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.
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, & Koh Rong
Best for: Luxury, Culture History, Honeymoon
This high-end itinerary incorporates key cultural areas of Cambodia, finishing with some relaxation time at one of Asia’s most exclusive resorts. Staying at luxurious hotels throughout, you will also enjoy some wonderfully special experiences.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Staying in hand-picked, luxurious accommodation, explore some of the highlights of Cambodia, from the extraordinary temples of Angkor, to the glittering palaces of Phnom Penh, finishing at a world-class retreat on an idyllic island off the southern coast.
Days 1 - 4 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Phum Baitang for 3 nights
You will start your journey in Siem Reap, staying three nights at the fabulous Phum Baitang. This rustic-luxury resort has the feel of a local village, and offers excellent service and facilities. During your time here, it is possible to explore the incredible temples of Angkor, accompanied by an expert archaeologist guide. Your guide’s first-class knowledge and passion for the site will ensure you gain a thorough understanding of the history and mythology of each temple.
For something extra special, why not take a helicopter flight over the temples and surrounding countryside. This birds’-eye perspective will allow you to fully appreciate the majesty of Angkor Wat and the vast waters of Tonle Sap Lake.
Days 4 - 6 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at Rosewood Phnom Penh for 2 nights
From Siem Reap it is only a short flight to Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. Whilst you are here, stay at the chic Rosewood, offering stylish rooms and incredible views from the buzzing rooftop bar. Explore the city with a private guide, admiring the eclectic architecture, and in the evening why not either dine at one of the capital’s top-notch restaurants, or for something more casual, walk around the markets or travel on the back of a Vespa to sample some local streetfood.
During your time in Phnom Penh it is also possible to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields. These sites can be emotional and distressing, however they are culturally significant, and offer an insight into Cambodia’s tragic modern history.
You will begin your guided tour of the city with a visit to Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop, before continuing along the riverfront to the Royal Palace home to the Silver Pagoda, where you will see Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
You will visit the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style and home to the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts.
While in Phnom Penh it is difficult to escape the country’s recent dark history, and visits to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and the Killing fields of Choeung offer the most vivid reminder of the Khmer Rouge reign. Your stay will be at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, so often the choice of royalty and dignitaries visiting the city.
Days 6 - 11 : Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
Stay at Song Saa for 5 nights
From Phnom Penh it is a four-hour road transfer to Sihanoukville in the south of the country. Once you reach Sihanoukville you will take a short boat ride over to the idyllic Song Saa Private Island. This upmarket yet relaxed retreat is the epitome of barefoot luxury, offering spacious private pool villas and superb service and dining. There are also some fantastic activities available including island hopping, snorkelling, kayaking and yoga.
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Here at Imagine, we understand that luxury can mean different things to different people, and we are always happy to design holidays around your budget, timings, dreams and ideas. All of our holidays are unique to each guest – contact us now on 020 3141 2850 to start designing your holiday.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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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.