Northern Cambodia is an interesting historical site plus natural beautify of the country. It is home to magnificent world famous ruins of Angkor and the birth of Khmer civilization. The top tourist destination of Southeast Asia. Plenty of activities from adventure to culture are on offer…
Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city. It’s a sleepy city near the Thai border in the north west of the country. You can visit temples and mountains such as Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan, Phnom Sampeou. The town is famous for being a creative place with many performers such as singers, musicians, artists. The city is also the birthplace of the famous Phare Circus.
Kampong Thom & Sambo Prey Kuk
Set just north part of Cambodia, kampong Thom, the land where Pol Pot was born and it is center of Cambodia. It is home to many Pre Angkoian temples known as Sambo Prey Kuk, man made brick temples just before Angkor Wat and the former harbor/ international port between Cambodia-China from 6-8 centuries of the Chris. It was a cross economic sector of China and Cambodia, the region geographically crossed by huge river that made an access to the traders to get through harbor.
The temples of Sambor Prey Kuk now remain intact. There were built mainly of bricks in shape of double octagonal shape and all were Hinndus. Now it still accessible even on foot. Here you might love to overnight stay in the camp, home stay and help humanitarian projects including schools and cultural activities arranged by local community.
Mondulkiri is home to some stunning natural beauty with waterfalls such as Chrey Thom Waterfall, Southwest waterfalls, and Bou Sra Waterfall. Each have their own unique quality and make visiting a worthwhile experience.
You can also go and explore the jungle with hiking and other outdoor activities on offer in the idyllic landscape.
Preah Vihear is a Khmer temple situated atop a 525 meter (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. It has the most spectacular setting of all the Khmer temples. Most of the temple was constructed in the 11th and 12th century during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II. It was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Preah Vihear is the subject of a long-running territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.
The Phnom Kulen National Park today, the former and pre Angkorian capital of Angkor and recognized as Holy city with natural waterfall for medical herb and blessing among thousands of the Khmer back then. The site is about 50 miles from Siem Reap and the adventure recommended must be with 4×4, US Army Jeep or any private bus. Activities taking in touring around waterfall, having a glimpse look at stone riverbed carvings, shower and swim, ,m picnic, walk up the Buddha image house and trek/bike through the forest.
Rattanakiri is located in the northeast of the country on the border with Vietnam. It’s a rural and rugged province where nearly 70% of the population are an ethnic minority known as Chunchiet. One of the most popular places to visit in Rattanakiri is the old volcano lake known as Yeak Laom. It’s a beautiful place for swim and a picnic or to hike around the rim of the lake which is almost perfectly round.
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat and it’s where you’ll stay when you go to visit the temples. There’s more to Siem Reap than just temples. You can also visit the cultural village, butterfly center, landmine museum, war museum, Angkor National museum, floating villages, beautiful countryside and a lot more.
Millions of people descend on the small town each year to see the temples and leave falling in love with Siem Reap.
Temples of Angkor
Angkor Wat is the main reason why people come to visit Cambodia. It’s the largest religious monument ever built, and you’ll be amazed at the size of the structure. It takes a few hours just to walk around the structure and back again.
You’ll also see the other temples at Angkor. Bayon temple is famous for the many faces which look down on you from towers. Ta Prohm has the jungle growing through the middle of the structure and is famous for being the filming location for part of one of the Tomb Raider movies.
Tonle Sap Lake
The great Tonle Sap lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and you can see lots of wildlife in the area. The lake is great for fishing and full of all different kinds of fish. Bird watchers will enjoy a visit to the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Biosphere. Or you can visit one of the floating villages which sit on top of the great lake. Locals have made the water their home. In the dry season, you’ll see homes sitting on top of large stilts which sit just above the water when the area floods in the wet season.
Anlong Veng and Former Khmer Roug Site
The former Khmer Rouge Stronghold of Cambodia, lies just on mountain which is bordered to Thailand North and military base of Pol Pot where he used as heard quarter of his armies under the attack and invasion of Vietnamese armies from 1979-1998. Here the thing to see are, former military house of Ta Mok, Commander soldier, Tonb of Pol Pot, radio station that was support by China.
Preah Kkan Kapong Svay – Kampong Thom
Preah Kha is a hidden treasure of Angkor, the temple was established at the same time of Angkor Thom, later 12th, century, the Buddhist monastery which was just along the beat path to Champa city which is central Vietnam today.
Thing that made temple more interesting is the site has just left untouched in the jungle nearly entire part, it remains as it was founded and nature make it more like you are in the middle of no where and an explorer just arrived and founded lost civilization.
Oddor Mean Chhey- Banteay Chhmar
Banteay Chmar, a hidden treasure of Cambodia has just been rediscover recently. Found in the late 12th century the Buddhist temple of Banteay Chhmar is said to be the state ruin in the northwest of Cambodia erected by Jayavaraman the VII for the dedication to his son who was killed by the Cham fleets in 1177AD.
The temple became increasingly rare, finally disappearing completely. This is the most isolated place in Cambodia. Still, however, the more smaller ruins are found there; an imposing array of monuments from an ancient Khmer empire. Among the ruins is not only one of the largest Khmer temples that we know of (including those of the Angkor group), but also one of largest temples in the world.
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