Things not to miss in Cambodia
Blissfully unhurried southern backwater with a plethora of idyllic guesthouses and restaurants beside the Kampot River.
#03 Banteay Srei
One of the smallest but most perfect of all Angkor’s temples, constructed from delicate rose-pink sandstone and covered in a positive riot of intricate carvings.
#04 Angkor Wat
This unforgettable temple, crowned with soaring towers and embellished with intricate bas-reliefs, represents the zenith of Khmer architecture.
#05 Otres Beach
Sihanoukville’s furthest flung beach is mellower (and prettier) than its sandy in-town siblings; perfect for a few days of idle beachcombing.
These rare mammals live in small groups along a stretch of the Mekong in the northeast.
#07 Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek
Harrowing monuments to Cambodia’s grisly past during the Khmer Rouge’s murderous rule.
#08 Angkor Thom
Angkor’s greatest walled city, entered through magnificent gateways and housing some of the country’s finest monuments, including the haunting Bayon.
#09 Khmer art
Some of the country’s most stunning art, including ancient statues, are on display in Phnom Penh’s National Museum and the Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap.
Khmer classical dance at its most elegantly stylized, with beautifully costumed performers evoking the legendary apsaras of Hindu mythology.
#11 Tonle Sap lake
The watery heart of rural Cambodia, this miniature inland sea is dotted with dozens of traditional floating and stilted villages, many inhabited by the country’s ethnic Vietnamese.
#12 Chi Phat
A village community project in the southern Cardamoms offering homestays, birdwatching, mountain biking and trekking.
#13 Wildlife and birdwatching
#14 Cambodian cuisine
Cambodia’s cuisine offers plenty of surprises – and there are numerous courses available to help you unravel the secrets of Khmer cooking.
Abundant wildlife, secluded beaches and bays, and the beautiful mangrove-fringed Prek Touek Sap River.
Wonderful Phnom Penh city market, packed with vibrant silks and curios.
#17 Trekking in Rattanakiri
Trek into the forested highlands of Rattanakiri, home to tall trees, rare wildlife and the indigenous chunchiet.
#18 Preah Vihear
Magnificent Angkor temple on a mountaintop near the Thai border.
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