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Top 7 Must Visit Tourist Attractions in Cambodia

Temples of Angkorare are one of the most attractive tourist points in this country

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It is one of the best tourist spots in the southeast Asia due to an array of magnificent temples, religious buildings, rich heritage and culture. Pixabay

Cambodia is a small historical country located in the southern portion of Indochina point in Southeast Asia. It has assortment of historical attractions and also offers a variety of activities travelers to fil their travel diaries with. It is one of the best tourist spots in the southeast Asia due to an array of magnificent temples, religious buildings, rich heritage and culture. Temples of Angkorare are one of the most attractive tourist points in this country. It has many more for tourists such as tropical beaches, colonial structures and a lot of natural attractions. 

If you have chosen Cambodia as your next travelling destination, then you must have a look at the must visit top tourist attractions in Cambodia to have an amazing tourism experience. 

Angkor Wat

It is the top attraction in Cambodia. According to the resources, these were built around in the start of 12th century by King Suryavarman II. Composition and attractiveness of the temple make it one of the great and most beautiful monuments around the globe. The remains of the antique city of Angkor can be found at a short distance to the north of Siem Reap. This beautiful tourist attraction covers a large area of 400 sq km.

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Cambodia is a small historical country located in the southern portion of Indochina point in Southeast Asia. Pixabay

The Bayon Temple

It is a part of the world’s most beautiful attraction Angkor and the Bayon Temple is a beautiful structure as a sea of more than 200 enormous stone faces looking in all direction. The location is surrounded by a moat, and you can approach it at the site’s 4 key points via gigantic stone gates and walkways. It was built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as a vital part of capital Angkor Thom. One more thing about Bayon is that it is built at the precise middle of the royal city.

Phnom Penh

It is the capital of Cambodia. The chaotic streets humming with vehicle horns can burn you out at first glance. But it is known as the Cambodia’s most multicultural destination that grabs the attention of tourists. A lot of traditional and religious structures are out there in Phnom Penh shows both Cambodia’s modern and antique history. A local Cambodia Tour & Travel agent can provide you more details about the things to do and visit in Phnom Penh. 

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The Royal Palace

Glittering golden roofs of the royal palace can please your eyes. Basically, it is the royal residence of King Sihamoni, and the several parts of this sprawling palace grounds are not open for the public and tourists. Silver Pagoda (a magnificent statues of Buddha) makes the royal palace more attractive and appealing. It is embellished with almost 9584 diamonds and it is also enameled with over 5,000 silver tiles and expensive Italian marble structures. 

Kratie

A small town at the banks of Mekong River is one of the must visit attractions of Cambodia. It is surrounded by a dominant marketplace made with old and French colonial structures. If you love to enjoy the wildlife, the visiting the Kraite would be a great chance to enjoy the affluence of wildlife opportunities. Plenty of tourists pour the location in the peak days as it is the place to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

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It has assortment of historical attractions and also offers a variety of activities travelers to fil their travel diaries with. Pixabay

Battambang

You must mark the Battambang in the map if you really want to enjoy the calm, peaceful and rural scenery in Cambodia. The rice fields and tiny villages makes this place worth seeing. It is also known as the home to swags of momentous riches as well. It has many other attractions in it such as temples of Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom. It is also a doorway between Phnom Penh and Thailand. 

Tonlé Sap Lake

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It is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and always secure a visible place in the list of most attractive tourist attractions in Cambodia. In the monsoon season, the Tonlé Sap Lake creates a great natural atmosphere, including water-logged forests and wetlands. A lot of locations can be found around the lake for several human activities and floating villages is one of them. The Tonlé Sap Lake is a home to almost 170 floating villages and people are living their lives in the homes constructed on water. Homes, schools and shops are built with barrels and bamboos and boat is the main way of transportation. 

