what places do you recommand me in Cambodia? I will be there for 1 week. I would like to see the nature, temples, beaches.. please let me know! :-)
Hello! Claus Andersen (below) provides you with great tips! I would have made about the same suggestions, though if you are looking for beach time, head to Krong Preah Sihanouk - about 5-6hrs away from Phnom Penh by bus. Many beaches along the coast where but you can swim, sit down on lounge chairs by the beach and enjoy delicious Cambodian barbecue while sipping on cocktails (there are a lot of bars along the beach if you are looking to party - if not, it is easily avoidable, we were able to enjoy quiet bbq dinners under the moonlight with background music). I have made numerous blog posts about our trip to Cambodia so feel free to browse and decide what you'd like to check out: http://www.ooaworld.com/category/cambodia/
Hope it helps! Happy Travels! xx
Having one week there you need to limit yourself to 3 places I would say as you will otherwise not see anything but the roads you are traveling on from one place to the other.
Angkor Wat is the most obvious site in Cambodia and you should give it at least 2 days there.
And get up early in the mroning and enter the site before the hordes start arriving at 9am and then go and visit the lesser known temples at "rush hour" between 9am and 3pm and after that you will have a little space again at the big famous temples.
Phnom Penh is worth a stop too as it has some very interesting places to see when we talk about Cambodias more recent history with Khmer Rouge.
Finally I would recommend you to finish in Kampot for a nice chilled out place in a colonial setting.
These 3 places should give you a fantastic trip, but I would say that 3 places is also the maximum in a week as transport does take some time in Cambodia as the infrastructure is not the best there.
Cambodia is a special country. I really enjoyed Siem Reap. Angkor Wat and Pub St are the main attractions in the city. I went in March when it was very hot so be sure to stay hydrated. It's worth it to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat, even if it means waking up at 4am. Also, Phnom Penh is a huge part of Cambodia as it is the capital. I took a 7 hour bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh but surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh is a heartbreaker but a must. It's incredible how this country and its beautiful people picked themselves up after such devastating events occurred in the 70s. You will learn to love Cambodia after visiting and leave the country with it having a special place in your heart.
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There are many amazing temples right in the city of Phnom Penh. Many of these temples are undergoing great restoration projects. The temples are also called "Wats". Most city maps found in tourist locations have little Wat/temple symbols. Wat Phnom is one of the cities most famous and 'touristy' wats. Visiting a Wat is not a tourist event, it's a cultural and spiritual memory, so there are a few things to keep in mind...
Monks return to the Wats around 11am after their morning walks around the city, so aim to be at the Wat around 11.30am. You can walk into the temples, with no entry fees, etc. (I think Wat Phnom is the only Wat you must pay to enter.) But be sure to wear a shirt that covers your shoulders (NOT a shawl or scarf draped over your shoulders) and modest clothing that covers your knees. Don't touch the monks. Don't enter closed doors. Remove your shoes before going indoors. Ask before you take photos. It's also okay to bring a small gift for the monks/Wat. (I bring a few sodas, a few soymilk cans, and a couple of snacks.) Be respectful, calm, and considerate--don't be loud and rude. Smile often. :-)
Find a tuk-tuk driver along the Riverfront and hire him to drive you to the different temples. (Most tuk-tuk drivers along the Riverfront speak very good English. Be VERY clear about destination and pay before you get in the tuk-tuk!!!) A tuk-tuk driver's fees vary, but for a few hours it should be less than $20 if you are staying within a couple miles of the Riverfront.
When you finish, visit any of the The Blue Pumpkincafes for clean food and ice-cream. (Very delicious ice-cream!) Or, Friends-International cafe near the National Museum also has fresh, clean, salads and fruit smoothies.
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