Top 7 Things to Visit in Cambodia – Cambodia Travel Insurance: Have you ever been to Thailand? Does it seem too touristy? If you want to enjoy Southeast Asia as much as possible, give Cambodia a try. You will not be disappointed.
Perhaps it does not have the same fame of celebration that its Thai neighbor nor the historical notoriety of the neighboring Vietnam. But do not let that put you off to explore this amazing country. Cambodia is full of ancient temples and beautiful landscapes. And it is very cheap to move, stay and eat there.
1. Phnom Penh
The capital of Cambodia is full of tuk tuk drivers and food stands on the street. Move around the city and discover pagodas in almost every street, hidden among the grandiose French colonial houses. Why do not you give a bite to a local specialty, the fried tarantula? And when it comes to cocktails, come to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, right on the banks of the Mekong River that runs through the city.
2. The Fields of Death
Just outside Phnom Penh is one of the largest mass graves in Cambodia, where it is estimated that more than one million Cambodians were executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The scale of the place, along with the stories that the audio guide tells you, will make you excited as you tell how terrible was the violent past of the country, as well as the legacy of this regime. If you can, visit on the same day the Genocide Museum of Tuol Sleng. You can always get a tuk tuk driver to give you a good price.
3. Angkor Archaeological Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is by far the biggest tourist attraction in Cambodia … and possibly all of Southeast Asia. Every year thousands of visitors travel to Siem Reap to visit the magnificent ruins of the capital of the 9th century Khmer Empire. Go before dawn to watch the sunrise behind its most famous temple, Angkor Wat. Do not miss either the Angkor Thom temple, popularized by Lara Croft and the movie “Tomb Raider”.
4. Siem Reap
The starting point for visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap has become a tourist place in recent years. Take the opportunity to buy some bargains in your night market, or to pedicure for almost nothing, before heading to the street of the Pubs for a drink. To enjoy the tranquility of the day, come to the village of Wat Bo and relax in the gardens of the oldest Buddhist temple.
Known popularly as “Snooky”, the main reason to stop here are its beaches, fine sand and not as crowded as those of Thailand. With six, it will cost you to choose one. Less popular than Victoria and Serendipity beaches, Otres beach is usually quieter and is a good place for windsurfing or kayaking.
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6. Koh Rong
Forget about Koh Samui, Koh Rong is the new paradisiacal desert island. Only accessible with a small local ferry, there are not many tourists who venture to make the journey from Sihanoukville to this beautiful place. With 23 pristine beaches to choose from, you’ll be tempted to laze in the sun and let the days go by. For the more adventurous, there are many options for hiking, diving and snorkeling. Here you will find cheap cocktails, delicious food and the best sunset over the sea.
Formerly famous for its salt and pepper production, Kampot is a charming city by a river. You can spend days looking at the river, eating noodles at the market or cycling through the hills … It’s the perfect plan. If you fancy some more adventure, take a 20-kilometer trip from Kampot and visit the French colonial ghost town of Bokor Hill Station. Originally a retreat site for the settlers, the place was abandoned when the Khmer Rouge took control of the area in the 1970s and has remained frozen in time since then.