Exploring Northern Cambodia

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Nov
2021

Exploring Northern Cambodia

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Although the provincial roads of Northern Cambodia remain dusty and unpaved for the most part, the region’s untouched beauty more than makes up for this drawback. The city of Battambang, renowned for its unique, one-track bamboo train, can be reached by improved highways or a picturesque boat ride from Siem Reap. The temple ruins of Prasat Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, and Sambor Prei Kuk make for interesting diversions, while the province of Kompong Thom, with its emerald paddy fields, is home to the unusual Phnom Santuk and the Santuk Silk Farm. A visit to the far-flung provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, which offer rolling hills, volcanic lakes, and lush green forests, is also a rewarding experience.

GETTING AROUND

Traveling in the north can be difficult, particularly in the northeast. It is best to avoid visiting this region during the rainy season since road conditions can never be guaranteed. However, in the northwest, high ways have improved dramatically. Taxis and tuk-tuks can be hired to reach sights that are off the beaten track. Ferries and riverboats ply rivers such as the Stung Sangker and Mekong. Dirt-bike tours are gaining popularity in the north and are a great way to tackle demanding roads.

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Towns and Cities

Ban Lung
Battambang
Choob
Kompong Cham
Kompong Thom
Kratie
Sen Monorom
Stung Treng

Sites of Interest

Santuk Silk Farms

Places of Worship

Phnom Santuk
Wat Banan
Wat Ek Phnom

Historical Sites

Banteay Chhmer
Banteay Tuop
Kamping Poy
Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau
Koh Ker

Prasat Preah Vihear
Sambor Prei Kuk

National Parks and Preserves

Ang Trapeng Thmor Reserve

Areas of Natural Beauty

Bonsraa Waterfalls
Yeak Lom Lake

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