Virually decimated during the frightening era of pol pot, cambodia has a new found confidence in the modern world and rejoices in its profound ancient history, once at the cultural heart of all southeast asia

From a visitor perspective, Angkor Wat, situated in Siem Reap province, close to the town of the same name, is easily Cambodia's star attraction which, together with its numerous neighbouring temples of similar splendorous wonder, between them draw over two million tourists annually from all over the world to touch the ancient past and unlock its mysteries.

 

Evocative and otherworldly, these temples are just a fraction of the bewildering array of impressive ancient monumental buildings strewn across this land. At its height, Angkor was the world's largest pre-industrial city, home to over one million inhabitants, and in its time the ancient capital of much of southeast Asia.


Because of its widespread cultural appeal, the area naturally also boasts many premier hotels and international standard golf courses, catering in style to the profound influx of international guests.


South of Angkor lies the enigmatic Tonle Sap Lake, a visibly fascinating example of the complexities of natural climactic rhythm, and the largest lake in South-east Asia, teeming with fish and supporting many floating communities. The lake provides a great and culturally satisfying excuse to enjoy pleasurable waterborne day trips and is also home to Prek Toal water bird sanctuary.


Further downriver, the Tonle Sap merges with the majestic Mekong River, their confluence the site of Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh, once known as the pearl of Asia after its oriental charm, has been restoring and re-inventing itself to health after its almost complete decimation by the Khmer rouge during the early1970’s.


In spite of the damage wrought to the city in those dark times, there are still many worthy sights in the city to captivate the visitor, including the splendid Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace and the city’s many Wats. Like its neighbours, Laos and southern Vietnam, the motion of life here is governed by the mighty presence of Mekong River, upon which one can easily take a cruise to nearby attractions or for further onward travel.


To the south, close to the beautiful Ream National Park, coastal Cambodia’s main tourist beaches are centred in the southwest of the country, around the town of Sihanoukville, and its scattering of offshore islands in the Gulf of Thailand..

 

Whilst some resorts have been developed, many of Cambodia’s very finest beaches are entirely unspoilt and lacking in facilities, a situation which is inevitably rapidly changing, but where this is the case, most are accessible for a pleasant day trip my boat, with their still little developed status very much a part of their appeal to beach aficionados.


Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Classic, Heritage
Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Duration: 5
Guideline price: US$ 623     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 5 day tour gives provides a thorough in-depth exploration of the ancient Angkor Empire, from its earliest structures, through to the pinnacle of its wondrous architectural, engineering and cultural achievements, The tour also explores the country’s capital, Phnom Penh and the more recent, less worthy, history of the Khmer Rouge era.

Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Heritage, Beach
Destinations: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 914     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 8 day tour is in many ways a microcosm of human existence from the pinnacles of human endeavour in the exalted civilisation of Angkor, to the abhorrent aberration of human depravity of Pol Pot and his brutally insane regime of the 1970’s and finding resolution in the lives of modern day Cambodia and some reflective relaxation on the beaches of Sihanoukville.
Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Phnom Penh
Duration: 3
Guideline price: US$ 319     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Explore the fast-developing city of Phnom Penh, seeing its history from the ancient to the relatively modern in pagodas and museums. Taste village life on a Mekong River island, enjoy traditional Khmer dance, and sit back to process it all at the storied FCC Cambodia.

Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Siem Reap
Duration: 3
Guideline price: US$ 256     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Tour the world-renowned temple Angkor Wat, as well as exploring numerous other ancient temples and sites remaining from Angkor’s glory days, and take a boat tour to a floating fishing village on Tonle Sap Lake.
Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Duration: 4
Guideline price: US$ 545     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Packed with sightseeing detail, this short 4 day trip to Cambodia includes a guided tour of Phnom Penh, 2 days exploring the astounding UNESCO World Heritage ancient archaeological treasures of Angkor, and a trip upon the unique Tonle Sap Lake. Ideal as an extension to tours of neighbouring countries, or as a stopover detour for travellers visiting elsewhere in Southeast Asia who do not wish to miss out on the opportunity to see the magnificence of the region’s most significant ancient culture.
Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Heritage
Destinations: Siem Reap
Duration: 4
Guideline price: US$ 282     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This short 4 day tour is designed for those whose primary reason to visit Cambodia is to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Angkor. Ideal as stopover diversion from one of the regions hub airports or as an addition to a tour of neighbouring countries. An interesting alternative to a flight arrival is possible by travelling to Siem Reap from Vietnam aboard a Mekong River cruise, which can also usefully be accomplished in reverse.
Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Adventure, Heritage
Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Elsewhere in Cambodia
Duration: 10
Guideline price: US$ 1466     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 10 day tour of Cambodia begins with an exploration of the ancient site of Angkor, and a bird-watching visit to nearby Tonle Sap Lake. The tour then travels on to the capital city, Phnom Penh, before a journey into the forest of the Cardamom Mountains and Koh Kong, for some biking and trekking.

Country: Cambodia
Type of holiday: Honeymoon
Destinations: Siem Reap
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 5291     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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On this honeymoon tour in Cambodia you’ll set out together to explore the fabulously atmospheric temples of Angkor, taking in the awesome grandeur of Angkor Wat and the picturesque, jungle-clad ruins of Ta Prohm and Beng Melea, and then sink your toes into the sands of Song Saa Private Island resort just off Cambodia’s coast. An exclusive experience melding local roots with world class luxury, your time on Song Saa is sure to provide honeymoon memories to last a lifetime.
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