Cambodia has long been associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, but today the country has risen above its blood-tinted history to take its place as one of South East Asia’s most up and coming places to visit. There is a truly eclectic mix of travel experiences from ancient monuments and exotic beaches to remote ethnic minority villages and city life, Cambodia always delivers an exhausting level of excitement.
Angkor, one of world’s greatest civilizations at Angkor is the ultimate hook for every visitor to Cambodia, and its popularity grows by the day. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world but it is just one temple at the heart of a thousand others, and despite the volume of visitors, it never fails to impress. This en-vogue ancient temple city has remained the heart and soul of Cambodia for almost two millennia.
Siem Reap has developed over the years to cater for the visitors to Angkor’s, although it has become an international hotspot, with a plethora of modern restaurants and upmarket hotels. Thankfully, the town has maintained much of its original charm, with old colonial shop fronts, misty lamp-lit streets and a bustling market area. It also offers access to the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-east Asia.
Combine the poignant history of Phnom Penh with the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor during this classic itinerary.
Time difference: Cambodia is 5 hours behind New Zealand (6 hours during daylight saving)
Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Tel Code: +855
Official Language: Khmer
Main Religion: Buddhism
Airlines: Singapore Airlines