13 Places To Visit In Cambodia You Will Never Forget Your Whole Life!
Does the thought of visiting a real Kingdom fascinate you? Well, guess what Cambodia is! Actually, Cambodia is said to be the erstwhile Khmer empire and a mighty realm of Gods. It has some timeless landscapes, stunning beaches, elusive wildlife, and mysterious temples to boast its various tropical adventures that combine a mix of Cambodia’s old and new to leave you in awe.
The best time to take a budget trip and explore Cambodia is from November to February because then, the weather neither remains too hot nor too cold and is perfect for a holiday experience in Cambodia.
Now, let’s talk about the 13 places you definitely cannot miss on your trip in Cambodia and what all you can do there.
1. Kampot - The black peppercorn land
Apart from being famous for black peppercorns, Kampot is also known for its scenic riverside promenades and numerous colonial structures. This quaint riverside town will also provide you with a gateway to the famous French hill station of the Bokor National Park. The Bokor National Park has mesmerizing views and always a pleasant climate and of course, it is one of the most famous places in Cambodia to be visited by the tourists.
While visiting the main attractions, do not forget to witness the ancient ruins of the Kampot Kampong Trach caves and go boating in the river to watch the mighty waterfalls of this idyllic location.
2. Angkor- World’s Biggest Temple Complex
A Wonder of the World declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts a huge crowd every year, Cambodia’s greatest tourist attraction, and the largest religious monument to behold, a visit to the Angkor Wat is the priority of most Cambodia’s itineraries. Interestingly, the movies Lara Croft and Tomb Raider were shot here.
It has a wide moat, a seven-headed naga, a stone gateway and guardian lions, and the Mt Meru tower. It is unbelievable that about 300,000 workers along with 6,000 elephants constructed this temple and its sandstone blocks were brought the further situated holy mountain, Phnom Kulen.
If you want to take some outstanding pictures here then visit the Ta Prohm Buddhist temple ruin that is surrounded by towering trees and will give you some unforgettable pictures.
3. Siem Reap & The Rice Paddies
The Siem Reap is more than only a stopover for tourists to explore the Angkor temples because of its river and rice paddies. Apart from the bird sanctuaries, the rice paddies, and the Tonle Sap Lake boat, do not forget to explore Siem Reap’s buzzing night markets, and huge silk farms. Remember not to miss rejuvenating yourself in the Wat Bo village at the oldest Buddhist temple there, watching the watching the Apsara dance performances, and visiting the Pub Street of Cambodia.
4. Sihanoukville - The sandy paradise
The exact spot where the United States and Vietnam fought their last battle in the Vietnam War has now turned into a land of many sunny and less populated beaches. These beaches are ideal for relaxing at shores and you can also include water sports like kayaking and snorkelling in your budget trip to Cambodia. Visit the quiet and soothing Otres Beach to try windsurfing and spend the day in a beach shack for a fun holiday.
5. Kratie & The Irrawaddy Dolphins
While viewing the well-preserved French colonial buildings on the banks of the Mekong River of this charming town of Kratie, begin your evening by enjoying a beautiful sunset at the Mekong River. Over here, delight yourself by taking a boat ride and looking for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins in full action. Also, the French buildings of Kratie are actually among the best places to visit in Cambodia.
6. Koh Ker - The Abode of Temples
Wondering where’d the temples go? Explore them in a bounty at Koh Ker, which is one of the most famous tourist spots in Cambodia with a 3 km long temple complex consisting of innumerable temples.
You can start with the stupa shaped Neang Khmao temple that lies on a small hill. Some of the other temples that are also worth visiting here are the main complexes of Koh Ker temple, Pram temple, Chen temple, Preng Well and the Kuk temple. Legend has it that if you drop a coconut in the well at Koh Ker temple, it will actually appear in a pond near the Neang Khmao temple.
7. Phnom Penh & Its Pretty Riverside
Phnom Penh is still known as the charming leafy capital city of Cambodia because of its wats and palaces. It is located at the major conjunction of three rivers- Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac and now this city even houses a number of cool cafes and busy bars. As a matter of fact, it is one of the top tourist places inCambodia..
The famous French colonial houses are nestled beside the roadside pagodas and you can also spend some time viewing the unique Khmer artifacts in the National Museum here after your visit to the Phsar Reatrey of handcrafted souvenirs and the Royal Palace complex with golden spires.
8. Koh Rong - The island paradise
For adventure lovers, the island paradise of Koh Rong has the Koh Toch beach which is among the prime tourist attractions of Cambodia. Go snorkeling to see the diamond fish, sergeant fish, seahorses, parrot fish, jumping fish, and the blue-spotted ribbontail rays. Koh Rong even has the fix for hardcore water sports lovers who can go Kayaking and diving. The rope adventure park has zip lining and the Police Beach has a mini zoo and a butterfly farm.
9. Koh Tonsay - The Rabbit Island
Koh Tonsay is believed to resemble a rabbit by the locals and that is why it is also known as the Rabbit Island. This island is capable of providing the perfect break from your daily grind because it is peaceful and lined with pretty coconut palms.
Over here, you can relax on a hammock on the 600 m long beach, go for swimming, enjoy delicious seafood and start conversations with friendly locals. You can also unwind here in the comfy beach shacks or go to Koh Pos or snake island which is nearby.
10. Mondulkiri Waterfalls & the Wildlife
Mondulkiri is naturally very beautiful and abundant in wildlife. It will greet you with lush green hills, very thick forests, shimmering waterfalls and lots of flora and fauna.
If you want to experience this place’s traditional culture then visit its hill tribes staying in Phnong houses. You can also take a Mayura Zipline ride over the Bou Sra. Then visit the Bou Sra and Chrey Thom waterfalls followed by the Memang Gold Mines area.
11. Preah Vihear - The Pilgrimage Centre
This province is known for tropical hardwood forests and amazing countryscapes and its main allure is a large Hindu temple complex called the Prasat Preah Vihear complex that is situated at a cliff-top in Dangrek Mountains. It has carved stone ornamentation and staircases, pavements and the sanctuaries devoted to the Hindu Lord Shiva.
12. Tonle Sap Lake & Its Unique Ecosystem
The Tonle Sap Lake is one of Cambodia’s best freshwater bodies that stretches to the northwest Cambodia and is surrounded by floating villages, and a countless migratory birds, about 200 species of fish, fierce crocodiles, and macaques. The villages of Kompong Phluk & Kompong Kleang lay quietly along the lake and symbolise the cultural life of Cambodia. Here you can spot many animals species like the Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican and the Grey-Headed Fish Eagle at the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.
13. Kep- Savor & Its Delicious Seafood
Kep has some very charming spots, bluest beaches and amiable locals. Try taking a lazy stroll at the white shores of this beach and enjoy the bottomless statue with some delicious seafood here. In food, try crabs from the Crab Market under the quirky umbrella trees after which, take a walk in the Kep National Park filled with waterfalls, monkeys, Stone House and the Little Buddha.
Cambodia has some for everyone! When you walk in its realms, you will feel like you are walking in your fantasy with its sprawling history of emperors, battles, gods & goddesses, myths and religions. You must already be feeling subtle hints of the best adrenaline rush. Now all you have to do now is arouse your whimsy enough to let the best of Cambodia in!