When to go:
November-April for dry and sunny weather. May-September are wetter but quieter months.
From about £2100 per person for 10 nights in Cambodia. To do it in serious style it’s more like £4000 per person.
‘First they killed my father’ by Loung Ung. Harrowing, vivid but compelling account of the Khmer Rouge’s reign.
Extra camera batteries - you're likely to be snapping all day.
Did you know?
Angkor doesn’t refer to one temple but to an entire region covering more than 400sqkm.
Steeped in extraordinary ancient and tragic recent history, Cambodia is justifiably most famously home to the sprawling temples of Angkor. Although these temples are breathtaking and can seem all consuming, Phnom Penh is also well worth a visit as a museum piece in itself and the atmospheric coastline, one time playground of the rich, is littered with fascinating abandoned 1950s villas.
We’ve been working closely with our colleagues in Cambodia to add variety and spice to any trip to the country and we can now arrange wonderful hiking, biking, kayaking, quad biking and boating excursions around Siem Reap and even up to the old French colonial outpost at Battambang. There is even a wonderful circus of acrobats which helps disadvantaged youths; it’s quite a bizarre but breathtaking and touching excursion for those with the time.
A new generation of Cambodians are keen to ensure that visitors are also acquainted with a modern and forward thinking country so the greeting here is wonderfully welcoming and the atmosphere is electric. Just a walk along the riverside in Phnom Penh and you realise how buzzing the place is. One of the highlights of my visit was meeting a student from the capital’s school of architecture to talk not only about the eclectic buildings which make up the city but also about life as the generation of the country in whom so much hope is vested.
Whether you’re a devotee or a casual participant, we can work around encompassing any of these activities into your holiday.
– There are some lovely and relatively unexplored regions of Cambodia which are accessible by motorbike, bicycle, quad bike, on foot or even on a kayak. Meandering up the Mekong on a private boat from Siem Reap, or stumbling across an overgrown temple to explore all by yourself, for example, and you’ll be at the heart of the country which has inspired photographers, cinematographers and authors alike.
-Off the coast of Cambodia there are some stunning islands and crystal clear waters. Once the preserve of a small group of backpackers, there are now a couple of very special places to stay. Get there before the hoards do.
– Amazing birding opportunities in some regions of the country which are pristine national parks. These parks are often overlooked when planning an itinerary but we know some wonderful hiking routes to take you to regions where tourism is still in the very early stages and even the naturalists are still compiling lists of the species.
– The temple complexes of Angkor are among the most extensive and breathtaking in the world. Some immaculately restored but the more out of the way, overgrown are often more atmospheric. We can get you right out there and take you back in time.
-Getting out into the villages is one of the highlights of any visit. Cambodians are very welcoming and getting out to the rural areas, perhaps visiting a school or just cycling through the countryside will bring that hospitality home.
- Getting there
– Bangkok is a 10-hour flight away. Access Cambodia via a 1 hour onwards flight.
– There are a limited number of internal flights but most areas are accessible by car. Some journeys can be completed at least in part by boat.
– The best time to visit is from November-April but weather patterns are increasingly unpredictable meaning that in off season you can often get wonderful weather, far fewer tourists and lower room rates at hotels.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Tourist visas are issued on arrival.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– There are quite a few festivals connected to national identity in Cambodia but the main festivals are the water festival and the Angkor festival, both held in the autumn. The former is a vibrant and energetic celebration while the latter is more focused on dance and story-telling.
- Sightseeing Nuts
-The temples of Angkor are quite breathtaking. Take a helicopter ride to get an idea of the sheer scale or ask us to organise hikes in to the heart of the verdant countryside to discover your own.
-What about sundowners in overlooking a sunset-drenched Angkor Wat? Or perhaps dinner in your own private temple ruins is more your style? Maybe you’d like to surprise your partner with a microlighting journey around the gorgeous countryside? Or perhaps you’d like to polish off the wedding celebrations with a Buddhist blessing? Lots to keep you and your loved one entertained as well as relaxed. Did you know that Cambodia now has one of the most exclusive beach resorts in the region?
- Tomb Raiders
-Ok so we don’t advocate the actual raiding of tombs, but if you (or your kids, for that matter) fancy yourself as an adventuring, discovering type, we can arrange all sorts of extraordinary excursions, for example with an army escort to very remote temples, or a heli tour with a drop off at otherwise almost inaccessible ruins.
- Young and Old Families
-Cambodia is a great place to introduce kids to Asia. The odd temple will be on the agenda but we’re keen not to bore children and we understand they need variety, so we like to include excursions like kayaking, biking, hiking, waterfalls and camping to keep everyone entertained. Cambodians are so welcoming and you’ll find that kids open doors for you that travelling simply as adults you don’t necessarily experience.
- Twitchers and wildlife
-There are some stunning and relatively unknown regions of Cambodia only beginning to open up to tourism. For the more adventurous we can arrange jungle treks and boat safaris through these areas with excellent naturalists. Birdlife is plentiful. Other wildlife exists in these parts but mainly in the more densely forested areas as yet inaccessible for tourists.