Cambodia Holidays are often described as being how Thailand once was and it’s quite a true statement. A small country packed with history, culture and temples to keep anyone content for more than the average holiday of 2 weeks. With so much to see it is no wonder that Cambodia has become a popular choice with backpackers as well as adventure-seeking holidaymakers looking for more than just a beach to sit on for a couple of weeks.
Cambodia towns and cities offer you faded colonial architecture with charm and culture waiting for you to explore. Landscapes that will have your camera clicking away to all day as well as lakes and rivers to gaze in wonder. From the Mekong River to the great Tonle Sap lake to rice paddies and sugar palms, Cambodia is waiting to delight you.
Siem Reap is the base for most visitors to explore the many Angkor Wat Temples and surrounding area with it ancient temples and jungle areas to explore. Siem Reap itself is a bustling town offering many bars and restaurants to explore from cheap street food to upmarket restaurants offering exquisite cuisine and fabulous cocktails bars.
Cambodia is often twinned with Vietnam as a tailor-made holiday package to give the traveller an insight to these fabulous Asian holiday destinations.
Top things to see when visiting Cambodia
The Royal Palace and Silver Padagon in Phnom Penh, an extravagant palace that displays the Khmer culture.
Phnom Penh Phnom Penh itself is a wonderful city to stroll and enjoy a drink at one of the many riverside cafes. Stylish boutique hotels are on offer as well as backpackers accommodation. This stylish city offers a feel of the French colonial era with its secret Chinese temples, and cute shops/Houses. Best explored on a cyclo (bicycle rickshaws) which are less than £10 for 3 hours tour of the city. The Russian Market and Wat Phnom are also worth a visit when in Phom Penh.
Kampot old colonial architecture and its river scene situated in the south of Cambodia offering many guest houses and restaurants to explore the river area. Very close to Kep that will give you a coastal area of Limestone caves to explore.
Banteay Srei a delicate sandstone rose coloured temple at Angkor Watt covered in intricate carvings. Consider visiting at sunrise and sunset.
Angkor Wat and the surrounding area. Siem Reap offers the perfect base to explore Angkor Wat and its surrounding areas. Consider taking quad bikes out into the jungle areas and find even more hidden temples to explore.
Look out for sights of the Irrawaddy dolphins when on the Mekong river especially Kratie as these are popular in the waters of Cambodia.
Angkor Thom the walled city is a must to explore and
Battambang takes you way back to how Cambodia once was and one to have on any itinerary. Here you will find many little shops offering everything from fair-trade cafes to bike excursions. Head out of the town of Battambang for more temples and jungle experiences.
Siem Reap, the base to explore Angkor Wat but also a bustling town with many bars and restaurants offering something for every budget.
Don’t miss out on Apsara a Khmer classical dance
When to visit Cambodia
High Season (Nov–Mar)
This is the best time to visit Cambodia as the temperatures are similar to the Mediterranean, cooler, and windier with a nice breeze. It is the best all-round time to be in Cambodia
Mid Season (Jul–Aug)
This is the months of the most rain and high humidity but the landscapes are lush and green
the South Coast tends to be busier with the Western summer holidays
Low Season (Apr–Jun, Sep–Oct)
The hot season starts in April and goes through to the end of May when the temperatures hit 40C
Storms and rain start to appear in September and October giving awesome storm cloud formations and interesting sunsets.