Cambodia is known as "The Kingdom of Wonder", home to many amazing cultural and architectural splendors, the awesome temples of Angkor and incredible landscape that is covered with fresh natural beauty, splendid tropical forest, breathtaking rice fields, palm trees, real countryside with green mountains in the back ground, sparkling pristine water of the beaches, bustling markets and vibrant cities.  The great charm and warm-hearted people and tasty local food make a truly amazing destination for shooting in exotic Asian locations. 

At Adventurous Asia, photography tours are more than just the famous sites and well known destinations, but also the rarely visited off the beaten track and any remote areas that not usually included in tour operator travel programs.

We aim to provide a more authentic insight into the countries visited. We want our travelers experience real taste and beauty of the Khmer. 

Temples of Angkor

The magnificent temples of Angkor are said to be the world's largest world religious monument on earth. Set just the north of Tonle Sap, the great lake of Cambodia and expanded over miles on the mainland of Southeast Asia. They have such amazing architectural design, beautiful carvings of Apsaras, the angel dancers in heaven were made of bricks and sandstone, the materials of the temple construction.  

Start your tour from Siem Reap at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning and make your way to Angkor Wat to relish in the beauty of a sunrise over Angkor. Take beautiful photographs from the western end of the main building of Angkor Wat, this time you will enjoy colorful landscapes and a breathtaking sunrise over the temple.

 Have a delicious pack breakfast opposite the main entrance of the ruin, then go to explore Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdey temple and the Reservoir of Sras Srang, also known as the Royal Baths in the following.

After lunch, set your next visit to the largest fortified ancient Angkor City, Angkor Thom. Stop by the South gate of this city for a quick visit. Here you see the amazing statues of Gods and Evils flanked on each side of walk way that make photographers will never forget to stop for shoot. From here resume your photography tour to Bayon temple. Adventurous Asia strongly recommends photographers to explore and shoot during Mid-Day as the ruin is less visited and color of the sunray hits all towers and over faces. This might take full-day photo tour in the amazing sites around.

The fabulous ruin of Ta Promh is a ''MUST'' see, this temple was a perfect base that was selected by National Geography, Tomb Raider and Getaway Australian to film. The ruin has been left largely in the state it was founded. Overgrown by jungle, gigantic tree roots and winds that make this ruin look more attractive and unique spot for photograph and movies. Adventurous Asia experts recommend an early start at dawn where you will enjoy early cool air, beautiful color of sun ray over the monument and it is also less visited.

You might not forget your adventure to Banteay Srei temple, the finest of all the carvings of the temples in Angkor and favorite of whoever visits it; the temple is small but unique as it was made of pink sandstone. Th

Country Side, Tonle Sap Lake, Floating Village and Life on The Water

Start your amazing photography tour day to explore the beauty of Cambodia country side, our expert guide will show you villages, talk to the locals, visit Buddist monasteries and drive to Tonle Sal lake which is a largest fresh water in South East Asia and it is home to thousands of lives on its floating villages and you will learn more about their lifestyle on the water. This probably quite unique for our travelers as they have not seen any floating villages anywhere else. Unlike Angkor, the lake fills with water, none of ruins were built there, but the things might attract our photographer are the extension of lake and totally different life of locals living on the water.

Northeast of Angkor 

Today take your day trip adventure by a jeep/ four wheels or luxury van depending on group size to the  isolated ruin Beng Mealea, it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. Based on its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wa, the scholar assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.  For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 67 km from Siem Reap by road.

From here you resume your adventure further to explore the lost treasure of Cambodia, Preah Vihear temple, built over the ninth to the 12 century, Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east that leads to a final ledge and commands stunning views, you will be amazed and it is hard to find out the right words to tell about this monument and not enough space to describe its history.

On the way back stop by the old 10th century capital KOH KER, a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia about 120 kilometers (75 mi) away from Siem Reap and the ancient site of Angkor. It is a very jungle filled region that is sparsely populated. More than 180 sanctuaries were found in a protected area of 81 square kilometers (31 sq mi) Only about two dozen monuments, following temples including Prasat Chen, Prasat Linga, Prasat Neang Khmao ( Black Lady), Domrey and the temple of Koh Ker itself etc can be visited by travelers because most of the sanctuaries are hidden in the forest and the whole area is not fully demined. The over grown by stranger figs and bushes, Koh Ker and the was one of the temples was used as military camp of POL POT armies and battle fields between Pol Pot and Government troops. This whole day tour, you are accompanied by our guide. 

Northwest of Angkor 

It is outside Angkor, Banteay Chmar, a hidden treasure of Cambodia has just been rediscovered recently. Built in the late 12th century by Jayavaraman the VII on an artificial island for the dedication to his son and the rest of Cambodian victims who were killed by Cham fleets. This Buddhist temple is said to have been a state ruin of the king in the northwest of Cambodia. The temple became increasingly rare, finally disappearing completely. Still, however, the smaller ruins including temples of Banteay Ampel, Prasat Top and Babteay Chhma group are founded there; an imposing array of monuments from an ancient Khmer empire. Among the ruins is not only one of the largest Khmer temples that we know of (including those of the Angkor group), but also one of largest temples in the world. You will be amazed with its bas-reliefs depicting military engagements and daily life scenes very similar to the well-known ones in Bayon in Angkor complex. When you are there, there might be a chance to visit the nearby former refugee camps by Thailand border founded by UN for the Khmer people escaped from the Khmer Rouge and civil war. 

