Moving away from the shadow of its dark past, shrouded by genocide and war, Cambodia is now a country that is trying to build a new identity. The pristine wilderness and the ancient temples are the main attraction of this Asian country.
Most travelers start their Cambodia trip from the capital of the country. Once known as ‘pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh now stands on the crossroads of ancient and modern Asia. The ancient past of the city is preserved in the National Museum, where you would find a wonderful collection of Khmer sculptures.
The Tuol Sleng Museum houses the history of Cambodia’s dark past. The Silver Pagoda will dazzle you with its 5000 silver tiles and the solid gold statue of Buddha. To experience the local lifestyle, you can visit the bustling marketplace and the bars dotting the city.
The attraction of the hidden temple of Angkor Wat primarily draws visitors to Cambodia. The temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu was built in the 12th century. Besides the famous Angkor Wat, the archaeological site of Angkor is home to several other Khemer temples and religious sites such as the Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple.
Prasat Preah Vihear
This former site of pilgrimage is currently one of the popular tourist attractions of Cambodia. Perched on top of the Dangkrek Mountains, Prasat Preah Vihear offers a stunning view of the surrounding Cambodian landscape.
Cambodia has two popular national parks. The Bokor National Park covers more than 1500 square kilometers of evergreen forests. The former French hill station of Bokor is located here. The surrounding wilderness is home to indigenous flora and fauna. The Ream National Park comprises of evergreen forest and mangrove swamp. The estuary, situated in the forest reserve, is the home to several endangered bird species of Asia. Ream National Park is also noted for butterflies.
Your Cambodia visit might remain incomplete without visiting one of the river villages of the country. Chong Khneas, Kampung Phluk and Kampung Khleang are three most popular floating villages of Cambodia, frequented by tourists. It is an amazing experience to live in a village built on the river with houses standing on bamboo stilts.