Travel to Cambodia
A collection of 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts in Cambodia are perfect for a Southeast Asia getaway.
Cambodia is a country surrounded by its history and culture. Most people are lured to Cambodia because of Angkor Wat – the world’s largest Hindu temple complex.
Cambodia’s countryside is also beautiful. The Mekong River is among the waterways that keep the landscape lush and beautiful, and serve as a vital part of this country’s livelihood.
A beautiful collection of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Cambodia help bring the culture to every aspect of your Southeast Asia vacation.
Cambodia – Insider tip
The traditional Khmer music and dance is beautiful, so try to take in a local cultural show.
Cambodia tours and activities
Sightseeing in Cambodia
While most people are drawn to Cambodia because of Angkor Wat (and for good reason!), the country has hundreds of religious sites, natural beauty and charming villages that are equally worth visiting. Some to add to your sightseeing list include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the Killing Fields of Cheung Ek all in Phnom Penh, and the charming town of Battambang, with its local wineries, French colonial buildings and Khmer-style statues.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat (meaning City of Temples) is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Highlights of the area include Bayon Temple, known for the smiles of over 200 huge faces carved onto 54 towers, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King. Of course, you must see the main temple of Angkor Wat. Constructed in the 12th century, Angkor Wat covers 480 acres encircled by a wall nearly four miles long. View the temple’s greatest treasure, a one-mile-long bas-relief along the outer gallery, and its hundreds of ornately carved devotional figures.
River Cruising in Cambodia
The Ayeyarwady River is a stunning and intriguing way to see parts of Cambodia. The river will give you a new appreciation for how much it means to this country’s people as a critical part of its transportation and commerce. In organized cruises, you’ll make several stops along the river, including breathtaking Bagan (where you can visit some of the city’s most important temples and pagodas).
Nature in Cambodia
With dense forests and jungles occupying much of Cambodia’s land mass, the countryside can be thick, but beautiful. Bird watching is becoming more popular throughout the country, with many endangered species calling Cambodia home. If you visit Angkor Wat, The Tmatboey Thoeun Krasaing Ibis Tourism Site is just outside Siem Reap is one of the 10 Wildlife Conservation Society bird sanctuaries in the country.
Dining in Cambodia
Cambodian foods is influenced by its neighbors of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. There’s a wide variety of rice-based chicken, fish and pork dishes with tropical fruit and vegetables, as well as some Chinese-influenced noodle dishes featuring the same ingredients. The traditional Khmer meal is amok, a mix of fish, coconut milk, lemongrass, herbs and spices baked in a banana leaf. Feel free to order soup with almost every meal – you’ll fit right in.
Cambodia Fast Facts:
Population of Cambodia
Languages in Cambodia
Khmer, French, Vietnamese, Cantonese
Religions in Cambodia
Time Zone in Cambodia
Seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+7 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Voltage Requirements in Cambodia
220 volts in Phnom Penh; 110 volts elsewhere.
Currency in Cambodia
riel, denoted by KHR. The US dollar is their unofficial second currency and is widely accepted (sometimes even preferred).
Weather in Cambodia
Cambodia is almost always quite hot and humid. The most popular times to visit are December and January. Unless you’re in the mountains, the temperatures never drop below 70° F.
Though Cambodia is a relatively small country, the geography is quite varied. The central part of the country is flat farmland (mostly rice paddies) and bisected by the Mekong River. The coastal and southeastern regions are hilly, even mountainous in some places. Much of Cambodia is covered by dense forests and jungles.
Cambodia Fun Facts:
- Cambodia, and Angkor in particular, has become a favored site for Hollywood filmmakers: recent blockbusters include Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, Matt Dillon’s City of Ghosts and Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon.
- Cambodia’s national animal is a wild ox called the kouprey. Unfortunately, its last recorded sighting was in 1983 and many researchers fear it is now extinct.
- The Silver Pagoda, part of the Royal Palace compound in Phnom Penh, has a floor covered with 5,000 silver tiles.
- One of many treasures housed at the Royal Palace is a solid-gold Buddha weighing 198 lbs/90 kg and encrusted with 9,584 diamonds.