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April 25, 2014 as of 06:49 AM

Most people know of Cambodia as home to the crowning glory of Southeast Asia – the magnificent temples at Angkor Wat, but visitors are often surprised at how much more this small country has to offer.

Angkor Wat is simply unmissable, but take a little more time to explore Phnom Penh, the exciting, bustling gateway to the country; Tonle Sap lake, the largest in Southeast Asia; Sihanoukville, an increasingly chic beach destination; and Mekong River town Kratie, where lucky visitors may spot endangered Mekong river dolphins. For those wishing to learn more about the country’s recent history, Tuol Sleng prison and the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek provide a chilling insight into Cambodia’s darkest hours.

As Cambodia shakes off its past and attempts to embrace the future, there has never been a better time to visit a country that combines typical Asian bustle and energy with timeless spirituality.

With Grandeur Journeys’ Cambodia tours, untouched wilderness and quaint rural towns are all part of exploring this mystical country. Traveling from the ancient 9th century capital of Siem Reap to the modern capital of Phnom Penh you can really experience the contrasts that define Cambodia.

Siem Reap is the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, magnificent ruins built between the 9th to 14th centuries. More than 100 temples are located in the area and several days can be spent exploring the monuments. Siem Reap is also home to the Tonle Sap Lake, a natural wonder full of floating villages and mangrove forests. For repeat visitors to the Kingdom, Siem Reap is emerging as a popular resort destination with customized package tours of Cambodia including teeing off at world-class golf courses, indulgent spa treatments, gourmet dining and top luxury properties as accommodation.

In the center of the country is Phnom Penh, the busy capital city and a must-visit on Cambodia package tours. Therefrom, you can reach Vietnam's Mekong Delta to the southeast or travel to Siem Reap on a beautiful cruise along the Tonle River. Phnom Penh is a mix of colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, and leafy boulevards. Specialized cultural excursions, historic tours of the tragic Khmer Rouge monuments, and trips to nearby villages are all fabulous ways to learn more about the capital and the country on Cambodia tour packages.

Although not as pristine as the beaches of southern Thailand or Vietnam, Cambodia's Sihanoukville and Kep are nice places to enjoy the sand, sun, and ocean. Nearby Ream National Park and the colonial-feel Kampot make great day trips in the area. For those with a longer holiday, a Cambodia tour package should certainly include a visit to the south.

Though it's easy for one to get caught up in the breathtaking wonder of Angkor Wat in a couple of days, travelers who spend more time in Cambodia will be well rewarded!

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Where to go in Cambodia?

Most visitors fly in to Siem Reap, visit the Temples of Angkor, and then leave the country.  This is a real shame as the rest of the country is filled with fantastic natural beauty and historic temples. 

To truly experience Cambodia, you need to spend a few weeks traveling around. Natural attractions range from the northeastern jungles, to the lovely beaches of Sihanoukville, and the mighty rivers that cut across the country. Our staff and guides are enthusiastic about their country of residence and are more than happy to help you plan a journey perfectly suited to your needs. Whether you seek luxury travel, an adventurous journey, or a classic tour of Cambodia’s main sites Grandeur Journeys knows the best program for your holiday.

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When to go in Cambodia?

The winter months (October to February) are the best time to travel to Cambodia as the air is cool and the skies are clear.  However, the dust at this time of year can be irritating and the crowds at the Angkor temples are at their highest numbers.  March to May sees hotter temperatures and dry skies, and the heat continues in to June through August when the monsoon season starts.  The rains, however, do not usually cause a major problem for travelers as they tend to be short- but hard- afternoon showers.

The winter months (October to February) are the best time to travel to Cambodia as the air is cool and the skies are clear.  However, the dust at this time of year can be irritating and the crowds at the Angkor temples are at their highest numbers.  March to May sees hotter temperatures and dry skies, and the heat continues in to June through August when the monsoon season starts.  The rains, however, do not usually cause a major problem for travelers as they tend to be short- but hard- afternoon showers.

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Highlights

1. Angkor Wat - Experience the mother of all temples, the world's largest religious building: the one and only Angkor Wat

2. Phnom Penh - Explore the 'pearl of Asia', which has regained its shine with striking museums, a sublime riverside setting and surprisingly sharp nightlife

3. Kompong Cham - Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of rice paddies, sugar palms, historic pagodas and super-friendly locals

4. Prasat Preah Vihear - Marvel at the stone sanctuaries and the breathtaking views of the ultimate mountain temple, a heavenly reward for a hellish overland trip

5. Koh Ker - Wander the ruins of this long-inaccessible 10th-century capital

6. Mekong River – Cruise downstream the river to Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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Visa to Cambodia

A visa is required for entry to Cambodia
Citizens of Australia, UK, US, EU Countries, New Zealand and Canada require a visa to visit Cambodia. All other nationalities should check with the Cambodian embassy or consulate in their country of residence.

