The Best 2021 Cambodia Package Deals
Cambodia, or Campuchea in Khmer, in Southeast Asia, is connected in the North-West to Thailand, in the North-East to Laos while the Eastern part is connected to Vietnam. The country has a population of over 15 million and about 97% of its people is Buddhist. In the late 19th and early 20th century the country was under protected regime of the French but gained independence around 1953. Around 1965 the Vietnam War extended into Cambodia and because parts of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through Cambodia it led to major US bombardments.
The coupe in 1970 brought in the Khmer Rouge and led to severe suffering under the brutal regime of Pol Pot.
Despite its suffering the country has a lot to offer as a holiday destination or even as a combination with neighbouring country Vietnam.
The capital Phnom Penh is beautifully situated in between the banks of the mighty Mekong River and Tonlé Sap River and still breathes a very relaxed atmosphere. The architecture is a sweet combination of traditional Khmer and French colonial. With the magnificant Royal Palace, the Killing Fields and S-21 Tuol Sleng Museum, the Russian Market, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and a lovely riverfront with bars and restaurants, it is definitely worth a visit.
From Phnom Penh it is around a 5 hour journey by bus or 1 hour flight, passing Tonle Sap Lake, to Siem Reap, the gateway to the impressive temple complex of Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap in the North-western part of Cambodia has become more of a small resort town over the past 10 years. It still has some Chinese and French architecture around the Old Market. For the evenings, after a day of exploring the Angor complex, most visitors choose the popular Night Market and Pub Street as places to unwind, enjoy some great seafood along with some cold beers.
Siem Reap is ofcourse the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. The stone build complex of Angkor is massive and widely spread over a huge area. It is pretty well preserved but to visit the whole complex is almost impossible and would simply take to much time. In our opinion 2 full days at the complex are enough and it is best to make some king of short list of must see places to visit. Of course the main temple of Angkor Wat, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag, the giant, mysterious faces that are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm should be on it.
Just outside Siem Reap is the large Tonlé Sap lake, a seasonally inundated freshwater lake. A day trip by boat to visit Chong Khneas floating fishing village and Prek Toal bird sanctuary definitely make your Siem Reap trip complete.
We designed and selected some great packages that include the best of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in combination with Angkor Wat and we even have a unique cycling tour from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (or visa versa), which we can easily fit into your travel plans, even in combination with your trip to Vietnam.
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Hanoi City, Vietnam
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