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When you arrive in Phnom Penh, the modern capital city of Cambodia, there is one thing you will notice right away. The traffic! Bumper-to-bumper and even door-to-door it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Phnom Penh is indeed a city on the move, both literally and figuratively. Only 40 years removed from a horrific cultural genocide, Phnom Penh is a rapidly developing city on the rebound, that attracts hordes of travelers every year with it’s unique combination of ancient culture and modern history.
Take a tour and learn about Khmer culture at the Royal Palace and the National Museum. Take a walk along the riverside and grab a drink or some authentic Khmer food at one of the many bars and restaurants. Learn about the tragic genocide the people of Cambodia went through during the late 1970’s by visiting the Tuol Sleng Prison, or the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. In the evening hop a river boat for a night cruise, hang at one of the hundreds of Khmers bars and chill with the friendly locals, or visit one of the city’s many popular night clubs. Phnom Penh, like the traffic, is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. You will surely leave this city along the Mekong with memories that will last a lifetime.
Located 320 kms Northwest of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap is one of the most popular backpacker destinations in the world and it’s not hard to see why when you get here. Travelers flock to Siem Reap year after year for a chance to see the temples of Angkor Wat National Park, home to some of the most stunning ancient temples and ruins in the world. Be taken aback by the incredible detail and impressive preservation of the magnificent Angkor Wat and awed by temples that have gradually be taken over by the forest throughout the years, with stunning results. The temples of Angkor are astonishingly beautiful, and are sure to take your breath away.
While you could spend days visiting the temples of Angkor Wat National park, there are a lot of other offerings on tap in Siem Reap. Take a worthwhile visit to one of the floating villages, or partake in a “cultural” booze cruise on the Tonle Sap lake located just outside the city. Volunteer as an English teacher for an afternoon at one of the children’s schools. Hop on an ATV and cruise the Cambodian country side, or go for a ride in a hot air balloon and take in the incredible views of the temples stretching for miles into the sunset. In the evening head to the night market to practice your bartering skills, or make your way to the backpacker party haven of “Pub Street”, where the drinks are dirt cheap and lifelong memories are free…as long as you don’t drink too much and forget. A big-time guest favorite, Siem Reap is loads of fun and truly a Far Out Adventure.