Holidays to Magical Cambodia
Visit Cambodia and you’ll almost certainly want to return – that’s the magic of this faraway land sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam. Nicknamed, ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’, it’s something of a tropical fairytale, with untouched beaches and thick, humid rainforests that cling to mountain peaks.
Cambodia’s temples are considered to be among the world’s most beautiful, and as iconic as the apricot-robed monks who roam them. The stirring Angkor Wat complex, in the north, is the biggest religious monument on the planet, and visitors flock here from far and wide. Another must-see is the rainbow-washed capital city, Phnom Penh, which combines a riverbank setting with a bustling café and street food scene.
No holiday to Cambodia is complete without seeing the magnificent temple complex Angkor Wat, but spending time in the remote, rural hinterland and witnessing local life is also rewarding.
One of the most exquisite and important religious monuments in the world, Angkor Wat is also one of the most photographed. A sunrise or sun set visit offers the quintessential view, as you see the iconic silhouette mirrored in perfect symmetry by the reflection pool, against a sky marbled with black, orange and gold.
Set on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, Phnom Penh is a capsule of Cambodian culture and history with its traditional Khmer architecture, gilded and graceful palaces and poignant monuments to Cambodia’s notorious Killing Fields.
Aspara is a form of classical Khmer or Cambodian dance inspired by the carvings and sculptures in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The dancers, dressed in silk brocade and elaborate gilded headdresses, are renowned for their grace and artistic expression. An authentic Aspara show, performed in Cambodia, is a visual and cultural treat.
Although you can visit Cambodia at any time of year, the dry season from November to March is ideal. Generally speaking, temperatures are cooler and there is less rainfall than during the hot and wet season which runs from April to October.
Most people in Cambodia speak Khmer, the country’s official language, although you may also hear Lao and Vietnamese.
You can’t fly direct to Cambodia from the UK, so you’ll have a stopover on the way. The total flight time to Cambodia is approximately 15 hours.
The UK is seven hours behind Cambodia.
Cambodian food is similar to the world-famous cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand, with lots of rice, noodles, vegetables, and grilled fish.
Tipping is not expected in Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia. However if you do receive good service, it will always be appreciated, particularly in poor areas where even small change can make a big difference to people’s lives.
Yes, you will need a visa to travel to Cambodia as a tourist. This should be obtained well before you travel. You will also need a full British passport valid for at least six months from the date you arrive. You can get up to date information on entry requirements for Cambodia at CIBT visas or by visiting GOV UK.
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