From temples to hilltop retreats, these are the ten top rated tourist attractions in Cambodia.
1. Angkor Wat
This huge temple complex on the outskirts of Siem Reap
is one of the top reasons people visit Cambodia. The main temple itself is the world’s largest religious building, and it was all built as long ago as the year 802.
2. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Exploring Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh
is an important part of any Cambodia visit, and the Royal Palace is one of the must-visit attractions. It is still the residence of the King of Cambodia, so only some rooms are open to visitors.
3. Choeung Ek Killing Fields
It wouldn’t be right to ignore Cambodia’s heart-breaking history during a visit to the country, and Choeung Ek on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is the place to learn more. This is where the Khmer Rouge executed more than a million people in a four year period in the 1970s – there is now a genocide centre here too.
4. Prasat Thom
This previously inaccessible temple in Koh Ker is now a favourite place to visit thanks to improvements in the local infrastructure. Set amid sprawling jungle, this is an awe-inspiring place to visit.
One of Cambodia’s top beach resorts, Sihanoukville is home to several white sandy beaches that visitors flock to for some sun, sea and beach time. Complete with water sports and beach bars and restaurants, it’s easy to see why people love this area.
6. Bokor Hill Station
This remote hillside area used to be a holiday retreat for the French, thanks to the cooler air up here. Now there are some fascinating places to explore here from this reminder of past times, including an abandoned catholic church.
7. Prasat Preah Vihear
This temple complex
is a much loved visitor site in Cambodia, with its dramatic location atop the Dangrek Mountains on the border with Thailand. Amazing for its history and views, this is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This town on the edge of the Mekong River is widely visited thanks to the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins found in the river here. It’s a place to visit to embark on dolphin-watching tours to spot these amazing creatures.
9. Koh Rong Samloem
Those looking for a castaway island feeling with white sands and turquoise waters head over to Cambodia’s islands, with Koh Rong Samloem being the most popular. This is a place for the ultimate relaxation, with a few beach bars and restaurants to keep you ticking over.
10. Tonlé Sap
This is the largest freshwater lake in the whole of South East Asia, and can be accessed from many towns and villages, including Siem Reap. It’s popular for visitors to go on boat tours of the lake
, particularly to see some of the floating communities here.