The awe-inspiring grandeur of Angkor may be the main attraction, but Cambodia’s captivating history – from tragedy to triumph will blow you away. Recognized for its suffering at the hands of the dogmatic Khmer Rouge, Cambodia has been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability.
Thanks to the its natural attractions and its people’s unbreakable spirit that makes visitor comes away with a measure of hope and affection for the inhabitants of this mysterious kingdom. Learn about Cambodian history at Killing Fields and reflect on Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Museum. See the smiling serenity of Bayon Temple and admire the attractive Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. From dark past and their promising future, to beautiful sceneries and genuine locals always ready to share a sincere smile, Cambodia will steal your heart and enrich your spirit.
With one of the country’s greatest collections of historic structures – from decaying temples surrounded by lotus ponds to modernist cinemas built during the country’s 1960s construction boom, you would truly fall in love with the crumbling charm and lush of Battambang. The architectural vestiges bear testament to a tumultuous past of over two centuries of colonization. Despite its tragic past, peace and optimism still envelopes the province and the warmth and humor of the local would truly make your visit unforgettable and worthwhile.
Kracheh / Kratie
If you desire to be taken into the heart of Mekong, where the beauty of the river and the friendliness of the people create unforgettable river life experiences and to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, then Kratie (pronounced as Kra-cheh) is the perfect getaway for you. It has an expansive riverfront and some of the best Mekong sunsets in Cambodia that captivate travellers senses. Drop by Kratie and let it speak to you that small doesn’t mean limited.
Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh became the sleeping beauty of Indochina by the brunt of war and revolution. But that’s history, and it has awakened from the ashes to take its place among the restoring capitals of the region. It offers a unique blend of traditional charm and urban bustle. Charismatic in design, the city has a French Colonial charm and traditional Khmer influence. Delve into the ancient past at the National Museum or struggle to make sense of the recent trauma at Tuol Sleng Museum. Applaud the beauty of Royale Palace along with the extravagant Silver Pagoda. A crossroads of Asia’s past and present, a city of extremes of poverty and excess, of charm and chaos, but one that never fails to captivate.
Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the provincial capital of Siem Reap City serves as the gateway to the millennium-old ruins of Angkor. It is the home of the “Mother of all temples” and UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat, and other ancient temples that are as magnificent as it is humbling. Siem Reap’s heart is also a charm. It is a cluster of old villages, which developed around individual pagodas, with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a slow-flowing river. Siem Reap is a place to be savoured, not rushed, and this is the base to plan your adventures.
A small port town with long stretches of beach and beautiful, sleepy islands just off the coast, Sihanoukville – or Kompong Som to locals serves as Cambodia’s premiere beach destination. It is a perfect place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkelling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out. The town sits on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Thailand and its coastline scalloped with gently shelving, tree-fringed white-sand beaches, and misty islands looming enticingly out at sea. From secluded beaches to surrounding tropical island, Sihanoukville’s laid back, beachy atmosphere provides a great tropical escape.