Buddhist Monks, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia Holidays

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 Burma and Indonesia. In short, Cambodia is a fascinating South East Asian gem. Tourism has well and truly taken off, yet a trip to Cambodia remains an adventure as much as a holiday.

What to expect on your Cambodia holiday

Cambodia is a beautiful and beguiling country, which rarely fails to engage and 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. Since stability returned to the region, Cambodia has proved a magnet for tourists and nowhere is this more evident than at Angkor. However, the sheer size of the site (390 square miles) ensures that with proper knowledge, it is still possible to experience the peace and serenity that once existed.

In keeping with much of Asia, Cambodian hotels are of a high standard and range from luxury five-star international chains to the more atmospheric privately owned establishments, which we would recommend.

Some ideas for a Cambodia holiday

  • Explore the vast complex of temples at Angkor with a resident archaeologist
  • Receive a blessing from a monk
  • Take a safari style breakfast at a remote Angkor temple - served from a private tuk tuk
  • View Angkor from the skies on a helicopter or microlite flight
  • Meet a Khmer Rouge survivor
  • A private dinner outside Siem Reap, amongst the paddy fields
  • Cruise Tonle Sap lake onboard a traditional boat
  • luxury cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia on the Mekong Delta

Beyond the Ordinary

  • Visit the Cardamom Mountains - home to Shinta Mani Wild. Spend days exploring the spectacular jungle wilderness with nights under canvas, perched high above waterfalls and rivers.
  • Experience a homestay at Kamong Khleang or Tonle Sap Lake
  • Explore Banteay Chhmar, a peaceful and hardly visited jungle temple plus an NGO visit

Our Cambodia Expertise

Paul, Clare and Amy have first-hand experience of designing holidays to Cambodia, having explored each corner between them. They can put together the trip of a lifetime to this less explored region of South East Asia and if you wish to venture off the beaten track into areas that define travel beyond the ordinary, it is them to whom you need to talk.

Cambodia FAQs

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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.
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.
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 tactile to mention the topic subtly at first to work out what the reaction is, and then move on from there.
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 cuisine. 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. 
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.
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.


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