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Stone murals and sculptures in Angkor wat, Cambodia


A country which never fails to enrich the soul. Let us take you to the places that truly reflect the Cambodian way – trips to the temples at Angkor and a cruise on the Mekong Delta are musts for any bespoke itinerary.

Cambodia is all too often overshadowed by its more visited neighbours. However, a holiday to Cambodia will provide cuisine to match that of Vietnam, pristine beaches to rival those found in Thailand and architectural wonders, which overshadow many found in Myanmar and Indonesia.

In short, Cambodia is a fascinating South East Asian gem and a journey there remains an adventure as much as a holiday.

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Angkor temple

What to expect on your Cambodia holiday

Cambodia is a beautiful and beguiling country, which rarely fails to enchant its visitors. Its artistic and cultural heritage is typified by the sprawling 1,000-year-old temple complex of Angkor, the impressive legacy of the Khmer Empire and one of the truly spectacular wonders of the world.

Explore Cambodia

  • Siem Reap
  • Phnom Penh
  • Mekong River
  • Cambodian National Parks
  • Cambodian beaches


A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Cambodia.

Temples at Sunrise

Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat followed by a picnic breakfast away from the crowds at Ta Phrom.

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Artisan Centre

Visit the Artisans d’Angkor Centre in Siem Reap, one of the best workshops in town with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood and silk products.

Angkor with an Expert

Explore the vast complex of temples at Angkor with a resident archaeologist – a highlight of any holiday to Cambodia.

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Paddy Field Dining

Enjoy a private dinner outside Siem Reap, amongst the paddy fields.

Russian Market Haggling

Bargain for anything you can imagine, from car parts to gem stones at the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.

Margins of Tonle Sap Lake

Explore the ever-transforming Tonle Sap Lake by kayak or traditional boat, meeting locals from the floating villages and learning their way of life.

Islands of the Mekong by Bike

Escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and venture into the capital’s surrounding countryside on a relaxing half day cycle tour of the Islands of the Mekong.

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Watch the Phare Circus

Take your VIP seats at Phare, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap. Founded by nine Cambodian men after their return from a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge, the show is a spectacle of remarkable acrobatics and proceeds support a local arts school.

Royal Cambodia

Wander through the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, followed by Udong, the former imperial Cambodian capital.

The Bear Care Tour

Take an exciting, behind-the-scenes tour at the centre for rescued sun bears and moon bears at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Cardamom Mountains

Visit the Cardamom Mountains, home to Shinta Mani Wild and explore the spectacular jungle wilderness with nights under canvas, perched high above waterfalls and rivers.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Frequently asked questions about Cambodia

Is there a certain dish I should try?

During your visit, try a bowl of the popular Bai Sach Chrouk, which is eaten at all times of the day, every day. Made up of BBQ grilled pork, marinated in coconut milk or garlic served with pickled ginger, radish and ginger on a bed or rice with chicken broth on the side. If you want to try something different, don’t be surprised if you come across a variety of roasted insects which are a delicacy in Cambodia.

Can I talk about the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot with the locals?

Generally most of the people you meet who suffered under Pol Pot’s brutal regime will talk to you about it if asked. It is tactful to mention the topic subtly at first to work out what the reaction is, and then move on from there.

Do I need to cover up when visiting temples?

Yes, when visiting temples it is important to remember to cover up bare shoulders and legs. It is also appropriate to remove footwear before entering so bringing a bag to carry your shoes is always a good idea.

How long should I stay in Siem Reap to see the temples in depth at Angkor Wat as it is such a vast area?

We would recommend a minimum of 2 days to visit the temples at Angkor, however, if you are wishing to visit all of the temples in-depth you would need at least 4 days. That said, there is so much more to see and do in and around Siem Reap that a week would not be too long.

Is it safe for tourists?

Cambodia is relatively safe, with only incidents of theft being the worst menace to travellers. We advise keeping an eye on your belongings when out and about in busy crowds, and leaving any valuables behind.

Is the street food safe to eat?

The street food in Cambodia is some of the best in the world and a trip to this country should include trying some of the local cuisines. Eating at stalls which are busy and popular with the locals is our best tip, along with making sure food is fresh and has not been sitting around all day in the heat. If you like local food then booking a guide for a street food tour is always worthwhile.

What is the international dialling code for Cambodia?


What is the time zone in Cambodia?

Cambodia is seven hours ahead of GMT.

How long are the flights to Cambodia from the UK?

From London to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, planes fly via Bangkok. The flight duration is around 13 hours.

Can I talk about the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot with the locals?

Generally, most of the people you meet who suffered under Pol Pot’s brutal regime will talk to you about it if asked. It is tactful to mention the topic subtly at first to work out what the reaction is, and then move on from there.

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Ponheary Ly Foundation, Cambodia

Ponheary Ly Foundation

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

The donation from The Steppes Fund for Change will support the Ponheary Ly Foundation as the project works to provide meaningful education and a safe place to learn for some of the brightest, and yet most disenfranchised, young women in remote areas of northern Cambodia.

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