With incredible culture, majestic temples and spectacular natural attractions, it’s easy to see why the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia is growing in popularity as a holiday destination.
This enchanting part of the world is a traveller’s dream, with a melting pot of experiences to savour.
Explore thriving cities filled with buzzing markets, diverse nightlife and mouth-watering cuisine, or discover tropical islands with paradise shores and crystal-clear waters.
Natural scenery is also aplenty, with endless paddy fields and sugar palms, while the Mekong River is the perfect place to spot freshwater dolphins.
Whatever side of Cambodia you’re seeking to experience, Destination2 has a range of holiday deals for you to choose from.
Cambodia’s dry season runs from October to April, with the months of November to January being cooler, averaging between 22°C and 31°C. Temperatures really start to soar between February and April, when the mercury can rise to around 37°C. The wet season runs from May to October, peaking between July and September, when it can rain every day. However, don’t be put off from visiting during this time of year, as any downpours only tend to be short.
You like exploring colourful cultures and discovering incredible temples. You will also love Cambodia if you enjoy urban adventures in vibrant cities, with delicious cuisine and rich histories.
Cambodia is a truly enchanting country with its rich history and culture, captivating cities, breath- taking scenery and spellbinding coastal escapes.
Visitors to this mesmerising land cannot fail to be impressed with its incredibly hospitable people, gastronomic delights and a myriad of things to see and do.
Officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia, this fabulous country is located in the Indochina peninsula, bounded by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
It is home to a myriad of captivating historical attractions including the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. The best time to visit is between November and January when humidity levels are low.
The capital city of Phnom Penh, which sits on the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, is an enthralling metropolis with its tree-lined boulevards, stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife.
From jaw-dropping beaches and enchanting offshore coral islands to magical tropical forests and wonderful national parks, Cambodia is a land which makes a big impression on everyone who visits.
Let's take a look at some of the main cities and resorts to give you a flavour of what you'll discover during a holiday in this amazing country.
Phnom Penh: There's never a dull moment in this bustling capital city where you'll be wowed by incredible Angkorian architecture, French colonial mansions and delightful hospitality. Once known as the 'Pearl of Asia' it has many luxurious hotels and high-rise buildings, huge shopping plazas, lively markets and a vibrant nightclub scene. Key attractions include the Royal Palace, the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda. The riverfront area of the city is home to many chic pubs and bistros. The range of fabulous food here includes traditional Kymer delicacies, French-influenced cuisine, as well as Vietnamese and Thai specialities.
Siem Reap: The old and new merges successfully in this charming city in north western Cambodia, with a combination of modern developments and wonderful colonial buildings. The Psar Leu area is the place to find a bargain with a huge choice of jewellery, handicrafts, wood carvings and precious stones. Siem Reap is where you'll encounter the world-famous Angkor temples including the awe- inspiring Angkor Wat, which is believed to be the world's largest individual religious monument. Other attractions in this friendly city include Angkor National Museum, Phare Circus and Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.
Sihanoukville: Beauty abounds is this glorious beach city on the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand. Incredible sandy beaches, enchanting offshore islands and warm waters make this haven a popular escape for holidaymakers. Among the most impressive sandy expanses in Sihanoukville are Otres Beach and Serendipity Beach. The city has plenty of nightlife, magnificent seafood restaurants and excellent shops. Highly regarded local attractions include Kbal Chhay Waterfall and Ream National Park.
Battambang: This is Cambodia's second largest city, sitting on fertile alluvial soil which provides the country's best quality rice crops. Major attractions include the Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom temples, and the delightful French shop houses along the banks of the Sangker River. There are many novel things you can do during a visit including taking a ride on a bamboo train or go sightseeing in a motorbike taxi. Battambang possesses a sleepy charm and is not the place for people seeking some vibrant nightlife.
Kep: This is a laid-back south western seaside town which is renowned for its tropical islands, magnificent seafood and fantastic sandy beach. Rabbit Island is a 20-minute boat ride away and is a lovely location where you'll find a superb beach and several places to eat and drink. The bustling water's edge crab market at Kep is very popular with holidaymakers.
Kampong Thom: This picturesque market town on the banks of the Stung Sen river has a rich ancient cultural history. Among the significant historical sights are the Sambor Prei Kuk temples and the Preah Khan of Kompong Svay temples. Gaze in awe at the quaint wooden houses or French Governor's Residence where three old mahogany trees are home to hundreds of large bats. This dreamy town has incredible views of huge shining rice fields.
