Cambodia Vacations

The captivating country of Cambodia has emerged as a one-stop holiday destination, where you can lounge on tropical beaches, indulge your love of architecture with the intricate temples, or experience traditional life here, enveloped by natural beauty. Because its tourism industry is still relatively new, you’ll discover unique experiences around every corner on Cambodia vacations.

The ancient temples scattered throughout the whole country are some of the most alluring sites, with the elaborate designs and images providing a fascinating insight into Cambodian culture. Gaze at one of the best-preserved structures, Angkor Wat, and admire the huge stone-cut faces of Bayon. Or stop off at smaller temples, including the ruins of Ta Prohm, buried deep within the roots of a tree and located in the depths of the jungle.

When you venture back from the jungle, head to Siem Reap to experience the dazzling nightlife, night markets and taste sizzling street food in this enticing city. Then, watch the idyllic sunrises at the temple sites among the banyan trees, before heading off to Phnom Penh (Cambodia’s capital city). Here, you can discover the Killing Fields, where travelers can educate themselves on Cambodia’s historical past.

Alternatively, Kompong Khleang demonstrates the traditional life of floating villages, away from the hustle and bustle of city life – a spot where you can watch flocks of endangered birds and wildlife. Whether you want to explore the colourful jungles, sumptuous street food, or the incredible cultural history of a deeply spiritual place, Cambodia offers it all.

Highlights

  • Explore Angkor Archaeological Park, home to one of the largest religious complexes in the world

  • Explore some of Asia's best preserved colonial architecture

  • Discover small fishing villages and stilt houses on Tonlé Sap Lake and see how local life unfolds

Key info

  • Capital city: Phnom Penh

  • Language: Khmer

  • Currency: Cambodian Riel

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Cambodia is such a diverse an interesting country, with beautiful nature and some of the world’s most incredible temples. The bike ride I embarked on through the ancient city of Angkor is definitely one of my most treasured memories.

Cambodia Trip Ideas

All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in Cambodia

Angkor Archaeological Park is undoubtedly the country’s best known – and best loved – attraction. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Angkor Wat, an iconic temple complex and the biggest religious building in the world, as well as scores of other temples and monuments. While Cambodia may not be able to compete with Thailand in terms of numbers, it might just have the upper hand when it comes to stunning detail. An Instagram classic #watapicture.

Floating villages are another often photographed sight in Cambodia. Found on Tonlé Sap Lake and along its many rivers, these clusters of stilt houses and house boats are a great place to meet locals and see how they live. Cambodia still has some untouched regions, featuring rainforest and wildlife. Koh Kong is a nature-lover’s paradise, and the country’s premier ecotourism destination. The Cambodian Coast may not be the first place you think of for a beach holiday, but once you arrive on the soft white sands, and explore the small fishing village of Kep, you’ll soon change your mind.

Of course you can’t visit Cambodia without acknowledging its dark history: the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. There are plenty of places where you can pay your respects and learn more about this horrific time, including the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, and Killing Fields throughout the country. But Cambodia is moving forward, too. Cities such as Phnom Penh have plenty on offer for the sophisticated, cosmopolitan traveler, from boutique shops and buzzy nightlife, to creative cuisine and a vibrant cultural scene. Up-and-coming Battambang is getting in on the act too, garnering a reputation for its contemporary arts scene.

Wherever you choose to go in Cambodia, you can be sure of an experience you’ll never forget. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 020 3510 5777

Things to do in Cambodia

It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Cambodia. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park by Tuk Tuk with an expert guide, learning about Cambodia's tragic history with a tour of the S-21 Prison & the Killing Fields or spending a day at the Elephant Valley Project - Cambodia's original elephant sanctuary.

To incorporate your favorite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can create bespoke to you, just give our Travel Designers a call: 020 3510 5777

Map of Cambodia

When to go to Cambodia

The most ideal time to visit Cambodia is from December to March, when the weather will be dry and the heat will be pleasant. If you want the best of Cambodia, then the months after the rainy seasons may be better: from August to November. The rains will have increased the water levels, making them high enough to take a boat out on Tonle Sap Lake and see the floating villages. At the Angkor temples, the moats and pools around the temples will be full of water, giving you a unique view most people don't get when visiting.

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Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Coastal Cambodia
Phnom Penh

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Coastal Cambodia

Phnom Penh

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