Location and Natural Attractions in Cambodia

Many people have dreamt of visiting Cambodia and seeing its famous temples, taking a hot air balloon ride during sunrise, or exploring the country’s lush jungles.

However, even the most intrepid travelers may not know where Cambodia is located nor be able to point it out on a map. No worries, that’s what this guide is for!

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting this country (don’t forget to check the Cambodia visa requirements!), this guide will tell you more about Cambodia’s location, geography, and attractions. 

Location of Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia, and is one of the southernmost countries on the Indochinese Peninsula. 

Three countries border Cambodia: sharing its northern border with Laos; western border with Thailand; and an eastern border with Vietnam. The Gulf of Thailand borders Cambodia to the south. In fact, Cambodia’s coastline has a length of 435 kilometers (270 mi) and is made up of 4 provinces: Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot, and Kep. 

Last but certainly not least, Cambodia is home to one of Asia’s most famous rivers: the Mekong. This mighty body of water spans more than 4,300 km and passes through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. 

Most of the country’s territory is occupied by small hills whose height does not go past 100 meters above sea level. There are only three exceptions: the Cardamom Mountains hold the record for the highest peak in Cambodia (at 1,813 meters), as well as the Damrei Mountains and the Dangrek Mountains.

Natural Attractions of Cambodia

Although Cambodia is a relatively small country, it is home to many different natural attractions. Here are some of the most interesting: 

Kirirom National Park is the country’s first official national park and one of the best places to see Cambodia’s wildlife. The park covers an area of ​​more than 280 square kilometers and contains lush hills and forests, many species of rare animals, and plants that are unique to the area. The park is also highly tourist-friendly and has many different walking paths and routes. 

Tonlé Sap is a rather unusual phenomenon because it is both a lake and a river at the same time. This body of water is considered to be the largest lake in the country and one of the main attractions of Cambodia. Tourists from all over the world come here to see the famous ‘floating villages’ where locals still live.

While Tonle Sap may be the most well-known lake, Sihanoukville is definitely the most popular seaside town. Travelers come here to enjoy the best beaches in the country, as well as the underwater world of Cambodia. In fact, this area has some of the most pristine coral reefs, plus colorful fish and interesting attractions — all you need to do is go on a scuba diving trip to see it! 

Likewise, there are many types of beaches for every taste. Those who prefer peace and tranquility can visit one of the nearby uninhabited islands to enjoy the local nature in total silence, while holidaymakers will love the seaside resorts found all along the coast. 

Phnom Kulen National Park is known for its incredible ancient temples, tropical landscapes, and picturesque waterfalls (which are believed by the locals to be sacred!)

Chasing Waterfalls…

There are three famous waterfalls of various sizes: the first is very small (only three meters high!); the second is 18 meters and can be reached along a mountain path; and the third is a stunning 25-meter waterfall. Best of all, visitors can swim and relax in the pools near the waterfalls. 

Speaking of which… don’t forget to visit the Kbal Chhay Waterfall! Located just 15 kilometers north of Sihanoukville, Kbal Chhay delights any and all visitors with its striking beauty and picturesque landscape.   

The waterfall was originally formed at the confluence of two rivers, and the water flows through several cascades. Depending on the season, the waterfall has different speeds and strengths of water. The locals consider this waterfall to be sacred, and during the weekends, many people come here to relax. Travelers who come here on a sunny day may even get the chance to see rainbows forming near the waterfall! 

Best Time to Travel to Cambodia

There are two main seasons in Cambodia: the dry season and the rainy season. 

The rainy season lasts from May to October, and average temperatures hover between 24 to 30 C. While there are rains nearly every day, the majority of the rainstorms are heavy yet short. 

The winter season, which lasts from November to April, is considered the best time to visit Cambodia. 

The average temperature is typically between 20 to 25, and this season is the most popular among tourists, as there is no rain and the temperature is comfortable enough to explore the country.

Richard Ramsay

Richard Ramsay