Top Places to Visit in Cambodia
The Kingdom of Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country that is bordered by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Although the country has been unfortunate for half-a-millennium, it has still a reputation of a worthy tourist destination. The combination of beautiful places and the safety of visiting the country makes it one of the must-visit countries in Asia. Here are the top places you should not miss while travelling to Cambodia.
Angkor is a region in the Kingdom of Cambodia that was the seat of the Khmer Empire and flourished from between the 9th and 15th century. Due to its historical significance, a number of architectural sites have been built and served as famous tourist destinations of the region. Some of the architectural sites include the famous Angkor Wat and others such as Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Phnom Bakheng, Lolei, Baphuon, Chau Say Tevoda, and many more. Some of the must-sees, however, include the Temple of Bayon, the Terrace of the elephants also known as The Royal terrace, the Temple of the Leper King, the Baphuon which is a huge temple with three levels, Ta Prohm or the royal Temple, and Phimeanakas also called the celestial temple. With all these marvellous attractions, a trip to Cambodia will never be complete without dropping by this impressive region.
Literally known as Siam Defeated, Siemréab is a city that serves as the gateway to the Angkor Region. It has a Chinese-style and colonial architecture that caters to a number of activities such as silk farms, fishing villages, dance performances, bird sanctuary, and rice-paddy countryside. It has now a number of hotel and restaurant due to being home to popular tourist attractions such as the Angkor Wat, the Cambodian Cultural Village, Angkor National Museum, Angkor Thom, and Phsar Leu Thom Thmei. One of the many things you should try in Siemréab is the massage. It is said to be more relaxing and requires less turning and twisting. The best time to travel to Siemréab is in October when you can enjoy the attractions and witness the Water Festival at the same time. This festival is the most extravagant festival in the Cambodian calendar.
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and is also the largest. It encompasses in its large area a number of tourist destinations that will surely keep you occupied the whole time. With the richness of attractions and activities in the city, you will definitely not look for any outskirt travels. Some of the places you should not miss include the Royal Palace, the national museum of Cambodia, Wat Phnom, the Riverside, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, Wat Botum, and the Olympic Stadium. There are also activities you should try such as watching movies at the Flicks Community Movie House, attending Phnom Penh Pub Quiz on Thursdays, and going to places such as Meta House, Institue Francais, Hash House Harriers, massage and spa places, NagaWorld Casino, Mekong cruises and many more.
Kampot is a province in Cambodia that is the gateway to Bokor National Park. It boasts the beautiful and relaxing sunset view at the riverside. The main attraction at the river is the old bridge that is a combination of various styles. Other attractions include the Bokor Mountain, Teuk Chhou, Phnom Chhnork, Pepper Farms, Kampot Mangroves, Cham Fishing Village, Slat Fields, Funky Statues, and many more. The best time to visit Kampot is during the summer when you can enjoy all these lovely attractions and experience activities such as Petanque, minigolf, and bicyle ctours at Fat Lewie.
Although the town of Ratanakiri is not the prettiest in Camobdia, it boasta a number of tourist destinations that will leave you excited and entertained all day. You can have a 3-hour elephant trek to Yeak Laom Lake, local waterfalls, and Khmer Loeu villages. You can also visit the geme mining area and the hill tribe people. Other things you should not miss are the Reclining Buddha and Phnom Svay at the foot of Patamak Mountain. You should also take pictures in the morning at Phsar Banlung as the khmer Loeu people dress in their traditional black strap baskets. Other places to visit are the Yaek Laom Volcanic Lake and Virachey National Park.
Luang Prabang (Cambodia)
Luang Prabang is perhaps the most charming city in Southeast Asia due to its cleanliness and tidiness. In addition, it offers a wide range of tourist attractions and activities that will surely take boredom out of your list. One of the activities you should see is the Alms ceremony where monks collect alms of rice from villages at dawn. You should also visit the former royal palace Haw Kham, it is now turned into a museum that caters dance performances and local dramas. Other places to visit include Vipassana temple and park, Vat Xieng Toung, and Phou Si. Another must see is the sunset at the waterfront. If you go to the outskirts of the city, you can find waterfalls and caves as well.
Battambang is the second most populated city in Cambodia. It has been a popular tourist destination due to the Buddhist shrines, ancient temples and the famous bamboo railway. There are many other tourist attractions to check out in battambang. These include the hill with the killing Caves of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Sampeu. The Wat Banan or mini-Angkor Wat is also an impressive sight to see. Other attractions include the temple of hundred fruits bats Wat Baydamram, the temple Wat Ek Phnom, and the Wat in the forest Wat Samraong Knong. You should also see the Battambang circus, rent a bicycle, ride the bamboo train, and get away with the green orange kayak.
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