Talking about Cambodia, people usually list out the well-known tourist attractions such as Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap or the capital Phnom Penh, but just a few can know about the following undiscovered landscapes in Cambodia for foreign tourists. The biggest advantage of visiting these beautiful sites is that you can enjoy the picturesque sceneries in a noise-escaping atmosphere. Have you known about them before? Read on the useful article below to plan for your wonderful Indochina trip including this mighty country.
Cambodia Attractions – Top Off the Beaten Track in Cambodia
Situated on the banks of the Sangker River and southwest of the Great Lake, Battambang is the heart of Cambodia’s “granary”. Despite being the second-largest province of Cambodia, Battambang retains the rustic charm of the countryside with the French colonial and traditional Cambodian architecture buildings. It will be an amazing time of a Cambodia tour when you can encounter small villages, vast fields and giant farms that have not been polluted. Besides, do not forget to try bamboo train – the unique transportation of this region but you should put on a towel and wear glasses to avoid the dust from the earth’s roads. Moreover, you are also suggested to visit some ancient temples such as Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan or Phnom Sampeou pagoda that present the typical cultural characteristics of the local people. Let’s explore this undiscovered landscape to enjoy the serene lifestyle here before it is turned into a tourist attraction.
Being considered as a mysterious destination in Cambodia, Bokor Mountain has existed in a diversity of legends and stories about the people who have magical power and subliminal martial arts went down the mountain to help the people in need. The special appeal of Bokor results from the cool air, the pristine and lively environment of the forest and cloudy mountains, which creates a sense of peaceful but sacred feeling for the visitors. Particularly, standing on the top of the mountain, you can see the panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand and Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam in the good weather. In addition, there is a majestic waterfall called Popokvil – a great place for bathing, taking photos or wandering around and learning about the variety of vegetation. Being outstanding among the antique ruins, Wat Sampov Pram pagoda will attract you with its ancient and solemn beauty and the romantic love story of Princess Nagani and Prince Preah Thong.
Flowing through the center of Kampot town, Kampot River is famous for the charming and picturesque beauty when the sunset is coming, which is also highlighted with the beautiful bungalows – Indian-designed houses anchored on the bank of the river and rows of lush green coconut trees. From this point, you can admire the gorgeous Bokor Mountain and the bright red sky at the end of the day. One of the most interesting activities is watching fireflies in the evening when you can be amazingly surrounded by the “little lights”.
4.Koh Rong Saloem
Koh Rong Saloem – “the heaven to escape life” in Cambodia is included in the list of 6 Undiscovered Landscapes in Cambodia for Foreign Tourists that you should know and visit before it becomes one of the most attractive destinations in the world in the next 10 years. The beach has many unspoiled and undeveloped areas without the noise and light pollution. It is considered that the most appealing place in Koh Rong Saloem is Saracen Bay which has a three kilometer-long pristine white sandy beach. Coming here, you can enjoy the fresh air together with exciting water activities such as scuba diving, rowing the boats and fishing. In addition, Koh Rong Samloem also has many suitable locations for snorkeling; giving you the chance to discover the diversity of the marine life, or you can participate in walking and cycling tours throughout the forest to learn about the local lifestyle.
Kratie is still a new tourist attraction in any Cambodia tours because there are not many tourist spots here. If you are looking for a tranquil countryside in order to be immersed in the idyllic rhythm of life, Kratie is exactly your ideal destination. Being located on the banks of the Mekong River, the town has beautiful scenery with hundreds of scattered islands and simple thatched-roof houses. Besides, it will be a rare opportunity for you to witness Irrawaddy – the endangered freshwater dolphins which are only no more than 100 living in the branch of the Mekong River in Cambodia. Going around the village, you seem to get lost in a European classic town with the French-style buildings, the slow lifestyle of the local people, and traditional food such as freshly baked corn tortillas, dried buffalo meat, etc. It is also such an enjoyable time to sip a cup of coffee and watch the peaceful scenery of the streets in the sunset. In addition, you should not miss the ancient monument of this land: Thousand Pillar Pagoda which used to be the Royal Chapel of Sam Phu Borak Capital of Chenla Kingdom.
Being one of the undiscovered landscapes in Cambodia, Kep city has a peaceful and simple appeal with the harmony of the ancient French architectural buildings remaining. The land is famous for Kep beach – a coast with a gentle slope, light waves, clean blue water, and white sand. The tourists will certainly be deep in the grandeur of nature in which the beach is between a jade-blue sea and a mountain with green trees up to the top. Furthermore, Samot Reangsey Temple – a cultural site with unique Cambodian temple architecture is a must-see destination when visiting Kep City. And, Koh Tonsay or “Rabbit” island which is about 30 minutes from the city center by boat is also a great place to snorkel, watching the coral reef and many types of colorful fish. Coming to Kep, do not forget to try spider crab – the special seafood of this region where it is sold at a very reasonable price and is cooked with yummy flavor.