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The highlights of Cambodia tours outside of Angkor

To many travelers, a tour of Cambodia offers the chance to explore some of the world's most stunning temples. While the sprawling religious complexes at Angkor are certainly a large draw, there is much more to this gem of southeast Asia. Cambodia offers something for travelers of all kinds, whether you prefer to walk bustling city streets or relax along the shore. There's no wrong destination when it comes to Cambodia tours, but here are some of the best outside of Angkor:

Phnom Penh
The largest city in Cambodia, Phnom Penh has been the country's capital since the early 1400s. As such, it has developed into one of the most culturally rich atmospheres in the entire region. There's certainly no dearth of activity in Phnom Penh, but you should make a point to visit the city's busy Central Market, which is buzzing with tourists and locals alike almost all day. The market is replete with products of all kinds, and bartering takes place around every corner. There are countless other highlights of Phnom Penh including its stunning Royal Palace, built in the 1860s, and the National Museum. 

Tonlé Sap
This enormous lake is the biggest in southeast Asia, and it is home to some of the most stunning landscapes and biodiversity in the world. Spending time on the banks of Tonlé Sap gives you the chance to see a wide variety of animals ranging from the spot-billed pelican to the grey-headed fish eagle. In addition to that, the lake is home to a local culture that revolves around the lake and is unlike anything else on earth. 

Cardamom Mountains
Tonlé Sap is not the only natural wonder in Cambodia, as the Cardamom Mountains are equally impressive. Rising through the country's remote jungle, the mountains have become particularly popular among travelers looking to inject some adventure into the tour of Cambodia because of its ample opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. It is also an especially well-visited spot among bird-watchers and eco-tourists. In fact, there are some bird species that are around only in this remote area of Cambodia. Most notably, the Cambodian laughingthrush can only be seen if you're exploring the Cardamom Mountains, according to Sci-Fi Tech Today.

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