Cambodia – the country of temples and pagodas – contains myriads of mysteries that fascinate innumerable tourists. The pristine beauty of the Angkor complex, the grandeur of the Royal Palace, and the distinctive attractiveness of countless beauty spots arouse an overwhelming excitement at any time we visit Cambodia. If you are seeking a real adventure on a motorbike, this following list of places to visit in Cambodia is what you should take a look at. Let’s begin!
Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
The temple complex of Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in Cambodia. As one of the wonders of the world recognized by UNESCO, Angkor Wat will always be in any list of places to visit in Cambodia. The best time to visit the site is at dawn when the air is still fresh, and the crowds are yet to come. The area of the complex is over 248 square miles (400km2). King Suryavarman II built Angkor Wat in the first half of the 12th century. The temple was first constructed to worship Hinduism, but later due to the strong development of Buddhism, Angkor Wat has been served as a sacred place to Buddhists. The architecture of the complex is breathtaking with ancient towers, temples, sculptures, etc. The structure is created with rock and decorated with lively statues of Buddha, warriors, and lotus.
On a motorbike tour in Cambodia, if you visit Angkor Wat, it is impossible to ignore Angkor Thom – a famous historical monument in the Angkor complex. Angkor Thom is an old capital city of the Khmer empire. It was built by king Jayavarman and his successors. In the center of Angkor Thom is the temple of Jayavarman, Bayon temple. The other relics are gathered around Victory Square in the Northern area.
Koh Rong Island
Koh Rong – the paradise island – is one of the most beautiful destinations in Cambodia. For those who are looking for a relaxing vacation, Koh Rong Island is an ideal place to relieve all stress. Although tourism here is quite developed, you can still find the island wild and tranquil. Located in the Gulf of Thailand and about 25 kilometers off the coast of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong possesses more than 23 scenic beaches. The best time to visit Koh Rong is from November to July because it is often sunny and the sea is still calm. Some highly recommended experiences for you are joining a boat trip, admiring glowing plankton, trying Zipline (an adventure game), trekking and scuba diving. The ecosystem in Koh Rong is awe-inspiring so you will probably want to spend a lot of time exploring the island. And don’t forget to try all the food on the island – they are all incredibly delicious.
The Silver Pagoda
Well, do you remember that we have mentioned Cambodia as the land of temples and pagodas? Then a list of places to visit in Cambodia cannot miss a destination like the Silver Pagoda. This renowned pagoda is located in Phnom Penh, on the left of the palace in the architectural complex of the Royal Palace of Cambodia. People prefer calling it the Temple of the Emerald-Crystal Buddha. The name “Silver Pagoda” comes from the fact that there are 5329 pieces of silver slices on the floor. This is where the king of the country uses to organize Buddhist ceremonies, so there is no abbot here.
The pagoda has a function of cultural and religious preservation rather than worshipping. It contains more than 1650 valuable treasures of gold, silver, bronze, or valuable materials made by the king, queen, nobles, or the royal family and others who attend the temple to pray. They pray for peace, prosperity, and happiness for future generations. The Silver Pagoda is obviously the most beautiful and famous in Cambodia.
Besides the vibrant Phnom Penh city – the capital of Cambodia and the mysterious town of Siem Reap, Sihanoukville with the charming seascapes is also one of the top best places to visit in Cambodia. Sihanouk City has an area of 868km², surrounded by beaches with high palm trees, a dozen of islands, primary forests in the west and south of the city, and the port trade area in the Northwest. It was not until the early of the 21st century that Sihanoukville can prove the world that it is a real diamond. White sand beaches, verdant palm trees, crystal clear water is just the first impression Sihanoukville offers.
Another famous attraction you will love to visit is the National Park Preah Sihanouk, which is actually a nature reserve established by the former king of Cambodia in 1993. The park spreads over 21000 hectares with a diversity of flora and fauna. Many exploration programs such as boat trips on rivers, visiting fishing villages, trekking through the forests, or climbing to the mountain peak, etc. are being exploited to bring visitors more options.
In addition to swimming or exploring the national park, you can also go to Victory Hill or Sihanouk Mountain – where you can see the whole panorama of this coastal city. The environs are also full of beauty spots, for example, the Golden Lion Monument, Independence Square, Victory Monument, the Lower, and Upper Pagoda. A lot of services are available – bars, restaurants, or amusement areas.
So we have just listed four places to visit in Cambodia, and we hope that this list will give you a hand on planning a perfect adventure motorbike tour to this incredible country. We wish you a memorable journey to the land of mysteries.