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
SIEM REAP (ANGKOR)
(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.
(155 km from Phnom Penh)
This pleasant town is the base for some very interesting excursions to
some unexplored caves. The Elephant Mountains offer beautiful rainforest
and an amazing view over the Gulf of Thailand. Kep, located 30 km from
Kampot with its sandy beaches is a favorite holiday spot for the Khmers.
PHNOM DA & 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
(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.