Koh Kong: This is the most south western province in Cambodia which has huge appeal to holidaymakers with its incredible wildlife, giant waterfalls and casinos. You'll also discover jungles, mangrove forests, charming islands and verdant mountains here. The area's capital Krong Koh Kong is only 10km from the border with Thailand and the 1,900m Thai-Cambodia border bridge is the longest in the country.
Cambodia is home to a multitude of stunning beaches which make it a great place for an unforgettable holiday adventure.
There’s a beach to suit everyone here, from long white sandy expanses with plenty of sports and leisure amenities for families to laid-back coves and bays which are perfect for couples seeking a relaxing time together in idyllic surroundings.
When you’ve had your fill of soaking up the rays on the beach and want to immerse yourself in some Cambodian history and culture, there are plenty of magnificent cities to visit, with a host of breath- taking historical landmarks and artefacts.
There are also many natural attractions which provide a great day out, such as the amazing Botum Sakor National Park where you’ll see some wonderful wildlife including elephants, pangolins, sun bears and fishing cats.
Cambodia also has plenty to offer when it comes to wonderful food, fantastic shops and markets, and energetic nightlife.
The majority of Cambodia's beaches are located in the provinces of Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Kampot and Kep.
Serendipity Beach at Sihanoukville is a pristine sandy expanse with calm turquoise waters which are ideal for swimming. When you've had enough sun in the sand you can head off along Serendipity Beach Road where you'll find plenty of places for a meal and drink, plus a few putting greens for some leisurely sport.
Koh Thmei is a tranquil island escape where you can get away from any sense of hustle and bustle and bask on the lovely beach areas. This island has only 200 residents and there are beautiful coral reefs under the crystal-clear waters. This is a great place for swimming and snorkelling, and there's a good chance you will spot a few turtles gliding through the waters.
Ream Beach is a part of Ream National Park, and it's a fabulous sandy escape where you'll find a few fishermen’s shacks and some charming little cafes. There are delightful grassed areas and palm trees near the beach and an alluring mangrove wetlands area a short distance away.
Sner Beach is a little gem in the province of Koh Kong. It is rarely busy and there are plenty of covered hammocks there to allow for total relaxation. You can also enjoy delicious fresh seafood which is cooked for you in beach barbecue pits. The water at Sner Beach is very clean, calm and clear, making it perfect for swimming.
There's plenty going on at Kep Beach which makes it appealing for families seeking a fun-time in the sand and sea. Among the amenities here are boogie boards, rafts and beach chairs. The beachfront promenade has plenty of cafes for a snack and a drink, plus market areas selling delicious fruit and freshly-caught seafood.
Booking an all-inclusive holiday is a wise choice if you want to get on with having a great time the moment you arrive at your destination in sun-drenched Cambodia.
This is a stress-free option where you won’t have to constantly monitor your spending each day, the way you normally would on a traditional pay-as-you-go holiday.
Choosing an all-inclusive escape to the sun means most of your costs are paid-for in advance - your accommodation, your meals and your drinks.
Many all-inclusive deals also include other welcome extras at your hotel - this could include, for example, the use of spas, gyms and other leisure facilities.
Some hotels will also include the use of their facilities on the beach, such as water sports equipment, parasols and sun loungers.
Children also get a great deal when it comes to all-inclusive holidays. Most hotels and resorts will keep them happy with free ice creams, milk shakes and other treats.
We have a fantastic range of all-inclusive 4-star and 5-star resorts to make it simple for you to find your perfect escape in sunny Cambodia.
Cambodia is a wonderful choice for a family holiday with its captivating history and culture, magnificent beach resorts and host of superb national parks and other natural attractions.
The country’s big cities are packed with things to see and do - a visit to the famous temples, including Angkor Wat, is always a thrilling experience and you can even do this from the sky during an exciting helicopter ride.
A boat ride across to one of Cambodia’s enchanting islands is also a great option for an enjoyable day out - among the most popular islands to visit are Koh Rong, King Island and Koh Kong.
The Angkor Zipline is another thrilling adventure which children love - it’s not everywhere you get the chance to take to the heights and zipline your way across a forest canopy.
A ride on the bamboo train at Battenbang is another great idea or how about kayaking on the Mekong River where you can see the Irrawaddy dolphins jumping out of the water. Another great option for a family day out is a visit to the Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap.
Simply sampling some of the unusual culinary delights in local markets and beach bars can be a fun experience. Families will discover a whole new world of food and drink, unlike anything they’ve come across before. Some hotels even offer cooking classes so you can turn your hand to Khmer cuisine.
Cambodia also has plenty of nightlife and entertainment, whether it be on the seafront or in a bustling city. Most family-friendly hotels also have lively programmes of entertainment to deliver a feast of fun.