A former ancient kingdom reinventing itself as a hub of art and culture

Cambodia is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage-inscribed Angkor Wat Complex in Siem Reap, the largest religious monument in the world and the seat of the 12th century Angkor Empire. Get lost in its crumbling, jungle-clad temples or climb up ancient structures to see the sun setting over the iconic spires of Angkor.

However, beyond the ancient temples of Siem Reap, the small country of Cambodia is filled with highlights including the floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake, the faded colonial-era buildings of quiet Battambang and the premier beach town of Sihanoukville with its lightly developed islands offering an off-the-beaten path holiday away from the crowds. Once known as the ‘Pearl of the East’, the capital city of Phnom Penh is modernising at light speed, an intriguing mix of skyscrapers and chic boutiques promoting authentic design alongside historic heritage buildings recalling its glory days as the seat of a royal kingdom and a French protectorate.

Discover Cambodia, with its emerging art and performance scene and fascinating ancient and modern history, made all the more inviting by the gentle nature and genuine hospitality of the Cambodian people.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

  • The ancient Khmer ruins are a timeless attraction while hidden temple complexes continue to be discovered
  • Unspoiled nature in many of its off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Phnom Kulen and national parks teeming with indigenous flora and fauna
  • An emerging creative art scene from artists to acrobats giving young Cambodians hope for a promising future
Country Facts
Capital City Phnom Penh
Time Zone UTC +7
International Dial Code +855
Currency Riel
Population 16.2 million (April 2018)
Religion Buddhism
Within Easy Reach Of...
Cambodia has two key international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. They service domestic flights and direct flights from regional countries. The below flight times are from/to Siem Reap International Airport.
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 10min flight
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1hr 20min flight
Luang Prabang, Laos 2hr 10min flight
Singapore 2hr 15min flight
CAPTIVATING CAMBODIA

Discover the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Khmer civilisation

When To Go

Weather Summary
A compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the green season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December while the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Perfect Tour For June
Hanoi – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

This program is designed for those who wish to make a difference and contribute to doing something worthy in Vietnam and Cambodia. Several interesting and diverse charitable activities and causes we participate in contributes to a memorable and meaningful experience.

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Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Perfect Tour For September
Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City – Hue – Hanoi

A culinary odyssey through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam revealing distinctive cuisines and kitchen traditions. Hands-on experiences at key culinary destinations range from street food stalls to gastronomic restaurants, assisted by expert chefs, food gurus and in-the-know locals.

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Festivals
24 September: Constitution Day (public holiday)
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Perfect Tour For October
Siem Reap

A bespoke journey designed for those caring souls that wish to make a difference in the developing nation of Cambodia. Spend a memorable six days based in Siem Reap, with a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about life-changing local charitable projects and participating in uplifting philanthropic deeds.

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Festivals
8-10 October: Pchum Ben Day (Wandering Souls Day)
15 October: Commemoration Day of King's Father Norodom Sihanouk (public holiday)
23 October: Paris Agreement Day (public holiday)
29 October: Coronation Day of King Norodom Sihamoni (public holiday)
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.
Perfect Tour For November
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City

This fascinating journey explores some of Vietnam and Cambodia’s most outstanding ancient sites,

historical buildings and spectacular natural wonders, experiencing pulsating cities to rural lakeside villages.

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Festivals
21-24 November: Bon Om Touk (Water Festival) marks the change of the flow of Tonle Sap Lake
Weather Summary
Being a compact country, Cambodia has a simple weather system with two distinct seasons.

The dry season is from October to April, and the wet season is from May to September. Rainfall is heaviest in August and September. Comfortable temperatures averaging 24°C are in October, November, and December. While the hottest time of year, averaging 35°C, is March to June.

Suggested Cambodia Itineraries

Explore our Cambodia sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.

Hidden Splendours of Cambodia

Siem Reap – Kratie – Mondulkiri – Phnom Penh

Embark on a unique, off-the-beaten-track adventure in Cambodia, bookended by vibrant Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Discover ancient ruins, elusive wildlife and rural Khmer villages amid a spectacular backdrop of pristine jungles, mountainous terrain, remote countryside and the legendary Mekong River.

Discover the Charms of Indochina

Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Hue – Hoi An – Bach Ma – Hoi An – Siem Reap

Guided by local experts, experience prolific natural wonders, historic sites and cultural experiences on our extensive ‘cross border’ odyssey through old Indochina – Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia – and some of their enchanting destinations.