East of Angkor, ( Kompong Thom- Preah Khan - Sombo Prekuk Group). 

On the way to Phnom Penh, you might not forget to stop at Kopmong Thom province, the center of Cambodia and center of rice farming for locals. The province was named by locals  (Big Port). One you might be intereted in history as the province was home town of Pol Pot, the leader of Khmer Rouge, from ( 1975- 79).  

Preah Khan Kompong Svay

Preah Khan of  Kampong Svay is known as  Prasat Bakan  has some similarity to the Preah Khan in Angkor; but  it is considerably bigger and isolated.  It stands as the largest single religious complex ever built during Angkorian Era, as it is a real isolated location makes it one of less visited Angkorian sites. The ruin was considered as a royal residence during the kingdom of Suryavarman II and even Jayavarman VII lived here, before recapturing the capital city of Yasodharapura from invading Chams in 1181, and improved the complex. Adventurous Asia recommend the traveler to explore it any time with a private four wheels or luxury van according to the group size due to poor road access, long difficult access which is quite hard to reach. 

Sombor Prey Kuk Group ( Kopong Thom)

It was known as Isanapura and was one of the capitals of Chenla, the Pre Angkorian city. An ancient city where monuments of Sambo Prei Kuk are found today was identified as ISANAPURA, the capital of Chenla in 7th century. It was a former vassal of the Funan kingdom that was one of the first state in Southeast Asia from  1first - early 7th century.

The 7th Century Temple City Of Sambor Pre Kuk is among the Oldest Angkorian Sights. The ruin of Sambor Preykuk was devided in threegroups, each group was made of bricks and it is located in a square lay out surrounded by a brick wall. There are some replica sculptures and an amazing tower totally covered in tree roots. but the shrines have been in very good condition and remarkably reliefs are well preserved. The excursion to Sombor Prey Kuk takes pretty long; therefore; Adventurous Asia suggests our group to take overnight stay in Kong Thom. The city has such a pleasant overnight stay accommodation with meals and drinks are pretty much in varieties. 

Tips About Cambodia 

Religion and Language

The official religion in Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism that also adapt in neighboring countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Seri Lanka Cambodian official language is Khmer, French is still taught at school, English is the major foreign language is mainly practiced in the country for social administration, international -public relation, business, scholarship program and research.

 Khmer Culture and Tradition

Once look back to the antiquities, traditional arts and craft are found every where in the market places, art galleries, and museums. The wide rage of items such sculptures, painting, and carvings are all done under the great care and workmanship of Cambodian craftsmen. The varieties of Cambodian arts and crafts are abundant in the rage including silver, gold, jewelry, fine hard wood furniture; silk, marble sculptures leather products. Cambodia is recognized the rich cultural tradition ever had, the thousand of ruins were completely found and adorned with the living arts, carving sculptures on the wall that depict the real classical dance, musical instruments etc.   

Arts and Handcrafts

Beside the agriculture which is the back bone of Cambodian economic, people in Cambodia work on arts and handicrafts from ancestors for showing workmanship and exporting to industrial internal markets.

Cambodian handicrafts have been passed down from generation to generations. You can visit silk weavers in various places in Cambodia including Kandal, Prey Veng and Takeo provinces. The colors of traditional Khmer silk are related to the days of the week.


The official currency is the Cambodian Riel (pronounced ‘real’), although US Dollars are accepted everywhere. ATMs distributing US Dollars are found in the main cities and moneychangers throughout the country. As of Aug 12: 1USD = 4,000 Riel


Cambodia’s national language is Khmer and unlike the other languages of the region is not a tonal language. As in other former French colonies the educated older generation often speaks very good French while the younger generation prefers English. Outside the major centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap most people speak only Khmer, but you will always find somebody who speaks English wherever you go.

  Khmer cuisine,

Cambodian cuisine, is the traditional cuisine of the people of Cambodia. Average meals typically consists of more than one dish and ideally contrasts flavors, textures and temperatures within the meal using plenty of herbs, leaves, pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers and other garnishes and condiments.

The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Today rice is consumed by most Cambodians daily and with all meals, using a great number of cooking styles and techniques. There are hundreds of varieties of indigenous Khmer rice, from the fragrant jasmine-scented Malis rice to countless types of wild, brown and sticky rice. Sticky rice is most often consumed as a dessert, often with slices of tropical fruit like mango or durian and coconut milk.

Rice is eaten throughout the day in the form of street-side snacks, such as deep-fried rice cakes with chives and spinach, for breakfast, as in Cambodia's famous rice noodle soup Kuyteav or rice porridge, and in many desserts. Plain white rice is served with nearly every family meal, typically served with grilled freshwater fish, a Samlor or soup, and an assortment of seasonal herbs, salad leaves and vegetable.

Water, rice and freshwater fish exert the most profound influences on Khmer cuisine. The Mekong river, the twelfth longest in the world cuts through the very heart of Cambodia. The capital Phnom Penh is on its riverbank, at the junction where two other rivers meet: the Tonle Sap and Bassac. The Tonle Sap River connects the Mekong with the Tonle Sap lake, or Great Lake, which acts as a liquid heart and natural reservoir for the entire Mekong river system, regulating the flow of huge volumes of water, and allowing the safe passage of an astonishing number of freshwater fish. The lake itself is believed to have more fish than any other in the world and ranks second only to the Amazon River in biodiversity. 

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