I went to Cambodia in 2001 and am going again in a couple of months. My first trip, I only went to Siem Riep which was amazing. The temples are fantastic.
Angkor Wat - the elephant terrace is fantastic. We arrived early afternoon and stayed for the sunsut. Stunning. Others go for the sunrise.
Ta Prohm is a beautiful ruin. The trees growing out of the buildings make it very mysterious.
We based ourselves in Siem Riep for about a week and spent the time mooching round the town which has some lovely bars and restaurants, and visiting local temples and tourist attractions.
When I go back in a couple of weeks, I am off to Phnom Penh to help out in an orphanage before heading to the beach.
www.asialifeguide.com is a great source of information. about 10 years ago
Siem Reap is *the* place to go, to visit Angkor Wat. Top tip: If you do go for sunrise, check out a temple or two immediately afterwards, as most people piss off back to Siem Reap for brekky, so you'll have the place pretty much to yourself, which the best way to see it.
I did the 'amazing' boat ride from Siem Reap to Battambang, and I wouldn't do it again. Nine hours on a hard seat on a noisy boat. It's kind of interesting, but nowhere near as great as it was cracked up to be, imho. about 10 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com
Oh yeah, forgot to say, I personally thought Battambang and Phnom Penh were a bit average, and I wouldn't go back to either. I wasn't overly impressed by Cambodia - the people were amazing though. If (when!) I go back I do want to check out Koh Konh island though, apparently it's meant to be quite good . . . about 10 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com
I was in Cambodia in March 2009 and after Thailand and Laos a little bit disappointed. Angkor Wat IS amazing and a must do, as well as seeing the Mekong (we went up to Kratie), but the country for me is at the moment (of course due to the sad history) overcompensating tourism as a new income factor. It is f*** expensive in relation to the richer neighbour Thailand and due to the unsecure area (mines) not recomendable to travel off the roads, meaning you are somehow bound to the touristic areas and roads :( and Siem Reap is full of rich, western tourists who just come to see the world cultural heritage and sad enough somehow shape the view of the tourists... a little bit off the track you can experience amazingly friendly people who really are interested in communication and not only dollars... about 10 years ago
For starters, plan to spend at least 3 full days in Siem Reap to see the temples (more if you want to do a Tonle Sap river cruise, see outlying temples, hang out in the town, etc). Phnom Penh is a charming little city and worth at least 2 days. The museum, Places, Wat Ohnom, Tuol Sleng (genocide museum) and some of the markets are very worth seeing. I have been to Cambodia 4 times and sponsor some kids at an orphange just outside of Phnom Penh, so I have been visiting once a year. about 10 years ago
Definitely visit angkor wat as has already been mentioned (there are several temples in the area). I wish I had a chance to spend more time in Phnom Penh. As has already been mentioned Tuol Sleng is definitely a requirement, and will provide a good background on the genocide under Pol Pot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuol_Sleng_Genocide_Museum). Choeung Ek is a memorial on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Very sobering, but still an important place to visit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choeung_Ek).
I also visited sihanoukville which i didn't enjoy. It is a resort town, but a big tourist trap. I would have preferred an extra day in Phnom Penh. about 10 years ago