Impressions from Cambodia – Top 10 Apart From Angkor

About the area of  Angkor in Siem Reap are lots of articles and tips written on a weekly basis. Only few write about other places worth visiting in Cambodia. You can see (and read) that Cambodia offers a lot more than the temples of Angkor.

Top 10 apart from Angkor:

10. Phnom Srey & Phnom Proh

The buddhistic temple on the women and men´s hill is a relatively new construction. Watch out: There are free-running monkeys 😉 At the foot of the temple is a garden with Buddha statues.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

 

9. Swimming Villages along the Tonle Sap

The “big lake” (Tonle Sap) changes its size about 400% every year because of the Monsun bringing water from the north. During dry season some of the swimming villages are completely dry and people have to use ladders getting into their houses.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha - Top 10 abseits von Angkor

 

8. Palace in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace in Cambodia´s capital Phnom Penh was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Next to the palace are beautiful details like water lilies in stone vessels. Wearing long pants and covered shoulders is a must when visiting the Royal Palace.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

 

7. Wat Phnom – Symbol of the capital Phnom Penh

In the north of Phnom Penh on top of a small hill is the Wat Phnom. It is the symbol of Cambodia´s capital and shows a statue of Don Penh, founder of the sanctuary.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

6. Watching Irrawaddy – Dolphins

Close to the town Kratie, where the Kampi river flows into the Mekong, it is possible watching the shy river dolphins. During a boat tour you spot them especially in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

 

5. Life along the dusty road 

Along the rural roads is a lot to discover in Cambodia. Interesting and beautiful, but sometimes bizarre things like the gas station in the picture below.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 in Bildern

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10

4. Sambour Prey Kuk

In the middle of a forest are about 100 temples. One is particularly noteworthy. The Ashram Issey is inhabited by hundreds of butterflies. But coming close, they will swarm out.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

 

3. Kobal Spean – Hinduistic Water Sanctuary in Cambodia´s Jungle

A hike through the wood to Kobel Sean is alone worth a visit. Passing water falls and through the jungle you will find Shiva-Lingas from the 11th and 13th century in the riverbed. They protect the water for the rice fields.

Kobal Spean Cambodia

2. Sunset along the Mekong

Sunsets are fascinating no matter where in the world. Like this sunset with a view of the Mekong.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10 abseits von Angkor

1. Wat Nokor Bachey

You will find the Wat Nokor Bachey in Kampong Cham. The main temple was built in the 11th century but is now combined with a newer temple. Antique meets new charme. Outside, the temple is surrounded by a garden with an old Bodhi tree.

Impressionen aus Kambodscha: Top 10

Impressionen aus Kambodscha - Top 10

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46 thoughts on “Impressions from Cambodia – Top 10 Apart From Angkor”

  1. We loved Cambodia, and visited many of the destinations you mentioned. I really liked the Tonle Sap Lake and the floating village. We also liked some of the islands, especially the Rabbit Island, which was quite local without too many tourists!

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    • I totally understand that you´d like to see the butterflies and monkeys although I am always a little concerned about the monkeys. They aren´t always as friendly as they look like.

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  2. Looks lovely! I didnt go to Cambodia while in SE Asia and it is definitely on my list…How long did you try to catch that dolphin…they are usually so quick, I never manage to get a good photo of them…

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    • I think I tried it about 20 minutes. It´s really hard to catch them. I had a lot more luck when sailing in the Med because they swam in front of the catamaran.

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  3. Your pictures are beautiful. I think we will visit Cambodia at the end of the year so this post is getting me excited for our trip 🙂

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  4. Live along the dusty roads reminds me of Ban Lung 🙂
    We went to Cambodia straight after two weeks of Myanmar. Stupid: I fell so much in love with Myanmar that our week in Cambodia just went by like a blur basically.
    I should go back there 😀 Cause Cambodia deserves it to be enjoyed to the fullest.

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  5. Though I like all your pictures, but the first one from “Life along the dusty road” is my favorite – to me, it truly captured the essence of life in that region. Speaking of “gas station” (the next pic there) – we just encountered exactly the same type half a world away in la Guajira(Colombia). In our case, one of these “gas stations” was surrounded by goats :).

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  6. This is a really lovely concise list of things to do 🙂 I bet so many people just do Angkor Wat and don’t experience everything else Cambodia has to offer. I’ve been to Vietnam but not Cambodia yet. I ‘ll refer back to this list when I eventually go 🙂

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    • There are many people who only visit Angkor Wat and although it´s an awesome place to explore there´s so much more. I´m sure the same is for Vietnam. Guess a lot of people visit Halong Bay but don´t have the chance and/or time to explore more of the country.

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  7. Great reasons to visit Cambodia. I went to a few places on your list and it was fantastic. I was stunned by how many temples there were in jungles where nature had taken over. Watching people work and children play in the fields and floating villages gave such an incredible insight into the country. I love your photos and its a great post. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Loved the royal palace, partly due to the awesome guide we picked up at the gate. He knew his stuff and he loved his country.

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  9. Hallo Christina!
    Super, dass du auch abseits von Angkor Wat das Land erkundet hast.
    Meine beiden Lieblingsorte Kambodschas sind Battambang und Kampot. Hast du die auch besucht? Die Städte sind schön entschleunigt und es gibt trotzdem viel zu entdecken. Die Einheimischen sprechen gerne mit Touristen und sind besonders herzlich.
    Liebe Grüße Martin

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    • Ganz ehrlich. So auf die Schnelle kann ich dir das gar nicht sagen. Ich war an so vielen Orten und schönen Plätzen während der Reise. Kampot kommt mir vom Namen her bekannt vor.

      Liebe Grüße,
      Christina

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