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Dhanaulti, Fast Emerging as Next Big Tourist Hill Station

If one wants to cherish nature at its best, experience fresh air, drink the mineral water coming directly from the Himalayas

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With Mussoorie - the Queen of the Hills - becoming over-crowded, it is starting to lose its charm and people are now wanting to explore other options. Pixabay

When one reaches Dhanaulti — a picturesque site in the Garhwal region of ‘Devbhoomi’ (Gods’ abode) Uttarakhand — one can not but feel the fresh breeze gushing through deodar trees and emitting an earthy, woody aroma. This is when you know you have left behind the hustle and bustle of the crowded city.

With Mussoorie – the Queen of the Hills – becoming over-crowded, it is starting to lose its charm and people are now wanting to explore other options. Located just 25 km away is Dhanaulti which is fast emerging as the next big tourist hill station.

“If one wants to cherish nature at its best, experience fresh air, drink the mineral water coming directly from the Himalayas, then Dhanaulti is the place to be.

“But, say it a boon or a bane, it is fast getting commercialised and we have been seeing a lot more tourists than before. Though they are good for our business, people leave behind a trail of garbage which is very difficult to clean up. It is ruining the natural beauty of the Himalayas,” Anil Kumar, owner of Burans Breeze hotel, told IANS.

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When one reaches Dhanaulti — a picturesque site in the Garhwal region of ‘Devbhoomi’ (Gods’ abode) Uttarakhand . Pixabay

Kumar, who himself belongs to Delhi, said he wanted to escape the noise and pollution of the national capital and hence built a lodge here from where one can see the snow-peaked Himalayan range.

Decoding the name of his hotel – one of the oldest in the area – he said that ‘Burans’ is for the Burans flower (rhododendron) that grows here which brightens the entire place with its red colour during spring time, and ‘Breeze’ is for the strong cool breeze that the place witnesses.

“To attract tourists, we have grown cauliflower, potato, and radish in our gardens and use them fresh in our restaurant,” Kumar said.

Another hotelier, Rakesh Garg, owner of Silver Dew, bought land here in 1997 when Uttarakhand was still a part of Uttar Pradesh but established a hotel only recently when Dhanaulti started seeing tourists.

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“Back then I didn’t know the potential of Dhanaulti becoming a major tourist destination. I bought the land for leisurely purposes but now I see a lot of tourists – from bachelors to families,” he said.

Speaking to IANS, Ajay Pawar, who is a native and handles several hotels in the area, said the hotel business here is going good. “People are liking this place because of its peaceful and chilly environment and the privacy that it offers.

“Several people are coming here and demanding rooms or cottages which are isolated and close to nature. They don’t come here for luxury, they come here to get close to nature, to hear the birds chirp and for the fresh cool breeze.”

“People love this place so much that they want to buy land here but most of it has already been bought and new hotels are coming up there. The prices of land have also shot up in merely last 2-3 years.”

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This is when you know you have left behind the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. Pixabay

Gambhir Singh, a farmer who now runs a confectionery shop, said people are shifting from agriculture activities to work in hotels. Even if a person washes utensils in the hotel, he can make more than what he makes in agriculture, he added.

Painting a gloomy picture for the future of farming on the hills, he said the new generation here does not prefer farming work because of increasing costs, risks associated with it, government’s apathy, and hard work involved which don’t pay off.

Kishori, manager of hotel Rock Resort, said that tourists demand good surroundings more than comfortable rooms, and hence to attract them, they had have planted apple, plum, walnut, and apricot trees.

“People are very fascinated with the trees, they come and take pictures with them. We also make fresh chutneys and jams with the fruits,” he said.

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Vinita Chouhan, member of a self-help group based out of Mussoorie, has put up a shop in Buranskhanda as the place has started witnessing lots of tourists. They have also set up shops in Dhanaulti, Mussoori, the Dehradun trade fair, and the India International Trade Fair in Delhi.

“We sell woollen clothes and traditional Garhwali food items like ‘Urad dal pakora’, ‘Jhangore Ki Kheer’, ‘Mandve Ki Roti’, and ‘Kandali Ki Sabzi’.”

“About 100 women are engaged in weaving woollen items like shawls, sweaters, caps, and socks. Another 10-15 women make papad, chips, pickles, and other items,” she said. (IANS)