Must-see attractions in Cambodia

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    Temples of Angkor

    At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomises the…

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Bas-relief detail, Banteay Srei.

    Banteay Srei


    Considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei is cut from stone of a pinkish hue and includes some of the finest stone…

  • A tree growing through the temple Beng Mealea in Angkor Wat.
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    Beng Mealea

    Temples of Angkor

    A spectacular sight to behold, Beng Mealea, located about 68km northeast of Siem Reap, is one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature has well…

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    Banteay Chhmar

    Northwestern Cambodia

    Beautiful, peaceful and covered in astonishingly intricate bas-reliefs, Banteay Chhmar is one of the most impressive temple complexes beyond the Angkor…

  • Taken in Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

    Angkor Wat

    Temples of Angkor

    The traveller's first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is matched by only a few select spots on earth. Built by Suryavarman…

  • Overgrown temple of Ta Prohm.

    Ta Prohm

    Temples of Angkor

    The so-called 'Tomb Raider Temple', Ta Prohm is cloaked in dappled shadow, its crumbling towers and walls locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root…

  • the Khmer Temples of Prsat Preah Vihear north of the town Sra Em in the province of Preah Vihear in Northwest Cambodia. Cambodia, Sra Em, November, 2017,
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    Prasat Preah Vihear

    Northwestern Cambodia

    The most dramatically situated of all Angkorian monuments, Prasat Preah Vihear sprawls along a clifftop near the Thai border, with breathtaking views of…

  • Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sen Monorom

    The 3000-sq-km Keo Seima (formerly called Seima Protected Forest) hosts the country’s greatest treasure trove of mammalian wildlife. Besides unprecedented…

  • Photographs of inmates at Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Phnom Penh

    In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21); it soon became…

  • Flocks of nesting pelicans, comorants, and herons crowd the canopies of submered trees at Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary on Tongle Sap lake.

    Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary


    Prek Toal is one of three biospheres on the Tonlé Sap lake, and this stunning bird sanctuary makes it the most worthwhile and straightforward of the three…

  • Preah Khan Kompong svay ruins.

    Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

    Northwestern Cambodia

    For tantalising lost-world ambience, this remote temple complex about 90km south of Preah Vihear City can't be beaten. It's wrapped by vines and trees,…

  • Elephant in Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre.

    Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre


    This wonderful wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, enormous pythons and a massive bird…

  • The National Museum of Cambodia (Sala Rachana) in Phnom Penh is Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.

    National Museum of Cambodia

    Phnom Penh

    The National Museum of Cambodia is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture: a millennium’s worth and more of masterful Khmer design…

  • Silver pagoda at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Silver Pagoda

    Phnom Penh

    Within the Royal Palace compound is this extravagant temple, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda is so named…

  • Throne Hall building at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Royal Palace

    Phnom Penh

    With its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding, the Royal Palace once dominated the skyline of Phnom Penh. It's a striking structure near the riverfront,…

  • Yeak Lom lake, Banlung, Cambodia.

    Boeng Yeak Lom

    Eastern Cambodia

    At the heart of the protected area of Boeng Yeak Lom is a beautiful, emerald-hued crater lake set amid the vivid greens of the towering jungle. It is one…

  • Skull Pagoda at The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

    Phnom Penh

    Between 1975 and 1978, about 20,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the…

  • Entrance to Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Angkor National Museum

    Siem Reap

    Looming large on the road to Angkor is the Angkor National Museum, a state-of-the-art showpiece on the Khmer civilisation and the majesty of Angkor…

  • Psar Thmei market in the city of Phnom Penh of Cambodia.

    Psar Thmei

    Phnom Penh

    A landmark building in the capital, the art deco Psar Thmei (literally 'New Market') is often called the Central Market, a reference to its location and…

  • Pepper plant at Sothy's Pepper Farm near Kep, Cambodia.

    Sothy's Pepper Farm


    One of the friendliest farms to visit, Sothy is passionate about his product and will gladly elaborate on the history and process behind the 'champagne of…

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    Bou Sraa Waterfall

    Sen Monorom

    Plunging into the dense jungle below, this is one of Cambodia's most impressive falls. Famous throughout the country, this double-drop waterfall has an…

  • Looking out from a viewpoint at Kep National Park, Cambodia.

