Cambodia is full of warm and friendly people, beautiful coastlines, lively nightlife and it has a growing food scene. Here you will find a place full of friendly people you ever met, rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastlines and a lively nightlife. Cycling is a convenient way of sightseeing and one of the most popular activities in Cambodia for backpackers.
Your trip to Cambodia will be more exciting if you drive through quiet paths through the countryside in the midst of breathtaking natural landscapes and escape from the crowd and the busy streets. One of the main Cambodia attractions that drive people to visit this paradise is its food. Cambodian food has many variations that travelers fall in love with.
Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, has a wild West feel, with dusty streets and a devil can watch atmosphere. There are five stupas on the palace grounds, with the two largest in the east containing the ashes of King Norodom and King Udung.
Visit the Cambodian Living Arts Center, a traditional dance school, and a performance center where you can watch student education and traditional live theater. It is a city of controlled chaos and this excitement is what draws you in.
Start early and take the bus to Sihanoukville, named after the ruling prince of Cambodia in 1964. It was a lazy beach town until about 2010. Its varied nightlife with cheap alcohol makes it the leading backpacker party town in Cambodia. If you want to enjoy some sun, Independence Beach and Otres Beach are probably your best bets.
From Sihanoukville, get on a boat and take a 45-minute drive to Koh Rong. There you can hike through a large rainforest or see the atmospheric ruins of the French aristocracy, for which Bokor was a major attraction at the time. There are still many places to celebrate in Sihanoukville, either in Otres or Serendipity.
Siem Reap is located on the northeast side of Tonle Sap Lake and is the main gateway to Angkor Wat. Angkor’s huge complex of intricate stone buildings includes the preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple depicted on Cambodia’s flag. Huge, mysterious faces are carved in the Bayon temple in Angkor Thom.
This civilization is extinct, but not before the construction of amazing temples and buildings that have been retaken from the jungle for hundreds of years. The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and Angkor Thom. I would recommend getting a multi-day pass so you can visit some of the outer temples where there are fewer visitors.
If you go down this river, you can see how closely Cambodian life is connected to this great waterway. The Cambodian floodplain or the Mekong Plain is a huge low-lying area that is crossed by the Mekong River. Only a relatively small part of the plain consists of fluvial deposits from the young Mekong.
The forest gradually gives way to bushes and finally grassland with increasing distance from the lake. This variety of vegetation types is great for the amount and variety of species in the Great Lake ecosystem. This is an opportunity for everyone to relax after the long work of the harvest season.
Battambang is a city on the Sangkae River in northwestern Cambodia. The Battambang Provincial Museum has artifacts from local Khmer temples. The landscape around Battambang is ideal for exploring by bike. Bumpy streets lead past simple huts, monasteries that echo with the sounds of singing and village streets with colorful wedding celebrations.
Sometimes the dusty, ocher-colored tracks are only wide enough for a single bike, tricky if you occasionally have to squeeze between a herd of cattle. Battambang has a variety of fantastic, yet affordable, boutique hotels.