From the jungle-shrouded temples of the ancient Khmer kingdom to the stilted villages of Tonle Sap lake, this south-east Asian enclave is a treasure trove for curious travellers. The pagoda-studded capital of Phnom Penh is a romance of faded French colonial buildings and Buddhist temples, while outside the city tourists can visit the stark, memorialised reminders of the country’s dark past. The northern town of Siem Reap is the jumping-off point for exploring ancient man-made marvels crowned by the iconic temple of Angkor Wat, while the tropical sandy shores and little paradise islands of the south-west are the ideal chill-out spot.
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- Watch the sunrise at the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat – one of south-east Asia’s most awe-inspiring sights
- Explore stunning ancient Khmer monuments, including the hidden jungle-entangled temple of Ta Phrom
- Hike to remote villages and cascading valleys in the lush eastern highlands
- Cruise to the unique stilted villages of Tonle Sap Lake
- Take in the faded French colonial ambience of Phnom Penh and glimpse the country’s dark past in the haunting museums and Killing Fields outside the city
- Chill out at a tropical beach hideaway on the Gulf of Thailand
- Discover authentic rural life in the beautiful province of Battambang, known as the “rice bowl” of Cambodia.
Experience a traditional Cambodian water blessing
Join the Buddhist monks of the serene Wat Damnak temple, in the centre of Siem Reap, for a traditional water blessing ceremony that dates back to ancient times.
Cruise to a silk village on stilts
Go on a guided voyage to a fascinating silk-weaving village built on stilts. Watch as locals use recycled bicycle parts as spinning wheels, dye fabrics to produce bright patterns, and try your hand at making something yourself.
Stay in a floating home on Tonle Sap lake
Get up close to the culture and traditions of the unique floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake with an overnight homestay in a stilted hut including a cooking class with your host family.
Go off the beaten track in the eastern highlands
This five-day immersive experience takes you trekking into the wilds of Cambodia’s eastern highlands to explore off-the-beaten track with an expert local guide, visiting remote villages, forested valleys and waterfalls.
Fly over ancient Angkor by helicopter
Board a helicopter for a scenic flight to appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the UNESCO-listed temples of Angkor from the skies.
Explore rural life on two wheels
Cycle through Siem Reap’s sleepy rural villages and rice paddies, learning about traditional Khmer culture, stopping to source ingredients at a market and visiting a local family to make a traditional home-cooked meal.
Discover Siem Reap’s hidden temples
Venture along the road less-travelled to ancient Angkor temples in the jungle-clad countryside around Siem Reap including the photogenic root-entwined ruins of Ta Phrom, a hilltop temple with sublime views and a stroll to a local Khmer village.
Meet the elephants at a wildlife rescue centre
Visit a wildlife rescue centre close to Phnom Penh and get up close with the friendly resident elephants, taking them for a stroll through the village and helping them bathe in a local river.