Southeast Asia has long been on the backpacking radar, and the region’s infamous hospitality in luxury hotels like Raffles d’Angkor mean that it’s a popular stop for high-end holidaymakers as well. The striking temple complex at Angkor Wat is without doubt the country’s biggest draw, with almost 650,000 visitors marvelling at the world wonder in just the first three months of last year alone.
Undoubtedly one of our travel highlights is to be in the Angkor grounds at first light, to see the sun come up behind the temple’s unmistakeable outline - and when you’ve seen all the ancient gems that surround the main temple and Siem Reap, there’s a lot more in this country to hold visitors’ interest post-Angkor...
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From chasing the call of red gibbons in the jungle at dawn to trying to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin in the waters of Ban Lung, any animal-lover who visits Cambodia is likely to have their needs fulfilled if you look in the right places. This luxury wildlife holiday takes you from being bear-keeper for a day just outside Phnom Penh to an elephant sanctuary in the highlands, without missing out on the classic sights in the capital and Siem Reap.
Unspoiled Beaches & Islands
South of the capital lies an undiscovered coastline, dotted with pretty beaches and tropical islands. Visit Kep, where the French and Khmer elite used to holiday for its peaceful sandy seafront to relax at the boutique Knai Bang Chatt and feast on fresh crab at its famous market. Song Saa is possibly the closest it gets to castaway paradise, comprising two completely untouched private islands floating in the Gulf of Thailand.
Cambodia’s capital has a heartbreaking and recent history, evident in the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields which are definitely worth visiting in order to get under the country’s skin. However, the future is bright for this bustling city, with the bars and restaurants lining its waterfront attracting a bevy of boutique hotels, and its beautiful Grand Palace and French-influenced wide leafy boulevards making the city a pleasant stop for tourists.
The mighty jungle
The country’s north east is carpeted in thick, wild jungle that’s ripe for the intrepid explorer. Our favourite base here is the Four Rivers Floating Lodge, where you could spot a Malayan sun bear or clouded leopard and if you fancy a challenge, a trek through the Cardamom Mountains may be just the ticket – and you’ll have the pleasure of saying you were one of the first to do so.