Where to go in Cambodia: tourism Cambodia
Resorts and tourist destinations in Cambodia not too much. The most popular of them are Siem reap (Angkor), Phnom Penh (the capital) and only the popular beach resort of Cambodia – Siem reap. The bulk of the tours and excursions will lead you into these places.
But in Cambodia there are still a few much less popular provincial town, such as Battambang, Kampot that as a place to visit can not be seen, and to visit them only in passing, well, a maximum of 1-2 days. Here is a map of resorts in Cambodia with checked border crossings, table seasons for the resorts of Cambodia and a brief description of each of them.
Map of resorts Cambodia
Seasons resorts, Cambodia*
*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Siem reap (Siem Reap, also Siemreap, Simrep, Siem reap, etc.) is a town in the North of Cambodia, the main stopping place for tourists to access the temples of Angkor archaeological Park (often referred to simply and mistakenly Angkor Wat). The city was founded in the year of 802, and its name literally means "Siam defeated". This city derived its name in the 16th century in honor of the victory over Thailand.
From a tourist point of view to consider Siem reap as a tourist interesting place without Angkor is not worth it. It is for the inspection of temple complexes of Siem reap is annually visited by a huge number of tourists. Thanks to the Angkor city is very popular and here began to develop the tourist infrastructure. Well, until in the early 19th century, the French explorers re-opened Angkor, Siem reap was simply a village.
Today, Siem reap is a tourist town with lots of hotels, cafes and restaurants, and in addition to the temples of Angkor there are other attractions and entertainment. Close to town, built an international airport ready to receive flights from all over the world. The city's population is 171 800 people (as of 2009).
A beach holiday in Siem reap not, and will be able to sunbathe, except that pool.
Detailed tourist and travel information about reap, see here.
Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville, The City of Sihanouk, Sihanouk City, or Krong Preah Seihanu) is a city on the southern coast of Cambodia, 230 km from the capital Phnom Penh. Washed by the waters of the South China sea.
Sihanoukville is a very small and young city. The city's population of slightly more than 100 000 people, and the history of the city began in the 50s of the last (twentieth) century. The name Sihanoukville was named in honor of king Sihanouk, in whose reign it was built.
Sihanoukville is famous among tourists as a growing beach resort with great clean beaches and Islands. While it is still very small, underdeveloped and not very popular tourist resort (and to be honest, the only beach resort in Cambodia), but in the future he prophesied the glory of the most popular resort in Cambodia, and the bold promise that Sihanoukville is the Cambodian Pattaya. Well, let's wait and see.
Compared to the same Pattaya, and indeed with any other beach resort in South-East Asia, there are a number of advantages: the resort is not particularly popular, the prices are probably the lowest in the whole of se Asia (namely among the beach resorts, where prices are always higher than not a beach); and again, due to the low popularity even in the high season of tourists is not much, but the beaches are mostly clean and deserted.
To sum up: this place, first of all, ideal for a relaxing family holiday; "farniente" on the beaches and nearby uninhabited Islands; snorkel or diving.
Detailed tourist and travel information about the resort Vancouver see here.
Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh) the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the largest city in the state. The city is located in the South Central part of the country at a distance of 150 kilometers from the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The city's population – more than 2 million people.
For tourists in Phnom Penh is not so popular travel destination, because there is no beach activities and nightlife. Infrastructure for the city, is the capital, is poorly developed, public transportation is not available. Although, for tourists, there is almost everything: a considerable number of hotels of different categories from cheap to expensive (there is even the backpacker quarter), travel agencies and tour offices for the sale of tickets for buses to all corners of the country, restaurants and cafes. Therefore, every year the number of tourists visiting the city at least for a short time, grows, and infrastructure improves.
Usually tourists stay in Phnom Penh when trailing at the popular beach resort of Sihanoukville or in the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem reap. Stop often short – one or two days. Sometimes stopping in Phnom Penh is required because of the specificity of transport: night buses in Cambodia don't go, so tourists are forced to stay in Phnom Penh to continue his journey to Sihanoukville or Siem reap the next day.
But why forced? If you have enough time to devote a day or two exploring Phnom Penh's worth. And not have to do this only in order to see the standard sights. It is interesting to linger, to learn more about the life of this city, meet local people, walk in the evening along the promenade, relax at a café selling "happy pizza". Even Phnom Penh is the center of nightlife in Cambodia, and a separate category of tourists linger here for exotic sex tourism. If you want to be limited only to sightseeing of Phnom Penh, linger more than a day here is not worth it, just nothing to do here for longer.
