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Things you should know about Cambodia
 
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Angkor Wat – general information

You need two days to visit the entire complex thoroughly. So start with the Petit Circuit and then proceed to the Grand Circuit and you will admire, in no hurry, this incredible place. You can rent a car (with driver: never drive by yourself in South-eastern Asia), a small bike, a bicycle or a tuk-tuk: prices change every year so it’s useless to list them. In sunny days it’s very hot: street vendors are everywhere and finding a bottle of water is never a problem.
Useful link: www.tourismcambodia.com

 

 
 

Angkor Wat – Petir Circuit

Angkor Wat is the name of the first temple and the largest you’ll find on your way: it’s the most beautiful, indeed, and colours change as the sun rises in the sky. Be there for dawn for an amazing view. After Angkor Wat, proceed to Angkor Thom (very vast: you’ll have to walk a lot) and then to Ta Keo and Ta Prohm

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  ta prohm

Angkor Wat – Grand Circuit

It starts from the Eastern Baray, made of different temples itself, to continue with the Preah Neak Pean and the Preah Khan. Not many people follow this tour but it’s extremely long: take your time to appreciate it

 
 
Siem Reap

It’s a small town, just 10 minutes south of Angkor Wat: bars, restaurants, pubs, shops, banks are countless. The area near the Central Market (Psaar Chaa), known as French Quarter, is undoubtedly the most beautiful. Just outside town, the Wat Dam Nak temple deserves a visit, as well as the Western Baray (a lake built to supply water to Angkor Wat)

siem reap - wat dam nak  
 

chong kneas floating village

Tonlé Sap Lake

This is the largest lake in South-eastern Asia which swells every year, almost doubling its original dimensions, due to Mekong river floods. Cruise along Chong Khneas to see floating schools, bars, shops, fishermen at rest

 
 

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a prosper town with an important port; in the near future it’ll become the new Phuket, probably: white sand, hotels, bars and restaurants are ready to offer relax to the exhausted Angkor Wat tourists

sihanoukville  
  sre ambel

Southwestern Cambodia

Cardamon Mountains are fascinating and dangerous to visit if you’re alone: elephants, tigers and other animals claim for cautiousness. Anyway, some places are really magic: for example Sre Ambel, a floating fishing village

 
 

A crime against humanity

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former Office S. 21) is a place of hideous crimes in Phnom Penh: looking at the pictures of people who underwent torture isn’t easy and imagining the pain suffered here isn’t difficult. In Choeng Ek (The Killing Fields) seeing people crying while staring at spots where men and women were tortured and killed isn’t rare: prepare yourself to this emotional visit

tuol sleng genocide museum - former office S.21  
  phnom penh - royal palace

Phnom Penh

Once a sleepy town, Phnom Penh is now a busy centre with many commercial activities and a lively nightlife. Among traffic jams at all hours, there are almost no skyscrapers and in the French Quarter you can still see colonial mansions. Be careful alongside the Mekong river at night. A visit to the Royal Palace is compelling, where you can find a golden Buddha inside the Silver Pagoda, as well as to Psar Thmei (Central Market)

 
 

Cambodia Special Advices

Never rent a car without a driver: road regulations are never followed by Cambodian people; the same suggestion is to be extended to bikes. Use taxis in towns (they’re cheap) or tuk-tuk but negotiate prices before getting on.
Be extremely careful along Cambodian borders (greedy people on both sides, conflicts with Thailand) and walking in the jungle in north-eastern territories (mined areas).
Flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh last 45 minutes (by car, 7 to 14 hours). As to airports, visit www.cambodia-airports.com

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