Cambodia with Angkor Wat temple, 7th world wonder has become popular to the world. Travelling to this Asia country is in list of many travellers. Today we will help you prepare everything for your Cambodia tour from A to Z and recommend top things to do in Cambodia.
Cambodia map and areas
Cambodia in general
Cambodia, country of Angkor Wat-wonder of the world. This Asia country is neighbor to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Cambodia has population of more than 7 million people and develops industry as well as tourism. With 443 kilometer of beach, Cambodia has become a wonderful site to rest, to visit and discover.Phnom Penh capital and Siem reap are two most attracting places for you to visit in any Cambodia itineraries.
If you have plan to visit Cambodia, get ready to go because this dry season is the best time to adventure the country of Angkor architecture complex. If you can use Khmer, it is the best way to contact to local people. In many areas, Cambodia people also use English, Vietnamese and French.
Official religion is Buddhism. Only 5 percent left believes in other Gods. That’s why you can see many temples and pagodas in this country.
Cambodia main areas
Cambodia has 3 main parts: north Cambodia, center and the south. Among them, the center part is most developed. In any parts of Cambodia, we still can see many beautiful places to visit and discover. Together find out more about these interesting destinations!
1. Visiting Banlung in North Cambodia
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 keep their traditional culture. Although Banlung is far from center of Campuchia, this wide town still appeals travellers 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 great chance for you to discover Cambodia culture and watch for wide animal.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 travel tours.
Center of Cambodia
2. Visiting Phnom Penh capital
Royal palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Being well-known as capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is popular to the world. This beautiful city has many great buildings and temples to visit. Visiting royal palace is among important things to do in Cambodia.
Another great place to discover is Silver pagoda, which is close to the palace. This famous pagoda is an sacred address to Cambodian. Many believe that Cambodia treasures are kept in the old pagoda.
Toul Sleng museum-S21, Cambodia
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 war destroyed peace of life in the past. The more you know it is, the more you appreciate human beings.
After long day discovering Phnom Penh, you can get to Sisowath to enjoy Cambodia culture food and go shopping at Russian market: Toul Tom Pong.
More tours at: Classic Cambodia Tour 5 Days
3. Adventuring famous city: Siem Reap
Siem Reap city
One of Cambodia places must visit is Siem Reap city. This is a very famous tourism sites at an important location. Near Tonle Sap, neighbor to Angkor Architecture complex and Battambang, Siem Reap attracts visitors all over the world.
You can get a list of things to do in Cambodia in just Siem Reap. From Wat Bo pagoda, Angkor Wat national museum to Wat Preah Prom Rath pagoda, all are great sites to visit.
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You can also get more understanding about 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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Old market is another attractive place in Siem Reap. You can get Pub street, experience noisy life at Siem Reap city. This place is like Khao San in Bangkok, Thailland 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 architecture complex
Angkor Wat temple, 7th world wonder is a must see Cambodia travel. This is not only popular in the country but also to all the world. Angkor Wat is pride of any Cambodian. 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 the architecture and many wonderful places to visit. You can get to Bakheng, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and Bayon temple.
Rolous group in Cambodia
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 Angkor architecture complex is in list of things to do in Cambodia.
Besides this construction, you can even discover more at Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea and Phnom Krom.
Tour recomended: Cambodia Family Tour 7 Days
5. Tonle Sap lake in Asia
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 floating market is always a wonderful thing to do in Cambodia.
7. Well-known city: Battambang
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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 Frence style for you to take photos and visit.
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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 wilde houses in Europe style, Phnom Chhnok cave and old train station.
From this village, 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.Resting at Sihanoukville
Do not miss this wonderful town. There are so many beautiful beaches for you to com and rest. Fresh seafood and fresh air will ease your soul. Visiting Sihanoukville is in list of things to do in Cambodia. 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
- Snorkeiling island Koh Totang
Culinary is an important thing to make you have best tours of Vietnam and Cambodia. There are so many dilicious street dishes to try. Let’s go!
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. 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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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 get deep understanding about these two countries. This is cooked well with lemon peel, ginger, mint leaves, rice noodle, curry and fish. In Vietnam, 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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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 add some more giner, 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! What great things to do in Cambodia!
14.Special food: Amok fish
Amok fish is Cambodia traditional food. This special dish attracts people because of its well taste. It is a bit sweet and fat together with flavor of banana leaf. Cambodia 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 pride of Cambodia and that’s why you can not ignore it.
Phnom Penh restaurants and places
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
- Khmer house restaurant- Old market
- Soup dragon- old market
- Khmer ktchen restaurant
- Temple restaurant in Pub street
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With all information for your Cambodia tour and things to do in Cambodia, will you join us to discover and experience this mysterious country?