    Kep National Park


    The interior of Kep peninsula is occupied by Kep National Park, where an 8km circuit, navigable by foot, mountain bike, or motorbike, begins behind…

  • Entrance to ancient Preah Khan temple in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Preah Khan Main Temple

    Northwestern Cambodia

    The main temple is surrounded by a (now dry) moat similar to the one around Angkor Thom. Once through the grand gateway, the trail meanders past a…

  • A collection of diffused landmines at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

    Cambodia Landmine Museum


    Established by DIY deminer Aki Ra, this museum has eye-opening displays on the curse of landmines in Cambodia. The collection includes mines, mortars,…

  • Chong Kos Floating Village

    Northwestern Cambodia

    Much less visited than other floating villages near Siem Reap, the Tonlé Sap River hamlet of Chong Kos is a Cambodian village of colourful wooden houses,…

  • Kbach Arts

    Phnom Penh

    Cambodia finally got a sizable contemporary arts space in 2019, when Kbach moved into three galleries covering 400 sq metres of Factory Phnom Penh. The…

  • Factory Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh

    This 3.4-hectare Levi's garment factory, 2km south of town, was completely transformed in 2018 into a graffiti-covered hub for entrepreneurs, artists and…

  • Romcheik 5 Artspace


    Expanded from a workshop into a bona fide gallery in 2015, this impressive space has a permanent collection upstairs displaying the edgy, contemporary…

  • Apopo Visitor Centre

    Siem Reap

    Meet the hero rats that are helping to clear landmines in Cambodia. Apopo has trained the highly sensitive, almost-blind Gambian pouched rat to sniff…

  • An overgrown ruin in Koh Ker.
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    Koh Ker

    Temples of Angkor

    Abandoned to the forests of the north, Koh Ker, capital of the Angkorian empire from 928 to 944 CE, is within day-trip distance of Siem Reap. Most…

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A stone walkway in the Preah Khan temple in Angkor.

    Preah Khan

    Temples of Angkor

    The temple of Preah Khan is one of the largest complexes at Angkor, a maze of vaulted corridors, fine carvings and lichen-clad stonework. It is a good…

  • Ancient Hindu statues along sides of the south bridge into Angkor Thom temple close to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap in Cambodia
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    Angkor Thom South Gate

    Temples of Angkor

    The south gate of Angkor Thom is most popular with visitors, as it has been fully restored and many of the heads (mostly copies) remain in place. The gate…

  • Churning of the Ocean of Milk

    Angkor Wat

    The southern section of the east gallery is decorated by the most famous of the bas-relief scenes at Angkor Wat, the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This…

  • Phnom Kulen waterfall.

    Phnom Kulen

    Temples of Angkor

    Considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, Phnom Kulen is a popular place of pilgrimage on weekends and during festivals. It played…

  • Kbal Spean waterfall.

    Kbal Spean

    Temples of Angkor

    A spectacularly carved riverbed, Kbal Spean is set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor. More commonly referred to in English as the ‘River of a…

  • Sambor Prei Kuk temple ruins.

    Sambor Prei Kuk

    Northwestern Cambodia

    Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, Sambor Prei Kuk encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples scattered through the forest,…

  • Mangrove forest at the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong, Cambodia.

    Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary

    Koh Kong City

    Anchored to alluvial islands – some no larger than a house – this 260-sq-km sanctuary’s magnificent mangroves protect the coast from erosion, offer…

  • View of surrounding countryside from Phnom Sampeou.

    Phnom Sampeau

    Northwestern Cambodia

    This fabled limestone outcrop 12km southwest of Battambang along NH57 (towards Pailin) is known for its gorgeous views and mesmerising display of bats,…

  • Koh Tonsay, Kep Province, Cambodia.

    Koh Tonsay


    If you like the rustic beachcomber lifestyle, Koh Tonsay's 250m-long main beach is for you. This is a place to while away hours or days doing little but…

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