Holidays to Cambodia
However, there’s more to Cambodia than just temples and ancient ruins. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s atmospheric capital, is cacophony of sights, sounds and scents and boasts a vibrant dining scene.
After a few days, escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and explore the Cardamom Mountains, sail down the great Mekong River or visit the stilt villages and rare birdlife on Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest lake.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s atmospheric capital, is a cacophony of sights, sounds and scents, and boasts a vibrant dining scene
Where to go
Many itineraries start in the capital, Phnom Penh, so take a few days to explore the Royal Palace or shop in the art deco Central Market, before heading out to the more remote regions. Of course, the great Angkor Wat, the sprawling ruins of a stone temple complex from the Khmer Empire, is on almost every Cambodia hit list.
But don’t miss spending a few days in its gateway city, Siem Reap, a charming place with colonial and Chinese-style architecture and a bohemian vibe, plus hip hotels, bars and restaurants. For beach relaxation, head to the Southern Islands for palm-fringed sands such as Long Set Beach on Koh Rong.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
Cambodia is a year-round destination with balmy temperatures rarely dropping below 20C. Dry season, which runs between November and March, sees little rain and consistently high temperatures. Don’t miss the Water Festival in late October, which is famous for its colourful boat races on Tonle Sap and the Mekong River.