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Beyond Angkor Temples Destination

 

Beyond Angkor Temples

Angkor Wat is certainly Cambodia's most famous site, and also ranks among the most iconic places in the world, hosting thousands upon thousands of visitors each year, but Luxury Travel Cambodia Ltd. has many tours which will take you to other must see destinations in addition to this UNESCO recognized site. 

 

Other UNESCO listed sites

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, Preah Vihear (dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva) sits on the edge of a plateau that dominates the expansive plains, and thanks to its location, the site is well preserved.

Sanctuaries linked by a system of halls and staircases over an 800 meter long axis are the main body of the temple, which began construction in the early 11th century, but also has a tie to the hermitage that was founded on the site in the 9th century.

 

Beyond Angkor: A Temple Safari

Luxury Travel suggests two alternative short adventures: A five day tour to places such as Banteay Chmar and Prasat Damrei (the monastic complex of Preah Khan) or try Prasat Thom, the vast pyramid at Koh Ker.

We offer tent accommodations (similar to African safari tents), pitched within the temple grounds allowing guests to see the impressive sites at sunrise and sunset, yet allowing some comfort and a restful sleep.

 

Cardamom Mountains

The Cardamom Mountains range over 20,000 square kilometers in the southwestern area of Cambodia, and are an important ecosystem.  They remain largely untouched mountain region and are home to over 100 animal species, including elephants and tigers. 

Luxury Travel recommends staying at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge to explore the wildlife, waterfalls, river valleys and mangroves that are characteristic of the area.

 

Bird watching

The Prek Toal bird sanctuary lies near Tonle Sap lake and is one of the premiere bird watching sites in Asia.

It is home to a wide array of birds, including cormorants, spot-billed pelicans and the beautiful ibis.

Many endangered species are now thriving here and day trips can be arranged from Siem Reap or Battambang.

 

Battambang

Just 3 hours from Siem Riep, Battambang is a good day trip or overnight excursion, beyond the Angkor Temples. 

Battambang is Cambodia’s second most populous city and boasts the highest statue to resident ratio in the country, as every circle, park and plaza sports a statue.

The town is quiet (on the Sangker River) is a provincial city, with French Colonial architecture in a semi-neglected state, a large central market, and a handful of decent places to stay.

However, the real charm of Battambang lies in the surrounding countryside. There are the electric green rice paddies lined with sugar palms, stilted houses shaded by coconut palms and the hills frame this setting in a picture perfect postcard.

Battambang is a reasonably attractive, laid back town, with main attractions being Wat Ek Phnom, Phnom Sampeau, Wat Banan, and a crocodile farm even less secure than the one in Siem Reap!

 

Off the Beaten Track Beach in Kampot and Kep

Kampot and Kep are seaside resorts, famed for their spectacular sunsets and fresh seafood.  They were originally colonial retreats for the French in the early 1900s.

Nowadays, most people stay in Kampot, making detours to Kep and climbing (not literally) Bokor Mountain on the way to Sihanoukville.

There are a few nice little hotels and little to do but wander and chat with locals and expats at cafes, leaving you feeling like you have truly let go of the stress of everyday life. 

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