Known as the country of surprises, Cambodia will sure amaze you by its charming natural cultural and historical sites. Let's find out what delights you most among our suggestions of 10 destinations you should visit in Cambodia.
No language and emotion can describe the beauty and the excellence of Angkor, unless you come to the place and see it all firsthand. The architects from the 8th century with the talented craftsmen created this place a great architectural ensemble with 600 works scattered in a dense jungle area of 45 km². However, the most important sites are Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
Located in the North-western Cambodia, Siem Reap is the most attractive city to tourists in Cambodia thanks to the majestic temples of Angkor. Served as the ancient Khmer empire’s capital, Siem Reap nowadays is a bustling city but still features mysteriousness of the most glorious ancient civilization.
As the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the most important destination of tourism in Cambodia, where known as the city of three rivers - the confluence of three major rivers Tonle Sap, Bassac and Mekong. Coming to Phnom Penh, visitors can not miss famous landmarks and monuments such as the National Museum, Wat Phnom Pagoda and Silver Pagoda. In addition, hotels in Phnom Penh are cheap, if you take time to research, you can find many accommodation with good quality at an affordable price, suitable for backpackers.
Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is a port city and the most famous beach in Cambodia. This city is the only deep-water port in Cambodia and famous for white sandy beaches and warm tropical islands surrounded by palm trees. Sihanoukville is a suitable destination for tourists to rest, relax and avoid the heat of the tropical climate.
Bokor National Park
If you are a nature lover, the Bokor National Park will be the destination you should not ignore. This park was established in 1993 on a very large area with a lot of rare plants and animals.
Additionally, Bokor Hill Station area is the most visited site by tourists because it is the remaining relic of a French resort in colonial period. It can be said that, this resort almost doesn’t miss anything from schools, post offices, casinos to churches and hotels, .... but they are all abandoned, creating a gloomy and macabre atmosphere.
Discovered and exploited around a century ago by the French, Kep is known for its hidden beauty of rare silence. The beauty of Kep mainly includes blue beaches, the old French villas, cafes hammock and small, rustic bungalows.
Kampong Thom is a city in the province of Kampong Cham in Cambodia. This is the third largest city of Cambodia and located on the bank of the beautiful Mekong River. Kampong Thom is Cambodia's 2nd largest city where there’re many historical places , just after Siem Reap. Some tourist destinations not to be missed are Prasat Kuh Nokor temple, Prasat Kok Rokar temple, Prasat Phum Temple etc.
Kratie is a small town located on the bank of Mekong river. Although not a big tourist destination, Kratie is visited by a lot of backpackers because this is the only place where visitors can admire the Irrawaddy dolphin, a rare species of fish live in the Mekong. It is estimated that there are over 66 dolphins living in the Mekong region in Cambodia.
The best way for you to admire these extremely rare creatures is to book RV Pandaw - the only one among Luxury Mekong river cruises that do the dolphin watching tour along with a scenic cruising on the largest river of Asia.
Kampot is the gateway to Bokor national park, famous for the base area in the hills left by the French with pleasant climate and lush tropical forests. Kampot also gives visitors chance to cruise on boat or raft on the river winding around the town, as well as waterfalls along the way. In addition, it is also known by the black pepper - a famous spice beloved by chefs in the world thanks to its unique taste.
Koh Rong island located in the Gulf of Thailand and about 20km from the coastal city of Shihanoukville, only about 2 hours by boat on the calm sea. Koh Rong is totally opposite with vibrant Sihanoukville, this is truly a wild and sweet paradise which enthrals you right at the time you step up, where you will be totally relaxed among warm and crystal sea water of the tropical land.
➜ I hope this post will help you to have some ideal spots in Cambodia for your Indochina holiday packages.