Cambodia is still in many ways a more unrefined South East Asia destination. The country is a stunning mix of lush jungle, verdant plantations and rice fields, tranquil beaches, expansive lakes and quaint, colonial towns and cities. It is a country with an impressive distant past that saw the building of fabulous temple complexes, but also a land that suffered more recently under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. One of the most enduring memories you will retain from visiting this forward thinking country is of a friendly people, providing a warm welcome for travellers and authentic glimpses into their culture
Siem Reap and Angkor
No trip to Cambodia would be complete without marvelling at the iconic temple of Angkor Wat, the centrepiece of a vast community of temples variously built between the 9th and 14th centuries.
The Gateway to Angkor, Siem Reap is very close to the temple complex and although it has seen significant development, the city still retains its charm with small shops, cafes and art galleries.
A vibrant city of contrasts, with poignant memories to the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Phnom Penh is the place to learn about this side of Cambodian history. However, it is also a city that also reflects the optimistic spirit of Cambodia’s people as well as the charms of its French colonial past.
Take a boat trip on South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Tonle Sap is home to a huge diversity of fish and a large number of fishing communities that rely on the bounty of this great lake.
Sihanoukville and Song Saa Private Island
The Cambodian coast at Sihanoukville offers a more relaxed and less commercial beach resort experience and is comparable to the early days of Thailand’s beach culture. However, for a true indulgence why not head for Song Saa Private Island. This eco-luxe escape is spread over a pair of pristine isles, with thatch and stone villas dotted among the jungle canopy or lolling above the sea.