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1. The temples of Angkor – Best for spectacular spirituality
The temples of Angkor regularly take number one on lists of the world’s top travel destinations. There is Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. Also, the Bayon, is one of the world’s strangest temples, with its enigmatic collection of carved stone faces. Moreover, you should not miss Ta Prohm, where wild nature has run riot over ancient carved masonry.
The ancient Khmers packed the equivalent of all Europe’s cathedrals into an area the size of Los Angeles. Therefore, it needs to take time to explore. There are plenty of outlying temple sites that see smaller crowds, including exquisitely carved Banteay Srei, the overgrown ruins of Beng Mealea, and the Mayan-style pyramid temple of Prasat Thom at Koh Ker.
2. Cambodia’s Southern Islands – Best for beaches
Cambodian coast maybe not be as famous as the others in Southeast Asia. However, it still offers the full experience of a tropical hideaway without the crazy crowds. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem are the most popular islands there with azure waters and powder-white sand in abundance.
Additionally, there are many more islands along the coast. They include the largely undiscovered Koh Sdach Archipelago and Koh Kong.
3. Phnom Penh – Best for fine dining and nightlife
The Cambodian capital is not only chaotic but also charming. The city is famous as one of the most beguiling riverfronts in Southeast Asia. Now, Phnom Penh is emerging as a sophisticated modern capital because of an impressive collection of boutique hotels, epicurean eateries, and boho bars.
Urban explorers can feast all day and party all night. Alternatively, they can experience emotional extremes at the inspiring National Museum and the harrowing Tuol Sleng prison, showcasing the best and worst of Cambodian history. Once known as the ‘pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh is getting back its shine!
4. Kampot and Kep – Best for foodies
These twin provinces bring a combination of travel comforts and authentic experiences. That is perfect for those seeking a rounded experience instead of stopping on the islands. Charming Kampot town offers a wide range of backpacker hostels, riverside resorts, and boutique hotels. Besides, it is exciting to explore the pretty river by paddleboard or kayak. Moreover, travelers can venture into the bucolic countryside on motorbikes.
Visiting the famous Crab Market, hiking in Kep National Park, and nearby Koh Tonsay, which are great spots to escape the hubbub. Besides, adventures lovers can wind ascent to the atmospheric Bokor Hill Station, hidden cave pagodas from the 7th century. Alternatively, it is great to visit rustic pepper farms.
5. Cardamom Mountains – Best for motorcycle adventures
Cardamom Rainforest Landscape wide 20,746 sq km (8010 sq mi). Its protected area includes one of the last great wilderness regions of Southeast Asia in the form of the remote Cardamom Mountains. The mountain is an area of breathtaking beauty and astonishing biodiversity. This green corridor includes many of Cambodia’s most outstanding natural sites and protected areas.
If you can, explore by motorbike to immerse yourself in the landscape. Highlights include the isolated Stung Areng Valley, the rolling grasslands and dramatic drop-offs of Khnong Phsar, award-winning ecolodges in Botum Sakor National Park, and the Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary with its iconic waterfall, myriad eco-adventures, and fairy-tale accommodation. Therefore, if you want to take a ride on the wild side, the Cardamom Mountains are the place to do it.
6. Siem Reap – Best for families
Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the temples of Angkor. However, this charming town has emerged as a world-class destination because of a superb selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars, not to mention energetic markets, cool boutiques, and edgy galleries.
Out of the town center are other-worldly floating villages on the Tonlé Sap lake. There offer adventure activities such as quad biking and ziplining, and cultural pursuits such as cooking classes and martial arts courses. In addition, you can head to nearby traditional villages where it’s possible to experience local life in simple, welcoming homestays.
7. Kratie – Best for Mekong River adventures
Kratie is the beginning point for trips to spot rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins on the Mekong River. It is a busy junction on the overland route between Phnom Penh and northeastern Cambodia or southern Laos. In addition to Dolphins, the town has a certain decaying colonial charm and boasts some of the country’s best Mekong sunsets.
Furthermore, Koh Trong island nearby is a relaxing place to experience authentic Khmer hospitality at a local homestay or explore by rented bike.
This is a good chance to plan a trip to Cambodia the next time. Therefore, we would like to give you a travel guide to Cambodia as well as some typical Cambodian tours.