Pairs Well With…Cambodia + Culture + Learning + Understanding
Cambodia is nothing less than a cultural mecca and, like it or not, you’re going to get a big dose of culture (and reality) here whether you want one or not. Coming into this month, I was longing for a culture that consumed me – and this one did. In fact, it chewed me up and spit me out. Most of all, it humbled me.
Living in Cambodia hasn’t been the easiest task, to say the least, but the country’s had its ways of working itself into my heart. I’ve seen and felt things through the activities I participated in this month, but also in the deep and meaningful conversations I’ve had. I don’t know that any country has made me this sad to leave, while simultaneously ready to pack my bags. Cambodia has been a bit of a mind bender, but I stick to what I said the moment I arrived: the people are the most amazing part of the country.
I spent a lot of time learning about Cambodian culture and history through first-hand stories, participating in local activities, and visiting historic sites and landmarks, not all of which were easy for me. Cambodia has been one of the most fulfilling countries I’ve visited in all of my global travels, and I highly encourage anyone looking to get out of their comfort zone to swing on over.
Each of these fifteen activities has either taught me something extremely important about the country’s history and how the Cambodian culture lives or provided me with a culturally immersive or fun experience that was in some way memorable. Without further ado, here’s this month’s fab fifteen list.
TODDLE AROUND IN A TUK TUK. The key to getting around in Cambodia will revolve around these three-wheeled motorbike taxis that rule the streets. They are your best friend and pretty much your only option for transportation besides your own two feet. Tuk Tuks are quite inexpensive costing $2-$3 for a one-way ride. Make sure to negotiate before you get in, or you may be charged a “foreigner’s fee.”