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Cambodia – 10 best things to do

Cambodia – 10 best things to do

 

Angkor Wat Cambodia
The tourlina team traveled one month through Cambodia. We found awesome nature, beautiful beaches, great temple architecture, a lively capital, lovely people and insights to the history of Cambodia. Cambodia is definately worth a visit! Here are our 10 favourite places in Cambodia:

1. The Temples of Angkor

Sure, Angkor Wat is one of the most visited sites in the world. Especially around public holidays you’ll find thousands of tourists visiting this place, the main attractions are always crowded. BUT you indeed shouldn’t miss a visit at least once in your lifetime! The architecture of the ruins is simply amazing and they have something “magic”. The main attraction is Angkor Wat, but it is worthwhile to visit some other temples, for example Ta Prohm with its tree overgrown ruins. The temple complex of Angkor consists in complete of more than 1,000 temples and sanctuaries within an area of 200 square kilometers. Besides the main attractions you’ll find also some calmer, nice places. The temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries; many of them have been restored.

Ta Prohm Cambodia
Ta Prohm Cambodia

 

2. Koh Rong Island

You urgently need some relaxation? You dream about endless beaches with white sand, clear tourquoise water, palms and pure nature in the background? Then Koh Rong is the right island for you! The island is about 25 kilometers far away from Sihanoukville. So far, there are no asphalted streets, no cars, no motorcycles, no tuk tuk’s – no noise at all and only some few small hotels and accomodations. Unfortunately there are already road works, the total calmness is going to have an end soon. So, better have a look into the tourlina app, search for some nice female travel companions and take some days off for Koh Rong chilling soon 😉 . Here is your link to the tourlina app.

Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia
Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia

 

3. Phnom Penh

Located at the confluence of Tonle-Sap and the Mekong river, Phnom Penh is the lively capital of Cambodia with about 1.5m inhabitants. It’s nice to explore the center of Phnom Penh first with a Cyclo, a traditonal three-wheeled cycle, visiting the beautiful Wat Phnom temple, the Royal Palace and the market hall. In the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and the Killing Fields you can experience and learn about the dark history of Cambodia. Interesting shops are located in street 240. Read more in “Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide”

Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia
Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia

 

4. Temples of Banteay Chhmar

The Banteay Chhmar temples are located in the northwest of Cambodia, 165 kilometers far away from Angkor, close to the border of Thailand. We’ve ranked Beanteay Chhmar as our number 4 because here you can experience completely for yourself, how nature recaptured the ruins. At least at the time we have visited the ruins, there were no other tourists at all. In size and splendor Banteay Chhmar was comparable to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, it’s a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. There are no hotels in this area. We’ve stayed in a homestay in Banteay Chhmar, which is a unique experience. The roads between Siem Riep and Banteay Chmar are new and well-constructed; it’s also possible to visit Banteay Chhmar by car within a daytrip from Siem Reap.

Banteay Chhmar Cambodia
Banteay Chhmar Cambodia

 

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5. Beng Mealea/ Banteay Srei

Another amazing day trip from Siem Reap by car is the visit of Beng Mealea and Banteay Srei. The Beng Mealea temples are located in a forest, trees are growing out of and in between of the ruins within a subdued light. Banteay Srei is a hinduistic temple complex from 10th century. In difference to the other temples Banteay Srei is made out of pink sandstone decorated with a fine relief decoration.

Banteay Srei Cambodia
Banteay Srei Cambodia

 

6. Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is well known for its long and nice beaches. After reading all the enthusiastic articles about Sihanoukville, we expected to have a great beach time. Well, we realised that at least around new year’s eve the beaches are an extremely crowded place with local people as well as tourists. The streets around the beach areas are massively poluted with waste. It’s not a good idea to come to Sihanoukville around this time. We nethertheless have choosen Sihanoukville as our number 6, because we suppose at any other time, it’s a nice, chilling town with nice beaches 🙂 .

