The spiritual heart of Southeast Asia – is full of mystery and adventure. This breathtaking country has an alluring charm that seduces everyone who visits. From its incredible temple complexes to its vibrant cities, Cambodia’s culture, landscapes and flavours will reinvigorate your senses. The captivating natural beauty of areas like Luang Prabang and Tonle contrast with the well-preserved ancient monuments. It’s like stepping back in time to the Asia of old.
But it’s not just for backpackers and gap year travellers. Cambodia is a luxury travel destination, with all the deluxe features in its hotels that you’d find in any Caribbean or Mediterranean resort. What’s more, when you consider the fantastic climate with all-year warmth, you’re certain to enjoy your trip to Cambodia.
With its landscape filled with temples, shrines and historic buildings, Cambodia is full of fascinating cultural and religious sites. The Khmer belief in the links between the land and its people results in structures like Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and largest of temples. The temple represents Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hinduism and Buddhism. Approaching Angkor Watt, you get a sense that it’s a natural rock formation, the striking and tall. Its moss covered stone extends from the forest in defiance and yet in harmony with nature. And then, at the splendid Royal Palace, you’ll find the ancient Khmer style of building blended with modern influences. It creates a wonderful location that’s incredible to explore.
Your jaw will drop at how beautiful Cambodia is, with its jungles, mountains, forests, lowlands, rivers and beaches. The dominant feature of the landscape is the huge Tonle Sap or Great Lake in the centre of the country. It’s part of the mighty Mekong River which crosses Cambodia. The lakes and rivers flood during the monsoon season and transform the landscape into a world of water. While touring is possible year-round, water levels can affect which parts of the country you may visit. The best time to go is between July and December, when the waters are at a good level for travel across the country. But at other times you can catch wonders such as the floating villages.
Ideal for adventurers
There are few destinations that offer a richer variety of spectacular locations and such a diverse choice of things to see. While the stunning temples of Angkor are the obvious draw for most, Cambodia has much more to offer. There are tropical beaches edged with curved palms that are perfect for sunbathing. You’ll discover that the colonial buildings and imperial temples in the cities contrast with stilted houses and wooden shrines in the country. Wherever you travel, there’s always natural beauty and wildlife to find. And whatever you hope to find on your holiday to Cambodia, you won’t be disappointed.