Cambodia – A charming nation of ancientness and modernity
Cambodia is rapidly becoming an ideal tourist destination that attracts about 5 million visitors a year. This country is renowned for stunning landscapes like beautiful and untamed beaches, mighty rivers, impressive ancient structures, and the charming capital city of Phnom Penh.
What is Cambodia famous for?
When it comes to Cambodia, the first thing that springs to people’s mind is Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple, this temple complex was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
Nowadays, Buddhism is the national religion of Cambodia, with 95% of the population following the religion of Buddhism, and 4,392 temples and monasteries over the country. Despite the dark years in the past, Cambodian people are working hard with their seemingly unbreakable optimism, which makes foreign visitors esteem them.
Regarding traditional festivals, Bon Om Touk, or the Cambodian Water Festival, is undeniably the country’s largest and most celebrated holiday of the whole year. The festival takes place in late October or early November, often corresponding with the lunar Mid-Autumn Festival. Some notable festivities are dragon boat races along the Sisowath Quay riverfront, fireworks, and evening concerts.
Must-go destinations in Cambodia
Cambodia is full of diversity that offers a variety of destinations for holidaymakers to explore. Below is a list of top-rated tourist attractions that foreign visitors should visit at least once.
- The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia.
- The Silver Pagoda, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located on the south side of the Royal Palace in Chey Chumneas, Phnom Penh. This pagoda is famous for its iconic Khmer architecture and over 5,000 silver tiles used for inlay.
- The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, or simply Tuol Sleng, is a museum chronicling the Cambodian genocide. Located in Phnom Penh, the site witnessed the darkest period in Cambodia’s history, when about 20,000 people were in turn arrested, tortured, and killed violently.
- Angkor Wat whose name means “City Temple” is a temple complex in Cambodia. These temples of the Angkorian period, which are so ambitious in scale and the majesty of their construction, are recognized as the largest religious monument in the world by UNESCO.
- Angkor Thom whose name means “Great Kingdom” was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. This site is in the typical Bayon style with massive constructions, widespread use of laterite, and face-towers accompanying naga-carrying giant figures at each entrance to the city.
- Tonlé Sap is a lake in the northwest of Cambodia, which is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. It is also famous for its fascinating local communities and their floating villages.
- Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital of Preah Sihanouk Province. This place attracts millions of travelers a year due to its stunning beaches and excellent services.
- NagaWorld is home to Cambodia’s largest and most prestigious casino and entertainment complex.
- Kratié, also spelled Kracheh, is a great place to wind deeper and deeper into the ‘real’ Cambodia – the Cambodia of rice fields, lotus farms and sleepy wooden villages – the hustle and bustle of the big cities just melts away.
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