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Experiences not to be missed


CAMBODIA TRAVEL GUIDE - EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED
 
          SIEM REAP
This provincial capital is an energetic tourist destination due to its proximity to the ancient Khmer capital city of Angkor. It is the spiritual and cultural heart of Cambodia, where the enchanting temples of Angkor lie. As Siem Reap has be- come a popular stop on the tourist trail of Asia and the increase in tourists over the past 15 years has brought an international feel to the town.
Once you travel to Siem Reap, you of course wish to visit the Temples of Angkor. Angkor passes are sold for 1 day, 3 days or 1 week and we would like to recommend you to spend at least 2 full days for the temple exploration. There are several options for getting around the temples:  car, bus, van and even bycicle. The worth seeing temples should include Angkor Wat, the magnificent legendary temple, Bayon with its mysterious faces smiling down on visitors, Ta Phrom is an evocative blend of nature and architecture and Phnom Bakeng, Pre Rup, Baphoun, and Preah Khan.
A trip in Siem Reap should not be overlooked with boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake. Each year during the rainy season, the lake swells to five times larger and the plethora of fish provide the livelihood for the lake’s residents. The boat trip takes you through the floating villages and ancient mangrove forests of the lake, an interesting way to see the lifestyle of the lake’s residents.
Another not-be-missed opportunity is enjoying a half day cooking class and learning how to preprae Khnmer cuisine by yourself. You will go to the market to buy ingredients with a cook like any other local people.The cook will explain about the ingredients before you go on to prepare the dishes. Of course, you will taste your own creations after that.
Over the past 15 years, the increase of international tourists to Siem Reap brought an increase of hotels and restaurants here. There are several choices of hotels from hostels to luxury hotels. Travelogy Vietnam consultant is happy to share with you our information and assist you to choose a suitable hotel (contact us)
          PHNOM PENH
Located on the banks of the Mekong River, the capital Phnom Penh is the commercial and political hub of Cambodia. This city offers a mix of traditional Khmer and French Colonial influenced architecture with a past  impacted by war and revolution.
You can spend a full day to visit Phnom Penh with Cambodia’s Royal Palace whose several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Nearby, the National Museum is a fabulous old building filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era.  For a look in to the country’s tragic recent history, a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields is a sobering reminder of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country.  
Like Siem Reap, it is quite easy for you to look for a hotel or a restaurant that is suitable to your budget. Travelogy Vietnam consultant is happy to share with you our information and assist you to choose a suitable hotel (contact us)
          THE PROVINCES
Battambang - Situated in a rich and fertile plain, Cambodia’s second largest city has the Stung Sangker River flowing through its colonial town centre. The region also has numerous Angkorian sites.
Kampong Thom - located between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and is an excellent stopover for those traveling overland. Near this sleepy riverside town lie the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, a collection of 7th cen- tury temples. Tucked in the forest, these ancient ruins can be explored on foot or by bike traversing small dirt paths which wind among the temples. A visit here is practising eco-tourism as it supports community development.
Sihanoukville - a coastal town with nice beaches and great day trips to remote and uninhabited tropical islands available. Nearby is Ream National Park where mangrove forests, a diverse selection of wildlife, and tranquil nature await.
Kampot is a riverside town with colonial buildings and nearby caves and waterfalls. Still less discovered, Kep – still less discovered with a quiet beach, lush hills, and delicious seafood
Koh Kong – with the wild Cardamom Mountains with its waterfalls and trekking opportunities, is the potential place for Eco-Tourism.
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