You’ll also take a journey through the country’s ancient and recent history, as well as discovering its culture. Siem Reap and astonishing Angkor Wat will reveal the wonders of ancient Cambodia and the Khmer civilisation, whilst Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields will reveal a more recent, tragic period of the country’s history. Then comes ultimate relaxation of a luxury hotel on the beach at Kep, followed by a chance to explore the dense jungle and sweeping Ta Tai River, whilst staying on an over-water lodge at Koh Kong.
London – Siem Reap
Your flight takes you from the UK and anticipation mounts as you journey towards Siem Reap. No matter what you have imagined, this is one destination that will surpass your expectations. In the world-revered Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom you’ll be surrounded by an ancient citadel with temples and palaces, fortresses and walls that expand across an area of 10 square kilometres.
You’ll fill your camera’s memory (and your own) with unforgettable sights; like a causeway lined with statues of gods and devils, the 12th century Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace, the Baphou and the Leper King Terrace. You’ll see temples struggling to free themselves from the jungle and glimpse a mighty, long-forgotten civilisation from a previous era.
Stay: Three nights at La Residence D’Angkor.
Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and you land in a more modern city; a place nevertheless, that has contributed mightily to the story of Cambodia. A guided tour of the city and a leisurely browse around Tuol Sleng Museum will reveal the country’s more recent history, whilst your visit to the killing fields will prove a poignant reminder of the terrors of megalomania.
Around one and a half million people were killed by the notorious Khmer Rouge communists during the leadership of the dreaded dictator Pol Pot. About a fifth of the population of Cambodia perished.
Stay: Two nights at Raffles Hotel Le Royal.
A complete contrast awaits you at Kep. This charming seaside town is famed throughout the country for its fine white beaches and warm waters. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing – or simply wandering past the traditional boats pulled up onto the shore next to quaint fishing villages shaded by arching palm trees.
You’ll be staying in a luxury hotel that uses ultra-modern facilities combined with the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi to completely relax you.
Stay: Three nights at Knai Bang Chatt.
A truly scenic drive from Kep takes you to Koh Kong, where a boat ride lands you at a luxury hotel built along the side of the wide Ta Tai River. Dense jungle tumbles down to the banks of the river, so you’ll be staying in an on-water lodge reached by a wooden causeway.
You’ll also have the option of taking a cruise along the Ta Tai, touring the mangrove forest, visiting the impressive Tatai Waterfall, hiking through the jungle or kayaking on the river.
Stay: Two nights at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.
Phnom Penh – London
Today a four hour drive though stunning countryside will seem to pass in the blink of an eye – bringing you to Phnom Penh, where you’ll catch your flight back to the UK, arriving the following day.