Phnom Penh

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 Phnom Penh was once considered the most beautiful of the French-built cities of Indochina. The city's colonial charm has managed to survive its tumultuous past, and one can still enjoy the beautiful wide boulevards, colonial architecture and bustling riverfront that made it the 'Paris of the East' before 1970.

Be sure to explore the Royal Palace, admiring the 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the Silver Pagoda and the collection of shiny golden Buddhas. Another favourite is the Russian Market, which sells a vast array of goods. Whilst here, take time to visit the harrowing S21 and killing fields to learn about the country's tragic recent history under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.Over the last few years Cambodia art and fashion scene has begun to blossom as a new generation of Cambodian artists takes the fore. Leading the way, Phonm Penh now features chic little silk and art galleries near the National museum that are great areas to explore for quality traditional and contemporary Southeast Asian art.


Useful info

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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.

Fly to

Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

flying time

12 hours and 30 minutes

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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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:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat 2017

Nights: 12 | from £5,765pp

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, visiting Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat And Bangkok. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Life along the Mekong

Nights: 15 | from £7,470pp

A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

Nights: 15 | from £5,525pp

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £4,980pp

A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Cambodia and Vietnam

Nights: 7 | from £5,545pp

Discover the intoxicating heritage of Cambodia and Vietnam, from the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor to the timeless riverside villages of the Mekong Delta... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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La Rose Suites

Located in the heart of Cambodia’s capital sits La Rose Suites, a hotel inspired by the grandeur of Angkor Wat and architecture of French Indochina. ... Find out more

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal

For over eighty years, the Raffles Hotel le Royal has been the choice of royalty, dignitaries and celebrities travelling through the capital of modern... Find out more

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