A newly-stable economy with attractions along the road less traveled in this fascinating east Asian country. Outside the buzzing capital of Phnom Penh, there are incredible sights to be seen, especially the overwhelmingly beautiful royal city of Angkor Wat. One of a kind wildlife experiences – such as the River Dolphins of Kratie – make this a very desirable stop. Better yet, you can give meaning to your trip and help impoverished families build a decent place to live.
Ways you can help
- Make a difference building a house for a needy family, engaging with the locals and learning about their lives
- Explore Angkor Wat and surrounding temples (by bike if you wish), with an expert guide
- Visit the floating villages and conservation work on Ton Le Sap Lake
- Meet fabulous artisans in Siem Reap
- Take a cooking class to learn Khmer cuisine
- Spot river dolphins in Kratie
- Enjoy a scenic cruise to Battambang
- Explore buzzing Phnom Penh
- Visit the sobering Killing Fields
- Explore fascinating Kep
- Relax in eco-luxury on Song Saa private island
Bambu hotel - Battambang
Bambu is the best of Battambang's poolside boutique hotels. The spacious rooms are designed in a French-Khmer motif, with lovely tiling, stone-inlaid bathrooms, exquisite furniture and private balconies. The fusion restaurant is one of the best in town and the...
Song Saa - Sihanoukville
A 35 minute boat ride isn’t too much of an inconvenience when a luxury private island is the destination. Looking out onto this wonderful seascape is a seductive huddle of overwater villas, fashioned from recycled timber and with huge beds...
Shinta Mani - Angkor and Siem Reap
Khmer-inspired and as boutique as they come, the angular elegance of this property is seductive and striking. With just 39 rooms, there’s an intimately contemporary feel and some are just footsteps from the pool. Traditional therapies are practiced at the...
Park Hyatt Siem Riep - Angkor and Siem Reap
Park Hyatt Siem Riep
One of the most architecturally inventive properties in town, the 109 rooms of this brand new property is a testament to modern Cambodia, with nods to the history and culture that surround it. High-end contemporary dining and even an onsite...
Borei Angkor - Angkor and Siem Reap
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa offers spacious Khmer-styled rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the tropical garden and pool. It houses 4 dining options and a gym. You can relax in the sauna, take a dip in...
Amansara - Angkor and Siem Reap
Not too many hotels can lay claim to being a former royal guesthouse, but the welcome here is notably regal. Low-rise, sleek apartments pay tribute to some wonderfully retro architecture, and the 24 suites are as sumptuous as they come....
Did you know
- The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat
- Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government was installed.Today, in its latest government form, it is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia
- During the four-year rule of the Khmer Rouge, one-fifth of Cambodia’s population was killed. They were mostly educated people, priests, and monks
- Half of Cambodia’s current population is younger than 15 years old
- Traditionally, birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia. Older people might not even know their birthdays
- In recent times, the country’s biggest source of income has been the textile industry. The second largest source of Cambodian income is tourism
- Cambodia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Between the years 1990 and 2005, the country has lost 25,000 square kilometers of forest
- In Cambodia, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner
- It’s considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles to point at people or things, so the feet must be tucked in when sitting
- The average age of marriage is 22 for women and 25 for men
- It’s estimated there are still 4 million landmines still to be cleared in Cambodia
- Cambodians believe that counting a gecko’s chirp will tell you whom you will marry. The first chirp means you’ll marry a bachelor, second chirp means a widower, third chirp is a bachelor again and so on. Keep counting until the gecko stops
"It was wonderful! We absolutely loved Cambodia - the hotels were a perfect choice, and our guides, "T" and Suy were so nice and it all was so enjoyable. We all wished that we had stayed longer in Cambodia and gone south to the beaches as well. As usual, you handled every detail flawlessly, so all went very smoothly!"
Stephanie and her family traveled to Cambodia, from the USA