The Cambodian countryside, dotted everywhere with the slender and familiar silhouettes of the palmyra palms, has a bucolic charm that makes it very attractive.
The coasts are not the most prized regions of Cambodia.
Cambodia is rich in animal species sometimes on the verge of extinction that can only be found in this vast country. The flora is also varied. You can admire orchids, wander through the mangroves, or wonder at the palmyra palms, the symbol of Cambodia. On the plain, the rice fields predominate, but alternate with undefined ground sprinkled with reeds and woods. However, a bigger problem persists; deforestation. The export of wood has been controlled since 1995, in order to stop mass destruction of trees.
The paradox of Cambodia is that it is globally known for what is the most beautiful in the world, Angkor, as well as the worst, the Khmer Rouge. Dance and sculpture hold considerable importance in Cambodian culture. The perfect harmony of these two arts is found on the walls of the Angkor temples, with the famous asparas (celestial dancers).
Ballet is probably the oldest artistic tradition in the country and still follows the original forms of ballet passed down from the royal courts. Considered to be a sacred ritual and not just a simple show, these dances are inspired by traditional stories, such as the dance of the princess and the flower or extracts from the Ramayana.
Cambodian food, beyond the specialities, is very similar to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. There are, however, traditional dishes with very specific flavours that you shouldn't miss for anything in the world. For example, there is loc lak beef, amok (very fragrant), and numerous varieties of fruit, which are as pleasant to eat as they are to look at. Those who like to taste new things will also enjoy strolling through the cities where the market stalls are full of new surprises. Concerning alcohol, do not expect to find very much choice. It is possible, however, to enjoy some very good cocktails in the trendy bars of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.