The Kingdom of Cambodia, once the ancient Khmer Empire, now modern-day traveler’s destination, offers a piece of everything. Ancient ruins, beaches, floating villages, remote settlements.
If you’re planning to visit Southeast Asia, Cambodia is certainly a ‘Must-visit’ destination.
When is the best time to visit? And what are the best things to do in Cambodia you should definitely not miss? Without further ado, let’s get started!
Considered as the “Pearl of Asia” during the colonial era, Phnom Penh is thriving again.
Walk around the largest port to the Mekong and its large street markets, silk weaving village, Royal Palace or Silver Pagoda. During your trip to Cambodia, the capital Phnom Penh is a place not to be missed.
Some interesting places to visit in Phnom Penh:
Siem Reap, the biggest religious complex in the world, is a gate to the mythical temples of the former center of Khmer empire.
Did you know that the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) movie was filmed there? Sunrise over 1,000 temples in a 400-square-kilometer area will take your breath away. Angkor Park”, is where most of the main temples in Siem Reap are situated.
Some Interesting places to visit in Siem Reap
ANGKOR ………….A unique place, recognized by UNESCO as a Heritage between passion and culture, to meet the Khmer soul
Siem Reap offers a rich cultural experience, and it’s not just about temples. Whether you’re interested in history, cuisine, shopping, or adventure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city and its surrounding areas.
Considered as the largest freshwater lake in south-east Asia, this UNESCO protected area supports the daily life of the 3 million people living around the Lake.
Almost 90 percent of the 3 million population of the 5 provinces encircling the lake is earning a living from fishing and agriculture. You will be amazed by the floating villages and stilted houses in Tonle Sap!
The best time to visit Tonle Sap Lake is during the rainy season (June to October). Water in the Mekong causes the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow which, combined with the extra water from upstream, means that the lake grows to 5 times its size in the dry season. The surrounding plains and forests overflow, creating a diverse and rich ecosystem. It’s also when you can arrange for boat trips to Tonle Sap’s many floating villages. Trips to the bird sanctuaries are best from December to April.
Kampong Chhnang is known for its picturesque landscapes, traditional stilt houses, and bustling floating villages. It is situated along the Tonle Sap River and Tonle Sap Lake, making it an essential part of Cambodia’s rural heartland and a significant contributor to the country’s agricultural and fishing industries. It is great for travelers to hang out, enjoy the street food and to exercise.
A gateway to Battambang is a breath of fresh air.
Explore authentic crafting villages and colonial buildings of the city, situated on the Sangkae River. In this city, it is so hard to see some high buildings. In contrast, you will only see a city with chest cars, motorbikes running alternately. At the same time, the forests, rivers and lakes in Battambang also create a colorful picture for you to admire.
Kratie is an inevitable step if you are planning on doing a cruise along the Mekong. You can’t leave it without trying your luck to see the freshwater dolphins also called “Irrawaddy dolphins”.
Travel back in time. From luxurious vegetation to pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Pre Kuk, enjoy the richness of nature, and the authenticity of the numerous minority ethnicities located in this area as well as the 1st elephant sanctuary! Here are some things must – do in Mondulkiri:
Venture in a non-touristic area in the North-East of Cambodia called Ratanakiri.
Rich soil, natural resources, starting eco-tourism, agriculture, and waterfalls. Be amazed by this hidden gem.
Some attractive places to visit in Ratanakiri:
This remote area on the frontier is an unavoidable step for those who want to cross the border of those two countries. Stung Treng is a peaceful place, where you will be able to encounter authentic minority ethnicities, Buddhist pagodas or flooded forest. Which places must we see and what experiences will we have?
Let’s find out…
Want to spend a few days in a peaceful environment?
Relax and enjoy the boat tours available and crystal blue water of the islands around during the day and nibble on Khmer food in the evening. Don’t miss this destination – Sihanoukville!
Located between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Kampong Thom province is the ideal route to the wonderful pre-Angkor site of Sambor Prei Kuk, which was listed as a UNESCO heritage site in 2017
Constructed during the Khmer Empire (8th to 14th century) and actually believed to pre-date Angkor Wat by 100 years, this Hindu temple is perched dramatically on top of a cliff called Poy Tadi – which is more than 500 metres in height in the Dangrek Mountains. The well-preserved architecture and impressive location make it easy to see why Prasat Preah Vihear is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The province is relatively remote and less touristy, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience
Known as once the capital of Cambodia and served as the center of power for several Khmer kings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Today, Oudong is known for its ancient temples, pagodas, and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Oudong is a peaceful and historically significant site, offering a chance to immerse oneself in Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage and explore the tranquil countryside. It’s a great destination for history enthusiasts, nature lovers, and travelers looking to experience authentic Cambodian culture away from the hustle and bustle of major cities.
Known for its rural charm, riverside activity and quaint city life in the province’s urban centre – also called Kampong Cham. The broader province is all about rustic charm, working the land or fishing in the river.
Banteay Chhmar is an ancient temple complex located in Banteay Meanchey Province, in northwestern Cambodia. It is one of the most significant and historically important temple sites in the country, though it is less visited compared to the famous temples of Angkor. Banteay Chhmar is known for its intricate carvings, historical importance, and remote location, making it an attractive destination for travelers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience
In the south of Cambodia. Kampot is famous for its pepper plantations and salt marshes. It includes many buildings dating from the colonial era, including the Governor’s Palace.
This Takeo province is often referred to as “the cradle of Cambodian civilization“, it has several important sites from the pre-Angkorian era built between the 5th and 8th centuries.
Some places of interest to visit in Takeo:
Koh Rong is known for its sandy coves and coral reefs, such as those located around the Koh Rong pontoon. Inland from the island, dense jungle is dotted with coconut trees and waterfalls. The island also includes a small zoo and a tree climbing site, so many possibilities to relax.
Some places of interest to visit in Koh Rong:
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