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Top 5 cities to visit in Cambodia – The emerging tourist destination in Southeast Asia

Angkor Wat temple complex and the brutal Khmer Rouge era are the main attributes of Cambodia's notability. The Cambodian history is laden with artistic accomplishments as well as horrible deeds.

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A bit about Cambodia

Now a popular tourist destination, Cambodia has many jewels that attract travellers to the country. The jungle swathed countryside is meant for the adventurous while the white sandy coastline is inviting to beach lovers. The crucible of art, history, religion and pulsating modern life, Cambodia is a treat for those who seek adventure, excitement, humility and fun. If you are planning to visit Cambodia on your next holiday, there are five cities you must visit.

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Kep

Its sandy beach, mouth-watering food and the national park tempt people into visiting Kep. The city sprang into existence in the 1900s, and it was the idea of a resort for French socialites; this was when they began building massive western-style buildings in the region. These buildings have now been reduced to ruins and claimed by the encroaching jungle, which, as it happens, is a fantastic setting for photos. The city offers a range of family-friendly activities. Tranquil sunsets, delicious seafood and hiking trips to Kep National Park are a few delights of Kep.

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Siem Reap

Siem Reap attractions are one of the main reasons for Cambodia's popularity among tourists. Not visiting Siem Reap while in Cambodia is unheard of. The most extraordinary temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat, is found here. The city is animated, and travellers turn it into a bustling tourist hub. Taking a tuk-tuk ride to the temple complex through the forested tracts is a must-do; this is where you should be if you want to let go of all the worries and enjoy some peaceful time. Come nightfall; you can pop into one of the clubs and dance as much as you want to a heady mix of music. The massage parlours found here are known for pampering their guests with the best spa therapies. Siem Reap is also home to the likes of FCC Angkor by Avani.

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Banlung

With a charming countryside and red roads, Banlung attracts those who value tranquillity; however, tourism is still a new idea to the city. The city is bordered by Laos and Vietnam. There are several attractions within and without the city. The bustling day markets are a must-visit and right outside the city is Boeng Yeak Lom: hidden inside a thick jungle, Boeng Yeak Lom is a lake with turquoise water.

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Kampot

It is not possible to keep to your original travel plans once you've had a taste of Kampot. The laid-back atmosphere of the town is such that the travellers usually stay here longer than they initially intended. The sleepy streets are ideal for bicycle rides, and the locals busy with their daily lives and children hurrying up to school paint a right picture of Kampot. Locals are welcoming to tourists, and the city has a family-friendly feel. All over the city are guesthouse and cafes.

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Sihanoukville

This is the primary seaside resort city in Cambodia. The sleepy atmosphere of the city sets it apart from the other cities. Sihanoukville is ideal for those who want to chill out on the beach. The city is a popular tourist destination in Cambodia; however, major businesses are yet to discover the potential of Sihanoukville. The coastline is packed with small bars and restaurants selling food and drinks to people who want to lounge. The city offers an array of accommodation as well.