Put simply, the Angkor temples should be on everyone’s bucket lists! Millions of tourists flock to the Angkor temples every year and spend hours, or even days, exploring them. The site is considered one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world. So what are the Angkor temples? And why are we this certain that they should it be on your bucket list? Take a read of the below to find out why….
A small country bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is a stunning place with so many unique experiences to be had. Along with a visit to the famed temples of Angkor Wat, a holiday to Cambodia can include interacting with injured elephants and escaping to a private island, amongst other wonderful and little-known activities. We asked our specialists to think outside the box and come up with the top 10 unique things to experience in this wonderful country…
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With jungle-tangled temples, white sandy beaches, a rich cultural heritage and the most hospitable people you’re likely to ever meet; Cambodia is an excellent option when planning your honeymoon. Feel humbled as you watch the sun rise over the majestic Angkor Wat, barter with locals as you shop on the famous floating markets, and ease into a slower pace of life in one of the coastal fishing villages. Cambodia has everything you need for the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Cambodia has a wealth of sights and sounds, and if you dig a little deeper you will find a country like no other, where the smiles and the warmth of the people are as much a part of the experience as visiting the country itself. Perhaps the most famous highlight is the spectacular 1,000 year old Khmer temple ruins, and be sure to enjoy the quaint and quiet capital of Phnom Penh. The up and coming beach resort of Sihanoukville is only a few hours drive from the capital meaning Cambodia can easily make an enjoyable two week holiday.
Cambodia has a fascinating past, which makes it an excellent cultural and educational destination for families. Spend time uncovering its rich history in the museums of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, or marvelling at the impressive Angkor Wat. Finish off with a few days on one of Cambodia's laid back beaches, should you wish to combine both culture and relaxation on your family holiday.
Cambodia and Vietnam complement each other beautifully: Cambodia has a more laid back charm while Vietnam is the beating heart of Indochina, with fast paced ancient cities. Even in 10 days, you can combine Cambodia and Vietnam with ease, but we’d recommend a little longer to do these wonderful countries justice. You can even cruise between the two along the historic Mekong River.
Cambodia In Depth
Siem Reap, Battambang, Kratie, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong & Kep
Best for: Culture History, Family, Honeymoon
This in-depth itinerary takes in cultural and natural highlights of Cambodia. Discover the breathtaking temples of Angkor, explore stunning countryside, search for the Irrawaddy dolphin, admire glittering palaces and venture into lush rainforest.
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See more of the hidden wonders of Cambodia with this in-depth journey through one of Southeast Asia's most beguiling countries. Historic highlights including the extraordinary Angkor Archaeological Park, and the grand palaces and museums of Phnom Penh. Venture into the lush countryside of Battambang, and take a boat along the Mekong on a search for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin.
Spend a few nights in the picturesque Koh Kong, which is home to the second largest virgin rainforest in Southeast Asia. Visit dramatic waterfalls and trek through the pristine rainforest, keeping an eye out for local wildlife. Finish your trip in Kep, a sleepy fishing town on the coast. Relax in peaceful surroundings, and make sure to sample the famous Kep crab.
Days 1 - 4 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Heritage Suites Hotel for 3 nights
Your first three nights will be based in Siem Reap. From the town you can venture into the Angkor Archaeological Park and explore the extraordinary temples within. Admire the intricate bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat, gaze upon the serene faces of the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, and peer through the tree roots into the mysterious corridors of Ta Phrom.
Go beyond Siem Reap and travel by boat across the vast waters of Tonle Sap, stopping off to visit floating villages on the way. Back in the town, why not spend an evening dining at some of Siem Reap’s social enterprise restaurants, learning about the different causes and organisations whilst enjoying delicious local cuisine.
Days 4 - 6 : Battambang, Cambodia
Stay at Bambu Hotel Battambang for 2 nights
Head out to Battambang, around three hours from Siem Reap by road. Spend two nights here enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and serene countryside. The best way to travel around here is by bicycle, and so take to two wheels to explore rural villages and farms, travelling through picturesque scenery along the way.
