This country attracts many travelers keen on historic landmarks. The Khmer period gave Cambodia many stunning places of interest. Numerous wars and hostilities in the country ended only around 20 years ago, so Cambodia recovers slowly and becomes a wonderful resort destination as well. However, travelers still arrive mostly to see ancient cities and temples of Cambodia.
Angkor remains the main attraction of Cambodia. This ancient city is home to many religious buildings, including Angkor Wat, the largest religious building ever constructed in the world. The city is partially in ruins, but it still looks nothing but impressive with its statues, ancient stone carvings and temples. It is easy to spend several days in Angkor.
Cambodia is home of the largest lake in South East Asia. This is Tonle Slap, which is located in the central part of the country. The lake is very shallow, only 1 metre deep, but during the rainy season waters of the Mekong River make the lake grow and it becomes 9 metres deep. Mekong River is also famous for one more thing – the Mekong Dolphin, one of a few species that live in fresh water. The highest chance to see the dolphins is in a protected area near Kratie. During a boat ride, you will also enjoy magnificent views of the river and its banks.
Northern part of the country, especially its Ratanakiri Province, is the location of several national parks and ethnic villages. The main landmarks here include the Virachey National Park and the Banlung area. These places are famous for wonderful protected forests, waterfalls and picturesque landscapes.
During a vacation in Cambodia, don’t forget to visit its capital, Phnom Penh. This is also the largest and wealthiest city in the country. Founded in 1372, the city became the capital of the country only after the kingdom of Angkor had been defeated by Siam. In the 19th century the city was called the “Pearl of Asia” because of its beautiful architecture. One of the biggest landmarks of Phnom Penh – Killing Fields - is located in its suburbs. In the city, travelers are recommended to visit the Royal Palace and Tuol Svay Prey High School Museum or the museum of genocide. Shooting Ranges will attract travelers who are keen or weapons. Inside the halls of the building it is possible to fire from different kinds of weapons, from ordinary handguns to rocket launchers and hand grenades.
Read further: Cities and sights of Cambodia