Cambodia is one of the Southeast Asian countries that offer a unique experience to the people who visit their land. It lies near the countries of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. A lot of countries had influenced Cambodia. But it is India who made a huge impact on the country. With this, Cambodia has been notable for its spellbinding charm that has a mixture of ancient and modern worlds.
Preah Vihear Temple
Preah Vihear Temple is situated at the top of the cliff of Dongrek Mountains in Preah Vihear Province, Northern part of Cambodia. As you visit this landmark, you can see the four levels and courtyards that includes five Gopuras (entrance pavilions). The temples were dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva and pilgrims are visiting it to pay their respects. You can visit the temple through reaching the Cambodia-Thailand gateway border from the Ubon Ratchathani Province of Thailand. It is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Tonle Sap Lake
Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Because of its unique and various species of fauna and flora, it has been recognized as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As of now, Tonle Sap lake is one of the major sources of income of many Khmers due to its rich and vast ecology. As you visit this landmark, you can expect floating villages of the locals and experience to be welcome in the Tonle Sap kind of way.
Silver Pagoda or locally known as Wat Preah Keo Morakot is an attraction that you wouldn’t want to miss. It comprises important national treasures such as gold and Buddha statues. It also has historical objects like ‘Emerald Buddha’. This place has been a unique pagoda as various royal ceremonies were being held that include the meeting of the Kings and the monks.
If you happen to have plenty of time within your hands, you might want to explore Koh Ker. Because of its location and accessibility, you can expect few visitors coming from the area, leaving every visitor enchanted by stumbling upon on the secret gems of Cambodia. It was once a capital of the Khmer Empire during the reigns of Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II. During that time, a colossal sculpture and spectacular building were built. These structures can be currently seen. One famous structure that you can notice as you reach this place is the Prasat Thom. It is a 30 meter (98 ft) tall temple pyramid that rises high above the surrounding jungle.
Compared to the famous Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei offers much smaller but distinct features. It is known for its pink limestones and detailed decorative carvings of female deities. With this, it gained some nicknames such as “the pink temple”, “the lady temple”, and “the tiny temple”. If you are planning to include this on your itinerary, make sure to visit it on cooler times to see its pink-colored temple at its best time. Also, make sure to avoid visiting the place in the afternoon as it offers less shade to its visitors.
Famed for its massive tranquil stone faces, Bayon Temple is considered as one of the must-see attractions in Cambodia. The temple is built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. It is dedicated to Buddha who believed to achieve enlightenment after the long meditation under a banyan tree. Aside from the smiling faces that you can see in every direction, it also constitutes various well-preserved bas-relief carvings that depict scenes from history and old life of Cambodia.
With its picturesque views and balance beauty, Angkor Wat (also known as City Temple) is certainly the most famous attraction of Cambodia. It attracts tourists around the world to witness and experience its aesthetic design. But did you know that this attraction serves as a big reservoir to the north of the Angkor park? It supports the temple’s foundations by stabilizing it through floods and drought. If you are planning to visit this attraction, it is important to wear appropriate clothing as you would not be allowed to enter into the central sanctuary. You can bring light and loose-fitting clothes that cover your body especially your knees and shoulders. Make sure to bring a lot of patience too as you can expect a large number of people in the queue for taking their instagrammable photos of the area.