A royal visit to The Kingdom of Cambodia
A place of plush greenery, ancient monuments, temples and beaches stretching golden and perfect along an impressive coastline.
Welcome to The Kingdom of Cambodia.
Cambodia tour package is referred to as The Kingdom of Cambodia and when you visit this diverse country, you will easily see how it gained this royal title.
History, versatile countryside and its friendly people make Cambodia a destination you will want to visit.
Its mysterious charm will offer you the chance to visit vine clad temples, walk rope bridges to spectacular waterfalls and breath in the nightlife and exotic markets its varied cities have to offer.
Using a local Indochina tour operator will make your experience unique and personal, they will be able to spend time building your perfect itinerary and ensure you are aware of customs and traditions.
In such a vast country, choosing the top things for you to see is never easy, but we have selected our top 4 things to do in Cambodia; choose to read on and you will be looking to book your adventured of a lifetime to Cambodia in no time.
Let's just start with a few basics. The history of Cambodia can be traced back to the 5th century; where Hindu emperors formed the early basis of the Kingdom of Cambodia we know today. The early royals were know as the Khmer Empire and ruled Cambodia from the 9th - 16th Century.
Officially named The Kingdom of Cambodia in1953, it gained its independence and has since seen growth from tourism and investment in infrastructure and technology. It's a country that is still growing.
We always recommend booking a Cambodia tour package when visiting Cambodia, for no other reason than they know the BEST places to take you and can organise everything for your trip.
They are the stress free warriors of your Cambodia holiday.
An Indochina travel company will select the best accommodation, offer local tour guides with exceptional knowledge and ensure you travel in comfort all throughout your trip. They can also advise when the best times are to visit attractions and give you inside knowledge on where to visit too – so you can miss the crowds.
Lets get started!
Cambodia – Best time to visit October to February
1. The Capital City – Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is placed perfectly at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. It is a city full of hustle, bustle and incredibly impressive architecture.
Thank you to the influence of French colonialists, who inhabited the city, you will walk around in awe of the delicate buildings that still grace the city.
The Khmer empire made Phnom Penh a home for their Royal Palace and you can now take time to walk around the array of complex buildings. Take time to walk around its impeccable grounds and appreciate its ornate décor and peaceful surroundings.
The Royal Palace is home to the Silver Pagoda; a pretty white pagoda topped with an intricate orange and ornate roof. The colours of the monks vibrant orange robes really stand out against the stark white building and it's a site to behold.
Phnom Penh is also home to many museums on the history of Cambodia and can be a welcome break from the heat of the day. The museums themselves are stunningly beautiful, interesting and informative places to learn about the varied and troubled history of such a wonderful country.
A visit to Phnom Penh would not be completed without a visit to one of the many night markets. With vibrant stalls offering exotic spices, colourful clothing and fresh fish, vegetables and street food – it will be a heady mix to your senses.
Phnom Penh offers you history and a chance to brush against ancient royalty.
2. Ancient History - The Temples of Angkor
Sitting approx 5 hours above the capital of Phnom Penh, Angkor is highly praised as the top place to visit during an Indochina travel package.
This vast ancient city is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 9th century and the early reign of the Khmer Empire.
Angkor was the capital city when the powerful Khmer Empire ruled over Cambodia. It's now a phenomenal wonderland of faded terracotta temples covered with giant overgrown trees and vines. A view to behold and you will feel like you have been taken back to another age.
Angkor temples hold acclaim to being the largest religious symbol in the world and as you wonder around its empty temples, you will not help but feel overwhelmed and inspired by their true magnificence.
Your Indochina travel company will be able to advise the best times to visit, it's a popular tourist destination and can get very busy.
The temples of Angkor are a truly unique display of Cambodia history.
3. Hilltop Paradise – Wat Banan
A little further on from Angkor in North western Cambodia lays the peaceful and 11th century city – Krong Battambang.
The city has a relaxed feel compared to its larger capital. Battambang is surrounded by peaceful countryside and rice paddies and will give you the chance to experience true Cambodian culture. Any authentic Cambodia tour should not miss Battambang.
Surrounded by monuments and memories to its moving and war torn passed, you could visit The Killing Caves; where you will experience its haunted past first hand.
If you are looking for a more relaxed tour, take time to visit Sampeu Hill, perfectly topped with a beautifully colourful monastery, superb views and wild monkeys. It's a fun way to see the city and even meet a buddha or two.
Wat Banan is situated around 20km from Battambang and thank you to its new roads, makes for a pleasant journey. The five large temples are being lovingly restored and you will have chance to watch the work in progress.
Take time to walk the steep steps to the top of the temple and be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views across the province.
Your local Indochina travel company will be able to organise transport and advise the best times to visit. Thank you to its unique location, Wat Banan is still undiscovered and you will have the chance to feel at one with the temples and ancient Cambodian history.
Wat Banan will offer you a peaceful and tranquil insight into life 1000's of years ago.
4. The turquoise waters of Koh Rong Island
An undiscovered gem of Cambodia. Koh Rong Island has no cars, bikes, tuk tuks and therefore offers you peace and tranquility like nowhere else in Cambodia.
The island is Cambodia's second largest and although infrastructure is starting to find its way to the island, for now it's your chance to experience a place untouched by human hands.
With over 43km of beaches and small towns offering simple and affordable accommodation, Koh Rong really can offer you escapism in the true sense of the word.
White sand, turquoise waters, palm trees and relaxation await you. If you want to experience true island life and eat, sleep and relax with the locals, this is your opportunity; although make it quick as island life is starting to pick up!
Koh Rong Island offers pure exotic untouched beauty and relaxation.
Discover the secrets of Cambodia, choose to visit a place with ancient history and royalty its heart.
A local Indochina tour operator like Indochinavalue can help with your journey around their spectacular country, they are used to working with budgets on all levels and have your best interests at heart.
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