Top 10 Go-To places in Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia

Top Ten Go-To places in Cambodia

Cambodia is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia and there’s a lot of amazing places to visit in this exotic country. It’s filled with the remnants of the Khmer Empire, an immensely powerful rule back in the 802 CE. Their territory stretched from Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Southern Vietnam.

The Khmer Empire’s signature architecture is mostly seen in these countries, but it is in Cambodia where they placed their seat of power. But apart from the beautiful temple ruins, Cambodia also tells tales of gruesome stories that would leave you haunted and saddened.

Angkor Wat during Sunset
Angkor Wat during Sunset Photo credit: sachman75 / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

People come here every now and then to relish the mystical vibe that the country has to offer, so for the purpose of knowing more about this country, here are the top 10 Go-to places here.

1. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat places in Cambodia
Angkor Wat – places in Cambodia Photo credit: Roberto.Trombetta / Foter / CC BY-NC

Located in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is one of the Seven Wonder’s of the World and perhaps is the most known landmark in this country. One of the best places to see in Cambodia, Its classic picture perfect temples are quite eye-catching and lots of people have taken photographs of it countless times for its sheer beauty. Many people are awe-struck with the well-preserved structures, and others are quite amazed with the profound history that backs up the entire colossal monument that Angkor Wat is. Angkor Wat is something that you should not miss to see when you visit Cambodia.

2. Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom Cambodia
Angkor Thom Cambodia Photo credit: dalbera / Foter / CC BY

Like Angkor Wat, it was also the Capital of the Khmer Empire. To be more precise, it was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Much like the Angkor Wat, its stand out architecture and chiseled stone sculptures are quite astounding to look at. This is a huge complex housing iconic structures such as the Bayon Temple, the 54 Gods, and the 54 Demons, the Terrace of Elephants and the Baphuon.

3. National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia Photo credit: phalinn / Foter / CC BY

Every country has their story and what better way to get to know their history than visiting the National Museums. Cambodia’s National Museum has a wide collection of Pre-historic and Khmer artifacts. Most of these materials are of ceramic and bronze.

4. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide MuseumTuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Most people would describe this place as a disturbing but moving place. It was a former high school turned into a torture camp by the Khmer Rouge. 14 000 people were held captive here and only 7 survived of them came out alive. The gruesome history of the place is ironically the most attracting factor of this place.

5. The Killing Fields

Skulls of those executed at the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh
Skulls of those executed at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center near Phnom Penh Photo credit: sctatepdx / Foter / CC BY-NC

As mentioned earlier, Cambodia does have a horrendous history, especially during the Khmer Rouge. One of the places where you’d get to see this fact unfold is through the Killing Fields. Locally referred to as Wat Thmey, The Killing Fields is named for being an execution area for the captives held in Tuol Sleng. The small area features a memorial for those who have died in these fields. A small structure with glass and inscriptions that houses some of the victims here could be found in this place.

6. Royal Palace

Preabaromareachaveang Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Preabaromareachaveang The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Photo credit: ethan.crowley / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

The Royal Palace is probably one of the most iconic places in Phnom Penh. It is the residence of his Majesty Preah Bat smdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and Her Majesty Preah Reach Akka-Mohesey Norodom Monineath. It’s golden roof with the signature pointy ends is something you most definitely would not miss. Visiting the Royal Palace would give you a glimpse of the spectacular artifacts, a taste of Cambodia’s culture, and a piece of the country’s history.

7. Silver Pagoda

Silver PagodaSilver Pagoda

It’s really quite astounding how there are so many iconic structures there are in Phnom Penh alone. Joining that list would be the Silver Pagoda. It got its interesting moniker from the fact that the floor of the temple is covered with at least 5000 tiles made from silver. Other attractions here are the Emerald Buddha, the ashes of Buddha, and tons of paintings.

8. Bantay Srei

Bantay Srei Temple in Siem Reap
Banteay Srei Temple in Siem Reap Photo credit: Nick Moulds / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

The Bantay Srei literally translates to “Citadel of Women” and it was said that women carved the stone sculptures engraved on the walls of this temple. The superbly intricate details of the carvings would tell you of the old Hindu tales so it would be great to have some tour guide tell you more about it.

9. Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Photo credit: patrikmloeff / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Now if you think that Cambodia is nothing more but a Temple Capital of the world, well think again, because there’s a part of this country called Sihanoukville where you could bathe under the sun and enjoy the relaxing sound of the waves and the refreshing waters of the sea. It’s got white sands and pristine spots that are mostly undeveloped.

10. Koh Ker

Koh KerKoh Ker

If you think that you can only find pyramids in Egypt and in Maya’s, Aztecs’, and Incas’ territories then I am afraid you are mistaken, because in Cambodia, you get to see Koh Ker. It was once a capital of the Khmer Empire like that of the Angkor Wat, but it was only for a brief time. The pyramid here is Prasat Thom which is about 30 meters in height, towering the entire landscape of the area.

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  1. Nitin Khanna says

    Amazing pictures and thanks for sharing such a great list where to visit at Cambodia.

  2. Abby says

    I haven’t been to most of these! I really have more exploring to do in Cambodia- especially wanted to see the royal palace and the silver pagoda!

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