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  • The affordable highlights of Cambodia

    2013-02-28

    The only thing better than exploring a foreign country is doing so for relatively cheap. Finding affordable highlights of whichever country you're in often comes as a pleasant surprise, but with some smart planning you may be able to know where they are ahead of time. This is true when it comes to Asia travel, specifically Cambodia, reports The Associated Press. The burgeoning tourist hot spot is replete with plenty of landmarks you can visit without having to drain your bank account.

    Sisowath Quay
    Located on the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap River, this section of the capital city of Phnom Penh has plenty to offer. Experts suggest simply walking around the waterfront stretch can be a fulfilling exercise. The views of the river are hard to beat, and with the Royal Palace in the background, the region has an air of class about it. Other highlights include Street 178, which is peppered with art galleries to peruse. Not only that, with many shops, cafes and pubs to choose from, there is always something to do.

    Visit the monuments
    Whether you're in Washington, D.C., London or anywhere in between, one of the best parts about monuments is that they're often free of charge, and that's no different in Cambodia. Specifically, you may want to visit the Independence Monument, which is situated not far from the Royal Palace. Built in 1958 to commemorate the independence from France that was gained in 1953, the beautiful structure stands as a testament to the country's history. According to the AP, you may also want to visit Cambodian Vietnamese Friendship Monument, which is a reminder of the relationship between France and Vietnam post-1979.

    Phsar Thom Thmei
    Most big cities have an impressive central market and Phonm Penh is no different. Known as Phsar Thom Thmei - New Grand Market - this shopping area is hard to beat, even if you don't want to spend any money on a few mementos from your trip. The sheer among of products on display is impressive, and you can purchase anything from antique coins and clothes to shoes, souvenirs and seafood. The especially good news is that much of it is surprisingly affordable, so it's perfect if you're looking for an experience that doesn't break the bank.

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