Cambodia is a South East Asian jewel, less visited than its neighbours. Stunning natural scenery, beautiful temples, empty beaches and a fading colonial French grandeur make it a truly compelling destination.
One cultural delight is the country’s highly stylised royal ballet, based on Javanese, Thai and Indian traditional dance, but the ultimate treat is the ancient Khmer capital at Angkor comprising more than 100 temples, which are still being reclaimed from the jungle. Henri Mouhot, a French explorer, rediscovered the temples in 1860 while following the Mekong River north in search of a southern route into China. Mouhot died of malaria and in an ironic twist of fate, his own tomb was consumed by the jungle and only accidentally rediscovered 1990.
Cambodia offers all this as well as plenty of opportunities for wonderful remote trekking amongst its traditional hill-tribes.
Itineraries relating to Indochina
Trip Reports for Indochina
Fiona’s travel tips
FOR THE ACTIVE: Kayaking in Halong Bay.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Luang Prabang — sitting cross legged on the pavement at dawn watching the silent procession of orange-robed monks coming down the street towards me during the giving of alms.
BEST TIME TO GO : November to March
Cambodia: 14½ hours (indirect)
Laos: 15 hours (indirect)
Vietnam: 16 hours (indirect)
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“All your information was detailed and clear. The guides were excellent, especially in Siem Reap. Quite the best holiday we have ever had!”
Mr and Mrs Nigel Paton and family, Vietnam and Cambodia
“We had a brilliant hugely enjoyable trip and liked the Pandaw Mekong very much.”
Euan and Su Bowater, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand
“With the sole exception of the road to Ha Long Bay, we loved our three weeks in Vietnam travelling from Hanoi to Saigon, via the old imperial capital of Hue, the charming 17th-century trading post of Hoi An, the beaches of Nha Trang, the kitsch-veneered, faded elegance of Dalat (an old French hill station, where Graham tried the splendid golf course) and a couple of delightful days boating and cycling along the Mekong Delta. We didn’t want to leave Saigon. Particularly when we found it was snowing in London. But here we are, from 35C to freezing in 12 hours.”
Sue & Graham Bell, Vietnam
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Andrew and Suzanne Mounstephen, Vietnam
“The trip was awesome. I think the best I can say for our group is that we did not want it to end. We are still talking about how wonderful it was.”
Mrs Kate Huey and family, Indochina
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Mr and Mrs Stephen Scott-Smith, Cambodia/Vietnam
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Mr and Mrs Walter Johnson, Pandaw River Cruise, Vietnam/Cambodia