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Why Visit Cambodia? 7 Reasons to Visit Cambodia

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Why visit Cambodia? If you are still wondering why this small exotic country should be on your travel bucket list, then you have come to the right place. As one of the most alluring destinations in Southeast Asia, Cambodia offers an amount of historical and cultural heritage, more than that you have imagined. The magnificent Angkor Wat is well-known throughout the world and that is the main reason you must visit Cambodia. Apart from that, the gorgeous landscapes, sun-kissed beaches, isolated beautiful islands, heartwarming locals, and wild fauna are all reasons worth your lingering. Here just lists the top 7 reasons to visit Cambodia once in your lifetime. Let’s check it out together!

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1. The Gorgeous Angkor Wat

There is no doubt that the spectacular Angkor Wat is the most brilliant gem of all the Cambodian sights. It is also the biggest religious monument in the world. Built in the early 12th century and occupied an area of 162.6 hectares, Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple but later it was considered a Buddhist temple. This magic transformation makes it a ‘Hindu-Buddhist’ temple as a result. Numerous visitors come here to admire the grandeur of the temple and you will be amazed at the harmony of the architecture. The sprawling temple complex features extensive bas-reliefs, a series of stunning structures, and impressive religious monuments. The symbol of Cambodia will offer a good chance to you to admire the Khmer architecture’s classical style and explore the distant past of the Khmer Empire.

2. Enchanting Natural Landscapes

Apart from the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia also boasts a series of breathtaking natural views from tranquil sea views, and sandy white beaches, to emerald rice fields, and lush green natural parks with beautiful flora and fauna. For example, the Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap, home to a great number of small floating villages, is an ideal place to witness the productive ecosystems and observe locals’ lives. In the southwest of the country, Kirirom’s National Park with wide pine tree forests spreading out is abundant in fresh air, orchid flowers, and waterfalls. The untouched natural beauty of Cambodia is waiting for your exploration and just keep your camera fully charged for any Insta-worthy snap.

3. Rich Culture & Deep History

Dubbed the Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia offers a rich culture and heritages to every visitor. In addition to enjoying the architectural beauty of exquisite temples, you can admire magical apsara dance stage shows with traditional music to immerse yourself in the vibrant local scene. More customs and glorious traditions are hidden in people’s lives, like silk and cotton weaving and silver jewelry making. Cambodia is also an alluring destination for history buffs. Strolling around the ancient temples, it is hard not to wonder who created these masterpieces. Tracing the glorious past of the great Khmer Empire is a unique experience and learning about the scar of the mysterious country, the civil war that happened 40 years ago, is also meaningful and educational.

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4. The Magical Siem Reap

As the second largest city in Cambodia, Siem Reap attracts visitors’ attention from all over the world. Once served as the capital city of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries, Siem Reap keeps a lot of cultural heritages, including one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ and also the world’s largest temple complex, the Angkor Wat. As this is the largest draw of the city, visitors may neglect the city’s charm in other aspects. This cheerful city is full of life and movement to embrace visitors. Interesting flea markets, floating villages near Tonle Sap Lake, the vibrant nightlife in pub streets, and yummy Siem Reap dishes are all unmissable.

5. Beautiful Beaches & Remote Islands

As most travelers choose to visit Cambodia for its rich cultural heritage, the beautiful islands and beaches are indeed belittled by people. While thousands of tourists are flocking to the islands of nearby Thailand, they just miss some untouched gems. Compared to overcrowded islands in Thailand, islands in Cambodia are less visited and the unspoiled virgin islands boast pristine beauty. Koh Rong island featuring white-sand beaches bordering azure seas is dubbed an “island paradise”. Koh Rong Samloem nearby is also an alternative, boasting tropical flowers and white powdery sands. Other top islands including Koh Thmei and Koh Totang can be your ideal vacation destinations.

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6. Delicious Cambodian Food

The delicious and cost effective Cambodian food must be one of the top reasons to visit Cambodia. Bearing influences from China, Portugal, France, and even Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodian food assembles the highlights of various cuisines. The Cambodian food tour is tasty and interesting but also adventurous. Visitors will have a chance to try from the national soup dish of Cambodia, Samlor korkor, Kampot Pepper Crab to different types of adventurous street snacks, such as deep-fried tarantula, crickets and other insects, plus a lot of noodle and rice dishes that are eaten on daily by locals. These traditional recipes can be found mostly in the capital city Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

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7. The Kingdom of Wild Fauna

Why visit Cambodia? Last but not least, this is a country home to an abundance of wonderful wildlife. You can easily find all kinds of national parks or wildlife centers in the main cities to observe the wildlife. For example, you can see over 1,200 animals in Phnom Tamao Rescue Center which is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Many of them are endangered and some of the animals like tigers, elephants, and sun bears are rescued from the illegal trade. In Siem Reap province, you can find a similar place for wildlife conservation, Sam Veasna Center, which offers a range of birds and wild animals. There are also elephant sanctuaries in Mondulkiri perfect for nature lovers. Trekking in the Cardamom mountains, you can also be treated by unique flora and fauna.

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