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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Situated in the heart of the protected rainforest of the Cardamom Mountains and only accessible by boat, this unique ecolodge is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Situated on a bend of the Tatai River on the outer reaches of the Cardamom Mountains and within easy reach of the main town of Koh Kong, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is a comfortable base in which to experience some of Cambodia's stunning ecology including its untamed mangrove forests.
This unique lodge, only accessible by boat, has a total of 12 safari-style tents all erected on floating platforms and each equipped with en suite facilities with hot and cold running water, DVD player, air-conditioning units (optional use), ceiling fans and a terrace with table and chairs so that you can sit and relax with nothing but the sounds of this incredible natural habitat. At the heart of the lodge is a central area housing the restaurant, library and communal terrace. There is a range of activity programmes available, including kayaking and trekking, as well as boat trips to remote fishing communities.
Explore Audley's guide to eco-friendly holidays in Southeast Asia. View the charities we support, recommended eco-accommodation options, and selected eco-friendly itineraries.
Koh Kong is situated in an extremely beautiful area where forests connect the sea with mountain summits, which also makes it an ideal base for exploring the Cardamom Mountains.
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