Far removed from the chilly southerly’s that blow up from Antarctica, Cambodia is the ideal winter escape for those struggling with the winter blues. With its challenging and inspiring history, Cambodia is an intoxicating and contrasting land of bustling cities and ancient temples. Although home to the eighth wonder of the world, the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia is so much more than ancient Khmer architecture. From hidden jungle temples and sugar-palm plantations to ancient ruins and bustling cities, this country is an intriguing hub of cultural, culinary and captivating delights. Photo: Kristen Briggs Siem Reap, the chic epicentre of the country, has everything from high-end shopping, spas and dining to street markets, food stalls and a thriving nightlife. Walk its tree-lined boulevards to a local cafe, relax with a massage or hit the streets to experience the full flavour of this iconic city. Or perhaps you’d like to spend a day immersed in the majesty and mysticism of the Angkor Temple Complex, marvelling at the magnificent spires of Angkor Wat as they reach towards the heavens. Photo: Kristen Briggs From the country’s cultural centre to its political capital, Phnom Pehn is a bustling metropolis enjoying a tourism revitalisation thanks to its beautiful riverside location and world-renowned dining scene. Explore the Royal Palace with its shining Silver Pagoda or visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for a poignant and sobering history of the struggles of the Khmer people. Stroll along the riverfront promenade or haggle for traditional wares at the city’s Central and Russian Markets. While its major cities are used to the constant influx of tourists, travel a little further out and you’ll experience the real Cambodia. Although poverty-stricken, rural communities demonstrate that resilient Cambodian spirit sure to inspire any traveller. Take the opportunity to escape the familiar lures of the city in favour of the ever-changing landscapes and colourful culture of rural Cambodia. Photo: Kristen Briggs Through seemingly endless rice paddies, sugar-palm plantations and small villages to tropical islands and white sand beaches, you’ll discover a feast for the senses; every kilometre covered revealing a new splendour. Other areas of interest: Battambang | Appreciate the juxtaposition of French colonial architecture in a traditionally Cambodian town. Kep | A sleepy seaside village famous for its incredible ocean vistas, spectacular sunsets and fresh seafood. Tonle Sap Lake | Board a boat and cruise the serene waters of Tonle Sap Lake to the floating community of Kampong Phluk. Are you interested in visiting Cambodia or searching for your next big adventure? Visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar to find a charity challenge perfect for you. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.