The 10 Best Things to do in Cambodia

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Cambodia doesn’t have a great history. The people have suffered colonization, carpet bombings, and the Khmer Rouge. Even today most of the people are below the poverty line. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. Despite their past, the people are friendly, and there is a lot to see. From ancient ruins to spectacular beaches, no wonder tourism in Cambodia is growing each year.

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The 10 Best Things to do in Cambodia

1. Angkor Wat

The first thing on this list is also the most famous thing. Angkor Wat – the worlds biggest religious site. A must see while in Cambodia.

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Inside Angkor Wat.

2. Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, but is also a great place to visit in its own right. Well catered to tourists with lots of markets, bars, and restaurants.

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Pub street in Siem Reap on New Years Eve.

3. Learn about the Genocide

Although distressing, the political time of the Khmer Rouge is an important part of Cambodia’s recent history. Learn about it in Phnom Penh at the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, a.k.a. the Killing Fields.

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

4. Beach

There are several beach towns in Cambodia. Sihanoukville is probably the most popular, but my favorite was Kep.

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Kep Beach

5. Underwater Cave

Near Kep are the caves of Kompong Trach. The main cave is nice to look in but the real winner is the “secret” underwater cave where you can have a refreshing dip.

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Inside the underwater cave of Kompong Trach.

6. Kep National Park

Another great thing to do in Kep is to take a stroll through the National Park. Inside it you can take a detour to the Kep butterfly garden, which was one of my favorite things to do in all of Cambodia.

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View from inside Kep National Park.

7. Kampot

The somewhat sleepy town of Kampot is quiet, clean, with lots of good little restaurants. I think it has quite a pronounced Expat community considering it is a fairly small town.

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Along the Kampot riverfront.

8. Bokor National Park

Kampot is also the gateway to Bokor National Park. Hire a motorbike for under $5 and spend the day there. Inside is the tranquil Popokvil Waterfall.

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Popokvil Waterfall inside Bokor National Park.

9. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is one of the few Angkorian temples near to the same condition they found it. With its jungle surroundings and trees growing out of it, it is a surreal sight to see.

10. Pre Rup

Pre Rup is a Hindu temple mountain. Cambodians believe funerals took place here.

Here’s a video slideshow of my time in Cambodia.

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Cambodia is a great place to visit. There is a lot of history, beautiful scenery, and it’s cheap!

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