Cambodia

Small country with a memorable landscape and world-famous sights

Cambodia is not a large country but it has incredible landscapes, world famous sights, a patchwork of paddy fields and idyllic islands in the south.  Despite all its attractions it remains refreshingly unexplored.  Highlights include:

  • Phnom Penh, the capital city with French influenced architecture. sited on the banks of two rivers. Sites to see include the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the Tuol Sleng genocide museum
  • Siem Reap is best known as the gate way to the sprawling complex of ancient temples including Angkor Wat.  The town itself has great restaurants, a laid back ambience and a growing creative sector.  
  • No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the temples of Angkor.  Reclaimed by the jungle for hundreds of years these magnificent temples still have an air of the lost world about them.  Most breathtaking of all is Angkor Wat but Ta Prohm and Bayon are also a must see.  
  • South Cardamon National Park is one of the country’s few remaining habitats for wild elephants, bears, gibbons and tigers.  The landscape is one of rainforest clad mountains, waterfalls and pristine estuaries.  Stay in river camps and floating lodges
  • Battambang is a laid back town with few signs of entering the 21st century and has some beautiful colonial buildings
  • South east Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap lake,  drains into the Mekong River in the dry season but fills up in the wet season.  Locals deal with this by building their houses on stilts.  The lake is a premier birdwatching site.  
  • The islands of the Koh Rang archipelago have white sand beaches, untouched jungle and protected reefs.  Perfect for a few days at the end of a tour of Cambodia
  • Kep, on the south coast used to be known as the Cote d’Azur of Cambodia where the wealthy had their holiday homes.  Now many of the crumbling old mansions are overgrown by creepers and are pock marked with bullet holes.  Fantastic fresh seafood abounds.  
  • Flying time: 13.5 hours via Bangkok
  • Time difference: + 7 hours
  • Currency: Cambodian Riel
  • Best time of year to travel: October to May

Ideas for a trip to Cambodia

Here are some ideas for trips toCambodia all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Luxury Tour of Cambodia

from £4285 per person
Discover the highlights of Cambodia as this fascinating itinerary takes you through many of the country’s highlights staying in luxury hotels. Beginning in Phnom Penh you will visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum, before flying to Siem Reap to discover world-famous attractions. Explore the temples of Angkor Wat, take a private cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and visit other sacred sites. End your journey with a tropical stay on an idyllic private island

Discover Cambodia

from £3360 per person
16-day tour of Cambodia which covers the must-sees of the central region, including Angkor Wat, Battambang and the capital, Phnom Penh, before veering south to experience the pristine rainforests of the Cardamom mountains and the country’s tropical coastline. A spell touring the beaches, islands, karst caves and sparkling, translucent waters around the former colonial outpost of Kep bring the trip to an exotic conclusion

Group tour of Cambodia highlights

from £690 per person (excl flights)
This 8 day twin-centre adventure focusses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. Three full days are spent exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor and discover the charming river-side capital of Phnom Penh. A visit to see stilt houses when cruising amongst the floating villages of Tonle Sap is also included.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Tourist visas are available on arrival at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports. If you wish to get a visa on arrival you should arrive with a passport photograph. You can also get an eVisa online before you travel.  Visit FCO pages for further information 

Ensure usual immunisations are up to date.  Hepatitis A and tetanus usually advised.  For further information visit NHS Fit for Travel pages

The Cambodian authorities have issued an official code of conduct for visitorsto Angkor Wat and other religious sites, including a dress code. You should not wear skirts or shorts above the knee or tops that reveal bare shoulders. If you don’t follow the dress code you may be refused admission to the sites.  

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