5 Best Hidden Gems in Cambodia

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Cambodia is worldwide famous for its beautifully architectures ancient temples. Millions of tourists visit here round the year to see the heritage of Angkor Wat, enjoying various activities like biking, trekking and nature walking here but beside many famous destinations included in tour packages, there are some destinations in Cambodia which are still hidden and tourists not visit there often due to there remote locations and of less popularity which doesn’t means that these locations are not beautiful and less valuable. The beauty of these destinations are much as they are less visited by people. So, here we are exploring about these top 5 hidden destinations of Cambodia:

Banteay Chhmar: How it will be sound if we say that there is a place in Angkor without tourists, Sounds strange? Yes, there is a place Banteay Chhmar 4th largest Angkorian temple in Cambodia, which is Cambodia’s best kept secret. It’s a huge but hidden temple complex around two hours from Siem Reap, shrouded in both jungle and mystery. One of the most intriguing in the Khmer empire, both for it’s scale and it’s remote location. Never excavated, Banteay Chhmar fits the picture of a lost Khmer city with its ruined face-towers, carvings, forest surroundings and bird life
flying through the temple. It has a romantic and discovery feel to it. There are no hotels, just home stays, no Western restaurants and not a wisp of Wifi. It’s the temple that time forgot.

 

Kep: A small, snoozy seaside town in the far south of Cambodia, surrounded by sprawling salt fields and family-run pepper plantations. Often treated as a stepping stone across the border to Vietnam, Kep is seldom seen as a destination in its own right. The Crab Market is the beating heart of Kep and the only place to be at sunset. As the sun sizzles down into the sea, it’s a hub of hectic activity.Next to the market, there’s a row of rickety restaurants built out over the water, all of them selling local delicacies such as tasty crab amok and banana blossom salad. It’s too yummy if you are fond of sea food.

Rabbit Island or Koh Tonsay: Rabbit Island is the perfect place to reconnect to the bare necessities and take a much-needed break from modern living. Visit there from Kep’s coastline by long tail boat in just half an hour. A beautiful place to get back to nature, but it will also send you right back to basics as there is no electricity and wi-fi. Rabbit Island is rustic in every sense, so if you’re after glamour, it’s best to give it a miss. The island isn’t for everyone, but if you need some time out to restore perspective and take your eye off from the mobile phone, then this place will become of yours.

Koh Rong Samloem: Hammocks slung between coconut palms, banana pancakes on the beach and a cold Angkor beer alongside a fiery sunset – this is what Koh Rong Samloem has in store. Just two hours by boat from the beaches of Sihanoukville, it’s a pocket- sized paradise that most tourists pass straight by. The island is bursting with free-roaming wildlife, so trekking here is an untamed delight. There’s accommodation available for every style of traveller, so you really can’t go wrong. Despite these developments, the island feels very authentic. The locals are so welcoming, the water is warm and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Pailin: A remote town with truly stunning surrounding area. A lonely outpost perched on the edge of the Cardamom Mountains. Less than an hour from the Thai border, the region is seldom-visited yet welcoming to strangers and full of surprises. If you’ve got the time, it’s well worth the effort.Trekking to the Blue Mountains alongside Otaveo Waterfall is wonderful way to spend the day. There’s a little restaurant next to the falls serving simple local specialities and the whole area feels untouched by tourism. Teetering on a nearby hilltop, the temple of Wat Phnom Yat is a real eye- opener, depicting sinners being punished in horrifically imaginative ways.

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