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Welcome to Cambodia

Cambodia's greatest glory, its UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park, attracts more than two million visitors a year for good reason. But, all too often, the rest of this charming kingdom is overlooked by busy travelers, so don't be afraid to veer off the beaten track. Start in Siem Reap, of course—your base for exploring Angkor Wat—and while you're in town, be sure to hit the night market to sample a few Cambodian delicacies. If deep-fried tarantula isn't your thing, your guide can steer you toward tamer (and tastier) local fare: sweet and spicy noodle dishes or sticky coconut-rice pancakes. Try to catch a performance of the excellent Phare theater troupe, which features Khmer storytelling, dance, and acrobatics, too. Just south of Siem Reap, a lake boat tour on Tonle Sap offers a glimpse into rural life as you glide past floating villages and lush green rice paddies. In Phnom Penh, the lively capital, a day trip to Tluong Suong Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (aka the Killing Fields) reveals the country's tragic past under the Khmer Rouge, a heartbreaking but critical history that is woven into the stories of most Cambodians you'll meet. Hit the National Museum, home to a treasure trove of Angkor artifacts; tour the Royal Palace and the shimmering Silver Pagoda; and visit Wat Phnom. Adventurous types can then head southwest to colonial Kampot, tour the ghostly ruins of Bokor Hill Station by motorbike, and fill up on fresh seafood in the fishing village of Kep.

Top 10 attractions in Cambodia

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

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Rising from the jungle as the star of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park, the Angkor Wat temple complex is a 12th-century engineering marvel. Look out for intricate carvings of nymphs dancing on columns in shadowy hallways, serpent-topped balustrades, and huge, chiseled bas-reliefs depicting Khmer Empire battles. Although intended as a microcosm of the universe, it’s difficult to get lost here, with the complex arranged on three easy-to-navigate tiers.More
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Phnom Penh Central Market (Phsar Thmey)

Phnom Penh Central Market (Phsar Thmey)

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With its distinctive art-deco dome, Phnom Penh Central Market (Phsar Thmey) attracts visitors with hundreds of traditional Khmer stalls, selling everything from antique coins and brightly colored fabrics to traditional crafts and medicinal products. No first-time visit to Phnom Penh is complete without stopping, and shopping, here.More
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Royal Palace

Royal Palace

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The official home of Cambodian royals is located in the heart of Phnom Penh, where the gilded rooflines of the Royal Palace preside over manicured grounds. It’s a gem of Khmer architecture and one of the city’s most popular sites. Follow in royal footsteps as you explore the intricate Throne Hall, visit the Silver Pagoda, and more.More
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Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

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Explored by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft:Tomb Raider, Ta Prohm is ubiquitously known as “the Tomb Raider temple.” A 12th-century Buddhist monastery and temple complex enmeshed in a web of towering tree roots, it’s one of Angkor’s—and Cambodia’s—signature sights and stands as an eerie symbol of the transience of human endeavor.More
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Bayon

Bayon

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The geographical and spiritual center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon is one of the crowning artistic achievements of the Khmer king Jayavarman VII. Around 200 giant faces look down from around 50 towers, while beautifully crafted reliefs depict everyday life in 12th-century Cambodia.More
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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

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Boasting a hilltop location overlooking the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom is one of Cambodia’s most-visited temples. Originally built in 1373, the sanctuary was reconstructed in 1998 and now provides a place for locals to celebrate Khmer festivals and make sacred offerings.More
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Phnom Kulen National Park

Phnom Kulen National Park

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Phnom Kulen National Park, which sits north of the famous temples of Angkor Archeological Park, features Khmer landmarks in a gorgeous natural setting. Visit to see waterfalls streaming from a holy mountain, natural pools, the phallic carvings at Kbal Spean (the River of a Thousand Lingas), and a popular Buddhist shrine.More
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Phnom Penh Russian Market (Toul Tom Poung Market)

Phnom Penh Russian Market (Toul Tom Poung Market)

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A place of magic, where it’s conceivable that almost anything can be found for sale, Phnom Penh Russian Market (Toul Tom Poung Market) is a haven for tourists, displaying a wide variety of goods—most notably, designer brand knock-offs. The Russian Market got its name from the Russian tourists that frequented it in the 1980s; these days, you can hear a wide range of languages being spoken in its stalls.For those looking for souvenirs, “real designer clothes” at a huge discount and some remarkably fantastic food, you’re in the right place. As factories for such big name Western brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren are located in Phnom Penh, stock that is deemed unfit to be shipped abroad due to some flaw are then sold at the Russian Market. Stick to the eastern side of the market for clothing; the northern side sells a utilitarian mix of tools and household goods and the other two sides are a mixture of jewelry and watches, antiques and not-so-antiques, pirated videos and various crafts. The middle of the market is the jackpot–-it’s a veritable Mecca of jet-fuel-grade iced coffee, noodle shops and snacks of both the savory and sweet persuasion.More
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Tonlé Sap

