Ancient stone sculpture at Ankgor Wat, Cambodia
Discover one of southeast Asia’s most fascinating destinations on this week-long trip to Cambodia. Temple Run is a fantastic introduction to the country for first time visitors looking to explore but also relax.
You’ll begin in Siem Riep, the gateway to the temples of Angkor. You’ll visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer empire, and the world-famous Angkor Wat with its iconic pinecone-shaped towers. For the second part of your holiday, you’ll head to the island paradise of Koh Rong, where you can unwind on glorious beaches and swim alongside exotic fish.
Explore the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat
Follow in the footsteps of Lara Croft at Ta Prohm
Relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Koh Rong
Marvel at glow-in-the-dark plankton
This exciting trip to Cambodia includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Today you’ll be bursting with excitement as you jet off overnight to Cambodia. You’ll begin your trip in Siem Reap, where you’ll be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and whisked off to your hotel, the luxurious Shinta Mani Shack in the city’s Old French Quarter.
Once you’ve had a chance to settle into the way of life here, you’ll spend the whole of Day 3 exploring the Angkor temples at your own pace. You’ll be dropped off at one of Angkor’s largest sites Ta Prohm, otherwise known as the Tomb Raider temple thanks to Angelina Jolie filming here as Lara Croft in 2000. It’s overgrown with jungle, giving it an eerily exciting atmosphere. You’ll then move on to the incomplete temple of Ta Keo and walled city of Angkor Thom. The centrepiece is crowned with 216 giant smiling stone faces of King Jayavarman VII – a fascinating if slightly unnerving sight! You’ll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, with their well preserved intricate carvings.
After you’ve returned to your hotel to relax and have a spot of lunch, your intrepid adventure continues as you enter the world-famous temple complex Angkor Wat. Surrounded by a huge moat, it’s thought to be the largest religious monument in the world. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to soak up the atmosphere, we recommend sitting in the shaded grassy area by the east gate. Once you’ve explored this remarkable 12th-century site – and taken lots of photos – you’ll return to your hotel later that afternoon to relax.
Places to Stay
The Cambodian Coast
Ready for a bit of beachside R&R? The next leg of your journey takes you to the island paradise of Koh Rong, just off the south Cambodian coast. After flying from Siem Reap to the city of Sihanoukville, you’ll head to the Serendipity Beach Pier (yes, even the piers have attractive names!). From here, you’ll take a shared shuttle boat to the tropical Sok San Beach Resort, where you’ll get chance to unwind for the next few days.
There are no set activities planned, so you can relax at your leisure. With seven bays and dense rainforest to explore, you can do as much or as little as you want. Sway in a beachside hammock, dip your toe in the warm turquoise waters or snorkel alongside parrot fish and blue-spotted rays. You can even learn how to cook local delicacy fish amok with chefs from your hotel.
If you want to get the adrenaline pumping, head to High Point Adventure Park set among the Cambodian jungle, where you can swing from rope to rope like Tarzan, surf between the trees and zoom down a 160-metre zip-line, taking in the wonderful views as you go.
As nightfall descends, one of the best things to do is wade into the water and watch the natural phenomenon of bioluminescent plankton unfold as the waves begin to glow like blue stars. It's a truly extraordinary sight.