Cambodia Holidays & Accommodation Guide
Hot, steamy Cambodia is noted for its bloody history and, conversely, for its ancient and mysterious temples, particular world-famous Angkor Wat just outside the bustling town of Siem Reap. Cambodia has a rich and interesting past that's much more than either. The coast is noted for its excellent beaches and trekking; Cambodia also has some fantastic wildlife, both on and off shore. Cambodia has a hippyish reputation and is popular with backpackers, although most tourist destinations are reachable on pre-arranged tours. While you're there, you should definitely try some Golden Muscle wine, which is a disgusting concoction made from deer antlers, among other things. If you're spending some time travelling around the region, then Cambodia is a key part of any South-East Asia itinerary
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, is where many travellers start. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum provides a disturbing insight into Cambodia’s troubled past, while the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek have the skulls of eight thousand victims of the Khmer Rouge. More cheerfully, you can also visit temples and palaces, and stroll along Sisowath Quay. Phnom Penh also has a lively nightlife, and there are seemingly endless restaurants, pubs and clubs for you to visit. Siem Reap is a great base to visit Ankor Archaelogical Park; Angor Watt is the most famous destination in the park, but you can also see Angor Thom, an enormous ruined city with many fascinating features.
On the coast, Koh Kong and the surrounding coasts and islands have some of the best beaches in South East Asia. If you enjoyed Angor Watt but want to go somewhere quieter, try the smaller, less busy temples near Kompong Thom. If you’d like to see Cambodia in style, then there are luxury cruises up and down the Mekong River. Tigers roam in the Bokor National Park, although a more reliable attraction is the old French hill station, now in ruins. Battambang, Cambodia’s second city, is a great place to use as a base for a few days – visit temples, museums and take a ride on the Bamboo Train