Despite being the smallest nation in former Indochina, Cambodia punches well above its weight. It is home to some of the world’s finest and best preserved archaeological wonders, stunning white sand islands and dense countryside – where you can find the beautiful Asian elephant.

Cambodia is an incredible place, where traditions, heritage and history of the ancient Khmer Empire clash together with modern life. Many would think this collision would make for a hectic and unwieldy country. However, Cambodia is a place of peace, charm and tranquillity, with just the right amount of adventure thrown in.

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  • History and Culture

    Cambodia is still recovering from the genocide inflicted upon the tiny nation by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime in the mid to late 1970s. However, its subsequent transformation has been nothing short of miraculous. This is testament to the strength and will of the Cambodian people.

    The Khmer Empire once spread across Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, but its modern homeland is Cambodia. The country has a long and bloody history that has brought it to where it is today; a fantastic blend of heritage and modern life that has come together thanks to the unwavering spirit of its people.

    This is the best place to see the Khmer Empire’s influence on the Indochina region, but a discerning traveller will also be able to spot these influences in Thailand, Laos and further afield. So, keep an eye out!

  • Nature and wildlife

    To get up close and personal with Cambodia’s extraordinary wildlife, head to the remote Mondulkiri region. This is one of the best (and most unusual) places in Southeast Asia to spend time with the Asian elephant. You might also be lucky enough to spy some freshwater dolphins in Kratie along the way.

  • Food and drink

    You may not know much about Cambodian cuisine, especially not compared to the more famous dishes of nearby Thailand and Vietnam. But travel would be nothing without new experiences, so get ready to tuck in!

    You won’t be disappointed, as signature local dishes such as fish amok, Kuy teav noodle soup and fresh crab and pepper are utterly delicious.

  • Adventure and experiences

    At the heart of Cambodia is Siem Reap, home to the world-famous Angkor Wat; the largest religious monument in the world. It began as a Hindu temple for Vishnu but transformed into a Buddhist temple over time. There are extraordinary intricate details throughout and it’s a great spot for a moment of quiet reflection.

    Other ancient temples and ruins you should visit in Cambodia include the Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei. Siem Reap town itself has plenty to offer too, with plenty of lively bars, restaurants and music venues.

    But don’t overlook the capital, Phnom Penh. It’s leading the country in a contemporary and urban revolution right from its idyllic spot on the Mekong river. The city is exploring new artistic, musical, theatrical and dance movements, creating a kind of cultural renaissance. This is also where you’ll find the most infamous and sombre locations associated with the rule of the Khmer Rouge, namely Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the ‘killing fields’ at Choeung Ek.

    You can then head out to the countryside and explore the acres of rice paddies, sugar palms and more.

    For some much-needed R&R, head for the coast. The country’s finest beaches are found on the Koh Rong archipelago, an area that remains pleasingly undiscovered and unaffected by the sort of “over-tourism” found in certain spots in neighbouring countries. Kep is fantastic for laid-back vibes and seafood, while Kampot is a must for colonial charm.

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  • Capital city: Phnom Penh
  • Language: Khmer
  • Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Time Difference: UTC + 7
  • Flight Time: 14h indirect via Bangkok from London Heathrow
  • Visa: Visa Needed, can be done on arrival for a fee
  • Peak Season: November to April

Did you know?

For the last 60 years, Cambodia has changed its name whenever a new government has come into power, starting and ending with “The Kingdom of Cambodia”.

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