The Buffalo Tours’ team is full of seasoned travellers, destination experts and professed food fanatics – but no one knows travel and tours in Southeast Asia quite like our tour guides. That’s why, when it comes to the travel basics, we go to our on-the-ground travel experts. Thankfully, we have a whole team of them!
This time around in our Tips from a Tour Guide series, we talked to one of our top Cambodia tour guides Vuttha Dam, who’s spent years exploring Southeast Asia alongside our guests. And out of all of the ways to explore Cambodia, there’s one season that’s a perfect time to visit – the Spring. We asked him to tell us about his favourite ways to explore the country during the Springtime months!
1. Exploring Kulen Mountain and the Holy City
“I love trekking or biking along a certain shady path up to Kulen Mountain. It’s the best way to get to the ancient capital here, where you could easily spend hours swimming in the waterfall before heading back to Siem Reap. Kulen Mountain was, during Angkorian times, one of the holiest places in the country, so it’s an incredibly beautiful place to take in the history of the area.”
2. Sunrise on Phnom Krom Hill
“Getting up very early to enjoy the sunrise from the top of Phnom Krom Hill is at its best during the Spring. During the month of March, watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat from this vantage point is even more breathtaking than usual – so it shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Cambodia during March and April.”
3. Exploring Angkor by Bicycle
“Exploring the temples in Angkor by bicycle is at its best during Spring thanks to the perfect weather. It’s wonderfully warm, and it is the best time to explore the temples along the dried shady tracks away from traffic. These tracks are off limits during the wet season since they become muddy – or sometimes, turn into rivers! – so the Springtime is perfect for exploring them!”
4. Visiting a Buddhist Temple
“For the same reason that the Angkor paths are best during Spring, so is a journey to a Buddhist temple. The weather is perfect for this, and you’ll have plenty of time to learn meditation and how Buddhism is one of the purest religions on earth. Plus, it’s one of the most important local cultures, so it’s important to explore it while you visit.”
5. Discovering the Locals in a Village
“The homestays in rural Cambodian villages are great during the Spring season, mostly because this is where you’ll get to see locals doing their chores during these important months. You’ll be able to learn to make brooms and baskets, and learn how farmers plant and harvest vegetables during the Spring season before heading off on an ox cart ride!”
Head to Cambodia this Spring? Check out all these Cambodia touring options recommended by Vuttha Dam!