For the perfect combination of fly-and-flop post-wedding bliss, served with a side of rich culture and some serious historical sites, look no further than Cambodia. Cambodia honeymoons are all things jungle, sea and temples - mix in some charming locals and amazing cities and you're onto a winner. Newly-wed bliss starts here - why not explore the mysteries of Angkorian period, beginning at Angkor Wat.
The jewel in the crown of Khumer vision, wander through the jungle to find even more temples, now reclaimed by the trees. Spend time learning the rhythm of rural life, next to dazzling rice paddies, or venture along the mighty Mekong River. Head north east, where the country turns mountainous; here animals are abundant and nature rules. Cambodia is also home to cities oozing sophistication and bursting with French-colonial influences. And after all of the pre-wedding-planning and stress, flop onto a sunlounger and dive into the sea for some serious R&R. Intimate, luxurious and unique; Cambodia is everything you could wish for in a honeymoon.
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What can you find on a Cambodia honeymoon that you won't find anywhere else?
Yet to experience its major tourism boom compared to its South East Asian neighbours, Cambodia has retained its unspoilt scenery and authentic charm. A phoenix rising from the ashes of a turbulent past, Cambodia is very much a destination on the up; all the more reason to enjoy a luxury honeymoon here sooner rather than later.
Those in search of sun, sea, sand and some pretty spectacular hotels to boot should head to the coastal towns of Sihanoukville or Kep. While the pristine white sand beaches and beautifully clear ocean have always been there, it's taken a while for some really good hotels to catch up. The wait, however, is over with the Song Saa Resort very much living up to (high) expectations, among other great properties too. One of the best things about Cambodia's coastline, though, is that it is dotted with beautiful, uninhabited islands so you can sunbathe on a different beach every day. There are some fabulous spas in these areas too so the happy couple can unwind after the whirlwind of chaos that is a wedding; a certain amount of relaxation is the key to any luxury honeymoon.
Honeymooners looking for a spot (or a bucket-load) of culture will have their socks firmly blown off by Cambodia's Angkor complex. Best seen at sunrise when the view is nothing short of life-changing and the crowds haven't arrived yet, Angkor is a truly spectacular collection of centuries-old temples spread over roughly 250 square miles.
For a taste of modern Cambodian life, Phnom Penh is the place to be with its French colonial influences, buzzy rooftop bars and bustling local markets. It's also a great base from which to step into Cambodia's turbulent and bloody history with a tour of the Killing Fields and S-21, the prison where many were tortured and killed under the Pol Pot regime. Admittedly that's not necessarily the obvious thing to be doing on a Cambodia honeymoon, but it does provide important context to this fascinating destination.
So whether you simply want to spend your Cambodia honeymoon lounging on the beach, or if you want to intersperse the relaxation with some culture and history, Cambodia is a truly exceptional destination.