Vacation In Cambodia

Cambodia is a place that can’t be fully understood in just one visit. That’s why – if you’re old enough and adventurous enough – come see for yourself!

Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand and Vietnam. This land offers some of the most magnificent places in the world, designed to amaze you as you explore the wonders of its past and present. It’s also home to an amazing culture and a warm-spirited people who will welcome you with open arms. You can be sure that you’ll step off of your daily life road and take an adventure when you travel to Cambodia. Below are two must-visit places for every first-time visitor to Cambodia:

Vacation In Cambodia

Cambodia is the type of place where things go from bad to worse – and that’s on a good day. Located between Thailand and Vietnam, the country offers visitors a fascinating mix of unspoiled natural beauty, relaxing beaches and some of the most hellish experiences you’ll ever have in your life…. yes, I do mean hellish.

You have been working incredibly hard, long hours and late nights to get your business up and running. It is now time for you to reward yourself with a well deserved vacation to one of the most unique destinations in the world-Cambodia. Cambodia is an ancient civilization with a culture that dates back to around 500 B.C.

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country known for its rich culture, golden beaches and stunning architecture. The best way to experience the country is to travel on foot. The country’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, which was built between 967 and 1150, was the world’s largest religious building until the completion of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome in 1626. The unique history of the Khmer Empire explains why Cambodia has so many diverse sites to see.

The Cambodian kingdom, according to the Chinese traveller Zhou Daguan in his description of Cambodia (dated December 1296), is divided into four distinct regions. The first region is the largest and includes the capital city along with other towns in the flood plains of Tonle Sap that are surrounded by mountains on all sides. The second region, in the south-east, encompasses the coastal plain and central delta area. The third region, to the west lies on a narrow plain along the Samlot River. It is populated with smaller villages surrounded by low hills. The last region is located in the north-east and is mountainous with steep valleys and dense forests.

Travelers who want an authentic and affordable experience in Asia should definitely consider booking a trip to Cambodia this year. With Siem Reap as the main tourist hub, there are lots of temples, historical ruins, and archaeological sites in this unique country to check out. But it’s also fun to soak up the sun at the beach, marvel at beautiful landscapes, and sample all the traditional foods here during your trip. To help you plan your itinerary, here are the top 11 things to do in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat at sunset Siem Reap Cambodia.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Angkor Wat is probably the most famous visitors’ attraction in Cambodia, and every first-time visitor should check it out. There are lots of tourists that show up very early, at least by 5:30am, to watch the sunrise over this Wonder of the World. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tells the story of the Khmer Empire with a worldwide reputation and beautiful design. The monkeys that call this area may look cute, but be cautious of them because they’re known to steal things out of your hands and climb on tourists!

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Bayon Temple Entrance Angkor Thom gate Siem Reap Cambodia

Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

This temple is at the center of Angkor Thom, built around 1190 AD to celebrate the ego and creativity of a highly celebrated king of the country. This is a great place to visit in the morning and at sunrise because the temple faces east. This temple may not look as impressive from all angles as Angkor Wat, it’s uniqueness becomes very clear when you get up to the third level. The smiling image on the huge stone face of the temple is believed to be of King Jayavarman VII and has been called the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.”

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Tree roots and ruins, Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm, Siem Reap

While some temples in Cambodia are in surprisingly immaculate condition, Ta Prohm is crumbling and left that way. This is how most of the temples here were actually found before they were rebuilt and renovated. But at Ta Prohm today, you can see a temple in its natural state, tree roots and all. This temple is known as the “Tomb Raider Temple” because it was used in the 2001 movie. This ancient and hidden temple offers a unique atmosphere that you really have to experience in-person to understand.

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A fenced enclosure and sign marks a mass grave at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center commonly known as the Killing Fields.

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

You can get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penhon a highway that cuts through the country on a road that is mostly paved. It’s a very interesting journey for sure, and one where you’ll see many aspects of Cambodian life that you probably wouldn’t experience if you just stayed in the main city for your whole vacation. The Choeung Ek Memorial and the Tuol Sleng Museum are commonly referred to as the Killing Fields as a reminder of the country’s difficult and dark past. These are important stops on a trip to Cambodia to learn about the tragedies of lost human lives. Just prepare yourself for thousands of human skulls on display and mass grave sites for the approximately 1.7 people who were victims of genocide.

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A tuk tuk parked outside Ta Prohm temple at Angkor Archaeological Park of Siem Reap in Cambodia

Ride a Tuk-Tuk

One of the most quintessential experiences for visitors to Cambodia is to take a ride in a Tuk-Tuk. This is a popular activity in downtown Siem Reap and elsewhere in the country. Not only is riding in a Tuk-Tuk an experience all its own, but it’s also an efficient way to get around. Carriages pulled by motorcycles are particularly good at getting through congested streets to deliver you back to your hotel or to another sightseeing destination.

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Landscape photo of beautiful white sand exotic beach on Koh Rong island in Cambodia

Relax on the Beach at Koh Rong

For a little rest and relaxation, head to Koh Rong for white-sand beaches and bright blue seas. There are a few small islands off the coast of Sihanoukville, only some of which are inhabited, and Koh Rong has been gaining popularity among backpackers. Come here to party, mix, and mingle.

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Koh Ker temple complex, death pyramid Prasat Prang, Cambodia

Archaeological Sites at Koh Ker

Koh Ker is another great place to learn about history and architecture in Cambodia. This place was a capital site many centuries ago but was left abandoned for a long time after that. Koh Ker makes a great day trip from Siem Reap and has a few dozen structures to check out. Make sure to see the Prasat Thom temple pyramid, which has seven tiers and is often compared to Mayan-style architecture.

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