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What Landmarks you should not Miss on a Trip to Cambodia?

Cambodia has a huge cultural legacy and there are increasing numbers of tourists are traveling to Cambodia every year. The stunning temples of Angkor are the conspicuous draw for most visitors, but the country has much else to offer: tropical beaches, mysterious Apsara dance, and a plenty of natural attractions. And now we are going to see what landmarks you shouldn't miss on a trip to Cambodia.

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Cambodia Landmark 1: Angkor Archaeological Park, you should never miss out for any of your Cambodia trip.

Angkor Archaeological Park is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park contains the architectural remnants of some of the most beautiful structures and temples in Cambodia that were constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. This former “Temple City” is the pride of Cambodians and visited by over two million people a year.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

The park stretches about 150 square miles, making it the world’s largest religious complex. The core sections are Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat. This is a must visit place in Cambodia for architecture and history lover.

The main sight at Angkor is the southernmost temple complex known as the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat was built by the Khmers around 900 years ago it is still as fantastic as ever.


On an even larger scale is Angkor Thom with its stunning Bayon Temple, just to the north of Angkor Wat. It is one of numerous stone faces and has amazing detail.

Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei

Catching the sunrise& sunset at Angkor Wat is a must-do experience while in Siem Reap. Phnom Bakheng is the most famous spot to witness the Angkor Wat sunrise& sunset. If you want to have a good view, go there early and leave later, choose a position to be ready to take a plenty of pictures.

Cambodia Landmark 2: Enjoy the Khmer Dance Performance to delve into the Khmer culture

The Apsara dance is a centuries old traditional Khmer dance and an important part of Cambodian culture. There are several venues in Siem Reap where you can attend a traditional Apsara dance performance. Usually these shows are offered as a package combining a (buffet) dinner and a dance spectacle. This Khmer classical dance at its most elegantly stylized, with beautifully costumed performers evokes the legendary Apsara of Hindu mythology.

The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace

Cambodia Landmark 3: Have a drink on the pub street in Siem Reap

A holiday in Siem Reap is incomplete without a night out on the legendary party road of Cambodia - known as Pub Street. The street, starting off at the Red Piano Restaurant and ending at the Banana Leaf Restaurant, is a 100m stretch of road speckled with neon lit clubs, bars, restaurants, and vendors. You can have a Tomb Raider Cocktail in the Red Piano Restaurant, known for being Angelina Jolie’s favorite hangout while she was filming her movie “Tomb Raider” in Cambodia.

Cambodia Landmark 4: Relax on the beach in Sihanoukville

After spending some time in and around Siem Reap you must be dying to see some of the tropical beaches. Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is a port city and beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand. The big attractions here are the white-sand beaches and several undeveloped tropical islands. Sihanoukville is a good place to relax and unwind, though be prepared to battle the crows during the high season or a holiday weekend.

In Sihanoukville, Otres Beach is one of the favorite places for backpackers and budget tourists. There you can feel the charm of the beach that is well nurtured with natural beauty and luxury.

Cambodia Landmark 5: Kayak along on the Tonle Sap Lake

Silver Pagoda
Silver Pagoda

Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is of major importance to Cambodia. It has one of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems. There are different species of wildlife in and around the lake, which helped to sustain and grow the ancient Khmer civilization. It's also famous for its fascinating local communities and their floating villages.

You can have a full day kayaking adventure on the lake. there provides great kayak experience to see Mechrey floating village on the lake and gently boat through the pleasant mangroves (high water) and floating communities to see how people make the lake as home, learning from your tour guide about local daily life and Tonle Sap ecosystem.

Experience a few hours of kayaking adventure within Boeng Pearaing will provides a great opportunity to see threaten water birds and you have a lot of chances to capture photos of those lovely birds.

Cambodia Landmark 6: Biking around Siem Reap or even explore the country by bike

Siem Reap is becoming a popular cycling destination in Cambodia, as it features a lot of interesting bike trails and attractions. Spend half a day exploring the rural countryside around Siem Reap with bicycle can be a pleasant journey. After being fitted with a bicycle and helmet, your guide will lead you through back roads, across rice fields and farms, and into small local villages where you'll learn about how locals live, first hand.

Beng Mealea
Beng Mealea

You can even explore the whole country by bike! Cycling in Cambodia rewards you with the country’s hidden scenes of village life and scenery that you won’t forget!

Cambodia Landmark 7: Sample the local food

Cambodian cuisine is – and should be – a part of your overall experience when visiting the country. While it isn’t as well known for its cuisine or street food as neighboring Thailand or Vietnam, there are still plenty of culinary to uncover during a trip to Cambodia.

Koh Ker
Koh Ker

As we know, Cambodian cuisine is pretty heavy on the meat and fish. Especially the latter, thanks to the coast, the Mekong and the country’s various other rivers. The main meats eaten are pork and chicken. And ingredients such as coconuts, bananas, mangoes, limes, lemongrass, palm sugar and shallots feature often in local dishes.

Cambodian food is often overshadowed by a focus on Thailand and Vietnam, when in fact Khmer cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living food cultures. And Cambodian cooking pot combines a mix of local and international influences (mostly French and Thai) but really has a flavor all of its own.

Phnom Chisor
Phnom Chisor

Cambodia Landmark 8: Go into the wild in the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

If you are an animal or zoo lover, it is better for you to visit the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. It located roughly 25 miles (40km) by road south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

This wonderful wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, enormous pythons and a massive bird enclosure. They were all taken from poachers or abusive owners and receive care and shelter here as part of a sustainable breeding program. Wherever possible, animals are released back into the wild once they have recovered.


Cambodia is full of diversity and offers a variety of impressive landmarks. From its array of glorious temples and religious structures, rich heritage and culture, local cuisine and lifestyle to the rare wildlife and stunning eco-tourism spots, the country has it all. You can choose to travel this country with different ways and no matter which way you take, it is always full of novelty and anticipation.

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