Believe me! It is your big mistake if you guys just associate Cambodia with the famous Angkor Wat or with an ample treasure of precious germs and diamonds founded in Silver Pagoda. In fact, the beauty of Cambodia will go beyond your imagination, because nowhere else in the South East Asia people can find such a serene, isolated islands and the daily life style which have been disappeared in its neighboring countries. For this reason, I will tell you top 5 destinations you should never miss to include in your Cambodia Holiday.
Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom
Without a doubt, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom (both located in Siem Riep) are always high on the list of Cambodia Holiday for any travelers. The former is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride. Angkor Wat is famous for having more than 3000 beguiling apsaras (heavenly nymphs) carved into its walls, which makes you overwhelmed at first sight. Each of them is unique, and there are 37 different hairstyles for budding stylists to check out.
By contrast, the former bring visitors the comfort and serenity thanks to its wooden structures. In a few words, microcosm of the universe, divided into four parts by the main axes. The temple of the Bayon is situated at the exact center of the axes and stands as the symbolical link between heaven and earth. The wall enclosing the city of Angkor Thom represents the stone-wall around the universe and the mountain ranges around Meru. The surrounding moat (now dry) symbolizes the cosmic ocean.
Petrified by the beauty of Silver Pagoda and Cambodia Grand Palace
Actually, Silver Pagoda is located inside the Cambodia Grand Palace, Phnom Pnenh. Cambodia Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia built for about a century ago for monarch family, the foreign visitors, and the diplomatic etiquette and royal ceremonies to take place. When visiting the Grand Palace, people can witness the daily life of the King both in the past and the modern life.
Taking a few steps on the right of the Grand Palace, you will find the Silver Pagoda. There you can put your bare feet on the real silver pieces which weigh more than 1 kg each then admire ranges of giant statues made from the many types of jewel, gems and diamond carved on statues and objects. Fares visit is 6USD / person. Open from 8 – 11 am and from 14 – 17 pm daily. When visiting the palace not wear shorts Cambodia, the armpit clothes as well as slippers.
Sihanoukvile – Paradise on the Earth
“Wow” must be the first word people spit out of their mouth when set feet on Sihanoukville beaches. The seashore here is extremely serene with mild waves and the aquamarine water. Sihanoukville is the most idea beaches in Cambodia for every one with every type of services. In Sihanoukville, besides beaches, you can have chance to conquer the peak of Sihanouk Mountain to have a panorama view of the ocean city, explore the Ream National Park which has an area of 21.000 ha or go trekking on the Victory Hill. Finally, in Sihanoukville, you can find the best seafood at the cheapest price in the area. It costs just about 5-10 USD for a meal full of seafood.
Tonlé Sap Lake
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest lake in South East Asia and makes a great influence on the social and economic situations of Cambodia. Some travel companies are not ranked Lake to the list of destinations. But if to Cambodia without visiting the Great Lake, it almost lost meaning 1/3 of the trip. As for me, it is the big mistake of travel agencies when they fail to include Tonlé Sap Lake into their Cambodia tour packages. Because, Tonlé Sap Lake is the most suitable place for people to experience the genuine lifestyle of locals in South East Asia and also the place for you to admire the mighty river then enjoy the best shrimp right on the boat.
Visiting Death Field
It maybe nonsense when people get excited with visiting the place full of corps and the most cruel crimes of human beings – The DEATH Field. But actually, this is the best way to gain more knowledge of Cambodia history as well as to empathize the pains which victims of the war had to suffer from. On arriving Death Field, you can find many bones scattering on the ground with horrible titles on boards such as “The grave of 100 toddle and their moms”, “The grave of 450 victims”, “The grave of 166 chopped head victims” and a variety of different graves.