Cambodia tourist attractions are famous for its ancient, historic and more than everything for its locations that are located at the lush tropical jungles, from the captivating Angkor Wat temples to the natural beauty of Tonle Sap Lake and its floating villages up to Phnom Penh and its recent bloodyhistory of Khmer Rouge. Tourist visit Cambodia not only for visiting the ancient complex of the biggest religious structure on the world, the Angkor Wat, but to enjoy being at the tropical beaches in Sihanoukville as well. Although focus of most tourist visits remains the great monuments along the Angkor Wat temples, possibilities for Cambodia travel also includes snorkeling and diving. Other tourist attractions in Cambodia include luxury vacation in song saa Island.
Top 10 Things to Do in Cambodia
# 10 Sihanoukville Beach
Sihanoukville is a province in southwest Cambodia known for its 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.
# 9 Royal Palace of Phnom Penh
The royal palace in Phnom Penh is an exuberant display of traditional Khmer architecture with pointed roofs, full of bright silver gemstones. Like all royal palaces in the region, once you enter the site you surpris because of its maintained and arranged everything from gardens to buildings, having little to do with what the city offers door outward.
Worth taking a guide or rent audio guides to learn more abut the history of one of the most ornate palaces of Southeast Asia and the most important in Cambodia. With one ticket you can visit some religious temples (Stupas) at the next door.
# 8 The Bayon Temple
Bayon is a temple that would qualify as enigmatic. The most famous of this temple is its 54 smiling faces pointing the four cardinal points. None of the faces have the same expression. Bayon temple is a place that evokes a glorious past, especially for the quality of its carvings.
# 7 Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages
Tonle Sap named after several floating villages which are easily accessible from Siem Reap, this area is which is usually the destination for most travelers who want to visit something different and unique. This has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is the proximity to the city of Siem Reap (a few kilometers) facilitates your visit, either by one of the many agencies who schedule a visit to the floating village or also organizing the trip by yourself. The main disadvantages are some crowding at certain times of the year and especially the attempts of deception have undergone several travelers, both by tuk-tuk drivers as those responsible for boat trips across the lake Tonle Sap .
# 6 Bamboo Island
Bamboo island is an ideal destination for those who are looking to find a less touristy beach and island to spend a few days relaxed vacation, the Bamboo island is located off the Sihanoukville main beach. The island is very laid back as there are only less than 50 people living in here.
# 5 Battambang
Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia and even when compared with Phnom Penh is just a small town. It is quite compact so in a couple of hours you can see the center with its market and part of the river with some French colonial buildings, Battambang is very well preserved indeed.
# 4 Apsara Dance Show
The name comes from the apsara Sanskrit translation is celestial nymph or maiden. It is believed that this dance was born in temples of Angkor around the ninth century, and almost disappear in the 70s due to the violence of the Khmer Rouge who wanted to create a new world in order to destroy all of the country’s culture and tradition. Today, there are Apsara schools in major cities. According to mythology, the apsaras (or apsaras) were supernatural beings who appear as beautiful maidens and danced to the sound of music to entertain the gods and to honor the fallen heroes in wars. Today you can see features of this type of dance in most hotels in the city or in restaurants with shows. During the show the dancers look different silk suits with very elaborate headdresses.
# 3 Bokor Hill Station
The once abandoned French retreat of Bokor Hill Station, inside the 1581-sq-km Bokor National Park is famed for its refreshingly cool climate and creepy derelict buildings that had their hey-day during the 1920s and 1930s. On cold, foggy days it can get pretty spooky up here as mists drop visibility to nothing and the wind keens through abandoned buildings. Appropriate, then, that the foggy showdown that ends the Matt Dillon crime thriller City of Ghosts (2002) was filmed here. Source: Lonely Planet
# 2 Banteay Srei
Although officially part of the Angkor complex, Banteay Srei lies 25 km north-east of the main group of temples, and therefore often considered a separate Cambodia attraction. The temple was completed in 967 AD and is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still clearly visible today. Banteay Srei is the only major temple at Angkor not built for a king, instead it was constructed by one of king Rajendravarman’s counselors, Yajnyavahara. Source: Touropia
# 1 Angkor Wat Complex
Angkor Wat is more than a wonder to the world history, this is a symbol of Cambodia and it is considered as the largest religious structure ever built, and one of the most important archaeological treasures of the world. An ensemble of 400 km2, consisting of Hindu and Buddhist monumental temples, built during the ninth and twelfth centuries. Angkor Wat was the region that hosted the capitals of the Khmer Empire during its glory.