Cambodia is widely famous for its architectural masterpiece – Angkor Wat, the place you cannot skip when having chance to visit this country. However, there is a wide range of destinations and activities besides Angkor Wat that helps you understand more about unique culture and history of Cambodia as well as discover the beauty of the country’s nature. Here is the list of 5 best things to do in Cambodia.
1. Birding in Siem Reap
Besides Mekong river cruises, bird watching recently attracts more and more tourist to Siem Reap and is considered to be one of the most popular activities for worldwide nature lovers thanks to over 200 different species of birds in the area. The most famous spot in Siem Reap for birding is Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, which is located in the heart of Tonle Sap Natural Biosphere Reserve.
Visiting Prek Toal, you will have a scenic boat trip deep into interlaced waterways to discover a kingdom of wild birds including grebes, black-naped kingfisher, bulbul and many species of storks. You will find it really peaceful and relaxed to sit on a small bamboo boat, listen to the sound of the nature and take a lot of good photo.
2. Explore Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is a must-see destination for worldwide tourists not only to experience unique culture but also to learn more about its notorious history. If you don’t want to just stay at the luxurious hotel in your Cambodia’s trip and laze all day, then you should pay a visit to Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek to understand a bit more about the country. Tuol Sleng, which used to be a school and bloody tortune in Khmer Rouge Period, now is turning into a museum to memorize such a horrible time of the country. Choeung Ek, which is located near the museum, was the place where thousands of Cambodian people of all ages were killed during the rule of Khmer Rouge. Visiting these places, you will understand how terrible and rugged the country has overcome.
Another outstanding spots for those who love nature is Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, where is the home to the luckiest animals in Cambodia rescued from illegal trading. Visiting the centre, you will have a chance to meet a lot of rare species including tiger, lion, black bear, elephant, etc, feed and play with them as well as meet the team who is looking after for them.
Sovanna Phum Arts Association, which is close to the Russian Market, is the place for you to enjoy interesting shadow-pupper shows. During 50 minutes, the performance will sure delight you with the Cambodian folk songs together with skillful movements and dances of little puppets controlled by passionate local artists.
From Phnom Penh, you can easily continue your trip to Vietnam, which is pretty close, by considering taking Mekong Princess or other Luxury Cruises to experience brand new things.
3. See the statues of Battambang
Battambang, the second most populous city in Cambodia, is well-known for its Buddha statues, temples and ancient architectural buildings. Thus, It is not hard for you to recognize these structures when you first set foot in this city, which offer you many photo chances and opportunity to learn more about the history as well as development of Buddhism in Cambodia.
4. Relax at Kep
Known as the smallest province of Cambodia, Kep surprises tourist by its peaceful seaside areas which should not be missed in your Indochina Tour Packages.
Visiting this beautiful city, you will have a chance to learn more about local fishing village, enjoy incredibly tasty specialties from crab as well as observe daily life of fishermen. However, the most popular activities here is to enjoy a sunset river cruise at Kep, which offers you the opportunity to take many great photos of immense mangroves forest, white-as-snow salt fields while soaking your hands in the fresh cold water.
5. Enjoy the beaches of Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville, which was built in 1950 as a business port, is now considered the beach heaven of Cambodia consisting of 8 charming beaches thanks to its white-sanded seashores and comfortably warm sea currents from Thailand Bay. The largest of 8 beaches here is Ochheuteal beach, which is home to luxurious hotels and resorts. Serendipity beach, which is located nearby, is well-known for many souvenir shops and party-all-night bars and pubs, promising to be the spot for you to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.