14+ Top Things to do in Cambodia – Cambodia Travel from A to Z

Cambodia with Angkor Wat temple, 7th world wonder has become popular to the world. Traveling to this SEA country is in the bucket list of many travelers. Today we will help you prepare everything for your Cambodia tour from A to Z and recommend top things to do in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA OVERVIEW

Cambodia, country of Angkor Wat-wonder of the world. This Asia country is neighbor to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Cambodia has a population of more than 7 million people. With 443km coastline, Cambodia has become a wonderful site to rest, to relax and discover. Phnom Penh capital and Siem reap are two most attracting places for you to visit in any Cambodia itineraries.

If you plan to visit Cambodia, get ready to go because this dry season is the best time to adventure the country of Angkor architecture complex. You’re encouraged to learn some basic Khmer sentences to interact with local people. In many areas, Cambodia people also use English, Vietnamese and French.

The official religion of the country is Buddhism. Only 5 percent of the population follow other religions. That’s why you can see many Buddhist temples and pagodas across this country.

Cambodia people are generous, calm and reserved just like many Asian people. 

CAMBODIA MAIN AREAS

Cambodia has 3 main parts: north Cambodia, central and the south. Among them, the central part is most developed and with most advanced tourism services. Across the country, nature is just pure wild, pristine and beautiful while the culture is rich, authentic and still present in everyday life of the people here. Are you ready for the top things to enjoy in Cambodia?

NORTH CAMBODIA

1. Visiting Banlung to enjoy the nature

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Banlung in Cambodia

Banlung town is located to the north of Campuchia. This small area is still wide but attractive. Many ethnic people live here and preserve their traditional culture well. Although Banlung is far from the central part of Campuchia, this wide town still appeals travelers from all over the world.

Visiting Banlung will give you chance to do many things to do in Cambodia. There are many attractive places to visit in Banlung such as:

  • Wat Rahtanharhm pagoda,
  • Chaong waterfall
  • and Virachey national park.

It is a great chance for you to discover Cambodia culture and watch wild animals. This natural place is a great destination for you to visit. Another attraction of Banlung to mining. Many mines are found in this area. You can take a gem mining tour in your coming Cambodia tours.

CENTRAL OF CAMBODIA

2. Visiting Phnom Penh capital

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Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is known as the sleepy capital for its calm, gentle and dreamy atmosphere. This beautiful city has many great buildings and temples to visit. Visiting Royal Palace is a must-do thing.

Another great place to discover is Silver Pagoda, which is close to the palace. This famous pagoda is a sacred address to Cambodian. Many believe that Cambodia treasures are kept within the compound.

S21, the next stop in your Cambodia tour is well-known for its real name: Toul Sleng museum. In this museum, you can have a deep understanding of Cambodia history. Hundreds of proof and pictures show how Khmer Rouge destroyed the peace of life in the past. 

After a long day discovering Phnom Penh, you can get to Sisowath to enjoy Cambodia culture food and go shopping at Russian market: Toul Tom Pong.

>>> Recommended Tour: Classic Cambodia Tour 5 Days

3. Temple Run in Siem Reap

cambodia itinerary- siem reap city

One of Cambodia places you shouldn’t miss is Siem Reap city. This is a very famous tourism site, located near Tonle Sap Lake, and right next to Angkor Architecture complex and Battambang. Siem Reap attracts visitors from all over the world.

You can get a list of things to do in Cambodia and most of them happen in Siem Reap. From Wat Bo pagoda, Angkor Wat national museum to Wat Preah Prom Rath pagoda, all are great sites to visit.

You can also get more understanding of Cambodia culture through their silk products. Many of them are on display along roads and streets. Visiting Silk Farm is not far from the city center will be a very fun thing to do in Cambodia.

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(source: true Cambodia travel)

The old market is another attractive place in Siem Reap. You can get  Pub street, experience a noisy life at Siem Reap city. This place is like Khao San in Bangkok, Thailand or Bui Vien in Sai Gon, Vietnam. To foreigners, this is really wonderful things to do in Siem Reap at night to enjoy music, wine and Cambodia food.

Other tourism sites are Banteay Chhmar, Banteay Srei center, Phnom Bok and Sambor Prei Kuk.

4. Taking experience with Angkor architecture complex

Angkor Wat temple, the world’s man-made wonder is a must see Cambodia travel. This is not only popular in the country but also to all the world. Angkor Wat is the pride of any Cambodian, it even appears on the national flag. Angkor architecture complex is a wonderful and sophisticated construction. From Siem reap, you can take a bus to get to this wonder. The complex is divided into 5 main parts.

 Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom: These are the most famous temples. Angkor Wat is the most sophisticated temple and Angkor Thom was old capital of Cambodia of the complex. There are 5 gates leading to architecture and many wonderful places to visit. You can get to Bakheng, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and Bayon temple.

The next parts are Little circuit with Ta Prohm temple. Big circuit with Preah Khan and Pre Rup. Rolous group is the last part of Angkor Architecture complex. This includes 3 temples named Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. These were built very early even earlier than Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. To anyone coming to this Buddhism country, visiting the Angkor architecture complex is in the list of must-do things to in Cambodia.

