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Top-Rated Places to Visit in Cambodia – Home of Angkor Wat

The history of Cambodia is steeped in controversy and some of the world's greatest creative accomplishments! Home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia when explored deeper is bound to surprise and reward the curious tourist. Here are the top-rated places to visit in Cambodia.

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Discover What Makes Cambodia 'Tik' – Phnom Penh

The capital Phnom Penh is a delicious hodge-podge of hustle and bustle. It is the essence of Cambodia, and a treat not to be missed. Go there to be a part of the chaos. The streets were overrun with motorbikes. And the incessant honk of car horns! There is order to the chaos, and you will learn it too; once you are a seasoned tourist. For starters, it is the most modern city in Cambodia boasting a café culture unique to the rest of the country, and home to a decent collection of historical sites. You should not miss a visit to the National Museum where displays will update you on the nation's history before the 'Gods' of the Khmer dynasty ruled. For more insights into the madness and eloquence of these rulers, pay a visit to the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and also Choeung Ek the grizzly killing fields.

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Let Angkor Wat Awe You

Angkor Wat, better known as the 'Temple City', is easily accessed from Siem Reap. The massive complex of elaborate temples and shrines was constructed between AD 802 and 1432. The seat of power for the rulers of the Khmer dynasty, the complex was the largest of its kind during Medieval times. Today, all that remains of this mighty and terrifying rule are the many temples; the forest has all but engulfed the villages of wooden huts. Hence, a trek to Angkor Wat is an adventure that quite aptly offers one an 'Indiana Jones' type of experience. You will need at least 3 days to explore the place entirely. But settling for the highlights are just as thrilling. Visit the Bayon Temple home to 216 stone face carvings, Ta Phrom where Tomb Raider was filmed, and Angkor Thom. And for when you need to relax at the end of the day, leave behind your jungle trek and enjoy the comforts offered at Angkor luxury hotels. You've got a good choice too with properties such as Anantara Angkor Resort.

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Chill on The Beaches of Sihanoukville

Take a break; chill on the best beaches of Cambodia. Located in the province of Kampong Som, Serendipity and Ochheuteal Beaches are backpacker favourites. Otres Beach is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the sun.

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Visit the Mountain Temples of Prasat Preah Vihear

Outshining Angkor Wat in terms of location, Prasat Preah Vihear is located on the summit of the Dangrek Mountains. Built in honour of God Shiva, the complex is a rich and elaborate construction of carved pillars stone pavilions and breath-taking views of the surroundings.

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Lay Back in Kampot

Let go and relax soaking up the gorgeous rural surroundings of Kampot. Enjoy the old-fashioned charm of the village where you can explore the shop-houses and marvel at the vintage architecture. The biggest lure of Kampot is its relaxed ambience.