Take a day trip from Siem Reap Town to Kulen Hill is great escape for a day out in Cambodia. You may heard many spiritual stories about the hill and legendary of Khmer Kingdom. It’s time to travel to discover the real wonder.
The capital Phnom Penh is not the green city like Siem Reap where Angkor Wat is located. But there are a lot of Public Garden to offer for the citizen’s recreation.
Thousands of years ago Angkorian people construct great temples in three mountains – Phnom Bok, Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Krom. Phnom mean Mount in Khmer language. Temples are related to Hindu goddess and also known for the triple sanctuary dedicated to the Trimurti which means three forms.
Spectacular views of almost the entire city – and gorgeous sunset panoramas – await at Wat Leu (Wat Chhnothean), situated on a peaceful, forested hilltop 1.5km northwest of the city centre (next to three red-and-white radio telecom towers). The small museum opens for groups.
Northwest of Sokha Beach, Independence Beach (7-Chann Beach) has mostly been taken over by a gargantuan new property development. The only open section is beneath the classic hotel for which the beach is named.
The hippy buzz is gone, but under Russian management, Victory Beach has found a new niche as a refuge for expats who aren’t in the mood for Occheuteal’s busy backpacker scene. Clean, hassle-free and family-friendly, the area and its midrange beach eateries get very quiet after sundown – despite the best efforts of Airport bar.
Midway between Independence and Serendipity lies Sihanoukville’s prettiest beach, 1.5km-long Sokha Beach. Its fine-crystal-like sand squeaks loudly when you walk on it. The eastern end of Sokha Beach is open to the public and rarely crowded
This 4km-long beach is by far Sihanoukville’s most popular. Sunset views and a string of mellow beach bars make it a great place for happy hour, but you’ll likely want to avoid it during the day, when it’s too busy with vendors, beggars and nuisances like jet skis.
At the southern end of Occheuteal Beach, go up and over the small headland, Phnom Som Nak Sdach (Hill of the King’s Palace), and you’ll get to gloriously quiet Otres Beach, a seemingly infinite strip of casuarinas and almost-empty sand that can just about give southern Thailand a run for its money.
South of the city centre, Wat Athvea is an attractive pagoda on the site of an ancient temple. The old temple is still in very good condition and sees far fewer visitors than the main temples in the Angkor area, making it a peaceful spot in the late afternoon.