Koh Rong Samloem beach

Cambodia is a country with an incredible history, an array of natural attractions, and a wealth of lesser-known sites to explore.

Unlike neighbouring countries Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia has managed to retain much of its rustic and traditional elements; it has not been massively transformed by the tourism industry, and as such is still unspoiled, unblemished, and unsullied.

Of course, when people put Cambodia at the top of their travel wish list, it’s often because they want to visit the temples at Angkor Wat. And while they are absolutely worth seeing, there is far more to the country than this one hotspot. Cambodia is a country full to bursting with hidden gems and concealed areas of staggering beauty, which means that it can be difficult to come up with a definitive itinerary.

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However, with our help, you can be sure to visit parts of the country that will simply not reach other people’s radars, allowing you to get a real taste of Cambodia.

Angkor temples

Banteay Chhmar

If the idea of seeing Cambodia’s temples without being surrounded by stacks of tourists sounds like heaven, then this is the place for you.

This is, undoubtedly, Cambodia’s true hidden diamond; it is far larger than you would expect from a location that requires a two-hour trek to reach, it is located far away from the normal tourist trails, is surrounded by dense jungle, and has none of the modern amenities that you’re probably used to.

If you need running toilets, WiFi, electricity and souvenir shops to have a good time, then this place is absolutely not for you. For everyone else, prepare to be wowed.

 

Koh Rong Samloem

Koh Rong Samloem

Cambodia is famed for its beaches; it has a population that relishes the idea of relaxation and taking the time to be at one with the natural world, and there is no place better to delve into that traditional mindset than Koh Rong Samloem. With an abundance of hammocks, coconut trees dotting the skyline, cold beers on offer and plenty of boats to hire that will allow you to head off into the serene blue sea, there really is nothing here not to love.

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Also – as if that lot wasn’t enough – a five-minute stroll away from the beach will have you walking between thick foliage that hasn’t been altered by human hands, allowing you to get up close and personal with nature of all kinds, from flowers to animals, butterflies to trees.

Indeed, unlike her big sister Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem hasn’t been largely developed, even if it’s true that it gained some attention in recent years. Hurry and visit it before it gets overcrowded! It’s an easy trip from the city of Sihanoukville.

 

Kep Seafood Cambodia

Kep

If you head to the small, sleepy seaside village of Kep, there’s a very good chance you’ll never want to leave. There is an inherent atmosphere of chilled relaxation, and it’s impossible not to fall under its spell.

Take a stroll down to the picturesque beach, relax at one of the tiny independent bars or coffee shops, eat some of the most delightful fresh seafood in the world, or head down to one of the markets and indulge in the same sights and smells that have greeted Cambodians for generations.

 

Rabbit Island

If you do end up taking a trip to Kep, then it makes sense to head off to Rabbit Island at some point. It is only around an hour away by boat, so not only do you get to travel there in the most relaxing manner possible, but you end up at a serene and scenic location that very few people know exists.

If you’re a fan of getting away from the stresses of the modern world, then this is for you; facilities and amenities of all kinds are at a premium, so you will have to get back to basics when it comes to sleeping, washing and eating. It’s not for all – if you can’t go a few hours without checking your phone, it’s probably best to stay away – but for everyone else, this place is an absolute dream.

Cambodia Waterfall

Pailin Province

This place is perfect if you need a hub that will allow you to explore some of Cambodia’s most stunning natural environments.

The town itself is, to put it bluntly, nothing to write home about, but the surrounding areas are incredible. If you want to get up close and personal with the Blue Mountains, visit some of the country’s most untouched temples or fancy getting some stunning Instagram shots beside jungle waterfalls, then you really need to head to this part of the country.

Indeed, the south of Pailin is known to have many waterfalls that are a real delight to visit and bathe in. The most accessible one is the Phnom Khieu Waterfall, but we also recommend the Otavao Waterfall, or the remote Samlot Waterfall.

 

Wrapping Up

Cambodia may become more and more of a tourism heavyweight in South-East Asia, it is still far from other countries like Thailand. There are still countless hidden gems to be discovered and explored that can only blow your mind. Whether you like gorgeous palaces, picturestque countrysides, postcard-like islands, fascinating archaeology or simply decilious food, there is something for everyone in Cambodia!

Want to skip the driving and wake up in a new place every morning, ready to see what Cambodia has to offer? Why not take a river cruise and see the country from a completely new perspective?

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