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20 Things to do in Cambodia

  • A visit to Cambodia, the successor of Khmer empire, will be the one trip which is enough to transform everyone’s soul into a state of sublime. Angkor Wat that represents Khmer empire’s majesty vividly would be the prime sightseeing spot.
    Also, the remnants of many other structures built during the ancient rulers’ period mark dominance over some other major attractions of the city like Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue center and museums displaying the war memorials. You can experience a cherish-able time amidst the vast paddy fields and sugar cane plantations while you cycle along the rustic streets. River Mekong offers a pleasant cruise; you can swim or snorkel in the fresh water along with the dolphins at the bottom. Cambodia’s wild landscapes including mountains and natural wilderness are recognized as a haven for the ethnic minorities as well.

    Here are some Things to do in Cambodia:

  • 01Trip Angkor Wat

    Trip Angkor Wat
  • 02Cruising and Boating

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    Cambodia, one of the most cultural countries in the world, offers a wide variety of attractions to its tourists. Cruising and boating experience is one of them. The traditional Khmer style of boats can be used for local commute to any part of the country, as this is one of the best ways to sink in the cultural and historic heritage of the country.

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    – When you come here, do not miss to experience cruise tours on River Mekong on the Toum Tiou. This is Cambodia’s first boat and offers excellent accommodation and hospitality to guests. Also, choose from one of the many khmer boats available for travel between Siem Reap and Angor.

    – Siem Reap, Angor, Mekong River, Tonle Sap, Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.

    Timings – All through the year.

    – Starting from USD3995 onwards for the Mekong River Cruise.
  • 03Scuba Diving

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    Replete with a rich marine life and large presence of coral reefs, Cambodia is one of the better scuba diving destinations in the world. Its tropical islands provide unlimited entertainment to diving enthusiasts all through the year.

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    – The best thing about the diving sites in Cambodia is that it offers clearly differentiated diving areas for people with various skill levels. Cambodia’s marine life is so diverse that it will put other famous locations to shame.

    – Koh Rong, Koh Rong Saloem, Koh Kon, Koh Tang and Koh Prins islands.

    Timings – In spite of having various wet and dry seasons, diving is available all through the year in Cambodia.

    – Purely depends on the diving package that guests choose. One fun dive costs up to USD 65 at least; professional courses from PADI costs somewhere close to USD320 and above.
  • 04Massage and spa

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    Get all your muscle knots and fatigue removed by expert massage professionals when you come to Cambodia on your vacation. Almost all the hotels and resorts have inbuilt wellness spas providing relaxing massages and natural treatments to guests.

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    Highlights – You should never miss out the traditional, Khmer-style massages when you come here. Fish massage, as weird as it may sound, is a highly relaxing kind of massage that is available in many places in Cambodia. Do try this out.

     Location – Though all hotels and resorts have massage parlours and spa salons, some places worth visiting are Amret, Bodia, Angel, Aziadee, Islands, Mlis, Nailbar, Soben and Sawasdee.

    – Depends on choice of guests; available for one hour, two hours and the like for body massage, hand and foot massage, foot massage etc.

    – The basic price for a full body wrap starts from around USD24 onwards.
  • 05Meditation

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    This is one of the favourite pass-times of guests coming to Cambodia. There are many meditation centres spread across the country, imparting high quality mediation and yoga courses to aspiring students. You are sure to be spoilt for choice while looking for one particular centre here.

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    – Theravada Buddhism is Cambodia’s most popular tradition. This tradition teaches the art of controlling one’s mind and mental desires to achieve one’s goals. Learn this art from the experts when you come to Cambodia. Check into any of the Buddhist monasteries found in Cambodia for a first-hand experience of international class.

    – Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh are the major meditation destinations in Cambodia.

    - All through the year.

    - Depends on the course that guests want. A private yoga class for about 30 minutes costs around USD25.
  • 06Cycling and biking

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    The best way to observe nature in its fullest form is through bicycles, according to travel experts. Cambodia’s historical heritage can be best understood with the help of bicycle tours and rental bikes that are available in almost all the hotels here.

    – Cycling tours in Cambodia contain all elements that you want in your vacation – adventure, pilgrimage, heritage, culture, sight-seeing and entertainment. Guests will be accompanied by professional cycling guides. Cambodian cycling tours are very flexible as well as there are tours for half a day and tours for about 21 days too.

