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…
Deciding on your honeymoon destination is one of the most exciting and diffcult choices to make during your wedding preparations. Expectations are high to craft the trip of a lifetime which suits you both perfectly. With this in mind, our specialists have put their heads together to handpick a selction of properties which are just perfect for celebrating your honeymoon.
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.
Classic Cambodia & Laos
Luang Prabang, Pakse, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Family
This classic itinerary is a wonderful introduction to two of the most beguiling countries in Southeast Asia; Cambodia and Laos. Take in highlights of each country, including fascinating history and breathtaking scenery, and finish on a lovely beach.
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This itinerary is designed to go at a steady pace, allowing you enough time to get a good feel for each location. However should you wish to stay longer in a particular area, or to add in further destinations, this can easily be arranged.
Luang Prabang is a delightful start to any Indochina itinerary, offering a charming, authentic atmosphere and great mix of culture and adventure. Pakse also has plenty to offer even the most seasoned traveller, and has the added benefit of feeling off the beaten track.
The Temples of Angkor are simply astounding, and there is also much more to see and do in and around Siem Reap. Phnom Penh provides an interesting, although often sombre, insight into Cambodia's modern history. The beaches of Sihanoukville promise white sands and warm turquoise sea, inviting visitors to unwind at the end of their adventures.
Days 1 - 4 : Luang Prabang, Laos
Stay at Le Sen Boutique for 3 nights
Your journey will start Luang Prabang, whose charming streets and glittering temples offer a wealth of culture to be explored. Spend your days soaking up the history, cycling or strolling through the town with a private guide, or head out into the countryside to see some of the area's natural wonders, such as the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Day 4 : Domestic flight from Luang Prabang to Pakse
There is currently only one direct flight a week, however it is also very easy to get a connecting flight through Vientiane, or you could even stop off for a night in the capital should you wish.
Days 4 - 7 : Champasak, Laos
Stay at The River Resort for 3 nights
From Luang Prabang, take a domestic flight down to Pakse.
Southern Laos remains fairly untouched in terms of mass tourism, and so this is a great opportunity to get more off the beaten track. There are plenty of adventures to be had in this area, from full day excursions to the dramatic Bolaven Plateau, to boat trips along the Mekong to search for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin.
Day 7 : International flight from Pakse to Siem Reap
Days 7 - 10 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Viroth's Hotel for 3 nights
You will take an international flight from Pakse to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Whilst it would be easy to stay weeks in Siem Reap and still feel like there was more to discover, three nights will allow you to explore key historic sites, such as the iconic Angkor Wat and magnificent Angkor Thom, and the mysterious forest temples of Ta Phrom and Preah Khan. You can also head out into the countryside, either to visit some of the more remote temples, or to experience rural Cambodian culture, with a Vespa tour through local villages, or a boat trip to see the floating houses on Tonle Sap.
Day 10 : Domestic flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Days 10 - 12 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at La Rose Suites for 2 nights
From Siem Reap, take a short domestic flight to Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh has a lot of history, and provides the opportunity to gain an insight into Cambodia's often tragic past. During your stay here you can visit the notorious S-21 Jail, now known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This was the site where thousands of people were imprisoned and tortured during the Khmer Rouge regime. Continue out into the countryside to visit the Killing Fields, where most of the prisoners were killed and thrown in mass graves.
We also recommend visiting the impressive Royal Palace and the National Museum, which houses thousands of fascinating artefacts. There is also a growing foodie scene in Phnom Penh, and so this is a great chance to try some of Cambodia's best restaurants, or sample mouthwatering streetfood.
Days 12 - 15 : Sihanoukville, Cambodia
From Phnom Penh it is around a four-hour drive to the sandy shores of Sihanoukville. The properties that we recommend here tend to be on the quieter stretches of beach, ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. However should you wish to keep busy, it is possible to go island hopping, and there are some great diving and snorkelling sites around the nearby islands.
When to go
In general, the best time to go to Cambodia and Laos 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.
The north of the Laos tends to be drier, but the higher elevations can make it much cooler, especially in the winter months. Whilst still pleasant during the day it can drop to around 10 degrees Celsius at night, and so it is worth bring layers.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $3406 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private transfers and domestic flights
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.