Cambodia is situated in the center of Southeast Asia, which implies magnificent and enigmatic history. The country’s ancient temples are one of the world’s most popular tourist spots. Its rich ethnic tradition can be prevailed in the structure and style of the temples built by the ancestors of Cambodia. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss in visiting Cambodia.
Bokor Hill Station is one of the historical places in the country as it served as an evacuation center in the late 20’s and 30’s. They have stopped using it when Japanese conquered the country on the 1940s and during the immersion of the Khmer Rouge in 1970s. At present, Bokor Hills Station and other buildings in the area left a ghostly and spooky feel in town.
Kratie is a tiny urban place situated along the Mekong River. French majestic edifices are around the town specifically in its most dominant place in town which is the marketplace. There are several backpackers who visit the area during peak season. This is where the Irrawaddy dolphins live. It has 66-86 estimated dolphins still in the upper Cambodian Mekong area.
Koh Ker is a tourist spot where a 30 meter temple pyramid called Prasat Thom is standing tall in the middle of the wilderness. Another legendary statue called Garuda (fabled half-man and half bird) is also situated in this spot. It was made out of carved rock formation and was settled in the wilderness for thousands of years already. Amazingly, it is still standing strong today. Koh Ker used to be one of the most isolated and unreachable temples in the country until years ago when roads were made for it to be passable by tourists.
Banteay Srei actually a part of Angkor Complex, but is recognize as a distinct attraction due to the very far distance from the central cluster of temples. It is constructed and finished in 967 AD. It is made out of mostly red sandstone, a material which accentuates attractiveness of the wall carvings that is amazingly noticeable up to this day. Another fact is that Banteay Srei is the only grandiose temple at Angkor that is not constructed for the king but of his counsellor.
Lastly but definitely not the least, is Angkor, which is the most visited attraction in Cambodia. It is known to be the most remarkable primeval ancient spots on the earth. Angkor is a gigantic temple with intricate highlights of some capitals of the Khmer Empire on the 9th until 15th century AD. Such temples are the renowned Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest religious shrine, the Bayon temple known for its huge stone images and the Ta Prohm, a temple made for Buddhist that was now damaged by the entangled growing trees.