Highlights of Cambodia
Cambodia is among the smallest countries in Southeast Asia and home of 5.8 million, most of whom are Khmer, as Cambodians call themselves. It is a land of rice plains and hilly jungle; the fertile heart of a once mighty Khmer empire which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The Angkor temples now reflect the ultimate expression of Khmer genius matched only by a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: EXPLORING THE FABLED TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
This week-long tour visits the most popular destinations in Cambodia and includes fascinating private touring each day and accommodation at the country's best luxury properties.
Begin your comprehensive touring in 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”. Climb to the top of the phnom where long stone cobras with seven heads form the swooping balustrades and watch the sprawling city below.
Continue to Siem Reap and visit some of 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.
Lying south of Angkor, you will explore Tonle Sap (the Great Lake), the sprawling “sea of sweet water” that is one of the world’s natural wonders – a reversible reservoir-lake.
Max your Awim Incorporate your tour with special touring activities such as visits to lesser known temples, cycling, cooking classes, private yoga, visit to an orphanage 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.