Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean holidays need to be as well.
There are some who get away from the office strictly during the summer months; then there are people who hate summer and its heat with a passion and wish to get away in the colder seasons where they can spend their leisure time visiting tourist attractions and historical places.
But what if you can combine both? If you are planning to visit the culturally rich Asian continent, take a moment to consider Cambodia as your perfect travel destination. Cambodia includes rolling plains, forested highlands and islands in the Gulf of Thailand in case you didn’t want to miss that seaside after all.
Whether you’re a travel rookie or a travel guru, there are a few attractions you shouldn’t miss while visiting the beautiful country.
Firstly, you must visit the capital Phnom Penh. With a history of over 600 years, the home of Cambodian royalty has a plethora of buildings and architectures that could tickle any historian’s enthusiasm.
Secondly, go see Siem Reap, the capital of the same-named province. This can be the entrance to your following destination, the Angkor Wat temples.
Thirdly, and probably the most world-wide known tourist attraction, you must see Angkor Wat. A system of temples and ruins which served as the capital of the Khmer empire a few centuries ago, the temples are now protected by the UNESCO World Heritage site. Within this system, the Ta Promh temple was also used for various filming projects and movies.
Fourthly, if you want to immerse yourself in the recent history that could help you understand what this country endured, you can visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. The Khmer forces killed over seventeen thousand people half a century ago, and the museum contains displays of the macabre past, torture instruments and even human skulls.
Fifthly, if you’re a more adventurous type of person and always dreamt of being the Indiana Jones of your own town, you can check Koh Ker, a series of temples hidden across the Cambodian forests where human population is scarce, and easily accessed in a couple of hours from Siem Reap. Reaching these temples is even more exciting and dangerous due to the jungle overgrowth and land mines.
If you can’t stay away from the beach, you can visit Koh Rong island and its beaches filled with abundant wildlife. Here you can also spot bio-luminescent plankton, which makes for amazing photography for the avid Instagrammers.
Another site you mustn’t miss would be the Mondulkiri, a great place with unique wildlife, lush forests and glistening waterfalls. This is the perfect location if you want to get a taste of the local culture through the local tribes.
Also for the nature-addicts, Virachey National Park is a perfect destination for finding waterfalls, mountains and incredible wildlife.
Lastly, you can check off your list a few other places according to your personal interests: War Museum and Landmine Museum, the Battambang Bat Caves if you’re an adrenaline junkie and of course the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh.
The list is too long to be completed, and whatever your choices for leisure in Cambodia would be, you’re making the right choice.