Holidays in Cambodia are famous for being enriching cultural experiences. But the country is also beginning to emerge as one of the world's most exciting adventure activity destinations.
This sublime Southeast Asian nation is ready to make the most of its picturesque landscape and provide the world with a new playground for adrenaline-fueled exploits.
Here's our list of the top five ways to experience adventure in Cambodia.
Scuba diving in Sihanoukville
Cambodia has an array of beautiful beaches lining its coast, and none are more impressive than Sihanoukville. But if you're looking for something more than just lounging on the golden sands, this sleepy town is the unofficial scuba-capital of Cambodia.
Boats regularly depart from Sihanoukville's port for the number of small uninhabited islands just off the Cambodian coast. These islands are home to myriad tropical fish and coral, ideal for an unforgettable diving experience. There is a huge variety of dive sites available, so there is something for you whether you're a beginner or an expert.
If you've never tried scuba diving before, Sihanoukville even has a range of PADI diving schools to get you up to speed and ready to dive.
Cycling the Cambodian countryside
Cambodia is a country of stunning scenery and awe-inspiring natural beauty. And the fact is that there is no better way to experience Cambodia holidays than from the seat of a mountain bike.
Cycling keeps you involved with the authentic natural feel of the country, but gets you around to the beautiful sights a lot quicker than walking.
Where you go is completely up to you, but there are a few classic itineraries you can follow. The Mekong River makes an excellent trail to experience you'll enjoy views of Cambodian farms, scenic silk villages and of course the river itself.
Another popular choice is to navigate your way between the magical temples of the Angkor region. With a country this impressive, you can't really go wrong.
Trekking in Siem Reap
The wilderness of northern Cambodia is the place to go if you want to enjoy trekking. Begin your journey from the city of Siem Reap.
It is a popular tourist destination, and might not seem like a sensible starting point for a trekking adventure. However, travel just a little way north and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find yourself surrounded by such untouched natural beauty.
There are a number of sites here that you really won't want to miss. The beautiful Temple of the Women still stands from the 10th century and gives you a real sense of the history of Cambodia. The River of a Thousand Lingas is another of the region's unforgettable sights, and even broadens into an impressive waterfall. With a variety of temples and natural scenery to enjoy, you'll never be too far from something incredible.
Kayaking the Kampot River
The Kampot Province is Cambodia in microcosm. Rolling green hills and towering forests backing onto tranquil villages and rice paddies a beautiful and peaceful place. It's also home to the broad-shouldered Kampot River which offers the intrepid traveller excellent opportunities for kayaking.
This is a unique way to see an exquisite region.
The river has just about everything you could ask for from a kayaking experience: Long stretches of gentle, relaxing waters give way to rapids to get the adrenaline flowing. There are plenty of places to dock your kayak and go ashore, should you get the urge.
And you can be sure that your journey will be variously punctuated with the daily lives of local fishermen and impressive wildlife.
Experience the Bokor National Park
Bokor National Park is truly one of the most striking experiences that Cambodia can provide. This is a special place; a huge, sprawling picture of verdant landscape and natural wonders, home to wild tigers and elephants. Walking is the most popular way to get around it's the only way to take in all of the impressive sights.
The ruins of The Black Palace are usually high on any itinerary. Actually a complex of villas rather than a palace, the uninspiring windowless exterior gives way to pretty marble floors and a sense of the grandiose.
The Hill Station is another enjoyable glimpse into Cambodia's past. Built by the French in the 1920s, this creepy building has been the location for a number of movies.
Bokor National Park offers travellers than chance to see wonderful natural scenery alongside impressive vistas of Cambodian history.