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Cambodia is a diverse and beautiful country

A bit about Cambodia

Like many countries in South-East Asia, Cambodia is exotic and exciting to travellers from Europe - its heritage sites are nestled in jungles and on the banks of vast rivers; the cities are a flurry of activity where everything ticks along despite the heat; and the beaches look as though they've been copied from a postcard.

It is its temples - and more specifically Angkor Wat - that Cambodia is best known for though, with travellers flocking from all over the globe to view what's been dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World.

While its heritage sites are incredibly impressive, they are far from the only reason to visit this beautiful nation. Enjoy the thronging crowds and lively streets of Phnom Penh, the capital city, take pleasure in exploring peaceful country roads where paddy fields and the occasional hut is all you can see for miles, and enjoy lounging on the glorious and often deserted beaches of the coast and islands.

Cambodia is a land of contrasts and therefore a holiday here is best spent travelling around, rather than staying in one place.

Delve into Cambodia's past

You can't go on a holiday in Cambodia and escape the references to its past; both its ancient and more recent history are etched into the landscapes, buildings and even people. Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap, is a real must.

The temples themselves are protected as part of the Angkor Archeological Park, which spans 400 sq km, covering vast forested areas as well as a host of ruins from the Khmer Empire of the 9th to 15th centuries. It is considered to be one of the most important heritage sites not only in Cambodia, but in the whole region.

Watching the sunset over the temples is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever witness, but it's worth spending an entire day exploring Angkor and all that it has to offer, given how extensive the site is.

Angkor Wat's tranquil beauty is a rather stark contrast to some of the sites relating to Cambodia's more recent past. The brutal communist regime of Pol Pot, which ruled from 1975 to 1979, killed around 1.7 million people and there are reminders of this time that you can visit if you choose. The Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh is a monument to this dark period - be warned that visiting is a harrowing experience, although one that's incredibly worthwhile.

Phnom Penh is home to its fair share of historical buildings too, with many of these reflecting the French influence of the 19th century. There are broad tree-lined streets flanked by colonial buildings, as well as beautiful parks. The Royal Palace is more traditional in its design, with its pointed golden roofs that shimmer in the sun.

Experience rural and coastal Cambodia

There is much more to the country than its cities alone, which is why you should book a twin centre holiday in Cambodia to truly appreciate every aspect of this fascinating culture. There are large rural areas characterised by rice paddies and small traditional villages. Kampong Cham is a province in the east of Cambodia, home to the city of the same name. From here you can explore some of Cambodia's more rural areas and see sights such as the bamboo bridge, which stretches across the Mekong River and links the island of Koh Paen with the mainland.

You can also venture into Cambodia's mountains from here - there are a pair of peaks close to Kampong Cham, each of which has a temple on top. These are mostly in ruins now, but visiting them is an interesting day out and will allow you to see a bit more of the country's beautiful scenery.

For rest and relaxation, make your way to one of Cambodia's beaches, where you'll find white sands and waving palm trees aplenty. Sihanoukville is the premier beach resort in the country and its shores are lapped by the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The best thing to do here is chill out under a parasol and just watch the world go by.

Twin-centre holidays and Tours in Cambodia

Because Cambodia's attractions are dotted throughout the country, the best way to really appreciate the nation on a holiday is to travel around with a twin-centre holiday or a fully guided tour. Booking a multi-centre break is ideal, as it will allow you to experience various aspects of life in Cambodia, from its bustling and charming cities, to quiet villages and unspoilt coastline. You can make the most of its wealth of heritage sites by going twin-centre so that you can enjoy getting to know the friendly locals, explore the amazing natural and cultural sites and then leave a few days for rest and relaxation by the beach - the perfect holiday combo in Cambodia.

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Places of interest in Cambodia

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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