    – Some of the areas that are covered in these adventurous yet exciting cycle tours are Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, all temples of Angkor, Takeo, Kep, Sihanouk Ville, Cardamom Mountain, Four Thousand Islands and the like.

    – Available all through the year.

    – A half- day tour covering about 25km costs around USD38 per person and a 21-day tour covering around 1237km costs around USD2299 per person.
  • 07Visit Bayon temple

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    Part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Bayon temple was built during the 12th century CE, during the rule of Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Today what we see is a perfect blend of Theravada Buddhist and Hindu styles of architecture patterns, as this temple was modified by various kings later on.

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    – If you are an architecture lover, you will truly love Bayon temple, where the main deity is Lord Buddha. Built in traditional and historic Khmer style of architecture, this temple contains numerous towers. All these towers have wonderfuls stone faces carved on them. The other highlight here is a couple of bas reliefs found here, representing various mythological values.

    Location – Situated in King Jayavarman’s capital city of Angkor Thom.

    – 5AM to 6PM.

    Entry fee
    – One day, three-day and seven-day passes cost USD20, USD40 and USD60 respectively.
  • 08Visit Ta prohm

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    Built in traditional Khmer style, Ta Prohm is one of the most scenic temples in Angkor region in Cambodia as it has a canopy of trees and jungles around it. This became one of the Buddhist monasteries in Cambodia, thanks to the efforts of King Jayavarman VII.

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    – One of the features that attracts viewers about Ta Prohm is that it is found in the same way as it was constructed during the 12th century, whereas most of the other temples in its vicinity have been reduced to mere architectural ruins today. During 1992, this temple was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    – The temple can be found at just about 1km from Angkor Thom on the southern part of East Baray.

    – 5AM to 6PM every day.

    - All the temples in this area charge USD20, USD40 and USD60 for one-day, three-day and 7-day packages respectively. 
  • 09Day Tour of Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei near Siem Reap

    Day Tour of Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei near Siem Reap
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    • Explore the beautiful Phnom Kulen and Benteay Srei in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    • A pleasant morning drive takes you to Phnom Kulen, the holy mountain where the 500-year age of the Angkor began.
    • Several sites are scattered across the mountain top, the most famous one being the impressive riverbed carvings.
    • Head to Benteay Srei, a Shiva temple made of pristine pink sandstone, which is also known as the 'citadel of women' and is dedicated to the beauty of women.
    • Often considered by archaeologists as the most precious jewel of Khmer art, the delicate carvings at Benteay Srei are extremely popular. 
    • This is a 9 hour activity.
  • 10Visit 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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    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 5AM to 6PM every day.

    – Temple entry pass of USD20 (one day), USD20 (3 days) and USD60 (7 days).
  • 11Visit 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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    – 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.

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

    – 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.

    – Foreign adults – USD5. Cambodian citizens and kids below 10 years of age – free of cost.
  • 12Visit 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.

    – Battambang.

    – Only in the evenings

    – Around USD3 for trekking up the hill. 
  • 13Visit 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.

    – 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.

    – Siem Reap.

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

    – USD1 for Cambodian tourists and USD5 for foreign tourists. Entrance fee includes tourist guide, parking, photography and filming.
  • 14Visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

    As the name suggests, this is a centre that rescues abandoned and endangered animals. This is a must-visit place for any animal lover. It was established during 1995 and has been doing a phenomenal job in animal conservation since then.

    – This is the largest zoo in Cambodia and one of the top tourist attractions. There are close to 1200 animals belonging to over 102 species in this rescue centre. You can find rare species like Siamese crocodiles, tigers & elephants from Asia, Malayan sun bears and more. If you are looking for an interactive wildlife experience, this is the place that you have to be.

    Location – at about 25 miles from the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
    – 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    – Behind the scenes tour of the zoo costs around USD150 for one day.
  • 15Visit Baphuon temple

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    This is yet another brilliant piece of Khmer style of architecture in Angkor, Cambodia. Baphuon Temple was constructed around the 11th century by King Udayadityavarman II. The temple served as the royal temple then.

