Outside Phnom Penh, there are few sports facilities and two major venues: Olympic Stadium and the National Sports Centre. In 1956, Cambodia attended its first Olympic Games and participated in two more but because of the warfare and civil strife interrupted its attendance, they had not participated in the 1960, 1968,1976, 1980, 1984 , 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. The country returned to regular participation with the 1996 Summer Games.
One of the most popular sport in Cambodia is Football, but during the Khmer Rouge years either the finest players died or left the country. The national team then was subsequently rebuilt and has trained under German supervision. Khmer kickboxing, a martial art performed to the accompaniment of a unique genre of traditional music, also reemerged after the 1970s and has attracted a large and devoted following. Also widely played in Cambodia are badminton, tennis and cycling. Currently, golf has been catching on among the elite, and motocross too has gained some follower, with regular competitions in Phnom Penh and in the provinces.
Tourist can expect a fun and entertaining holiday because almost every international hotels in Cambodia have the usual range of sport and leisure facilities including multi-gyms, saunas, pools, and tennis. Example like The Grand Hotel D’Angkor ( Raffles) which has 2 tennis court and bike rental service. For more adventure, The Angkor Village Hotel which is 5km away from Angkor Temples has Elephant Tracking activities.
Independent fitness centers around the capital including the International Youth Club with an Olympic-sized swimming pool will provide you with extra activities. While near the center of town situated the Olympic Stadium with free access to the running track and sports field. Definitely more space and activities to satisfy sports lovers.
As Cambodia’s only maritime port, Sihanoukville’s beautiful beaches makes a reasonable base for exploring the south coast and nearby Ream National Park. Four beaches ring the headland – Ochheuteal, Sokha, Independence and Victory – and the fishing port offers the odd photo opportunity at sunrise or sunset. There are a few dive operations in town, plus a waterfall an hour’s drive away that’s swimmable. The sleepy colonial riverside resort of Kampot isn’t too far away, with the strangely skeletal remains along the seaside. Sihanoukville is 232km (143mi) from the capital, and is served by regular buses.
There are also annual festivals that you can join and enjoy while in Cambodia
International Half Marathon (Late December)
This International Half Marathon is held at Angkor Wat and attracts competitors from all over the world. Thousands of people come to see this international event held in the spectacular setting of Angkor.
Water Festival (October or November)
This vast festival is probably the most extravagant festival in the calendar. Held over three days starting with the last full moon day in October or the beginning of November. Up to a million people from all walks of life from all over the country flock to the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers in Phnom Penh to watch hundreds of brightly colored boats with over 50 paddlers battle it out for top honors. The boat racing dates back to ancient times marking the strength of the powerful Khmer marine forces during the Khmer empire. In the evening, brightly decorated floats cruise along the river prior to and complimenting the fireworks displays.
The festival marks the changing of the flow of the Tonle Sap and is also seen as thanksgiving to the Mekong river for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish. It is at this time when the river flow reverts to its normal down stream direction. The remarkable phenomenon of Tonle Sap river is that it flows upstream during the rainy season and then change direction as the rains cease and the swollen Tonle sap lake empties back into the Mekong river leaving behind vast quantities of the fish.
Cambodia is the undiscovered gem of South-East Asia in terms of history and wildlife, with hidden stories in its depths of the once powerful empires of Angkor. Also the Cham and Siam with many species of birds, mammals, insects and fish that cannot be found no where else in the world.
These exotic treasures are in places reached only by people with adventure at heart. Cambodia Expeditions can take you to these places, far from the reach of mainstream tourism.
Angkorian temples that have lain untouched in the jungle for a thousand years, with floating fishing communities that survive off the river’s and ocean’s abundant fish stocks, nature reserves where tigers and elephants still roam, the trees are teeming with bird life and hide abandoned colonial era hill stations will provide you with ultimate jungle adventure.
Cambodia has been said by many to have more akin to the African interior than Asia. That is why it takes an expedition to find these places, not just a journey that could be taken by any and all.
You can camp in the ruins of an Angkorian-era temple or in a rural Cambodian village, where life has changed little since the Bronze Age. Look for turtles and wild monkeys while surrounded by a profusion of fish, travel up rivers that take you far from any road and deep into lush mangrove swamps, home to remote waterfalls and water-borne floating communities.
Or ride with your own purpose-kitted dirt bike in a team complete with support vehicle. Cruise in an expedition four-wheel drive vehicle kitted out to take on the toughest of road conditions, far from paved highway and where ox-carts are main form of transportation. Grab a boat and head up river into jungle and mangroves or one of the offshore islands.
Experience thousands of kilometers of tracks that criss-cross the country’s interior and a wild variety of environments, from the deep sand of Preah Vihear to the rocky road that rises a thousand metres above Kampot to Bokor Mountain Hill Station, or the red-dust trails of Ratanakiri that take you deep into hill-tribe country.