Nestled in Southeast Asia, Cambodia has stunning places to visit, including the majestic Angkor Wat, one of the top Cambodian tourist places. From ancient temples to vibrant city streets and serene beaches, the country offers a rich tapestry of attractions for travellers. Whether exploring the historic sites of Phnom Penh or the ruins scattered throughout the countryside, there are several places to visit in Cambodia that provide a compelling blend of culture, history, and natural beauty.

Here is a list of the top 14 places to visit in Cambodia:

  1. Angkor Wat
  2. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  3. Bayon Temple
  4. Ta Prohm Temple
  5. Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre
  6. Banteay Srei
  7. Angkor Thom
  8. Phnom Penh
  9. Sihanoukville
  10. Temple of Preah Vihear
  11. Royal Palace
  12. Kratie
  13. Battambang
  14. Kirirom National Park
     
  • Angkor Wat (Angkor Archaeological Park)

Angkor Wat is a magnificent temple complex and one of the must-visit places in Cambodia. It is renowned as the largest religious monument in the world. Originally constructed in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat is celebrated for its grand architecture and intricate bas-reliefs. It stands as a symbol of Cambodia and is a highlight of the country's historic Angkor region, attracting scholars, tourists, and devotees from around the globe.

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and do in Cambodia, Angkor Wat

  • Main Temple: Explore the grand central temple with intricate carvings.
  • Bayon Temple: Visit the iconic stone faces in Angkor Thom.
  • Ta Prohm: Wander through the temple entwined with tree roots.
  • Sunrise: Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise over Angkor Wat. 
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a former high school turned into a notorious prison (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. The museum serves as a stark reminder of Cambodia's tragic past, documenting the atrocities committed during this period and honouring the victims who suffered there.

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Exhibit Rooms: View the preserved prison cells and interrogation rooms.
  • Photographic Displays: See haunting photographs of the prisoners taken by the Khmer Rouge.
  • Historical Documents: Explore detailed records and confessions documented by the regime.
  • Memorials: Pay respects at the memorials dedicated to the victims. 
  • Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple, located in the Angkor Thom complex in Cambodia, is renowned for its unique architecture featuring over 200 serene and smiling stone faces carved into its towers. Built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon serves as a stunning example of Khmer art and architecture.

Location: Angkor Thom Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Stone Faces: Marvel at the iconic stone faces that adorn the temple's towers.
  • Bas-Reliefs: Explore the detailed bas-reliefs depicting historical events and daily life.
  • Central Sanctuary: Visit the central sanctuary, which is the heart of the temple.
  • Panoramic Views: Climb to higher levels for panoramic views of the Angkor Thom complex.
     
  • Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple, located in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, is renowned for its mystical appearance, with massive tree roots enveloping the ancient stone structures. Built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries by King Jayavarman VII, it was originally a Buddhist monastery and university. It is also renowned for its appearance in the film "Tomb Raider"

Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do in Cambodia, Ta Prohm Temple

  • Tree Roots: See the iconic tree roots enveloping the ruins, Crocodile Tree.
  • Central Sanctuary: Explore the main sanctuary with its impressive carvings.
  • Photography: Capture stunning photos of the nature-temple blend.
  • Carvings: Admire the intricate carvings and bas-reliefs.
     
  • Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre

Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre, located just outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a former orchard that became one of the infamous Killing Fields during the Khmer Rouge regime. It is now a memorial site dedicated to the victims of the genocide. Visitors can see mass graves, a commemorative stupa filled with skulls, and exhibits that provide insight into the tragic events that took place here, serving as a poignant reminder of Cambodia's dark history.

Location: Choeung Ek Street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Memorial Stupa: Visit the glass stupa filled with the skulls and bones of victims, serving as a sombre memorial.
  • Mass Graves: View the excavated mass graves where thousands of victims were buried.
  • Audio Tour: Take the audio tour that provides detailed information and personal stories about the atrocities committed.
  • Museum Exhibits: Explore the exhibits that document the history of the Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide.
     
  • Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei, located about 25 kilometres north of Angkor Wat, is a place to visit in Cambodia, that is a 10th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Known as the "Citadel of Women," it is celebrated for its exquisite and well-preserved carvings, made from pink sandstone. The intricate details and smaller scale of Banteay Srei set it apart from other Angkorian temples, making it a must-visit site for its artistic beauty and unique charm.

Location: Banteay Srei district near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best time to visit Cambodia, Banteay Srei:  November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Intricate Carvings: Admire the temple's exquisite and detailed carvings, which are some of the finest in Cambodia.
  • Pink Sandstone: Observe the unique pink sandstone used in the temple's construction, giving it a distinctive appearance.
  • Temple Layout: Explore the compact and well-preserved temple layout, including the central sanctuary and surrounding structures.
  • Scenic Surroundings: Enjoy the scenic countryside and peaceful atmosphere around Banteay Srei, offering a serene break from the busier Angkor temples.
     
  • Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom, "Great City" in Khmer, was the final capital of the Khmer Empire. Built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, it's renowned for its impressive architecture, including the iconic Bayon Temple with its stone faces. Surrounded by a moat, Angkor Thom features grand gates adorned with giant faces, offering a glimpse into ancient Khmer civilization.

Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Bayon Temple: Famous for its serene stone faces.
  • Terrace of the Elephants: A long terrace with carved elephants.
  • Terrace of the Leper King: Intricate carvings and statues.
  • Baphuon Temple: Massive temple-mountain under restoration.

 

  • Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is a vibrant metropolis situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonlé Sap rivers. Known for its rich history, resilient spirit, and bustling street markets, Phnom Penh offers a blend of traditional Khmer culture and modern development. With its bustling markets, thriving culinary scene, and welcoming locals, Phnom Penh provides a captivating glimpse into contemporary Cambodian life.

Location: Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Explore Cambodia's royal heritage and the Silver Pagoda's treasures.
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21): Learn about Cambodia's dark history under the Khmer Rouge.
  • Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (Killing Fields): Pay tribute to genocide victims and reflect on Cambodia's past.
  • Wat Phnom: Discover the iconic hilltop temple for serenity and city views.

 

  • Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville, located on the southwestern coast of Cambodia, is a vibrant coastal city known for its stunning beaches and bustling atmosphere. Originally a quiet fishing village, Sihanoukville has transformed into a popular tourist destination with its picturesque coastline, lively beach bars, and vibrant nightlife.

Location: Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Ochheuteal Beach: Enjoy its lively atmosphere and water sports.
  • Koh Rong Island: Explore its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  • Serendipity Beach: Stroll along the bustling beachfront and enjoy the dining options.
  • Ream National Park: Discover its natural beauty through hiking and wildlife spotting.

  • Temple of Preah Vihear

The Temple of Preah Vihear is a place to visit in Cambodia that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Cambodia near the Thai border. It's an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva, built during the Khmer Empire in the 11th century. Perched atop a 525-meter cliff, it offers stunning panoramic views and boasts intricate architectural features.

Location: Preah Vihear province of Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Exploration: Wander through the ancient temple complex, admiring its architecture and stone carvings.
  • Panoramic Views: Take in stunning views of the surrounding landscape from the temple's cliffside perch.
  • Photography: Capture memorable photos of the temple and its scenic surroundings.
  • Cultural Insights: Learn about the temple's history and significance as a symbol of Khmer culture and heritage.
     
  • Royal Palace

The Royal Palace, located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a grand architectural complex that serves as the official residence of the King of Cambodia. Built in the 19th century, it reflects a blend of traditional Khmer design and French colonial influences. The palace complex includes various buildings, pavilions, and gardens, with the Silver Pagoda being one of its most famous attractions.

Location: Samdach Sothearos, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat): Admire the intricate silver floor tiles and the Emerald Buddha statue.
  • Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay): Explore the grand ceremonial hall with its Khmer architecture and ornate decor.
  • Moonlight Pavilion (Preah Thineang Chan Chhaya): Enjoy the open-air pavilion's gilded carvings and scenic views.
  • Royal Residence: Observe the exterior of the King's official residence, providing insight into Cambodia's monarchy.
     
