The Kingdom of Cambodia, which is also referred to as the Kingdom of Wonder is one nation that boasts a lot of rich history which can be seen in some of the colossal and unique architectural structures the country. That being said, there are a plethora of places to visit in Cambodia that will satisfy your need for exploration and to check things off that bucket list!
Whether you are visiting on a short holiday or you are a member of the ever-growing expat community living in this South East Asian country, your mind will be blown away by its many magnificent views and unforgettable experiences.
Places we recommend visiting in Cambodia:
1. Angkor Wat (Angkor Archaeological Park)
Angkor Wat is one of the top places to visit in Cambodia and for good reason. The temple of Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument and is undoubtedly a must-see attraction. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, and it can be seen on the national flag of Cambodia.
This majestic site was once the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 14th centuries, and during its long history, Angkor went through many changes in religion, eventually leading up to Buddhism being the official religion in modern times, with more than 95% of people practicing it across the Kingdom.
2. Siem Reap
Add Siem Reap to your travel itinerary in Cambodia – it’s one of the top visited cities in Cambodia. Siem Reap is a popular resort town in northwestern Cambodia, and it is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor. There is plenty more to do in-and-around Siem Reap besides only seeing the temples.
Whether you want to try out a variety of food vendors and bars, shop at the night markets, or learn about national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, Siem Reap is not to be skipped on your journey through Cambodia.
Siem Reap is the fastest growing place in Cambodia and is becoming the ‘it’ place in Cambodia where you can go on local tours and adventures, as well as experience Cambodia’s leading contemporary circus.
3. Phnom Penh
Another important city to have on your list of places to visit in Cambodia is Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh is the largest city in Cambodia, which naturally also makes it the economic, political, and cultural center of the nation. Located on the Mekong River, the city dates back to the 15th century, and it has been the capital city ever since the French colonial days, which is why you can still see some French influence around.
You can explore the buzzing streets or take a tour of the National Museum and The Royal Palace, or you can venture out to see the killing fields of Choeung Ek, which tell the stories of the horror and brutality the people of this country suffered under the Khmer Rouge rule.
If you’re looking for places to visit in Cambodia that include sandy beaches and a tropical feel – add Sihanoukville to your list. Sihanoukville (which is named after a former king, Norodom Sihanouk) is the most popular beach destination in Cambodia for locals and foreign tourists.
The variety of lodging choices is suitable for everyone, starting with low budget backpacker hostels, ranging all the way up to 5-star luxury hotels, available while you enjoy the sun and sand from right across the gulf of Thailand.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a place in Cambodia to visit that’s off the beaten path, consider visiting Kratie. Kratie one of the lesser–known places in rural Cambodia, so it is the perfect place to get away from the main tourist attractions and take time to unwind and relax while getting a real sense of Cambodia.
Kratie is also the place to go if you want to see the famous Cambodian river dolphins. Travelers can join one of the daily excursions to see these mighty dolphins swimming along the Mekong River.
Get started on your journey to Cambodia
Whether you decide to visit Cambodia for a short stay while doing an in-class TEFL course, or whether you decide on a longer term stay and get a teaching job in Cambodia, you will surely get to experience a multitude of great adventures in the Kingdom of Wonder.
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