Adventure across Laos and Cambodia

Luang Prabang – Ban Khiet Ngong – Don Khong – Don Khone – Siem Reap – Koh Ker – Siem Reap

Guided by local experts, experience the most prolific natural wonders, ancient historic sites and memorable cultural experiences in two Indochina countries – Laos and Cambodia – on this action-packed and enthralling ‘cross border’ odyssey.

Jungle Trekking and Camping in Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Sen Monorom – Kratie – Banlung – Virachey National Park – Banlung – Siem Reap

Explore Cambodia in-depth, from charismatic capital Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor’s spellbinding ancient temples. In between, experience trekking and camping adventures in off-the-beaten-track, wildly beautiful countryside.

Nature and Adventure in Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham – Kratie – Steung Treng – Ratanakiri – Siem Reap

Journey to one of the more remote regions in Southeast Asia and immerse yourself in a fascinating world rarely seen by outsiders. Travel low-key and slow by bicycle, kayak and foot to experience an authentic rural Cambodia, capped with exploring cultural wonders, the Angkor Wat Temples.

Philanthropy in Vietnam and Cambodia

Hanoi – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

This program is designed for those who wish to make a difference and contribute to doing something worthy in Vietnam and Cambodia. Several interesting and diverse charitable activities and causes we participate in contributes to a memorable and meaningful experience.

A Taste of Indochina

Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City – Hue – Hanoi

A culinary odyssey through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam revealing distinctive cuisines and kitchen traditions. Hands-on experiences at key culinary destinations range from street food stalls to gastronomic restaurants, assisted by expert chefs, food gurus and in-the-know locals.

Building a Home for a Cambodian Family

Siem Reap

A bespoke journey designed for those caring souls that wish to make a difference in the developing nation of Cambodia. Spend a memorable six days based in Siem Reap, with a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about life-changing local charitable projects and participating in uplifting philanthropic deeds.

Family Adventure in Cambodia

Siem Reap – Kratie – Phnom Penh

Amazing nature, ancient sites and Khmer traditions make Cambodia an ideal destination for all the family to enjoy unique educational and fun activities. Across this increasingly popular and family-friendly destination, experience authentic rural life, artisanal skills, jungle and island adventures and more for family memories to last a lifetime.

Cambodia Tailored Experiences

Select from our exciting range handcrafted tailored experiences to include in your customised journey.

  • Quadbike Riding in Rural Siem Reap

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat. However, beyond its historic temples and lively tourist scene, Siem Reap Province is also home to almost a million people who inhabit the rural countryside, many living off the land.

    Break up your temple tours with a refreshing evening quadbike excursion of the little-seen side of Siem Reap with its emerald green rice paddies, quiet dirt roads and shy but friendly villagers. Navigate your quadbike along dusty trails past stilt houses and curious cattle, taking in the sights and sounds of rural Cambodia with a stop among the rice paddies to admire the sunset.

    Duration: 2-3hrs

  • Siem Reap Landscapes as Art

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Drawing, sketching and painting add a completely new dimension to travelling by encouraging the artist to truly be present in the moment, taking in the surroundings using all the senses in a way that casual viewing or even photography cannot quite duplicate.

    Spend a creative half day with a local expat artist who will help you capture scenes of Siem Reap from a different perspective. Find your inspiration – whether the bustling activity in a wet market; the quiet solitude of hidden alleyways tinged with colonial heritage; or the serenity of the rice fields just minutes from the town centre. Receive personalised instruction in situ from the resident artist on how to turn your inspiration into a piece of travel art.

    Duration: 3.5hrs

  • Experience Khmer Food Delights by Tuk Tuk

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Heartier than Vietnamese food and not as sweet or spicy as Thai, Khmer cuisine occupies a niche all its own. Shaped by history (with influences from China and France) and geography (incorporating rice and freshwater fish from the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers), Cambodian food showcases pleasing contrasts – sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked.

    Spend an evening criss-crossing the town of Siem Reap by tuk tuk in search of Khmer favourites including snacks in the alleyways and side streets surrounding the Old Market; street food on famed Angkor Kyung Yu Road (also known as Road 60) including a range of exotic fruits, grilled meats, and for the food-adventurous, some fried insects; a more substantial sit-down meal at a local restaurant; and finishing off with a traditional Cambodian alcoholic beverage.

