HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaCambodia5 Best Places to Visit in Cambodia for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on December 30, 2017.Where to go in Cambodia? Check out these top tourist spots, best places to visit, must-see attractions, beautiful sights & more.Do not miss Cambodia, if you love to go on temple runs.This country to home to Southeast Asia’s grandest archaeological site — the ancient city of Angkor.Most travelers only go to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat.Hopefully, this list will inspire you to visit the country longer and see to other destinations that are worth a peek.Read on to discover must-visit places and top things to do for first-time travelers.1. Siem Reap & Angkor Sunrise at Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia Huge trees growing out of Ta Prohm (temple), in Angkor, Siem Reap, CambodiaTa Prohm (temple)Apsara Dancers at Raffles D Angkor Hotel, in Siem Reap, CambodiaApsara Dancers Why go — Angkor Wat is a good reason to wander into this part of the world. It is but one temple in the ancient city of Angkor, which is filled with many other ruined structures that are equally as marvelous. Almost all travelers arrive here by way of Siem Reap, a tourist hub worth spending, at least, a few extra nights to explore.How to go — Make sure to click the “Show more” buttons below to see the travel tips.Show moreSiem Reap International Airport (REP) is Cambodia’s busiest airport. This airport serves direct flights from Kuala Lumpur (2h flight duration), Bangkok (1h), Singapore (2H), Hong Kong (2H 40m), Seoul and other cities in Southeast and East Asia. Popular airlines include AirAsia, Cambodia Angkor Air, SilkAir, Sky Angkor Airlines, Thai Airways & Vietnam Airlines.Siem Reap is a popular route along the Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam “Banana Pancake” trail. It is possible to travel by land to Siem Reap from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) via several border crossings. Travel time to Siem Reap from Bangkok is 10 to 12 hours. Meanwhile travel time from Ho Chi Minh may take 12 hours.From the Philippines, direct Manila to Siem Reap flights are operated by Cebu Pacific Air. Flight duration is around 3 hours.Tickets, discounts & tours — Enjoy cashless convenience by pre-booking your tickets online.See discounts9% OFF Siem Reap Uncovering Angkor Tour.Where to stay — Click below to see room rates & discounts.Check rates & reviewsTop Siem Reap blogs & guides Siem Reap ItinerarySee moreSiem Reap travel tips2. Phnom Penh National Museum, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Angkor Wat replica at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, CambodiaPhnom Penh Royal Palace Why go — Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, is a popular spot on the famous Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam Indochina trail. This city is home to the Royal Palace, found on the riverside along with the impressive National Museum. Phnom Penh is also a jump-off point to several sites of the infamous Killing Fields.How to goShow morePhnom Penh International Airport (PNH) is Cambodia’s second busiest airport. This airport serves direct flights from Kuala Lumpur (1h 45m), Bangkok (1h), Singapore (2H), Hong Kong (2H 40m), Taipei, Seoul and other cities in Southeast, East Asia and the Middle East. Popular airlines include AirAsia, Cambodia Angkor Air, SilkAir, Sky Angkor Airlines, Thai Airways & Vietnam Airlines. Flight duration between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is 1 hour.Where to stayCheck rates & reviewsSee morePhnom Penh travel tips3. Kratie Sunset at the Mekong River, in Kratie, CambodiaWhy go — Kratie is a small riverside city in North Cambodia that is a popular stopover on the long overland journey from Cambodia to Laos. It is the place to go if you want to see Irrawaddy dolphins and enjoy blissful sunsets along the Mekong River.How to goShow moreKratie is 6 to 7 hours north of Phnom Penh or eight hours from Siem Reap. Buses from Pakse, Laos to Kratie take around 8 hours.Where to stayCheck rates & reviewsSee moreKratie travel tipsSee also Singapore Itinerary Philippines Beaches Myanmar Tourist Spots Malaysia Tourist SpotsOn my Bucketlist:4. Sihanoukvillehttps://www.instagram.com/p/BT9ALgdBXsY/Why go — This seaside resort town on the southern coast of Cambodia boasts of some of mainland Southeast Asia’s best white sand beaches. If Thailand’s islands are too touristic for you, the off-shore islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, near Sihanoukville, might be a more worthwhile visit.How to goShow moreThe quickest way is to go by flight. Sihanouk International Airport (KOS) serves flights from Kuala Lumpur (1.5 hours flight duration), Ho Chi Minh (1h 20m), Siem Reap (1h) and Phnom Penh (30m). Flights are operated by AirAsia, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cambodia Bayon Airlines & JC International Airlines. Sihanoukville is also popular reached by bus or car. The land trip from Phnom Penh take between 3.5 and 6 hours.Where to stayCheck rates & reviews5. Kampot & Kephttps://www.instagram.com/p/BT_WW4mFRZb/Why go — Both provinces, situated on Cambodia’s southern coast, are popular destinations among Cambodians for weekend getaways and foreign travelers who want to get away from the tourist crowds at Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Though only under an hour’s travel apart, each has distinct attractions to offer. Kampot, popular for trips to Bokor National Park, has a riverside setting, while Kep, is known for sandy beaches and upscale resorts.How to goShow moreBoth Kampot and Kep are about a 4 to 5-hour drive south of Phnom Penh. You can go by bus, mini-bus, taxi or private car charter. Kampot and Kep are located close to each other. Travel time between the two towns usually takes 35 to 45 minutes.Where to stay in KampotCheck rates & reviewsSee & compare more places to stay in:KepDon’t stop hereSee more Cambodia blog tips & travel guides: Siem Reap ItineraryCheck out these pages for more inspiration on places to go in Asia: Asian Countries To Visit Vietnam Tourist Spots Laos Tourist SpotsDon’t leave yet. There’s more!Indochina Itinerary – Thailand, Cambodia…26 Most Beautiful Islands & Beaches in the PhilippinesSingapore Itinerary – 3-4 Days SG Legoland TourSiem Reap Itinerary – 3 Days Angkor Temples TourDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:Siem ReapPhnom PenhCambodiaKratieSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:Best PlacesBest TravelBest Things To DoLeave a Reply Cancel reply Start A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.