From luxury tourists to backpackers, Cambodia is a naturally beautiful country that continues to attract visitors to not only the iconic attraction of Angkor Wat, but also the stunning architectural feats, untouched jungles, and pristine beaches. Here are five of the most striking places to visit Cambodia:
A visit to the Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the best things to do in Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and built in the 12th century. This legendary temple was originally built as a Hindu temple for the god of Vishnu, but later in the 14th century, it had been converted into a Buddhist temple. The temple is rich in Apsaras nymphs or carvings which are entirely unique and well worth checking out. Even though Angkor Wat is the most famous temple, it is far from being the only one worth exploring. There are many other popular temples, such as Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei, as well as numerous other lesser-known temples that showcase early Khmer architecture but with a lot less foot traffic.
Located at Phnom Sruoch district in the province of Kampong Speu, Kirirom National Park is established on a seven hundred meters hill covering an area of over thirty five thousand hectares in the Elephant Mountains. The name ‘Kirirom’ meaning Mountain of Joy was given to it by the King of Cambodia. Kirirom National Park, a high altitude plateau, is known for its unique high elevation pine forest, which forms the headwaters for numerous streams feeding Kampong Speu Town.
This park is part of the ‘Southwest Cluster Protected Areas’ which include Phnom Bokor, Preah Sihanouk and Kep National Parks.
Attractions at this hill station of Kirirom are its spectacular scenery and its astonishing waterfalls.
The popular street-side bars and restaurants that line Wat Botum Park in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district have been told to move out by Tuesday or face eviction, vendors said on Monday.
As alumni of the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) returned to retrieve paintings they had made for their assignments, a well-known Cambodian photographer spotted one of his among the pile.
A three-month program that makes up The Cambodian Living Arts’ (CLA) cultural season kicked off on Thursday and will run through September 23 with the theme Exploring Identities. It will feature performances, panel discussions, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops.
Along a row of food carts inside the sparkling compound of CUPS Coffee on Street 337 in Tuol Kork, an extension of a Kampot favourite has recently set up shop in the capital.
Bai Cha Kdam Kampot, or “Kampot Crab Fried Rice”, is run by Kim Sotheary, 23, whose uncle founded a popular eating house in Kampot in 2010. Her restaurant has different ownership, and chefs, but the family recipes have migrated from the coast. Here it is all fried rice and crab, all the time, but the fresh seafood and house-made Koh Kong sauce make it worth seeking out.
Just north of the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge, the rust-red boat comes into view: six storeys and 6,000 square metres of unused space floating on the Tonle Sap river.
With its dilapidated look, some might think it was abandoned — or perhaps even an eyesore — but it is this space that organisers plan to transform into Cambodia’s largest collaborative centre dedicated to the contemporary arts.
Want to be able to order an iced coffee with milk, and actually get one? LINK is the Language Institute of Natural Khmer, which teaches through participation and listening, rather than text books and phonetics charts.
For an incredible view of still relatively low-rise Phnom Penh, head up 23 store’s to Eclipse Sky Bar, which as of end-2015 is the highest rooftop bar in the capital. The bar sits at the top of the Phnom Penh Tower, which is otherwise home to offices and embassies on Monivong Boulevard, and is found just a 10-minute ride from Independence Monument.
We checked out a half-day, 25-kilometre Grasshopper tour to the Mekong islands, which was excellent and priced at US$39. We haven’t come across any other outfits offering similar cycling tours, though it’s possible some guesthouses or hotels offer their own versions.