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How to Spend your time

An important part of planning the itinerary is deciding how to spend your time in Cambodia. Well, we can help you. Honestly, no trip to Cambodia would be complete without spending a couple of days at the majestic temples of Angkor. Whether you are watching the sunrise behind the sublime beauty of Angkor Wat or exploring the jungle-like temple of Ta Prohm feeling like Lara Croft herself (yes, this is where Tomb Raider was filmed), it is hard to not fall under the spell of the temples’ extravagant beauty.

If you have a week in Cambodia we would recommend spending a few days in Siem Reap, the lovely riverside town surrounded by the temples of Angkor, as well as a couple of days in Phnom Penh to soak up the country’s more recent turbulent history. The Tuol Sleng Museum, (a former school turned into a prison by the Khmer Rouge) and Killing Fields are a harrowing but important part of understanding this complex country today. Those with a week to spare may also care to take in the lovely French colonial town of Battambang where life moves at a slower pace and a real insight can be gained into rural Cambodian life.

If you have more time or are craving a few relaxing days on the beach we would recommend you head to the south coast. Highlights include the gorgeous white sandy islands off Sihanoukville (Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samleom – a setting that could be from The Beach) as well as the seaside town of Kep, home to the impressive morning crab market and picturesque high-end resorts. Nearby Kampot boasts a fabulous national park and acres of pepper plantations, while to the west Koh Kong has wonderful jungles to explore, stunning waterfalls and best of all a ‘luxury’ floating campsite on the river.

Those who have longer than two weeks, or are heading up to Laos, may also wish to explore the ‘wild east’ of the country. This untouched idyll 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 ideal for the more intrepid traveller.

Take a look at our sample itineraries to give you a flavour of what your Cambodia holiday could look like. But rest assured, we specialize in tailor-made holidays so anything can be crafted to suit your unique tastes

Siem Reap
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.
Phnom Penh
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.
Koh Kong
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.
Ratanakiri Province
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.

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