Cambodia Destination Guide
Cambodia is located on the southern tip of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Famous not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for the indomitable spirit of its people, who have gone through several periods of tumultuous history and regime change, Cambodia is an unforgettable destination which makes it to the top of many travellers' favourites lists.
Cambodia holidays are most likely to start in the capital Phnom Penh, once known as the 'Pearl of Asia' and full of post-colonial remnants of the French influence in Indochina, from 1920s mansions to authentic French baguettes. The city's multiple museums and royal buildings give visitors a good overview of the country's turbulent past. To experience life like a local, as well as the intense flavours of Cambodian cuisine, it is worthwhile exploring the ever-present markets and sampling some of the street stall delicacies.
Some travellers choose to skip the hustle and bustle of the cities altogether, opting for regional Cambodia tours instead. Among its lush green landscapes of rice paddies, palm tree groves and mighty rivers, the gorgeous countryside hides many of the leftover splendours of the Khmer empire, which used to extend throughout most of Southeast Asia.
As every Cambodia Travel Guide will hasten to inform you, Angkor Wat is the foremost sight drawing in visitors from across the globe often referred to as the 8th Wonder Of The World. This supremely beautiful and mysterious temple complex is the most extensive of its kind and features moats, galleries, towers and intricate reliefs. Wandering around these structures takes one back to another era and it is worth doing so with a local guide, who can share some of the history of the place and point out hidden details which might otherwise be missed. The complex is located a short drive from Siem Reap, the perfect place to stay while exploring the temples. It boasts rapidly expanding accommodation options, as well as some colonial charm in the form of old European-style shop fronts. It also features tree-lined boulevards in the French Quarter, as well as traditional Chinese architecture and plenty of local arts and crafts to explore.
Flights to Cambodia are relatively inexpensive and fairly frequent, providing the perfect opportunity for an exotic getaway in Southeast Asia at any time of the year.