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The history of Cambodia encompasses ancient glory and modern tragedy yet its energetic present somehow manages to pull everything together into an intoxicating adventure for travellers. Massive monuments of the Khmer empire will merit days of exploration at Angkor Wat whilst Cambodia's recent history can be traced in the enigmatic, and slightly chaotic, capital of Phnom Penh. Elsewhere there are beaches, remote islands, trekking and the mighty Mekong River. Explore all the incredible beauty and tragic history of this amazing country with a hotel in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh - From the glimmering spires of the Royal Palace to the tragic history of S21, the former internment camp under Pol Pot, booking a hotel in Cambodia’s capital certainly will mean something of an assault on the senses. It’s a lively city that occupies a romantic location on the banks of the Mekong and offers plenty of world-class dining opportunities. Chic cafes, busy bars and enough motorbikes, markets and hip nightspots to keep you on your toes for as long as you can stand the pace.
Siem Reap and Angkor Wat - The temples at Angkor cover a lot of ground. In some places they are still being reclaimed by the surrounding jungles in others their full glory has been excavated and restored. The city that serves as the gateway to them is intriguing too: hip hotels, backpacker hostels, relaxing spas and great restaurants. Travel just a little out of the brash confidence of the city and you can explore another side to Cambodia: floating villages, bird sanctuaries and remote paddy fields.
South Cambodia - The Koh Kong Conservation Corridor offers trekking opportunities and nature-filled adventures whilst the islands provide remote beach havens should the party-atmosphere of Sihanoukville seem a little noisy.
East Cambodia - As the mountains rise in the north ecotourism opportunities come to the fore. Rare forest elephants plod and primates yelp whilst the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen at Kratie and Stung Treng. In the distance thundering waterfalls plummet, crater lakes entice and rivers meander past the homes of many ethnic minority groups known as the Khmer Leu.
Angkor Wat is an unforgettable sight but one that is hard to truly appreciate. Guided tours will help you cover the large ground the archaeological site covers and to appreciate the achievement of the Khmers. In the capital city of Phnom Penh the Royal Palace seems to gleam at you wherever you are and the sight of saffron-clad monks is incongruous in this most modern of cities. The tragic past of Cambodia can be experienced at the internment camp of S21 or on a trip out to the Killing Fields.
Cambodia is a food lover’s paradise and the restaurants in the capital and Siem Reap offer plenty to keep your taste buds tantalised. Parties and lively nights are to be had in the capital and on the beach at Sihanoukville. Treks, kayaking and nature trails can be enjoyed in the northeast of the country but just a stone's throw from the bustle of Siem Reap you can find rare birds and tranquil walks.