Cambodia is one of those countries suitable to travel with a backpack, get lost and discover yourself. Besides, it is a place that if you do not want to spend a lot of money, it is one of the most suitable places. Of course, you will discover a culture, architecture, a different civilization. Everything is different in Cambodia, but it is advisable to visit at least once in life one of the main sites of Southeast Asia.
The best things to do in Cambodia!
Visit the Capital
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. In it, you can perform multiple activities of all kinds. It’s a big city, so in a day you will not see everything, so I recommend spending a couple of days.
What stands out the most? The Grand Palace and the Silver Pagoda! Also, you can even walk along the pleasant Preah Sisowath Avenue.
Also in Phnom Penh, you can discover the country’s past. The Fields of Death is also called Fields of Extermination and in English Killing Fields. This was the place where the prisoners of S-21 prison went. About 9000 people died in this place, and nowadays you can do guided tours.
In the visit, you can see the open graves, as well as the bones of some victims of this horror.
The Archaeological Park of Angkor
It is one of the most important archaeological parks in all of Southeast Asia. It has an area of 400 square kilometers and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.
It is a place with a lot of history in Cambodia, and it has incredible temples, which is highly recommended to visit. Everyone is impressed with the visit to this park.
The Most Outstanding Beaches of Cambodia
Sihanoukville also known as Kampong Som and stands out as the first port of Cambodia. However, tourists come to this place to enjoy its beaches, which are usually totally awake.
Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, Otres Beach and Victory Beach are some of the visitors’ favorites. However, the sunset in Shokha stands out, something unique.
The Quietest Province in the Country
To the south of Cambodia is Kampot, which as a curiosity means puffer fish in Cambodian. It is one of the places with the greatest tourist offer in the whole country, and it stands out as a tranquil town.
For lovers of gastronomy, Kampot pepper is unique, as it stands out for its salt production.
The Bayón Temple
In Angkor, you have to stop at the Bayón temple. It is striking because of the almost two hundred Buddha heads that are reflected on the temple. It was built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, the king who left Hinduism to move to Buddhism.
This temple is a World Heritage Site for UNESCO. As a curiosity, the temple spent a few years buried in the jungle of Cambodia. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Frenchman Henri Mouhot did not discover it.
This Hindu temple, built in the 12th century by Suryavarman II, is the largest Hindu temple in the world, and also the best preserved. This zone allows knowing part of the culture of the Khmer Empire.
Here are the most representative temples of the Hindu that are the Bayon Temple, the Baphuon Temple, the Pre Rup Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, among others. Of course, UNESCO declared Angkor Wat a World Heritage Site in 1992.
On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake is the floating village of Chong Kneas. This is the one that has the easiest access to the whole country, so it is the most chosen by tourists to enjoy this type of town.
The inhabitants of this place live on the water and use the boats they have to transport themselves from one place to another.
This city does not receive many visits because it is far from the main cities of Cambodia. In fact, it has no paved road. It is a province where you can do many activities such as visiting the volcanic Yak Lom Lake, which is one of the most outstanding in Cambodia.
Also, it is also advisable to visit the Virachey National Park, which is an area where several tribes of the country live.
The Tonle Slap Lake
In addition to floating villages, Lake Tonle Slap stands out as the largest freshwater reserve in all of Southeast Asia.
Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom, are the provinces around this lake. As a curiosity, when it rains the Sap and Mekong rivers change their meaning, thus changing the sense of the waters of the lake!