Cambodia will win your heart with its beautiful, ancient temples, friendly residents, and creative spirit. Cambodia is a fantastic complement to Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand and offers more than just temples.
In contrast to many other Buddhist nations in the region, the Khmer culture is relatively open. There is no shortage of the traditional Khmer and Buddhist ideals. The Khmer people are friendly, open, and very respectful of their ancestors. It is common to see ceremonies in daily life, particularly in rural areas where the old practices are still practiced. Over the past 20 years, there has been a huge shift in the population of the largest cities. In contemporary Cambodia, modern culture and customs are frequently entwined.
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BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The dry season normally lasts from November to March, when temperatures drop as a result of the northern winter. The rains that follow the Khmer New Year, or "Choul Chnam Thmey," which is scheduled between March to April (moon dependent), signifies the wet season. Although this season is technically categorized as "wet," locals now refer to it as "Green Season" because the rains restore the luster and texture to the enchanted forests that surround the temples, making it a photographer's and traveler's dream from April to October.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best global hubs are Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore. Regionally, it is also doable but takes longer to get to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Kuala Lumpur. Frequent flights leave from China. Travel via land is common. Overland crossings at Pailin, Poipet, Veun Kham, and Bavet are frequent. Another excellent choice is to get to Phnom Penh by boat through the Mekong Delta through Chau Doc.
where to sleep
Cambodia is home to some great accomodations options for all types of travellers. There are also several remarkable luxury resorts in the country's jungles and its islands. There are excellent mid-range hotels everywhere, and they all have excellent amenities and knowledgeable employees. To add some variety, take a look at local homestays, lodges and camps as well.
What to expect
Travelers frequently choose Cambodia as one of the "most welcoming locations" in South East Asia. Families traveling together will find surprising activities for all. The knowledgeable guides and drivers greatly enhance all tours and traveling off the beaten path is worthwhile. The best combination of culture, nature, adventure, and relaxation can be found there.
Discover the cuisine
Cambodian cuisine is a fusion of Thai and Vietnamese flavors with a distinctively local flavor. The Tonle Sap Lake is the center of the Cambodian economy. Popular dishes include fish and rice, and sour soup is frequently served. Fresh spring rolls, a sour soup with fish, chicken with ginger, and a sweet desert are all staples of a nice home-cooked Khmer meal.
CAMBODIA CITY GUIDE
Within each of the cities and provincial towns of Cambodia, travellers adore the romantic colonial buildings that scatter across the country
The popular town's name is a literal translation of the phrase "Defeat of Siam." Siem Reap has become one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world because of its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Discover the over a thousand years of Khmer history constructed next to Tonle Sap Lake, the cradle of the old Cambodian empire's economic strength.
The Old Market is the center of Siem Reap's tourist area. A significant number of eateries and retail establishments targeted at travellers are located in this area of the city. A sleepy little town has become a vibrant downtown with a diverse selection of eateries, bars, and nightclubs as well as a night market thanks to the increase in travellers.
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Pre Rup temple
Experience sunrise away from crowds at Pre Rup temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Continue to visit Ta Prohm, considered to be the most photographed temple within the Angkor complex with its trees shrouding the ruins. A private champagne breakfast awaits at a local artist’s house famed for its aristocratic heritage and host to an A-list of privileged guests.
Afterwards, visit Angkor Wat to respect its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, reliefs and sculptures and surrounding sites within the Angkor Complex.
Drive through the countryside that surrounds Siem Reap towards the Kulen Elephant Forest. A real experience awaits to observe the daily life of the elephants. Spend your time observing these majestic creatures as they enjoy their natural surroundings of the forest floor. Walk with them into the forest and witness these elephants in their natural habitat. A unique picnic style lunch is served within the forests, surrounded by the elephants nearby.
Travel to Phnom Kulen “Mountain of Lychees” the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit the 1000 carvings of Yoni and Linga etched into a sandstone riverbed and a breathtaking waterfall. Continue on 4×4 to a bat cave before trekking to Srah Dumrei “Elephant Pond”, finish at a campsite where spacious private tents await, each equipped with private amenities and verandahs, perfect for soaking in the magical jungle canopy. Next day, trek through the forest to reach Preah Ang Thom, a Buddhist monastery built in the 16th century notable for its 8m tall Buddha statue.
Visit 3 of most highly rated restaurants in town. Enjoy a progressive dinner by tuk-tuk with starter, main course, and dessert in three different Siem Reap restaurants.
The absolute best of authentic Cambodian cuisine. The top chefs in Siem Reap who between them have Michelin star training, worked with Anthony Bourdain, Luke Nguyen and Gordon Ramsay and hold the title of Cambodia’s only Master Chef.
TUK TUK TOUR
By tuk-tuk, explore the city’s headline monuments starting with the Independence Monument. Stroll through the Independence Park and observe Statue of the King’s Father. Hop back onto the tuk-tuk for the Central Market, a stunning art deco colonial building.
Stop at one Monivong Boulevard’s oldest buildings to take in the view continuing to the Railway Station, the National Library, Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and the Silver
Pagoda. Complete the day with a sunest.
Start today with a visit to Angkor Thom, and the Bayon temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army.
Next head to the picturesque Ta Prohm. This temple is considered to be Angkor’s most beautiful structure and is overgrown. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat.
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Hôtel KVL is the perfect place to stay if you want to be in the center of Phnom Penh while yet enjoying a peaceful urban refuge.
Its eateries, bars, and social areas are made to foster interaction, and its guest rooms are the ideal synthesis of comfort, style, and utility, all made with the requirements and preferences of the contemporary traveler in mind. The design, amenities, and services at Hôtel KVL are of the highest caliber and are motivated by travel and design.
A SAMPLE ITINERAY
An exciting sample itinerary ready to be tailored for every traveller’s need.
Contact our team to design a trip dedicated to your own personal interests or use the following as a guide to what can be achieved in this destination.
AIRPORT ARRIVAL TRANSFER
Today you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for your stay in Siem Reap.
Tonight, be amazed by the talents of the acrobats from the famous Phare Circus who work mainly with disadvantaged young people. They learn circus skills, theatre performance, music and a range of visual arts. It combines local traditions with new creative and innovative genres. Daring athleticism is combined with stories that speak powerfully to Cambodia’s not-too-distant history; for example, escape from tyranny is depicted through tightrope walking. The dark subject of a young girl trying to deal with memories of atrocities, is depicted by breathtaking acrobatics in which seemingly impossible goals are achieved. More than simply a circus, Phare is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society under a big top tent.(Pick up from your hotel at 6pm)
Hartley Family - October 2022
Siem Reap: A town with special charm
Luxperia organised an amazing weeks holiday in conjunction with Anantara. The experience was amazing. Airport transfers, excursions, upgrades all worked out to plan. We even managed to get a special package outside of the normal promotion at an incredible price for the quality we received. Would highly recommend the company!