There are enough incredible things to see and do in this mystical country to last a lifetime, let alone a single trip.
One of the best places to visit in Cambodia is the Tonle Sap Lake, a vast inland sea speckled with islands where traditional communities with distinct ethnicities continue to live as they have done for generations. A boat trip through the fascinating floating village of Chong Khneas is one of our top 10 things to do in Cambodia.
It may be the gateway to the Angkor ruins, but Siem Reap is a destination in itself. In fact, it’s ancient architecture and heaving night markets make it one of Cambodia’s best cities to visit on holiday.
For a far quieter urban escape, try Kampot, a sleepy town made up of picturesque French and Chinese buildings that are surrounded by lush agricultural land and rippling rice paddies waded by white humped cows. Exploring this emerald wonderland by bicycle is one of the area’s top things to do.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Cambodia depends on what sort of holiday you’re after.
Visiting Cambodia in July can be a good way to avoid crowds and bag lower prices. Expect short, sharp afternoon downpours that keep the countryside looking its most verdant and the moats around Angkor full.
The best season to visit Cambodia for guaranteed sunshine and clear water off the south coast’s many beaches is between December and April. Phnom Penh is a year round destination, while Siem Reap comes into its own from November to March.
Tours and Deals
Cambodia’s landscape varies between misty mountains populated by indigenous tribes, forests haunted by Indochinese tigers and bright beaches lined by bars serving drinks in buckets, so a tour may be your best way of making sense of this incredibly varied destination.
The Mekong river is the mighty artery that flows through the country’s heartlands and a river cruise is one of the top ways to tour Cambodia. If you prefer to stick on dryland, a Cambodia motorbike tour is an exhilarating way to explore the Cardamom Mountains. Kickstart is run by a Cambodian/English couple with more than a decade of experience.
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