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.
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.