If you’re up for temples and ancient ruins, then Cambodia will not disappoint! You cannot go wrong with Angkor, the Khmer Empire’s capital and home to countless temples. Yes, this is where Angkor Wat is. And who can’t forget the jungle temple of Ta Phrom? You’d also be happy to know that you can sprinkle your temple touring experience with elements that make Southeast Asia so endearing. If you’re thinking of laid back villages, beaches, tasty food and tropical nature, then look no further because it’s all here in Cambodia!
First, let’s start with the capital Phnom Penh, located on the junction of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong. The Royal Palace is a beautiful site to see, housing beautiful two pagodas.. A sad but educational experience at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum will remind you of Cambodia’s bloody past and its road to recovery.
Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city. Here, you’ll embrace a place with temples of various influences sitting side by side with faded colonial structures. This is also where you’ll get to ride the famous bamboo train.
If you’re looking for beaches, then Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s biggest and most decorated beach resort town certainly warrants a look. With long stretches of attractive beaches and options to dive around the nearby islands, it is emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s must visit. If you want something that’s a little more low-key, then you don’t really have to venture out too far from Sihanoukville. Kep, although once billed as Cambodia’s most popular seaside spot (the award now goes to Sihanoukville, of course) is now much more humble than it used to be, making it a an ideal destination for some relaxing under the tropical sun. And not too far from Kep is Kampot, the gateway to Bokor National Park, famous for its old French hill station situated more than 1000 meters above sea level. And since you are here, you just have to try the Kampot Pepper Crab!
If you’re looking to further your National Park experience, then head over to Ream. Here is where you can combine a fine jungle adventure experience with treks, boat rides and animal watching. Complete that with seaside serenity and of course your very own luxury beach tent and ream truly becomes a special place.
The unique region of Ratanakiri, situated in the northeast of Cambodia, is a beautifully preserved example of the country’s traditional way of life. Lush bamboo forests, waterfalls, rivers and vistas towards neighbouring China compose this regions stunning landscape.
Kratie in Northeastern Cambodia should certainly appease those looking for countryside serenity. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, the town is small laid back and truly rural in character. This is also a great spot to try to get a glimpse of the Irrawaddy Dolphin.
So you see, there are tones of options in Cambodia apart from the temple touring experience in Angkor. These destinations are just the tip of the iceberg. Delve further into Kampuchea and discover what can be true for you by looking into our Cambodia tours page.
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