Cambodia is no stranger to struggled times and has seen plenty of rivalry, political dispute and famine. However a deeper glance into the heritage and culture of this nation will only serve to inspire your deepest admiration and love. This fascinating country offers rewarding and enchanting experiences at every turn ranging from the biter history portrayed in the unique museums to the tranquility of the islands and rural areas. Cambodia is not for everyone, however a visit here will undoubtedly leave you with a lasting impression. Although this country has gone through dark times, Cambodia has proven that there genuinely is light at the end of the tunnel and is now a nation which many people regard as a heaven away form home.
Angkor Wat Complex
The most famous of Cambodian temples, Angkor Wat is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the primary reasons why many tourists visit Siem Reep. This monumental site was once the largest of the world’s pre industrial cities and is the icing on the cake for many visitors.
Apsaras Dance Performance
Inspired by the celestial dancers who occupied the mythological court of the Gods, this dance was popular before the 13th century and still remains a humble part of Cambodian tradition. These dancers train from childhood, which has granted them flexibility beyond comprehension.
Although this is no Las Vegas, there’s no reason why you can’t try your hand at some of the casino industry’s most loved games like Poker and Blackjack during your Cambodia Tours. A number of gambling machines are also available in casinos such as Golden Palace.
Phnom Penh Royal Palace
Roughly 150 years old, this palace was built to house the Cambodia King and his family. The individual features of the palace and many of the surrounding buildings hold immense intrinsic value and the high walls around the manicured gardens keep traffic noise to a minimum.
A significant feature of the Angkor Thom proximity, this Buddhist temple was constructed under the orders of King Jayavarman VII; Bayon in the 12th century and is a truly unmissable example of Angkor architecture.
This small city is one of the finest remaining examples of French colonial presence and before the war years, it was actually the leading rice producer of Cambodia. This is generally a surprising fact, considering the town still boasts no more than 100,000 citizens.
A few days here will leave you feeling completely fresh and revitalised, ready to take on anything else Cambodia can throw at you. A far cry from the frantic life of the cities, this island takes you back to the heart of nature, no television, internet, or even roads, just the simple life or fresh food, sandy beaches and serene natural surroundings.
This tranquil, sprawling monastery has been left practically in its original state, so has only been partially cleared of overgrowing shrubs and foliage. Nevertheless combined with the songs of the parrots and other wildlife, the atmosphere here is incredibly capturing.
Tuol Sleng Museum
A visit to this museum should not be taken lightly as some graphic displays of human inhumanity can be witnessed. A testament to Cambodia’s cruelest hours, the Choeng Ek Killing fields are situated close by too.
Tonlé Sap Lake
Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake creates an incredibly vibrant eco system during the rainy season and the floating villages are a wonderful way to spend a few days of your Cambodia Tours. Home stays are possible in some of these villages an you could even opt for a tour of the flooded forests during rainy season.