50 Reasons to Visit Cambodia

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Here are 50 Reasons to Visit Cambodia.

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    Untouched Beaches

    Visitors say islands like Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem are what Thailand used to be like 20 years ago.

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    Delicious Food

    Since this country sits right between Vietnam to the East and Thailand to the West, they have adapted some of the tasty food styles of these food haven countries as well as having their own flair!

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    Khmer People

    By far, my favorite thing about Cambodia is the people. While the country has yet to recover from the scars left behind by the Pol Pot regime, the people have moved on.

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    Sleepy Towns

    Talk about getting away from it all! Lazy little towns like Kampot and Kep will make you forget all your worries, and very likely the time.

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    Attend a Cooking Tour

    Learn the art of cooking Khmer dishes in a matter of 4 hours and familiarize with Cambodian cooking ingredients and the traditional way of preparing them.

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    Have Fun with Flight Tours & Hot Air Balloons

    If you love flying you can book for a helicopter or a hot air balloon tour which allows you to see the panoramic view of Cambodia’s mountains and coastline.

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    Rich culture and history

    Cambodia has a rich culture and history that can be seen and experienced in many different ways on a trip to the country. From watching a performance of Khmer Apsara dance, visiting produce markets, sampling the Cambodian cuisine and admiring the groups of saffron robe-clad monks that seem ubiquitous in the country Cambodia is a riot of color, culture and the exotic.

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    From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, bustling markets are found all over the country. Stalls are packed full with everything from sneakers to produce. It's close quarters in most markets -- the corridors are narrow, space is limited, and bodies are everywhere.

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    Kratie is one of the best kept secrets off of the tourist track in Cambodia and just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Lao border which is the gateway to the famed 4,000 islands. It is a good place to relax and unwind.

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    Source: latitudes.nu

    If you did not think of some of the world’s best coffee when you thought of Cambodia but you were mistaken. The coffee in this country is incredibly rich and tasty which is available hot or iced at any time of the day for an average price of about $0.75 or $3000 Riel!

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    Lush Jungles

    Cambodia offers miles and miles of intense jungle fauna, still filled to the brim with wild animals.

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    No trip to Cambodia is complete without at least one crazy night out on the town, whether it’s sweating your weight off dancing at “Angkor What?! Bar” in Siem Reap.

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    Spend a Full-Day Birdwatching Tour

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    Swimming and Snorkeling

    Cambodia boasts of its long coastline teemed with white sand beaches. Why not visit the Koh Rong Island and dip your body in the cool waters of the Southwestern Beach, and the placid Long Set Beach.

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    Easy to reach

    Fly from Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) into Siem Reap or to the capital Phnom Penh. Air Asia offers great rates (Bangkok – Siem Reap flight costs around 50 EUR).

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    Visa on arrival is available for most nationals

    At the airport you have to fill in a form, pay 35 USD – dollars are accpeted everywhere in the country – hand in your passport photo, wait a few minutes and done.

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    Easy to get around

    The main towns are all well connected to the capital, Phnom Penh. The road can be bumpy and the busride is long but very cheap. There are sleeping buses for the longer rides on which at least you stay in a half-sit half-lay position.

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    Low budget

    Dorms are the cheapest (starting from 3-5 USD/person) and it is possible to find basic beach huts on the islands from 5USD/night. Streetfood is 1-3 USD/meal. So for a 20 USD daily budget your can be a happy camper.

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    Floating Villages

    Tonle Sap lake is the Southeast Asia’s largest lake and it’s home to over a 100 types of waterbirds, turtles, otter, crocodiles, etc… and floating villages.

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    Angkor Wat

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

    Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.

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    Angkor Thom

    Source: britannica.com

    Angkor Thom, located in present-day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII.

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    Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol.

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    Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

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    The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple.

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    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Source: wikimedia.org

    The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Penh.

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    Preah Vihear Temple

    Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province.

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    Choeung Ek

    Choeung Ek, the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 - about 17 kilometres south of Phnom Penh.

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    Silver Pagoda

    The Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. Formerly, it was known as Wat Ubosoth Ratanaram. The temple's official name is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot which is commonly shortened to Wat Preah Keo in Khmer.

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    Preah Khan

    Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated.

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    Wat Phnom

    Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple located in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.

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    Independence Monument

    The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, was built in 1958 for Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city.

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    Beng Mealea

    Beng Mealea or Bung Mealea is a temple in the Angkor Wat period located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.

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    Banteay Kdei

    Banteay Kdei, meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells".

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    National Museum of Cambodia

    Source: planetden.com

    The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.

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    Wat Ounalom

    Wat Ounalom is a wat located on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, near the Royal Palace of Cambodia. As the seat of Cambodia's Mohanikay order, it is the most important wat of Phnom Penh, and the center of Cambodian Buddhism.

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    Cambodian Cultural Village

    Cambodian Cultural Village is a theme park and museum in Siem Reap.

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    Sisowath Quay

    Source: tripadvisor.com

    Sisowath Quay is a historic riverside located in Phnom Penh.

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    Srah Srang

    Source: photodeck.com

    Srah Srang is a baray or reservoir at Angkor.

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    Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor near modern Siem Reap.

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    Neak Pean

    Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Preah Khan Baray built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.

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    Koh Thonsáy

    Source: www.flickr.com

    Koh Thonsáy is a Cambodian island located off the south western coast of Cambodia. "Koh Thonsáy" means Rabbit Island, and it is located close to the mainland of Kep City.

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    Preah Monivong National Park

    Preah Monivong National Park is a national park in southern Cambodia. The main attraction of the park is Bokor Hill Station. The park is one of only two Cambodian ASEAN Heritage Parks.

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    Kep National Park

    Kep National Park is a national park of Cambodia in the Kep region of Cambodia. Established in 1993, it covers an area of 50 km². The nearest town lies at Krong Kaeb.

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    Krol Ko

    Krol Ko at Angkor, is a Buddhist temple built at the end of the 12th century under the rule of Jayavarman VII. It is north of Neak Pean.

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    Tonle Bati

    Source: tripadvisor.com

    Tonle Bati is a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh. It is a popular weekend destination for the local population.

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    Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

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    Wat Botum

    Wat Botum Vathey is a wat located at Oknha Suor Srun Street 7, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh.

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    Botum Sakor National Park

    Botum Sakor National Park is the biggest national park of Cambodia. Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Botum Sakor is a peninsula projecting southwest from the Cardamom Mountains.

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    Kingdom Breweries

    Kingdom Breweries is Cambodia's craft beer brewery, located in Phnom Penh.

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    Angkor Wat Marathons

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