Cambodia sits on the coast of the South China Sea, bordered by Thailand to the west and Laos and Vietnam in the north.
Cambodia has been on the up as a tourist destination for a number of years, as more and more of tourists have been drawn to a country that has so much to offer – beaches, adventure, exciting food, friendly people – but is still coming to terms with its potent, often tortured past.
There is a wealth to discover beyond the temples, so look further. Over the last ten yearsCambodiahas become a relatively safe country to explore. Political changes are responsible for the influx of tourists who are not only interested in the temples, but the country as a whole.
Cambodia has so much to offer tourists without many of the drawbacks of some other Southeast Asian locations. Its friendly people, incredible historical sites and gorgeous beaches leave an indelible mark on everyone who steps foot in the Khmer empire.
Cambodia's Angkor is, quite simply, one of the most splendid attractions in all ofSoutheast Asia. Long considered "lost", the ruins ofAngkorwere never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.
This 10th century pink colored sandstone ruin gives a unique impression to foreign and national visitors with the living cultural art such as attractive Apsara statues and well carved and preserved bas- relief of an awe- inspiring workmanship of Cambodian craft men. The monument is a unique inspiration to all visitors to enrich their mind.
Situated to the north of Siem Reap, Koh Ker was formerly a capital of the Khmer empire and consequently contains a large number of ancient temples and other buildings. Now little more than a village in the middle of the jungle, Koh Ker’s remoteness is part of its charm and those who venture this far will be rewarded with the area’s intense natural beauty.
Bokor National Park
BokorNational Park,built in the 1920s, it boasts a rick flora and fauna with wild elephants and tigers. However, the weather here is quite difficult, cold during the day and even colder at night so remember to bring jackets.
The Silver Pagoda, which is part of the Royal Palace, named " The Silver Pagoda " because the floor is covered with over 5000 silver tiles weighing 1 kg each, is also known as Wat Preah Keo (Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha).
The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures and gardens, the primary building being thetempleWatPreah Keo Morokat and other structures including a library, various stupas, shrines, monuments, minor buildings and the galleries of the Reamker.
Designated as an UNESCO ecological biosphere in 1997, the Tonle Sap or the ‘GreatLake’ is alsoSouth East Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Located 30 minutes south of Siem Reap, the lake is alive with a variety of bird species and other wildlife and a number of fishing communities literally float on it.
Sihanoukville isCambodia’s premier seaside resort, and a wonderful place to visit if you want to lounge around on paradise-like beaches, as well as visit some cultural and historical attractions.
Preah Vihear Temple
Preah Vihear temple was built over 300 years (889 AD to 1152 AD). This temple was built for Lord Shiva. This mountian about 623 M go to the top. Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire.
Siem Reap is one ofCambodia’s main tourist destinations and there are plenty of things for visitors to see and do here. While most visitors use Siem Reap as a base to explore the nearbyAngkortemple complex, the city also contains a large number of interesting attractions, ranging from artistic triumphs to modern temples and museums.