Home to enchanting scenery along the Mekong River and the most amazing religious buildings in the world, there are so much in Cambodia that is worth of exploring. How do you possibly see everything you want to see this country? As Phil and Barbara recently found out, the best ways to see Cambodia is by multiple modes of transportation.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Cambodia by Plane
Like its neighbors, Cambodia is a pretty small country, where each domestic flight takes less than one hour. If you are spending about two weeks to see both Cambodia and Vietnam, you’ll want to set aside at least 4 days to explore the country, 6-8 days if you have more time, so you can really soak it in. By plane, you can easily spend a couple days in its capital Phnom Penh, touring its highlights – Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum of Cambodia, and the “Killing Fields” – then take a short flight to Siem Reap to see the famous Angkor temples. In Siem Reap, you want to see Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm temples as well as explore floating houses on the Tonle Sap Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. From Siem Reap you could continue onto the beaches on the coast, where you can escape on Song Saa Private Island hotel in the Koh Rong Islands.
Cambodia by Boat
A luxury Mekong boat cruise is one of the best ways to see the countryside along the Mekong River, starting from Tonle Sap in northwest Cambodia to the capital Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta of in the southern Vietnam. The scenery is breathtaking – villages and bamboo groves, buffalo in the fields, rice paddies, fisherman on bamboo rafts – there’s something special to see around each bend of the Mekong.
You will see scenes of incredible beauty, which will delight the eye, from dazzling religious sites like the richly-detailed Angkor Wat to timeless glimpses of everyday life along the river. You will also visit bustling cities of Phnom Penh, teeming with business and motorbikes, as well as visit the rural river village and enjoy an ox cart ride through the countryside. A cruise along the Mekong offers a sense of the resilience of Cambodian who are remaking their lives, rebuilding towns destroyed by wars, and extending a warm welcome to visitors.
Cambodia by Bike
Siem Reap, home of the phenomenon Hindu temples - considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth, is also a vibrant city surrounded by jungles and farming villages with crooked little dust roads that look straight out of a storybook. Its markets are full of people selling Cambodia’s specialties and is worth exploring. A great way to see the villages and surrounding countryside of Cambodia is by bike. The rural town has quiet roads that wind through the palm-lined river valleys, rice fields, and local villages. And of cause, you don’t want to miss the ride through the stunning Angkor ruins, a metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings.
For a different view of Cambodia, take a helicopter or hot air balloon tour in Siem Reap. The adventure is sure to be a highlight of your journey. From above, you’ll be able to view the world’s famous temples that not many people have chance to do.
Cambodia is an easy place to travel with families and multiple generations. If a family trip is on your list for 2019, consider Cambodia with Incense Travel. Contact our travel expert to start planning your journey today.