There are two main reasons why you should visit Cambodia: 1) it offers an incredible amount of history and culture; 2) its nature is amazing: it ranges from the gorgeous National Parks to the relaxing islands. If you're planning to visit Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a must-visit country.
We have just listed some of our favourites to help you, if you do decide to visit:
Siem Reap in the closest city to the ruins of a thousand temples which can be found scattered over farm lands and rice fields. These include the famous Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest single religious monument, the Bayon temple at Angkor Thom with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees.
Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, making the huge palace one of the wonders of the ancient world while offering an outstanding look of Khmer history.
Phnom Penh is considered one of the prettiest of the cities the French built in Indochina though the city is still recovering from war and revolution. Located on the Mekong River, the city actually dates back to the 15th century.
Top attractions include the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which is covered in 5,000 silver tiles and contains a life-size gold Buddha that is covered in diamonds. The night market or Phsar Reatrey is a good place to pick up handcrafted items and souvenirs.
Koh Ker is a remote temple area, from 928 to 944 AD, Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer empire and in this short time some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed.
The site is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter tall temple pyramid rising high above the surrounding jungle. Koh Ker temple is about 120 kilometers northeast of Siem Reap.
To catch a nice view of Sihanoukville you best climb the small hill to Wat Leu. Wat Krom is another place of interest as this is a recently build pagoda, because the older one was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge and it houses a sanctuary called Yeah Mao, the guardian of the cost.
Nearby to the town there are nice places for a detour such as the Ream National Park and the beautiful Kbal Chhay Waterfall.
This southern Cambodia city offers both sandy and rocky beaches. Though none of Sihanoukville’s beaches would qualify as southeast Asia’s finest it is one of best places to visit in Cambodia after visiting all the Khmer and other attractions in the rest of the country.
Snorkeling is popular on some of the offshore islands.
Kratie is a small town, It is the place in Cambodia to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, which live in the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. Whether you are just on a trip seeing the river towns along the Mekong or taking a full circuit trip around the east and northeast, Kratie is a nice place to spend a night or two.
The river scene of Kratie has a beautiful river boulevard with dozens of snack and drink stands in the late afternoon and evening, making this a nice spot to chill out and watch the people parading by.
Kampot is made out of an eighty kilometres coastal strip with the Gulf of Thailand (Kep Beach, Rabbit Island, Bokor Hill Station), and countryside tours are perhaps the most popular day tours out of Kampot.
Kampot also offers visitors the opportunity to go boating and rafting on the river that winds through town, as well as take in scenic waterfalls along the route.
The Kampot Kompong Trach caves offer spelunkers the chance to see ancient ruins. Kampot province is also renowned for the quality of its fruits (durian, coconut, mango, etc.), its sea salt and of course the famous Kampot Pepper unique and much sought-after by gourmets worldwide.
Battambang is Cambodia’s second most populous city, a great base for visiting the nearby temples, such as Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom, as well as the closedby villages.
The town has many Angkor-style temples and Buddhist shrines. It is easy to get around by foot or bicycle.
The Central Market also is worth a visit. The small museum has a collection of Angkorian-era artifacts, and beyond the town there's a number of hilltop temples, yet more Wats and a pretty large lake.
One of the more famous hills is Phnom Sampeau (Ship Hill) with the notorious killing caves. Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days.
Banlung in northern Cambodia makes a great destination for travelers who enjoy being outdoors. It offer visitors the opportunity to view a variety of monkeys and other wildlife, though some visitors don’t appreciate getting that close to leeches.
A sorter trips to Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake offers the opportunity to see deep lakes as well as see Cambodian women doing traditional weaving.
Kep is a small sea-side resort that offers a variety of beach activities. Snorkelers can enjoy viewing the corals in the shallow sea.
Kep appears to be experiencing something of a renaissance, with several mid-range and luxury guesthouses and bungalows.
Kep is also home to an extensive national park covering some mountains with deep green jungle.
Taking a boat to the nearby islands is also a breathtaking experience. Another itinerary, which must not be missed, is an excursion to the serene waterfalls of 'Tuk Chhou" situated about 10 km from Kampot.
Rabbit Island is a popular beach near Kep; conditions are rustic, with electricity being provided only a few hours in the evening.