Famed for its awe-inspiring temples built by the Khmer empire, Cambodia is a fascinating Southeast Asian nation where the ancient and modern worlds meet. It’s home to palatial monuments, wildlife-filled jungles and idyllic offshore islands, as well as friendly locals and a delectably tangy cuisine.
Things to do
Whether you want to experience the urban buzz of Phnom Penh or escape to the wild landscapes of Koh Kong, Cambodia will leave an enduring mark.
Hit the museums of Phnom Penh. Located at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, the bustling capital of Phnom Penh is home to the opulent Royal Palace and the bejewelled Buddhas of the Silver Pagoda. Delve into the country’s cultural history at the National Museum, then visit the poignant Toul Sleng Genocide Museum.
Explore the Temples of Angkor. Once the capital of the Khmer empire, the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses the biggest religious monument in the world - Angkor Wat. Cycle between the tree-enveloped Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple on the Small Circuit or explore some of the park’s lesser-known monuments on the Big Circuit.
Escape to Koh Kong. Fringed by idyllic islands and blissful beaches, Koh Kong is the place to head for some relaxation. Once you’ve had enough of snorkelling and swimming in the Gulf of Thailand’s warm waters, you can venture into the mangrove forests of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary or trek through the rugged Cardamom Mountains.
Wildlife spotting in Ream National Park. Home to rhesus monkeys, dugongs and endangered bird species, Ream National Park is a nature lover’s wonderland. You can trek through its protected forests or explore its mangrove-lined coast by boat while keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport are the main gateways to Cambodia. Buses connect to the country’s borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, with some crossings including boat transport across the Mekong River. Motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks are the main means of getting around Cambodia’s urban areas.