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Top Trip Memories

  • Losing yourself in the largest single religious monument in the world: Angkor Wat.
  • Walking past Angkor Wat’s Hindu and Buddhist temples that have lasted almost a millennium as you take in the majesty, curiosity, and grandiosity of one of the world’s most impressive archaeological ruins.
  • Sailing down the Mekong on a river cruise from Vietnam to Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat.
  • Diving into the tranquil, emerald green splendor of the 700,000 year old crater lake in Yeak Lom, after listening to local legends about the mythical creatures that are said to call the lake home.
  • Discovering incredible birdlife -- including large storks and pelicans -- in a unique biosphere at Prok Toal Bird Sanctuary.
  • Contemplating the darkest aspects of our human history at the informative but respectful memoirs found at the Killing Fields Museum.
  • Becoming inspired by true changemakers, such as the volunteers at the Elephant Valley Project who prepare overworked elephants for a return to natural habitat.
  • Lapping up the sun on the beautiful and vibrant beaches of Sihanoukville, either during a mellow sunset or the flurry of activity in the tropical heat of day.
  • Exploring the fascinating exhibitions in the beautiful terracotta villa that makes up Cambodia’s national museum.
  • Visiting the traditional Khmer designed royal palace of King Sihamoni in the capital and cultural hub of Phnom Penh.
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Tour Tips

  • Prepare for adventure. Cambodia is at once a rewarding destination nestled in a country that is still very much developing. Rely on Stride travel tour operators to help you wade through the confusion of the country’s many quirks.
  • Explore all Cambodia has to offer. Many tourists just go to Angkor Wat as a side trip from Thailand, but the country has a lot to offer to those willing to go a bit outside their comfort zone.
  • Learn a few words of the fascinating local language: Khmer. The locals will appreciate the gesture and you will gain insights into Cambodia’s unique linguistic culture.
  • Put Cambodia’s second most impressive temple, Prasat Preah Vihear, which was built by the same monarchs who built Angkor Wat, on your list. Preah Vihear provides a mystical experience that’s less impacted by tourism.
  • Consider volunteering while spending time in Cambodia. Cambodia has a troubled past but a rich soul and is teeming with opportunities to solve the challenges of a country on the rebound.
  • Consider taking in some of the city sights and other locations by bicycle. Not only is it the local way to travel, but it is a relaxing and beautiful way to connect with the splendors of Cambodia’s cities and countryside.
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Cambodia Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Tour Reviews

5.0
December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Cuong and Prasith stand out because they responded so well to us personally and did great work tweaking our itinerary. Sareth was also an excellent guide. The Knai Bang Chat hotel as way and above the best! Amazing architecture, peaceful, beautiful surroundings, delicious food. Could have stayed there for a week!
Everything was wonderful, so it seems unfair to pick and choose. But if we must: stand outs include Mango Home Cruise (we had a boat and crew to ourselves!); our early morning visit to Soc Trang floating market and that entire day which included a visit to a heron rookery, and a large pagoda/monastery where fruit bats roosted; and Knai Bang Chat in Kep, Cambodia. Prasith, our guide in Siem Reap, did an outstanding job of putting together two very memorable days there which included a wonderful much appreciated hike up to the River of a Thousand Linghams! We also appreciated having so much time to pursue our own esthetic interests: Jim produced many drawings and watercolors. I photographed some of the gorgeous insect life found in the region.
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Guides, Accommodations - everything perfect!

Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the Dragon

5.0
December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Every guide I got was a winner.
- The guide took me to her house. Got to see how the people lived.”
- The guides were all native and could relate to the local people. It was a very personal visit…Each station guide was a specialist in his or her region…Really terrific.

Every single accommodation was just beautiful.
- I loved the Thiripitsaya and my room. It was the best location…I was upgraded in the Park Royal. My envelope said VIP and that made me feel special.