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Cambodia Travel Tips

Useful tips on Money, Language, Health & Fitness, Transport, Safety & Security, Electricity, Food & Water, Post & Communication

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Cambodia FAQs

Most frequently asked questions by travellers to Cambodia
- Do I need to tip in Cambodia?
- What should I pack for a vacation in Cambodia?
- Will I need to bargain for everything I want to buy?
and more...

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Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is a definite must see

Quick Facts

Kingdom of Cambodia
Area: 181,035 square kilometer
Capital: Phnompenh
Time zone: GMT+7 hours
Calling code: + 855
Currency: Riel - KHR (1 USD equal 4,000 KHR)

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GCCLA-04: Majestic Angkor GCCLA-04: Majestic Angkor Step into Cambodia past with this Majestic Angkor journey, visiting Roulos, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, and Tonle Sap lake GISPE-02: The Lost Civilization GISPE-02: The Lost Civilization The Lost Civilization, for the cruise aficionados, combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites on board the luxury boutique cruiser Jayavarman the unforgettable cruise experience. GICLA-06: Grand Indochina and Myanmar GICLA-06: Grand Indochina and Myanmar This Grand Indochina and Myanmar feature 4 countries as 1 destination, showing you the best of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar GICLA-01: Indochina Grandeur GICLA-01: Indochina Grandeur The Indochina Grandeur shows you the best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - known as Indochina under the rule of the French. You will visit sites of ancient civilizations, Royal Palaces and colonial cities all amongst staggering scenery. GICLA-07: Cambodia and Laos Insight GICLA-07: Cambodia and Laos Insight Discover the beauty and tranquil rhythms of rural Cambodia with this fascinating overland journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Have a road trip through Laos’ sights and sounds that cannot be experienced by other means GCCLA-03: Cambodia Complete GCCLA-03: Cambodia Complete Cambodia Complete journey will unveils the legacy of Cambodia including Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kongpong Thom, Kongpong Cham, and Siem Reap GVEDU-01: Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by waterway GVEDU-01: Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by waterway This enchanting three day trip takes you deep into the watery world of the Mekong Delta from Cai Be , then Can Tho to Phnom Penh via the charming border town of Chau Doc GICLA-04: Essential Cambodia and Vietnam GICLA-04: Essential Cambodia and Vietnam The Essential Cambodia and Vietnam journey is a great way to learn about Vietnam and Cambodia with visits to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Mekong Delta, Danang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay GCCLA-05: Battambang Discovery GCCLA-05: Battambang Discovery This Battambang Discovery journey extends you to Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia, located in a rich and fertile plain, and hosting numerous Angkorian and pre-Angkorian sites GCCLA-06: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Overland GCCLA-06: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Overland Discover the beauty and tranquil rhythms of rural Cambodia with this fascinating overland journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Mysteres & Mekong / /

A charming and serene oasis in the middle of the Cambodian capital, Mysteres & Mekong offers Phnom Penh visitors a downtown heaven of peace and serenity.

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa / /

The luxurious Borei Angkor Resort & Spa offers guests a resort-style stay with the personal service of a boutique property.

Villa Kiara / /

Redefining the word 'boutique', the 17-room Villa Kiara is a cozy 17-room hotel de charme surrounded by tropical gardens in the outskirts of Siemreap

Karavansara Retreat and Residences / /

Just a short transfer away from one of the world’s most significant cultural and historical sites, Karavansara Retreat and Residences matches Angkor’s mystique and sophistication with a beautiful natural environment and an unmatched architectural design.

Sojourn Boutique Villas / /

Nestled among rice paddies and palm trees and with only ten rooms, Sojourn offers unique services, dedicated staff and beautiful rooms

4 Rivers Floating Lodge / /

Located at the bend of the Tatai River near Koh Kong town and surrounded by dense, lush vegetation at the foot of the Cardamom Mountains, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an environmentally friendly property that offers the luxury and high-end facilities of a four-star boutique resort.

Kabiki Hotel Kabiki Hotel /

Nestling on a quiet, private street, Kabiki Hotel is a lush oasis in the heart of Phnom Penh. Travelers with children will definitely appreciate this family-oriented property with its expansive green spaces

FCC Angkor / /

Artfully harmonizing the traditions of ancient lifestyles with 21st-century expectations, the FCC Angkor Hotel delivers all the luxuries demanded of today's renaissance traveller.

Hotel Cambodiana / /

The Hotel Cambodiana enjoys stunning views over three rivers in a lovely setting with spacious gardens. Its picturesque location is also only a five-minute drive from the main attractions of Phnom Penh.

Tara Angkor / /

Tara Angkor stands out with its unique blend of modern architecture and traditional elements of hospitality.

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