Siem Reap Province, located in north-west Cambodia is famous for its legendary temple, Angkor Wat. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) listed Angkor Wat as a World Heritage Site in 2004.
Angkor Wat Spans more than 10,000 square kilometres. The area is blessed by an abundance of natural beauty. The landscape is composed of lakes, rice fields, blooming lotus flowers, deep green jungle, waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets.
The provincial capital, also named Siem Reap is located on the banks of the Tonle Sap River. Siem Reap has cordially acquired the nickname of Temple Town.
Khmer traditions in Siem Reap are still closely followed today. Fortunately, for tourists, many locals now speak English as a second language. The people are friendly and welcoming.
Phnom Penh, not so long ago, was known as the Pearl of Asia. An exotic location capable of conjuring up notions, such as the powerful perfume of the jasmine flower. Or perhaps, images of the remarkable royal palaces and perplexing pagodas.
Phnom Penh only enters historical records after becoming the Khmer capital during the 15th century AD. Previously, called Chaktomuk (which means the Four Faces), a name denoting the four rivers which converge at this point. Here the Tonle Sap and the Mekong rivers join the lower Mekong and the Bassac River.
Sihanoukville Province is a small province located on the coast in southern Cambodia. Sihanoukville is named after the former king, Norodom Sihanouk. It is home to the only deep-water port in Cambodia. The province shares its name with capital, both being named Sihanoukville. Also known as Kampong Som.
Sihanoukville Province’s natural assets are a magnet for tourism. The coastal islands are immaculate with pristine beaches. Equally, The National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty which attracts visitors from around the world.
Kampot Province is located on the southern coastline of Cambodia. It is around 3 miles from the Gulf of Thailand. It borders with Vietnam. The city of Kampot is on the Preaek Tuek Chhu River and the province is famous for its pepper plantations. Not only is it famous for its pepper plantations but also for its salt fields.
Kampot has many French colonial style buildings that date back to the end of the 19th century. One example is The Governor’s Mansion, a well-preserved building which now houses The Kampot Provincial Museum.
Kampot was once a major port, although, now it is quiet riverside town. It still holds much of its charm but is rapidly gaining popularity. It is especially appealing to environmentally conscious foreigners and locals looking for a slower pace.
Battambang Province is in northwestern Cambodia. The province shares its name with its capital city, Battambang. It is the fifth largest province in Cambodia, while Battambang city is Cambodia’s second largest city. That being said, it still has the feel of a small Cambodian town and much of its charm still remains.
The province reaches the banks of Tonle Sap Lake which is one of their primary sources of water. The other source comes from the Stueng Sangker River which flows through Battambang city. Hence, the soil there is rich in minerals making the land ripe for agriculture. Both the fishing and agricultural industries benefit from having an ample supply of water.
Part of Battambang Province, where it meets the Tonle Sap Lake, is included in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve was established by way of Royal Decree in 2001.
Mondulkiri is located in south-eastern Cambodia. The province’s capital is Sen Monorom. Mondulkiri is the largest but also the most sparsely populated province in Cambodia.
It borders Ratanakiri to the north, Stung Treng province to the northwest, Kratie province to the west, and Vietnam to the south and the east.