  • Kratie

Kratie, nestled along the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia, offers a tranquil escape for travelers seeking authenticity. This charming provincial town is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, vibrant markets, and stunning riverside views. Visitors flock to Kratie for the chance to observe rare Irrawaddy dolphins in their natural habitat on boat tours along the Mekong.

Location: East of Cambodia, on the banks of Mekong River

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching: Take a boat tour to see these rare dolphins in their natural habitat on the Mekong River.
  • Koh Trong Island: Explore this scenic island by renting a bicycle or taking a leisurely stroll through traditional villages.
  • Wat Roka Kandal: Visit this beautiful Buddhist temple in Kratie town to admire its traditional Khmer architecture.
  • Sunset on the Mekong: Enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the Mekong River, either from the riverbank or on a sunset cruise.
     
  • Battambang

Battambang, nestled in northwestern Cambodia, offers a serene retreat from bustling urban life. As the country's second-largest city, it boasts rich history, colonial architecture, and a burgeoning arts scene. Visitors can explore ancient temples, pagodas, and French colonial buildings, gaining insight into the town's cultural heritage.

Location: Northwest Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Phare Ponleu Selpak: Enjoy captivating performances at this renowned circus school.
  • Bamboo Train (Norry): Experience a unique ride through scenic countryside on the bamboo train.
  • Wat Banan: Explore an ancient temple atop a hill with panoramic views.
  • Battambang Bat Caves: Witness thousands of bats emerging from caves at dusk, creating a stunning natural spectacle.

 

  • Kirirom National Park

Kirirom National Park, located in southwestern Cambodia, is a serene escape into nature. With lush forests, pristine waterfalls, and scenic trails, it's a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Highlights include the majestic Chambok Waterfall, tranquil Yeak Laom Lake, and picturesque viewpoints offering panoramic vistas.

Location: Phnom Sruoch District, Cambodia

Best time to visit: November to February 

Things to see and Do:

  • Chambok Waterfall: Explore the majestic waterfall and swim in its natural pools.
  • Yeak Laom Lake: Relax by the tranquil lake and enjoy a picnic or leisurely walk.
  • Hiking and Trekking Trails: Discover the park's scenic beauty and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Birdwatching: Spot various bird species in their natural habitat.

Weather conditions in Cambodia:

Season

Months

Weather Description

Temp Range

Rainfall

Summer

March to May

Hot and increasingly humid

24°C to 36°C (75°F to 97°F)

Starts low, increases by May

Monsoon

June to October

Warm with heavy rains

24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)

High

Winter

November to February

Cool and dry

21°C to 33°C (70°F to 91°F)

Minimal


Best time to visit Cambodia:

The optimal period to visit Cambodia is between November and March, when there is minimal rainfall, cooler temperatures, and lower humidity.  

Cambodian Currency:

The Cambodian Riel (KHR) is Cambodia's official currency, often used for small transactions, while the US Dollar is widely accepted for larger purchases. Travelers should carry both currencies. ATMs dispense both riel and dollars, but small shops and markets prefer riel for daily transactions. Be prepared for mixed currency use.

Where to stay in Cambodiac:

For a stay in Cambodia, consider the exquisite resorts in Cambodia offered by Club Mahindra: 

  • FCC Angkor, Cambodia Resort: 

Nestled in the heart of Cambodia, FCC Angkor offers a blend of luxury and tranquillity. With elegant accommodations, world-class amenities, and impeccable service, this resort provides an unforgettable experience for discerning travellers. 

  • Citadines Flatiron Phnom Penh, Cambodia Resort: 

Situated in the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh, Citadines Flatiron offers modern sophistication and comfort. With spacious suites, contemporary decor, and panoramic city views, this resort is perfect for both business and leisure travellers.

The different tourist places in Cambodia offer a compelling blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and historical significance, making it an unforgettable destination for travellers seeking an enriching and immersive experience. Whether exploring ancient temples, learning about Cambodia's history, or relaxing on pristine beaches, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant Southeast Asian country.

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