Attractions from Cambodia, Kingdom of

Cambodia, Kingdom of

Relaxation at Sihanouville

Sihanouville, also known as Kompong Som, is the Cambodia's sole port, and the city and its surrounding islands have some excellent beaches with fine opportunities for bathing, snorkeling and diving. A fabulous place for a couple of days' relaxation.

The city Udong

The city of Udong is situated some 40 km north of Phnom Penh and is the country's former capital. It's a quiet and peaceful city but has several old sculptures, which are worth seeing - some of them in ruins, as the Buddha statue which was blown up by Pol Pot in 1977. The city also has a memorial commemorating the victims of Pol Pot - 100 mass graves have been found in the area some time ago.

The Ratanakiri area

The mountainous area of Ratanakiri is known for the many isolated tribes living there, but it also contains phenomenal nature with high mountains, beautiful lakes and roaring waterfalls. It's a superb area for trekking and has been cleared of landmines.

Phnom Penh

Boat trip on Mekong River

The city's tourist agency has a boat, which sails travelers around on the river, where you can see the beautiful Mekong islands, known for their production of silk, and small villages along the river as well as a variety of animals.

The area around The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

The Killing Fields are an unpleasant memory of the cruelties committed by The Red Khmer (Khmer Rouge). Approximately 17,000 people were killed here, 15 km from the city, and when visiting the place you'll se more than 8,000 sculls arranged by gender and age behind a glass window - part of a memorial that was erected there in 1988.

The Cambodian National Museum

The National Museum was designed by a French Archaeologist in 1920, and contains a large collection of Khmer artwork from the entire country. It also contains artifacts from the many periods of the country's history, among other things some Buddha figures from the 6th and 7th centuries

Wat Phnom Temple

The temple is situated in the northern end of the city, which it has named. It was built by a rich Khmer woman named Penh in 1372, which had found three Buddha statues and therefore built this temple for them to stand in. The temple is still visited by many who come there to pray, each day.

Siem Reap

The floating city of Chong Khneas

Chong Khneas is a floating city where a few of the houses are built on solid ground, but most are floating around on some kind of houseboats. The city police, medical centre and so forth are also placed on houseboats, and it is possible to sail around and explore the city.

The ruins of Angkor

The ruins of Angkor are definitely the greatest attraction in Cambodia, and are an area with about 100 temples that functioned as a religious centre in the Khmer Empire. The temples and the palaces were built between the 9th and the 13th century, and were abandoned in the 15th century. It was covered by vegetation that slowly destroyed the monuments, until the 19th century, when it was removed. The temples and palaces are architectonic wonders and surrounded by a great deal of mystique. The buildings are still in the process of restoration today.

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