3 Amazing Places to Stop off on a Trip to Cambodia

Located in South East Asia, Cambodia enjoys a mysterious past and rich cultural heritage. It is a city of the past, the present and the future all combined together to an intricate harmony. Here, Buddhism is the major religion practiced in the kingdom, bearing influence on culture, architecture, and even cuisine. Here are some places you want to visit on your trip here.

SIHANOUKVILLE

Sihanoukville borrows its name from the King who fought for their independence. For anyone that wants to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of a busy city, this is the ideal place to relax, unwind and also have some fun. It is Cambodia’s premier beach town with pristine white sandy beaches: perfect tropical getaway. If you want a little more thrill, there are several paradise islands that make it an appealing touristic destination.

There are enough places to visit on this coastal city. you get the perfect view of the city on Wat Leu; a small hill nearby. You may also find the Ream National Park and the cascading Kbal Chhay waterfall as places worth putting in your itinerary.

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ANGKOR

Count yourself lucky as you explore one of history’s finest temples located about four miles from Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom. Angkor Wat is an unrivalled preservation of the past and stands mightily to defend its mysterious spiritual heritage. It is said to have taken more than thirty years to build the temple, in the twelfth century.

Angkor Wat architectural plan is vast, complex and ingenious thus labeling it as the world’s most outstanding monument. It is surrounded by a thick jungle and offers some of the best photographic sites in the world. Lose yourself in this richly spiritual and natural arena, where past beauty lives on.

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PHNOM PENH

This is the Capital City of Cambodia located at the confluence of three rivers namely Mekong, Basssac and Tonle Sap. The city is also divided into three parts: Northern attractive residential area, the South mostly occupied by the French and the heart of the city bustling with business complete with narrow lanes. Each part offers something different and unique, begging to be individually discovered.

A few meters away from the Tonle Sap stands the majestic royal palace occupying the Banteay KeV built in 1913.  One of the interesting features is the silver Pagoda owing its name to 5000 silver  tiles each weighing a kilogram and used to cover the entire floor. Needless to say, it is spectacular!  The life size Buddha sitting atop the dais is not only decked with precious gems but it’s crafted entirely with real gold and weighs 75 kilograms.

There is a lot to see in this city like the National Museum, Wat Phnom and the independence monument, all offering outstanding experiences. A visit to the markets gives you an opportunity to mingle with the locals, see some of their products and if you love jewelry, find them readily available in the market. An exotic gold necklace would make a fine gift for your mother-in-law!

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