Cambodia, which is also known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is situated in Southeast Asia. Located in the tropics, Cambodia boasts impressive landscapes which feature mountains, rivers and sugar palms. The natural attractions make it an ideal location for ecotourism, but there is plenty more to see.
There are three major airports in Cambodia that handle commercial flights. Of the three airports, Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is the busiest airport as it is situated in a major tourist destination. On average, it takes around 14 hours to fly from London to Siem Reap and the most popular airline used is Singapore Airlines. From October to March, return flights to Siem Reap cost between £400 and £500. However, a return ticket will cost at least £600 in the popular summer months.
Things to do in Cambodia
One of the major attractions in Cambodia is Phnom Kulen National Park. This is a religious site located on a mountain, which is considered to be the most sacred in Cambodia. There is a pagoda with a reclining Buddha, more than fifty Angkorian temples and an attractive waterfall. There is a toll to travel up the road on the mountain, and it is only possible to go up from dawn until midday and down after 1pm until sunset.
There are many temples in Cambodia, including Bayon temple. Built in the late 12th century, the temple features large stone faces and two long walls with scenes depicting historical events. There is also Baphuon temple, which was built as the state temple of King Udayadityavarman II. The temple has a raised causeway for visitors to walk on, in the middle of which is a ruined pavilion with carved scenes.
If you want a break from the outdoor heat, you can visit one of the many museums in Cambodia. The Cambodia Landmine Museum is one of the most popular, telling the story of the continued effort to rid the country of landmines after thirty five years of war. There is also Angkor National Museum, which includes exhibits on the Khmer civilisation, the Great Khmer Kings and ancient costume.
For those who are interested in historical sites, there are several ancient ruins to explore. Banteay Srei, which can be translated as ‘city of women’, features impressive sculpted décor in red sandstone. Built in the 10th century, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Another interesting site is the Terrace of the Elephants, which is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The terrace is three hundred metres long, and features carved elephants and sculptures.
Hotels in Cambodia
The accommodation available in Cambodia is varied, with luxury hotels, budget guesthouses and family friendly options. There are also villas, spa resorts and lodges. You can also stay in one of several retreat centres, where you can practise yoga and meditation. There are options available to suit most tastes and budgets.