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Ta Promh Temple in Siem Reap

Things to do in Cambodia

Cambodia's rich culture and complex history provide plenty of things to see and do with the renowned temples of Angkor being the country's top attraction. The mystical Ta Phrom is a highlight and best visited at dawn as the rising sun illuminates the jungle-covered temple ruins.

Elsewhere, the floating villages on Lake Tonle Sap provide a glimpse into a highly traditional way of life, while the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, sheds light on the brutality of Cambodia's years under the Khmer Rouge. For a more uplifting experience, visit during the annual Water Festival that takes place on the city’s riverfront, with boat races, food stalls and fireworks creating a lively atmosphere.

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Ideas for experiencing Cambodia

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Cambodia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • View from Knai Bang Chatt, Kep

    Cave Pagodas


    Heading out from Kep, journey into the surrounding countryside. We stop first at Phnom Chhnork, a large cave that contains a 7th century brick temple in remarkable condition. We then stop at the cave complex of Phnom Sorsia, a holy mountain peppered with shrines and grottoes.

  • Floating villages, Tonle Sap

    Birdwatching at Prek Toal Biosphere & Tonle Sap Lake

    Siem Reap

    This excursion is not only a great birdwatching opportunity but also offers a fascinating insight into life on the lake. The village of Prek Toal is one of the largest floating villages on the lake.

  • Local family resting in their house on Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap

    Kompong Khleang & the Tonle Sap

    Siem Reap

    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.

  • Elephant camp, Mondulkiri, Cambodia

    ELIE NGO Elephant Project

    Sen Monorom

    This is truly a unique experience to see elephants cared for in their natural environment and the views around the area are impressive. If you are fortunate you may also spot some of the wildlife in the area such as gibbons and eagles.

  • Food at the Apsara Theatre in the Angkor Village Resort and HotelSiem Reap, Cambodia

    Cooks in tuk tuks cooking class

    Siem Reap

    Join a Cambodian chef and go shopping at the local market for fresh locally-grown ingredients. You explore several classic Khmer dishes and enjoy tasting the end result at a traditional Khmer style luncheon. The class takes three to four hours.

  • Ream National Park, Sihanoukville

    Visit Ream National Park


    Ream National Park is a pristine maritime park just outside Sihanoukville. Notable for its mangrove forests, wildlife and pure stretches of white beach, the park itself is over 21,000 hectares big and includes two islands, Koh Thmei and Koh Ses.

  • Monsoon sunset

    Mekong Sunset Cruise

    Phnom Penh

    The scene is one of peace and tranquillity as the sun sets over the city and local villagers come down to the waters’ edge to bathe.

  • Irrawaddy dolpin

    Search for Irrawaddy Dolphins

    Kratie & Chhlong

    Sometimes the best sightings are to be had from the high embankment where you can scan a wide area of water and have a distinct advantage over the water level views of those in boats.

  • Phnom Penh river scene

    Experience Phnom Penh Water Festival

    Phnom Penh

    The Water Festival, or Bon Om Tuk, is the greatest occasion in the Cambodian calendar. Celebrated to mark the end of the monsoon season and the turning of the waters in the great Tonle Sap, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians flock to the capital, Phnom Penh, to join in the festivities.

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    Angkor Wat at sunset

    Siem Reap

    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.

  • Orphans at PSE

    'For the Smile of a Child' Project

    Phnom Penh

    Visiting the Stung Meanchey municipal dump is quite a challenging experience as hundreds of children are scavenging here in terrible conditions. However, some organisations such as PSE and CCF are doing a great job helping them towards a better life.

  • Quad biking in Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sunset Quad Bike Adventure

    Siem Reap

    Follow your guide into the countryside immediately surrounding Siem Reap for an insight into a different side of Cambodia seeing how local people live and taking in the rural scenery.