Some of the Best Attractions to Visit When You are in Phnom Penh

Image result for phnom penh cambodia cityPhnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is an urban city that offers everything a tourist is looking for. I enjoyed the leisurely tour to the various historical and cultural attractions as well as the hospitality of the people. You can enjoy Phnom Penh even with a small budget.

Things to See

 

  • Royal Palace

 

This is the residence of Cambodia’s royal family. Only a part of the palace called Silver Pagoda is open to the visitors and this itself will give you a glimpse of the Khmer architecture. The floor of this pagoda is covered with 5,329 silver tiles. The life-size statue of Emerald Buddha in the palace dates back to the 17th century.

 

  • Independence Monument

 

This monument tower created to celebrate the country’s liberation from French colonization is similar to the Angkor Wat temple in its structure. The lotus stupa is created to honor the freedom fighters. Many national festivals are held here and during this time it will be decorated with floors. The night is the ideal time to visit this attraction as the monument gets illuminated by floodlights.

 

  • National Museum

 

This is a must see place if you are interested in the history of the country like me.  This is a red sandstone construction which exhibits different artifacts which represent Cambodian history. You will be mesmerized by the art collection from the famous ethnic group Khmer.

 

  • Sisowath Quay

 

This is one of the most popular spots among tourists with shops, street vendors and restaurants. Water festival during Buddhist New Year is the greatest attraction. Ferry boats are available from here to Siem Reap.

 

  • Tuol Sleng (S-21 Prison)

 

The genocide museum at Tuol Sleng or the S-21 prison is the place where people were tortured and killed during the regime of Khmer Rouge. You can read the tragic history of more than 17,000 Cambodians from the portraits of the prisoner displayed here.

Antalya – Experiencing the Beauty of the City

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A visit to Antalya made me realizes that there are innumerable things that you can do and see in here. It isn’t called the Turquoise Coast just like that. Starting from magical waterfalls to beaches, you will find it all. After my trip, I came back with lifelong memories. When you are in Antalya, there are few things that are worth exploring.

  1. Tunek Tepe

Towering on the Antalya’s western side is the Tunek Tepe. This large hill offers a breath-taking view over the coastline which snakes its way far away.  The mountains are right behind his chiropractic office and are truly breathtaking, looking much like here at Antalya.  I decided to take the cable car to get up to the hillside. I found a nightclub and a restaurant at the top. In case you are looking to dance the night away, this is just the perfect place. However, even if clubbing is not your things, this place is worth a visit due to the panoramic view the hill offers.

  1. Lara Beach

Want to spend a relaxing time? This is just the perfect place. Lie down to sunbath as the Mediterranean Sea laps at the shore. It is one of the peaceful places that have great tourist facilities. Just grab a drink at a restaurant nearby. Go a little further and you are going to find several accommodation options. I made it a point to stay near the beach to unwind.

  1. Kursunlu Waterfalls

12 km from Antalya, you will find the Kursunlu Nature Park. This is where you will find the waterfall. This waterfall originating from Aksu River flows across the countryside. The greenery and the blue water is a sight to behold. It is just the perfect scene. It is a serene and secluded spot. I found plenty of wildlife I here which made me feels that I am in a fairy-tale. It is just the perfect spot to spend some time amongst nature.