Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Cambodia


Cambodia
Cambodia is a land where you can come close known light as well as dark, Wonders as well as tragedies – a land of past meeting present in unique way. Cambodia is located in the southern part of the Indochina peninsula in southeast Asia and borders Vietnam to the east, the gulf of Thailand to the southwest Thailand northwest and Laos to the northeast. Cambodia is full with many ancient temples, Beaches and hill tribes. Some of the temples are the grandest and magnificent world heritage sites. Fifty things that you can explore on a visit to Cambodia are as follows: www.travelrows.com

1. Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It is situated at the union of 3 famous rivers, the Mekong, the Bassac and Tonle Sap. This most popular city is divided into 3 parts – the north, an attractive residential area; the south or the French part of the city with its ministries, banks and colonial houses; and the centre or with its narrow lanes, markets, foods stalls and shops. Phnom Penh’s heritage is rich and varied a Buddhist shrine in the 14th century, Cambodia’s capital in the 15th and the French colonial center in the 19th. The most famous tourist attractions in the city of Phnom Penh includes the Silver Pagoda of the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Arts has paintings, artifacts and sculpture dating back centuries and Wat Phnom, the temple from which the city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery of the city’s past.

2. Angkor

Angkor is one of the famous places to visit in Cambodia, in fact it is said about this place that if there’s only one place you must see in Cambodia, it should be Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. Tourists from all over world visits this beautiful place and end up spending several days to explore, and while the temples. Siem Reap is the center of Angkor. It is here where the ancient people of Khmer constructed one of the greatest monuments. The famous tourist attractions of this place includes the Tonle Sap lake with its floating villages, where you can explore the traditional Khmer way of life or the national park of Preak Tuol where you can find unique birds. The most famous temple complex, Angkor Wat is an inarguable highlight of Cambodia, or rather, of the region. Because of its status, the monument has been put onto the flags of Cambodia as homage to her heritage.

3. Sihanouk Ville

Another popular town of Cambodia is the Sihanouk Ville town sits in the center of a small peninsula that juts into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Here you will find wonderful beaches of fine pearl-white sand line the shore around the peninsula and the main beaches are lined with thatch roofed seafood shacks and offer everything that you need on a beach on enjoy and rest. Other interesting activities here are night parties and water sports. Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beaches are the most popular and fully populated. Other popular beaches to be found on the other side of town are Independence and Victory beaches are also popular, both offering smaller crowds and a somewhat more tranquil atmosphere. Here you can also take a boat to visit one of the many island nearby. Hotels and restaurants serve fresh seafood.

4. Kompong Cham

This sparkling port to be found on the banks of the Mekong has some good examples of colonial architecture and also quite interesting temples such as the Wat Nokhor and Wat Kohear Nokor. Outside the provincial capital, on the other bank of the Mekong River is Chhup a rubber plantation that was first established in the region by the French tire maker Michelin. It is located 123 km from Phnom Penh. It is the second largest in Cambodia. The city has a warm French colonial atmosphere and for that reason it was once called “The city of gardens”. Visit the port and some wats such as Wat Nokhor from the 13th century.

5. Ratanakiri

Ratanakiri is another favorite and famous spot for tourist in Cambodia. It is located on the mountainous northeastern part of Cambodia. It is considered an eco-tourism capital of Cambodia because of its rich sources of jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, and spectacular scenery. It is also home to some ethnic minority groups whose tribal lifestyle is somehow another attraction to foreign visitors. The most famous tourist spot of this province is Yeak Laom volcanic lake which is considered a perfect bathing spot that is well-known for its exceptionally clear water, hosting tens of thousands of annually. The provincial capital of Ratanakiri is Banlung City where you can find restaurants, markets, and hotels are available

6. Mondulkiri

Like Ratnagiri Mondulkiri is also very famous spot for tourist. It is an eastern province of Cambodia and bordered by Ratanakiri to its north. It is considered as the most remote and less populated province with the total inhabitants of some 36000, and 80 percent of which is made of ten different tribal minorities, with the majority of Phnong. A base at the provincial capital of Sen Monorom is recommended during your visit in Mondulkiri as there are easy accesses to restaurants and guest houses. This regions biggest attraction lies on the perfect weather and the stunning view of long grassy hills, dense forests, wildlife and majestic waterfalls, which all help earn Mondulkiri the candidateship of Cambodia’s eco-tourism.

7. Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap is considered to be the largest and the most famous freshwater lake in South East Asia and is of foremost importance to Cambodia. One of the beautiful part of this lake is it expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia’s dry season, the Tonle Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. It is said about the lake is when the year’s heavy rains begin in the month of June, the flow of the Tonle Sap changes directions and an enormous lake forms. Tonlé Sap is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake.

8. Koh Kong

Koh Kong is a very famous part of Cambodia especially among travelers either coming from or going to Thailand by land. It is to found in the southwest corner of the country and bordered by Thailand to the west, Pursat to the north, Komong Speu to the east, and Kampot and Sihanouk Ville to the southeast. It is said this province is that its population has increased continually over the last few decades. This factuality no doubts results from migrants attracted from other parts of the country who choose to lay their lives on this busily booming frontier zone. Most attraction tourist spots for this province are the amazing beaches, waterfalls, and striking landscape.

9. Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear is bordered by Thailand, it is considered quite underdeveloped compared to other places of Campodia. Nevertheless, it is fortunate enough to be the heir of Prasat Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, and Preah Khan temple. Though the accessibility to the 3 sites is not convenient, there are great many of determined travelers visiting these Ankorian temples, especially Preah Vihear temple, which was recently, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

10. Battambang

Battambang is considered as one of the most famous areas of Cambodia that is to be found in the northwest part of the country and bordered with Thailand. It is well-known as the largest rice-producing province, its economy lies heavily on the agricultural industry. Once there, you will get the opportunity to explore the Anorian temples nearby the town where serves as a nice base during your visiting. Here you will find a lot of attractive tourist spots ranging from magnificent temples to waterfalls and to specify the most popular place of Battambang, it would be nationally agreed to opt Kamping Poy Lake, a perfect swimming spot hosting countless locals every weekend.

11. Kompot

Kompot is considered one of the winning tourist destinations of Cambodia which is about 150 kilometers away from the capital of Phnom Penh. It became popular for many reasons, one of which is the reputable produce of the best pepper in the country. Another contribution is the fact that the seafood there which is imported from the nearby Kep town is fresh, plentiful and delicious; and surprisingly cheap. On the other hand, this beach town is also known to many popular tourist places like Bokor National Park, one of the country’s most preserved area, the scenic two-tier waterfall of Popokvil Falls and the popular bathing spot of Tek Chhouu Falls, and also many un spoilt islands and the beach resort of Kep that is only miles away to visit.

12. Kep

The city of Kep is among the 4 famous cities of Cambodia. The economy is quite strong only because of the fresh seafood available at the sea making Kep an active trading town. Here tourist can also find a lot of enjoyable beaches. A short boat ride to the breathtaking Rabbit Island, however are less cheap. Rabbit Island is currently under the development project owing to the combination of its white sandy beach with shallow water and the resource of varied fish, plant and coral, which all make ecology research possible.

13. Banteay Meanchey

Banteay Meanchey is one of the Cambodia’s newest provinces which came into being during 1980s; it also considered a well off province, thanks to the border shared with Thailand. The place is found at Poipet, a town treated as the Las Vegas of Cambodia. Here you will also find an increasing number of casinos in Poipet while gambling is prohibited in Thailand, which makes this bordering zone a lively pass-by. It posses a lot of tourist attractions such as Banteay Chhmar, a massive temple built by the greatest king Jayavarman VII. It will be the right place to explore for any traveler whose interest is more than what Siem Reap offers.

14. Pailin

Pailin is considered to be the tiniest city among the Cambodia’s foue cities. Following the footprint of Poipet, Pailin is home to though not as many as in Poipet some casinos that are enjoying fruits of profit, most of which is from Thai gamblers. Here you will also find some attractive places to visit like the famous Phnom Khieu Waterfall. Stretching along the lower reaches of Chuor Phnom Kravanh, this swimming hole is about 20 km away from the town to the southwest. It is for sure worth a visit.

