Cambodia

Days 1-3: Most flights to Cambodia will land in Phnom Penh. You’ll want to visit the Royal Palace during the day. The Palace grounds are opened to the public except when the King is in residence. The Silver Pagod with its Silver tiled floor is in the Palace grounds. Inside the Silver Pagoda is a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. The compound also houses Wat Phnom Mondap, containing Buddha’s footprint.

The National Museum is near the Palace. On display inside are more than 5,000 works of art, ranging from the 7th to the 13th century. There are also lotus ponds where visitors can take a little break.

When you visit The Independence Monument, look from across the street. Getting too close is illegal. Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and Wat Moha Montrei are other well-known tourist attractions.

Days 4-6: You don’t want to miss Angkor Watt while you’re in Cambodia. While this travel plan allows three days to visit the jungle temples, a previous discussion featured a longer trip to Angkor Watt.

Days 7-9: How about realxing on the beach? Sihanoukville has rooms starting at 5.00 and Sokkha Beach has the best sunset. You can hire a boat to take you to Koh Rong island. Koh Rong Samlem has 8 or 9 beaches including some very nice, sheltered beaches on the north side near Koh Kon. Rocky reefs around both islands harbor a variety of sea life in both shallow and deep water. Good for divers and snorkelers.

The best online information on Cambodia comes from Canby Publications.

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  1. Michael Taylor says:

    Excellent info. I’ve been wanting to get away for a longtime. I’ve heard a lot about this place from people that live there.I’ll be looking into some of your suggestions.

    Thanks.

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