The Capital of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia. Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. This beautiful capital also features such attractions, history and culture, along with many opportunities to sample the local culture of Cambodia. Here, the colonial legacy endures with inspired pagodas and markets all this is evidence of the intense energy of the city’s roads. The famous riverside, are meeting of small pubs, bars and popular restaurants. There are stores that offer products made from beautiful silk and chic galleries on either side of the road. In addition to the very fine art and entertainment, nightlife, you will understand why Phnom Penh is a very cute and a such travel destination for tourists.
Most popular sites & Activities in Phnom Penh
› Royal Palace: was the pleasant palace where Cambodian king stayed, now is the attractive and open to tourists to explore its historical Silver Pagoda, Royal Stupa, French style buildings.
› National museum: the world’s most important collection of Khmer sculpture and carvings.
› Cheung Ek killing field: It is the huge grave yard where more than one thousand people were killed and buried.
› Tuol Sleng museum (S21 Tortured Prison): The former school was turned into S21 tortured prison during the Khmer Rough genocide regime.
› Wat Phnom: Where it has the legendary of founding Phnom Penh and now active religious site.
› Independent monument, Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Russian market, Central market, Old market.
› Riverfront: Best path for pleasant walking and get fresh air along with nice river view.
› Boat Cruises: An ideal for sightseeing from the boat cruise to reveal beautiful Mekong River and the confluence of Chaktomuk. Sunset boat cruise or sunset buffet dinner boat cruise are the most popular options in Phnom Penh.
› Taking Cyclo: the rickshaw for those who want to slowly slide to see the highlights of Phnom Penh or take a half day cyclo tour to visit Royal Palace & National museum.
Nearby Attractive Place in Phnom Penh:
› Silk Island (Koh Dach): Situates on the bank of Mekong River, where most tourists go by boat and have guided tour to explore the picturesque surroundings and its skillful crafted Silk Kroma & Sarong.
Siem Reap Province
The most fascinating attractive region of Cambodia, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. Its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex has turned the city into one of the world’s premier travel destinations. The primary attraction for visitors to Siem Reap is the Angkor Wat and the Angkor Temple Region, which blankets more than 300km of northwestern Cambodia. Travelers can’t dramatically leave Cambodia without a visit at Angkor War. Besides Angkor Wat, there are hundreds of interesting ancient temples and the largest freshwater lake “Tonle Sap” to be explored.
Most popular sites & Activities in Siem Reap:
› Angkor Archaeological Park: consisting more than hundred ancient temples; main popularly visited temples are small circuit: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom compound features amazing Bayon temple and other small interesting temples. The grand circuit is optional; Banteay Samre, Pre Rup, Preah Khan, Ta Keo, Neak Pean, Ta Som… and admired by outlying temple Banteay Srei – one of visitor’s favorite temples besides the small circuit. Read more
› Tonle Sap or Great Lake: the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia as well as an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. Admired by floating/stilt villages: Chong Kneas, Mechrey, Kompong Khleang & Kompong Phluk with beautiful mangroves.
› Phnom Kulen Waterfall: the pleasant place for relaxation and swim under the waterfall, also a good place for trekking and camping. Read more
› Countryside & Authentic Experience: offering beautiful landscapes as well as the best insights into Cambodia with lifestyle, culture and the locals. The gentle bike ride is also an ideal for see the countryside. Read more
Siem Reap Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & See
Sihanoukville is a province in southwest Cambodia, well known for its beautiful beaches, tropical islands and the mangrove jungles of Ream National Park. Set around a deep-water port on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Thailand, the provincial capital of Sihanoukville is lined with palm-fringed beaches, seafood restaurants and late-night bars. Overlooking the capital is the hilltop Buddhist temple of Wat Leu. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saleom are the greatest, less touristy islands of the province and tourists come around to relax, , sunbathing, enjoy the breathtaking and fresh seafood is very awesome.
Most popular sites & Activities in Sihanoukville
› Ochheuteal Beach & Serendipity Beach: these beaches are always crowded, fulfilled with local and international tourists as well as the backpacker’s favorite seaside but these beaches are not bad if you wish to see some local activities and wish to have plenty of seafood choices. Motor boats are available for rent for those want to have some activities.
› Otres Beach is often calm and quiet, there are some beautiful resorts built along the seaside which offer the best front sea view. It’s a great white sandy beach for relaxation.
› Koh Rong & Koh Rong Saloem: About 45mins by express boat to the islands, Koh Rong is more popular, bigger, more touristy island than Koh Rong Saloem. Both islands are beautiful, great places for breathtaking, relaxing, swimming and sunbathing.
› One Day Island combined with snorkeling tours or sunset party cruise boats are available and run daily if you like to get more underwater activities & sightseeing.
› Ream National Park: A short walking along the Ream Beach is a bit tranquilized but unwind yourself by taking a local boat to explore the captivating mangroves, beautiful nature, rare water birds is the awesome adventure among the untouched park.
The city was founded in 1908 during French colonial rule and was originally named Kep sur mer. Many of the French style villas are overgrown and run-down, but Kep is slowly being redeveloped and tourism is reemerging. The colonial influence is noticeable in the city’s Provencal-style architecture and French cuisine. Kep is also famous by its Koh Tonsay (Rabbit island), is located 4.6 km south of Kep and can be reached by boat from Kep port. Tourists are drawn to the beautiful white sand beach overlooking the sea. The sea here is shallow and the sea bottom has a long gradual slope, making Koh Thonsay excellent for swimming. At the sea bottom are a variety of corals, sea animals and plants which attract researchers and ecologists.
Most popular sites & Activities in Kep
› Rabbit Island (Koh Thonsay): taking 45mins by local boat to the well-known island in Kep, Rabbis Island is a pleasant sandy beach for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. You may like to have a short trekking to the other side of the island where you see local people raise the seaweed. The fresh yummy seafood is a must when you’re on the island.
› Crab Market: Locates along the Kep shore and admired by interesting trading seafood activities, Crab market has become one of the popular places in Kep.
› Kep National Park: Biking or trekking are available on Kep National Park, discover the untouched lush jungle, may come across wildlife during hearing some songs of birds. Enjoy the breathtaking and take photos of picturesque landscapes from the mountain.
› Kep Beach: Nice, clean seaside, an enjoyable coast for swimming, sunbathing and get fresh beautiful sea view during the sunset time.
Nearby Attractive Place
› Kampot: not far away from Kep town, Kampot has much to be explored, including salt fields, durian & the famous Kampot pepper plantations, admired by spectacular nature, mangroves, caves and mountainous landscape. Kayaking & biking activities are the best options to discover the surroundings.