Is Cambodia worth visiting

Articles from the "Current" section | | 12/21/2020 | ± 4 minutes reading time

The first thing most people think of when they hear Cambodia is the temples of Angkor Wat, the country has many more treasures to offer. Get off the beaten track and take in the country's lesser-known attractions as you travel. Also, remember to apply for a Cambodia visa when planning your trip.

Temple complexes

Many Southeast Asia travelers only make a short stop in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat and then travel straight on to Vietnam, Thailand or Laos. This is a shame as there are many other beautiful sites in Cambodia that are worth visiting. Of course, the impressive temple complex of Angkor Wat is a must-see on a Cambodia trip, but since the temples are world-famous, it can be overrun with tourists. If you want to experience the authentic culture of the country. Therefore, you should visit other, less crowded, temples. For example Phnom Banan at Battambang, which is also called the little brother of Angkor Wat.

Battambang: cozy city with a dark past

One of the requirements for entering Cambodia with the e-Visa is that you are only allowed to cross the border at a limited number of places in the country, namely at some road border crossings to Thailand (Cham Yeam and Poi Pet), Vietnam (Bavet) and Laos (Tropaeng Kreal). You can also arrive in Cambodia with a visa at the international airports of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Many travelers arrive by plane in either of these two cities. Aside from these big cities, there are many others in Cambodia that are worth visiting.

For example Battambang, a city in the west of the country on the Sangke River. Battambang is a lovely city with colonial buildings and visible French influences. But the city also has a dark history. In the Killing Caves (in Mount Phnom Sampeau) about ten thousand people were killed on the mountain during the regime of the Khmer Rouge and the dead bodies were thrown into the caves. A relic from the French colonial era is the bamboo train, consisting of makeshift bamboo carts, which is now just a tourist attraction. It is the only vehicle in Cambodia that is still on the railroad. All train stations in Cambodia are now deserted.

Paradise islands

When it comes to tropical islands in Southeast Asia, many people think of the famous islands of Thailand or the Philippines, such as Koh Samui and Palawan. What is rather unknown is that Cambodia also has islands with paradisiacal beaches, which are generally quieter than the well-known islands in Southeast Asia. For example Koh Rong: a beautiful island with pearly white beaches and azure blue water that can be reached by boat from Sihanoukville. Koh Rong is becoming more and more touristy, but on the smaller sister island Koh Rong Samloem you can still enjoy pristine beaches. Another island of Cambodia is Koh Tonsay, also called Rabbit Island, which is near the Vietnamese border. In addition to the pearly white beaches, the island's forests are ideal for wonderful hikes.

National parks and untouched nature

Cambodia also has some national parks with impressive landscapes. The largest national park in the country is Botum Sakor in the southwest. Here you will find a very varied flora and fauna: The park consists of mangrove forests and grasslands and is home to Indochinese tigers, leopards and elephants. Not too far from Botum Sakor Kirirom, the oldest national park in Cambodia. This park is located in a mountainous area where you can, among other things, Trekking and mountain bike tours can be undertaken. On the way you will pass small lakes and waterfalls.

You will find impressive natural spectacles of a different kind at Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Tonlé Sap is no longer really an insider tip, but is visited by many tourists. Nevertheless, a visit to the lake should not be missed when traveling through Cambodia. On the lake, you will see colorful houseboats and fascinating floating villages.

Apply for a Cambodia visa

To travel to Cambodia, you need a visa, which you can easily apply for online. Enter your contact, travel and passport details in the form. Then pay the cost and upload a digital photograph and scan or photo of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months upon arrival and that you must arrive at one of the designated border crossings in the country.

The electronic visa is suitable for tourists who do not stay in the country for more than 30 days. This is usually enough to visit a few less well-known sites in addition to the country's famous sights such as Angkor Wat.