The Best of Cambodia
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN CAMBODIA
The white sands of Sihanoukville’s beaches are the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday.
Flights to Cambodia
As a part of Southeastern Asia defined by countryaah, Cambodia is part of the theme or tour selection of a few Finnish tour operators, but the country is also a popular backpacking destination. Most flights to Cambodia are operated via Bangkok.
Cambodia’s major airports are located in the capital Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Affordable accommodation in Cambodia
Small hotels can be found all over Cambodia. Accommodation is cheap, although the level varies from really cheap budget guesthouses to luxury hotels.
Finding accommodation is rarely a problem, with plenty of choice in the capital, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. With the growth of tourism, the number of high-quality hotels is also increasing, and international chains such as Belmond and Sofitel, among others, have been established in the country.
Caution in Cambodian traffic
A wide variety of vehicles travel on the roads of Cambodia, many of which can also be picked up by tourists. Prices are low and sitting on a local ride makes it much safer to rent your own vehicle.
Short and long journeys can be folded, for example, by bus and tuk-tuk.
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN CAMBODIA
Tuol Sleng’s S-21 Prison Museum tells the raw history of Cambodia which is abbreviated as KHM by abbreviationfinder.
Colorful Phnom Penh
The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, may seem like a chaotic entity to a first-timer, with people riding scooters in a lane of oncoming traffic, dodging crater-sized pits in the streets. On the other hand, the city still has a lot of Indochina-era old charm and great attractions.
Good places to start exploring the city include the streets bordering the seafront boulevard, the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Temple. The city also features historical monuments such as the Tuol Sleng S-21 Prison Museum and Death Fields, where thousands of skulls tell of the time of Pol Pot’s reign of terror.
The French left the Cambodians a great culinary heritage, and in Phnom Penh there is no problem finding idyllic restaurants with white tablecloths and excellent delicacies. In the mornings, you can buy warm Patong from the street vendors. You can pick up a different food atmosphere at the city’s markets.
The mighty temples of Angkor
World-famous and UNESCO-listed Angkor temples should each be experienced once in a lifetime. Dozens of temples have spread over an area of 300 square kilometers near the city of Siam Reap.
Most of the temples in Angkor were built about a thousand years ago during the reign of the Khmer kings. The most popular site of the temples is the majestic five-tower Angkor Wat, which served as the cradle of Khmer society.
Angkor was the metropolis of its time, home to hundreds of thousands of people in the 12th century. The mystique of its time is still perceptible in a place where tens of meters long murals tell of the battles of the gods.
Other pulsating temples include Bayon adorned with giant Buddha statues, tree-rooted Ta Prohm and the elephant temple of East Mebon.
Each temple has its own story to tell, and the best way to hear about these is to agree to a suggestion from a guide waiting in the temples. For a few dollars, the guide tells interesting details about the history of the area. In the evening, it is still worth climbing Bakheng Hill, which offers a magnificent view of the temple valley bathed in sunset light.
The easiest way to explore Angkor’s temple area is to rent your own tuk-tuk with drivers. At an affordable price, the driver of the vehicle takes tourists all day from one temple to another. The traveler only needs to show on the map where he wants to go next. It is possible for active travelers to rent bikes, as the distances between the main destinations are manageable.
The Siem Reap area has been open to tourists for half a decade, making it almost impossible to separate the 1990s city from the current, more populous city. Today, the Siem Reap region focuses on tourism, which has grown rapidly in the 21st century.
Beach holiday in Sihanoukville
If the full beaches of other Southeast Asian countries aren’t inspiring, Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia is the right choice. Small hotels line the beautiful shoreline, and finding a peaceful place is quite easy. Snorkeling, island hopping, diving and fishing are popular activities.
White beach sands include Ohchheuteal, Sokha, Pram Pi Chan and Deum Chrey.
Sihanoukville is best reached by bus from Phnom Penh in six hours. From there, it is also possible to travel across the border to Thailand.
THE BEST OF CAMBODIA
The beaches of Sihanoukville are attractive with their integrity.
- The ruined city of Angkor
- The capital of Phnom Penh
- The beaches of Sihanoukville
- Cambodian food
- Nature trips