Cambodia tailor-made holidays
‘Grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome,' declared the French explorer Henri Mouhot, who rediscovered the fabled temple city of Angkor, the spiritual and cultural centre of Cambodia. These staggering ruins, some partly covered by trees and creepers, others salvaged from the jungle and free to explore during our Cambodia holidays, remain the country's major draw.
But there's plenty more to this beguiling country, which is moving on from the blood-tinted days of the Khmer Rouge and is an increasingly popular destination for travellers. Many of the old colonial buildings from the French protectorate are being restored in pretty towns like Kep, and awareness is growing of the allure of Cambodia's natural wonders alongside its architectural gems.
Rare Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen at Kratie on the Mekong River, an artery that flows through beautiful countryside dotted with small villages and pretty waterfalls. Cambodia's other great waterway is the Tonlé Sap, the ‘Great Lake' that provides food in abundance and floodwaters that, after the summer rains, turn this into the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Explore both on a tailor-made trip to Cambodia.
Elsewhere, coastal reefs shelter abundant marine life and forest-clad mountains are home to elephants, tigers, monkeys and bears. Of course you'll want to visit the mysterious remains of Angkor, but in the course of your Cambodia holiday leave a little time for some other attractions too.
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Where to go in Cambodia
Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh is sprawling, vibrant and often chaotic, a compelling mixture of old and new. At the heart of an increasingly confident city is the enticing Sisowath Quay area, lined with French restaurants and local eateries, bookshops and boutiques, and the departure point for river…
Along Cambodia's south coast, rainforests stretch down to the sea, meeting mangroves and coral reefs. Turtles, sharks and dugongs are among the marine life found here, while the inland mountains are home to bears, tigers, elephants and plentiful bird species.
The area around Siem Reap is well worth exploring after enjoying the delights of Angkor. The riverside city of Battambang comes complete with splendid French colonial architecture, nearby ruins and the popular ‘Bamboo Train'.
When to go to Cambodia
Cambodia has two distinct weather seasons - dry (October to April) and wet (May to September). March to June is hottest, with temperatures sometimes in excess of 35°C. Humidity is greatest during March and April, whilst the coolest months are October to December when daytime temperatures hover around 25°C. The dry, cool months are when visitor numbers peak, but Angkor Wat is particularly stunning in the wet season, surrounded by lush greenery, with moats brimming with water - and far fewer tourists.
Top itineraries in Cambodia
Following the brutal years of the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia has bounced back. Uncover the country's fascinating and sometimes turbulent history as you discover that although compact, Cambodia contains a wealth of riches and treasures way beyond its diminutive stature.
From the modern city of Ho Chi Minh City to the ancient temples of Angkor, this luxury 15-day tour with APT, including a weeklong river cruise aboard the luxurious RV AmaLotus, takes in the very best of Cambodia and south Vietnam.
Combine the villages and culture of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta with the temples of Angkor in Cambodia on this fascinating tour, which includes a seven night cruise aboard the luxurious Jahan.
Top places to stay in Cambodia
Embodying the clean lines and uncluttered minimalism of ancient Japanese philosophy, Knai Bang Chatt is situated in a modernist former private home in the enchanting coastal town of Kep, on the southwest coast of Cambodia.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an eco-tented lodge offering top-of-the-line accommodation in unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings.
This very private hideaway overlooks the ancient spires of Wat Langka Pagoda, and offers a relaxing oasis of calm in the centre of busy Phnom Penh.
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What our clients say about our Cambodia holidays
We had a very good holiday and we are grateful to Adam for his help with it. All the hotels and the mix suggested worked very well. We were very pleased with the Halong Bay package on a small comfortable junk just for us as we would not have enjoyed the big tourist boats and the limit that puts on viewing those lovely islands. Our guide and driver in Siem Reap was knowledgeable, interesting on different topics and very anxious to please and the driver produced a good clean car. We recommend the visit to Chau Doc and the delightfully unsophisticated but very comfortable Victoria Hotel. The hotel on the waterway and the speed boat plus our drive to Chau Doc showed us the life of the Mekong very well without the constraints of communal tourist boat travel. Staff in the hotels and those we met outside were so very nice and welcoming.
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