15. Oddar Meanchey

Oddar Meanchey is the well known newest province of Cambodia’s. You will also find some interesting tourist spots here and mostly you will find visitors who are rather interested in witness the former Khmer Rough town of Anlong Veng. Once being the Khmer Rough strongholds, Anlong Veng was home to the most notorious leaders of the Dark Period such as Pol Pot, (died in 1988,) Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan, and Ta Mok(died in Calemet hospital in 2006). Anlong Veng is now a 100 percent safe place to visit with spectaular view of dense forest, especially some area around the ride of Chuor Phnom Dang Rek.

16. Kompong Thom

Kompong Thom is another well known province of Cambodia which is said to be very large in size with some 13,814 km2 making it the second biggest province of Cambodia. It is very popular for its historical and cultural site to explore with the presence of the pre-Ankorian temples. One of all to get mentioned is the 7th-century Sambor Prei Kuk, which is considered the most remarkable archeological site after Ankor Siem Reap. Another well known thing here is Phnom Son Tuk Resort, the most sacred mountain of the region. Phnom Son Tuk is located on top of the mountain, and here you will have 980 stairs to claim. There is a big worship hall that is made of stone with red-tile roofed and decorated by the genius Khmer architectural style with many statues of Buddhist surrounding.

17. Kandal

Kandal is completely surrounded with the national capital city of Phnom Penh. It occupies a total area of about 3,568 km2, with the population density of 301.3 inha./ km2. Sharing the long border with Phnom Penh, Kandal easily wins the most day trips from travelers due to its many convenient accessible tourist destinations ranging from the historical scene to the beautifully shaped landscape of mountainous area. Some of the famous attractions worth mentioning are the Phnom Udong, Kean Svay resort, Phnom Prasit, etc.

18. Kratie

Kratie is one of most popular places to visit by tourist and the most notable thing about Kratie is the fact that it is the only place in Cambodia allowing us to witness the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Kratie is almost 315 km far from Phnom Penh and seems to straddle on the half way between Phnom Penh and Rattanakiri, which makes an excellent base to visit the remote eastern Rattanakiri. The people of Kratie are mostly living on substantial farming and fishing. Explore this place is definitely worth it and thanks to the natural resource of the uncommonly freshwater dolphins.

19. Stung Treng

Stung Treng is another province of Cambodia which is said to be mostly isolated with some 415km distant from Phnom Penh. There are some 25,000 inhabitants in Stung Treng most of which are farmer. And the majority of the locals take the advantages from the Tonle Sap Lake to enjoy the stable profitability of freshwater fish that leaves the province known as an active trading town. In spite of being less concerned about, Stung Treng also offers some of the best tourist places such as the Thala Boravit, Ou Pong Moan, Koh Khsach Resort, and so on so forth.

20. Prey Veng

Prey Veng is anther quite well known place of Cambodia which occupies the land of almost 4,883 km² and comprises 2.70% of the total land area of Cambodia. Tthe best way to reach there is being on bus from the capital Central Market to Neak Luong and then after crossing on the ferry. Remember, Kampong Cham is a must-alternative pass by during the wet season as the road is usually accessible to only motorbikes. Despite the fact that is has quite less tourist attractions but the province, wearing a historical look, deserves a stop thanks to the presence of the evidently ruined temple of Preah Vihear Chann at Ba Phnom, a religious site believed to have been the birthplace of Funan Khmer.

21. Takeo

Takeo is one of the best tourist attractions of Cambodia and best described as the oldest province. It is said to be quite a popular tourist place and specifically in historic of the era of Anachak Phnom and Chenla. Simply being close to the capital city of Phnom Penh, Takeo gets a lot of day trips. It is not only famous for the legacy of the six ancient temples, but also home to some often-visited resorts such as Tonle Bati, Phnom Ta Mao(zoo,) Chi So mountain, Neang Khmao Temple and so on.

22. The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace which is to be found in the city of Phnom Penh was built approximately a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and practice and as a representation of the Kingdom. The Royal Palace complex and attached ‘Silver Pagoda’ compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500×800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park which makes the approach to the Palace stand distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens. Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the general public for visiting and experiencing the royal feel.