We would also suggest visiting Phnom Sampeu, a mountain close to Battambang. Here you can visit the temple on the summit and take in the panoramic views of the countryside. Journey inside the mountain’s caves to see the poignant memorial for victims of the Khmer Rouge who perished here.
Day 6 - 7 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Heritage Suites Hotel for 1 night
Travel back to Siem Reap for the night, stopping off at more temples along the way should you wish. Depending on what time you arrive, you may like to take in a show at the famous Phare Circus.
Day 7 - 8 : Kampong Thom, Cambodia
Stay at Sambor Village Hotel for 1 night
From Siem Reap, travel for around three hours by car to the rural town of Kampong Thom. Whilst you are here visit Sambor Prei Kuk, a pre-Angkorian temple complex hidden away in the forest. Stroll between the temples, many of which have been reclaimed by nature, with tree roots sprawling over walls and across doorways. You will also have a chance to learn more about the local community and industries, visiting a handicraft workshop and silk farm.
Days 8 - 10 : Koh Trong Island, Kratie, Cambodia
Stay at Rajabori Villas for 2 nights
From Kampong Thom it is around a five-hour scenic drive to your next stop; Kratie. Stop at the village of Kampi and from here you will head out onto the Mekong River by local boat on the search for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin. Whilst it is estimated that there are less than 100 of these dolphins left in the Mekong, this stretch of the river offers one of the best chances of sightings.
Continue to Kratie and have a stroll around the town before taking another boat out to Koh Trong, the island that will be your home for the next two nights. During your stay here take some time to explore the island, which is dotted with rice paddies and fruit orchards. Take the opportunity to give something back to the environment by participating in the local tree planting project, and visit a floating village on the southern tip of the island.
Days 10 - 12 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at La Rose Suites for 2 nights
Continue from Kratie to Phnom Penh, a journey time of around four hours, stopping off on the way to visit Kampong Cham, which was once a trading post during the French Colonial era. Whilst many visitors overlook Phnom Penh, there is plenty to see and do here, and the city offers the best insight into Cambodia’s modern history.
During your time in the capital visit the beautiful Royal Palace with its glittering temples, and spend some time exploring the National Museum, which has over 5,000 pieces in its collection. Phnom Penh also has a growing foodie scene, and so why not spend some time strolling through the colourful markets sampling street food, or journeying through the city on the back of a vespa, stopping off at buzzing bars as you go.
Whilst it may be distressing, we also recommend visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields in order to gain an insight into Cambodia’s tragic modern history, and in turn an appreciation for the incredible resilience and courage of the country’s people.
Days 12 - 15 : Koh Kong, Cambodia
Stay at 4 Rivers Koh Kong for 3 nights
From Phnom Penh, travel west to Koh Kong, around three to four hours by road. Upon arrival at the town of Tatai, take a 20-minute boat ride along the river to the wonderful 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, which will be your home for the next three nights.
Koh Kong is home the lush green Cardamom Mountains, and the second largest virgin rainforest in Southeast Asia. Spend your days here exploring the amazing nature around you, kayaking through mangroves, taking a dip by dramatic waterfalls and trekking through the pristine rainforest.
Days 15 - 19 : Kep, Cambodia
Stay at Knai Bang Chatt for 4 nights
From Koh Kong you will be driven around four hours down to the coastal town of Kep. Whilst there is plenty of opportunity for relaxation, should you wish to keep busy it is possible to visit local islands or go trekking in the nearby national park. Kep is famous for its crab, and so ensure to spend some time at the market sampling the local specialities.
The nearest international airport to Kep is Phnom Penh, which is around a three-and-a-half hour drive away.
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When to go
In general, the best time to go to Cambodia is from October through to April, as this is when there is the least rain, although it can start to get very hot from March onwards. The wet season is from May to October. The beginning of the wet season in May and June, and the end in October tend to just see short, heavy showers, whereas rain is more frequent from July to September, particularly in the south of the country.
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