Other Cambodian destinations

Let us try to make here an interesting list of those places beyond the Angkorian temples in Cambodia. It is a country with hidden paradises and adventures, full of wonderful peoples.

The Sambor Prei Kuk Temples

They are in Kompong Thom. The most important pre-Angkorian temples belonging to the Chenla period. They are enlisted to become UNESCO World Heritage.

Angkor Borei Temples

Other hidden treasures in Takeo provinces, very near the Vietnamese border and the Vietnamese city of Chau Doc at the Mekong Delta. Unfortunately there is not an official archeological park and the temples are victims of theft. They belong to the Funan and Chenla periods.

The Bokor National Park

It is on the Bokor Mountain, a huge area including the provinces of Kompung Saom, Kampot and Kompung Speau. On the top of the mountains there are the ruins of Bokorville, a French town built at the beginning of the 20th century and abandoned twice: during the War World II and during the Khmer Rouge Era.

The Sap Lake (Tonle Sap)

Near the Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap, but the biggest lake of Southeast Asia stands for itself and includes x provinces: at its north Siem Reap and Kompong Thom, at its south Kompong Chinan, Pursat and Battamban. It is like an interior sea with islands and floating islands, but also archeological ruins of the ancient times.

The Cambodian Archipelago

Cambodia has islands everywhere: at the Sap Lake, in the rivers and, of course, in front of the four coastal provinces of Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.

Preah Vihear

The name Preah Vihear means literally “The Temple”. Right in the border with Thailand at the top of the Dangrek Mountains, it has been an object of territorial dispute between both countries.

Poipet Casinos

The border town of Poipet has been always overlooked by many visitors who just pass rushing from Thailand to Siem reap and conclude that it is a terrible place. But most of them do not know the casinos areas, a Thai style road along the border with many things besides than luxury games. Food, entertainment and a busy night life in the Cambodian “Las Vegas”.

To be continued…

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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