The heartland of the ancient Khmer Empire, once one of the most powerful kingdoms to rule over this region, Cambodia is a land of rich contrasts.
From the jungle-shrouded temples of Angkor, to the mountain fringed beaches of the south, the country presents a breathtaking landscape filled with ancient cultures, dense rainforest and some of the finest cuisine in South East Asia. Ravaged by war and infused with the ageing reminders of its colonial past, Cambodia has put behind it the horrors of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and re-invented itself as one of the best travel destinations in South East Asia.
The focal point for any visit is the incomparable Angkor Wat Temple Complex, spread across over 300 square kilometres of jungle and rainforest in the country’s north west. These magnificent ruins testify to the glory of nearly 600 years of Khmer power, with the spectacular centrepiece being the ‘Temple City’ itself, the world’s largest religious monument. But Cambodia is so much more than the temples of Siem Reap. It can also boast little visited tribal communities in the north and beautiful beaches in the south, the meandering labyrinthine waterways around Tonle Sap and a fusion of French and Siamese influences that offer up a rollercoaster of flavours and experiences.