A Buddhist shrine in the 14th century, Cambodia's capital in the 15th and
the French colonial center in the 19th , Phnom Penh's heritage is rich
and varied. Today visitors find a bustling, multicultural city at the
confluence of the historic Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. Phnom
Penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough
to appreciate the city's attractions. Visit the Silver Pagoda of the
Royal Palace, the National Museum of Arts has paintings, artifacts and
sculpture dating back centuries and Wat Phnom, the temple from which the
city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery
of the city's past.
(300 km from Phnom Penh)
Siem Reap is the center of Angkor. It is here where the ancient people of
Khmer constructed one of the greatest monuments. Angkor Wat. But it is
not just the temples that make this town attractive. Visit the Tonle Sap
lake with its floating villages, where you can explore the traditional
Khmer way of life or the national park of Preak Tuol where you can find
unique birds. A one day excursion takes you to Phnom Kulen, where on
weekends hundreds of Khmers pilgrim to a temple on the mountain top.
(57 km from Phnom Penh)
Visit the temple Suryagiri constructed by Suriavarman I. in the 11th
century. Great view over the country side from the top of this hill.
Situated in the province of Takeo.
(230 km from Phnom Penh)
The only deep-sea port in Cambodia is in Sihanoukville. The town was
constructed by the French as a present for the King. With its sandy
beaches it is the perfect place for swimming, scuba diving or just for
taking a sunbath. Take a boat to visit one of the many island nearby.
Hotels and restaurants serve fresh seafood.
Phnomd & Angkor borei
(79 km from Phnom Penh)
The temple of Phnom Da (mid 6th century) was the last religious center of
the Kingdom of Funan (Baphuon). Another very interesting temple just
beside Phnom Da is Asram Maharosei an Indian-style laterite temple.
There is a museum in Angkor Borei, showing objects of the Baphuon
period. To get there, the visitors enjoy a boat ride along an old water
channel from the 6th century.
(123 km from Phnom Penh)
The city Kompong Cham is the second largest in Cambodia. The city has a
warm French colonial atmosphere. This is why Kompong Cham was once
called "The city of gardens". Visit the port and some wats such as Wat
Nokhor from the 13th century.
Situated on the mountainous northeastern corner of Cambodia, Ratankiri
Province is considered an eco-tourism capital of Cambodia due to its
rich sources of jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, and spectacular scenery.
The province is also home to some ethnic minority groups whose tribal
lifestyle is somehow another attraction to foreign visitors. The most
famous tourist site of the province is Yeak Laom volcanic lake, a
perfect bathing spot that is renowned for its exceptionally clear water,
hosting tens of thousands of tourists every year despite the 586
kilometers of dreadful road from Phnom Penh. The provincial capital of
Ratanakiri is Banlung City where restaurants, markets, and hotels are
Mondulkiri is an eastern province of Cambodia, bordered by Ratanakiri to
the north, Vietnam to the east and southeast, Kratie to the southwest
and west, and shares a very small border with Stung Treng to the north.
It is the most remote and sparely populated province with the total
inhabitants of some 36000, and 80 percent of which is made of ten
different tribal minorities, with the majority of Phnong. A base at the
provincial capital of Sen Monorom is recommended during your visit in
Mondulkiri as there are easy accesses to restaurants and guest houses.
The province’s appeal lies on the perfect weather and the stunning view
of long grassy hills, dense forests, wildlife and majestic waterfalls,
which all help earn Mondulkiri the candidateship of Cambodia’s
Koh Kong is most likely known to travelers either coming from or going
to Thailand by land. The province is located in the southwest corner of
the country and bordered by Thailand to the west, Pursat to the north,
Komong Speu to the east, and Kampot and Sihanouk Ville to the southeast.
What is unique about this province is the fact that its populated number
has increased continually over the last few decades. This factuality no
doubts results from migrants attracted from other parts of the country
who choose to lay their lives on this busily booming frontier zone.
Though it rightly remains a transit stop, the vast availability of its
tourist appeal such as the amazing beaches, waterfalls, and striking
landscape are likely to turn Koh Kong a tourist destination.