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    – Baphuon temple is a three-layered beautiful mountain temple and was part of the royal palace during the years of monarchical rule in Cambodia. Around 20th century, the temple started to get dilapidated and it was only during 2011 that the restoration of the temple was completed successfully after a whopping 51 years of dedicated effort. Lord Shiva is the main deity in this temple.

    – Angkor Thom, towards the north western side of Bayon.

    – 5AM to 6PM.

    – Since this temple is part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, entrance fee is same as other temples – USD20 (one day), USD40 (three day pass) and USD60 (seven day pass). 3-day pass should be used within one week of issuance and 7-day pass should be used within one month of issuance.
  • 16Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong

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    Waves of beaches have the uncanny skill of invoking the child within anybody. This is why almost everybody loves the vast expanses of beaches with milky-white waves. One such beautiful beach is the South western beach of Koh Rong, a serene island in Cambodia.

    Highlights - The shores of this island are nicely embedded within tropical forests, which makes it all the more beautiful. This island has its own calmness, as there are not much people out there in the villages of this island. Peace lovers would eternally stay there for the serenity which this place offers. It is the second largest island in the coast of Cambodia and is located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is also the biggest island in the coast of Sihanoukville.

    Location - Koh Rong, Cambodia.

    Special features –
    boat ride options of slow boats 20$/15$, fast boats - 30$.
  • 17Long Set Beach, Koh Rong

    This beach borders Koh Rong with crystal clear water waves which hit the shores lightly almost like a feather. The waves are not very violent or aggressive here in this beach, thus making it safe for people of all age group. It is quite far away from the chaotic busy world that we live today and thus proves to be the perfect place to unwind during a vacation to Cambodia.

    Location –
    Koh Rong Cambodia.

    Special features -
    This beach is known for its pure white sand and crystal blue water, which make it look like Heaven on Earth. This place attracts a lot of tourists because of its scenic view and tranquil surroundings. This is situated in north of Koh Tuich on the sunset side of the island. One can watch the golden rays of sunset from this beach. 
  • 18Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Saloem

    Lazy beach, just like its name, makes everyone lazy by giving a perfect and cosy weather. It is considered as one of the best tropical hideaways. The picturesque view of this beach makes it very romantic and a hot honeymoon destination. There are beautiful resorts and tourist bungalows that face the beach. These are booked well in advance. This beach is also quite secluded making it more peaceful and serene for tourists who want to have a good time during their vacation.

    Location --
    Phum Buon, Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia.

    Special features -
    The sands of the beach are a unique mixture of gold and silver with fine texture, thus making it one of the best attributes of the beach. The bungalows that provide scenic view of the beaches are quite costlier than their other counterparts; however it is worth every dime. Beach activities can be done from 9AM to 8.30PM on all days. 
  • 19Victory Beach, Sihanoukville

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    Victory beach is one the best family- friendly beaches in Cambodia.  Although Victory Beach is not the best beach in the town due to the presence of Sihanoukville Port being there, it has a lot of beautiful attractions. Unlike other beaches which are suggested only for specific type of people this beach offers something or the other for backpackers, families and people who come here in large numbers every year, looking for peace of mind.

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    Location- Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia. Special features - This beach has the most direct route from Victory hill through a steep narrow road. This beach has a great scenic view from the shores of the beach. This beach is also lined up by restaurants, cottages, bars and other tourist visiting places as this beach is the only beach that has families as its visitors. One can enjoy the beautiful golden sunset by resting on the sands of the shore or on the beach beds, relaxing peacefully.
  • 20Main Beach, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

    Main beach, located in Rabbit Island, is one of the best beaches in Cambodia as this is a lesser known destination. While other beaches are surrounded by upscale resorts and restaurants, this beach is bordered by a row of simple and traditional Cambodian homes, as a result of which you get to appreciate the local culture and lifestyle. Cottages are arranged for tourists here. The food that the cottages offer are almost simple foods but more delicious than what a star hotel can offer and that too at highly reasonable prices.

    Location –
    Kep, Cambodia.

    Special features-
    When you feel bored you can even go on ferry rides making your vacation in that beach even a merrier one. The ferry rides would be an awesome experience as you won't be just playing with the waves by merely dipping your toes but you would be dancing with the waves in the ferry.