There are few experiences on earth matched by the setting of the sun at Angkor Wat, the famous temple complex in Cambodia, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry. Beyond Angkor, come eye to eye with recent history at the killing fields, discover the glittering spires of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, enjoy delicious food , mingle with local people, enjoy the lively cafe culture or relax on the beautiful beaches.
best time to travel
Cambodia can be visited any time of year, but November to April are the dry months and the best time for travelling. During other months, expect rains, swollen rivers, lush landscapes and few visitors.
places to go
The capital of Cambodia is a bustling commercial city, but one with an attractive cafe culture and a world-class food scene. Add in sites such as the Royal Palace and the Killing Fields and you have a city unique in the world.
Angkor Temple Complex
Unmatched on our planet for its size and feeling of mystery, the Temples of Angkor consist of over 1000 temples covering an area of as many square kilometres (370 sq miles). An experience all of its own, you will need at least two days to get to know the place.
Whether you are on this massive lake for a few hours or a few days, you will discover a different side of Cambodia as you explore homes and shops perilously perched on stilts in the middle of the lake.
While the town has a nice riverside setting and some laid-back cafes, it is in the surrounding countryside that you will find forgotten temples and timeless villages.
This relaxed town makes for a great base to explore neighbouring villages and nearby Bokor National Park, a haven for wildlife and birds.
Koh Russey and Krabey
Sihanoukville has changed from a lovely beachside town to gambling and industrial centre and none of the beaches are pleasant anymore. So you will need to look elsewhere to find your paradise. For those wanting to stay in Cambodia, try the islands of Koh Russey or Krabey.
Located in the east of the country, Stung Treng is a good base from which to discover the surrounding area on foot or by kayak. Paddle through spectacular flooded forests, see Irrawaddy Dolphins and hike up to the famous Sopheak Mitt waterfall.
Bike like a local
Saddle up and follow the highways and byways of this beautiful country. Cycling is still the transportation of choice for many locals and you and them will delight in each other's company.
Join throngs of locals and enjoy an ice cream or some street food as you stroll along the riverside promenade in Phnom Penh.
Village home stay
A home stay in Cambodia is a great way to learn more about local life. Be welcomed by your hosts, explore the village, markets and roadways and enjoy some delicious food.
Cambodia is well known for its delicious food and nowhere will it be fresher than from a streetside stall.
Sunset at Angkor
Watch the temples of Angkor light up in the soft light of the evening sun - a photographer's dream.
Get off the beaten track
Take a bicycle or motorbike taxi and explore hidden byways. Enjoy chatting with the people you meet and see children running after you, acting as if you are the first tourist they have ever seen.
Accompany a Cambodian chef to the market, shop for fresh ingredients and try your hand at some of the best recipes this country has to offer. Then, feast on your own creations!
Take a ride on the wild side
Hail a motorbike taxi, hop on the back and hold on for dear life as you speed through traffic en-route to your next destination.
The Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng prison
Not for the faint-of-heart, a visit to the former Khmer Rouge prison and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh are a must for anyone wanting to understand the recent horrific history of this beautiful country.