Things to do in Cambodia

| June 22, 2020

Things to do in Cambodia

While the temples of Angkor are a definite must see in Cambodia, there is plenty more to experience beyond the complex. Here we summarise some of the best in our guide to Cambodia.

Siem Reap and temples

Gateway to the unforgettable Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a cluster of villages with a French colonial centre, and wandering the streets discovering this chic town is a highlight. Temples include the iconic Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm temple, romantically enveloped by jungle, and the nearby complex of Banteay Srei with its intricate wall carvings. Viewing sunrise and sunset over the temples of Angkor is highly recommended, and a helicopter ride allows you to explore the sprawling complex from above. It is possible to head further afield to visit silk farms, rice fields and the rural countryside.

Phnom Penh

The capital city of Phnom Penh enjoys a delightful setting on the confluence of three rivers, and is an interesting mix of colonial buildings, temples, markets and broad avenues.

Visit the glittering Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the beautiful National Museum packed with Angkor-era artefacts. Tour the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Choeung Ek killing fields for a sobering insight into the horrors of Cambodia’s recent history.

Tonle Sap

The largest freshwater lake in south-east Asia, Tonle Sap is also home to numerous floating fishing villages and even a church. Cruise the lake for an insight into local life – visit a family in their stilted house and watch children boat home from school. A helicopter ride can also be taken over Tonle Sap to appreciate the expanse of this life-giving lake. The Prek Toal bird sanctuary is nearby, and is well worth a visit for avid birdwatchers.

Cardamom Mountains

Designated as a conservation area, the Cardamom mountains cover more than 20,000 sq km and are rated as one of the most important eco-regions in south-east Asia. This pristine mountain region is little explored and is home to more than 100 mammal species, including many threatened species, such as tigers and Asian elephants.

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