A country restarted from scratch, Cambodia has the heritage, the history, the Angkor temples and a great example of a nation of people who are bouncing back. In spite of what happened during the dark years of the Khmer Rouge these people are some of the kindest you’ll meet.
This great first time holiday to Cambodia starts with a stay in Siem Reap, a highlight of the journey itself and home to the epic Angkor, the incredible archaeological site. Then a flight to Sihanoukville, the stepping stone to the undiscovered islands located in the Gulf of Thailand to spend four nights on the exclusive resort of Song Saa, a very well-kept secret which is rarely included in a traditional Cambodia itinerary but used to make the trip extra. If rivers are more favoured than the sea, the Four Rivers Lodge offers a chance to explore the Cardamom Mountains and watch the local scenery drift past.
After a spell on water return via car, or helpicopter, to the capital Phnom Penh to explore and discover the colonial grandeur of the capital. Travel by Tuk Tuk Tour, visiting the Royal Palace, Russian Market and relics of the Kymer Rouge era. The bustling streets, colonial architecture and vivacious markets of Phnom Penh will prove an unforgettable end to this Camodian holiday.
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Fly London to Bangkok overnight
Fly Bangkok to Siem Reap
Back in the 1960s, Siem Reap was the place to be in Southeast Asia and saw a steady stream of the rich and famous. Today it's well and truly back on the tourist map. Siem Reap is home to the wondrous Temples of Angkor, and the city itself exudes charm with old French shop-houses, Psar Chaa - an Aladdin's cave for silverware, silk, wood carvings and bargains galore, and contemporary dining, Khmer style with celeb chefs now an integral part of Siem Reaps' international scene.
You will be staying at Phum Baitang, Bed & Breakfast
Full Day Exploring Angkor Wat and Ta ProhmAwake early in order to experience the beauty of sunrise at Angkor Wat. Embark upon a morning tour of the exquisite carvings, beginning with the stunning bas-reliefs that illustrate tales from Hindu mythology, as well as the glories of the Khmer Empire.Afterwards, visit the ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th century temple dedicated to King Jayavarman's mother. Decorated with carvings of nymphs, these ruins remain trapped in the clasp of giant roots that wrap themselves around the crumbling stonework.
Last Chance to See Temples and MarketsHave a last chance to view further spectacular temples from this memorable site, as well as to explore some of the local markets.
Fly Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville, Cambodia's main port, located on the south coast is well established as a beach resort, with nightlife, restaurants and a backpacker vibe in places. Sihanoukville acts as a launching pad for many of the white sand beaches and shy of 60 sourthern tropical islands that surround it, some of which now offer castaway cool resorts.
You will be staying at Song Saa Private Island, Full board and house beverages
Day at leisure
Travel by car from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
A journey time of approximately five hours.
Phnom Penh is a changing and developing city. A city of contrasting sights, sounds and fortunes, the capital of Cambodia is at a crossroads - with a recent inrush of investment it has started to leave behind a history defined by poverty and war. Now this is a city blending old and new, where hardship and exotic extravagance stand practically side by side - but this is what makes Phnom Penh such an alluring and wonderful city. It is an endearingly ramshackle city, a city with an edge.Providing history, culture and indulgence in equal measure, Phnom Penh is one of the jewels in South East Asia's crown.
You will be staying at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Bed & Breakfast
Phnom Penh sightseeingVisit the Royal Palace which was built on the site of an earlier citadel dating from 1813. One of the most impressive sites within the palace is the Silver Pagoda, named after its floor of 5,000 tiles, each one made of 2 lbs of silver. Also visit the National Museum, which houses a fine collection of Khmer statues and Buddha images from the Angkor period.
Fly Phnom Penh to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to London
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