Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020
This Southeast Asian gem features stunning layers of history and culture, from ancient Khmer temples to wild jungles, traditional villages and bustling cities. Cambodia is a fascinating Southeast Asian destination, where relics of ancient Khmer civilization sit among busy modern cities, magnificent Mekong countryside and fantastic Gulf of Thailand beaches. See breathtaking temples, archaeological wonders, impressive mountain ranges and lush national parks. Cruise down the Mekong River and visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lively capital city. Delve into Cambodia’s past to learn about this country’s tumultuous history and the enduring spirit of the Cambodian people.
Visit Phnom Penh, a modern city on the banks of Tonlé Sap and the Mekong River. Catch glimpses of French colonial architecture, stroll along the grassy riverfront and explore colourful marketplaces. Visit the National Museum of Khmer Arts, the Royal Palace and the scenic Buddhist temple atop Wat Phnom Hill. Take in some of Cambodia’s solemn history at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields.
Head east to see some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Hike through the jungle in the Cardamom Mountains and see waterfalls and an enormous mangrove forest. Go to the beaches of Koh Kong or Sihanoukville and laze on the soft, white sands.
Follow Tonlé Sap north from Phnom Penh to find Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park. The park’s mesmerizing ruins from the Khmer Empire date back to the 9th century. Join a tour to see countless Hindu places of worship and the magnificent sculptural spires of Angkor Wat. Watch an unforgettable sunset over the temples.
For wild natural attractions, travel east to Ratanakiri Province. Base yourself in Banlung and discover Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake, mountainous national parks, picturesque waterfalls and Buddhist monuments.
Try delicious Khmer cuisine, known for its sweet and sour tastes and coconut milk sauces. Visit Cambodia in April to join three days of celebrations for Khmer New Year.
Reach Cambodia by plane through Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap Airport. Alternatively, enter the country by road, boat or bus from Thailand, Vietnam or Laos. Use taxis or tuk-tuk auto rickshaws to explore the cities. Visit Cambodia outside of the monsoon season, which lasts from May to October.