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Cambodia, land of history and culture

Written on : 06 March 2019

Painfully marked by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia nevertheless radiates splendor and magic. Through fascinating and varied landscapes, this Asian country is an invitation to travel and discover. From Khmer temples to bustling cities to paradise islands and deserted mountain regions, Cambodia is a destination that is not to be missed for a unique holiday.

Temples of striking beauty

Temples of striking beauty

Cambodia...Intriguing and fascinating at the same time, this Asian country attracts curious travellers in search of cultural and historical visits. The temples of Cambodia, in particular, surprise by their beauty. Angkor Wat, a true cultural symbol of the country, is undoubtedly the most splendid. The largest religious temple in the world, the temple of Angkor Wat has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. The high walls you see represent the mountains while the moats symbolise the ocean and the summit of the temple is a residence of the Gods. Nevertheless, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

If you are looking for quieter corners, Cambodia has a myriad of little-known temples that are worth seeing. Among them, do not miss Sambor Prei Kuk, a very imposing ruins complex which is one of the greatest treasures of the Cambodian historical heritage. Ravaged by the war and the Khmer Rouge, this temple has survived through ages and dramas. It is today the symbol of an invincible Cambodia. If you are an adventurer, you can wander through the jungle in the heart of Preah Khan. Slightly difficult to access, this little-known temple is nevertheless the largest temple complex built during the Angkorian period. It includes an elephant pyramid, a temple topped with faces and finally, Preah Khan, surrounded by moats and trees.

Cities that never sleep

Cities that never sleep

Let's change landscapes and let's explore Cambodia's bustling cities. Upon your arrival, you will probably visit the capital Phnom Penh. Nicknamed "the pearl of Southeast Asia" in the colonial era, Phnom Penh mixes great avenues and architectural jewels. During your trip, do not miss the Royal Palace, imposing and majestic, which sits in the middle of a garden. Then stroll through the many markets of the capital. If the central market is too busy for you, head to Psar O Russei or the night market of Phsar Reatrey. Forget the traffic jams of Phnom Penh and visit the National Museum which brings together a large number of Khmer sculptures.

Another must-see city: Siem Reap. Located near the archaeological complex of Angkor, Siem Reap mixes colonial and Chinese architectures, to the delight of its visitors. More restful than the capital, Siem Reap is full of nature and cultural treasures. In particular, the lake Tonle Sap hosts a true floating village open to tourists. You can also take a detour to the bird sanctuary, ideal for organising a family hike. Finally, make a stop at the Phnom Kulen National Park. In this magical place, find impressive waterfalls at the top of the sacred Kulen mountain where it is possible to picnic. Then stroll through the heart of Kbal Spean, a serene and spiritual path of a thousand lingas. Finish the tour with Preah Ang Thom Temple, the quintessence of Cambodian beauty.

Paradise-like beaches and islands

Paradise-like beaches and islands

After having surveyed the cities of the country, you will probably want a relaxing break in the sun. For that, head to Sihanoukville, the only true seaside resort of the country. Dressed in white sand and turquoise waters, the beach complex of Sihanoukville has nothing to envy to of its Thai acolytes. If you want to rest, head to Sokha Beach, a private property of which only a portion is accessible to tourists. Otres Beach, an unknown and deserted beach, also offers a beautiful escape. For a wild getaway, head to Kep. Here you will find superb beaches preserved from mass tourism. During your visit, do not miss Rabbit Island, a splendid island accessible only half an hour by boat.

If you want to enjoy the pleasures of watersports during your vacation, we recommend making a stopover in Koh Rong. This island, located on the southwest coast of Cambodia, is one of the most magical places in Asia. In particular, Southwestern Beach offers miles of white sand and warm waters. Renowned for its exceptional seabed, the island is also a privileged area for snorkelling.

Wild and mountainous regions

Wild and mountainous regions

To visit Cambodia off the beaten track, we offer remote places, where tropical jungles and mountainous terrain mingle. In particular, do not miss the Mondol Kiri province. Located in the southeast of Cambodia, not far from the Vietnamese border, this remote region is in the middle of the jungle. Mondol Kiri is the ideal place to organise beautiful family hikes. You can admire majestic elephants and the splendid Bou Sra waterfall. These waterfalls, well-known to tourists, are among the most impressive in the country. If you want to see less frequented waterfalls, visit the falls of Sen Monorom. At the top of the hills, Mondol Kiri also offers fantastic panoramic views, especially from the Hill Top Pagoda.

In the Northeast of Cambodia, walk in the heart of the province of Ratanakiri. Natural and preserved, Ratanakiri radiates beauty. Here, far from tourist attractions, you can rest and reward yourself with a real break. Ratanakiri reveals the other side of Cambodia, wilder but also more surprising. In this region, visit the volcanic lake of Yeak Lom, composed of translucent waters that will not fail to amaze you. The city of Banlung, nicknamed the "red city" and other surrounding villages invite serenity and escape. Far from the hustle and bustle of Cambodia's vibrant cities, Ratanakiri seems frozen in time. Go out and meet locals to discover the customs and traditions of these remote villages, and live in harmony with nature to relax and unwind.

Cambodia, a family destination

Cambodia, a family destination

If the idea seems at first incongruous, going on a trip to Cambodia with your children is a rewarding experience. Indeed, Cambodia is full of culture and curiosities to discover. That's why the country is becoming an ideal destination for an unusual family trip. The trip requires a bit of organisation but your efforts will be well rewarded. Between visiting the historic temples and the heavenly beaches, your children will be delighted by a trip to Cambodia. In addition, the country offers a wide range of activities to entertain young and old. In particular, do not miss a trip to observe the elephants in the province of Mondol Kiri. You will have the impression of living a dream alongside your children.