Despite poverty and reconstruction from the terror of Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is still a great place to visit. Other than the Angkor, the country is rich with natural and manmade attractions that will truly make your Cambodia tour worth the time and money.
There are different ways to enjoy your trip. You can make it as personalized as possible by thinking of themes that suit the kind of trips you like best. Here are some suggestions that will help you enjoy the best attractions that Cambodia has to offer.
Laid Back Getaway
If you want to simply relax and be comfortable when you are not touring the great temples of Cambodia, you choose from a wide range of five star hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap. One of the most popular and fastest improving cities in Cambodia, Siem Reap is a charming tourist hub where you can enjoy the local restaurants and food in the area.
If you are not into large scale tourism but enjoy backpacking to get a better view of the country, then there are plenty of places to visit in your Cambodia tour. For instance, the small town of Kratie is one of the best places for backpackers who wish to see the beauty of the central marketplace. It is also bordered by French colonial buildings that have been in the area for many years.
The best part about backpacking in this side of Cambodia is you get to see the Mekong River, which is home to the very rare Irrawaddy dolphins. These dolphins are slowly becoming endangered. In fact, there are about 66 and 86 remaining dolphins in the upper area of the Mekong River.
Other than the Kratie, you may also add the Tonlé Sap to your Cambodia tours. The lake is known as the largest freshwater lake in the entire South East Asia and it dramatically shrinks and expands depending on the season of the year. The lake drains to Phnom Penh and Mekong River during November to May. During the month of June, heavy rains pour water on the area resulting to the formation of an enormous lake.
Temples and Historical Getaway
There are plenty of temples and historical places that you should include in your Cambodia tour. One of these is the Khmer temple of Preah Vihear found in the Dângrêk Mountains. This temple found in the border of Thailand and Cambodia is considered to be the most spectacular among the many Khmer temples. Constructed in the 11th and 12th century, the temple is dedicated to the god Shiva.
Another must-see in Cambodia is the Silver Pagoda which contains many national treasures and Buddha statues. You must also see the Bokor Hill Station in Kampot, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat, and many other historical temples and buildings.