Cambodia is bordered between Thailand to the West and Vietnam to the east. A wonderful country that offers a real journey of discovery for the intrepid traveller, boasting real charm and authenticity.
Explore Cambodia's wonders: from the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat to vibrant cities, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty for an unforgettable holiday experience.
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At this city, you can visit one of the most well-preserved temples in the world, the wonder which is Angkor Wat. This is the biggest Hindu temple in the world to enjoy with the longest lively carving wall of more than 2000 meters long by 2 meters high, excluding relief on ceiling and on hundreds of roof supporting pillars. After completed the tour around all the most visited temples in Angkor area, you still have time to admire whole view of Angkor Wat temple, rice paddy, north east highland and active reservoir of West Baray and to get fresh air on the summit of Phnom Bakeng hill till sun set.
Tonle Sap Lake
It’s not all about archaeological complexes in Siem Reap! Just a few kilometres away is Tonle Sap, ones of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. Join us for this tour and watch the locals forage for survival in a veritable water world that evokes an almost pre-historic lifestyle. Begin your adventure in authentic Cambodian style as we travel by remork (the local variant of tuk-tuk) through the countryside to Tonle Sap. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve changes radically depending on the time of year. In the wet season, the lake swells to about 12,000km.sq. while during the dry season it shrinks to 2,500km.sq. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water.
The Royal Palace
Gleaming in gold, the Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh's most splendid architectural achievements. It is home to His Majesty Preah Bat smdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and Her Majesty Preah Reach Akka-Mohesey Norodom Monineath. The palace was built in 1866 by His Majeaty Preah Bat Norodom, great grandfather to our current King. The Royal Palace is built on the site of the old town. This site was especially chosen by a Commission of Royal Ministers and Astrologers because it had great geographical significance in relation to the King, who was regarded as a direct descendant of the gods, whose role it was to live and govern on earth under the influence of heaven.
The National Museum of Cambodia is housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design (built 1917-20) just north of the Royal Palace. It is open daily from 8:00am to 05:00 pm; entry is $10. Photography is prohibited inside. The School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-arts) has its headquarters in a structure behind the main building.
You may also want to check out Wat Phnom which sits on a tree covered hill about 30m high in the northeast of the city. It is said that the first pagoda was built in 1373 to house four statues of the Buddha deposited here by the Mekong river. It was discovered by a woman named Penh. Thus, the name Phnom Penh, the hill of Penh. The people believe that this temple is powerful in that anyone who makes a wish will have it granted. It is not surprising to see many people coming here to pray for protection or healing. Many bring lotus flowers as offerings for prayers answered.