Floating Village, Siem Reap

Naturally, Siem Reap is best known for being home to Cambodia’s top tourist attraction, Angkor Wat.  

That being said, Siem  Reap, not only offers this monumental temple for folk to flock to see. There’s still some lesser known places most people who visit agree, not one of them ‘s left disappointed but glad of the chance to have been.

Good planning ahead of arrival relieves any need to feel rushed. Take the time to unwind, put your feet up. Relax, so your body adjusts. The heat can be very exhausting. It’s best to keep out of the sun.  Remember that water’s important, so drink as much as you can.

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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.

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Phnom Penh

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 is situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River.  Here the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers are connected by Tonle Sap Lake.

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.

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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.

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Image of rolling hills in Mondulkiri

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.

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Takeo Province

Takeo province sometimes referred to as the cradle of Khmer civilization, borders Kampot to the west, Kampong Speu to the North-West and Kandal to the North-East.  The town dates back to the Funan Empire, with many of its relics having been built between the 1st and 6th centuries, even prior to Angkor.  (more…)