Sihanoukville Cambodia
Sihanoukville Cambodia
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Angkor destination travel

 

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7. Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk is a complex of more than 100 temples located in a forest, 30 kilometers in the north of Kampong Thom. It belonged to one of the first temple cities in Asia, which was called Isanapura. Sambor Prei Kuk was built in the Pre-Angkorean period in the 7th century, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This archeological site is still off the beaten track, only some few tourists visit the ruins. At some of the temples you can observe the work of archeologists restoring the temples. Sambor Prei Kuk is a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Sambor Prei Kuk
Sambor Prei Kuk

 

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8. Koh Trong

Koh Trong is a peaceful island in the Mekong river close to Kratie. So far there are no cars at Koh Trong, only some few scooters and tuk tuk’s. It’s nice to ride by bicycle around the island; you can see a beautiful countryside, farmers working in the field, chicken and other animals crossing your path. Koh Trong is a perfect place for having a chilling break in between your Cambodia roundtrip.

Koh Trong Cambodia
Koh Trong Cambodia

 

9. Wat Banan

Wat Banan is a well preserved temple on a hill close to Battambang. There are 360 steps from the car park to the site, but it’s worth the effort. On top of the hill you have a great panoramic view. The place is not much frequented and very peaceful.

Wat Banan
Wat Banan

 

10. Kep/ Kampot

Kep has a fabulous crab market and is also well known for its sunsets. Kampot is a quiet, lovely town, which has kept a lot of its colonial history. In Kampot you can visit its black pepper farms; Kampot is well known for its pepper. The town is also a good starting point for trips to the Bokor hill.

Crab Market in Kep Cambodia
Crab Market in Kep Cambodia

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

 
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Vietnam Highlight: Phu Quoc Island

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island Paradise

 

Vietnam Highlight - Phu Quoc
Vietnam Highlight – Phu Quoc

With some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, it’s surprising that more people don’t know about Phu Quoc Island – but that’s all about to change. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, this tropical paradise is one of the tourist industry’s best kept secrets. Some 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and part of an archipelago of 22 islands, it is ringed by bays of white sand and turquoise waters. More than half of the island is covered with jungle and mountains, with fishing villages and fancy resorts dotting its stunning coastline. However change is on the horizon for this once-sleepy backwater with extensive tourist development planned by 2020. If you want to experience this idyllic beach escape, going with a travel companion could be so much more fun. Sharing costs can work out cheaper and it’s also safer when going to destinations a bit off the beaten track. Some people don’t like travelling alone; that’s why we have developed our app Tourlina for women seeking an interesting female travel companion. After all, having someone along can make your vacation a more exciting and unforgettable experience.

 

Phu Quoc is a favourite with beach lovers from around the globe

Phu Quoc is the largest of all Vietnam’s islands. At 48 kilometres long, you can drive from north to south in an hour or so. Most of the coastline in the north is untouched and this part of the island is heavily forested and includes Phu Quoc National Park, popular for hiking, wildlife viewing and motor biking. Most tourists head to Bai Truong, Long Beach and Tran Hung Dao where most of the hotels are located. Phu Quoc is a favourite for sun seekers wanting to get away from it all, kick back and relax and this isn’t surprising because the beaches are second to none. Most of the resorts are along the palm-lined southwest coast. Two of the island’s prettiest beaches are Sao and Dam, near An Thoi, the fishing town on the island’s southern tip, a jumping off point to visit the small islands to the south of Phu Quoc.

 

Phu Quoc has something for everyone

Having a travelling companion comes in handy for slapping on the sunscreen, but if you get fed up soaking up the rays and are feeling a bit more adventurous there’s plenty for you and your travel buddy to do. The average water temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you and your travel companion like aquatic fun, Phu Quoc’s ideal weather and calm waters are ideal for water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing and wind sailing popular. The best places to find these are resorts on Long Beach and on Bao Sao beach at My Lan Resort. After a day at the beach, Phu Quoc has other entertainment options to tempt you and your holiday companion including bars, restaurants and nightclubs and there will be more as tourism develops. If you like to soak up local atmosphere, look no further than Duong Dong’s lively market. In the centre of the island, Duong Dong is the largest town and is the best area for shopping.

 

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Phu Quoc’s Long Beach:

Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Resort at Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Resort at Long Beach

Scooter trip to the North of Phu Quoc:

Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - Resort
Phu Quoc – Resort
Hotel terrace
Hotel terrace