Itinerary of Cambodia in a Week
Cities Covered in 7 Days
- Siem Reap
- Phnom Penh
- Coconut Beach, Koh Rong
I am always fond of beach, and after I have started living in and exploring South-East Asia, beachtime has been my favorite. Love the beaches around here, and Coconut Beach of Koh Rong just made my travel to Cambodia complete. We stayed here for 2 nights and this was the last night. Finally, this was also our last night in Cambodia. All I and Sayantika did today was some kayaking and relaxing on the beach. Moreover, we needed this after a jam-packed exploration of Cambodia in a week’s time.
Cambodia is not only about Angkor temples of Siem Reap and the dark history of Phnom Penh. You may get surprised to know that it also offers few of the best beaches of South-East Asia. Coconut Beach of Koh Rong island is a good example. The beautiful beaches are located on the south-west of the country, and are accessible from Sihanoukville, the party beach town. We celebrated Khmer New Year in Coconut beach, Koh Rong. Read more
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. The charming riverside promenade and beautiful Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces, museums, etc. have helped in retaining the former charm of the city. Unfortunately, many tourists come to Phnom Penh to know about the dark chapters of the country’s history – to visit the genocide museum and killing fields – that has nothing to do with friendly and youthful modern day Cambodia.
The photo of a big, widespread Hindu temple in front of a lake full of blooming lotus flowers that you have surely seen at some point of your life is Cambodia’s major attraction – called Angkor Wat. Though it is controversial if it is a Hindu or a Buddhist temple. Witnessing sunrise at that temple is a must-do if you are in Siem Reap. You can always extend your stay and explore more of the Angkor temples by taking the 3-day pass. Also you can do a day tour from Siem Reap to enjoy boating at Tonle Sap Lake and see the floating and stilted fishing villages, which is a relaxing experience. But we were short of days, so we made the best of the day in Siem Reap before taking overnight bus to Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap is a major tourist destination because it acts as the base for the nearby famous temples of Angkor. It has managed to retain much of its laid-back, pleasant, small-town charm. It has also managed to balance the modern life including all modern amenities, services, and entertainment and the original Cambodian style of life well. Expect it to be pricier than other parts of Cambodia. Do not afford to miss the sunset in Siem Reap when you are here.