Cambodia is a gem in Southeast Asia. Between the vibrant cities, incredible food, interesting history, and gorgeous landscapes it is an ideal destination for a holiday.
It’s no secret that Cambodia is a great travel destination. In fact, 6.2 million people travelled from all around the world to Cambodia last year, and each year the number is growing!
In 2018 the country saw 11% more international visitors than the year before (making it number three when it comes to tourism growth across all of the countries in Asia!)
But what is it that makes Cambodia so special? What is there to do and see there?
Well, in this blog, we’re going to share that with you. We’ve narrowed it down to five incredible destinations in Cambodia that we think should be on every traveller’s bucket list!
1. Angkor Wat
First on our list undoubtedly had to be the famous Angkor Wat. This gorgeous ancient temple is plastered across postcards and websites about Cambodia and as such, has become somewhat of a symbol of the country.
This incredibly detailed temple complex dates back to the 12th century. It was originally built as a Hindu temple but eventually was transformed into a Buddhist temple. Today, it is visited daily by people from all over the world to admire its beauty and learn of its history.
Sure, it is touristy, but that doesn’t make it any less gorgeous or incredible to visit. Getting up early and watching the sunrise behind Angkor Wat is one of those “once in a lifetime experiences” many people dream about. With the many street food vendors around, you can enjoy a coffee and breakfast with this view!
Angkor Wat is large, so large, that it is considered to be the largest religious monument in the world!
Walking around this complex simply takes too long, and for that reason, it is best explored on a bike or with a tuk-tuk.
Our Cambodian Luxury E-bike and Cruise Tour includes a day exploring Angkor Wat on e-bikes!
2. Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital and that heart of all the amazing culture it has to offer! No visit to Cambodia is complete without at least one day exploring this busy city.
Home to approximately 2 million people, there is a ton to see and do around the city. Some of the most common sites include visiting the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Toul Sleng Museum. And of course, the French-style historical buildings make for some beautiful pictures!
3. Rabbit Island
Rabbit Island (or Koh Tonsay) is the exact opposite of Phenom Penh. This remote island is set only a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland. It has no Wi-Fi, no roads, and even limited power. But what it does have is gorgeous beaches – the perfect setting for relaxing on your Cambodian holiday. So, grab a good book, your beach towel, and enough cash for some seafood and beers at a beachside restaurant, and enjoy this island paradise for yourself!
On the mainland, Sihanoukville is a beachside city attracting travellers from all over the world.
This once tiny town has grown in popularity recently and now boasts some very fancy hotels, restaurants, and even casinos!
Sihanoukville is the perfect place to spend a few days while you’re in Cambodia. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches while having all the amenities and luxuries of a modern city right at your fingertips. Here, you’ll be able to treat yourself to some amazing meals from highly ranked restaurants for cheap, and maybe even enjoy a night out (Sihanoukville is notorious for having great nightlife including many places with live entertainment!)
5. Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is the 7th longest river in Asia. While that might not seem overly impressive, this river is highly important today (and historically) as a trade route. You see, the Mekong Delta runs through not only Cambodia, but also China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
But as much as this river is useful, it is also just beautifully impressive. The lush jungle, traditional boats, and wildlife make cruising along the Mekong memorable. In fact, travelling on a luxurious boat for a couple of days is the ideal method of transport in Cambodia. It is one of the best ways to see amazing sites and relax at the same time!
No matter how you spin it, Cambodia is amazing! In only a few days, you’ll experience a wide range of experiences and sites – memories to last a lifetime!
On our 12-Day Cambodian Luxury E-bike and Cruise tour, you’re going to be able to visit all of the destinations we’ve mentioned above and more! Between spending a couple of days on a luxury 4 or 5-star cruise on the Mekong, and riding an e-bike around Angkor Wat, it’s sure to be one of the best holidays you’ve ever had!