Cambodia may not be on the bucket list of many. In fact, few can even point to it on a map, and those who know probably only have vague recollections of genocides and widespread poverty. But, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t book a holiday to Cambodia and visit this intriguing South East Asian country.
Why Visit Cambodia:
Several reasons include exploring the famous Angkor Wat in Siem Reap to enjoying beautiful beaches at Sihanoukville. Or, why not enjoy the Cambodian hospitality and admire the opulence of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Combine this with affordable prices and a wide range of food, and you’re going to have a great off-the-beaten-path experience. Many nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival and a trip to Cambodia is an excellent stopover on an epic adventure around South East Asia. So, now you know why, let’s take a look at where to visit.
The most prominent attraction in the country is Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Visitors come to Cambodia to spend a day or two here and then leave. Angkor Wat is huge religious complex covering a massive area of 162 hectares. A series of temples, shrines and sacred buildings dot the landscape of this mystical part of Cambodia. The ruins date back to the mighty Khmer Empire in the 12th century. Tourists generally hire a tuk-tuk for a few dollars to take them to the major sites over a few days.
Phnom Penh is the capital and home to the Royal Palace and a beautiful promenade that stretches along the confluence of the Mekong and Ton Le Sap Rivers. Several hotels line the riverfront with a variety of restaurants and bars. Other major attractions are the Silver Pagoda, National Museum and S-21 (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum). You can also visit the Killing Fields on a day trip from the capital to witness the mass graves after the atrocities against civilians under the Khmer Rouge. Although many would consider the capital to be a little rough around the edges, it still has a certain charm that visitors enjoy. Regular buses connect Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
Want to spend a few days on a tropical beach without the crowds? Then take a trip to Sihanoukville. Located in the southern part of the country, the small town is home to several beaches that provide the perfect setting for a few days of relaxation. Seafood is readily available for just a few dollars, and you can join very affordable scuba diving tours too. Other popular activities include jet skiing, snorkelling and playing mini-golf. This town doesn’t have much in the way of things to do, but it does make a great place to relax.
Cambodia is a Great Travel Destination:
Cambodia doesn’t have the masses of tourists like neighbouring Thailand or Vietnam, and despite not appealing to many visitors, it has a lot to offer if you’re adventurous. Visit and marvel at the ruins of the largest religious complex in the world in Siem Reap or spend a few days on the beach at Sihanoukville. Whatever you’re looking for, Cambodia has it for a very affordable price.