It is the month of January and the perfect time to plan a trip to Cambodia. It is the season when Cambodia is having little rains and clear blue skies. Since it’s too cold in different parts, little humidity in Cambodia will provide relaxing weather. So if you are excited to meet the Irrawaddy Dolphins, if you are dying to watch the Apsara dance and cannot wait to enjoy the Cambodia beaches and cuisine, it is time to plan your getaway to this Southern country.
Where is Cambodia?
Cambodia is also known as Kampuchea or the Kingdom of Cambodia. It is a southern country located in Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s capital is a very beautiful and highly populated city named Phnom Penh or Krong Chaktomuk. Thailand borders the region of Cambodia in the northwest, Laos in the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to its Southwest. The country is known for its highly prosperous Buddhism religion. Buddhism is also mentioned as a state religion in the constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The national motto of Cambodia reads as “Nation, Religion, King.”
The national language of Cambodia is Khmer. People there also speak many indigenous languages. Well, these are some of the basic knowledge that one should possess before visiting this rich land. Now here is a list of the must-visit places in Cambodia.
Must-visit places in Cambodia
Though the entire land is rich culturally, socially, and religiously, there are some of the sites that you should visit if you are planning a trip to Cambodia. Also, note that many itinerary planners believe that Cambodia’s good satisfying trip can be completed in 10 days or extending to 2 weeks.
- Phnom Penh
Well, on the very first position is the capital itself. While booking your flight, you can select the destination as Phnom Penh. You will directly reach the first place you should visit. Phnom is a big city with well-developed transportation. Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy, so the highlight of the city is that it is the Royal Palace’s place. It also has other places of historical significance that reflects the dark history of today’s Cambodia. Since the climate of the capital is tropical wet and dry so you can easily experience the same kind of climate throughout. So it would be wise to first enjoy the free living experience at the capital to live through the best nightlife clubs, unique taste cuisine, flooded markets and well-designed structures.
- Banteay Srei
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Banteay Srei is one of the most popular places in Cambodia especially for people visiting from India. Banteay Srei stands as a historical symbol constructed in the 10th century as a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is constructed with red sandstone with beautiful carvings on the walls of the temple. The culture of Banteay Srei along with its green lofty mountains and art is a good place to explore. Also if you want to experience how village life can actually look like? you should visit here.
- Kampong Phluk
The local economy of Kampong Phluk flourishes because of a large tourist intake since its construction. The lake with the little commune lets people into a very compact yet simply beautiful life of people of Kampong. It is actually a village built on Tonle Sap, the freshwater lake. It is thus, also widely known as the ‘floating village.’ Since there is a lot of water available, people of Kampong are largely dependent on fishing for their survival.
So if you want to enjoy the simple living, the touristy lake and Tonle Sap, you must visit Kampong Phluk. According to some itinerary planners, two days would be enough to rediscover Kampong life.
Well, the fifth or sixth day you should try to relax and immerse yourself in some light fun of Battambang. The city does have numerous facilities for tourists to enjoy food, architecture, sports while at the same time providing a calm environment. Battambang was founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire and so you can be still sure of witnessing the best colonial architectures. One or two days would be enough for you if you are planning to visit this small town. Note that Battambang is also comparatively cheaper than the rest of tourist destinations.
Poipet is another good destination for you to explore. It is mostly popular for two main reasons. One is its strategic location. Poipet is a key crossing point between the two nations of Cambodia and Thailand. And the second reason is gambling. Even though gambling is illegal in Thailand, it is a very popular source of entertainment among the masses of Cambodia. So in case gambling is banned in your country and you have always wanted to try a hand on it, Poipet has that opportunity for you.
If you are also looking for a place that gives picturesque natural beauty then also Cambodia is good. Being on the south coast, it has large lush tropical forests with many species. There are mammals, bird species, reptiles and do not forget the freshwater fish at Tonle Sap lake. Because of this Tonle Sap has been designated as Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. It is also one of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves.
Cambodia is part of many global organizations. It is a part of the ASEAN, WTO, UNITED NATIONS and The East Asia Summit. Note that the one thing that you might want to make sure before travelling is safety and security. So if you are planning to travel you can be sure that it is safe to travel to Cambodia.
Cambodia, therefore, offers a low-budget beautiful getaway then Cambodia is a good option. At affordable rates you’ll be able to travel through the cultural places, enjoy the best cuisines and dance on the beats with the most strange yet familiar people.
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