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.
Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Kep
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Honeymoon
This 11-night itinerary takes in key cultural areas of Cambodia. Admire the extraordinary temples of Angkor, soak up the gorgeous countryside in Battambang, explore the country’s capital Phnom Penh, and finish the trip on a sandy beach in Sihanoukville.
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This wonderful journey through Cambodia is a good option for both couples and families with older children. A few nights in Battambang offers the opportunity to see more of the rural side to Cambodia, whilst Siem Reap and Phnom Penh both have plenty of buzz and energy, packed with culture and history.
Days 1 - 4 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Sokkhak Boutique Resort for 3 nights
Your journey will start in Siem Reap, which has a vast array of exciting adventures, tours and experiences to suit every traveller. Of course no visit to Siem Reap is complete without visiting at least a few of the incredible temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious building in the world, is arguably the most famous, and is featured on the Cambodian flag. Temples such as Ta Phrom and Preah Khan are less well preserved, but wonderfully atmospheric, with tree roots winding through the walls and over doorways.
For a more off the beaten track experience, head out into the Siem Reap countryside to visit quieter temples and monuments such as the Roluos Group, Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean. It is also worth visiting Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, where you can take a boat trip to floating villages.
Days 4 - 6 : Battambang, Cambodia
Stay at Bambu Hotel Battambang for 2 nights
From Siem Reap, it is a three-hour journey by car to Battambang. This sleepy yet welcoming town is surrounded by gorgeous countryside, with lush rice paddies and fragrant orchards. Most of your time here will be spent exploring the rural areas around Battambang, cycling though country roads and rustic villages, stopping off to visit local temples.
During your stay in Battambang it is also possible to visit the mountain of Phnom Sampeu. The summit of the mountain has fabulous views over the countryside, and there is also a temple. Around half-way up the mountain there are caves which have a tragic history. Many people were killed by the Khmer Rouge on the mountain, and their bodies pushed into the caves below. Within the caves there is now a monument to the victims, containing the bones that were found here.
Days 6 - 8 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at Raffles Le Royal for 2 nights
From Battambang to Phnom Penh it is around a five-hour drive, but there are plenty of things to stop off and see on the way. Visit Kampong Chhnang to learn about the area’s pottery industry, walk up the dramatic Oudong Mountain and stop at the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre before arriving into Cambodia’s capital.
You will stay for two nights at the iconic Raffles Le Royal hotel, a grand and historic property with excellent service. There is plenty to see and do in Phnom Penh, including some exciting foodie tours and a chance to visit the majestic Royal Palace and its glittering temples, and the fascinating National Museum.
During your stay in the capital it is also possible to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, where 17,000 people were detained and interrogated by the Khmer Rouge, and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, where many of these prisoners were executed and buried in mass graves. Whilst these sites can be very upsetting, we feel they are still worth visiting in order to understand Cambodia’s history and its people.
Days 8 - 12 : Sihanoukville, Cambodia
You will be transferred by car for around four hours, heading from the bustling streets of Phnom Penh to the sandy shores of Sihanoukville. Stay four nights at the laid-back Tamu Hotel, which enjoys a great location right by the white sand of Otres beach. Spend your days soaking up the sun, swimming in the pool or the sea, or exploring the Koh Rong Archipelago by long-tail boat.
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When to go
In general, the best time to go to Cambodia is from November 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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From $2166 per person
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Entry fees and a selection of experiences
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.