When a lot of people in North America plan their vacation, they usually end up picking something like an all-inclusive package somewhere like Punta Cana on vacation. And what you get there, you could probably get at any all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic. But what if, for the same amount of money as your Punta Cana vacation, you could have an amazing adventure in a country that isn’t overrun with tourist traps?
That’s right, for the same amount of money you would spend on something like a Punta Cana vacation, you could have an amazing experience in Cambodia. If you did decide to go on your Punta Cana vacation, most of your days would probably be spent lounging beside the pool. If you got really ambitious, you might decide to make your way over to the in-pool bar, or down to the beach to lie down there.
If you were feeling active, you might participate in the limbo competition held in the afternoon by the pool exciting times indeed. Instead of that Punta Cana Vacation, you could be in Cambodia exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat, a temple from the 12th century, and considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. And once you were done with Angkor Wat, you could explore the other sites within Angkor Archaeological Park, including Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Kahn, Neak Poan and the Eastern Mebon, all dating from the 9th to 13th century CE. And while on your Punta Cana vacation, for dinner you would usually be sitting down to an all-you-can-eat buffet, along with everybody else in your hotel.
If you were lucky, and you got up at 6 in the morning and actually got a reservation, you might be able to get a reservation in the stuffy a la carte restaurant that doesn’t live up to your expectations. Instead of your Punta Cana vacation dining experience, you could be trying your hand at Khmer cooking with a half day culinary tour, visiting markets, learning about local ingredients, and preparing traditional dishes. Cambodian cuisine is best described as a combination of Thai and Vietnamese, taking the best of both culture and combining them in a unique and delicious way.