One of the most unspoilt countries in South East Asia, Cambodia is a fascinating mix of breathtaking scenery, simple cultures and traditions. There is a great surge to see the highlights of Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat but travellers really wish to explore Cambodia’s hidden charms, meet the locals as they travel through pretty rural countryside, and get off the beaten track to visit remote temples.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 10-DAY JOURNEY FROM ANGKOR TO CAMBODIA'S NORTH.
This tour was designed for travellers who like a brief tour of the Angkor temples and not be overwhelmed by them. The tour is combined with a short stay in Phnom Penh and an introduction of the north Cambodia.
Your private guided tour will start in Sem Reap where you will visit the most impressing and breathtaking pieces of history in the world – the temples of Angkor. Established by the Khmer Kingdom of Kambuja, which gave its name to Cambodia, it became one of the largest empires in South East Asia. The ruins seen today represent successive capitals. These were cities of massive stone temples, wide majestic causeways, thrusting towers and imposing gates. The sheer size and magnificence of Angkor Wat is compelling.
Next visit Phnom Penh, once considered one of the most beautiful cities of the Orient that still retains much of its original charm. The city took shape around the famous Wat Phnom, meaning “Hill Temple”.
Continue north on what is probably Cambodia’s most scenic drive, to the region of Mondulkiri and discover a peaceful rural Cambodia. Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri) is predominantly populated by minority hill tribes with more than 12 different ethnic groups. Trekking on foot or by elephant to the nearby villages, sightseeing to the numerous and Cambodia’s largest waterfalls. After 3 days in that quiet province where time goes slowly, drive back to Phnom Penh via the charming town of Kratie along the river bank of the Mekong and see the rare Irrawady dolphins.
Max your Awim Incorporate your tour with special touring activities such as visits to lesser known temples, cycling, cooking classes, private yoga, visits to orphanages and photography excursions to local villages.
Also, volunteering opportunities are now available through organisations in many exciting locales, offering invaluable experience in varied fields. It not only benefits the communities but helps in learning skills and develops dynamic self. Above all, it gives meaning to life. There’s never been a better time to volunteer and make your travel a satisfying experience.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.