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Introduction

‘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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
14-18 hours hours

Time Zone
GMT +7

Currency
Riel (CRI)= 100 sen

Language
Khmer. Chinese and Vietnamese also spoken

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

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Where to go in Cambodia

Phnom Penh

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…

Cambodia's South Coast

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.

Battambang and Tonlé Sap

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'.

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Cambodia's most iconic landmark and cultural heart, Angkor Wat, is the reason that most people visit the charming riverside town of Siem Reap, in north-west Cambodia.

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When to go to Cambodia

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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.

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Top itineraries in Cambodia

Best of Cambodia

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,675 pp incl. flights

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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.

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

15-day river cruise holiday from £4,195 pp incl. flights

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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.

A River Journey through Indochina

14-day river cruise from £3,155 pp incl. flights

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.

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia: Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

14-day River Cruise from £2,580 pp incl. flights

Discover the wonders of the Mekong on this two week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap.

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Top places to stay in Cambodia

Knai Bang Chatt, Kep

Designer hotel

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, Koh Kong

Small & intimate lodge

4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an eco-tented lodge offering top-of-the-line accommodation in unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings.

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh

Small & intimate hotel

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.

White Mansion Hotel, Phnom Penh

Small & intimate hotel

This characterful hotel - formerly the US embassy - is located in the centre of Phnom Penh, within easy reach of attractions including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

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Special offers in Cambodia

Best of Cambodia

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,675 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £170 per couple
Book by: 31 December 2016

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.

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

15-day river cruise holiday from £4,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

FREE Business Class Upgrade
Book by: 28 February 2017

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.

Highlights of Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

23-day tailor-made journey from £5,655 pp incl. flights

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Book by: 04 January 2017

Vietnam is blessed with such variety from the enchanting Halong Bay to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Laos is a land of laid back people, gilded temples and the mighty Mekong river, while Cambodia lays claim to the awesome and ancient temples of Angkor.

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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.

    Alan A

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