A cultural explosion, Cambodia allows you to get under the skin of the Asian culture

Cambodia’s magnificent past and recent history make it a culturally fascinating country to visit. Life in this former French colony is dominated by the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and the impressive temples at Angkor are truly awe inspiring. From the ancient rice paddies of the South to the charming colonial streets of bustling Phnom Penh, Cambodia shares a rich and vibrant culture, making it one of the most enigmatic and beautiful countries to visit in Asia.

Your holiday in Cambodia will almost certainly take you to Angkor. The artistic, architectural and cultural legacy of the Khmer Empire (9th-13th Centuries) which dominated much of South East Asia is epitomised in the ruins of the Angkor area. This truly vast archaeological site enables one to trace each stage of the fascinating history of the Khmer peoples.

Our specialists on the ground guide you expertly though the ruins, pointing out historic and cultural details and are able to organise visits to lesser known ruins hidden further into the jungle.

Elsewhere, we can help you get under the skin of Cambodia. Explore the streets of Phnom Penh on one of our architectural tours, or see the colourful markets in action. We can arrange a picnic on a deserted island or lunch overlooking the exquisite views on Bokor Mountain, a deserted hill station relic of Cambodia’s 60’s heyday. Cruise the waterways of the Tonle Sap, the main artery of life in Cambodia, or follow the Mekong River as it weaves its way to Vietnam.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day Cambodia holiday (not including flights) from £2500 per person.


The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Cultural Cambodia

luxury holiday to Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most inspiring and surprising countries in Asia. Everyone knows it for the temples of Angkor but far less think of it for its beaches. No-one can ignore the brutality of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge but few expect the gentle acceptance which has emerged from the country’s darkest period.…

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.



A new and exciting hotel has just opened in Siem Reap which is set to give Amansara and La Residence D’Angkor a run for their money. Set amidst lush, tropical greenery and tastefully in keeping with its surroundings, Phum Baitang is a perfect base to explore the 200 square metres of Angkor Wat’s astonishing temple complex and a variety of other fascinating cultural sites.

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Amansara, Siem Reap

Arguably Siem Reap's best hotel, Amansara is small and perfectly located near the main gate of Angkor. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, we love this hotel for its incredible service, sublime cuisine and world class accommodation.

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luxury hotel near Angkor Wat

Belmond La Residence D’Angkor

Belmond La Residence D'Angkor is a boutique hotel, managed by Belmond offering a unique Cambodian experience. We think it has plenty of character and is in a great location by the river, walking distance from the old town and only a short drive to the famous Angkor Complex. The saltwater swimming pool is one of the highlights and a great place to relax with a delicious fruit smoothie.

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Raffles Le Royal

Raffles Le Royal, Phnom Penh

Located in the heart of the city, it is the most luxurious hotel in Phnom Penh making it a wonderful base to learn more about the country's more recent history with the impact of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot's regime as well as to explore the narrow streets of shops, cafes and small art galleries.

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Song Saa

Song Saa, Private Island

As far as desert islands go in South East Asia this is one of a kind. Get off the beaten track and relax at Cambodia's first luxury island resort. It is the perfect private hideaway for those who just want to sit back and relax after exploring other regions in this fascinating country.

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Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong, River Cruise

The Aqua Mekong launched in Autumn 2014. Sailing on this stylish boat between Saigon, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is a truly unique way to see Cambodia. It is the most luxurious and stylish boat to cruise along the Mekong allowing guests to see rural life in Cambodia from a very unique perspective.

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4 Rivers Floating Lodge

4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Tatai River

4 Rivers Floating Lodge consists of a handful of safari style tents floating on raft-like platforms. It has been built in a chevron, on the Tatai River amongst the Cardamom Hills, one of Cambodia's most secluded areas. 4 Rivers Floating Loge combines nature with luxury deep in the middle of the Cambodian jungle.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


Explore the Ruins at Angkor

Angkor is a collection of ruins from the 8th-12th centuries, lost in the jungle for hundreds of years, until rediscovered by the French in the late 19th century. Angkor Wat is the largest free standing structure in the world. At other temples, vast ficus roots wrap themselves around the ancient walls.

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With our private guide Sokly, you can walk through ancient alleyways, through the New Khmer Architecture of the 50’s and 60’s to the buildings of today, Sokly brings the city alive through his narrative. We class him as a friend and you will be absorbed in his enthusiastic and infections manner.

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Exploring Kep

Kep is a coastal Cambodian hideaway, visited by few loved by those who do. A real chance to get off the beaten track and experience a mix of beach/deserted island with old temple caves and abandoned hill stations, set amongst jungle escarpments and the oldest rice fields in Asia.

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As with all our destinations, it is not only important to take in the main highlights of the country, but also to get underneath the skin of the ‘real’ country. We have discovered places that are generally inaccessible to visitors to give you a sense of the ‘simple life’ which is refreshing to say the least.

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Mistakenly many people believe that the only reason to visit Siem Reap is to see the ancient splendour of Angkor Wat, but if you venture a few miles to the East you will find Tonle Sap, an enormous lake with fascinating local life and a place of outstanding natural beauty.

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Group Tours

Our small escorted group tours have all been inspired by people or places you wouldn't normally have access to unless you travel as a small group. With each special journey we have been careful to stick to the same level of adventure, exclusivity and under the skin experiences as we do with our tailor-made travel.


As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Memories from Vietnam+Cambodia

One of our clients, Caroline Hope, recounts her favourite memories from her trip - "every day of our recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia had a highlight... Such stunning landscapes".

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Alex Wix, Head of Asia+The Middle East spent an extraordinary day meeting survivors of the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge Regime at the Genocide Museum in Cambodia.

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A local private guide is the best way to really get under the skin of a country and experience the real effects of events that have shaped the lives of the people that live there.

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Sara Cator travelled with her daughter to Cambodia and experienced Angkor Wat at first light, for her this was the most breathtaking moment of the whole trip.

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Inspirational Holidays to Cambodia

Lynn Perez was truly captivated by her time in Cambodia. A place filled with culture, majesty and timelessness gave her a life changing experience.

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The Architectural of Cambodia

Georgia Oetker experienced a private guided tour of the architecture of Phnom Penh. The guide managed to work on her particular interests and gave her a trip to remember.

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A Moving Trip To Cambodia

Mr and Mrs Hotson enjoyed a hugely successful trip to Cambodia. A highlight was visiting Angkor Wat at 5am with their private guide who took them to the top to watch the sunrise. They found the experience quite moving.

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We know Cambodia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

November through March are the driest months in Cambodia, so the best time to visit. However, this does also mean that the main temples, particularly at Angkor, do get very busy. All the more reason for our guides to plan their visits with care and to sequence the lesser visited temples cleverly with the more popular ones, it also means early starts. Almost all of our Clients travelling to Cambodia take in a part of either Vietnam or Laos and flights between all three countries are very good with frequent schedules.

And there is now an excellent river boat on the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia and we even have a small river boat for the more adventurous between Laos and Thailand. Combining Cambodia with Burma is also increasingly popular so taking in the two great cultural sights of South East Asia- Bagan and Angkor- into the same trip.

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