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15 Places to visit in Cambodia

 
  • 01Trip Angkor Wat

    Trip Angkor Wat
  • 02Visit Preah Khan

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    Located towards the northeast of Angkor Archaeological Park, Preah Khan (meaning, Royal Sword), is a temple which was constructed by King Jayavarman VII. It is also quite closely situated to Ta Prohm temple, which makes this a good tourist spot.

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    Highlights
    – Lots of plants and trees grow around the Preah Khan temple, which makes it look lovelier than ever before. Lord Buddha, in the name of Avalokiteshwara, is the main deity of this temple. The temple complex is quite huge and there are two gates leading into the temple. Prior to becoming a temple, this complex was used as the residence of the royal clan who ruled over this place, which gives a majestic look to this place.

    Location
    – Towards the western side of the Jataka Baray and north east of Angkor Thom, this temple is situated in close proximity to the Ta Prohm Temple.

    Timings
    – 5AM to 6PM every day.

    Price
    – Temple entry pass of USD20 (one day), USD20 (3 days) and USD60 (7 days).
  • 03Visit Cambodia Landmine museum

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    This is one of the must visit places in Cambodia for environment lovers all over the world.

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    Highlights
    – This is probably one of the very few places in the world, where you will know about landmines, their dangers and risks, how it impacts kids, how it kills people and ways to disarm these landmines. There is a farm right behind the museum, where kids who are saved from landmines are put in relief camps and cared for. The museum is a repository of excellent tools, guns, weapons and other equipment that were used for mining in those days.

    Location
    – Situated at about 25km distance from Siem Reap, this museum is located in close proximity to Banteay Srei.

    Timings
    – 7.30AM to 5.30PM every day. Professional guided tours are available in English and Japanese on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9AM to 5PM.

    Price
    – Foreign adults – USD5. Cambodian citizens and kids below 10 years of age – free of cost.
  • 04Visit Battambang Bat caves

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    When you visit Battambang, one of the places that you just cannot afford to miss is the bat caves at the base of Mount Sampeou. This is one of the top most tourist attractions here, which is why you can spot many foreigners around these caves. They are also known as Killing Caves.

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    Highlights – Bats, as we know, are nocturnal birds. Every evening, especially after sunset, you can witness thousands of bats fly out these caves into the woods nearby. You can continue to watch this spectacle for about 40 minutes, as that’s the time required for all the bats to fly out. However, it is best to leave within ten minutes, if you don’t want to put your lives at risk. There lots of bikes available to take you to the top of the mountain and back to the base at the evening, just in time for bat-spotting.

    Location
    – Battambang.

    Timings
    – Only in the evenings

    Price
    – Around USD3 for trekking up the hill. 
  • 05Visit War museum Cambodia

    If you have a passion for history, you must visit the War Museum in Cambodia. This is the place where you will be transported back into a world which introduces you to the historical reigns, struggles, successes and wars of Cambodia in the most comprehensive manner possible.



    Highlights
    – Soldiers who served in the war previously act as tourist guides here. How better can it get than this? It is also one of the first kinds of museum in Cambodia and takes guests through the last 30 years of Cambodian war history with an exotic and impressive collection of jet fighter planes, helicopters, artillery guns and other war machines of various models.

    Location
    – Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – 8AM to 5.30PM on all days of the week.

    Price
    – USD1 for Cambodian tourists and USD5 for foreign tourists. Entrance fee includes tourist guide, parking, photography and filming.
  • 06Phnom Penh Royal Palace

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    When you visit the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, one of the first tourist attractions that you need to visit is the Royal Palace, which still serves as the royal residence of King Norodom Sihamoni and the previous king, King Norodom Sihanouk. This Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda close by adorn the skies of Cambodia with its resplendent colours and brilliant piece of Khmer style of architecture.

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    Highlights
    - While visitors are allowed inside the Royal Palace, it is worthy to be noted that the actual place where the royal stay, Khemarin Palace, still remains closed for the public. Tourists who are coming here should be dressed appropriately as a mark of respect for the royals.

    Location
    – Sothearos Bvld, Phnom Penh.

    Timings
    – 7.30AM to 11AM and from 2PM to 5PM on all days except on days of official functions and ceremonies.

    Price
    – Entrance fee – Around USD6.25 per person and additional photography charges of USD10.
  • 07Tonlé Sap Lake

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    If you are looking for a serene place that offers you myriad natural attractions under one roof, Tonle Sap Lake, or the “Great Lake” in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the perfect place. Here you can experience the various ecologically rich elements in their full forms. The place is also famous for its floating villages and migratory birds.

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     Highlights – With a maximum length of 250km, this is the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During 1997, this place was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is probably the only place in Cambodia where you can witness close to 100 types of water birds and 200 species of fishes.

    Location
    – Lower Mekong Basin.

    Timings
    – All through the year.

    Price
    – There are various lake tours available to take tourists through Tonle Sap. Prices differ as per the routes and time covered. A basic lake tour starts from around USD29 onwards.
  • 08Tuol Sleng Museum

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    Cambodia is the land of heritage, culture, temples, beaches and games. There are quite a casinos on the beaches and seaside gambling spots that you can enjoy in the little Sihanoukville coast in Cambodia.

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    Highlights – Almost all the casinos in Sihanoukville are open 24hours a day unlike other casinos that operate only during the evening and night hours. Most of the hotels apart from offering luxury accommodation also have luxurious casinos that have games like Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack and the like. Free drinks, snacks and cigarettes are provided when you take up gaming packages at any of these casinos. Owing to the large number of tourists coming here, casinos at Sihanoukville employ people who are adept at speaking many languages.

    Location – About 4.5km from South Cambodia.

