

3. Cruise Tonle Sap Lake

Known as ‘the great lake’ this is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the wet season the vast body of water swells from around 2,700 sq. km to around 16,000 sq. km when water from the Mekong River comes flooding in. Currently, some 1.2 million people live on and around the lake.

4. Battambang Bamboo Train

Bamboo platforms powered by go-kart engines have been set up on the retired railway tracks in the artisan capital of Cambodia, Battambang. Running through iconic Cambodian countryside, a rumoured resurrection of the old railway is planned which could mean the end of the 'Bamboo line'.

5. Kayak a Water Forest

Paddle to a floating village through a flooded forest, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of water birds in South East Asia. See a completely different side of Cambodia's countryside, wildlife and communities.

6. Discover Siem Reap’s culinary scene

Discover Siem Reap’s culinary scene - You may want breakfast in bed (or lunch or dinner) at Nest or try authentic Cambodian cuisine at Khmer Kitchen. We recommend Fish Amok, the country’s signature dish. With new and diverse restaurants opening all the time, this is the perfect town to check the box labelled gastronomy!

7. Mondulkiri

A remote province in the northeast of Cambodia which boasts some of the country’s best preserved scenery. Discover rural lifestyles, stunning waterfalls, dense forests and agrarian tribal minorities.

8. Savour Fresh Seafood

A one-time retreat for the French from the searing heat of Phnom Penh, the towns of Kep and Kampot deliver tranquillity, colonial romance and oodles of freshly caught seafood! Best enjoyed with a Cambodia sunset - view or cocktail!

9. Drink In The View

Have sun-downer happy hour cocktails overlooking the river at the Foreign Correspondence Club in Phnom Penh or wander down Pub Street in Siem Reap and enjoy a few refreshing ales for around 50 cents US at one or more of the many establishments.

10. Made in Cambodia

Buy Kampot pepper right from the source or see silk weaving and stock up on handmade silk scarves. Stroll down street 240 in Phnom Penh, the local fashion hub, with stylish boutiques, arts, books and even furniture on sale.