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Planning to go for an international trip and that too in the laps of nature? Then, plan for Cambodia this time. This country has amazing tourist destinations and you will have a relaxed time over here. Are you traveling to Cambodia on your own and still do not have a defined itinerary? How many days to dedicate to this country if you are traveling through Southeast Asia?

The panoramic view of the country is good for taking great pictures for posting on Instagram. Among the interesting places in Cambodia are Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Mekong, Tonle Sap, Bantayi Srai. Cambodia is a mix of tradition, wildlife, and quintessential rural life.

Known best for its large temple complex - Angkor Wat - and its Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, its rural country life is just as spectacular. If your plan is to travel Cambodia in 3 days and to visit only the Angkor temples, the organization of the itinerary is simple, and this post will not be of great help. Here are the must-visit Cambodia tourist attractions that you must see and make up your mind to visit this beautiful country.

best places to visit in Cambodia

Let us see the best places to visit in Cambodia and its attractions.

1. Preah Sihanouk

It is a port city and beach resort and is one of the top places to visit in Cambodia. It's another name is Kampong Som. You will love to see the sight of the white-sand beaches and tropical islands over here. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is a wonderful place to relax. If you are planning to visit Cambodia during your vacation time to relax yourselves then this is a must place to visit.

Better plan your trip as you might find a quite healthy rush over here during peak season.

2. Tonlé Sap

It is another wonderful place to visit for sure. It is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The size of the lake expands and shrinks with the seasons. During the dry season, you will see very less water as the lake will have drained into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh.

During heavy rain, an enormous lake forms here. Many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities reside at the bank of this lake and many of them even reside in floating villages around the lake.

3. Preah Vihear

Want to go to the mountains in Cambodia? Then include this place in your itinerary list and you will be there. This Khmer temple is situated in the Dângrêk Mountains at the height of 525 meters. It is located on the border of Cambodia and Thailand.

It is believed that these temples were constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I and II and was dedicated to Shiva. Thailand and Cambodia are having a long-running dispute over this place and several soldiers were killed in a fight.

Cambodia's hidden archaeological park of Koh Ker has only really opened up to tourism over the last few years since being declared free of landmines. It's an absolute delight - temples that pre-date Anchor Wat and almost completely free of tourists. The grand finale is a pyramid style temple in the middle of the jungle!

This place was the capital of the Khmer empire earlier. When it was the capital, many spectacular buildings and sculptures were constructed. The Koh Ker site is dominated by the Prasat Thom, a 30-meter-high mountain temple rising above the plain and the surrounding forests.

Prasat Thom is a tall temple pyramid and it dominates this site. It is 98 feet tall and rises high above the surrounding jungle. You will see a giant Garuda over here which is carved in stone blocks. It is a half-bird and half-man creature.

Earlier, it was one of Cambodia's most remote temple destinations but now tourists can visit it due to demining and the opening of a new toll road.

4. Phnom Penh

One of the beautiful and wonderful architectures of Cambodia is this one. It looks simply astonishing and you will love your visit over here for sure. Your visit to this pagoda will be peaceful and relaxing due to the serene atmosphere here.

It is located in Phnom Penh within the Royal Palace compound. It has many Buddha statues and houses many national treasures. There is an idol of Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. The golden and white color of the pagoda looks perfect! There is a detailed mural of the Ramayana myth painted on the internal wall of the pagoda which looks nice. It was painted by 40 Khmer artists.

5. Krong Kracheh

And if you're really looking to connect with local traditions, head to Kratié, a small market town that has quickly sprung into a place for travellers to find inns and cafés with Cambodian touches. Among places to see in Cambodia it is a small town. It has the beautiful Mekong River flowing through the town. There is a central marketplace that is surrounded by French colonial buildings.

This town doesn't have that much big large scale tourism but you will see rush during the peak season. If you want to see dolphins then Kratie is the best place to see. You will find plenty number of dolphins in the Mekong River. Watch a stunning blood-orange sunset, or even take a boat ride that gives you a chance to see a floating Vietnamese village.

6. Kirirom National Park

If you're a wildlife enthusiast, then take a chance be venturing into Kirirom National Park. It is a wonderful spot for peaceful treks, stunning alpine views, history enthusiasts - and also a great chance to taste some local, homemade cuisine.

7. Bokor Hill Station

This hill station was built by the French near Kampot. The main purpose of building this hill station was to remain free from the heat of Phnom Penh. This place has been abandoned two times. It was abandoned first when Japan invaded Cambodia and the second time when it was engulfed by the Khmer Rouge. It has eerie, ghost-town feel currently. You can see hiking tours arranged for this place by the local travel agents.

8. Krong Siem Reap

Cambodia has a spiritual atmosphere, thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat temples. We can't prepare a list without visiting one of the best places in Cambodia. It is the most famous tourist attraction in this country. It means City Temple and is the largest of all Angkor temples. It is one of the biggest Indian temples all over the world.

It was built by King Suryavarman II. The temple's balance and composition, makes it one of the finest architectures in the world. It is also said to have been created by Vishwakarma. At the top is a linga, a gigantic cylinder of stone over four meters high and one to two meters in diameter, a phallic symbol representing Shiva.

The base for visiting the famous temples of Angkor Wat is the city of Siem Reap, which is 6 km away. Many say that with 1 day is enough, and I think it depends on how much you like this type of places. Besides, one can visit the Angkor Archaeological Park and Ta Prohm Temple. Standing in the architecture of the ancient temple at the Golden Temple Residence will provide a wonderful opportunity to see the sunrise. There is a USD 5 per night fare.

The Bayon Temple is one of the wonders that can be found in the Angkor Thom complex.

9. Siem Reap

There are many quality places to celebrate honeymoon in Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a quiet city, full of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and agencies that sell tours. Accommodation in Siem Reap is very economical like in the rest of Cambodia, but it has an advantage. The price to quality ratio seemed much higher than the other cities we visited.

We stayed near the Siem Reap market, which had a bar on the terrace which was fine to rest after a day of walking temples like crazy. The cuisine of the young chefs at the restaurants in Siem Reap is quite enjoyable.

There are also things to do in Siem Reap besides Angkor Wat. Not far from Angkor Night Market is Pub Street and Psar Chaa Market. At night the most lively area is Pub Street, full of bars and restaurants. It will be the closest thing to the Khao San Road in Bangkok that you will find while traveling Cambodia.

Read drunken foreigners, beer at ridiculous prices, music that is intermingled between different places, lights and prostitution. Everything has to be said.

So, here were the top places to visit in Cambodia and tourist attractions that you must visit during your next trip to Cambodia. Plan your itinerary in such a way that you have enough time to visit these places and not in a rush! Plan your vacation spots in Cambodia properly and have lots of fun!
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