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Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Angkor Thom

Bayon

Bayon

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 creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Banteay Srei District

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 carving anywhere on earth. Begun in 967 CE, it is one of the...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Temples of Angkor

Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea

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 and truly run riot. Exploring this Titanic of temples,...

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 ChoiceHindu Temple in Temples of Angkor

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

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 II (r 1112–52) and surrounded by a vast moat, Angkor Wat...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Temples of Angkor

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

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 systems. Undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor,...

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 ChoiceNational Park in Sen Monorom

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

The 3000-sq-km Keo Seima (formerly called Seima Protected Forest) hosts the country’s greatest treasure trove of mammalian wildlife. Besides unprecedented numbers of black-shanked doucs and southern...

Top ChoiceCircus in Battambang

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Battambang's signature attraction is the internationally acclaimed circus (cirque nouveau) of this multi-arts centre for Cambodian children. Although it also runs shows in Siem Reap, it's worth timing your visit...

Top ChoiceCircus in Siem Reap

Phare the Cambodian Circus

Phare the Cambodian Circus

Cambodia's answer to Cirque du Soleil, Phare the Cambodian Circus is so much more than a conventional circus, with an emphasis on performance art and a subtle yet striking social message behind each production....

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Siem Reap

Artisans Angkor

Artisans Angkor

On the premises of Les Chantiers Écoles is this beautiful shop, which sells everything from stone and wood reproductions of Angkorian-era statues to household furnishings. It also has a second shop opposite...

Top ChoiceCambodian in Siem Reap

Cuisine Wat Damnak

Cuisine Wat Damnak

Set in a traditional wooden house is this highly regarded restaurant from Siem Reap celeb chef Joannès Rivière. The menu delivers the ultimate contemporary Khmer dining experience. Seasonal set menus focus on...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Phnom Penh

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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 the largest centre of detention and torture in the...

Top ChoiceBird Sanctuary in Siem Reap Region

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

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 to visit. It’s an ornithologist’s fantasy, with a...

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...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Phnom Penh & Around

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 enclosure. They were all taken from poachers or abusive...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Phnom Penh

National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

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. It's housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Phnom Penh

Silver Pagoda

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 for its floor, which is covered with 5 tonnes of gleaming...

Top ChoicePalace in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

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, bearing a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in...

Top ChoiceLake in Ban Lung

Boeng Yeak Lom

Boeng Yeak Lom

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 of the most peaceful, beautiful locations Cambodia has to...