Adventurous souls will want to explore the recently opened ruins
at Koh Ker, a former Angkorian capital in the northwest. They
constitute one of the most remote temple sites in Cambodia that is
Getting there will be half the fun-or perhaps half the challenge
is more accurate-as you negotiate rugged potholed roads through
traditional villages. Crawl over crumbling walls and descend jungle
vines to access the inner courtyards. Note: This area is strewn
with land mines-it is imperative that you stay with your guide on
the established path at all times.
This city hosts Khmer temples, French colonial architecture, a
colorful market and interesting museums. It's possible to take a
riverboat trip to Siem Reap, a popular Cambodia travel
Travel overland from Thailand, stopping in Sisophon to access
Banteay Chhmar and Banteay Top.
Tatai River Area (Four Rivers)
This area is truly remote, yet boasts an upscale eco-lodge, with
bungalows that float on the river. A unique Cambodia vacation
Built at the height of the Khmer Empire, this site is considered
to have been as important as Angkor Thom, but has unfortunately
been damaged by looting and the elements. A foliage-clearing
program by the government has made the site more accessible and
visible, at the expense of the jungle-covered mystique. Note that
this excursion could take most of the day, due to road
Sambor Prei Kuk
The remains of this ancient city are of great cultural and
archaeological significance. UC Berkeley recently undertook a
digital reconstruction of this 7th century site, noting that the
Sambor Prei Kuk area illuminated "the eastern expansion of Hinduism
along the trade routes from its Indic origins into Southeast
Asia-one of the great cultural assimilations in human history."
Tourism has not infiltrated the area; indeed, there is only one
boutique hotel available. However, it is very comfortable, and the
entire experience offers a glimpse into what Cambodia was like a
mere 15 years ago. We recommend a stay of two nights, and for those
so inclined, the area is a wonderful place to explore by bicycle.
It lies about half way between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Located between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, this area makes an
excellent midpoint stop on an overland journey between the two main
highlight areas in Cambodia. The area is home to several
pre-Angkorian sites including the solid brick Sambor Prei Kuk and
the 11th Century Kuhak Norkor pagoda. Accommodations are modest
here if looking to stay overnight. A home village stay can be
arranged here as well.
A rare combination of the remote, the rough and the regal. Hike
to tribal villages of the Kathca, Kreung and Brao people. Spend the
night in a former palace and search for tigers, leopards and wild
elephants in Virachay National Park.
Kompong Cham, Kratie &
Travel by public ferry on the Mekong River, stopping to explore
these seldom-visited towns, then cross overland into Laos.
This quaint little town is situated around two lakes and
surrounded by green rolling hills and remarkable waterfalls. Very
remote, traditional Phnong villages may be visited in this area:
the Phnong are easy to spot for the distinctive baskets on their
backs in which they carry seemingly everything, including small
Well known for its seafood, Kep is returning to its former
glory, complete with abundant national park areas and rocky,
black-sand beaches. Nearby Rabbit Island offers beautiful white
sand beaches and the shallow sea is ideal for swimming and
snorkeling - both popular things to do in Cambodia.
Sihanoukville (Kompong Som)
This southern beach area, named for the late king, has exorcised
the ghosts of Khmer Rouge destruction to reclaim its place as
Cambodia's premier beach destination. Numerous newly opened and
renovated resorts are making "Snookyville" the next great Asian
beach utopia. It is also logistically feasible to visit the area on
a daytrip from Tonle Bati, Phnom Chisor or the hill station of
We know a great little-known resort on the beach a few miles
from Kampot, between Kep and Sihanoukville, for those who want to
get away from it all on their trip to Cambodia.