Cambodia Holidays: An Overview

Cambodia is like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its turbulent past, and is fast becoming the South-East Asian holiday destination of choice. The Cambodian people are so hospitable, the food is a delicious blend of French/Asian fusion and the scenery is seriously impressive. Sold?

Katie, Carrie and Rosie are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • We defy even the most jaded traveller not to be impressed by the Angkor complex - get there early though to avoid the crowds
  • A beautiful, unspoilt coastline with some awesome hotels from the fun and quirky in Kep to the incredible luxury of Song Saa Private Island
  • With its French colonial history, food is a big deal - don't miss fish Amok, cooked in coconut milk and spices

Cambodia Luxury Holidays: The Detail

Cambodia is sandwiched between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in the very heart of South-East Asia, and ideally explored on a luxury holiday that combines some of its neighbours. Still a predominantly rural country thanks in part to the Khmer Rouge's tragically misjudged implementation of agrarian communism in the 1970s, Cambodia is a country emerging from its communist chrysalis and offering a genuinely warm welcome.

Resurrecting from a far from easy hand in life, Cambodia has a rich and proud culture, which must be seen and heard to be truly appreciated. Any Cambodia luxury holiday is bound to incorporate some cultural and historical learnings along the way.

Did you know

  • The Cambodian flag is the only one to feature a religious building - Angkor Wat
  • Dolphins can be found in rivers in the north-east of Cambodia
  • Tarantula kebabs are a delicacy in Cambodia
  • Cambodia boasts the largest Southeast Asian lake - the Tonle Sap
  • In the Khmer language 'rice' and 'food' mean the same
  • The large Mekong River didn't have a bridge built across it until 2001!

Cambodia's geography is dominated by the Mekong River and jungle-clad slopes, some of which are still home to remote hill-tribes, well worth a visit on your luxury holiday. Phnom Penh, the capital, is a burgeoning example of modern-day life in Cambodia; it's peppered with French colonial influences. Want culture and history? Roof top bars? Roads streamed with markets? Phnom Penh has it all and is well under way in reinventing itself. However, Phnom Penh is also a good base to gain an insight into Cambodia's turbulent upbringing, as visitors can visit the nearby Killing Fields and S-21, otherwise known as Tuol Sleng, which are the blood-stained prison cells where Pol Pots' regime tortured many.

Siem Reap is the epicentre of tourist life as it is conveniently located near the UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat. The 500 12th century temples are scattered throughout jungle-like terrain and invite visitors to gawp at their beauty and history (believe us, you'll be in a state of open-mouthed wonderment). Evenings here bring a cacophony of noise from the buzzing streets of Siem Reap with great night markets, restaurants and bars. Just wandering around and soaking up the culture will make a fantastic addition to your Cambodia luxury holiday.

As Cambodia's tourism is still in its infancy, many visitors have yet to explore coastal Cambodia with its stunning beaches and boutique resorts. Until now many travellers have combined the culture of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with the beaches of either Thailand or Vietnam. However that is no longer necessary, unless that is a desired choice, as the coast of Cambodia has white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, a national park some excellent hotels on its once uninhabited islands. Cambodia is now the full luxury holiday package.

After several recent research trips, Original Travel can arrange for luxury holidays to Cambodia far from the beaten track, with the most knowledgeable local guides. Of course no visit to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the jewel in the country's tourist crown - Angkor Wat. While this is one of the finest ancient sites anywhere in the world that status brings with it hordes of tourists, and we have spent the past couple of years working out itineraries designed to avoid the crowds wherever and whenever possible.


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Original Highlight

Eating a delicious picnic lunch on the terrace of a floating house on Tonlé Sap lake (the biggest freshwater lake in Asia) and observing the locals' industrious way of life.

Miranda, Original Traveller

A note on price

Cambodia is a reasonably affordable luxury holiday destination: a 10-day itinerary starts from approximately £1,800 per person (excluding flights), though stays in the most luxurious hotels could cost up to £6,000 per person for a trip of the same duration. There are no direct flights to Cambodia, so these commonly cost from £700 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Language

Khmer

Currency

US Dollar

Visa Requirements

required

Religion

Buddhism

Food & Drink

rice dishes, soups, tropical fruits, fresh coconut juice, green tea, rice wine

What to pack

a deck of cards for a trip along the Mekong

Flight from London

12:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


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Top picks for Cambodia

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Cambodia

Spend time exploring the galleries and workshops of Siem Reap before the highlight; the awe-inspiring temples of the Angkor site.

Where to go

The pool at Amansara, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Amansara

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

This secluded enclave was built in the 1960s as the guest villa of King Sihanouk.

Where to stay

Shinta Mani Resort

Shinta Mani Resort

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Much like its sister hotel, Shinta Mani Resort provides arguably one of the most contemporary and design-focused places to stay in Siem Reap (except with a more attractive price tag). The resort is walking distance of the old market, cafés and bars, and just a 15 minute drive from the temples of Angkor.

Where to stay

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Set within a leafy walled garden on the riverside in central Siem Reap, the hotel is just 15 minutes drive from Angkor Wat.

Where to stay

Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Aqua Expeditions started life with two luxury cruise ships on the Amazon before choosing another mighty river – the Mekong – for their third vessel. Aqua Mekong duly launched in 2014, and plies the waters between Saigon in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to the extraordinary temple complex of Angkor Wat.

Where to stay

A Stilted House at Sala Lodges - Cambodia

Sala Lodges

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

The stilted ‘lodges’ at Sala Lodges have made quite the journey to arrive at their home in the heart of Cambodian countryside, near to Siem Reap. The lodges are traditional Cambodian homes, collected from villages all over the country and transported to Siem Reap, where they have been rebuilt, and upgraded to offer the comfort of a boutique hotel.

Where to stay

Knai Bang Chatt, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Knai Bang Chatt

Coastal Cambodia

Knai Bang Chatt is a boutique hotel in Kep that is ideal for honeymooners or anyone craving a laidback beachfront location.

Where to stay

The outdoor at night at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, luxury hotel in Cambodia

4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Coastal Cambodia

Floating on the Tatai River near Koh Kong town and surrounded by dense, lush vegetation at the foot of the Cardamom Mountains, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an environmentally friendly four-star boutique lodge.

Where to stay

Phnom Penh Roof with Bird

Phnom Penh

Cambodia

Once known as the 'Pearl of Asia', Phnom Penh's bustling city streets, markets and local food vendors offer an authentic experience of modern day Cambodia

Where to go

Beach in Sihanoukville

Coastal Cambodia

Cambodia

The Coast of Cambodia is going to be the next big thing in Asia.

Where to go

Phum Baitang

Phum Baitang

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Sitting pretty within eight acres of luscious gardens and rice paddy fields near to Siem Reap, guests of Phum Baitang can lounge by the pool or on their private terrace, and enjoy the views of quintessential rural Cambodia, without foregoing the comfort of a luxury retreat, or the conveniences of the nearby town.

Where to stay

Tonle Sap Lake Trip

Tonle Sap Lake Trip

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

As a day trip from Siem Reap a visit to Tonle Sap Lake is highly recommended.

What to do

Have to say, I am very impressed with Original Travel. We travel a lot, but this is the first time I have worked with OT, and wish I'd used you guys for previous trips!

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