8 Places You Must Visit While in Cambodia
If you are a first time visitor to Cambodia, you are in for a treat! Whether you are someone who loves history, hiking, sunbathing, beach holidays, you name it, this country will ‘wow’ you in every sense of the word. Try the local cuisine, experience the nightlife, and enjoy exploring another culture while visiting Cambodia. The country’s diverse landscapes offer nature lovers a sight for sore eyes too.
Even though Cambodia’s tourism industry has not been in the mainstream tourist destinations when traveling to Asia, it recently starts picking up rapidly. If you want to beat the crowds and have an enjoyable time, you’d better get down there before it becomes another tourist trap. In this post, we discuss 8 of the best sights you have to see while visiting Cambodia – enjoy!
Find this fascinating and beautiful waterfall in the Bokor National Park, which is also a destination to explore while here. You can expect to see beautiful landscapes and building ruins, all in the backdrop of the indigenous tropical forests. The Popokvil Waterfall is one of the main attractions in the park, and if you are lucky you can even experience the misty clouds that hang over the waterfalls during the wet season.
Also known as Rabbit Island, this secluded island offers visitors some down time away from the crowds. Imagine long outstretched beaches, with little to no people, loads of hammocks, and a very laid back lifestyle. Does this sound perfect, or what? We’d suggest this stop on your way out of the country, just a final taste of paradise before returning to reality.
Koh Ker used to be the capital of this mystical country. The complex was built around AD 928-942 by King Jayavarman IV. You’ll find more than one ancient structure on the site, in fact, they have counted up to 96 other structures, but the main building is most impressive, and about 35 meters high.
This is the perfect spot for those hikers and nature lovers out there. The park stretches from the mainland to Sihanoukville, and encompasses a staggering 81 sq.m! Expect great nature scenes, wildlife and birds of all shapes and sizes, islands, and beaches. Yes, a definite must if you have the time!
It is unbelievable that this small country was in such turmoil not too long ago, their strength and tenacity as a nation is evident when visiting the greater cities. In Phnom Penh, you can admire older structures and architecture such as the Royal Palace, enjoy local cuisine at markets, and just marvel at the culture.
Less populated Kratie has loads to offer visitors – is located on the Mekong river where you are able to observe the ways of the locals who make their living off the river. You can appreciate architectural structures that range from French to Khmer, do some shopping in the market, and if you are lucky you might just see a freshwater dolphin in the river.
Take the road less traveled and visit Mondulkiri where you are able to interact with friendly locals and villagers while enjoying nature’s beauty. If you are a hiker, be sure to visit the elephant sanctuary, where you are able to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, and explore the forests.
Yes, we decided to leave the best for last. Even though most people would consider this a tourist trap, as most tourists only go to Cambodia to see this amazing temple complex, and as you have seen, the country has loads more to offer. Listed as the 7th Wonder of the World, you can keep yourself occupied for up to 3 days discovering and wandering around this ancient temple complex.
Now you have more than enough to keep yourself busy with when visiting Cambodia – may you have a fantastic experience in this beautiful country.