PLANCONG.COM – Famous Tourist Spots In Cambodia. Cambodia is our neighbor country which is the same as us as a Southeast Asian country and including ASEAN. The country is directly bordered by Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Therefore, to get to Cambodia we must first transit in one of the countries between Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.
The total length of the trip from Jakarta to Cambodia is approximately 4 hours, without us calculating the length of our transit time. The capital city of Cambodia is Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s form of government is a kingdom. The state is headed by the king, while the head of government is the prime minister. Cambodia has five local governments with the capital city Phnom Penh. And in Cambodia the Khmer language is spoken.
Here are 5 main tourist attractions that must be visited in Cambodia:
1. Angkor Wat
This temple is a famous tourist spot in Cambodia. Almost all tourists who come to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat which is full of history. Angkor Wat is located in the city of Siem Riep which is about 350 km from Phonm Penh. Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple that was founded in the 12th century. Angkor wat itself has an area of approximately 400 km2 and consists of hundreds of temples and Angkor wat is the largest temple in Cambodia. To get around this temple takes approximately 4 hours, because to enter this temple, tourists must walk through a long bridge, which is the only access to the entrance to the temple.
If you have more time, you can visit other temples in the Angkor area, such as Banteay Srey, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Ta Keo and Ta Phrom. Ta Phrom Temple is so unique, because many of its temples are ‘wrapped’ by large trees, and recently this temple has become so famous because it was used as a shooting location for actress Angelina Jolie in the film Tom Raider.
Sihanoukville or also known as Kompong Som can be said to be the “Bali” of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The main attraction of the city, which is located about 4 hours drive from Phnom Penh, is in the form of beaches and white sand that stretches around it. There are several beaches that can be visited in this city, namely Sokha Beach, Independent Beach, Long Beach, Serendipity Beach and Otres Beach. Each beach offers a different view. The atmosphere is still very natural and quite close to Phnom Penh, making this city a pretty pleasant vacation spot.
3. The King’s Palace and Silver Pagoda
Another tourist destination in Cambodia is the Royal Palace of Cambodia which is located in Phnom Penh City. The King’s Palace is so interesting because in addition to the beautiful building and typical Cambodian shape. And still within the location of the King’s Palace, we can also visit the Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the palace. Previously, this building was known as Wat Preah Keo. It is called the Silver Pagoda because the floor is covered by more than 5,000 silver tiles and each tile weighs 1 kg.
The steps leading to the Silver Pagoda are made of marble specially imported from Italy. Inside this building there is a Buddha statue made of gold and decorated with 9,584 25 carat diamonds weighing 90 kg. This building is the official place of worship for the King of Cambodia.
If visiting the palace and the Silver Pagoda, it is recommended to leave early in the morning (open from 8 am), because at 11 – 2 pm, the palace complex is closed to tourists because the King is scheduled to hold an event and receive state guests at that time. The palace will reopen at 2pm.
4. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Field
Still in Phnom Penh, the attraction this time is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Basically this museum is a high school building which during the reign of Pol Pot was used as a prison and place of torture. Between 1975 – 1978, more than 17k people were entered and tortured in this place and then taken to the killing field in Choeung Ek which is located about 30 minutes drive from Phnom Penh.
In the Killing Field, traces can be seen
Pol Pot’s atrocities through an audio tour. In this place as many as 8000 skulls are displayed behind a glass cabinet to commemorate how many victims were lost during the short reign of the Khmer Rouge. here found 129 masala graves, of which to date 43 of them have not been excavated and are still left as they are.
5. Thmey Market
For those who like shopping, Thmey Market is a must-visit market. Here, you can find various kinds of goods, ranging from clothes, various souvenirs for souvenirs, precious stones, to vegetables and fruit. Precious stones are the mainstay of the Cambodian kingdom’s mining products.