The Kingdom of Cambodia lays in between Thailand and Vietnam and bordered by Laos on the north. Cambodia is perhaps the most neglected attraction compared with these two countries. Cambodia’s landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. The Capital City, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the Northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
Cambodia offers a great package for low budget, welcoming locals and wonderful sights it can be the best option for someone who would like to spend some weeks on a relatively low budget but many people include the country into their itinerary as part of a longer Southeast Asian trip. Get off from the beaten track and discover the rural countryside with rickety wooden houses and rice paddies, kids waving at you and smiling locals everywhere.
There is no shortage of temples in Cambodia. Undoubtedly, Cambodia’s biggest draw is the most famous, Angkor Wat, is the world’s largest religious monument and part of the Angkor Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor was built during the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. It’s a 400sq km area consisting of the old walled glorious capital city of Angkor Thom, ancient forest and plenty of temples such as Ta Som and Banteay Srei. Invest in a three- or seven-day pass and get well of the beaten track at some of the more remote temples and explore these stunning structures and religious monuments.
If you like to drive a hard bargain, then get your haggling hat on and head to the nearest market. They are central to life in Cambodia and are bustling early in the morning as people clamour to buy the freshest foods for the day. You can always get something for someone from Cambodia. Russian Market, Central Market and BKK1 Market in Phnom Penh flog everything from clothes, souvenirs, music and DVDs to food, household goods and vehicle parts. In Siem Reap, Angkor Night Market and the Old Market are hot spots.
While the masses flock to neighbouring Thailand’s islands, Cambodia’s alternatives are often wrongly forgotten. That makes them unspoilt options, with the majority maintaining their authenticity and remaining off the mass tourism map. Koh Rong holds the crown as the party island, with nearby Koh Rong Samloem boasting pristine powder sands flanked by tropical flora. Other remote jewels include Koh Thmei, Koh Ta Kiev and Koh Totang.