From the mystique of Angkor Wat to Phnom Penh’s leafy French-influenced boulevards, Cambodia’s enduring charisma and exotic allure make this a destination of tantalising adventure.
Nourished by the mighty Mekong River, enriched for centuries by the intricate craftsmanship of long-standing dynasties, Cambodian culture retains a distinct old-world grace. The ‘Lost City’ that's home to Angkor Wat is a wondrous 12th-century temple complex, and an iconic tribute to the creativity and skill of ancient times. Under the gaze of giant god-kings carved into high vestiges, you'll walk through temples covered in jungle creepers that seem intent on seizing back what was once theirs.
Marvel at the water-based economy of Tonlé Sap Lake, where wooden boats laden with the day’s catch ease between floating and stilted villages. Journey through the misty Cardamom Mountains on elephant-back, or luxuriate on the tropical islands of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. Charismatic capital Phnom Penh, a riverside city undergoing a cultural renaissance presents colourful markets, incense-burning shrines attended by amber-robed monks, atmospheric cafés serving sumptuous Khmer delicacies, and the glistening Royal Palace, all golden spires and brightly-tiled roofs. Outside the city, head for Battambang and seaside Kep, where pastel-coloured colonial buildings of the French protectorate offer timeless charm.
Enjoy exclusive access to the Incredible Angkor Wat complex without the crowds and have Angkor Wat’s premier historian bring the ruins to life. Go further on a cycle ride, following trails to discover the otherworldly temples at Ta Prohm buried in patches of forest. Change your perspective and take a scenic flight, helicopter ride or hot air balloon flight over the temples to get an alternative view of ancient Khmer civilization. Catch sunrise over the complex and watch sunset while feasting at the Khmer Village overlooking the 10th Century royal pool at Sra Srang. Watch a mesmerizing Apsara dance and have a monk bless you. Kayak down the Tonle Sap lake past stilted homes while watching out for flocks of beautiful birds. Spend a day immersing yourself in Phnom Penh with a knowledgeable guide, exploring by cyclo. In the course of which, uncover the sobering sites left by the Khmer Rouge. Elsewhere, enjoy a close-up wildlife encounter in the forest of Ratanakiri that are home to gibbons and elephants or watch out for river dolphins while on a luxury cruise of the Mekong River
Grand city hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap including the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor and Raffles Hotel Le Royal respectively. Contrast contemporary boutique retreats including the Park Hyatt Siem Reap with beautiful country villas and a private island escape such as Song Saa Private Island. After something a bit more unusual? Try a floating safari village with eco-credentials such as Four Rivers Floating Lodge or ask us about decadent designer riverboats that ply their trade on the Mekong River.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
A landmark hotel dating back to the 1930s, rich in Cambodian history and full of original treasures tenderly restored. Set in 15 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel also hosts the country’s largest swimming pool, inspired by Angkorian architecture.
Song Saa Private Island
Total luxury in the most natural setting, Cambodia’s premier resort sits serenely on twin private islands in the warm sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Visitors to this unspoilt gem will find a beautiful, untouched paradise just waiting to be explored.
Four Rivers Floating Lodge
The dense forests and untamed rivers of the Cardamom Mountains are home to elephants, leopards and crocodiles. This is the perfect base from which to experience Southern Cambodia’s incredible ecology and to unwind in luxury after a day exploring the wilds.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
A regal gem in the heart of Phnom Penh which has played host to royalty, writers and celebrities since its opening in 1929. Woven into the fabric of this historic city, this destination hotel is a blend of Khmer, Art Deco and French colonial architecture.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
This award-winning boutique hotel is a perfect hideaway in the city, conveniently located on the doorstep of Siem Reap’s attractions. Featuring impressive leisure facilities and stylish restaurants, it’s easy to see why this is one of the best hotels in town.
Ten minutes from the famed ruins of Angkor, this small but perfectly formed uber-stylish resort consists of just 24 beautifully designed, ultra-modern and open-plan suites housed around central lawns on the former guesthouse estate of King Sihanouk.
While many choose to visit during the dry-season months between November and April, when the beaches are at their heavenly best, it's equally possible to enjoy Cambodia's temple and city highlights during the wetter months, or 'green season'. True, the coast might not be at its best, but there's the advantage of fewer crowds, and Angkor's lotus ponds are full of water making for some excellent photography opportunities. We suggest that you make the most of your adventure in this part of the world by combining your time in Cambodia with a stay in Thailand, Laos or Vietnam.
Best of Cambodia
14 days from £3,015 pp incl. flights
Ride an elephant through Angkor Wat, explore traditional floating villages and stay in everything from tented suites on rainforest rivers to luxury boutique boltholes overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, all on this ideal introduction to Cambodia.
Highlights of Indochina
18 days from £4,995 pp incl. flights
Stay in the region's most luxurious accommodation, enjoy excursions including an overnight cruise at Halong Bay, cooking course in Hoi An and traditional Mekong boat trip, amongst other tours on this truly special itinerary.
A River Journey through Indochina
13 days from £6,740 pp incl. flights
Sail the mighty Mekong River to discover riverside monasteries and floating markets linking Ho Chi Minh City's (Saigon) buzzing energy charm with the golden palaces of Phnom Penh before ending with Cambodia’s national treasure and icon, Angkor Wat.