30 Apr Cambodia: A Sleeping Country for Voyages of Discovery
Cambodia certainly is not a target of mass tourism yet. But since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, the country flourishes literally from the inside out. The infrastructure is slowly improving and there are more and more hotels in the cities.
The prices you pay here are still amazingly low for Europeans. Where else do you have the opportunity to stay in a 3 star hotel for the equivalent of 15 Euros? The service is good and the staff is extremely friendly and obliging. In general, people are very open and hospitable. However you should beware of trick fraudsters and thieves, if you are travelling alone. In a tour group, the probability to get robbed is quite low.
What is there to discover in Cambodia?
Phnom Penh delights with buildings in the French colonial style and the king’s residence and palace complex, which are open to tourists. The impressive “Pagoda d’Argent” amazes visitors with its 5000 kg silver plates.
The “most beautiful museum of Indochina” is also very interesting. It is designed elegantly in red stone by the Frenchman Georges Groslier in 1920. A visit to the Russian Market is also very interesting.
The town Siem Reap is the starting point for trips to the temples of Angkor. Arriving at Angkor Wat we visit the unique and enchanting temple complex. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Angkor National Museum and learn more about the national history of Cambodia. In the butterfly garden thousands of butterflies astonish the visitors with a fantastic display of color. Do not forget your camera to capture these unique sights. Also the crocodile farm and the Mine Museum are well worth a visit.
Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia with a population of nearly 200, 000. You will travel here by car, because there is no airport or a properly functioning railway system. For the more adventurous, there is a private rail link, the ‘Bamboo Train’. However, it services only smaller routes in the immediate area. You will sit in an open railcar, which is powered by a diesel engine.
Battambang is still a quite sleepy town and doesn’t offer very many tourist attractions, although it is slowly changing.
There are already some very good hotels like the Delux Villa, the Vimean Sovannaphoum Resort or the Classy Hotel, which we can all recommend.
The coastal town of Sihanoukville in the south of the country is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country. Tourists will enjoy the beaches of Sokha Beach, Otres Beach, Ream Beach or Depot Beach. Another destination for a day trip in this region are the Kbal Chhay waterfalls. This place is visited more and more, especially in the rainy season and is a popular weekend destination among the locals. From Sihanoukville Mountain, you have a wonderful view of the entire city from above. Diving is also very popular. There are several diving schools, which invite you along on excursions.