    Duration: 3-4hrs

  • Real-Life Stories from a Pol Pot Survivor

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Casual visitors to Cambodia may not readily see signs of the tragedy brought on by the Pol Pot Regime more than 40 years ago, but underneath Cambodia’s friendly veneer, the wounds still run deep. Gain a personal perspective of this tragic event by spending some time with a local family who lived through those tumultuous years. Meet a former soldier who was in his 20s when Pol Pot came to power. Learn about his life before the Khmer Rouge, working with the French to restore the Angkorian temples, and hear stories from his time as a soldier fighting against the regime. Over tea and local sweets with his family, listen as he recounts his strikingly real personal narrative filled with incredible highs and devastating lows, marked by adversity, survival and hope.

    Duration: 2hrs

  • Experience Local Life On Silk Island

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Just minutes from bustling Phnom Penh lies Koh Dach, a pair of rural islands on the Mekong River collectively known as “Silk Island”. Spend the day with a local resident and her expat husband and explore the island known for its home-based silk weaving industry.

    With a background in creative arts, Sopheap will take you to homes specialising in handicrafts and food production, and provide fascinating insights into their livelihoods. Learn how to make your own noodles from a woman who has spent her life dedicated to perfecting their texture and flavour. Before departing the island, visit the very school Sopheap attended as a child, and meet with the headmaster to deliver school supplies that are very much in need.

    Duration: 6hrs

  • Reviving the Lost Art of Khmer Ceramics

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Ceramics have been produced in Cambodia since prehistoric times with glazed wares gaining popularity in Angkor between the 9th and 13th centuries. Founded in 2006 as the National Centre for Khmer Ceramic Revival, the Khmer Ceramic Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with a mission to revive the ancient art of Khmer pottery.

    The centre provides free vocational training to disadvantaged youths while renewing broader interest in this ancestral art. Spend a half day with a craftsman who will breathe life into the history of ancient Khmer pottery, including how bricks for the Angkor temples were thought to have been made. Then under his careful instruction, take your turn at the potter’s wheel using up to 5 lumps of fresh clay to create your very own piece of pottery.

    Duration: 3.5hrs

  • A Fun Family Day in Siem Reap

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    While the Angkor Wat Complex is truly extraordinary, it can be easy for adults to get “templed out”, much less kids. Spend a half day with the family exploring three of the things that kids like most: crafts, animals and good eats. Visit a silk farm to see how fine Khmer silk is made, including feeding and taking care of the wriggly silk worms, spinning the silk threads, and weaving the silk into beautiful handmade garments.

    Next, visit the De-Mining Dog Show with its 50 Belgian Malinois dogs. Visitors can pet and play with these friendly yet highly-trained animals who use their incredible sense of smell to find explosives in former battlefields. Finally, feast on authentic Khmer food in a restaurant set amongst the scenic rice and flower fields of rural Siem Reap to wrap up an exciting family-friendly outing.

    Duration: 4hrs

  • A Well Donation for a Better Life

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Although Cambodia is home to the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, provinces like Battambang have limited access to safe water and sanitation. In the dry season when water is limited, villagers walk as far as two kilometres to reach streams to bathe or wash their clothes.

    Trails of Indochina supports this need through our Well Donation Program. After identifying a village in need, our local staff organises the groundwork construction of a well. Guests are then invited to the village in time to join the community in witnessing the final pouring of cement to secure the well. Through this meaningful act, guests can see the far-reaching benefits of their generosity, particularly in impoverished areas.

    Duration: 2hrs

  • Supporting Education for the Children of Anlong Pi

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Just 30km (19mi) from Siem Reap lies Anlong Pi, the province’s main dump site. The toxic landfill is also where hundreds of Cambodians, a third of whom are children, scavenge daily looking for recyclable materials to sell. While “tragedy tourism” has developed around Anlong Pi with some well-meaning visitors taking photos and giving gifts to the children, this only serves to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

    Instead, responsible travellers look to support the Anlong Pi Free School. Relying completely on donations, the school teaches an estimated 250 children aged 6-16 years old literacy, vocational and life skills including basic hygiene and safety. Part of your tour cost goes directly towards the daily needs of this population and the mango tree you plant will grow to feed these villagers for years to come.

    Duration: 3-4hrs

  • Experience Life In A Typical Cambodian Village

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Outside of Siem Reap’s magnificent temples and tourist-friendly town centre, there are more than 140,000 people who call the town home. Venture away from the usual attractions for a taste of what 80% of Cambodia looks like with a visit to the rural village of Peak Sneng.

    Immerse yourself in village life as you visit the local school and observe how teachers make the most of a very basic learning environment. Travel around the village by traditional vehicle and learn how to weave palm leaves into simple decorations. Best of all, a portion of your tour costs will directly benefit the village, helping to meet pressing needs such as a computer for the school or to repair the roof of an elderly villager’s home.

