SIEM REAP | ANGKOR WAT
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In town, there are Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake. It is the gateway city for nearby Angkor Wat and other famed temples, including Ta Phrom as the location for a film, Tomb Raider.
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic activities. Full of history can be found at the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.
Kampot, the capital of Kampot Province in Cambodia, is a quiet riverside town, just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand. Before the war, Kampot was best known for its famous black pepper and salt farms in the world, which is still widely available in Cambodia. A trip to the Bokor Mountain, full of history and great views of Cambodia’s landscapes. Simply, an excellent stopover for a break from your weary and hectic travels.
Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is a province in southern Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. This seaside port city is a growing Cambodian urban center, surrounded by white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands. The usual beach stopover for local holiday travelers and backpackers seeking for good and happy times.
Clues to an opulent past lie everywhere in the charming sea side town of Kep. Situated in the Southwest of Cambodia, Kep was once a popular destination for both the Cambodian and French elite from the early 1900s to its hey day in the late 1950s and early 1960s . The Provinces’ stunning coast was once lined with wide promenades watched over by large statues and French colonial villas boasting unrivalled views over the Gulf of Thailand.
Cambodia’s eastern province; Mondulkiri, is wild country! Thickly forested hills boasting some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls give way to lush rolling green hills to the West. Natural beauty abounds in this remote high land region bordering Vietnam. Because of its elevation the province is the coolest in Cambodia. The adventure traveler can still encounter communities of hill tribe peoples relatively untouched by modern tourism.
French colonial influences are present everywhere from the delightful architecture to the very lay out of the city it’s self. Situated on the banks of the Sanker river this tranquil city gives few clues to it’s checkered and turbulent past.
Literally ‘landing’ place of the Cham’ (kampong means landing place in the Khmer language and Cham refers to the ancient Cham people originating from what is now central Vietnam), the name Kampong Cham gives a strong clue to the historic importance of this town built beside the mighty Mekong river.
Mekong river scenes, spectacular sunsets and the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins are the most obvious attractions awaiting the visitor to this quiet river side town. Much of the French colonial architecture remains intact in Kratie and its river front is lined with boulevards and concrete decks from which to relax and take in the magnificent views across the majestic Mekong. North of the town is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin.
Volcanic lakes and lava fields, Jungle clad hills leading to high mountains, remote rivers with spectacular waterfalls, proud and independent hill tribes people, vast rubber plantations, gem mines; Rattanakiri has it all! This is border country: to the North is the Laos border and the East of the province is the mountainous border with Vietnam. For the truly adventurous traveler the Ho Chi Minh trail cuts through the region on its way up to the ‘Emerald Triangle’.