Immerse yourself in the ancient lands that were once home to the Khmer Empire. Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, this small country is a largely unexplored corner of Southeast Asia and provides a well preserved window into its centuries-old history. Visit the world's largest religious monument - Angkor Wat - which was originally constructed as a Hindu temple in the 12th century and has captured the hearts of millions of travelers. This ornate structure is the crown jewel of the fascinating ruins in Siem Reap. Cruises on the Mekong River will acquaint you with the traditional villages and hospitable people of Cambodia and also some of the country's biggest cities, like the bustling capital of Phnom Penh. If you want a more hands-on experience, then try your hand at cooking or biking through this stunning landscape.
It has been said that Cambodia is a place of gods and demons - the Angkor temples hearken back to a proud time of the Khmer civilization, while the genocide museums honor those who were lost in the shadow of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Although it only occupies a tiny corner of the Indochinese Peninsula, Cambodia has a rich culture that is waiting to be shared with you. Popular destinations include:
Siem Reap- Considered the gateway to the Angkor region, this resort town is a buzzing center of activity and home to legendary ruins.
Angkor Wat - Explore the largest religious monument in the world at this pristinely preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Phnom Penh - The French-built capital of Cambodia is a gem of culture, commerce, and industry, and makes the perfect starting point for many tours of the country.
Mekong River - As the major artery from the country's northern border in Laos to its southern border in Vietnam, this provides the perfect setting for breathtaking river cruises.
Tonlé Sap - Known commonly as "Great Lake," you'll see floating houses, flooded forests, and traditional villages all on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - What was once the site of a horrific execution center during Pol Pot's reign of terror between 1975-1979 has now been converted into a museum that honors those who lost their lives.