    Duration: 4hrs

  • A Photographic Perspective of Phnom Kulen

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    About 50km (30mi) from Siem Reap lies Cambodia’s most sacred mountain, Phnom Kulen. It was here in the 9th century that Jayavarman II declared himself a god-king, the first ruler of the Khmer Empire which lasted until the 15th century.

    Spend the day photographing the intriguing contrasts between natural and man-made wonders at this sacred site, including 1,200-year-old structures, the River of a Thousand Lingas featuring mesmerising carvings on the sandstone riverbed, a gorgeous waterfall featured in the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” movie, and the country’s largest reclining Buddha. On the way to Phnom Kulen, capture images of the pastoral Cambodian countryside with quaint villages and rice fields providing photogenic backdrops to rural living.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Angkor Photography Tour

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    The Angkor Wat Temple Complex is truly one of the most inspiring destinations in the world, but to capture its ancient mystique can be challenging even for professional photographers. Spend a full day learning and practicing photography techniques in 6-7 different locations within the complex.

    Start very early morning to capture the iconic sunrise over Angkor Wat’s five spires, using the billowy clouds tinged with early morning sun to create atmospheric and moody images. Angkor’s detailed sandstone carvings and writings lend themselves to close-up shots or the black and white treatment. The ancient architecture is also superb for image composition with many opportunities for frame-within-frame shots, playing with light and shadows and experimenting with artistic shallow depth of field.

    Duration: 12hrs

  • Tonle Sap Lake Through the Lens

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    One of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, there are over two million people who live and work on and around the Tonle Sap. Spend a full day putting your camera settings through its paces to photograph this challenging yet beautiful mix of landscapes, animals and people.

    Practice your wildlife photography in this rich ecosystem that is home to more than 100 varieties of water birds, as well as crocodiles, turtles, macaques, otter and other wildlife. Capture portraits and people shots at the lake’s monasteries, floating villages and vibrant local market. Landscape photographers will especially enjoy taking wide shots of the scenery from a village perched on 10m (33ft) high stilts, looking across the water during the late afternoon golden hour.

    Duration: 9hrs

    Note: Seat in coach

  • The Serenity of Angkor

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Escape the crowds at Angkor at three of the more atmospheric yet less visited spots in the temple complex. Travel by tuk-tuk to the 12th century Banteay Kdei, an impressive Buddhist monastery also known as the “Citadel of Cells”. Walk around this peaceful compound, surrounded by four concentric walls and look for a rare Buddha statue in the largely Hindu complex.

    Also cruise the quiet waters surrounding Angkor Thom in a gondola reminiscent of those used in ancient Khmer ceremonies and battles. In the tranquil solitude, visualise the royal city when it ruled over two million people nearly 800 years ago. Make your way to Prasat Chrung, a small temple built in the style of Bayon, and climb a steep iron staircase to a quiet spot for excellent sunset views over the ruins.

    Duration: 3-4hrs

  • Meditation and Yoga at Angkor

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor still retains a spiritual allure between its jungle-clad ruins, enigmatic towers and majestic temples. Start or finish your day practising yoga and meditation on the most sacred mountain in the complex in this exclusive experience.

    Meet a certified yogi at Phnom Bakheng, a 10th century temple with five tiers and seven levels. The temple is representative of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, while its seven levels represent the seven Hindu heavens. Interact with some of the monks who live within the complex, then make your way to a private pagoda for a guided yoga and meditation session. Finish with a blessing ceremony with the opportunity to give back to the monks.

    Duration: 2hrs

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Hotels We Recommend

Explore a selection of our hotel offerings to complete your customised journey. The number of hotels and resorts throughout Southeast Asia are extensive and varied. Please contact us for more accommodation options.

Anantara Angkor Resort

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Groups

Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Groups

Amansara

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Families, Romance

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Families

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Families, MICE, Romance

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Families, MICE

Rosewood Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, MICE

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Families, MICE, Romance

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Belmond La Residence d’Angkor

Early Bird Promotion

  • Offer Detail: 10% off for booking 90 days prior arrival

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    1 November 2018 - 31 March 2019
    (Except: 22 December 2017 - 4 January 2018, 22 December 2018- 4 January 2019)

Anantara Angkor Resort

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    1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

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    23 Dec 2018 - 01 Jan 2019
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2019

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal

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  • Offer Detail: Book Two bedroom Landmark Suite or Le Royal Suite for minimum of two (2) paid nights, guests will receive one US$300 hotel credit per stay & airport transfer

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Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

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