//Places to visit in Cambodia (Part 1)

Places to visit in Cambodia (Part 1)

After we have shared on place to visit in Thailand and Vietnam, today we will share with you another country within south east asia, Cambodia. Here is our picks:

1) Banlung

The provincial capital of Ratanakiri is hardly on the tourist radar at all – at least for the moment, that is.

Slowly but surely, more and more adventure seekers and outdoorsy types are waxing down the walking boots and heading to this remote corner of the country, where macaques meet slinking snakes between the jungle canopies.

The town itself might be a dusty, hectic affair, but there are plenty of tour organizers there who can put together trips out to the beautiful Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake, the colossal cataract of Cha Ong, or the sweeping rubber plantations that surround the province.

2) Kep

Poor little Kep is just a shadow of the jet setter resort for Cambodian dignitaries it was in the early 20th century.

Yep, decades of war and Khmer Rouge destruction took its toll on the country’s top seaside retreat, and today remnants of that dark age can still be seen in the form of ruined villas and burned out hotels along the shore.

However, Kep is rebounding, and today the pretty stretches of powdery yellow sand along the Kep Peninsula are alive once more with seafood restaurants and bars.

Oh, and don’t leave without sampling the famous Kep crab – one of Cambodia’s most legendary staples!

3) Koh Ker

Koh Ker is the smaller, lesser-known brother of Angkor Wat.

Located deep in the jungles of northern Cambodia, the spot reigned as the capital of the mighty Khmer Empire for a measly 20 years.

However, those two decades of glory still show, with elaborate stupas protruding from the canopies and the 1,000-year-old rises of the stepped Prasat Thom temples soaring more than 30 meters above the ground.

You’ll also be able to see an elaborate array of fortifications dating from the 10th century, and crumbling ruins of shrines now almost entirely claimed by the roots of giant teak trees.

In short: this one’s a fine alternative to bustling Angkor.

4) Phnom Kulen

Phnom Kulen, or Kulen Mountain in Siem Reap province, offers a great day trip away from Angkor. The sacred site doubles up as a national park and is especially popular with Khmers during religious holidays, when offerings are left at the hilltop temple. The area is also home to two waterfalls for swimming, picnic areas, and Kbal Spean, an archaeological spot where The River of a Thousand Lingas is located.

5) Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s answer to the backpacker beach towns of Thailand just across the gulf.

A ramshackle place of tin-roofed hostels and bamboo beer bars spilling onto the sands, it oozes a laid-back vibe that’s a welcome break from the country’s other urban centers.

The beaches are the place to be both day and night, with the establishments of Ochheuteal offering loungers and water sports aplenty.

For something a little quieter, you could also make a beeline around the headlands to less-trodden Otres Beach, or pay the entry fee for secluded Sokha Beach nearby.