Things to do and see in Cambodia

Cambodia – the nation of Khmer and Buddha. Visiting Cambodia is experience the authentic life along Mekong River. Revealing Cambodia is immersing yourself into the ancient Khmer Empire at the Angkor Temples. Owing to be rich of cultures and origin, the Khmer Kingdom will enchant you immediately from the first meeting. If Cambodia was a book, we have 13 tops of chapter “Things to Do in Cambodia” for you.
 
Angkor Wat - the symbol and pride of Khmer.
Angkor Wat - the symbol and pride of Khmer.


1. Angkor Wat:

Most people come to Cambodia for visiting this giant complex of temples which takes you several days to explore all. The temples are the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion and also a source of inspiration and national pride to all Khmers as they struggle to rebuild their lives after the years of terror and trauma. Angkor Wat serves as one of the world’s most ancient sites, attracting travellers all over the world.
 
2. Phnom Penh:
Serving as the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has grown to become the nation's centre of economic and industrial activities. There are various attractions to see and an up-and-coming foodie through the city. Despite being seriously affected by war and revolution in the past, the city has risen from the ashes to take its place among the pearl capitals of the region, with an alluring cafe culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene.
 
3. Tonle Sap:
Stretching across the northwest section of the country, Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and also a renowned tourist attraction in Cambodia. The boat tours around the lake in one day start from $2.5 per person.
 
4. Sihanoukville:
Sihanoukville is a seaside town nearby deserted islands featuring Cambodia's best-known beaches.  Great diving, amazing seafood, and a heavy nightlife filled with cheap booze make this destination a favourite among travellers. Coming to Sihanoukville, you can relax on the mainland beaches, but you will be then regretted without visiting at least one of the islands.
 
Sihanoukville with the wonderful beach-lounge is always eventful at night.
Sihanoukville with the wonderful beach-lounge is always eventful at night.
 
5. The Killing Fields:
Located 10 miles from Phnom Penh, the Killing Fields are not the most cheerful place for you to spend an afternoon. However, it would be the destination to get memorable experience, a testament to the dangers of uncontested power. The entrance fee is only $3 USD, and you are expected to pay at least $15 USD for the return trip by tuk tuk.
 
6. Kep:
Kep these days is a sleepy seaside town renowned for its pepper crab and empty beaches. The beach is consider the quiet version of Sihanoukville. There aren’t a lot to do here, but the charm of this coastal resort lies in its peacefulness.
 
7. Battambang:
This Cambodia’s second largest city is the one with perfect balance – it’s bustling yet friendly and interesting without being overwhelming. Not a large number of tourists choose to come here except for those preferring getting off the beaten path of bustle cities. The city has long been famous for its fading French colonial architecture and also the place to get real taste of Cambodian life. Admission is around $20 USD per person.

 
Come over the village of bamboo train in Battambang.
Come over the village of bamboo train in Battambang.
 
8. Prasat Preah Vihear:
Located on the border between Thailand and Cambodia, the breath-taking Prasat Preah Vihear temple used to be the subject of conflict between the two countries since 2008. However, it is now safe to visit with magnificent landscapes. Entrance fee for foreign tourists is around $5. 
 
9. Visit a Mekong river village:
Floating villages with house built on bamboo stilts and boats filled with people selling trinkets and foods are the worth to visit places. In Cambodia, there are 3 common villages to choose, of which Khneas Village serves as the touristiest place. Most tours cost at least $12.50 USD per person.

 
Such authentic life of floating village on Mekong River.
Such authentic life of floating village on Mekong River.
 
10. Visit Kampot pepper farms:
On the way from Kampot to Kep, you will meet with the vast fields of pepper where you can visit and learn about the history of the spice, how the pepper is grown, pick up and taste some of the best pepper in the world. These pepper fields are free to visit, but you need to prepare transportation.
 
11. Koh Rong:
Serving as the most south western province of Cambodia, Koh Rong is one of the biggest provinces in the country with a long pristine coastline, a mountainous, forested and largely inaccessible interior. Tourist attractions here include abundant wildlife; huge waterfalls and casinos on the border to Thailand. Koh Rong Island is also known as one of the best beach spots in South East Asia.
 
Samloem Island where is compared as a paradise with private spaces and white sand beaches.
Samloem Island where is compared as a paradise with private spaces and white sand beaches.
 
12. Kampong Cham:
Although being the third – largest city in Cabodia, not many travellers have come to Kampong Cham. The city has retained a lot of its old French colonial feel and a great place to know about the real Cambodia. Kampong Cham is a mix of the old and the new, with a new temple being built in and around old ruins and the big ferry boats taking people and goods to the other side of the Mekong, right next to the construction of the first bridge ever built here.
 
13. Visit Kampot:
Used to be described as sleepy town, the Kampot now is transforming into a lively tourist destination, with plenty of good restaurants, bars and music to be found. People come here to slow down and relax, enjoy the picturesque riverside views, as well as the rolling hills surrounding the city.