Marvel at Angkor Wat
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Set on one of the most important archeological sites in South-East Asia, the temple of Angkor Wat is unrivaled in its grandeur. The temple covers an area of about 200 hectares, making it one of the world’s largest religious structures. Visitors are asked to dress modestly.
Meander through the small town of Battambang
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This lesser-known province delights travellers with its charming architecture (a mix of Chinese, Khmer and French colonial-era buildings), a burgeoning art scene and picturesque rural villages on its fringes. Explore the area by bicycle or tuktuk.
Experience the “great city” of Angkor Thom
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This 12th-century Buddhist city is famed for its majestic trio of state temples, Bayon, Phimeanakas and Baphuon. Translating to “Great City”, Angkor Thom was the capital of the Khmer empire, established by King Jayavarman VII.
See the floating fishing villages on Tonlé Sap Lake
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The floating, stilted villages of Tonlé Sap – the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia – offer a fantastic insight into traditional life on the river. Head to the communities of Pursat and Kompong Luong to spot beautifully painted houses, grocery stores and schools, all floating on the water.
Pay your respects at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Lying on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is located in the former S-21 Prison. Under Pol Pot’s genocidal rule (1975-79), the prison held thousands of people and, today, the museum displays 6000 of their black and white portraits.
Try local Cambodian delicacies
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Cambodia’s street vendors will test your taste buds with dishes such as fried snakes, balut (fertilised duck egg) and grilled frogs. Feeling less adventurous? There’s also a good range of barbecued meats and fish, as well as sweet and savoury steamed buns.
Explore Kampot and the Popokvil Waterfall
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During the wet season, Popokbil Waterfall, on the Bokor Mountain, is a fantastic swimming spot and is surrounded by a number of scenic walks. The riverside town of Kampot is a great base for exploring Bokor National Park.
Visit Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace
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This splendid structure in Phnom Penh was built in 1866 and is currently the residence of King Sihamoni. The site spans three compounds – notable areas include the throne room, Silver Pagoda and its beautiful gardens – however not all parts are open to the public.
Discover Siem Reap after dark
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There’s plenty to explore in Siem Reap once the sun goes down. Pub Street and its laneways cater to every taste with cocktail bars, nightclubs and a string of restaurants serving Western and local cuisine. Head to the Angkor night market to pick up a bargain or try out a fish foot spa.
Check in to a private island
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In need of some rest and relaxation? Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort, Song Saa, spans the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Rong, and is nestled just 35-minutes boat ride from the port of Sihanoukville. Choose the two-bedroom Royal Villa, which is perched above the water with a private pool and jetty.