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Cambodia

Despite its turbulent past, the Cambodia of today is thriving, breathtaking and full of some of the world’s friendliest people. Thanks to recent investment and an increase in tourism, the country is a luxury holiday destination that appeals to a host of travellers. Remember to pack an appetite for adventure as you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.


Anyone visiting Cambodia, and particularly those who would class themselves as a bit of a culture vulture, absolutely must make Siem Reap a stop on their to-do list. The spiritual centre of the country, the province is home to the Angkor Archaeological Park which encompasses more than 100 temples all ranging in size, age, style and state of repair. The Ta Prohm temple for example, which was featured in the 2001 movie ‘Tomb Raider’, is almost completely overrun with rainforest vines (which makes for magical photo opportunities). Other must-see ruins include the Angkor Wat and the Bayon.


These spiritual structures aren’t the only stop off for culture lovers though – in the heart of Siem Reap is the Cambodian Cultural Village which is packed with everything you need to know about Khmer traditions from food and farming to wedding ceremonies and art.


Of course, no adventure in this part of the world could possibly be considered complete without a stay in the country’s capital city Phnom Penh. A busy, urban area packed with French-Indochina influences, this city is home to unique wonders such as art deco street markets, fabulous fusion eateries and some of Cambodia’s best after-dark destinations.|


Fashionistas will particularly enjoy a stay in the capital as there are plenty of opportunities to shop local styles and fabrics so you can bring home an entirely updated wardrobe. Why not take a day trip to Silk Island, just a short drive outside of the bustling city? Here, a community of silk-weavers spend their days creating stunning stretches of fabric on hand-weaving looms made from bicycle wheels. So, go on and indulge – you have to support the local community, right?


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A lesser known fact about the country is that its native inhabitants are an official ethnic race known as ‘Khmer’. So whereas anyone living in Cambodia (like ex-pat Brits) could be called ‘Cambodian’, the indigenous people are ‘Khmer’.

Although the country’s official currency is the Cambodian Riel, its unofficial second currency is the US Dollar. One dollar notes in particular seem to be a popular exchange for goods and services - so keep a stash handy along with your official currency!
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Good to know

  • Currency: KHR
  • Time to destination: 15 hours from London
  • After Dark Destination: Eclipse Skybar in the Phnom Penh Tower
  • In A Word: Magical

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 26°c   Feb: 27°c   Mar: 29°c  
Apr: 31°c   May: 30°c   Jun: 29°c  
Jul: 28°c   Aug: 29°c   Sep: 28°c  
Oct: 27°c   Nov: 27°c   Dec: 26°c  

Location

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Cambodia in a nutshell

Life’s A Beach

 
  • Along its coast, Cambodia boasts some of the world’s most paradisiacal beaches. With off-shore islands, a host of fantastic watersport activities and seaside food shacks with dishes to rival Michelin star restaurants, a trip here is a must.
     
  • If you want to get away from the suffocating beach crowds but still want a stretch of sand with a social buzz, Koh Rong Samloem is the place for you. Picture-perfect, the powder white sands are dotted by palm trees and lapped by water so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. So, put down the electronics and leave the world behind as you chill out with friendly locals in a seafood shack, sipping a refreshing glass of whatever you fancy and enjoying the pristine shores.
     
  • For a more isolated experience of rugged ocean beauty, Sner Beach boasts one of the most relaxing beach experiences in Cambodia. Away from the masses, the strip comes perfectly equipped with hammocks along its length and eateries serving catch of the day dishes as well as other seafood favourites like prawns, crab and squid. A more ideal spot for a family barbecue by the beach couldn’t be imagined.
     
Tastes To Try

 
  • Cambodia is a one-stop-shop for foodies and culinary adventurers, as it offers a vast range of style, tastes and ingredients. It’s one of the few countries where you can walk out of a five-star Italian and into a market selling weird and wonderful delicacies like frogs-on-a-stick. Will you dare to sample the tasty street-food favourites?
     
  • An amazing space for all your food-based needs is Road 60 in Siem Reap. The half a mile stretch is on the outskirts of the town and only comes alive around five o’clock in the afternoon. Once the magic hour arrives, the area instantly becomes a hive of activity that’s bursting with the sights, sounds and smells of the marketplace, as locals gather for some evening relaxation. Stalls are lined with fascinating feasts from fresh fruit and veg to fried tarantulas (a favourite for their spicy taste and crunchy texture). A popular activity among Khmer and visitors alike here is to buy your snacks, grab a beer and set up a picnic among the stalls.
     
  • Despite the frogs, tarantulas and other curious culinary creations, not all of Cambodia’s street fare will have you running for the hills. Here at Winged Boots we’ve made enquiries and come up trumps with some of the tastiest (and least scary) local dishes that we know you’re going to love. Why not try Fish Amok? This is a delicious seafood dish consisting of a fish mousse and coconut curry, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over hot coals with lemongrass, kaffir lime and turmeric spices. Yum! If you’re not a big seafood fan, then maybe some fried beef will whet your appetite. A more traditional pan-Asian dish, Lok Lak is made using enormous portions of local beef, which is well known for its intense flavour and juiciness. This stir fry meal is served skewered on kebab sticks and accompanied by fresh salad in a dressing of lime juice and black pepper.
     
  • For something a little more up-market and possibly more appealing to a Western palate, visitors have to add Malis restaurant to their Cambodian bucket list. Founded by master chef, Luu Meng, who was crowned Asia’s Best Chef in 2016, the world-famous eatery offers mouthwatering Khmer cuisine in a fine dining setting.
     
Adventure Awaits

 
  • If you want to see a different side to the classical sights of Cambodia then these adventure activities should provide plenty of thrills for your holiday. From helicopter rides to diving in the deep, Cambodia is sure to have something to suit every style.
     
  • So you’ve already decided that Angkor Archaeological Park is right at the top of your to-do list, but why see it the standard way? Get ahead of the crowds, and see things from a whole new perspective at Flight of the Gibbons. This is the area’s only treetop zipline and it really packs a punch. Skim through the tropical rainforest on a maze of criss-crossing wires and try to spot the famous Angkor gibbons as you go! Don’t forget to take your camera – you won’t want to miss these exclusive photo opportunities.
     
  • With fabulous lakes throughout the country and intriguing features in all of them, surely the only way to get around Cambodia is by boat. For a real VIP experience though, you’ll be wanting a private ride on one of the Angkor Gondolas. These extravagant ships are ornately carved with dragon figureheads picked out in gold. With the boats slightly flattened shape, you’ll feel on a level with the water’s surface as you smoothly glide through the lakes. Visit the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake or simply enjoy the views as you pass iconic sights like the Royal Secret Path.
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