Cambodia is undeniably one of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia. This kingdom of wonder is lined with an array of stunning views, warm-hearted locals and the grandest archaeological sites to feed your wanderlust for days. If you’re in search of adrenaline, adventure, history, culture and tropical relaxation all fused into one, this is the right place for you! With so many places to explore in this ancient Khmer Empire, you’ll be spoiled for choices. If you’re overwhelmed with an endless list of places to visit, we’ve narrowed it down for you. Check out these 5 must-visit destinations to explore in Cambodia:
The Spectacular Temple City Of Angkor Wat
Located in Siem Reap, the temple city of Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s main highlight. Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarman II, during the first half of the 12th century. Historians believe that the Angkor Wat temple was served as a funerary temple – which explains its orientation to the West (the setting sun), symbolising the end of the cycle of life. This majestic construction is home to the tree-root clasped temple of Ta Prohm (where Tomb Raider was filmed), the Bayon Temple for its 216 stone-carved faces, Angkor Thom and Preah Khan. Rated as one of the world’s must-see archaeological sites, Angkor Wat will take you back in time to showcase its significance in the medieval age.
Untouched Tourism At Banteay Chhmar
You can finally make all of your Indiana Jones fantasies come true at Cambodia’s hidden gem, Banteay Chhmar. Shrouded in both mystery and jungle, Banteay Chhmar is located 2 hours away from Siem Reap. This off the beaten track is the fourth largest Angkorian temple in Cambodia and what makes it intriguing is the fact that this destination is still unknown to many tourists! Surrounded by a vast moat, the walls of Banteay Chhmar are carved with bas-reliefs and face towers similar to those at the Angkor complex. Make sure you check out this glorious temple complex when you’re in Cambodia!
The Tropical Island Of Koh Rong Samloem
Picture yourself lounging around in a hammock, sipping fresh coconut juice and savouring banana pancakes on the beach, while watching the fiery sunset. That’s what Koh Rong Samloem is all about – a laid-back lifestyle! Just a two-hour boat journey away from the pristine beaches of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Samloem is a hidden paradise that tourists often miss out. Despite recent resort developments, Koh Rong Samloem remains authentic, with its friendly locals, crystal clear waters and relaxing atmosphere. This tropical island is also home to free-roaming wildlife and plenty of scenic trekking trails to keep you active for days.
The Great Cambodian Outdoors Of Pailin
Perched on the edge of the Cardamom Mountains, the remote town of Pailin is your gateway to the great outdoors. Spend your day trekking to the Blue Mountains alongside the Otaveo Waterfalls and when you’re done, indulge in local Khmer cuisine at a little restaurant located right next to the waterfalls. You can also explore the temple Wat Phnom Yat temple at an area nearby. It’s amazing how the town of Pailin feels untouched by tourism, even though it’s located a mere hour away from the border of Thailand.
Cambodia’s Snoozy Seaside Town Of Kep
Located far South in Cambodia, Kep is a small town surrounded by salt fields and family-run pepper plantations. If you’re wondering about the lifestyle in Kep, think long, lazy days spent with a good read, beautiful afternoon walks in the Kep National Park and an abundance of fresh seafood. The Crab Market is Kep’s main highlight and a must-visit at sunset. Here, you’ll find fishermen whipping up fresh catches of the day, smoky aromas from barbecues and excited kids waiting around seafood skewers. Right by the market is a row of restaurants built over the water, selling local specialities like the crab amok and banana blossom salad. Talk about a foodie’s haven!
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