Siem Reap is a gate to the Mythical temples of Angkor. The earthy depiction of Mount Meru, the Mount Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient Gods, Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. The perfect fusion between spirituality and aestheticism makes those temples a must stopover during a Cambodian gateway.
Considered as the “Pearl of Asia” during the colonial era, Phnom Penh is thriving again. The Cambodian largest port to the Mekong is the perfect match between the testimony of a vanished civilisation and the vibrance of a capital. From Khmer-styled monuments to large street markets, the Cambodian capital will seduce you with its unique features. Let’s not forget to mention the silk Island, home to a silk weaving village where you will be able to learn about the process of the making of this precious material on which they totally based their lifestyle.
Situated on the Sangkae River, Battambang is the capital of Battambang Province, biggest rice producer of the country. A gateway to Battambang is a breath of fresh air to the authentic crafting villages in its surroundings and also the occasion for a time leap while you will discover the flawlessly preserved colonial buildings of the city.
The deepest you will get in Cambodia, the nearer you will be from Vietnam, and it will be the case if you are visiting Kratie. Located along the shores of The Mekong river, Kratie is an inevitable step if you are planning on doing a cruise along the Mekong. You can’t leave Kratie without trying your luck on a boat by trying to see the freshwater dolphins also called “Irrawaddy dolphins”.
Designated as a protected area under the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere program, the Lake is located on Siem Reap suburbs. Considered as the largest freshwater lake in south-east Asia at the end of the wet season Tonle Sap is supporting the daily life of the 3 million people living around the Lake. Almost 90 percent of the 3 million population of the 5 provinces encircling the lake is earning a living from fishing and agriculture. You will be amazed by the lifestyle and by their usages as most of the Tonle Sap population live in floating villages in stilted houses and have to migrate depending on the rising level of water, harvesting seasons and the monsoons.
The largest of the ethnic groups in Cambodia are the Khmer, but if you go out of the beaten track, you will be able to encounter numerous minority ethnicities. Venture in a non-touristic area in the North-East of Cambodia called Ratanakiri. Inhabited by a mountain population designated as Khmer Loeu and which regroup a dozen minority ethnicities, this province will seduce you with its luxurious nature.
Make a time leap, and venture into the timeless region located on the frontier between Laos and Vietnam called Mondulkiri. From luxurious vegetation to pre-Angkorian temples, discover this region and enjoy the richness of nature, and the authenticity of the numerous minority ethnicities located in this area.
Around the city of Kompong Thom, discover the remains of an Indic kingdom by visiting the archaeological site of Sambor Pre Kuk, the former capital of Chenla. Indian art had left its marks on the multiple temples located on this site.
This remote area on the frontier between Laos and Cambodia is an unavoidable step for those who want to cross the border of those two countries. Located in-between the 3 provinces of Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Kratie, Stung Treng is a peaceful place, where you will be able to encounter authentic minority ethnicities.
Sihanoukville is a seaside resort, ideal to spend a few days in a peaceful environment. Relax and enjoy the boat tours available to the golden sand and crystal blue water of the islands around.