23. Kompong Chhang

Kompong Chhang occupies an area of about 5,521 km2 with some 418,000 inhabitants. It is very famous for its unique symbol of claypots (Chhnang in Khmer) for largely produced by the locals and sold throughout Cambodia. The province sometimes makes a day-trip destination to travelers due to short distance from the capital city. Surrounded by water for most of the time, the town is occupied by many floating villages along the river as well as some tremendously ruined temples. Given that, a boat trip is the most suitable means to snap all those all.

24. Kamong Spue

Kamong Spue is a well known tourist place of Cambodia it sharing a long border with Kandal, Kompong Spue is about forty km southeast away from Phnom Penh. The region’s economy is quite good including the tourism field. One of the main attractions is Ampe Phnom, a natural and cultural site of the province. When you visit this place you will get a chance to swim in the stream and enjoy the relaxing lunch on the cottages above the stream.

25. Angkor Archaeological Park

The Archaeological Park of Angkor is indeed one of the most significant landmarks in Cambodia. The park holds the magnificent remains of a once great Khmer civilization and also a source of pride for the Cambodian people. Spanning over 240 square miles, and with a plethora of stone structures including temples, statues and various other buildings, the site is much bigger than one initially suspects. A thorough trip may take as long as a week, so if you have the desire to explore each splendid nook of this once great civilization, be sure to pack your bags.

26. Prasat Preah Vihear

The temple of Preah Vihear is to be found in 1,500 ft atop a precipice in the Dangrek Mountains with the Thai border, and spans about 2,600 by 1,300 ft, with an almost 400 ft incline. It is considered to the most favorite place of the adventures visitors and in case you an experienced and ambitious hiker, you will have no problems exploring the jungle-bound beauty of this heavily disputed ancient ruin.

27. Damnak Chan

Today the famous Damnak Chan houses the administrative offices of the Royal Palace. Initially it was built in the year 1953 for the High Council of the Throne. It well served many purposes over the years including acting as the Ministry of Culture in the 80s and housing the Supreme National Council of Cambodia from 1991-93. Damnak Chan present an uncomfortable mix of Khmer and Western architectural styles, the mix being particularly apparent in this building – sporting a distinctly Khmer-style roof and a Western style in the main body of the building.

28. Napoleon III Pavilion

The Napoleon III Pavilion is built in 1869 for Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III. It was use in the inauguration of the Suez Canal the pavilion is built entirely using iron. And in the year 1876 Emperor Napoleon III gifted the building to King Norodom of Cambodia. You might find Napoleon III Pavilion out-of-place when you see it first. It is a European-style dollhouse surrounded by imposing and distinct Khmer-style buildings. The royal emblem “N” embossed on the doors and parts of the building in honor of the name of ‘Napoleon’. It is the first permanent structure on the site of the Royal Palace.

29. Throne Hall

The present Throne Hall building is built in 1917 but got inaugurated by King Sisowath in 1919. It is called as the Preah Timeang Tevea Vinicchay, it is the primary audience hall of the King that was used for coronations, diplomatic and other official meetings. The present building is the second building to be built on this site as the first one was constructed of wood in 1869-1870 supervised by King Norodom. The building measures 30×60 meters and has a to 59-meter spire. The throne has enchanting ceiling frescoes of the Reamker.

30. Silver Pagoda

The Silver Pagoda is located inside the Royal Palace compound in Phnom Penh. It houses many national treasures that include gold and jeweled Buddha statues. The most important is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (Emerald Buddha of Cambodia) and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha that has 9584 diamonds embedded in it. The internal walls of the Silver Pagoda courtyard are decked with richly colored and detailed fresco of the Ramayana story; 40 Khmer artists painted it in 1903–04.

31. Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei lies 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the most important group of temples, even though officially it is a part of the Angkor complex, still considered quite enough to list it as a separate Cambodia attraction here. The temple was finished in 967 AD and is constructed largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still clearly noticeable even today. Banteay Srei is the only major temple at Angkor which was not constructed for a king, in its place it was built by one of king Rajendravarman’s counselors, Yajnyavahara.

