Beyond the iconic temples, Cambodia also boasts awe-inspiring attractions and pristine beaches where you’ll be given a wonderful taste of the summer holiday.
It’s perfect to spend your summer vacation away from the touristy hubs in central of Cambodia. Let’s explore the five best beauty spots for the perfect summer holiday in Cambodia among plenteous hidden gems in the Angkor Kingdom.
Koh Rong Samloem is known as the little sister of Koh Rong, which is stunningly wilder and more restful to the west of Sihanoukville. Koh Rong Samloem is truly a summer paradise with white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, and beautiful sunshine. Setting foot on the wonderful island, the first impression must be delicate boutique hotels, bungalows, and thousands of coconut palms along the coastline.
Relaxing time at the beautiful beach of Koh Rong Samloem
There are two main beaches including Sunset Beach and Lazy Beach at Koh Rong Samloem. Spending a few days in the magnificent land, you’ll be engaged in a wide range of amusing activities like go snorkeling or go diving to uncover the underwater life of captivating coral and aquatic animals. If you’re in search of a more action-packed experience, take a kayak tour around the rocky island or go trekking through the jungle. In case you are a peace seeker, just lay your hair down to enjoy a cocktail, a book, or the mesmerizing sunset under the palm trees. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy a barbecue on the beach, taste local food and organic coconut juice.
Mesmerizing sunset at Koh Rong Samloem
Another choice for summer vibes is relaxing at Otres Beach, a less-known attraction compared to Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville. Unlike other bustling beaches, the atmosphere here is peaceful without luxury hotels and restaurants. Otres Beach only has unspoiled beauty including several fishing villages, white semicircle sand, and crystal turquoise water.
The unspoiled beauty of Otres Beach
There are two different areas consisting of Otres 1 and Otres 2 which is less crowded than the other, but both have their own unique. Here at Otres Beach, you’ll have a chance to savor fresh seafood and typical Khmer food like amok curry and lok lak at great affordable restaurants. At night, it’s more about having an enjoyable local beer in any chilled bars on the beach.
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Set aside the Angkor Archaeological Sites, you should head for the South of Siem Reap to the largest freshwater in South East Asia: Tonle Sap Lake. The lake is home to biodiversity with over 300 species of freshwater fishes, snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, otters, and more than 100 varieties of water birds including storks, pelicans,… The dimension of the water is changed by seasons, as the way of local life is deeply intertwined with the lake.
Local life at Tonle Sap Lake
In harmony with the vibrant ecosystems, human has made the floating villages much more attractive with towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and the wildlife along the riverside. To get a deeper insight into the local life, you can cruise a scenic boat to contemplate the poetic landscape and have a chat with friendly fishermen. Especially, you can stop at a local family and join a home-cooked lesson to learn about the traditional cuisines in the local.
Located 35 kilometers northeast of Kep town, Phnom Kampong Trach Cave is a large karst cave at the foot of the Kampong Trach Mountain which is a sacred place of worship for the locals. Once, a number of Buddhist or Khmer pagodas and shrines including a huge reclining Buddha’s statue was found at the entrance and amongst the caves.
Swimming cave at Phnom Kampong Trach
Walking up a path on the mountain, you’ll be rewarded with impressive views from the stunning limestone caves and a breezy experience at the beautiful swimming cave. After hiking around, it’s perfectly mind-blowing to immerse yourself in the freshwater and to relieve the tiredness on summer days. Bring along your swimsuit and walking shoes to explore the natural hidden beauty in Kep.
Taking a boat along the mighty Mekong River, 15 kilometers north of Kratie, most tourists visit the mellow riverside town of Kampi to witness the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins with an ever-diminishing number in their natural habitat. This kind of dolphin is brackish water one that looks incredibly adorable and bears a resemblance to mini beluga whales. It’s said to be fewer than 100 Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Kratie stretch of the Mekong. Each tourist will be a key for financial support providing funds for the protection and study of these endangered mammals.
The unique Mekong Irrawaddy Dolphin
Besides, take a look at Kampi Rapids, a picnic area offering you a chill in a hammock under a bamboo hut or enjoyable swimming; the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre dedicated to protecting the freshwater Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, and the distinctive 100 Pillars Pagoda decorated in impressive Buddhist architecture.
Let’s pack your flip-flops, your bikini, and your camera to be off for the fabulous trip to one of these five breezy attractions in Cambodia.
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