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.
Raffles Le Royal
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Best for: Culture History, Luxury, Family
Since 1929, Raffles Le Royal has played host to an illustrious list of famous dignitaries, writers and celebrities and is one of Asia’s top destination hotels, offering a seamless blend of old-world colonial charm and contemporary comfort.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Raffles Le Royal is a landmark hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh. A true colonial classic, the hotel first opened its doors in 1929 and has a prestigious guest list of politicians, celebrities and royalty from across the globe. In recent years the hotel has undergone an elegant restoration, so while it is still evocative of a bygone age having lost none of its old-world colonial charm, today guests enjoy all the comforts and amenities of the 21st century in this world-class hotel. Full of Art Deco glamour and a delightfully retro atmosphere, Raffles Le Royal is perfectly located for those wishing to explore the sights of Phnom Penh, from a truly special base. Located in the Wat Phnom district, within beautifully landscaped gardens, Raffles Le Royal is 20-minutes from the city’s airport and close to attractions such as the Royal Palace and central market.
There are 170 rooms and suites split into two wings, which overlook either the gardens or one of the two swimming pools. The styling is Art Deco, comfortable and stylish. The State and Landmark Rooms include a balcony, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and safe, while the more expansive Suites vary in size, right up to the Royal Suite which includes two-bedrooms, a dining room, lounge and pantry. Guests can also opt for the Personality Suites named after those who have stayed there, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle. There are interconnecting rooms available for families. In terms of dining, Restaurant Le Royal serves high-class French and Cambodian cuisine in an atmospheric dining room, while Café Monivong serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in less formal but equally atmospheric style. For drinks and snacks throughout the day, head to the Poolside Terrace. One of the highlights of staying here is the chance to enjoy one of the hotel’s signature cocktails served in the Elephant Bar amid old colonial splendour. Needless to say, guests enjoy exquisite levels of service.
Guests have the choice of a lap-pool or family swimming pool set in the lovely gardens, which are a haven of cool tranquillity when you need to escape the heat of the city. The Amrita Spa offers a range of treatments and there is also a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness centre onsite. We love this hotel for its old-world charm and glamour and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for anyone looking for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Phnom Penh.
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. November is a particularly good month to travel, as the country is still lush and green from the rainy season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Architecture Paths of Phnom Penh
Accompanied by an expert guide, spend a fascinating day learning about the eclectic architecture of Cambodia's capital. From ancient temples to French colonial facades and soviet-style edifices, there is plenty to explore.
Half Day Phnom Penh Tour: The Khmer Rouge
Spend half a day visiting two of Cambodia’s most poignant sites; the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. These terribly sombre yet significant sites offer an insight into Cambodia’s turbulent modern history.
Half Day Phnom Penh Tour: Royal Palace, National Museum & Wat Phnom
Spend half a day exploring some of Phnom Penh’s most interesting historical sites, including the opulent Royal Palace, fascinating National Museum and the pretty Wat Phnom, accompanied by your private English-speaking guide.
Sightseeing between Battambang and Phnom Penh
On your way between Battambang and Phnom Penh, stop off to visit interesting cultural sites on route, including Kampong Chhnang, renowned for its pottery, the majestic Oudong Mountain and the impressive Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre.
Phnom Penh by Cyclo
Journey through Cambodia's capital by cyclo, stopping off to visit some of the city's key cultural sites along the way. This slower pace of travel allows visitors more time to soak up the eclectic architecture and atmosphere of Phnom Penh.
Streetfood of Phnom Penh
Travelling by cyclo and on foot, spend the morning venturing through the colourful food markets in Phnom Penh, sampling exotic fruit and local specialities along the way, before enjoying a delicious Khmer lunch at a local restaurant.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Kep
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.
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya & Koh Samet
This fascinating itinerary combines historic highlights in Thailand and Cambodia. Learn about the countries' ancient heritage with magnificent temples in Siem Reap and Ayutthaya, and uncover modern-day history in Kanchanaburi and Phnom Penh.