Heading to Cambodia? 6 Places You Should Visit
Posted on May 3, 2019 by Ghoomophiro
From historical temples to pristine, unspoiled beaches, Cambodia has something to offer every traveler. We’ve outlined a few must-visit places along your tour of the South East Asian country. So, what are you waiting for? Book your visa, sort travel insurance, grab your passport and get exploring.
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This awe-inspiring wonder of Siem Reap is one of the world’s largest religious monuments and attracts an estimated 2 million tourists per year. Originally designed as a Hindu temple, it became a Buddhist place of worship towards the end of the twelfth century. The magnificent temple is a sight to behold at any time of the day but it is best enjoyed at sunrise when the sun rises behind the famous towers.
Cambodia’s capital city was once known as ‘the pearl of Asia’ and with its thriving cafe and restaurant scene, bustling streets and stunning historic sights, it’s not hard to see why. Travel writers, such as 1Cover’s Ben Groundwater, admit the city can be chaotic, but with a bit of research, you’ll fall in love with it. Be sure to visit the National Museum for a glimpse of Khmer sculptures and insight into the history of this fascinating country, dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. Cambodia, is, of course, steeped in tragedy and those interested in learning about the killing fields of Khmer Rouge should seek out the Tuol Sleng museum.
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Away from the busy streets of the capital, Battambang and its surrounding countryside is home to some of the most picturesque and tranquil scenery in the country. The center of the city is packed with colonial-era architecture and is a short distance away from temples such as Phnom Sampeau and Wat Ek Phnom. Popular tourist activity is catching the Bamboo, a famous train consisting of carriages made from wood and bamboo, which transports travelers between Battambang and the village of O Srav.
Prasat Preah Vihear temple
Another must for history aficionados is Prasat Preah Vihear temple, close to the border with Thailand. Less famous than Angkor Wat, it is nonetheless remarkable for its breathtaking views. Located on top of the Dangrek Mountains, the temple is comprised of numerous intricate pavilions which are connected by causeways. This UNESCO World Heritage site is typically visited by tourists coming from Siem Reap on a day trip, but bloggers do warn you of its remote location.
For a taste of the old world, Kampot, along the river of the same name, is another place to add to your itinerary. With its quiet streets lined with impeccably restored old buildings, this chilled out the city is great for unwinding. It is typically used as a base for trips up the Bokor Mountains and tourists can also visit its pepper plantation, exploring the fields in which they are grown, learning about different varieties and trying meals cooked with these.
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Koh Rong Samloem
After so much history and sightseeing, a trip to the beach will definitely be on the cards and there’s no better place to idle by the shore than at Koh Rong Samloem. As beautiful as the more famous Thai islands to the West, but much quieter, these unspoiled beaches will provide respite to any weary traveler and are the ideal end location for your trip to Cambodia.