So, you’re in Cambodia with your friends, just about to book that boutique hotel in Phnom Penh. Then what’s next? If you’re planning to explore the beauty and culture of this country, then you shouldn’t miss these tourist destinations.
The capital city alone is a charming city rich in culture and tradition. It boasts one of the most beautiful riverfronts and is a home to restaurants, bars, and perhaps the best boutique hotel in Phnom Penh. It is a hive of activities, day and night. You can visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, and the historic temple of Wat Phnom during the day and check out bars and guesthouses during the night, as they drop their prices at around 5PM-7PM to lure guests.
Siem Reap has reinvented itself lately as the centre of chic Cambodia, with backpacker pads and hip hotels as well as spas and dining areas sprouting in the city. It is also popular for its resorts and, of course, the Angkor Wat. With amazing places to visit, one can easily find a place to stay in Siem Reap. Perhaps you can find one that is similar to the boutique hotel in Phnom Penh that you are staying at.
Kampot and Kep
If you’d like to see old colonial architecture and natural attractions, then Kampot and Kep is the place to be. Immerse into the Cambodian culture and mingle with the locals. Get into the Cambodian spirit and explore the old streets. Make the most of your time in Kampot and Kep. For sure, you’ll end up staying longer than planned as most tourists do.
Are you into the beach life? You’ll get lots of it in this backpacker paradise. Its nearby islands, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, you can find resorts with a laid-back vibe. It’s the best place to be after staying in a lovely boutique hotel in Phnom Penh. The beaches here all have charms, and if you’d like to visit Sihanoukville, it’s best to plan your itinerary in advance as it can be crowded with tourists during the peak season, between November and March.
Mondulkiri boasts of endless rice fields and sugar palms and is the home to the Bunong people. The famous elephant rides can be experienced here as well, but if you’d like a much better encounter with these majestic animals, visit them at the Elephant Valley Project to experience “walking with the herd”. It’s an experience you will never forget.
Now that you know which destinations to explore later in Cambodia, it’s time to hit Phnom Penh and explore the city, eat the local cuisines, and just immerse yourself into the culture. And as the night retires, you’ll be glad that you are booked in a beautiful boutique hotel in Phnom Penh that will be your sanctuary for the next few days. If you have not found one, try checking out YK Art House at ykarthouse.com, a lovely fully-serviced establishment that caters to short and long stays.