Cambodia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southeast Asia. Cambodia attracts visitors all over the world by ancient relics like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers or stunning beaches and islands like Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Koh Thmei. Traveling to Cambodia will bring the great experience for the Buddhists and those who are fascinated by the wild beauty. This article will give tourists some suggestions of things to do in Cambodia. If you are interested in the capital of Cambodia, you can get the information from Things to do in Phnom Penh.
The Northern region
Banlung is the capital town of Ratanakiri province in Eastern Cambodian. This is a wild land with vast forests and is home to ethnic minorities of Cambodia. Therefore, coming to Banlung, you will get the experience that is quite different from other tourist attractions in Cambodia. Some popular destinations in Banlung are Yeak Laom volcanic lake, Wat Rahtanharahm pagoda, Chaong waterfall and Virachey National Park. In addition, there are many rubber factories and gemstone mines in Banlung. You can ask the hotel staff about the tours to discover precious stone mines.
The central area
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and one of the must-go destinations in Cambodia. In the trip to Phnom Penh, tourists should not miss the landmarks and monuments like Royal Palace including Silver pagoda and Phat Luc Bao temple; Wat Phnom; Cambodian National Museum; Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum; Khmer Rouge killing field; Wat Botum pagoda as the habitat of Pol Pot during his childhood; Independence Monument and Olympic Stadium.
Siem Reap is a famous destination in Cambodia and located near Tonle Sap lake, adjacent to Battambang and home to the most important relic in Cambodia – the complex of Angkor. Siem Reap owns quite a few interesting sights. For example, Angkor National Museum is where a large number of objects are displayed to illustrate the history of Angkor with modern technologies. The most impressive feature is the 1000 Buddha room. Wat Bo pagoda is the mix of French architecture and the Buddhist details influenced by Thailand. Wat Preah Prom Rath is a 500-year-old temple having a reclining Buddha statue. Another attraction is Angkor Silk Farm, which is not far from the city center but belongs to the rural area with the airy space. Traveling to here, you can witness the process of making silk of Cambodian people.
One of the busiest areas in the city is the Old Market that has quite a lot restaurants and cafes with different prices. Pub Street is appropriate for those who love noisy bars. This is considered the region of foreigners of Siem Reap.
Angkor consists of two main temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. It is just 6 kilometer from Siem Reap to the north. This construction has the considerable significance to the Cambodian tourism. The complex is divided into five main areas involving Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the Little Circuit, Big Circuit, Roluos group and Outlying temples.
Angkor Wat temple possesses the most monumental architecture in the entire population whereas Angkor Thom is the ancient capital territory. Angkor Thom contains outstanding temples and constructions such as Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Phnom Bakheng temple, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace of the and 5 large gate leading to Angkor Thom. They are all characteristic images of Cambodia tourism.
The Southern region and coast
Kampot is a small town located in the southern Cambodia, next to Kampong Bay and not far from the Gulf of Thailand. Tourists come here to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside along the river. Characteristic attractions are Bokor mountain with French-style wild houses, Phnom Chhnork caves, the ancient bridge spanning Kampong river and Kampot train station.
Sihanoukville is a coastal town owning famous beaches like Otres beach – the finest and cleanest one. Besides, from Sihanoukville, tourists can move to visit several islands off the coast such as Koh Russei and Koh Rong that is considered a paradise island and has the largest number of beautiful beaches in Cambodia.