Detailed tourist and travel information about Phnom Penh, see here.
Battambang (Battambang) – a popular tourist town in Cambodia, is famous for its ancient temples and ruins. Battambang is in the North of the country, 170 kilometers from Siem Reap and 291 kilometers from Phnom Penh. The city is the capital of the homonymous province. Battambang is one of the largest cities in Cambodia (population about 250 thousand people, the second largest after Phnom Penh).
Despite the low popularity of Battambang among Russian tourists, in fact, the city has deserved popularity among foreign tourists. Although the city has the second largest population in Cambodia, the atmosphere in the city is calm, almost rustic. The city's architecture has changed little since colonial times, while maintaining their French roots. It was his genuine, natural atmosphere of a provincial town of Cambodia attracts tourists. Fair to say that in Battambang you can see the real, not embellished for tourists, the provincial lives of ordinary Cambodians. Of course, no less interesting and the sights of the city and its environs.
Hotels in Battambang is not yet too much, and the tourist infrastructure is underdeveloped. Of course, you'll find it here and a travel Agency, and tourist transportation, and even tourist-oriented restaurant or cafe, but all in very modest quantities. The only thing in the evening – to be in a room of his own hotel and watch TV. Of course, no beach holiday is not provided. Go here for the entire period of his travel is not necessary, quite enough to stay in the city for a day or two to explore the sights and atmosphere of the city. To stay in Battambang longer it can be just boring.
Quite convenient to visit Battambang as part of the tour for one or two days from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
Detailed tourist and travel information about Battambang see here.
Banlung (Ban Lung)
Banlung is a small town in the East of Cambodia near the border with Vietnam. Despite the size (in 2006 the population was 16 000), this town is the capital of the province of Ratanakiri (Ratanakiri Province).
In this town you won't get on the plane, don't buy there tour (except that only private tour). However, this place could be very attractive for solo travelers looking for unexplored places. The city and province known as the place of production of precious stones and you can take a tour into the mines for their production. Around the city thick jungle (national Park Virata), is home to several waterfalls, lakes (including crater of an extinct volcano), the mountains and hill tribe villages real Khmer. All this makes this place great for multi-day Hiking tours and ecotourism. For this city you can find several travel agents and use their services. To go into the jungle and the mountains themselves are not very recommended, because rumor has it that in the jungle still hiding partisans.
In the same city to do practically nothing. The tourist infrastructure is very poorly developed, but present. The city has cafes and restaurants, including cooking European cuisine, dozens of hotels (four-star), and several travel agencies. Almost every hotel can arrange private or group excursions to the jungle or the mountains.
To get to Banlung is not easy. Flights there are not made, and will have to get a bus from Phnom Penh or taxi. Due to the proximity with the border on the bus to get to/from the Vietnamese city of Pleiku. On the border between the towns you can obtain a visa to Cambodia on arrival.
Banlung to visit at any time of the year, but during the rainy season (may to October) due to the frequent rainstorms formed the whole of the swamp, and in dry season (November to April) all the swamp dries out and turns to dust constantly flying. The perfect month to visit is November, when the mud has no time to dry and the rains are not so many.
Kampot is a small town in Central Cambodia, is located a few kilometers from the coast of the Gulf of Thailand on the banks of the river of Kampong Bay. The city is the capital of Kampot province. The city's population of slightly more than 39 thousand people.
Among the Russian mass tourists, the city is hardly known, although it is quite a popular tourist destination. First of all, Kismayo is interesting because it is located near the National Park of Bokor (Bokor National Park), which is a great place to visit from here. In the vicinity of the city there is a lot of natural attractions: waterfalls, caves, rice fields. Just a few kilometers from Kismayo, on the coast, is the beach resort of Kep (Keep), and it is possible to combine ecotourism on the outskirts of Kismayo with a beach holiday.
The town itself is nothing special to offer tourists, but some tourists like it quiet, unhurried atmosphere. The city is partially built up by the colonists, the French, and still retained much since then. Many buildings in Kampot has a French architectural roots. Unfortunately, in the 70-ies of the last century, there were fierce battles between the Khmer Rouge and the liberation armies, and many of the buildings in the city was destroyed, most of them have not been restored so far.
Nightlife and tourist attractions are virtually none, except that several evening bars and at times hosted in one of the hotels disco. But the city is just so interesting for certain categories of tourists that allows you to plunge into the tranquil provincial life of the Cambodian town, enjoying doing nothing. To stay long in the city or not, but a couple of days here to rest, unless, of course, the conditions of idleness, you want.
High (dry) season in Kampot from October to may.