Tonlé Sap

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This great lake covering 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) is not only the largest body of fresh water in Southeast Asia, it’s also a UNESCO-designated biosphere due to its remarkable natural features. The flow of water in Tonlé Sap changes direction twice during the course of the year, expanding and contracting with the seasons.More
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National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

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Home to one of the largest collections of Khmer art in the world, the National Museum of Cambodia focuses on the country’s ancient history and distinctive architecture. Galleries are categorized by material—stone, metal, wood, and ceramics—and feature artifacts that date back as far as the Neolithic period.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Angkor Wat

How to Spend 2 Days in Angkor Wat

Ways to Experience Khmer Culture in Siem Reap

Ways to Experience Khmer Culture in Siem Reap

Must-See Temples at Angkor Wat

Must-See Temples at Angkor Wat

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambodia

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Above and beyond! Great day!
Catherine_C, Jan 2022
Full day tour :bamboo train ,killing cave&bat cave,village life&test local snack
Activities themselves are also great!
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Well worth doing.
Maxine_P, Mar 2020
Bike the Siem Reap Countryside
A excellent way to see the real Siem Reap.
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Recommend
Alex_M, Feb 2020
Half Day Kompong Phluk Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap
Very interesting if you want to see how Cambodians living on the waterways really live.
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A must do in Phnom Penh
mlpallorina1971, Feb 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
He also speak very good English and they pick me up from my hotel at the agreed time.
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Bats at sunset!
mmkahn, Jan 2020
Battambang City Private Tour (Day Trip)
This tour was one of our favourite things to do during our time in Cambodia!
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Easy fun reliable
jameshowse9, Jan 2020
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
So easy, fun and great to see to many temples it really took the stress out of us having to organise it and know which temples were best to see etc.
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Fantastic tour!
elizabethgbaker96, Jan 2020
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
The tour guide was very informative and took us to see the back streets and country side of Cambodia.
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Patient guy and flexible time for visiting
Huong H, Oct 2019
Kulen Mountain Waterfall Small Groups
Include entrance fee 20$ exactly The guide cum driver for my trip is nice Cambodian guy with patient attitude I have enough time for visiting all place included in tour and the guide help me call motor bike by local guy to visit some others place exclude tour, and truly advice about buying souvenirs around visiting place
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Sunset and real life experiences all In one trip
william_w, Aug 2019
Siem Reap Sunset Ride
The primary focus was to see the sunset from a great viewing spot.
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Interesting Combination!
MariaLuisa_P, Aug 2019
Phnom Penh 2-Day Tour
T'was a great experience to see part of Cambodia's countryside and her ancient capital from 17th to 19th century called Oudong.
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Emancipation, self-gratification
RomleeM1, Aug 2019
Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour, Silver Pagoda,Genocide Museum, Killing Fields
After reading so much of Khmer Rouge Regime, we decided to see ourselves the destruction during their rule in Cambodia.
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Worth getting a great guide
Lesa D, Aug 2019
Angkor Wat Two Days Tour With Lunch, Sunset, and Sunrise
Mr Chea Narong from Angkor Local Tour was a very knowledgable guide and also took the time to show us and talk to us about everyday life in Cambodia as well as just the usual tourist attractions.
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Phearom was a terrific guide
Mary_S, Jul 2019
Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap with English Speaking Guide
Phearom spoke perfect english.
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Wonderful day tour of Angkor Wat
O8334COsteves, Sep 2018
Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap with English Speaking Guide
The tour guide speaks really good English and explains in detail about the history of the site and Cambodia in general.
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This tour is Amazing and worth for...
VIVEK G, Jan 2018
discover floating villages and tonle sap lake by boat
His English was great.
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I had a great tour with Mr Pheap- he...
Haziqah N, Jun 2017
Full-Day Temples of Angkor Small Group Tour
Will definitely recommend, and hope to visit the temples again with Journeys Cambodia.
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This was the best tour we did on our...
Michelle R, Jun 2017
Street Food Tasting Tour including Dinner
Got to visit a market for the locals, a cool night market and eat bugs and interesting foods and the best was dinner at a local spot!
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This tour gave us everything that we...
Lourdes T, Jun 2017
Private Tour: Siem Reap Full Day Tour With Angkor Wat Banteay Srei Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm
This tour gave us everything that we wanted to see in Cambodia.
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As a family this was a very...
Martin S, Jul 2017
Private Siem Reap Countryside Cycling Tour
Our guide Sopheak Hub was brilliant, even taking us to visit a rural school once he knew I was an International School Principal.
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This tour is Amazing and worth for...
SIEWPENG_S, Sep 2017
Half Day Kompong Phluk Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap
He is well known with the history of Cambodia and spoke many languages such as Korean, English and more.
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