It is no coincidence that Cambodia is considered as the gateway to an ancient world. Below are top 10 best places to travel in Cambodia, which can convince any fastidious traveller to list Cambodia into their travel bucket list.

  1. Temple of Angkor:

Angkor was the capital of Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 14th centuries. It is such a historical treasure that makes it become one of the most significant archeological sites in Southeast Asia. More than one hundred ancient monuments are found over some 300 square kilometers of farm lands and rice fields. Among them, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are two best-known ruins. The former is the world’s largest single religious site, the latter is impressive with a lot of massive stone faces. Many temples in Angkor Complex have been restored, making it become one of the wonders of the ancient world while putting an outstanding insight into Khmer history.

  1. The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is typical example of Khmer architecture in the 20th century. The Palace serves as the King’s residence, a venue for court ceremony and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It is built in 1866 in the harmony of Khmer architecture and European style as well as echoes of the palace in Bangkok. Covering an area of nearly 180,000 square meters, the Palace is an impressive complex of spectacular buildings including the layout of defensive wall, throne hall, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Stupas, towering spires and mural paintings. The Silver Pagoda is located next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway and named for its floor which is covered in gleaming silver.

  1. Koh Ta Kiev

Koh Ta Kiev is a tropical paradisiac island in Gulf of Thailand, just a few kilometers off the coast of Sihanoukville. It is an untouched area with electricity limitation and no wifi, being the perfect choice for anyone escaping from bustling life. Visitors can experience authentic Khmer cuisine, enjoy jungle trekking, thrilling snorkeling and kayaking or simply swimming in clean blue water.

 

  1. Battambang

Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, attracting travelers keen on Cambodian history. As a important trading center in the 18th century, Battambang later became a part of French Indochina, still maintaining some colonial buildings until now. There are some Angkor-style temples and Buddhist shrine in the town. Getting around by foot or bicycle to enjoy rice paddies and bamboo railway is also interesting. More excitingly, Statues, mostly of animals and gods, can be found in public areas, the most well-known of which is an ancient king. Other worth place is Central Market or Pasar Nat, dating back from French colonial period.

  1. Kampot

Kampot is located on a river not too far from the Gulf of Thailand. It is the gateway to Bokor National Park, named for its abandoned French hill station, hotel and casino, besides good climate and lush rainforest. Kampot also gives visitors chance to ride a boat on sunset, explore caves to see ancient ruins and take in scenic waterfalls along the route.

 

 

  1. Kep

Kep is a heaven for a variety of beach activities, seafood cuisine. Kep was founded as a colonial retreat for the French in the early 19th century. Despite some buildings were destroyed during Khmer Rouge, it still maintain some ruins of old villas. Most people visit this island in daily tours, snorkeling to discover the corals on the bottoms of the shallow sea, taking in panoramic ocean views at Kep National Park, visiting a butterfly preserve or how to grow organic peppers.

 

  1. Floating villages on Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia with a wide variety of interconnected eco-regions, which was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1997. It is also the home to dozens of local floating villages with bamboo and stilts houses. You will have opportunity to discover floating markets, schools, pagodas and find out local life.

 

 

  1. Koh Rong Samloem

Koh Rong Samloem is a small island without residents and there are only resorts for tourists here. It takes 3 hour boat riding to get this amazing island. Koh Rong Samloem is as an on-earth paradise with a beautiful coastline, white sandy beaches, turquoise water and diverse sea animals. It is a perfect choice for swimming, reading books on a swing, enjoy moments in tree house, or snorkeling to discover sea animals.

 

  1. Kratie

Along the banks of mighty Mekong, Kartie is a right place for visitors to have a plan to experience Mekong, especially dolphin-watching tours. The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins are endemic to the Mekong, so there are a lot of environmental solutions to limit their dwindling numbers. Tourism has played an important role in protecting dolphins as an alternative economy to fishing. To see Irrawaddy dolphins, tourist can come Kampi in the north of Kratie and embark on boat here.

 

  1. Prasat Preah Vihear

Prasat Preah Vihear is an ancient Hindu Temple built in the 6th century during Khmer Empire. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Located on the top of Dangrek Mountains looking at Cambodian floodplains, Prasat Preah Vihear is a monumental temple complex of complicatedly carved pavilions in the connection to long causeways in order to honor the god Shiva.