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Cambodia, known as the Kingdom of Wonder, is well-known for its many ancient temples that draw tourists from Southeast Asia and other regions.

Thanks to the stunning temples of Angkor, Cambodia is now firmly established on the Southeast Asian tourist trail. Many visitors head straight to the temples, staying in the country just a few days.
The jewel in Cambodia’s crown is the unmissable Angkor Temple Complex and legendary Angkor Wat – undoubtedly one of the great wonders of the world.
The stunning temples of Angkor are the obvious draw for most tourists, but the country has much else to offer: tropical beaches, relaxed off-shore islands, forest-clad hills,  colonial buildings and an abundance of natural attractions. Nowadays, Cambodia is at peace, and visitors will find it a safe place to travel.

There are also plenty of the best places to visit in Cambodia. Below are the top 10 destinations you should not miss when in Cambodia:
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1. Angkor Wat - One of the most beautiful places to visit in Cambodia

Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom style of art.
the most beautiful places to visit in Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: DragonWoman

2. Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. The capital city still maintains considerable charm with plenty to see. It exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture.

Phnom Penh (Silver Pagoda)
Silver Pagoda. flickr/flickr/Photo by: Lorna87
3. Bayon Temple
Bayon was built during the reign of the famous King JayavarmanVII in the late 12th century to early 13th century. Bayon is the heart of Angkor Thom capital city. It is a Buddhist temple and it was the last mountain temple in Khmer Arts and consecrated to the Buddhist cult. The Bayon Temple is very great with its age, beauty and its splendor in the Angkor Kingdom. This temple is one of the most famous after Angkor Wat, and millions of tourists come each year to see.

Bayon Temple, Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: huminiak

4. Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei is considered by many observers to be the ‘crown jewel’ of Khmer art given the elaborate and highly detailed decorative carvings lining its many walls. Built chiefly of red sandstone, this Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva was completed in the 10th century.

Banteay Srei, Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: Marc Aurel

5. Koh Ker 
When you visit Cambodia you will probably come to Siem Reap to see the world-famous Angkor Wat and other Angkor temples.  If you are looking for a genuine explorer experience, try it out and study Koh Ker, Cambodia's second largest temple town. You will fall in love with it! Koh Ker is definitely the best choice to see the extraordinary without any tourist hurly-burly.

Koh Ker, Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: unsure shot

6. Kratie
Kratie Province, located on east bank of the Mekong River, gets its fair share of visitors each year. Many come here to catch a glimpse of the few Irrawaddy Dolphins left in the world

Kratie, Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: jimdavidson

7. Battambang
Battambang the second largest city in Cambodia is a very beautiful area to tour in. With countryside scenery unique to Cambodia.

8. Tonle Sap
The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Tonle Sap, Cambodia
wikipedia/Photo by: Jialiang Gao

9. Sihanoukville
ihanoukville's white sand beaches and warm Gulf of Thailand waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway. Sihanoukville is a place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkeling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out.

beautiful places to visit in Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: Houston Marsh

10. Preah Vihear
The Preah Vihear Temple is a Khmer temple situated at the top of Poy Tadi, a 525-metre (1720 ft) cliff in the Dangrek Mountains located in the Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia.

Preah Vihear, Cambodia
flickr/Photo by: Everything Everywhere

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