The history of Cambodia is both inspiring and intoxicating and yet tinged with darkness. A luxury Cambodia holiday presents visitors with a heady mix of culture and natural wonder to create the ideal luxury tours.
The country offers travellers with such monuments as the Prasat Preah Vihear, a mountain temple of breathtaking beauty and majesty as well as Koh Ker the 10th century capital as well as the world's largest religious building, the mighty Angkor Wat.
Don't miss a visit to the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh and whilst their visit the spectacular Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. A darker side of this cities history is a visit to the S 21 Detention Centre where thousands were imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge, this center demonstrates the cities not so distant past.
While you are in Phnom Penh we recommend a visit to the Russian Markets and for the very adventurous a trip across the city on a motorbike. In the evening take a trip into Chinatown for some local cuisine and a tuk tuk ride through the heart of the city finished off with a visit to the night market on the waterfront and you'll know you're in Cambodia!
Time difference: GMT +7 hours
Flight duration: 14 hours 35 minutes to Phnom Penh (via Bangkok)
Currency: Cambodian Riel but US Dollar is widely accepted
Capital: Phnom Penh
The climate in Cambodia is best described as tropical, so depending on which area you’re in, there are large differences in temperature and the amount of precipitation. The average daily temperature is 27°C and the best time of year to travel is October through March, the dry season, when temperatures are more moderate. In April, Cambodia’s climate can easily reach temperatures of 40°C. The opposite season runs from the second half of June through to the first half of October.
As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the country’s largest city and home to the main international airport.
Set in the north-western part of Cambodia, Siem Reap owes much of its popularity to its close proximity to the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia; the Angkor temples.
The Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh is the place to see and be seen in the city. This luxurious offering from the exclusive Raffles group has been one of the premier destinations in the city since 1929. As well as boasting plush accommodation and dining options, it’s also a superb base for sightseeing tours of Wat Phnom, the RoyalPalace and the Silver Pagoda.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a luxurious base from which to explore the region. Located across from the RoyalPalace in central Siem Reap, the hotel is surrounded by 15 acres of French gardens and is the perfect destination for guests to experience both culture and 5-star service. The Raffles Spa will rejuvenate you after a long day’s exploring and you’ll be spoilt for choice for food and drink at Restaurant Le Grand. Alternatively, dine at the pan-Asian barbecue with performances by Cambodian dancers and Khmer martial art at the Aspara Terrace.
Three sites every visitor to the Cambodian capital should experience are the RoyalPalace, NationalMuseum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The Silver Pagoda is located within the compound of the RoyalPalace; its floor made up of 5,329 silver tiles. At the NationalMuseum, where the artefacts date back to the 7th century, you’ll glean an extensive history of the country, while the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek will provide a much more recent insight into Cambodia’s troubled past.
Angkor Wat should be on every intrepid traveller’s bucket list; and those who have been before say it is best enjoyed at sunrise. It is one of the most important architectural sites in south-east Asia and UNESCO protection ensures it will remain just as magnificent for years to come. Ta Prohm - the famed set location of Tomb Raider - is also nearby.