There are lots of things to see in Cambodia but these things are the best for tourists who want to experience the cultural of Cambodia.
Be awestruck by Angkor Wat
Angkor, the former capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, is one of the greatest and most spectacular religious sites in the world. Construction of this elaborate temple complex – built in honour of the Hindu god Vishnu – began in AD 879 but the site was lost to history for centuries before being rediscovered by Frenchman Henri Mahout in 1860.
Be bowled over by the Bayon
Angkor Wat takes centre stage at Angkor, but the Bayon is perhaps the most magical of all the structures here. From its monumental towers, a series of colossal stone faces, depicting the Buddhist deity Avalokitesvara, gaze out serenely across the temples and jungles. The atmosphere is mesmerising, particularly at dawn, when the faces loom dramatically out of the mist.
Cruise the Mekong
The boat trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is one of Asia’s legendary traveller journeys, and by far the most atmospheric way of reaching the Angkor temples. On the journey along the Mekong River and out onto Tonle Sap lake, you’ll absorb some of the spirit of Cambodia’s life-giving waterways. The trip upstream to Battambang is even more scenic.
Cycle to Angkor’s outlying temples
The Angkor complex sprawls for miles through the jungle, but roaming to outlying temples is part of the magic. Hire a bike and spend magical days exploring the temples, shrines and palaces, from the famous spires of Angkor Wat and the magnificent Bayon, to overgrown Ta Phrom and the remote temples of Bantaey Srei.
Dive into Cambodia’s Water Festival
As in neighbouring Thailand, the changing seasons in Cambodia are marked with major festivals, and the biggest of all is Bom Om Touk, held in October or November, when the flow of the Tonle Sap River changes direction. Alongside three days of merry-making, rainbow-coloured boats race each other along the Tonle Sap.
Encounter the wild in Cambodia’s national parks
Large areas of Cambodia have been set aside as national parks, and several are easily accessible from Phnom Penh. Kirirom National Park, southwest of the city, has walking and mountain bike trails and cascading waterfalls, while Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe home for tigers, elephants, gibbons and other animals rescued from poachers and traffickers.
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