Ancient kingdoms lie waiting to be discovered
From Paris-inspired boulevards to mysterious ruins deep in the jungle, a Cambodia vacation is full of surprises.
Warm smiles from welcoming locals reflect a country that’s successfully shaking off the troubles of its recent history in favor of greater emphasis on the treasures of its long-lost Khmer kingdom.
While elegant European architecture lends a strange familiarity to Cambodia’s colonial cities, a journey to this captivating country means plunging yourself into new experiences. Sunrise over ruined temples after a trek through the jungle, freshly-caught fish served in a relaxing seaside town, the sights and sounds of times gone by on a cruise through a floating village: it’s these unforgettable encounters that make a Cambodia vacation so appealing.
Temples of Angkor
Jungle-clad temples are calling out to be explored, Indiana Jones style, at the ancient ruins of Angkor. Discover archaeology on a vast scale at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, ruined in the 15th century and one of the most famous and important sites in the world. From the most well-known temple, Angkor Wat, to the far reaches of this sprawling 400 square kilometer site, there's no shortage of ornate carvings and hidden corners waiting to be discovered. Witnessing the sun rising over these atmospheric ruins is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Though the ancient ruins of Angkor are the main reason people visit Siem Reap, there's more to this pleasant colonial town than that. Taste the flavors of Cambodian cooking in one of the restaurants lining Siem Reap's leafy boulevards, and head out to the Tonle Sap Lake for a waterborne exploration of floating villages where fishermen still bring in their catch the traditional way.
It may be the second largest city in Cambodia, but Battambang's charming architecture and quaint cafes help give it the atmosphere of somewhere much smaller. Discover art galleries in elegant colonial buildings, and wander along the Sangkae River. On the hills around the city, experience a moment of calm in a little-visited temple, and see if you can work out why Battambang is known as the "rice bowl of Cambodia".
Cambodia's capital has been through some dark times, as the chilling Killing Fields of Choeung Ek testify. But as you explore the city's sweeping French-style boulevards and saunter along the esplanade by the Mekong River, you'll discover that a sense of joie de vivre now dominates. Get to know this interesting capital by sipping coffee in a former colonial mansion and learning about Phnom Penh's past at the Royal Palace.
Magnificent sunsets, sandy beaches, flavorsome crab: Kep has everything you need for a relaxing seaside escape. Travel here and you'll be following in the footsteps of wealthy colonials, for whom the town was built as a seaside resort made up of luxurious villas. The empty shells of those villas are still there, an eerie reminder of the town's destruction at the hands of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Like the rest of Cambodia, Kep has emerged from that dark phase of its history, but the past still feels present in this atmospheric town.
Once a busy port, Kampot has evolved into a relaxed riverside town where people come to experience a more leisurely pace of life. Crumbling colonial architecture only adds to the charm, making Kampot feel like a relic of the past. Experience its natural beauty with a visit to Bokor Mountain and its former French hill station, and explore a working pepper farm. A sunset cocktail by the river is by far the best way to end a day in Kampot.
If it's a beach vacation you're after, Sihanoukville fits the bill perfectly: it's Cambodia's top seaside resort town, with a great choice of hotels dotted along its beautiful sandy beaches. Venture beyond the beaches and journey into Ream National Park to see what wildlife you can discover hiding in the mangroves.
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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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