Thinking of exploring a land of fascinating history and intriguing culture? Cambodia should be at the top of your list of destinations. Take a look at this illustrated Cambodia guide to help you plan your trip.
Cambodia is located in a perfect position for those who want to explore more than one area of Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, combining many of the charming cultural elements of each surrounding country.
The country’s tragic history could dissuade many visitors from travelling here but instead the locals use their past to educate their visitors. Many historic, haunting sites of war and death have been preserved perfectly and are regularly used for tours. Despite the bleakness of some of the tourist sights, the Khmer people appear both fiercely resilient and completely welcoming.
Just as interesting as Cambodia’s prominent history is its current way of life. Much of the country is beautifully simplistic and undeveloped, maintaining strong elements of its peoples’ religious beliefs, cultural heritage and traditional occupations. Anyone who has visited Cambodia will tell you that the natural beauty of the country is undeniable everywhere you go.
The North region of Cambodia holds many of the fascinating religious monuments of the country, with an overwhelming choice of beautiful temples, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, each providing magnificent architecture.
Beyond beautiful religious buildings, there is an array of natural sights to behold, from the peaceful banks of Tonle Sap Lake to the wild, unreserved inhabitants of Prek Tol Bird Reserve.
Despite the huge presence of tourism in these areas, the air of untouched land and preserved history remains intact. Tradition and culture is a huge part of life in the North of Cambodia and not to be missed.
If you’re looking for a smooth sandy beach lining the coast of South Cambodia, you need look no further than Sihanoukville. However, if you want bright blue water and busy long-tail boats, make your way straight to Kampot. A short boat trip away, exotic islands dot the edge of the country, varying from booming partying destinations to solitary simple visits.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Southern Cambodia only offers a variety of places for sun worshiping, though. Take a short ride away from the beach and you’ll find vast greenery to hike in Kep sur-mer and rolling, mist-covered hills to climb at Bokor National Park – a true hikers paradise.
There’s no shortage of nature in the South either with the giant, gentle residents of Elephant Mountains to meet and the natural beauty of Phnom Chhngok Cave nearby.
The Capital, Phnom Penh
This is a true city of character with so many elements to its personality, from aromatic, bustling markets to the sparkling spires of the Royal Palace.
Phnom Penh is not a city of superficial value, though, at the roots of its appeal is the haunting history of Choeung Ep, the eye-opening stories of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the UNESCO protected Wat Phrom.
With such astonishing heritage, this city can be as intensely eye-opening as it is beautiful, and certainly not to be missed by history buffs.
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