The ancient city of Angkor with all its iconic temples and ruins is easily one of the reasons why millions of tourists flock to Siem Reap in Cambodia. But to anyone who has visited the country, there is more to the place than meets the eye. A Cambodia nature themed trip can be an exciting adventure filled with stunning surprises and discoveries. Nature travel or not, here are some of the best things to do to explore beyond the country’s famous temples into a more intimate look at some of its natural attractions.
1. Catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. This is a must-do for most tourists. It may get a bit crowded with many making the early trip to the ancient site to watch the sunrise. But the view and experience make it worth your time. Some of the best spots to see it are near the pond in front of the main temple and at Angkor Hill among others.
2. Explore Angkor Thom and marvel at its ancient structures. Bask in the sunlight as you take a walk at one of the causeways leading to the entry tower and see the 54 stone figures flanking each side.
3. Experience the otherworldly beauty of Ta Prohm that sits fairly untouched in the midst of a lush jungle. The site, which is said to date back to about the middle of 12th century, has a surreal charm. Here nature has become part of the ancient structures with tree branches, roots, and trunks intertwining with ruins.
4. Discover the country’s many unspoiled beaches including the ones on the island of Koh Rong.
The United Kingdom is not just home to some of the most beautiful countries on Earth. It’s also home to some of the most natural places on Earth – the perfect locations to reconnect with nature after a long week of bustling in the city.
That being said, here are some tips when reconnecting with nature in the United Kingdom:
Consider going to small villages.
This might probably be an old-school idea; however, this might also be a life-changing idea. Small villages in the UK are not just mere villages. Small villages in the UK are filled with scenic views, tranquil waters, and lush forests no one else in the city has probably ever been to. Small villages in the UK are also filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and amazing people even if their overall populations haven’t reached 200 yet. Take for example: the wonderful Buckland in the Moor of Dartmoor in Devon, with only a population of 94 as of 2001 – and with a view like that of Harry Potter film locations.
Consider going on train rides.
If you think train rides are just meant to take you from one place to another, think again. Train rides in the UK are probably comparable to road trips as you get to see for yourself the wonders of Mother Nature, all the while looking out the window. Train rides in the UK are also probably comparable to field trips as you get to experience for yourself the wonders of Mother Nature, all the while feeling the wind outside. Even more so, you will learn more about what makes the UK unique – aside from its rich history, its vibrant culture, and its amazing people.
Do you know any other tips when reconnecting with nature in the United Kingdom? Let us know in the comments section below!