Must-See Places You Can’t Leave Cambodia Without Seeing!

Angkor Wat Sunrise At Siem Reap. Cambodia

Travel Tips: Must-See Places You Can’t Leave Cambodia Without Seeing!

Cambodia, situated in Southeast Asia sharing a border with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam is a country rich in culture, history, and diversity. If you have never been to Cambodia, then, believe me, you are missing one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

Angkor Wat by James Mason-Hudson
Angkor Wat by James Mason-Hudson

Here are some awesome places you shouldn’t leave Cambodia without seeing!

Angkor Wat Sunrise At Siem Reap. Cambodia
Angkor Wat Sunrise At Siem Reap Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple – Siem Reap

You must have heard or have seen the Angkor Wat temple right? If not I’ll let you know some stuff about it. Seam Reap is a popular destination to visit where you can find the ruins of the Angkor Watt temple, which was once a Hindu Temple turned Buddhist over Cambodia’s changing pasts.

Travel Cambodia ancient stone door and tree
Ancient stone door and tree roots in Ta Prohm temple ruins Angkor Wat

The temple was built somewhere around 1125 and still stands today attracting visitors from all corners of the globe with its marvelous architecture. The five towers symbolize the center of the universe, surrounded by walls and a moat that was once full of crocodiles.

The best time to see this spectacular temple is during the late afternoon at sunset where a large statue of the Hindu God illuminates over the entrance to the temple.

Contemplating Monk, Angkor Wat, Siam Reap, Cambodia
Monk in Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

Another amazing natural and picturesque architecture is a giant tree with enormous roots surrounding the ancient temple. Almost all visitors stop in Sean Reap to stay, so if you are planning on visiting you won’t be short of any accommodations, do book early though as they can get full!

Tonle Sap Lake by Jennifer Phoon
Tonle Sap Lake by Jennifer Phoon

Tonle Sap Lake

This is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and is protected by UNESCO since 1997. It is a huge and magnificent lake in which a very abnormal phenomenon occurs during the rainy season where it continues its course towards the sea through the Mekong River and back up to the lake and enhances nearly 10 times its normal size.

This strange phenomenon only happens here and in the Nile River in Egypt. The lake is near Siem Reap famous for the above temple Angkor Wat.

Virachey National Park by Save Virachey National Park FB Page
Virachey National Park by Save Virachey National Park FB Page

Virachey National Park

This national park is also located in the province of Rattanakiri and in an area where several tribes live. You can hire a guide and join trekking tours which can last for several days and spend the night in a hammock. The Virachey National park is spectacular and amazing to visit.

The National Assembly building of Cambodia by Kiensvay
The National Assembly building of Cambodia by Kiensvay

Phnom Penh – Capital City of Cambodia

The largest city in the country and as such presents the typical contradictions of the world in which we live in. In this city, you will find the S21 Museum (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum), the humble houses in the outskirts and the surrounding area, supermarkets where all prices are in US dollars.

Sanchak Mony Chedei in Oudong
Sanchak Mony Chedei in Oudong by Lars Olsen


The former capital of Cambodia from 1618 to 1866, Oudong is situated around 40km or so from the now capital city Phnom Penh.

Stupas and shrines still stand tall from the ancient kings. Oudong also called Udong is a beautiful place to go especially if you are interested in discovering Cambodia’s history.

Sokha Beach on a quiet morning
Sokha Beach Resort on a quiet morning by Wikitravel


Sihanoukville is the most famous village in Cambodia where you can eat delicious seafood and enjoy the nightlife in the bars by the sea. It is also a great place to dive or visit some of the surrounding islands.

There are so much more undiscovered and must-see places in Cambodia but these are among the must-see places in the country. Traveling to Cambodia will be an amazing adventure. You will sure to never forget and will definitely want to come back.

The Cambodian people are among the nicest and polite people, Cambodia as a country is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Southeast Asia.

Check for a list of hotels in Cambodia via  and

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