Solo travel has been rapidly increasing in popularity since the rise in technological advancements that have brought distant lands to our doorstep. At the same time, with so much social media keeping us connected everywhere we go, even including celebrity Snapchats making us drool over their incredible pics and videos shot in every corner of the globe, traveling by your lonesome usually turns into meeting other travelers on the way or getting introduced to the locals to show you the ropes.
So many travel bloggers would go to the end of the world for the perfect shot of a place not yet documented online (or at least not that often), and soul searchers and adventurers of all kinds are just dying to visit places like India, Malaysia, and Cambodia, which we’re here to talk about today. If you’re looking to cross off Cambodia from your bucket list, here are our top 3 places to visit to make this one of the most memorable trips yet.
#1: Siem Reap – The World of Temples
Temples, Cambodia’s trademark, make Siem Reap, the northwest city and region, your no.1 spot to visit as soon as you land in this beautiful country. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, the remains of the Khmer Empire that flourished from the 9th until the 15th century. There are over 1,000 temples (wat) in the Angkor area, known as the Angkor Archeological Park, which attract countless visitors to the region year after year.
Angkor Wat is the most substantial religious monument, originally built as a Hindu temple and transformed into a Buddhist place of worship in the late 12th century. In addition, there are also the Bayon Temple, Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Phnom Bakheng, and many more sites not to be missed when your travel bug takes you to southeast Asia.
#2: Phnom Penh – For the History Buffs
Notwithstanding the fact that Cambodia has a breathtaking coast, it is the country’s turbulent history that makes it so appealing to travelers from all over the world. If you’re not sure where to go from Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh is a choice that makes the most sense if you want to get a comprehensive understanding of Cambodian history.
Take a tuk-tuk from the airport, and you’ll arrive at the heart of Cambodian history in no time, getting a chance to visit the National Museum of Cambodia, the Royal Palace, and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Not only will you get to check out the Angkor architecture and artifacts, but you’ll also learn about one of the most brutal genocides known to man.
#3: Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem – Breathtaking Scenery
Finally, the time has come for your to relax and hit the beach. Travelling south to the city and province of Sihanoukville will introduce you to Cambodia’s stunning and undiscovered beaches where you’ll get to enjoy beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and have all the time in the world to reflect, read, meditate, and do all those things that require the kind of peace and quiet only found in lands far far away.
From Sihanoukville, you can take the ferry to the islands of Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem to the party, go hiking or sunbathe at Lazy Beach or Sunset Beach. Whatever you do, Cambodia will help you get in touch with yourself, and put together the pieces usually scattered all over the place in the hearts and souls of solo travelers.