If you are looking for opportunities of straying away from well-beaten water lanes on your next Asian cruise vacation, then think of a trip that knocks on the beautiful and exciting confines of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Dock at the country’s only deepwater port at Sihanoukville-you will be surprised with its treasure trove of incredible jungles, ancient temples, pristine beaches and a long list of exciting excursions. Read on for a deeper insight into some of the most popular Cambodian sights to savor on your Asian cruise vacation-one thing is true, you will not be disappointed!
The Ruins of Angkor
Considered as one of the most and important and religiously significant archeological sites across the whole of Asia, the enchanting ruins of Angkor Vat go back in times to the reign of the Khmer Empire-that lasted between the 9th and 15th centuries.(image by shankar s.)
Protected as an important UNESCO World Heritage location, Angkor Archaeological Park sprawls across hundreds of square miles and lures tourists with its vast assortment of majestic temples, impressive monuments and capital buildings. Here, the popular Temple of Angkor Wat stands stoic in the heart of the Park and is complemented by other architectural marvels like Preah Khan, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Take out time to have a chat with residents from the nearby local villages and those who still prefer to call the ruins of Angkor Vat their home.
Psar Lu Market
If you are desirous of getting a closer glimpse of how historic and contemporary cultures mingle in Cambodia, then you will love to find yourself in the vibrant ambience of Psar Lu Market. Situated just off the city of Siem Reap and oft referred to as the gateway to the world famed Temple of Angkor Wat; this crowded and bustling marketplace is a hub of art, culture and commerce alike. As you find your way through the streets of Psar Lu Market, you may like to feast your eyes on vendors selling all kinds of unique wares–from handmade local crafts to smart tourist souvenirs to more -they have it all!
Wat Krom and Wat Leu
Situated off Sihanoukville, the well-preserved Buddhist temples of Wat Leu and Wat Krom are among the most important religious monuments in the region. While Wat Krom literally translates to “lower wat” and is situated a top a hillock overlooking the coastline on Santipheap Street; Wat Leu or the “upper wat” dominates from its position on a taller mountain located nearby. These beautiful places of worship offer picturesque views of the quaint township below and are a “must-visit” for one and all. The incredible sites in this region are known for their impressive stonework and are etched with statues of Lord Buddha and other creatures, flowers and people.
Located northwards of Sihanoukville is the largest city of Phnom Penh–the nation’s capital. It welcomes vacationers with a bouquet of commercial centers, cultural attractions, government complexes as well as beautiful parks.(iamge by Toby Simkin)
Tourists willing to explore mysterious lands on their Asian cruise vacation should definitely include Cambodia in their itinerary -just like you!
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Feature image Beth Sundahl