Bursting with temples, iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites and glorious beaches, Cambodia has overcome its recent tragic past to become one of Southeast Asia’s best travel destinations.
In the captivating capital Phnom Penh, broad tree lined boulevards and ramshackle French-colonial architecture provide an attractive backdrop to the colourful markets, riverfront and roadside vendors.
The main highlight for most visitors to Cambodia is the vast temple complex of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Superbly preserved and visually entrancing, the vast centrepiece Angkor Wat was built to replicate the heavens on earth. Gateway to the temples is the former backwater town of Siem Reap, now a lively city with sophisticated restaurants, bars and shops.
Within easy reach of Siem Reap are the string of floating villages and stilted houses on Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Also close to Siem Reap is Battambang, an engaging city known for its striking colonial architecture and contemporary arts scene, as well as the departure point of the quirky Bamboo ‘Train’. In southwest Cambodia amid the wildlife-rich rainforest and coastal mangroves of the Cardamom Mountains, get back to nature with conservation activities, wildlife treks, kayaking or simply enjoy the incredible vistas.
Where better to conclude a thrilling cultural tour than Cambodia’s southern shores. Surrounded by tropical beaches and undeveloped islands, Sihanoukville is easily reached from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Kep, which originated as a retreat for the French elite in 1908, has a tranquil air and is famed for its seafood. For pure escapism we recommend the untouched Koh Rong islands, with Song Saa Private Island particularly hard to beat.
- Breathtaking Temples of Angkor
- Palaces, pagodas and superb museums
- Culture and history
- Impressive natural scenery
- Floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake
- Blissful beaches and magical islands
- Exotic food
- Friendly people