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.
Koh Rong is a striking island in the Gulf of Thailand with its turquoise-green waters and white sandy beaches that can easily stand up to many of the tropical paradises elsewhere in SE Asia. This island is appreciated for its coral reefs and sandy coves, while the interior of the island is thick with the pristine jungle that is dotted with stunning waterfalls and coconut palms. The island’s interior is also home to many different species of birds and other wildlife. A stay on this island for a short break is fairly peaceful and relaxing, although there is the opportunity to get involved in activities like trekking, snorkeling, diving, and zip lines.
Koh Tonsay (also referred to as Rabbit Island) is a peaceful, secluded and untouched island located off Cambodia‘s south coast. It is easy to reach from Kep with a 20-25 minute boat journey but still seems to take the travelers completely away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. This island has several open-air restaurants and rustic bungalows to make a tranquil place to stay with its tree-lined beach and lounging in hammocks. Kon Tonsay is relatively small and possible to walk the entire island in just a day. With no air-conditioning, Wi-Fi or television, a visit to this island on the Vietnam and Cambodia tours is certain to give an island paradise away from modern living.
The sparsely populated and wild district of Mondulkiri is rich in a stunning landscape with its valleys, waterfalls, jungles and rolling hills. This province is home to a variety of endangered and rare species, such as the elephants, water buffalo, and leopards. Nearly 50% of the local population is made up of the Bunong minority group who continue to use traditional methods to hunt food. The wildlife-viewing opportunities, stunning scenery, and cool climate make this part of Cambodia a fascinating place to visit for the trekking adventures.
Set in the Dangrek Mountains at 1,722-ft, the Preah Vihear is a quite stunning Khmer temple built in the 11th and 12th centuries and gives wonderful views that span across the lowlands of Cambodia. The temple complex stretches over an area of nearly 2,000-ft with many of the buildings featuring intricate carvings.