If you’re considering what to do on your trip to Cambodia, our local Travel Specialist Sophea in Phnom Penh is a walking encyclopedia packed full of ideas. He’s got his finger on the pulse and knows all the top non-touristy attractions for anyone who wants to scratch beneath the Cambodian capital’s outer layers.
One such experience is to learn traditional Khmer martial art Yutakun Khom as a group from Germany has recently, organized by Sophea.
“I always encourage visitors to think beyond the admittedly amazing temples of Angkor Wat,” mused Sophea. “I understand that people are naturally drawn to that area, but Cambodians often feel there’s so much about our culture that people miss out on. I love showing people those elements, and I love the surprise and pleasure in their eyes when they discover these things.”
Yutakun Khom (or Kawmyot for short) is every bit an art form as it is a combat sport. Some consider the martial art comparable to kickboxing or Muay Thai, which would make sense given the overlapping history of the Southeast Asian region. Many cultural aspects of all the nations in SE Asia are incredibly similar but Yutakin Khom is certainly less-practiced world-wide.
“I like to invite travelers to try Kawmyot during their visits to Phnom Penh as it is a unique part of Cambodian culture. Just like Muay Thai is a good look into the aura of Thailand, Yutakun Khom reveals a part of the Khmer spirit – artistry and power,” shared an enthusiastic Sophea.
“We have one of the best schools in Cambodia to learn all about the martial art with an expert teacher, Mr. Chan Rothana, who hails from a long line of fighters who each passed their knowledge onto their children. Mr. Rothana who can teach beginners all the basic elements of Yutakin Khom and share the various techniques with individuals or groups in a relaxed, private setting.”
To find out more about this insider experience, get in touch with one of our locally based Cambodian Travel Specialist Sophea who’ll be happy to assist you plan the vacation of your dreams!