Ancient kingdoms lie waiting to be discovered
Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat is an unforgettable moment, but Cambodia holidays offer so much more beyond the famous temple with unexpected delights throughout the country.
See the spires of Angkor Wat and the enchanting faces of the Bayon when you explore the incredible temples of Angkor, once the largest city in the world. Discover the mystery and wonder of the outlying temples and jungle-covered Ta Prohm.
Travel a little further afield and you will find farmers working the fields in rural landscapes unchanged for centuries, entire villages peacefully afloat that rise and fall with the seasons, elaborate colonial buildings and vibrant sunsets over uncrowded beaches.
Despite decades of civil war ravaging the country, the resilient Khmer people are incredibly welcoming and are the highlight of any visit to the kingdom of Cambodia.
Temples of Angkor
The city of Angkor was once the largest in the world, but fell to ruin from the 15th century onwards. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and stretches over 400 square kilometres including forested areas. Angkor Wat was the city's main temple and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. To see the spectacular edifice with your own eyes is a staggering experience, and even more magical at sunrise. Beyond the famous temple are fascinating sites such as the mysterious faces of the Bayon, jungle-covered Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei.
Gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is brimming with delightful hotels, delectable cuisine and sumptuous spas. Tree-lined boulevards retain an old French charm and the gentle river flows through this enchanting city. Cruise the tranquil waters of nearby Tonle Sap Lake nearby to discover colourful floating villages.
Battambang is the arts capital of Cambodia. Despite being the second largest city in Cambodia, it has the laidback charm of a provincial town. Wander streets filled with cafes and art galleries, many housed in well-preserved colonial buildings. If you can tear yourself away from the riverside setting, nearby temples and rustic villages await.
Cambodia's riverside capital is abuzz with youthful energy. Boutiques, art galleries and stylish cafes take residence in the city's lavish French-colonial mansions. A tuk-tuk journey along the wide, tree-lined boulevards is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with this charming destination. Visit the city's namesake, Wat Phnom, as well as its riverside esplanade, Sisowath Quay and the Royal Palace, home to the country's beloved King.
Once the seaside playground of Cambodia's elite, Kep fell victim to Khmer Rouge fighting during the civil war. The atmospheric ruins of once opulent villas can be seen dotted around the lush green town, fronted by the ocean. Enjoy a meal of local seafood at the row of 'crab shacks' and explore the cliff-top mansion belonging to the enigmatic King Norodom Sihanouk.
Riverside Kampot was once a port town, and it retains an old world charm. Filled with colonial architecture many of the old houses and shop fronts stand empty, slowly wasting away, but there are signs of revitalisation with the old market now home to new shops and eateries. Kampot is probably best known for growing some of the best pepper in the world, and a visit to the nearby pepper farms I possible. Across the river is the jungle-clad Bokor Hill with its long-empty church and casino a remnant of the days when this hill station was used by the French.
Cambodia's premier beach town, Sihanoukville is home to lovely white beaches and delicious local seafood. Spread over a number of peninsulas there are a few beaches to choose from, with beachside accommodation ranging from basic to luxurious. While the beaches may not rival those of more famous neighbours like Thailand, there are far fewer tourists. If you really want to get away from it all, discover untouched beaches, mangroves and wildlife in Ream National Park or try one of the tropical islands not far from the coast.
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Creep through the jungle in darkness and enter through the eastern gate to watch the sun’s first rays hitting the incredible temples of Angkor away from the throngs of tourists.
Cruising Tonle Sap Lake at sunset
Cruise the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, where entire floating villages are lit by the warm glow of the evening sun.
A Blessing from a monk
Receive a water blessing from a Buddhist monk at the peaceful Tep Pranam pagoda inside Angkor Thom, and gain a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s main religion.
Discover pre-Angkorian temples
The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk was the former capital of Chenla in the 7th century, one of the first states in Southeast Asia. Explore the ruins with their decorative details and sculptures, and learn more about Cambodia's rich cultural heritage.
Experience local life near Siem Reap
Explore the local markets at Dom Daek outside Siem Reap, teeming with local colour that few tourists get to see.
Meet Friends in Phnom Penh
Enjoy a meal at Friends restaurant in Phnom Penh and you’ll be supporting their work in helping youth on the streets.
Try the fried spiders
Be daring and try the local delicacy - fried spiders!
Eat freshly-caught crab in Kep
Watch a traditional seafood market in action and select the best crabs straight from the fisherman’s pot to the fire.
Stay in a local home in Takeo
A unique insight into the real Cambodia, stay in a local home with a family in Takeo.
Visit the circus in Battambang
Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang is a collective providing visual and performing arts education to disadvantaged children and young adults. Their most successful program is the circus school. The circus, which performs regularly in Battambang has also performed internationally.
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