The blood-red sun setting over the illuminated silhouette of Angkor Wat. The atmospheric murmurings of Buddhist monks at devotion. The fresh flavours of street food dancing on your tongue.
Our Cambodia holidays are a sensory delight. It’s a country with a disturbing past, but it has risen from the ashes. A holiday to Cambodia is characterised by the friendliness of its people, who are remarkably kind and welcoming.
A wealth of historic and architectural wonders are waiting to be discovered on your Cambodia holiday. From the splendour of Phnom Penh Royal Palace to the glittering floor of the Silver Pagoda, there is enough opulence for anyone’s taste.
Meanwhile, iconic Angkor Wat will leave you awestruck. The world’s largest religious construction in stone is a testament to the former power of the Khmer empire. The best way to explore is by bike; it’s a peaceful and unobtrusive way to escape the crowds and see the surrounding jungle which encroaches on the ancient stone foundations and intricately carved statues.
Why not try our private group tours in Cambodia?
Are you looking to book a holiday with a group of your friends, family or your other half? With our private group adventures, you can now experience the Cambodia trip with people who matter the most. Enjoy the freedom to travel with your own private group, including the flexibility to choose your departure date and add on days at the end of the trip should you wish to extend your stay. So, if you’d like to bring a few people along to celebrate a special occasion or simply have a holiday to Cambodia with the ones you love, you’ve come to the right place. All you have to do is let us know your group size and dates, and we’ll do the rest.
Cambodia holidays are perfect for the foodie traveller. Expect a deluge of deliciousness on every street corner: fish amok is a perennial favourite, a tasty fish and coconut curry served in a banana leaf. Lime-marinated beef (lap Khmer) is always popular too.
Rice, taro, and sweet potatoes are all staples of the Cambodian diet. Cassava (also known as manioc) is an edible tropical plant that you may also encounter in Cambodia. Sticky rice is another treat worth trying. You may find sticky rice cakes, coconut sticky rice, and a type of sticky rice wrapped in bamboo known as kralan (made by roasting glutinous rice with black-eyed peas/beans, coconut milk, grated coconut, and palm sugar over a fire).
The real adventure is in ordering your food. Try dodging through the chaos and high-pitched whine of motorbikes to find a stall you like, settling into the plastic chairs and mingling with the locals doing the exact same thing. It’s a fun, community-spirited activity that will help you embrace the everyday way of life in Cambodia.
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1) Walking or cycling Angkor Wat: One of the main attractions in Cambodia, this ancient temple is the size of a small city and not to be missed. Set amid jungle expanse, the intricate architecture is among the most iconic in the world. Whether cycling or walking, we’ll give you lots of time to savour your surroundings and you may even catch some stunning sunset views.
2) Cruising along the river at sunset: Cambodia’s rivers are wonderful places to bask in the ambience of a sunset. Join us on the Mekong River or Kampot River, where you might spot an Asian elephant, yellow-cheeked gibbon, or a sun-bathing Asian water monitor.
3) Seeing the Royal Palace: Cambodia’s royal residence is situated in the capital, Phnom Penh. Its stunning architecture and lush gardens make it a world away from the tight, urban sprawl of the city. Make sure you dress respectfully before paying the admission fee.
4) Exploring Cambodian rural life: You’ll see many different sides to the Cambodian countryside. Tours around rice fields, salt fields, and plantations growing fruit and pepper are all vital to the economy and make for a day filled with exciting new scenes and things to learn. If you join us in the province of Kampot, one of the largest producers of durian fruit, you’ll also learn why it’s illegal to bring the fruit indoors in many countries!
5) Navigating the streets of Phnom Penh: What would a trip to Cambodia be without a trip to its bustling capital? One of the best ways to get your bearings is on a cyclo (bicycle rickshaw). You’ll have no shortage of opportunities to get stuck into some of the local cuisines here, and the waterfront bars are a great place to relax and take in the atmosphere.
Cambodia trips are popular because they offer a bit of everything. Brimming with architectural and natural beauty, you won’t get bored of the sights in this country!
The food is phenomenal, and in recent years, it has become easy to pay for meals and other goods, with many street food vendors even allowing you to make QR-code payments.
There’s also plenty of history to discover, from the 12th century history underpinning Angkor Wat to the gut-wrenching Cambodian Genocide in 1975-1979.
What are the must-see sights in Cambodia?
One of the most popular and not-to-be-missed spots in Cambodia is, of course, Angkor Wat. This massive temple structure started its life in the 12th century as a Hindu temple city, built by Emperor Suryavarman II. By the close of the century, it had become a Buddhist temple. But it’s deceptive to think of this amazing structure as simply an ancient temple; in fact, it covers an area four times the size of Vatican City and was once the heart of the Khmer Empire.
And your Cambodia trip of a lifetime doesn’t have to stop there. The neighbouring town of Siem Reap is an energetic hub of food-tasting experiences and nightlife. You can visit the nearby floating village of Tonle Sap, a local conservation centre with lots of exciting wildlife, or you can even take a zip-line over the jungle canopy.
A good Cambodia tour gives you a taste of both rural and city living, so the capital city of Phnom Penh is not to be missed! A laid-back attitude and excellent cuisine served by the waterfront in this exciting city characterise Cambodian urban life, and we have no doubt you’ll enjoy every moment.
What's the weather in Cambodia like?
Cambodian weather stays on the hotter side all year. The warmest it gets is typically in March and May, when it can hit around 32°C. December and January are cooler but still comfortably warm at 25°C-30°C. The dry season takes place November-April, making it popular with tourists.
When is it rainy season in Cambodia?
Cambodia experiences the monsoon season from May-October. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t travel during this time, though. You can still catch some sunny skies in the mornings before the afternoon rains, and the grass can look particularly green. This makes for some lovely photos.
What is the best time to visit Cambodia?
This really depends on your personal preferences. The dry season is typically more popular with tourists, though some people treasure the quieter experience of the less-busy monsoon season.
Most tourists find the temperatures of December and January quite balanced and enjoy the lower humidity levels.
What should I wear in Cambodia?
Consider the heat when packing clothes for your Cambodia holiday. Anything made from natural fabrics, like silk, linen, and cotton, will really help keep you cool.
Mosquitos can be a problem, so in addition to a handy bug repellent, you may prefer to wear lightweight, loose-fitting trousers and sleeved tops to keep the bites at bay.
When you visit any places of worship, you’ll be expected to keep legs and shoulders covered up. With long, loose-fitting trousers or a skirt and a loose-sleeved cotton top, you should be well-prepared.
Although Angkor Wat is no longer a practising temple, you still need to abide by the dress code that applies to religious sites in Cambodia. For outfits that don’t cover the shoulders, you’ll need to have a shrug or jacket handy – please note that they may not allow you in if all you bring is a scarf!
How long is the flight to Cambodia?
When you fly to Cambodia from London, there’s a flight time of about 14 hours, including one connection. If you are travelling from another part of the UK, of course, the journey time may differ. Have a look on Skyscanner if you’d like to get a clearer idea.
Cambodia Trip Extensions
Why not add a few days in Cambodia before your trip starts? Discover the fascinating Angkor temple complex.