Cambodia is a country with vast biodiversity in mammals, reptiles, birds freshwater fishes. The significant attraction points include National parks, Wildlife Protection areas, caves, swimming alongside elephants, and several waterfalls. Underwater spo
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The culture of Cambodia is mostly inspired by religion. More than 80% of the population of Cambodia practise Buddhism. The Christians form the highest number of the minority, with 1 % population. There are few people following Islam, atheism, or animism. Many customs, such as prohibition to point feet at one’s head, are being followed. Greetings are displayed by sampeah gesture similar to Indian namaste, i.e., joining the hands in front of the torso. In the traditional outfit of Khmers, a distinct scarf called Krama is adorned. The traditional
clothing of Cambodians has a strong influence on Hindu clothing. Sampot is one such outfit, influenced by Hinduism. With the introduction of Buddhism, the sampot was replaced by the blouse, shirt, and trousers. The Cambodian pin peat ensemble is played in the pagoda, theatrical events with the classical dance. Three dance forms prevail in the country: classical, folk, and vernacular. Khmer traditional dance, with some similarity to Thai classical dance, is selected as one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Stone inscriptions describing the royal lineage are also found in the country. Football and martial arts are well-known sports in the country.
If you want to explore nearby areas on your own, then you can easily rent a motorcycle, except in Siem Reap. But you need to pay extra attention while travelling. Road rules vary with the City! As a safety measure, take a local with you as rarely anybody is acquainted with the English language outside the main cities.
But, you can take a tour around the countryside on cycles while enjoying the natural scenery the country has to offer. Cycling is generally practiced at Ta Prohm, Elephant Terrace, Bayon. Cambodia is safe for solo travels too. But numerous land mines in the country are yet to be discovered. So, think twice before taking an off-route path; taking a local guide with you is deemed advisable.
Ream national park is located near the border of the Gulf of Thailand. It makes you feel like you are in paradise with numerous flora and fauna. With diverse wildlife, this park is home to aquatic species, too, like turtles, sarus cranes, and dolphins. The endangered and rare species are given the utmost protection. You will love the flora here standing along with coral reefs, and encounter with mountain ranges, mangrove forests, beaches, coral reefs, freshwater wetlands, rivers, and islands will leave you thrilled. You can go for trekking, Kayaking, snorkelling, or just relax at the beach. You can even join for a yacht ride!
It is a project taken up by a group of individuals who take care of abandoned, injured, overworked, sick, or orphaned elephants. These people show dedication in conserving the species of elephants. You can get to stay here for a whole day in the company of these adorable beings. Instead of riding the elephants, availed at almost anyplace with elephants; here, you can play and bath with the elephants!
Angkor Thom is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Bayon is one of the most worshipped temples in Seam Reap as giant stone faces adorn Bayon towers. 54 such towers are located here. It is best to visit during the daytime if you want to click a few pictures. The elephant terrace can be visited from this place. Five entrance gates opening to a central Victory gate are located on the east wall. Phnom Bakheng is the oldest temple of Angkor, standing on a hilltop. For its renovation, each stone is hauled and replaced. Sunset can be observed from here if you climb up the staircase.
These caves, also known as Killing caves of Phnom Sampeau, are located 11 kilometres to the southwest of Battambang on the midway of the karstic limestone mountain. A golden reclining Budha has been placed next to the skulls, which can be accessed by a staircase. A large glass memorial besides golden Budhha houses skulls and bones of the people killed in the rampage of the Khmer Rouge. Their bodies were thrown into the cave via chute. The approach to these caves consists of a series of steps surrounded by the green vegetation.
One of the most astounding waterfalls in Cambodia, this waterfall is the least visited waterfall in Cambodia. So, if you want to enjoy solitude, you can plan a visit here. The name katieng is based on the kreung hill tribe of Ka Kieng village. Though less visited, it is still one of the most breathtaking sights. This 10 metre high waterfall falls throughout the year. In the middle of a lush green forest, you can rest for a while under the shade provided by the nearby trees. Caves are formed on both sides of the waterfall; you can even explore these caves. Elephants reside here, and you can take up an elephant ride or feed them instead!
If you are an animal lover, then you should not miss visiting this place. It is the largest zoo in Cambodia. Abandoned and this zoo takes in endangered animals. Home to over 1200 animals from 102 species, this zoo is one of the most visited places by the tourists. Many rare species of animals can be found here. These include Sisamese crocodiles, tigers, and elephants of Asia and Malayan sun bears.