The rural North and East is perfect for people who want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track in Cambodia. This untouched, idyllic corner of the country is home to impressive forested mountains, thundering waterfalls, wild elephants and fresh Irrawaddy dolphins. These areas are much less developed; the roads are poor and the accommodation is more basic but it is a truly remarkable area and ideal for the more intrepid traveller.
This lively, bustling town has the ancient kingdom of Angkor on its doorstep, making it the perfect place to base your temple adventures. A point of pilgrimage, pride and inspiration for Cambodians, the Hindu temples of Angkor should not be missed.
Although often by-passed by many tourists, Phnom Penh offers a fascinating insight into the past, present and future of Cambodia. Tuk-tuk across the busy streets, get to grips with the country's harrowing history of genocide at the Killing Fields or watch the sunset from a riverside bar; there's something for everyone. What's more, we've discovered a handful of fabulous little boutique hotels.
Kampot & Kep
Escape the crowds and enjoy the rural beauty of the south-west. Kampot is famed for its rich, spicy pepper, restful river and jungle terrain while Kep offers the best sunset spots over the ocean in all of Cambodia. Not to mention the delicious crab on offer. This is the place to relax in Cambodia and we've found the best places for you to do just that.
Arguably the most charming of Cambodia's larger urban centres, Battambang has a small-town friendly vibe with the bustle of a city. It is home to some of the best preserved French architecture in Cambodia, glorious rice paddies and provincial villages that offer a real insight into Cambodian life.
Cambodia’s prime beach destination - Sihanoukville is surrounded by sandy beaches and tropical islands. We know how to steer you away from the crowds here and have discovered a handful of northern beaches with the perfect chill out vibe.
If you are looking for a jungle escape with thundering waterfalls surrounded by luscious greenery then look no further than Koh Kong. It’s a gem of a find. Off the tourist trail enough to make you feel like you have discovered a slice of hidden Cambodia. We recommend staying on a floating tent or hut over the river (surprisingly more luxurious than it sounds). Trust us on this one...
One of the nicest spots to enjoy the natural beauty of the mighty Mekong River is at Kratie, which offers stunning sunsets and is home to the rare fresh-water Irrawaddy dolphins that can be seen all year round. The nearby island of Koh Trong is an ideal place to relax for a day and north of Kratie you can find peaceful fishing communities and rural scenery that is ideal for cycling or trekking.
This diverse region of natural beauty in the north-east is harder to get to but all the more beautiful for it. Here you will find virtually untouched forested mountains, ethnic minority groups with their own languages and traditions, volcanic lakes and thundering waterfalls. The main activity on offer here is trekking and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in their natural habitats, including gibbons and elephants.
Still relatively undiscovered by the rest of the world, Cambodia is a magical land of ancient temples, dense jungles, charming rural villages and secluded beaches. But despite its many impressive wonders Cambodia’s real treasure is its people who, despite a tragic recent history, have prevailed with wide smiles and unbroken spirits. The magic of this country is really quite infectious.
We have unearthed a beautiful selection of boutique Cambodian hotels that are full of character and charm for our tailor-made Cambodia holidays. It's simple - you tell us everything you love about a holiday and we will piece together the perfect trip. Or just take a look at our recommended Cambodia itineraries and we'll start from there.
We specialise in tailor made Cambodia holidays – our expert consultant lived in South-east Asia for six months and will give you all the help you need in creating the perfect trip.
Got a question about holidays in Cambodia? Call Delia, our Cambodian expert, on (UK) 0207 112 0019, or email email@example.com
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Get off the beaten track in Cambodia
If you want to get off the beaten track in Cambodia and see the country a little differently to everyone else, then this is the perfect tour for you. If you don’t mind walking through the jungle with rescued elephants, sleeping in a luxury tent besides a remote temple or kayaking through green, luscious mangroves, that is. And if you’re lucky you may just be rewarded with an Irrawaddy dolphin spotting in the Mekong River. If you take this tour of Cambodia you’ll see the country in a very special and unique way.
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Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
We are supporting new charities in Vietnam & Cambodia
We are delighted to announce that we are now working with two new charities in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Cambodia we are supporting Riverkids, a tremendous charity based in Phnom Penh that works with some of the capital’s most vulnerable children and seeks to give them one of the greatest gifts of life – an education. And in Vietnam, we are supporting Hue Help, a charity that works with disadvantaged children in central Vietnam to improve their health, education and future prospects.
How do we support the charities?
We will be inviting all new customers to these countries to make a small donation to the charity in the country they are visiting when they book their holiday – and we will match that donation.
It’s a huge privilege to us to be able to support the work of both of these tremendous charities – to read our blog post about why we do this click here. To read more about Hue Help click here, or Riverkids please click here.
The Best Spa Hotel in Vietnam: Fusion Maia, Da Nang
Perhaps somewhat of a bold statement… but Ladies and Gentlemen we think we may have just found the best spa hotel in Vietnam. Fusion Maia in Da Nang is the ultimate place to head for a week of feet tickling, shoulder rubbing and feet fondling. Prices start at just £250 per night and all spa treatments are included (and there’s no limit). We think it’s pretty spa-tacular (pardon the pun!). We are currently offering guests a deal where if you pay for six nights you get a seventh absolutely free.
To read more about this gorgeous luxury spa in Vietnam read our travel blog post here. To make a booking drop us an email here.
5 Best Rooftop Bars in Saigon
If you like a high-altitude tipple then visiting Saigon is a must. Home to some of the world’s best rooftop bars, we have compiled a list of our top five bars with a view in Vietnam’s southern city of Saigon. (Warning: best read with a gin and tonic in hand).
PRIVATE ISLAND OFFER: SONG SAA, CAMBODIA
We are grinning from ear to our – our favourite private island in South-East Asia, is offering some brilliant deals over the next year. Read on for the details…
This all-inclusive private island off Cambodia offers unrivalled luxury; with over-water villas, private plunge pools and white sandy bays, we can’t think of a better way to holiday. Read more about Song Saa Private Island here.
For a limited time only we can offer the following deals:
- Book a last minute stay this Christmas – there are still a few nights available over the festive season and even better – Song Saa have lifted their usual four-night minimum.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 3 Nights: This great deal is available for large parts of January to April as well as November and selected dates in December.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 2 Nights (half price): This tremendous deal is available from May to October.
To read more about our stay on the island read our blog post here.
Flights launched from Cambodia to Phu Quoc island
Stop the press: We now have a new, perfect beach destination for all Cambodian holidays – Vietnam Airlines have just launched flights between the Vietnamese island Phu Quoc (aka Tropical Paradise) and Cambodia. We can’t think of a better way to soothe those tired-temple-tramping feet! More details at our travel blog here.
Top 5 Boutique Hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia
After cycling the streets of Siem Reap through monsoon downpours and sticky afternoons, our Cambodian expert Delia has put together a blog post on her favourite boutique hotels in Siem Reap – take a look at her final selection here.
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
JUST 2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!
We’re looking for people to take two mins to vote for Fleewinter in this years Guardian Travel Awards! Just click on the following link – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp and under tour operator type in ‘fleewinter’ and rate our performance! You can pretty much ignore all other boxes and click submit at the end! Thank you so much!