    Timings – Open all through the day.

     Price – Casino games are available from USD4 per game if you are looking only for gaming and not staying at these hotels.
  • 09Bamboo Island

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    Also known as the Koh Russei, this is one of the islands which attract tourists coming to Thailand and Cambodia. It is a group of islands in the Gulf of Thailand and was an exclusive area dominated by the Cambodian Navy many years ago.

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    Highlights – It is a very small island; however the tourism potential that it has is immense. There are a couple of beaches here. If you are looking for serenity in its best form, this is the place for you. You will be cut off from the rest of the world as there is no internet connectivity here. In the evenings, enjoy the local food and culture of the Cambodians and take part in the traditional Khmer dance of the locals.

    Location – Around 4.5km off Southern Cambodia in Sihanoukville City Coast.

    Timings
    – Can be visited any time through the year.

    Price
    –Only resort tariffs and food prices applicable.
  • 10Sihanoukville Casinos

    Cambodia is the land of heritage, culture, temples, beaches and games. There are quite a casinos on the beaches and seaside gambling spots that you can enjoy in the little Sihanoukville coast in Cambodia.




    Highlights – Almost all the casinos in Sihanoukville are open 24hours a day unlike other casinos that operate only during the evening and night hours. Most of the hotels apart from offering luxury accommodation also have luxurious casinos that have games like Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack and the like. Free drinks, snacks and cigarettes are provided when you take up gaming packages at any of these casinos. Owing to the large number of tourists coming here, casinos at Sihanoukville employ people who are adept at speaking many languages.

    Location – About 4.5km from South Cambodia.

    Timings
    – Open all through the day.
     
    Price
    – Casino games are available from USD4 per game if you are looking only for gaming and not staying at these hotels.
  • 11Prasat Preah Vihear

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    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is one of the most historic temples in Cambodia. An interesting point about this temple is that the Thailand and Cambodian governments fought with each other over the control of this shrine.



    Highlights
    – This temple was constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries AD by Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II. Banteay Srei is the dominating architecture style of this temple. This temple is quite different from the other traditional Khmer temples in that it has a long axis in the north-south direction. The temple is located in the same complex as Khao Phra Wihan National Park and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Prasat means castle, Preah means sacred and Vihear means temple or shrine or abode.

    Location
    – Mountain temple located on top of the Dangrek Mountains which is at a height of 525m in the province of Preah Vihear province.

    Timings
    -8AM to 4PM.

    Price
    – Around USD5 for foreign tourists and USD1.5 for local tourists.
  • 12The Killing Fields

    This is one of the massive graveyards in Cambodia. These are the places in which millions of people were tortured to death during the notorious Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia which lasted from 1975 to 1979. This highly cruel rule came to an end when Vietnam took over the control of Democratic Kampuchea.



    Highlights
    – Close to 20000 mass grave sites were identified in the Killing Fields area in Cambodia. Evidences indicate that around 1.38 million victims were killed in these areas. There is a huge stupa at the Killing Fields located at Choeung Ek and this is adorned with the skulls of the victims who were killed in the area.
     
    Location – Choeung Ek, Phnom Pehn and is considered as the area of mass genocide in Cambodia.

    Timings
    - Can be visited any time during the year. Price – Around USD6 for foreign tourists and free of cost for local tourists.
  • 13Angkor Archaeological Park

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    This is a must visit place in Cambodia for architecture and history lover. This park contains the architectural remnants of some of the most beautiful structures and temples in Cambodia that were constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries.

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    Highlights – This is one of the most important architectural hubs in South East Asia. Though there are many temples here, the most famous ones are Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and at Angkor Thom. Built in traditional Khmer style of architecture, these temples attract millions of foreign tourists all through the year. The park is set across 400 sq. km. and it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during 1992. Angkor Wat Temple is considered to be the oldest temple in the world.

    Location
    – North Cambodia.

    Timings
    - Most of the temples in this area are open from 5AM to 6PM.

    Price
    – One day, 2-day and 7-day passes are available for USD20, USD40 and USD60 respectively.
  • 14Cambodia - Koh Rong

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    There are lots of small and big islands in Cambodia and Koh Rong is one of the most important of them. It is replete with white sands, pristine waters, palm groves, resorts, hotels and small villages which are inhabited by local Cambodians who blow away tourists with their local lifestyle and cuisine.

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    Highlights
    – There are close to 4 villages and over 12 guesthouses and bungalow style accommodations here to cater to tourists who come here in large numbers. This is a perfect spot for vacationing as you will not be disturbed by traffic or internet here. Enjoy relaxing moments and bask in nature’s glory at its best when you come here. It is the second biggest island in Cambodia.

    Location
    – 25km from the Sihanoukville Coast in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Timings
    – Can be visited anytime during the year.

    Price
    – Costs around USD10 for a boat ride to Koh Rong from Sihanoukville.
  • 15Banlung

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    If you are done with beaches and islands in Cambodia and want to visit a commercial and urban market place for a change, Banlung is the place for you. You will find a lot of shops in the markets here and you can buy many souvenirs from here at attractive prices for your dear ones back home.

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    Highlights – Banlung is the capital city of Ratanakiri Province, which is surrounded by Vietnam and Laos. Apart from local shopping hubs, you will get to see a lot of natural extravaganza here like hills, waterfalls, volcanoes, national park and reasonable water sources. While you are here, do pay a visit to the Yak Lom Crater Lake. You can also engage in border crossing tours at Le Thanh, at about 70km from Banlung.

    Location – At a distance of about 636km from the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh.

    Timings
    – Can be visited any time during the year.

    Price
    – Depends on the accommodation of your choice.