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Angkor Ruins fascinate a great many people. We stump up hefty sums to fly halfway around the world and marvel at the achievements and mysteries of defunct civilizations …
Siem Reap is a small colonial town just north of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, Tonle Sap …
Phnom Penh To look at it today, one would never guess that this tranquil and charming city was the site of some of the worst horrors of the 20th century …
Sihanoukville Perhaps beach is not what first comes to mind of most travelers who visit Cambodia …

Traffic in front of the Central Market, Phnom Penh

Carved faces of King Jayavarman VII on 54 towers in Bayon, Angkor Thom

Cambodia is Asia’s fastest growing tourist destination. After about 35 years of non-stop war, this beautiful country is finally re-emerging from the darkness.
Since the time of the Vietnam war in the sixties, Cambodia has had to suffer “secret” carpet bombings by the United States, followed by the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge, a Vietnamese takeover, and a further 20 years of civil war.

“We just returned back to Switzerland from our two week Thailand/ Cambodia/Malaysia trip. You have organised our trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap and back. I do not usually write for services I paid for! But this time I feel the urge to express our gratitude for a very smooth and perfectly professional organisation. The guide who accompanied us in Siem Reap…”
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Following U.N. peacekeeping efforts, the somewhat dubious election of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the dismantling of the Khmer Rouge, the country is now enjoying a period of stability and new-found optimism. It’s many wonders are now open to visitors.

Phnom Penh: Asia Meets Europe
The capital city of Phnom Penh (pop. 1 million) is a lively place these days. Cars and motorcycles careen through charming streets lined with many French style buildings dating back to its days as a French colony in the first half of this century. The center of city life is the riverfront boulevard, featuring many bars and restaurants with a big emphasis on French-style food.
One attraction worth visiting (though not for the faint-hearted) is the Killing Field Museum (Tuol Sleng), a former school taken over in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge and converted into a torture chamber. The National Museum is less grisly, with an emphasis on Ancient Khmer history.

Battabhong, Western Cambodia

The Temples of Angkor
The biggest attraction for most visitors are the temple ruins at Angkor, just a few kilometers from the colonial city of Siem Reap. Well preserved stone temple ruins dating back about 1,000 years cover an area of 200 sq. kilometers. Visitors can easily spend several days exploring here, taking in the thousands of exquisite statues and bas relief carvings that adorn the walls of seemingly endless temple buildings and chedis (stone spires). A cruise on the Tonle Sap — Asia’s largest freshwater lake — is also a memorable experience.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

A Word of Warning: Though Cambodia is now more peaceful than at any time in the last 30 years, visitors should still exercise caution – particularly in the capital. Confine tourism activities to the daytime, since the dimly-lit streets can be dangerous at night. In the more rural areas, stick to well-established pathways (or better yet, travel with a qualified guide), since there are still countless landmines left over from the war years. Hazards aside though, a little prudence is all that’s required to enjoy a safe and happy holiday in this remarkable country.

Note: Currently, all foreign visitors can obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the following checkpoints: Phnom Penh International Airport; Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia-Vietnam border checkpoints at Bavet International Checkpoint and Kha Orm Sam Nor International Checkpoint (Chau Duc town on the Mekhong River, Vietnam); Cambodia-Thailand border checkpoints at Cham Yeam International Checkpoint (Hat Lek – Koh Kong), Poi Pet International Checkpoint and O’smach International Checkpoint. Please also note that the Vietnamese visa on arrival is not available at the checkpoints mentioned above. 

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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Angkor, Siem Reap Travel Guide
Siem Reap is a small colonial town just north of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, Tonle Sap. The town itself is charming and pleasant enough to roam around, with some fine examples of French colonial architecture though modern developments, mostly in the form of hotels, has been swift here in recent years since the slow demise of the Khmer Rouge. Now that the town is safe again, visitors have been flocking in, using it as a base for visits to nearby Angkor ruins…read more

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Travel Guide
To look at it today, one would never guess that this tranquil and charming city was the site of some of the worst horrors of the 20th century.read more

For other city guides, see the Map of Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat Tour Packages

Angkor Wat: Best Deal Vacation at Sokha Angkor Resort (3 Days / 2 Nights)
Nothing can prepare you for the impact when you first clap eyes on Angkor Wat. It is a massive square structure covering 500 acres, and as you get closer, it only gets bigger. This mind-numbing collection of massive stone temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, was rediscovered by French explorers in the Cambodian jungle in the 1860s. This short yet comprehensive travel program will take you to marvel at the grandeur of Angkor Wat, the walled city of Angkor Thom as well as other religious sites around the town of Siem Reap.Availability: Daily
Price: From $346 per person
Accommodations: Sokha Angkor Hotel

Exclusive Journey to Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat (4 Days / 3 Nights), An expedition to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in grand style. The program covers majority of historic attractions. An exclusive package includes private tours, transfers, meals and accommodations at Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, and Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap., From $813 per person.

The Holy Stream of Siem Reap (3 Days / 2 Nights), Travel on the off-beaten tracks of Angkor Wat and other recently open temple ruins such as Kbal Spean and Banteay Kdei. An exclusive tour with your private guide includes tours, admission fees, meals and accommodations., From $315 per person.

World Wonder (Superior Package) (2 Days / 1 Night), A private tour to visit one of the world’s most magnificent structures., From $193 per person.

Featured Story: Angkor Wat: The Lost Cities

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A hallway of bas-relief


The Stone Castle


One of the temple ruins scattering around Siem Reap

The Lost City of Angkor, Gallery 1 The Lost City of Angkor, Gallery 2 The Lost City of Angkor, Gallery 3

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