Cambodia boasts the famous Angkor Wat, a Hindu temple that later became a Buddhist monastery. Hidden for centuries under dense jungle, today Angkor Wat is one of most photographed places in the world.
Cambodia itself is struggling to heal from one of the worst genocides in modern history.
In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed over 1.5 million men, women, and children. Faced with inconceivable poverty and desperation, Cambodia became a source, transit point, and destination for human trafficking.
The people of Cambodia are hungry for hope and healing. Will you share it with them?
While the traditional greeting is a slight bow with palms pressed together in front of one's body, shaking hands is widely practiced as well.
Visitors should not point their feet at someone or touch a Khmer person on the head.
Public displays of anger, irritation, or impatience should be avoided. Khmer culture places great importance on politeness and respect.
In traditional homes, Khmer will sit on floor mats when eating; men sit with their legs crossed, and women sit with legs tucked to one side.
Try to make it to the ancient Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. You won’t be disappointed by the view.
Take an awe-inspiring cave tour of Ship Mountain, which is about a 30 minute tuktuk ride from Battambang.
If you get the chance, go to Santuk Mountain. It's beautiful! Beware of the monkeys—they may try to steal your food and your phone.
Take a Khmer cooking class! Traditional Khmer food is delicious and fun to make.