Besides these complexes, you can even discover more at Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea and Phnom Krom.

>>> Recommended Tour: Cambodia Family Tour 7 Days

5. Tonle Sap lake 

Tonle Sap-the biggest South East Asia freshwater lake

This is the biggest freshwater lake in South East Asia. There are about 3 million local people living on the lake. Both children and adults work together. You can enjoy good fried fish and watch crocodiles on the lake. Joining a floating market is always a wonderful thing to do in Cambodia.

6. Authentic Battambang

Riding this railway is one of the things to try in Battambang

Next stop is Battambang town. Many choose this for their group tours to Vietnam and Cambodia. It is still a wide place and keeps its own nature. For anyone who wants to discover real Cambodia nature, this place is great to go. You can visit Prasat Snung temple, Kamping Pouy lotus lake and Ek Phnom pagoda. There are many old buildings in French style for you to take photos and visit.

SOUTH OF CAMBODIA

8. Visiting Kampot

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(source: global Gallivanting)

Kampot is a peaceful village located near Kampong Bay river. This is a must see Cambodia travel. Many com here every year to enjoy fresh air and immerse in nature. You can discover many houses designed in Europe style, Phnom Chhnok cave, and the town’s old train station.

From this town, you can visit not only Cambodia but also Thailand. This is very close to Thailand Bay. Choosing Kampot in your Campuchia-Thailand tour will help save much money.

9. Relaxing at Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Samloem Island

Do not miss this wonderful place in the south of Cambodia. There are so many beautiful beaches for you to relax and have fun. Fresh seafood and fresh air will ease your soul. You can spend time at Otres beach-the most beautiful one. Or you can sail a boat to Koh Russei and Koh Rong islands. These two are always attractive to Cambodia visitors.

Other Cambodia islands 

  • Koh Kong-green island
  • Wild island Koh Rong Samloem
  • Koh Ta Keiv
  •  Koh Totang island for snorkeling

WHAT TO EAT IN CAMBODIA

Culinary is an important thing to make you have the best tours to Vietnam and Cambodia. There are so many delicious street dishes to try. Let’s find out what are the must-try dishes when visiting Cambodia!

10. Trying Bai Sach Chrouk

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This is a very popular dish in Cambodia. This Cambodia culture food is served well in almost every corners of Cambodia. You can order one and enjoy hot boiled rice with fried pork on top. This dish is famous for its special ingredients such as lemon peel, ginger, onion, garlic, Khmer curry power. Another Cambodia ingredient is kroeung, which is very commonly used in their daily life.

11. Tasting Khmer red curry

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Trying Khmer red curry is an interesting thing to do in Cambodia. This curry is not spicy because Cambodian use coconut water instead of pepper power. They also use chicken, beef together with peas, potatoes, lemon peel and kroeung. You can enjoy this special curry with bread. It is a wonder experience!

12. Enjoying Nom banh chok 

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(source: the jigsaw kitchen)

Another wonderful dish to try in your trip  is Nam Banh Chok. This is another name of Khmer noodle. Like Vietnam, Cambodia is also famous for its Khmer noodle. You can enjoy Pho and Khmer noodle to see the difference between the cuisine philosophies if the two countries. The Cambodian dish is cooked well with lemon peel, ginger, mint leaves, rice noodle, curry and fish. While with Vietnam’s Pho they use pork and beef instead. This food is really great if you can eat fresh vegetable such as peas and cucumbers.

13. Great with Fried ants with beef

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(source: du lich campuchia)

These small ants will make you a bit scared to try. But in Cambodia culinary, this is a very featured dish. Red small ants are fried and added ginger, onion, lemon peel and beef. Cambodian cut beef into thin slices to make it taste well. This is a good dish to try with rice. Do not miss this wonderful experience! 

14.Special food: Amok fish

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Amok fish is Cambodia traditional food. This special dish attracts people because of its perfect and distinctive taste. It is a bit sweet and fat together with the flavor of banana leaf. Cambodians use jargon and coconut water and add prohok when cooking. If you do not try this great food, it is a pity in your  Cambodia tour. You can enjoy many kinds of Amok such as steamed amok, chicken amok soup. This dish is the pride of Cambodian people and that’s why you can not ignore it.

Best Phnom Penh Restaurants & Eateries

For a good Cambodia trip, enjoy great food is among the most important things to do in Cambodia. For best meals, you can get to these following places to enjoy great Cambodia food during your Indochina Odyssey tours.

  • Phsa Reatrey- night market
  • Sisowath Qay- foreigner streets
  • Veng Nguon restaurant in Phsar Kandal 1
  • Kiwi Bakery and restaurant in Sisowath Boulevard
  • roadside diners near Naga world hotel

Siem Reap restaurants & Eateries

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(source: tripadvisor)

  • Khmer house restaurant- Old market
  • Soup dragon- old market
  • Khmer ktchen restaurant
  • Temple restaurant in Pub street 

With all information for your Cambodia tour and things to do in Cambodia, will you join us to discover and experience this mysterious country? 

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