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Overview to Cambodia: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Cambodia’s landscape is littered with intensely exotic remnants of the past. In Southeast Asian terms, few travelers have been here and even fewer have spent as much time exploring Cambodia as it deserves.
The headline attraction of this small and relatively undeveloped country is, without doubt, the intricately carved temples of Angkor Wat. Simply seeing their soaring towers, ringed by a wide moat, is sufficient justification for a trip to Cambodia.
While Angkor Wat gets all the press due to its mesmerizing scale, a twin site, just two km north, is just as impressive. Angkor Thom was the old city next to the temple, and its 54 towers (embellished with decorative faces) are an awesome spectacle.
Away from the complex at Angkor, many backpackers head to the capital of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s hot and dusty capital city. Characterized by its haphazard infrastructure, it nevertheless also boasts some fine colonial architecture and a lively atmosphere.
The stunning Grand Palace is the thing to see here, along with the adjacent Silver Pagoda, whilst the National Museum and the Wat Phnom are both well worth a visit. Simply walking around Phnom Penh, however, is an absorbing enough experience even without the sights.
Up in the mountains and along the Meklong River, the Banlung region offers something completely different, in the shape of some fascinating hill tribes. The area is also home to a series of waterfalls, and the Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake.
Given that Cambodia only opened up to tourism fairly recently, many of its sights and wonders remain happily unsullied. Now is the time to go, then, and experience the dazzling antiquity of Southeast Asia at its very best.