Places to visit in the center of Cambodia

Angkor relics

This population including two main temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, is just 6 km from Siem Reap to the north. This especially important relic of Cambodia tourism can be divided into 5 main areas:

Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom: Angkor Wat temple has the most majestic architecture in the entire population while Angkor Thom is the ancient capital territory. Angkor Wat is the embodiment of Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Hinduism. Angkor Wat architecture is divided into 3 floors representing the three key factors making the universe according to the standpoint of Hinduism: earth, water and wind with 5 towers. According to legend, Mount Meru lies in the ocean in the universe and the ocean is the deep and wide moat built around Angkor Wat.
Places to visit in the center of Cambodia
Angkor Thom owns the outstanding temples and architectures such as Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Phnom Bakheng temple atop the hill (you can ride elephants to get here), Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and 5 big gates leading to Angkor Thom. This is the most characteristic image of Cambodia tourism.

Little Circuit: The most famous temple in this area is Ta Prohm “ancient tree” Temple, where the work of nature is combined with the human work. The stone architecture of the temple is so closely tied to the branches and roots of ancient trees creating an impressive and spectacular scenery, attracting tourists to Cambodia.
Places to visit in the center of Cambodia
Big Circuit: this region has a structure which is similar to the Ta Prohm temple, Preah Khan temple where has stone walls interspersed old trees. Apart from that, Pre Rup temple is the ideal place to see the sunset in Big Circuit.

Roluos Group: the ruins in this area belong to Hariharalaya ancient city, and are older than Angkor. In this group, Bakong temple with pyramid architecture is the most outstanding site.
Peripheral temples: this area is located quite far from the center of the ruins, but has the most unique and different works. Banteay Srei Temple attracts visitors mainly for its meticulous architectural details. The ruins of Kbal Spean, also called the "Valley of a 1000 Lingas" or "The River of a Thousand Lingas" (linga is worshiped symbol of Indus valley civilization), with the rocks under the stream in a square area in the woods. Beng Mealea temple is close to nature, with plants growing on ancient architecture creating fresh air but murky, ancient space. Phnom Krom temple is situated on a hill, with a view of the Tonle Sap, a pleasant experience while traveling to Cambodia.

Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, linked to the Mekong via the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. In rainy season, Mekong River water flows so fast that iit significantly raises the amount of water in the lake. You can take a ferry on the lake in 2 routes: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap or Siem Reap – Battambang.

People living on the rafts floating on the water, when the water rises, they move close to the shore near the town of Siem Reap, when the wayer is down, they also follow the water and move away, sometimes up to 2km. They flock together and build a floating village attracting many Western tourists because of its uniqueness. Life on the floating villages is quite busy with merchant boats carrying all kinds of goods to sell for each family, moving in the winding "streets".

Also, in the cities of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and some other lakeside cities, visitors can rent a boat to explore the floating villages on the lake, which is a very poetic experience for tourists in Cambodia.


Located near Sangkae river, Battambang is a peaceful small town with buildings in French architectural style. Some interesting sights in Battambang include: Kamping Puoy lotus pond, Wat Ek Phnom with 28m high Buddha statue, Prasat Banan temple, temple Prasat Snung and Nory bamboo train. Inspite of being not ancient and mysterious as the other tourist destinations in Cambodia, Battambang still has its own attraction.

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