Cambodia could remain among least developed countries in the world but still attracts visitors by a quite number of amazing views such as temples in Angkor Wat, beautiful beaches in the island of Southern Cambodia. Moreover, visitors can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere when taking a ride in tuk-tuk which costs only $8 for a full day tour. Furthermore, going for a ride in a bamboo train to see the countryside view is truly a perfect choice for anyone who are interested in discovering new things. Now, I would like to introduce a list of top things to do in Cambodia that can maximize your satisfaction.
1. Royal Palace
At the heart of Phnom Penh, Royal Palace is the residence for the king of Cambodia which has an amazingly fresh and new structure. Many buildings at this destination are demolished and rebuilt regularly in order to reflect the culture of Cambodia. The most impressive sight is the Throne Hall, the Moonlight Pavilion, the Silver Pagoda as well as the surrounding gardens. Moreover, it is located near the Riverside Boardwalk, therefore, you can observe the Tonle Sap Mekong river, where you can look for a number of friendly foreign restaurants nearby. In summary, your Cambodia trip cannot be prefect unless you visit Royal Palace at least once.
2. Choeung Ek
Choeung Ek, being widely known as the Killing fields in Phnom Penh, can give you more knowledge about the darkest moment of Cambodia. At this place, you can stay alone to learn about the details of Choeung Ek events and have some silent moments for the dead people.
3. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or S21
Located in Phnom Penh, this place was once a high school but then converted into a prison. It is interesting to sense the contrast between recognizing the building as a school and then seeing the makeshift prison cells. In addition, numerous pictures of prisoners and victims can be seen, which will burn vividly in your mind that most of them used to have a harsh time. Therefore, you can visit this meaningful place by taking part in some Cambodia private tours.
4. Angkor Wat
After seeing the main attractions of Phnom Penh, a 7-hour bus ride will bring you to another popular destination city of Cambodia, which is called as Siem Reap. Siem Reap is widely recognized for having cultural appeal and unique landmarks. In particular, Angkor Wat has earned its reputation for being the biggest attraction which attracts most of the tourists to this city. You can get to Angkor Wat from Siem Reap via bicycle or motorbike rental. It is truly a remarkable complex in terms of temple building as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can spend hours marveling at the grandeur of the building as well as the wall carbons. As a consequence, Angkor Wat is the must-see masterpiece that should be included in any holiday packages to Cambodia.
5. Quad Adventure Cambodia
If you are interested in seeing the organic side of Siem Reap, there is a 4-wheel tour which takes you deeper into the local native landscape in order to see how life really is. This adventure is away from temples, foreigner bars and souvenir shops as well. You also get to see the fields and open-air spaces on a motorbike, which will leave a deep affection inside your heart for a long time.
6. Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom is a city with a diversity of temple structures. It is probably the second most popular temple destination in Siem Reap. In particular, the most recognizable features of this place are the faces of Prasat Bayon, which can catch your eyes at the first sight. To be honest, visiting Angkor Thom can definitely make your holiday to Cambodia become more interesting and outstanding.
7. Night Market and Pub Street
You can imagine the atmosphere of pub street since it is just as the name says. At the end of the day, if you want to have a little bit of Western atmosphere, Pub Street will be your best treatment. This area is a great mixture of bars and restaurants, but it is also surrounded by local stores as well as massage parlors. As a result, Pub Street will deserve to have a spot in the list of top things to do in Cambodia.
8. Ta Prohm
Being less known than Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm is also a UNESCO site which has not gone through such extensive restoration when compared with the other temples. Moreover, it is quite unique with a number of trees growing right into the walls of some buildings. Therefore, tourists can gradually become immersed into the traditional design along with the distinguished characters of this place.
In conclusion, Cambodia is a great destination for any travelers who are seeking for a friendly and interesting excursion. The weather here is warm to hot year round, the food is the combination of traditional Southeast Asian, Indian and Chinese cuisine. After your travel, Cambodia will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions before you reach the end of your journey.
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