Cambodia

Cambodia punches above its weight when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences. Everyone should visit the astonishing Angkor Wat and some of the private island hideaways are true tropical paradises waiting to be discovered.

When you mention Cambodia, two things tend to spring to mind – one of unspeakable horror and one of awe-inspiring beauty. Today it is the wonder and mystery of World Heritage Site Angkor that draws people to this country.

Built as the capital of the Khmer Empire, the Angkor complex at one time housed 750,000 citizens. Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple and home to the world’s longest bas-relief panels is a must, as is Angkor Thom. Away from the main complex is Bantreay Srei, with its pink sandstone walls and delicate, exquisite carvings. The real majesty of these sites comes alive during dawn and dusk when the stone dances with colour and light.

Nestled close to all the complexes is the laid back and sleepy town of Siem Reap. Here you will find stunning, state of the art hotels sensitively and carefully decorated using Khmer wood carvings and handicrafts. Complete with landscaped pools and plush spas, a stay in one of these hotels will prove the perfect antidote to temple fatigue. From here, you can make gentle forays into the enchanting countryside including a visit to the floating village at Tonle Sap.

It is possible to go by boat down Tonle Sap to Phnom Penh. The capital is slowly rebuilding itself to its former glory. Saunter down the frangipani boulevards against a backdrop of faded ochre coloured buildings, where you start to get a glimpse of what Phnom Penh was like in the 50’s and 60’s, when it was as one of the finest cities in the Far East.

Cambodia attracts adventurous travellers with remarkable ancient temples, unique cultural experiences, and picturesque rural landscapes.

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