Reasons to Visit
Otherwise known as the water festival, Bon Om Tuk is when Siem Reap and Phnom Penh come alive. Cambodia's most important festival, Bon Om Tuk celebrates the turning of the water in the Mekong, a phenomenon to which the Tonle Sap owes its very existence.
Despite Cambodia`s turbulent history the Khmer people show true strength of character. Everywhere you travel you will be greeted with a smile, from the urbanites of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to the eclectic indigenous populations of the remote Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri provinces.
Often overlooked by the more famous cuisine from its neighbours Cambodia is actually home to some savoury delights. Sample a tasty amok at the market in Siem Reap or indulge in Kep's delicious crab. For those more adventurous you could try an infamous deep fried spider or cricket!
From the sleepy coastal town of Kep with its dilapidated 1960s villas to the mangroves near Koh Kong, the Southcoast has plenty to offer. And for a bit of barefoot luxury, you can spend some time at Song Saa or the 'Sweetheart' islands.
The number of visitors to Angkor multiplies exponentially each year but we can recommend ways to appreciate even the busiest sites, like Angkor Wat, and would encourage you to visit some of the lesser-known temples, such as Beng Melea and Banteay Srei. Alternatively, escape the crowds and explore the temples further afield on a temple camping safari.
It's hard to ignore the mass genocide of an estimated 2 million people. The effects of Polpot transcend the nation and every Khmer can tell you a story of their time under the despot, the history can be felt and explored throughout the country - from the historical musuems in Phnom Penh to the final resting place of Pol Pot near Anlong Veng.
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Golden buddha, Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is famous for one thing: the temples at Angkor - the world’s largest religious monument. Here, knowledgeable guides will bring these ancient temples’ colourful history alive.
Kep was Cambodia’s first seaside resort, founded by the French in 1908 when they imported sand to create the beach. Nearby islands, such as Koh Tonsay, are popular for day trips.
Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Watching the sun set, sat on one of the temples ancient walls is a magical experience.
Travel southeast to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry.
Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva.
From the glorious jungle-tangled temples at Angkor to the lush mountain-fringed white sand beaches of the south and the little-visited villages of the north, Cambodia has our Southeast Asia team hooked. Our specialists are always delighted to share their first-hand knowledge of this very special country and tailor-make a memorable Cambodia itinerary for you.
11 Days from £2,220pp
In this 12 day specialist tour you will explore all of the main temples as well as Phnom Penh and Tonle Sap Lake with a free day at the end to relax before returning home.
14 Days from £2,290pp
Explore the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap and the capital city of Phnom Penh with some time to relax in the coastal village of Kep.
15 Days from £2,745pp
From the bustling city of Hong Kong fly to Cambodia for an exploration of city culture and spectacular Khmer temples with time to relax on the island of Koh Samui at the end of your 15 day trip.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
13 1/2 hours (Phnom Penh, via Bangkok)
Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines & Thai Airways
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