Bordered by Thailand, Preah Vihear remains underdeveloped owing to the
poor infrastructure. This remote province is accessible by road only and
either via Oddar Meanchey province from the west or via Kompong Thom
from the south. Nevertheless, it is fortunate enough to be the heir of
Prasat Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, and Preah Khan temple. Though the
accessibility to the 3 sites is not convenient, there are great many of
determined travelers visiting these Ankorian temples, especially Preah
Vihear temple, which was recently designated a World Heritage Site by
Battambang is a province of Cambodia that is nestled in the northwest of
the country and bordered with Thailand. Known as the largest
rice-producing province, its economy lies heavily on the agricultural
industry. Once there, you will have chance to explore the Anorian
temples nearby the town where serves as a nice base during your
visiting. There are varieties of appealing sites ranging from
magnificent temples to waterfalls. If to specify the most popular place
of Battambang, it would be nationally agreed to opt Kamping Poy Lake, a
perfect swimming spot hosting countless locals every weekend.
About 150 kilometers away from the capital of Phnom Penh, Kompot is
considered one of the winning tourist destinations of Cambodia. This
quiet town is most famous for many features, one of which is the
reputable produce of the best pepper in the country. Another
contribution is the fact that the seafood there (imported from the
nearby Kep town) is fresh, plentiful and delicious; the bottom line is
it is cheap. Besides, this beach town is also known to possess tourist
charming places like Bokor National Park, one of the country’s most
preserved area, the scenic two-tier waterfall of Popokvil Falls and the
popular bathing spot of Tek Chhouu Falls, not to mention many unspoilt
islands and the beach resort of Kep that is only miles away to visit.
Kep is one of the four cities of Cambodia. The economy is quite strong
thanks to the fresh seafood available at the sea making Kep an active
trading town. Unfortunately, should you seek the “sand, sea, sun” there
might be a little disappointment as its beaches are less enjoyable with
mangrove and black rock rather than white-sand beach. A short boat ride
to the breathtaking Rabbit Island, however, would pay well. Rabbit
Island is currently under the development project owing to the
combination of its white sandy beach with shallow water and the resource
of varied fish, plant and coral, which all make ecology research
One of the Cambodia’s newest provinces, formed during 1980s, Banteay
Meanchey is considered a well off province, thanks to the border shared
with Thailand. The niche is found at Poipet, a town treated as the Las
Vegas of Cambodia. There has been an increasing number of casinos in
Poipet while gambling is prohibited in Thailand, which makes this
bordering zone a lively pass-by. Taking tourism into account, the most
popular site would be Banteay Chhmar, a massive temple built by the
greatest king Jayavarman VII. It will be the right place to
explore for any traveler whose interest is more than what Siem Reap
Pailin is the smallest city among the Cambodia’s 4 cities. Following the
footprint of Poipet, Pailin is home to though not as many as in Poipet
some casinos that are enjoying fruits of profit, most of which is from
Thai gamblers. There are also attractive places to visit in this lively
tiny city, and the best example is Phnom Khieu Waterfall. Stretching
along the lower reaches of Chuor Phnom Kravanh, this swimming hole is
about 20 km away from the town to the southwest. The site may promise to
make the city worth visiting.
Oddar Meanchey is definitely the newest province of Cambodia’s; it gains
little concern from the government though. Only few attractions are
available in this remote province; therefore, not many visitors come to
this town besides some determined souls who is curious to witness the
former Khmer Rough town of Anlong Veng. Once being the Khmer Rough
strongholds, Anlong Veng was home to the most notorious leaders of the
Dark Period such as Pol Pot, (died in 1988,) Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan,
and Ta Mok(died in Calemet hospital in 2006). Anlong Veng is now a 100
percent safe place to visit with spectaular view of dense forest,
especially some area around the ride of Chuor Phnom Dang Rek.
This province is very large in size with some 13,814 km2 making it the
second biggest province of Cambodia. It is known as the historical and
cultural site to explore with the presence of the pre-Ankorian temples.
One of all to get mentioned is the 7th-century Sambor Prei Kuk, which is
considered the most impressive archeological site after Ankor Siem Reap.
Another popular scene is Phnom Son Tuk Resort, the most sacred mountain
of the region. Phnom Son Tuk is located on top of the mountain; in
other words, you have 980 stairs to claim. There is a big worship hall
that is made of stone with red-tile roofed and decorated by the genius
Khmer architectural style with many statues of Buddhist surrounding
This seems to be the most inadequate province in terms of the poor
infrastructure, infertile soil, and passive trading. Svay Rieng is also
notoriously famous for the highest crime rates due to the scarcity of
the daily income as most of the locals are basely living on farming and
fishing. All in all, Svay Rieng, not surprisingly, is necessarily easy
to get recognized as the poorest province of Cambodia. By the way,
anywhere to visit? Yes, of course. Like other provinces, Svay Rieng is
worth a visit thanks to the spectacular view of the country shaped by
the landscape of complex forest.
