Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Northwestern Cambodia

Banteay Chhmar

Banteay Chhmar

Beautiful, peaceful and covered in astonishingly intricate bas-reliefs, Banteay Chhmar is one of the most impressive temple complexes beyond the Angkor area. About a two-hour drive from Siem Reap, these remote...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Preah Vihear Province

Prasat Preah Vihear

Prasat Preah Vihear

The most dramatically situated of all Angkorian monuments, Prasat Preah Vihear sprawls along a clifftop near the Thai border, with breathtaking views of lowland Cambodia 550m below. An important place of...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Preah Vihear Province

Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

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, and thanks to its back-of-beyond location, the site is...

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Chong Kos Floating Village

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, with tiny terraces strung with hammocks, all built on...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

Preah Khan Main Temple

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 dharmasala (pilgrim's rest house) and through another crumbling...

Top ChoiceGallery in Battambang

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 works of its four founders, who in their youth were expelled...

Hindu Temple in Kompong Thom Province

Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk

Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, Sambor Prei Kuk encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples scattered through the forest, among them some of the oldest structures in the country....

Buddhist Temple in Battambang Province

Phnom Sampeau

This fabled limestone outcrop 12km southwest of Battambang along NH57 (towards Pailin) is known for its gorgeous views and mesmerising display of bats, which pour out of a massive cave in its cliff face. Access...

Village in Battambang

Wat Kor Village

About 2km south of central Battambang, the village of Wat Kor is centred around the temple of the same name. It's a great place to wander, especially late in the afternoon when the opposite (east) bank of the...

Winery in Battambang Province

Prasat Phnom Banan Winery

Midway between Battambang and Prasat Banan, in an area known for its production of chilli peppers (harvested from October to January), Cambodia’s only winery grows Shiraz grapes to make reds. It tastes unlike...

Wildlife Reserve in Preah Vihear Province

Veal Krous Vulture Feeding Station

In order to save three critically endangered species – the white-rumped, slender-billed and red-headed vultures – the Wildlife Conservation Society (www.wcs.org) set up a ‘vulture restaurant’ in the village of...

Buddhist Temple in Battambang Province

Prasat Banan

It's a 358-stone-step climb up Phnom Banan to reach Prasat Banan, but the incredible views across surrounding countryside from the top are worth it. Udayadityavarman II, son of Suryavarman I, built Prasat Banan...

Buddhist Temple in Battambang Province

Wat Ek Phnom

Hidden behind a colourful modern pagoda and a gargantuan Buddha statue is this atmospheric, partly collapsed 11th-century temple. Wat Ek Phnom measures 52m by 49m and is surrounded by the remains of a laterite...

Wildlife Reserve in Preah Vihear Province

Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the last places on earth where you can see Cambodia’s national bird, the critically endangered giant ibis. Trips here are run by the Siem Reap–based Sam Veasna Center. Within the sanctuary, the village of...

Hindu Temple in Sambor Prei Kuk

Prasat Yeai Poeun

Prasat Yeai Poeun is arguably the most atmospheric of Sambor Prei Kuk's three temple groups, as it feels lost in the forest. The eastern gateway is being both held up and torn asunder by an ancient tree, the...

Buddhist Temple in Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

Prasat Preah Stung

About 2km west of Preah Khan's baray stands Prasat Preah Stung (known to locals as Prasat Muk Buon or Temple of the Four Faces). It's particularly memorable because its central tower (held up by bamboo...

Hindu Temple in Sambor Prei Kuk

Prasat Tor

The largest of the Sambor Prei Kuk temple complexes, Prasat Tor has excellent examples of Chenla carving in the form of two large, elaborately coiffed stone lions. It also has a fine, rectangular pond, Srah Neang...

Buddhist Temple in Kompong Thom Province

Phnom Santuk

Its forest-cloaked summit adorned with Buddha images and a series of pagodas, this holy temple mountain (207m) 15km south of Kompong Thom is a popular site of Buddhist pilgrimage. To reach the top, huff up 809...

Farm in Kompong Thom Province

Santuk Silk Farm

Santuk Silk Farm is one of the few places in Cambodia where you can see the entire process of silk production, starting with the seven-week life cycle of the silkworm. The farm employs 18 locals, mostly women, as...

Memorial in Battambang

Wat Somrong Knong

About 4km north of Battambang, Wat Somrong Knong was built in the 19th century on the site of a pre-Angkorian temple complex. The Khmer Rouge used the temple grounds as a prison, and it's believed that around...