32. Bokor Hill Station

Bokor Hill Station is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cambodia which you will find quite near Kampot and it was constructed by the French in the 1920s, to use it as a retreat from the heat of Phnom Penh. It was soon got isolated then twice, first in the 1940s when the Japanese invaded Cambodia and again in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge engulfed the country. Presently, Bokor Hill Station and its abandoned buildings have an eerie, ghost-town feel. Here you will find independent access seems to be impossible. Though there are hiking tours arranged by local travel agents.

33. Ochheuteal and serendipity beaches

Ochheuteal Beach is considered as one of the best beaches of Cambodia by far. It is long, sandy and comparatively narrow, with ‘Serendipity Beach’ at the arcing northern end and a development project taking up most of the southern half. The beach area also has a good selection of accommodations for its visitors. On the beach, shack-style seafood restaurants and bars line more than a kilometer of the sand’s edge from Serendipity Beach to the development project. Here you will find every possible thing that a beach must have for example umbrellas and beach chairs, have full bars, cold drinks and most have food, especially seafood barbeque.

34. Victory Beach

Another famous beach popular among both tourist and the local people is the victory Beach. This beach is actually two long beaches divided by a rocky point and a small hill, so named for the Victory Monument that sits near the midpoint. The southern section is known as ‘Hawaii Beach’ and the northern part near Victory Monument is ‘Victory Beach,’ which is the most popular area with travelers. The narrow sands at the port end (northern end) of the beach are known as ‘Port Beach.’ It is located at the base of the popular Victory Hill. It is indeed a nice little beach, only a few hundred meters long but wide in sections, presenting a variety of beachside services and one of the best sunset views in town. A parking lot and a pier with top end boats for hire sits at the near end the beach at the base of Victory Hill.

35. Otres Beach

Otres Beach is also a very popular beach to be found on south of Ochheuteal and similar in many ways – like Ochheuteal, Otres is a three kilometer crescent of white sand facing to the southwest. But Otres is far less developed, offering a more leisurely, relaxed atmosphere. Beach shacks and a few guesthouses and bungalows line the near and far ends of the beach with a development project taking up most of the central portion. Most of the beach restaurants on this beach will serve you with the best of the seafood and more, but each place has its own unique flavor.

36. Independence Beach

Another important beach of Cambodia is the Independence Beach. It draws its name from the historic Independence Hotel that sits atop the headland at the north end, often called ‘otel pram-pul chann by the people of Cambodia. You will find half of the beaches are under development but the remaining half will surely amaze you. A long slice at the north end and a small corner at the south end remain open to the public. At the northern end, a 500 meter strip of sandy beach and groomed park is open to the public and sports near a dozen beach front BBQ huts. It is considered a best place for those who want to avoid crowd.

37. Sokha Beach

Sokha Beach of Cambodia is also quite popular among tourist as well as locals. It is surely a beautiful beach, a crescent of sand about one kilometer long and comparatively wide so that there is plenty of sand left during high tide. The fine off-white sand is entirely groomed these days, but the beach is fairly quiet by comparison to nearby Ochheuteal and Serendipity, frequented primarily but Sokha resort guests. There aren’t any little seafood shacks on Sokha like the other beaches but a series of gazebos and upscale beach bars/restaurants run by the Sokha Beach Resort

38. Ream Beach

Ream Beach is another beach of Cambodia and quite a fascinating one. It is long and narrow, sitting at the edge of Preah Sihanouk (‘Ream’) National Park about 27km from town. The beach is largely isolated and best suitable for visitors who are who admires cool and calm atmosphere. The road toward Naval Base offers a nice little oceanside drive and sections are lined with water’s edge seafood shacks and a thin beach. Take Route 4 18km north to the Airport road 18km north. Turn right, 9km to the ocean.

39. Phnomd & Angkor Borei

The temple of Phnom Da (mid 6th century) was considered as the last religious center of the Kingdom of Funan (Baphuon). Here you will also find a very interesting temple just beside Phnom Da is Asram Maharosei an Indian-style laterite temple and also here you will also find a museum in Angkor Borei, showing objects of the Baphuon period. To get there, the visitors enjoy a boat ride along an old water channel from the 6th century.

