Cambodia

A visit to Cambodia is a journey back in time. Best known for the iconic temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia features thousands of 9th-13th century regal archaeological wonders of the Khmer Empire. Today, the Kingdom of Cambodia offers travelers another wonder: a heartfelt journey of exploration and discovery, enhanced by its welcoming and endearing people.

“Everyone visits for the ruins of Angkor, which are magnificent without question, but interacting with local people in the countryside, markets and cafes along the river was the favorite part of my journey.”—Dianna Upton, Consultant

Highlights

See and do:

  • Explore Angkor’s magnificent sandstone ruins
  • Sail past the Royal Palace, savoring views of Phnom Penh at sunset on the Mekong
  • Cruise across the region’s largest freshwater lake to visit floating villages
  • Browse exquisite Khmer art and sculptures at the National Museum
  • Travel deep into the countryside and experience a monk’s blessing

Pairs well with:

  • Vietnam and Laos to complete the triangle of French Indochina
  • Neighboring Thailand for an easy gateway addition

Step into the ancient society of the Khmer kings at the ruins of the historic capital city and spiritual center of the empire. Angkor Wat is the “must see” star of Cambodia and worthy of a multi-day visit. Enhance your trip with time spent outside of the main temple complex to explore other temples relatively untouched by the masses and engulfed by the jungle, offering an exhilarating sense of discovery.

Outside of Siem Reap’s temples, the capital city of Phnom Penh touts the impressive National Museum and the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, both serving as powerful reminders of Cambodia’s past. Taste the best of Cambodia in authentic Khmer seafood delicacies with a dash of French colonial influence and see rich culture come to life in a performance of Apsara (traditional Khmer dance.)

From traditional hospitality to ultra-modern accommodation, Cambodia offers a wide range of places to stay throughout the country. There is especially a fine choice of hotels in Siem Reap while visiting Angkor Wat. With French colonial influences you can be sure of a stylish stay for your sojourn near the world-famous temples of Angkor. Phnom Penh also features luxurious to mid-range accommodation to enjoy while you explore this bustling city along the Mekong. Outside of the cities, alluring new luxury hideaways have sprung up within lush gardens, amid paddy fields or even on a private island, providing a relaxing and exotic escape after your temple exploration.

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