CAMBODIA - THE DESTINATION
Cambodia is home to the world famous Temples of Angkor but it's real treasure is its' people. Read more...
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10 Days / 9 Nights
From £1,450 pp + flights / with medium range hotels
Experience off-the-beaten-track Cambodia on this unique tour of the country. After an exciting exploration in and around Angkor, head to the remote Beng Mealea, a prototype of Angkor Wat fully overgrown by vegetation. Explore Koh Ker, once the capital of the Khmer Empire, then head to Preah Vihear, by far Cambodia’s most dramatically located temple on the Thai border. Continue to O'Svay on the Lao border and spend overnight in a homestay at a small village. See the Mekong Dolphins. Explore remote villages and pagodas by motorbike, finally explore the hidden backstreets of Phnom Penh and experience the real life of the locals.
14 Days / 13 Nights
From £1,200 pp + flights / with standard boutique hotels
Experience the highlights of Cambodia on our unique tour of the country which encompasses the most important sights while offering you true experiences to meet and interact with the locals and immerse youself in the local culture with Seven Senses
10 Days / 9 Nights
From £1,150 pp + flights / with standard boutique hotels
Experience Cambodia's finest sights on our unique tour of the country which encompasses the most important sights while offering you true experiences to meet and interact with the locals and immerse youself in the local culture with Seven Senses
5 Days / 4 Nights
From £499 pp + flights / with standard boutique hotels
Explore the highlights of Angkor in a 1960's military jeep, visit some of the off-the-beaten-track temples in a tuk-tuk, discover life on the Tonle-Sap Lake, enjoy a monk blessing and get to know how to make silk on a short tour suitable if you are travelling to other destinations before of after your trip to Angkor.
5 Days / 4 Nights
From £599 pp + flights / with standard boutique hotels
Explore the highlights of Angkor in a 1960's military jeep, visit some of the off-the-beaten-track temples in a tuk-tuk, discover the Kbal Spean Waterfall, Beng Mealea, a prototype of Angkor Wat overgrown by vegetation, visit the Tonle-Sap Lake, and bicycle through some remote villages, visit local homes, and experience a once in a lifetime adventure interacting with the locals, enjoy a monk blessing on a short tour suitable if you are travelling to other destinations before of after your trip to Angkor.
CAMBODIA ISLAND HOPPING
AND BEACH SAFARI
7 Days / 6 Nights
From £770 pp + flights / with standard boutique hotels
Embark on this remote beach and island hopping adventure in Cambodia. Visit beaches and islands away from the crowds, and visit places from Cambodia's colonial past.
LUXURY KOH RONG ISLAND
4 Days / 3 Nights
From £480 pp + flights / with luxury hotels
A few days in paradise.
TAILOR MADE TOURS
Home of the Imposing Ruins of the Khmer Empire
CAMBODIA - THE DESTINATION
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country's northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
Cambodia is home to the world famous Temples of Angkor but it's real treasure is its' people.
Ever since the fall of Angkor in 1431, the once mighty Khmer Empire has been plundered by its neighbors. It was colonized by the French in the 19th century, and during the 1970s suffered heavy carpet bombing by the USA. After a false dawn of independence in 1953, Cambodia promptly plunged back into the horrors of civil war in 1970 to suffer the Khmer Rouge's incredibly brutal reign of terror, and only after UN-sponsored elections in 1993 did the country begin to totter back onto its feet.
Much of the population still subsists on less than the equivalent of US$1 a day, the provision of even basic services remains spotty, and political intrigue remains as complex and opaque as ever; but the security situation has improved immeasurably, and increasing numbers of visitors are rediscovering Cambodia's temples and beaches. Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, now sports luxury hotels, chic nightspots, ATMs, and an airport fielding flights from all over the region, while Sihanoukville is getting good press as an up-and-coming beach destination.
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO
Cambodia's climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences.
Cambodia has a temperature range from 21 to 35 °C (69.8 to 95.0 °F) and experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blow inland bringing moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to April. The country experiences the heaviest precipitation from September to October with the driest period occurring from January to February.
Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 °C (71.6 °F) and is generally accompanied with high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can rise up to 40 °C (104 °F) around April.
The best time to visit is during the dryer cooler months December to March.
Cambodia is a country at a crossroads. While the more heavily touristed places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are well-adjusted to tourist behaviour, people in places such as Stung Treng or Banlung are less so. Always ask permission before you take somebody's picture, as many in the more remote areas do not like to be photographed, and some in the urban areas will ask for payment.
Dress is more conservative in Cambodia for both men and women - partially for reasons of modesty and partially, especially in urban areas, to avoid skin exposure to the sun which provides an unsightly tan. Don't worry - no one expects you to wear gloves, a hat and ski mask like many of the locals when out in the blazing sun! It is normal for women to wear trousers, even in rural areas (though taboo, like most of the world, for men to wear dresses or skirts except in gay bars). However, while shorts are now tolerated in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (they're considered "sexy"), it is more respectful for both men and women to wear knee-length shorts or trousers when outside of these areas and a must if you intend to visit any temples. Rural Cambodians generally swim, waterlogged, in their clothes, though men may take off their shirts (if they want to risk getting brown). It's unusual to see Cambodian women in Western swimwear, though completely normal for foreigners in Sihanoukville. Western women in swimwear outside of major tourist areas will incur a lot of stares, though it's unlikely that anyone will say anything. Also, Cambodian women do not normally wear sleeveless shirts outside the home and never show their breasts in public, except when breastfeeding. In contrast, it is not unusual to see Cambodian men lounging around, bare from the waist up. Toe-less shoes are fine for both sexes and nearly every occasion.
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