40. Banteay Chhmar

It is said that the famous temple of Banteay Chhmar was constructed by King Jayavarman VII, as the conclusion of the civil war between the Khmer and Champa kingdoms in the 12th century in the Cambodian jungle to honor five heroes who died while protecting their country, one of them being his son. A “Fine Citadel” of 8 temples, located on a 9 square kilometer site and surrounded by a moat, was renowned by expertly rendered bas-reliefs depicting the war between the kingdoms and the accession of the Khmer king.

41. Elephants Terrace

Elephants Terrace is considered as one of major tourist attractions, measuring almost 350 meters in width, it is decorated with carvings, as well as elephants in hunting scenes, garudas and lions. It was constructed under Jayavarman VII. It is said to be a famous viewing platform from which kings and their courts watched military displays of pomp and pageantry.

42. Terrace of the Leper King

Another famous tourist spot of Cambodia is Terrace of the Leper King, which is to be found at the top of this 7-meter-high platform stands a statue the Leper King. It is in fact Yama, the god and judge of the dead. Stunning carvings adorning the walls on both sides cover the walkway. It was also built under Jayavarman VII.

43. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is one of the famous temples of Cambodia. It is said that Ta PJayavarman VII dedicated this temple to his mother. It has been left to the all-devouring jungle. Even today it appears just as it used to be when it was rediscovered in 18th century by French explorers. It is a temple of towers, courtyards and narrow corridors. It is said that the temple is fully surrounded by the vegetation and the large trees all of which give the temple its unique character. It was constructed in the year 1186.

44. Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean was constructed by the hermits. It is to be found approximately about 30 km northeast of the Bayon and about 9 km beyond Banteay Srei. It is very often referred to in English as “the River of a Thousand Lingas”, this is a quiet and calm area of riverbed carvings. The river, carved with several good images of Rama, Lakshmi and Hanuman, include a large image of Vishnu. Carved into the sandstone riverbed are over 1,000 lingas, (about 25 square centimeters and 10 centimeters deep) that are lined in a perfect grid pattern.

45. Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea is situated about 40 km east of the Bayon and about seven kilometers southeast of Phnom Kulen, Beng Mealea. It is said that it was constructed at about the same time as Angkor Wat. Its dimensions are similar, but Beng Mealea has no central pyramid. It’s enclosed by a moat measuring 1,200m by 900 meters. Most of the Buddhist temples constructed under Jayavarman VII (Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei, Ta Som and Ta Prohm) were modeled after this complex

46. Prek Treng Beach

One of the well known beaches among the beaches of Cambodia is the Prek Treng Beach. You will find this beach quite a few kilometers north of town is a long crescent of white sand, presenting to you comparatively warm shallow waters. The beach has recently been cleaned up and groomed and is looking particularly good. This beach is quite isolated compared to other beaches and is considered ideal for tourist who enjoy cool and calm atmosphere. To get there follow Hun Sen Beach Drive north a few kilometers past the port area.

47. Basket weaving

One of the most famous things that you can buy in Cambodia is the Basket Weaving. It is considered that it is mostly carried out by women, many of whom cultivate and harvest the reeds by themselves; it is also a significant aspect of rehabilitation programs for victims of landmines. The legerdemain of the local people is beautifully reflected in products of all kinds, including baskets, bowls, plates, and many other useful items.

48. Silk weaving

Another most well known item that you can purchase is the silk. Silk in Cambodia even today is handmade using conventional methods with the pattern dyed into the threads before the silk is woven, thus the task of dying and weaving a single piece can take more than a few weeks. You will notice that older silk pieces are increasingly prized. Weavers would be in action at the legendry silk centre of Koh Dach outside Phnom Penh. Handiwork is also available in Kompong Cham, Takeo and Kandal provinces.

49. Flora

Cambodia features mountainous areas that are covered with dense virgin forests. These forests are home to a wide variety of plants and plant species. Different type of palm trees is a feature of the forest along with plants of rubber, kapok, mango, banana, coconut, and orange trees. Cambodian forests are rich in the high sharp grass of the savannas.

50. Fauna

The mountainous forests of Cambodia are also home to a variety of animal life that includes birds like pheasants, cranes, and wild ducks. And among mammals include wild oxen, elephants, panthers, and bears abound throughout the country. Like most of the Asian countries Cambodia has almost all the animals that are native to Asian countries.


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