Angkor – UNESCO World Heritage
With an area of about of 200 km2 near the city of Siem Reap and hundreds of temples Angkor is the largest archaeological temple in the world. The most famous is the huge temple Angkor Wat, but also the city of Angkor Thom with Bayon in its center. In other provinces there are also large temples such as Sambor Prei Kuk (province of Angkor Thom), Preah Vihea (in the province of the same name) and Banteay Chhmar (Banteay Meanchey province). Some temples are still devoured by the jungle, but are accessible to visitors.
Mekong & the Great Lake Tonle Sap
The Mekong flows through Cambodia from the south-east to the north and stores its own tributary, the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia – Lake Tonle Sap. On both waters are offered very impressive cruises to Siem Reap / Angkor, also departing from Saigon. On the river section of the Mekong in Kratie there are fresh water dolphins, the Irrawaddy, to visit.
The Cambodian Gulf of Thailand offers very beautiful beaches, which are still completely untouched by mass tourism. In Sihanoukville (Kompong Som) and Kep, 4 and 5 star hotels are available. On a number if islands simple but also exclusive luxury accommodations are available. Beach holidays are possible all year round.
The majority of the population in the provinces of Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri are ethnic minorities. The 21 tribes traditionally live as semi-nomads, cultivate rice and vegetables, practice fire clearing, keep cows, chickens and pigs as livestock. Their original religion is animistic.
80% of the population of Cambodia lives in the countryside, far from mass tourism. Extensive parts of the country have been preserved in their origins, although only about 25% of originally 70% of the wooded areas remain. Especially there, Cambodia offers more and more interesting routes in untouched nature and visitors can learn about traditional ways of life with Homestay. Very popular are ornithological journeys.