You don’t need to go to a parallel universe if you can by a ticket to Cambodia. The country has everything you’ll ever want for a little adventurous vacation; rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a lively nightlife. Cambodia is a country still trying to find its way, but it’s sure as hell walking in the right direction.
It’s a great package
Accommodation is very cheap, you can book a 5* hotel for as cheap as a 150 EGP per night. So literally, this is your change to live as a king. The food is no different. Local street vendors who happen to sell amazing typical dishes will basically cost you nothing, and to dine in a fancy place would cost no more than a normal dish in one of Cairo’s cafes. The transportation is cheap as well, but it’s not the best thing about the country, so don’t get your hopes high.
It will make you slow down
The moment you arrive, you will be able to see the different speeds between the country and the outer world. Cambodia is so calm and slow, your pace will have to slow down to be intone with the surrounding. You will feel you want to stop, breath, and just take it all in. I don’t know if that’s the Buddhist effect or the history of the place, but it’s very relaxing.
Siem Reap is all about the Buddist culture. You have to visit the Angkor Wat, explore the Khmer empire’s world heritage archaeological sites, and hike the surrounding areas as well.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, meaning that it’s busier (being busier doesn’t mean it’s overwhelmingly busy, but of course it’s not as relaxed as the other areas around the country). The city has good shopping areas, bug streets, and a vibrant nightlife. Your mornings will still be filled with sightseeing and excavations. However, you will find a lot of restaurants and bars to wonder around at night.
But don’t forget, it has many sides..
Cambodia has a very calm and tranquil side, and it’s natural scene is amazing. But it also has a long violent history and the years of the dictatorship is just very emotionally overwhelming. Don’t forget to read about it’s history before you go to make sure that you are making the most out of your experience.