Almost completely surrounding what is national capital city of Phnom
Penh, Kandal covers the land area of 3,568 km2, with the population
density of 301.3 inha./ km2. Sharing the long border with Phnom Penh,
Kandal easily wins the most day trips from travelers due to its many
convenient accessible tourist destinations ranging from the historical
scene to the beautifully shaped landscape of mountainous area. Some
attractions worth mentioning includes Phnom Udong, Kean Svay resort,
Phnom Prasit, and so on.
The most remarkable thing about Kratie is the fact that it is the only
place in Cambodia allowing us to witness the freshwater Irrawaddy
dolphins. Kratie is approximately 315km far from Phnom Penh and seems to
straddle on the half way between Phnom Penh and Rattanakiri, which makes
a good base to visit the remote eastern Rattanakiri. Kratie residents,
not much different from other Cambodians, are mostly living on
substantial farming and fishing Despite the unpleasant road to
Kratie, it is still worth a visit, again, thanks to the natural resource
of the uncommonly freshwater dolphins.
This is one of the most isolated provinces of Cambodia with some 415km
distant from Phnom Penh. There are some 25,000 inhabitants in Stung
Treng most of which are farmer. And the majority of the locals take the
advantages from the Tonle Sap Lake to enjoy the stable profitability of
freshwater fish that leaves the province known as an active trading
town. In spite of being less concerned about, Stung Treng offers some
tourist sites such Thala Boravit, Ou Pong Moan, Koh Khsach Resort, and
so on so forth.
Covering the land area of 4,883 km², Prey Veng constitutes 2.70% of the
total land area of Cambodia (181,035km2) It is 90 km separated between
Phnom Penh and Prey Veng, and the best way to reach there is being on
bus from the capital Central Market to Neak Luong and then after
crossing on the ferry, taking a one-dollar-drive with a share taxi to
the provincial town. Remember, Kampong Cham is a must-alternative
pass by during the wet season as the road is usually accessible to only
motorbikes. In spite of the shortage of tourist attractions, the
province, wearing a historical look, deserves a stop thanks to the
presence of the evidently ruined temple of Preah Vihear Chann at Ba
Phnom, a religious site believed to have been the birthplace of Funan
Takeo is best described as the oldest province rich in tourist
destinations, and specifically in historic of the era of Anachak Phnom
and Chenla. Simply being close to the capital city of Phnom Penh, Takeo
easily wins the most numbers of day trips. Not only is Takeo home to the
legacy of the six ancient temples, but also home to some often-visited
resorts such as Tonle Bati, Phnom Ta Mao(zoo,) Chi So mountain, Neang
Khmao Temple, and many more.
Pursat would have been mentioned less without the tomb of a Khmer
national hero Kleang Meung, who sacrificed his life and defeated the
Thais in a battle in 1482. Pursat seems to have fewer resorts to
describe than other provinces, we therefore hardly see the tourists
besides those who stop for lunch and continue to Battambang. Most of the
locals, same old story, basely live on farming and fishing, while some
involve in manual work in marble carving what is uniquely present in
Kompong Chhang covers the land area of 5,521 km2 with some 418,000
inhabitants. It is considered one of the provinces with fewest tourist
attractions. Kompong Chhnang, as its name suggests is famous of its
unique symbol of claypots (Chhnang in Khmer) largely produced by the
locals and sold throughout Cambodia. The province sometimes makes a
day-trip destination to travelers due to short distance from the capital
city. Surrounded by water for most of the time, the town is home to many
floating villages along the river as well as some tremendously ruined
temples. Given that, a boat trip is the most convenient means to snap
all those all.
Sharing a long border with Kandal, Kompong Spue is approximately 40 km
southeast away from Phnom Penh. The province’s economy is quite good
including the tourism field. The main attraction is Ampe Phnom, a
natural and cultural site of the province. Once there, visitors will
have chance to swim in the stream and enjoy the relaxing lunch on the
cottages above the stream. But, attention, do not ever leave any
belongings unattended as you will risk your valuables against the
inhuman thieves (monkey) who usually claim down from the trees to take