Why Cambodia's Worth the Trek

Food markets - fried tarantulas, fried bamboo larvae, and fried pork rinds.
Angkor Wat, of course! - climb the 200 narrow, steep steps to the top of each wat and marvel at the serenity of looking out over treetops, listen to birds' mating calls, and think how wonderful it must be to meditate at this height.
Ratanakiri Province in Northeastern Cambodia - a natural freshwater crater lake that's surrounded by jungle and blue skies, where you can cannonball off of fallen trees, picnic on the docks, and watch naked Cambodian children run around.
Durian fruit - it looks and smells foul, but the creamy texture surpasses any fruits in America.
French architecture in Phnom Penh - just stroll around the Royal Palace or along the Tonle Sap and soak it all in.
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum - startling photos and testimonies of prisoners and soldiers during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.
Ride a motorbike or a tuk tuk...no taxis in Cambodia!
Bakery runs after 6 p.m. when all the danishes and cakes are half off.
The weather in January is 82* F.
Road trips mean crossing into Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam.

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