Ancient & Modern Worlds CollideA real up and coming destination that packs in a huge amount
Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia boasts a handful of unique archaeological attractions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With its captivating charm, natural wonders and warm, friendly people, it’s hardly surprising that this country is becoming an increasingly popular place to visit. Luxury holidays in Cambodia offer an alluring mix of historic sites, picturesque beaches and spectacular wildlife.
One of Cambodia’s main draws is undoubtedly the temples of Angkor. Located near to the tourist town of Siem Reap in the North West, this fantastic array of ancient monuments includes the magisterial Angkor Wat and the awe-inspiring Bayon. However, the country is home to hundreds of more enchanting, historic temples dotted across the landscape, often surrounded by encroaching forests. While exploring these splendid religious sites, make sure to stop off and visit one of the many floating villages on the Tonle Sap – South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake.
Despite being the capital city, Phnom Penh retains a delightful, small-town charm. Conspicuously lacking in the high-rise buildings commonplace in many bustling cities, Phnom Penh is made up of wide, tree-lined streets and is bordered by three rivers. Be sure to visit the Royal Palace, National Museum and Silver Pagoda before taking a stroll along the lively riverfront or wandering around the city’s vibrant markets. There’s also a plentiful supply of tasty Cambodian dishes to enjoy from roadside stalls, boutique cafes and swanky restaurants alike. One of the nation’s most popular dishes and a must-try for any visitor is the noodle soup known as ‘kuy teav’.
Relaxation and wildlife
If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, Cambodia has an abundance of stunning natural landscapes waiting to be explored. As well as its rice fields, rugged mountains and lush jungles, the country’s coastal offering must also be acknowledged. The Southern province of Sihanoukville features several idyllic beaches with sweeping stretches of white sand and turquoise waters. There are also a number of small islands offshore, with the opportunity to snorkel or dive among stunning coral reefs, or simply relax on the soft sands and soak up some sun.
A visit to this charming country would not be complete without devoting some time to its varied wildlife. Head to the Mekong River for a chance to glimpse the rare Irrawaddy dolphin and the endangered Cantor’s softshell turtle. You can walk with elephants in the Elephant Valley Project in the Mondulkiri Jungle and observe an astounding range of water birds at the Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve. At the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, there’s a vast range of species to encounter, including leopards, gibbons, tigers and otters, as well as the option to feed the elephants and interact with baby macaque monkeys.
An experience you’ll never forget
At Azure, we offer a range of luxury resorts in Cambodia to suit all needs, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach break or an action-packed adventure. Our holiday packages have been handpicked for their wonderful locations and first-class service to give you an experience you’ll never forget.
Contact us to find out more about what this beautiful country has to offer, or to book one of our 5 star hotels in Cambodia today.
where to stay
Our specialists are experts at putting together complex holidays and can help you to tailor-make your perfect trip. Below is a selection of the hotels we love in the region, but it is by no means exhaustive, so do please give us a call on 01244 322770 and we can help you to create the trip of your dreams, complete with the hotels and experiences that are perfect for you.
Shinta Mani WildFrom...Found in Prey Praseth Village in the verdant Cambodian wilderness, Shinta Mani Wild is the ideal location for an adventurous vacation and a life-changing experience. With extraordinary suites and rooms, incredible local delicacies, and a unique setting, it’s to be expected that this enchanting destination is a favourite for discerning guests visiting the lush country of Cambodia
Heritage Line - The JahanFrom...Created in the style of a colonial river boat The Jahan captures the elegance of a bygone era in conjunction with top of the range facilities for travellers looking to explore the Mekong River. Unwind as the cruiser makes its way past traditional fishing villages to UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are usually inaccessible and rarely visited by tourists. Explore ancient temples and take in the beauty of the verdant landscape as you go
La Résidence D'Angkor, A Belmond HotelFrom...
Situated close to enthralling, ancient Angkor Wat is La Résidence D'Angkor, A Belmond Hotel. This was one of Siem Reap’s original deluxe hotels, and is located right by the river. Offering timeless suites set among lush tropical gardens, the hotel is an oasis of beauty and calm.
Raffles Hotel Le RoyalFrom...The Raffles name is synonymous with outstanding service, and Raffles Le Royal, Phnom Penh is no exception. Rather, it is a palatial, colonial retreat in the busy Cambodian capital city. A historic landmark of a building, Raffles Le Royal offers classic, stylish rooms and suites, as well as two swimming pools, gorgeous gardens, fine dining and a serene spa.
Within easy reach of Angkor Wat, Amansara Cambodia is situated in what was once living quarters for guests of the king. Built in New Khmer style, Amansara is a prime example of local 1960s architecture, featuring a curved swimming pool and monochrome decor.
Song Saa Private IslandFrom...Off the coast of Cambodia lies Song Saa Private Island - a deluxe, five-star beach retreat offering a peaceful sanctuary in which to unwind and revel in the wonders of nature. A gorgeous private beach with coral reef, sumptuous villas and a heavenly spa await, offering an unforgettable holiday in a secluded, utopian island setting.
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