Cambodia seems to be a small country on the map that many people don’t really consider visiting when planning a trip to Southeast Asia. And that’s a shame. This country has so much to offer in terms of history, friendly people and some of the best beaches you can imagine!
The capital Phnom Penh is a very interesting place to visit to become familiar with the recent history of the country. In my opinion, it’s good to start with a visit to the killing fields and S-21 prison in the first days of your visit to the country. It’s definitely not the most pleasant experience, but I think it’s very important to understand what the country has been going through in the last 50 years. The genocide that happened from 1975 to 1979 killed about 1/4 of the population and still affects the daily life of many people.
After a visit to these historical monuments, it’s time to enjoy the pleasure time of your trip. Phnom Penh is a very busy city where you’d rather not spend too long.
One of the places you would want to spend several days in is Siem Reap. The Angkor Wat temple is the largest religious monument worldwide and is just a magical place to visit. Besides this temple complex, there are many other day and night activities one can experience in this city like visiting night markets, local circus or the famous pub street.
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are just the major cities, but there are several more places to visit in this country!
One thing is sure, if you love white sand beaches, Koh Rong (Sanloem) is a must-visit! Here you have the chance to explore beaches that still look like 40 years ago in Thailand. But don’t wait too long to visit this untouched paradise island! Some big Chinese investors want to turn it into commercial real estate, leaving little left of its natural state.