Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cambodia
by Blake Johnson May 03, 2017
Cambodia, known as Kingdom of Wonder, may be considered as one of the most ideal destinations for travelers due to not only its rustic simplicity but charm, mystery and adventure also. Throwing off the shadow of the past, Cambodia now is developing enough to become a spot attracting many visitors all year round. Having an excursion to Cambodia, you will have a lot of rewarding and memorable experiences because there are several wonderful things to do and see in Cambodia. The following listed top 10 things you should not forget to do and see when you are in Cambodia.
1. Angkor Wat
Located in Angkor Complex in Siem Reap province, this location is so popular that it is considered as the main tourist hub in Cambodia. Angkor Wat meaning “Temple City” in Khmer was built in early 12th century by King Suryavarman II. It seems to reflect the Khmer idea to build a temple as “the model of cosmic world” with five stoned, lotus-like towers surrounded by outer wall and the moat. Like other temples, the images of everyday life and Hindu legend are curved on the wall of the temple as the decoration. With beautiful and meaningful structure, this World Heritage will never let you down.
Ta Prohm temple is also recoginized as the World Heritage Site. It was built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th. Coming to this temple, you will be very surprised at its image. Big trees growing over and through the building makes the scenery here like in the jungle. Dispite the power of nature, Ta Prohm temple still exist and was used as one of locations in film Tomb Raider. Thanks to nature, this temple has its own distinctive features to attract visitors.
3. Angkor Thom
Another temple which you must go to see when you travel to Cambodia is Bayon Temple. It was situated in the centre of Angkor Thom and also built by King Jayavarman VII. It has three levels with many bas-reliefs about life or religion. One of outstanding features is the faces carved out of the towers of this temple. It seems like a mysterious face with curious smile on it. People say it may be the description of Buddha or King Jayavarman VII or even the combination between two of them. Although we haven’t had clear explanation yet, it is worth destination to visit.
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is one of attractions in Cambodia where visitors can partly enrich their knowledge about Cambodia history and Khmer’s architecture. Although only the throne hall and some building surrounding it are available for you to visit and you have to wear required clothes, it still is a great location to have a good time with new experience.
5. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Although Cambodia has passed the tragic time, the places in this period still exist. A tour to Toul Sleng High School where was used as a prision will help you know more about the darkest, heart-breaking periods in Cambodian history when the Khmer Rouge had the power.
Battambang literally meaning “loss of stick” is the capital of Battambang province. Beside Angkor in Seam Reap and Royal Palace in Phrom Penh it also is a popular tourist destination. The spot will attracted you by its delicious food which has the combination between French and Khmer flavor, bamboo train, the colonial architecture and some temples such as Ek Phnom and Wat Baset, Phnom Banan or Prasart Stueng.
7. Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville
It will be not enough if you just visit the ancient architecture when you are in Cambodia. Let’s spend your time on Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville where you can have sunbath, step bear foot on the white sand to relax yourselves, enjoy good food, drink in bars and restaurants especially BBQ at the sunset and fire dancing.
8. Koh Rong Island
Coming to Sihanoukville province, you should not miss the chance to come and see Koh Rong Island, a true paradise in Cambodia. Although it does not have 5-start hotels and sometimes lacks electricity, it is an ideal location for those who want to refresh after the overload of a long journey thanks to rustic beach bars and hostels, friendly people in the Koh Tuich Village, beautiful beaches with white sand ,turquoise waters and some activities like suffing, hiking,etc.
9. Apsaras Dance performance
Like the landscape in Cambodia, Apsara dance is very charming and is one of the best things to do in Cambodia that you should experience. It is a traditional dance of Cambodia and is practised in the royal palace. The deliberation and flexibility will be represented by the dancers’ movement. Each positions shows different meaning, for example, a finger poiting to the sky symbols for “today”. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy this dance with Cambodian music in several restaurants and hotels in Cambodia.
10. The Night Market in Phnom Penh
A visit to the night market is a fun way to do some shopping , eating and have unmissable memories in Cambodia. Visitors coming The Night Market or Phsar Reatrey in evening can eat delicious food such as crab, fish amok, Khmer cuisine or buy traditional clothing as souvernir for family and friends. Moreover, it has dance performace in stage with historical or modern Cambodian sounds.
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