The kingdom of Cambodia probably first and foremost evokes images of the majestic temples of Angkor in many travelers. Not for nothing do the legendary buildings and ruins enchant people from all over the world every year. But the fascinating country of the Khmer, which is embedded between ocean, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, offers much more.
Discover lively cities with colorful markets and architectural highlights from the colonial era as well as beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and above all, friendly people.
The temple complex near Siem Reaps is said to represent the summit of Mount Meru, the home of the gods. It is not only a masterpiece of Khmer architecture, but probably the most fantastic temple complex in the world. Climb the stairs to the top level of the complex and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
The mighty city of Angkor Thom was built as an impregnable fortress by King Jayavarman VII. So it is no wonder that on the way in you pass a 100 meter wide moat and an eight meter high city wall. Inside, admire the terrace of the leper king as well as the terrace of the elephants, before you dedicate yourself to the highlight, the Bayon Temple in the center of the city.
Siem Reap not only has fascinating temple complexes to offer, but also the impressive Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the most fish-richest inland waters on earth, is nearby. Boat trips, passing mangrove forests and quiet waterways, take you to the so-called floating villages. To discover the daily life on the lake is a very special experience.
In the south of the country, on the Gulf of Thailand, a charming coastal town and true paradise awaits you with Kep. In the past, the country's elite met here for beach vacations. The quiet little town, whose popularity suffered under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, is currently experiencing a new upswing. Explore Kep by bike, relax on the beach or visit the popular "Crab Market".
The bustling capital Phnom Penh was already an important center of the country during the Khmer Kingdom. Despite its recent dark past, the city will captivate you with its colonial charm. Phnom Penh is picturesquely located at the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers and awaits you with wide tree-lined boulevards and well-preserved architectural sights.
The Phnom Kulen National Park is also located near Siem Reap and has a special historical significance. According to legend, the almost 500 meter high mountain is the cradle of the Angkor empire of the Khmer. Visit the river of the 1.000 Lingas, the reclining Buddha carved out of a rock and the two waterfalls. On the way to the national park you also have the possibility to visit the temples in Roluos or the Banteay Srei.
Kampong Cham is the third largest city in Cambodia and capital of the province of the same name. Beside many colonial buildings you can expect impressive temples like Wat Nokor Bachey with its interesting and beautiful murals. In the time of December and June you have the possibility to visit the famous bamboo bridge of Kampong Cham. This bridge is traditionally built every year to provide access to Koh Pen Island.
Look forward to French colonial architecture amidst charming landscapes on the banks of the Teuk Chhou - welcome to Kampot. The city is known for its aromatic black pepper and as a producer of the durian fruit, among other things. Kampot is close to the sea, watch the fishermen preparing for their daily catch in the late afternoon or visit the fish market in the early morning. Nearby is also Bokor National Park, where you will find picturesque natural scenery and breathtaking views. Less
Cambodia is a country with a rich past. The impressive temple complex of Angkor Wat is a very special witness of its past and a visit here is almost a must when you travel around the kingdom. After all, the spectacular building can even be seen on the national flag. You can easily spend several days in the archaeological park of Angkor, where the temple complex is located. Especially at sunrise or sunset, you will experience magical moments here that you will not forget so quickly. Apart from the admirable architecture of their ancestors, the Khmer people are themselves an important facet that will make your trip unforgettable. Especially during boat trips across the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia, you will experience everyday life on and around the water up close and get unique insights into the life of the fishermen and their families. Also in Kratie, a picturesque town on the mighty Mekong, you will have the opportunity to get to know the charming rural population of Cambodia and develop a feeling for your destination country.
You can look forward to a warm climate all year round in Cambodia, the average temperature is 80 °F. However, there are regional differences in rainfall and weather. During the rainy season from mid-May to mid-October there can be heavy showers every day, usually in the afternoon or evening. However, these months are also very fertile, so you can look forward to particularly green rice fields and many exotic fruits. The sights of the country can also be visited during this time, but generally the best time to visit Cambodia is from mid-October to the end of March, when it is dry and the temperatures are pleasant. Already in April the thermometer can show up to 100 °F.
In October Cambodia celebrates the Water Festival, where the population celebrates that the Tonle Sap River changes its direction of flow. The canals are colorfully decorated and in the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap different festivities take place.