Asia + The Middle East Cambodia 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 through 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 of 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. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, 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. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Get Out Of The Car – A Lesson From Angkor After a dreamy few days exploring, mainly by bicycle, parts of the Mekong Delta that few tourists get to see, the temples of Angkor were always going to feel busy. But, especially just after Chinese New Year, the contrast was even starker than I had anticipated. Even in the few years since I last visited Siem… Find out more 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". Find out more A GUIDED TOUR OF PHNOM PENH IN CAMBODIA Alex Wix spent an extraordinary day meeting survivors of the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge Regime at the Genocide Museum in Cambodia. Find out more GET THE INSIDE TRACK IN CAMBODIA 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. Find out more THE CULTURAL SIGHTS OF SIEM REAP 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. PHUM BAITANG ZANNIER, SIEM REAP A new and exciting hotel has just opened in Siem Reap. 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Highlights 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. Find out more ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF PHNOM PENH 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. Find out more 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. Find out more EXPLORING THE CAMBODIAN COUNTRYSIDE 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. Find out more LOCAL LIFE ON TONLE SAP 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. Find out more Show All Location 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 Cambodia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 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 traveling 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. Meet the Team Asia + The Middle East Venetia Chris Penny Florence Auriole We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.