Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious monument, and certainly deserves all the attention it gets, but a holiday in Cambodia offers far more. Think evocative landscapes, hidden luxury, excellent light adventure, and island beaches that are blissfully free from crowds.
The rural landscapes are diverse, ranging from floating villages and jungle-flanked rivers to an almost Amazonian vibe. A gentle spirituality is intrinsic to Cambodian daily life, and the towns and cities buzz as modern Asia inspires a creative people who are eager to thrive.
For inland R&R, head to the Koh Kong and Tatai river region. Sheltered by the Cardamom Mountains, this valley of forests, rivers and waterfalls is ideal for a few days of river kayaking and jungle treks. If conditions are right, you can also kayak through the flooded forests of Tonle Sap, keeping an eye out for the many birds that depend on the area.
The abandoned city of Angkor covers hundreds of square miles around the famous temple of Angkor Wat, and archaeologists uncover more of it each year. Although the iconic central site is very popular, it’s also incredibly impressive, and a must-see on your first trip to Cambodia. If you can spare the time, we can also take you to other grandiose jungle-clad ruins in more remote areas, without the crowds that flock to Angkor.
Cambodia’s offshore islands are a joy, with soft sandy beaches and thoughtful resorts that are all about low-impact luxury and barefoot R&R. The islands of Koh Rong and Samloem are delightful places to relax alongside Cambodians seeking some leisure time by the sea. There are several private island resorts that are well worth looking at — speak to one of our Cambodia Specialists for our latest recommendations.
Our favourite resorts and experiences in Cambodia have been designed to support local people and habitats. The community-based accommodation ranges from homestay initiatives to astonishingly luxurious jungle camps, but all consult and involve local people in their creation and upkeep. There are inspiring experiences, too, from Phare, the circus in Siem Reap which works to address social deprivation, to elhttps://www.selectiveasia.com/cambodia-holidays/experiences/elephant-valley-project in the country’s north-east.
Discover the true breadth of Cambodian culture by exploring the Angkor Temples, bustling Phnom Pehn before heading to the Cardamon Mountains and rounding up with a few days on Cambodia’s islands.