Cambodia is a country of lush rugged jungles and mountains, isolated tribal peoples, beautiful beaches, deserted islands and awe - inspiring ancient temples and landmarks. Combined with ancient ruins and artefacts, friendly locals and colourful bustling markets, a genuine “off the beaten track” journey, is now fast becoming a highlight of any South East Asia tour.
The capital Phnom Penh offers a combination of architecture and history. Visit the Silver Pagoda, colourful Royal Palace and the poignant Tuol Sleng Museum or for those interested in furthering their knowledge of Cambodia’s history, consider a trip to the Buddhist memorial at the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek.
Probably the highlight of any visit to Cambodia is of course the temples of Angkor, capital of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer empire. They are a perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to top their ancestors in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat, and one of its weirdest, the Bayon.
The temples of Angkor are the heart and soul of the Kingdom of Cambodia, a source of inspiration and national pride to all Khmers as they struggle to rebuild their lives after years of terror and trauma. Today, they are a point of pilgrimage for all Cambodians, and no traveller to the region will want to miss their extravagant beauty or the delightful town of Siem Reap. The remote north eastern province of Rattanakiri is the home of several ethnic minorities who still practice age-old traditions. The thick mountain jungles here are also home to many of Cambodia’s endangered wildlife. Centrally located, the provincial capital of Ban Lung is the ideal centre for exploring the more remote parts of this region.
With hundreds of exciting, unexplored and exotic destinations, natural and/or manmade wonders, Cambodia is a must-see destination.