Cambodia is located in Indochina peninsula between Vietnam to the East, Thailand to the West, Laos to the North and the Gulf of Thailand to the South. The capital of Cambodia is the largest city – Phnom Penh, meaning “The City of the Brahma’s Faces”. This country used to be origin of the Khmer Empire, which lasting from 9th to 15th century and its main center is Angkor Wat Temple complex in Siem Reap. Cambodia has two destinations declared as UNESCO World Heritage sites including Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world and Tonle Sap Lake (or Great Lake) – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. While these two main tourist attractions is suitable for nature and culture lovers, Phnom Penh is a living memory of colonial culture heritage, and Sihanoukville with sandy beaches and turquoise waters – Maldives of Cambodia.
Cambodia is a fascinating blend of culture and majestic heritage. With a history both inspiring throughout Golden Age of Khmer Kingdom, especially Angkor Wat, this country delivers an intoxicating present.
- When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
There are two seasons in Cambodia, dry season from October to April, and the wet season between May and September with the heaviest rainfall in August and September.The best time to visit Cambodia is from October to April with little rain, blue sky and moderate temperature.
- How to reach Cambodia?
By Air: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airport are two main international ones in Cambodia. If there is not direct flights to Cambodia, visitors can select stopover flights via Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Laos.
By Bus: With not much budget and for valued local experience, lots of visitors prefer shuttle bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap, then Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Phnom Penh, then Siem Reap. All of them have daily regular departure, so it is very convenient for passengers.
By Rail: Other way to come Cambodia is by train from Bangkok to Siem Reap.
By Road: If not liking any delay or sharing space with strangers or coming Cambodia sooner, clients can rent a taxi or drive to Cambodia from Bangkok, the most important one is that they have their own visa and passport to cross through customs.
By water: Sihanouk International Seaport and Phnom Penh one are two mains ports in Cambodia. Boats get used to travelling along Tonle Sap Lake, Bassac and Mekong Delta.
- What to do in Cambodia?
Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat is an enormous Buddhist temple complex in Siem Reap, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Built in 12th century as a Hindu temple, it used to be the capital of the Khmer Empire as its own name – “Temple City” in Khmer language. Spreading across more than 400 acres, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world.
Tonle Sap Lake: If the glorious Angkor Wat is as the symbol of Cambodia, Tonle Sap Lake is really the soul of this country, because of not only its size, but also its unique ecological water wonders in the world. It owns an amazing eco-system with stunning biodiversity of fauna and flora from freshwater fish, birds, reptiles and other mammals. It is also certainly a instant witness to local culture from earning a living by fish-catching to making agriculture in floating villages around the bank of lake, especially the effect of water level, whenever it goes down, the local have to move their houses, schools, shops, churches to higher water level places. Some famous destinations here are Chong Khneas, Mechrey Floating Villages, a bird sanctuary at Prek Toal, a large crocodile farm, etc.
Apsara Show: Dating back from 7th century, Apsara dance stems from Cambodia’s Hindu and Buddhist mythology with the first appearance seen in carvings at Sambor Prei Khk Temple. The dance is such an iconic Khmer culture that it was declared as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.
Koh Rong Island: Located near the coast of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong is famous for its beautiful natural scenery with pristine white sandy beaches, warm crystal-clear ocean waters, and a typical tropical climate. Joining thrilling water sports, filming or simply taking photos here will also very exciting.