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A lush, calm country with welcoming people, Cambodia's fascinating ancient and modern history is complemented by attractive countryside and a relaxed atmosphere low on hassle. No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Images simply can't do justice to the architecture, intricate carvings, pervasive spiritual atmosphere and sheer scale of the site, where over 100 temples built between the 9th and 12th centuries are scattered over 3,000 square kilometres of forest. Once a sleepy riverside village, Siem Reap now serves as the gateway to the Angkor temple complex and is alive with markets, restaurants and bars. Sadly, Cambodia's recent history has a much darker side, and various museums, memorials and harrowing burial grounds serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. Phnom Penh is the place to learn about this side of Cambodian history, but it's also where you'll witness the optimistic spirit of Cambodia's people, who display an admirable resolve and openness. Rural Cambodia is delightfully mellow, dotted with plantations and rice fields as well as virgin forest, waterfalls and lakes which provide the perfect backdrop for walking, swimming and nature spotting. A new road has opened up the less-frequented regions of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, where you can enjoy unspoilt landscapes and learn about the many minority groups who reside here. Southern Cambodia is home to small colonial beachside towns and tranquil beaches and islands, including the beautiful Koh Rong archipelago.
Cambodia Holidays with A&K
The new husband had planned the perfect honeymoon moment: candlelight, a soft tropical breeze and classical violinist to serenade supper next to a Khmer temple's ancient stones. And then. Just hours before. Disaster. The musician was laid low by illness - a key ingredient of the romantic recipe was missing. Step forward A&K. With its experienced, brilliantly connected 35-strong team on call round-the-clock, no holiday ingredient is unobtainable. Within 45 minutes, a superb replacement violinist was on her way to Phnom Penh airport. Music was still the food of love.
As it was for honeymooners Hugh and Rebecca. They were expecting a simple picnic, albeit under the gaze of a Hindu deity carved nine centuries before. Instead they were amazed to find A&K staff serving a sumptuous six-course meal, peaking with a young girl from Siem Reap playing traditional love songs on a xylophone.
Of course Abercrombie & Kent's luxury Cambodian holidays aren't just for newlyweds. Angkor Wat, the walled complex of mesmerising temples - the planet's largest religious monument - is of huge historic, cultural and architectural importance. It draws hordes of tourists. And that provides another opportunity for our knowledgeable guides, including academic experts, to shine. They'll escape the crowds, show you the best sunrise viewpoint and reveal tiny but fascinating details. They'll also arrange exclusive insider access, setting up meals and performances outside opening hours in unbelievable settings, or take you to witness current excavations with an Indiana Jones air of excitement.
Angkor near Siem Reap has iconic status, but there's far more to Cambodia where holidays are often packaged with Vietnam. Phnom Penh has palaces, pagodas and superb museums along with French colonial hotels. And the country has a glorious coast - it recently opened its first over-water resort - with Cambodian beach holidays around Sihanoukville increasingly popular. Leave A&K to arrange the music and your diverse holiday or honeymoon is complete.
Best time to travel
The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.
Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok
12 hours and 30 minutes
GMT + 7 hours
Issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 12 | from £5,275pp
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Nights: 15 | from £5,525pp
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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We loved Cambodia and learned a lot from the warm and engaged guides, Sothi and Huang. We were also surprised at how much we liked Beijing. Eric too was a fantastic guide and made us think of China and its place in the world differently.
- BM, London