Top Captivating Places in Cambodia

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat       

Angkor Wat is located in northern Cambodia, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. The initial design and construction of the temple took place in the first half of the 12th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II (ruled 1113 – c. 1150). Dedicated to Vishnu, it was built as the king's state temple and capital city. As neither the foundation stela nor any contemporary inscriptions referring to the temple have been found, its original name is unknown, but it may have been known as Vrah Vishnu-lok. Work seems to have ended shortly after the king's death, leaving some of the bas-relief decoration unfinished. In 1177, approximately 27 years after the death of Suryavarman II, Angkor was sacked by the Chams, the traditional enemies of the Khmer. Thereafter the empire was restored by a new king, Jayavarman VII, who established a new capital and state temple (Angkor Thom and the Bayon respectively) a few kilometres to the north. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, are the grandest temple of all and the ancient capital next to it.

Main beach       
Main beach is a Cambodian island located off the south western coast of Cambodia. The name Koh Tonsáy is derived from the word Rumsay. While trying to avoid the commander’s troops, Prince Sakor Reach grew hopeless because his troops were exhausted. He led his remaining troops across the sea to an island in front of Kep city, where the troops spread out. Accordingly, the island was called Koh Rumsay and later grew into Koh Thonsay, as it is known today.
Sihanoukville is a seaside town featuring Cambodia's best-known beaches. In a land with thousands of years of history, Sihanoukville is a colourful but tragic upstart. A mere fifty years ago, a French-Cambodian construction carved a camp out of the jungle and started building the first deep-sea port of a newly independent Cambodia. Named Sihanoukville in 1964 after the ruling prince of Cambodia, the booming port and its golden beaches soon drew Cambodia's jetsetting elite, spawning the first Angkor Beer brewery and the modernist seven-story Independence Hotel which, claim locals, even played host to Jacqueline Kennedy on her whirlwind tour of Cambodia in 1967. Experience the Victory Beach and plenty of budget accommodation nearby on Weather Station Hill. This beach is close to the seaport and the water can be dirty due to the nearby ships.

Botum Sakor National Park         
Botum Sakor National Park is a national park of Cambodia. Although Wildlife Alliance conducts conservation and wildlife and forest protection programs within Botum Sakor National Park, poaching remains extremely rampant and it is generally believed that what this area of Cambodia, classified as one of the world's 25 top biodiversity hot spots by Wildlife Alliance, is destined to be turned into a ghost-forest unless radical measures are taken. The National Park comprises 183,408 hectares of designated park land and spans three districts of Koh Kong Province: Kiri Sakor, Botum Sakor and Koh Kong. The park is under the administration of the Cambodian Ministry of Environment.

Sokha Beach     
Sokha Beach is in Sihanoukville a seaside town featuring Cambodia's best-known beaches.  Owned by Sokha Beach Resort, it is private but you can access it by paying a couple dollars. You won't have many people begging or trying to sell you something here.  The beach is backed by the huge, sprawling Sokha Beach Resort, the first though no doubt, not the last truly flash hotel to plunk down in Sihanoukville.

Areng River Valley          
Kep Beach          
Kep Beach is a seaside single resort area in Cambodia a kilometer long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach and includes the small town of the same name which is the capital of Kep Province. The city was founded in 1908 during French colonial rule and was originally named Kep-sur-mer. Many of the French-style villas are overgrown and run-down, but Kep is slowly being redeveloped and tourism is reemerging. The colonial influence is noticeable in the city's Provençal-style architecture and French cuisine.

Southern Cardamoms Protected Forest               
Southern Cardamoms Protected Forest is a region of Cambodia. The mountains contain many 15th-17th century AD sites containing 60 cm exotic ceramic jars and rough-hewn log coffins set out on remote, natural rock ledges, which are scattered around the mountains, The jar burials are a unique feature of the mountain, and are a previously unrecorded burial practice in Khmer cultural history. Local legends suggest the bones are the remains of Cambodian royalty. The Cardamom Mountains are an emerging tourist destination, with the opening of Wildlife Alliance's Chi-Phat eco-tourism area in the southern Cardamoms in 2007. Activities range from mountain biking and trekking to boat cruises and bird watching.

Prek Treng Beach            
The Prek Treng Beach a few kilometers north of town is a long, narrow crescent of sand, a bit rocky in parts, offering comparatively warm shallow waters. There is a nearby development project promising a busy future for Prek Treng, but at the moment you can have the beach pretty much to yourself. Due to Prek Treng’s distance from town and complete lack of services (no guesthouses, restaurants, beach chairs, etc.,) the beach is usually deserted.

Kbal Spean         
Kbal Spean is an Angkorian era archaeological site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills to the northeast of Angkor in Siem Reap District, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The carving of vestiges began with the reign of King Suryavarman I and ended with the reign of King Udayadityavarman II, these two kings ruled between the 11th and 12th centuries. The 1,000 lingas, but not other sculptures, are attributed to a minister of Suryavarman I during the 11th century, and these were carved by hermits who lived in the area. The sculptures carved in the river bed and banks depict many Hindu mythological scenes and symbols. There are also inscriptions which get exposed as the water level in the river decreases. The common theme of these sculptures emphasizes creation as defined in Hindu mythology in the form of Lord Vishnu lying on a serpent in a reclining repose on the ocean of milk in mediation, the lotus flower emerging from Vishnu’s navel which bears god Brahma, the creator.


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