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, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Culture History, Beach
This simple yet exciting itinerary is a wonderful introduction to Cambodia. With only three stops you will have plenty of time to explore each area, taking in temples in Siem Reap, palaces in Phnom Penh and sandy beaches in Sihanoukville.
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This is a great itinerary for those who are slightly short on time, but still looking for something more than just a beach holiday. Days spent in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh can be packed full of culture. Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, home to world-famous temples such as Angkor Wat and the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple of Ta Phrom. Phnom Penh allows visitors to gain an insight into Cambodia’s modern history, including the tragic impact of the Khmer Rouge Regime. The beaches of Sihanoukville offer powdery white sand leading to inviting turquoise sea.
Days 1 - 4 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Victoria Angkor for 3 nights
Your itinerary will start in Siem Reap where you can spend three days exploring all of the wonderful culture this town has to offer. Venture into the Angkor Archaeological Park with a private guide and learn about some of the extraordinary temples within. The design, size and state of preservation of each temple make for a varied and exciting tour.
However, there is also more to Siem Reap than just temples. There is picturesque countryside to explore, and the nearby Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, home to a number of floating villages.
Days 4 - 6 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at Anik Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
Take a short flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. This is a good opportunity to learn about Cambodia’s modern history, although the story is a sad one. During your stay in Phnom Penh it is possible to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields which lie just outside the city. These sites stand as poignant reminders of the brutal Khmer Rouge Regime, and whilst they are not an easy experience, they play an important role in the country’s history.Phnom Penh also has an eclectic array of architecture, and a blossoming foodie scene. It is worth visiting the opulent Royal Palace to gaze upon the shining floors of the Silver Pagoda, and the ornate gold and diamond decorations adorning the emerald Buddha. The city has colourful markets and a thriving streetfood scene, which can be explored by foot or on the back of a Vespa.
Days 6 - 9 : Sihanoukville, Cambodia
From Phnom Penh, take a private road transfer to Sihanoukville, which is around a four-hour drive away. Naia Resort sits in a quiet corner of one of Sihanoukville’s best beaches. Despite only having 32 rooms, the property has a great range of facilities, and for those who want to explore further afield the hotel can arrange plenty of activities like snorkelling, boat trips and watersports.
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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 $1401 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.