Phnom Penh, Combodia Image of the City
Phnom Penh, Combodia Image of the City

Backpacking Cambodia: How to explore Cambodia in 4 Days?

 

Cambodia is a small country with friendly people, beautiful coastlines, and a vibrant nightlife. Backpackers love travelling to Cambodia because it’s one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel. I heard a lot about Cambodia during my Southeast Asia trip, finally I decided to visit Cambodia. I was so much fascinated after visiting the country that I planned to stay for four days and explore. Cambodia has a rich history with many ancient temples and sleepy coastlines dotted with glowing bioluminescent planktons. I also visited many historic museums during my trip to Cambodia. It was although a short trip but I visited almost all the major tourist’s attractions in four days. Over here is a comprehensive list of all the things I did in Cambodia in four days.

 

Things to see in Cambodia: A four-day itinerary

 

Day 1 – Visit Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia with an amazing ambience. There are many attractions but the major ones that I visited during the day were the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Maitreya Buddha, The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Killing Fields. All of these are the major attraction in Cambodia, and admission charges vary between $10 and $15. I spend a full day exploring all these places. The most fascinating and horrifying site was, however, the Killing Fields where I found large numbers of skulls because of the worst mass killing that took place in the 20th century.

 

Cambodia Angkor Wat The temple of Angkor Wat is the major attraction in Cambodia
Cambodia Angkor Wat The temple of Angkor Wat is the major attraction in Cambodia

Day 2 – Visit Angkor Wat

The temple of Angkor Wat is the major attraction in Cambodia which is also a world’s wonder site. It was built during the 12th Century and known to be the largest and the first Buddhist temple. Our tour guide informed me that Angkor Wat is one of the top ancient sites in the world. The temples complex was indeed a true wonder and it was so big that you cannot explore everything in a day. I had a glimpse of the temple and decided to come back next day.

 

Cambodia Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temple. this place was once the capital city of the Khmer empire.
Cambodia Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temple. this place was once the capital city of the Khmer empire.

Day 3 – Explore Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temple.

This was my third day, and I want to explore the maximum of Cambodia. I took a Tuk Tuk and visited the ancient city, Angkor Thom. It was a thrilling experience indeed as this place was once the capital city of the Khmer empire. Every corner of the place was filled with enchanting history and unique attractions. There were lots of local guides available, and I hired one for me as they are the best to narrate any story with regards to the enduring history. I started touring the place from the south gate and saw the lost temple of Prasat Chroung, the Bayon temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The last point of the day was the Temple of Ta Prohm, and it was a sensational experience visiting these places throughout the day.

 

Day 4 – Visit Tonle Sap Lake and Kompong Phluk

There are some beautiful lakes in Cambodia, and Tonle Sap Lake is one of them. It is also Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake where I enjoyed a scenic boat ride and getting mesmerized with the beautiful lake view. It was a half-day tour as I need to return back for my onward journey back home. My Cambodia trip left out some awe-inspiring images and experiences on my mind to remember for long. I am sure, if you plan to visit Cambodia and want to explore it in just four days, this comprehensive travel itinerary remains helpful.