What can prevent stress and heart disease? Vacations!
A recent study shows that working adults who vacation regularly during a 12 month period dramatically reduce their chances of having heart disease. Researchers also found that people who vacation regularly have lower stress levels and are generally happier individuals altogether!
Are you working yourself to death? Why not get out and explore the world? You can start by taking a journey to see the 9 most amazing places to visit in Cambodia.
Cambodia is home to some of the rarest endangered species and amazing jungles. You can also spend your time shopping in one of Cambodia’s popular cities or listening to live music along a volcanic lake.
Are you ready to have the adventure of a lifetime? Read on to learn the top 9 places Cambodia has to offer.
Top Places to Visit in Cambodia
To plan your trip to Cambodia, you should decide what locations will make your must-see list. Instead of rushing and trying to see everything, pick 2-3 locations you can spend a lot of time at.
To help you make your decision, think about what you want to get out of your visit. What type of activities would you like to do or see?
Here are a few of the sights and activities Cambodia has to offer:
- Nature trails
- Learn about Buddhism
- Find spirituality
- City shopping
- Delicious dining opportunities
- Tropical islands
- Wildlife preserves
Are you looking to have an adventure in nature? Or would you prefer to spend your time shopping in a vibrant city atmosphere? Only add places to your must-see list if they’ll be able to provide you with the type of experience you want.
1. Swimming in Banlung
Banlung tourists can enjoy exploring a land where waterfalls are plenty, and you can walk along a volcano lake. The Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake is a Banlung treasure, where the water is crystal clear and you can watch some of the most amazing exotic birds.
When you’re done birdwatching, dive into the lake and swim with the locals and other tourists. There’s always a lot of people in the city of Banlung since it’s also the capital of the Ratanakiri Province (the next location on our list).
2. Nature in the Ratanakiri Province
Nature lovers can delight in walking around the dense forests of the Ratanakiri Province. The diverse region is full of natural beauty, everywhere you turn.
While here you absolutely must visit the Virachey National Park, especially during November. This time is ideal since the rains will have finally stopped and the dusty season hasn’t yet begun.
3. Buddhism in Angkor Wat
Want to visit the largest religious monument in the world? Then you need to visit Angkor Wat in Northern Cambodia.
Angkor Wat is a gigantic Buddhist temple complex that was originally built back in the 12th century as a Hindu temple. The complex is the largest religious center in the world and spreads across more than 400 acres of land.
4. City Life in Phnom Penh
Are you looking for a location with endless opportunities? Visit Phnom Penh and enjoy walking along the riverfront that’s lined with shops, parks, museums, restaurants, and more!
If you’re planning on adding Phnom Penh to your list, you’ll want to make sure you give yourself enough time to spend there. Since there are so many exciting things to do in this area, we suggest planning at least 2 days to check it out! There's nothing worse than having to leave early before you got a chance to see everything the area has to offer.
5. Fresh Seafood in Kep
Kep is one of the best places to visit in Cambodia for a truly exquisite dining experience. Seafood enthusiasts flock to Kep in Cambodia every year. Here in this coastal province found in southern Cambodia, fresh seafood is abundant and available almost anywhere you eat.
After dining on lobster and crab, you and your friends can have fun exploring the different tropical islands. This is another destination that will require more than one day to get the full experience.
6. Spirituality in Palin
Are you looking for your own spiritual experience? Moving towards the western part of Cambodia, near the border of Thailand, you’ll find Palin. Once there you can visit the Wat Phnom Yat, a holy place where worshippers meet in the heart of Pailin. Even if you don't want to worship, you can still appreciate the beauty this area has to offer.
7. Tropical Wonders in Koh Rong
Koh Rong is an island in the Sihanoukville Province of Cambodia. The island is popular for its tropical coral reefs, and exquisite sandy coves.
Moving towards the inland, tourists can enjoy exploring dense jungle terrain. While in the jungle you can expect to see a wide variety of exotic birds, coconut palms, and peaceful waterfalls.
8. Wildlife in the Cardamom Mountains
If you’re seeking a real-life thrill than you absolutely must explore the Cardamom Mountains while in Cambodia. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be able to see hundreds of different exotic species. The Cardamom Mountains are home to more than 450 different bird species, 64 reptiles, 30 amphibians, and hundreds of insects and plant life!
9. Gambling in Krong Poi Pet
Feeling lucky? Then why not spend the day visiting one of the many casinos Krong Poi Pet has to offer. Located in western Cambodia, right by Thailand’s border, Krong Poi Pet is the transport hub for travel between Bangkok and Siem Reap.
Pro Tips for Visiting Cambodia
Instead of trying to see all 9 of the places to visit in Cambodia, it’s best if you can narrow your list down to a few. When you have a few places on your list, you’ll be able to give each spot the time it deserves. On the other hand, overplanning can easily turn your dream vacation into a stressful nightmare.
On top of narrowing down your selection make sure you also give yourself more than enough time at each location. When you give yourself more time than you need, you can tune into your vacation rather than trying to follow an itinerary.
After all, aren’t vacations all about being able to relax and explore? Ready to find out more pro tips about how to get the most out of your trip? Check out our Travel section today!