Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is home to cosmopolitan cities, ancient iconic temples, and quaint villages with traditional stilt houses. Mighty mountains dominate the country’s interior, rainforests thrive in the west, pristine beaches line the southern coast, and the Mekong River carves the land neatly in half. A luxury holiday to Cambodia offers a Far East experience like no other.
Cambodia provides a fusion of opportunities from the wilds of nature to the comforts of modern cities. In Phnom Penh, the capital, you'll find a skyline peppered with skyscrapers and golden pagodas. Museums detail the country’s history, including the Khmer Rouge, and markets, like the Central Market and the Russian Market, infuse the city with the aroma of exotic spices and vibrant, colourful fabrics. With its riverside location, you can go on boat trips or look out for local wildlife. Exotic animals, like elephants and monkeys, can be spotted throughout the country at one of the many wildlife centres.
In Siem Reap, you're never far from an animal sanctuary or a national park. Siem Reap, with its excellent dining and luxury hotel options, is the ideal base for exploring the nearby temples of Angkor Wat. Visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat is an incredible experience and a must-do for anyone visiting Cambodia.
If you're looking to mix the beauty of Cambodia with a beach retreat, then head to Knai Bang Chatt or Song Saa Private Island on the south coast. Knai Bang Chatt offers true tranquillity and a romantic atmosphere. At Song Saa Private Island, you can explore its forested interior or sweeping beaches with soft white sands and crystal-clear waters.
Cambodia enjoys year-round sunshine with daytime temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The country has three main seasons, all of which feature plenty of sun, warm temperatures, and some rain.
The dry season runs from November to May and November to February has slightly colder weather. The warmest season is March to May and temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. There are plenty of fantastic places and ways to cool off. From June to October, the afternoons often have brief rain showers.
Luxury Cambodia holidays offer fine-dining experiences and a wide variety of cuisines cooked to perfection by skilled chefs. You can sample the finest Cambodian specialities like kdam (crab prepared in pepper) alongside international cuisine, tapas menus and American style steakhouses.
At your luxury hotel, you can enjoy a seven-course dinner that showcases Cambodia’s authentic tastes and traditions. Dramatic sunset views come complimentary. Try a gourmet Asian barbecue and watch a cultural performance of Cambodian dancers or Khmer martial artists.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times. You need a visa to enter Cambodia, which is available on arrival. You can also purchase an e-visa beforehand. Visit GOV.UK for more advice.