The guides always took care of the flights…I was always met. You had it covered and then some….Very excited when Ei met me even at the boat.
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We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Highlight Tour Circle of Vietnam and Cambodia

5.0
November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it. We learned so much about Cambodia history from our tour guide Utt. He is the best tour guide I ever met, very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate person. Jaskson

I recommend them with the highest honors

Classic Indochina Vacation

5.0
October 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
I recently booked a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos through your agency. Our main contact person is Andy Chen. Andy and his team of agents have coordinated an excellent trip that includes all of the places that we are interested in seeing. Additionally, they made wonderful suggestions, and arranged lovely places for us to stay. Andy responded immediately to all of our queries. I am a university English professor, and I must say that Andy's English is exceptional. I would like to thank Andy and the team for their excellent service. I recommend them with the highest honors, and we are looking forward to our trip in February. I plan to use your agency for a trip to China next year. Best wishes, and thank you.
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A priceless trip. Thanks for the laughs and memories!

24 Days In-depth Cambodia and Laos Tour

5.0
October 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
My 3 friends and I who are from the US, we were going to travel south Laos but had no idea what to expect there, but Esther made our trip one I will never forget. The most high quality and entertaining service, Joy exceeded that of a guide and quickly became our friend going above and beyond expectations to keep us safe and make sure we enjoyed ourselves. A priceless trip. Thanks for the laughs and memories!
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Cambodia Trips & Tour Advice

Cambodia is a small country with a big heart. Though recovering from a troubled past, Cambodians maintain a positive spirit and rich soul.

Cambodia is famous for the unparalleled Angkor Wat, but many visitors leave just as deeply impacted by the fortitude and courage of the Cambodians themselves. Come to Cambodia with an open mind: it provides at once a connection to an ancient past and a perspective on the modern challenges of the developing world. In short, though it is not the easiest country to explore, it is one of the most rewarding.

Angkor Wat

Simply put, nothing in the world can be compared to Angkor Wat. The towering gopuras that top the city’s temples are so famous that they adorn the Cambodian flag. The massive temple-filled city seems to contain an infinite level of mysteries and wonder.

Though built as a Hindu temple, as evidenced by the scrawling Sanskrit that adorns the ancient stones, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple during the height of the Khmer empire. The temple mountains have no equal in the world and provide an open and expansive format that allows you to explore for hours or days.

Temples and More Temples

Angkor Wat itself is the main temple and the single largest religious complex in the world. However, it is but one of dozens of elaborate and fascinating ancient temples in the area. The “city of temples” boasts more than ten unique architectural styles spanning over a thousand years. Going to the different temples, some brick, some sandstone, some laterite, is like walking through time.

Bayon boasts realistic and iconic faces pointed in the cardinal directions. Diving further in, one can find Beng Melea, or the Jungle Temple, which archaeologists decided not to restore in favor of leaving the snaking vines and squeezing tree roots that give the temple a haunting and natural beauty.

Though most tourists stick to the “main” temples, tour guides often help visitors find hidden secrets of Angkor Wat: the island temple, the temple of the sacred cows, the exquisite untouched details of Neak Pan, or the best sunrise vista from the heights of Phnom Bakheng.

Natural Cambodia

From the beaches on the gulf of Thailand to the majestic Elephant Mountains to the biodiversity hotspot of Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia has a host of natural gems.

Natural landscapes are dotted with charming “real Cambodia” towns like the relaxing Kampong Cham, a countryside village that takes pride in its natural beauty aside the Mekong. Close by is Yeak Lom, a near perfectly spherical crater lake that was formed by a meteor impact 700,000 years ago and is endowed with mythical legends by the local town.

Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and a unique wonder. Nature lovers often stay on floating villages to discover the superlative diversity of fish, birds, reptiles, and other wildlife that call the UNESCO-protected lake home. The bird sanctuary at Prek Toal, in particular, provides a unique opportunity to watch abnormally large storks majestically take off in flight.

Cultural Cambodia

Cambodia’s landscape is punctuated by reminders of its long and complicated history.

Preah Vihear, a temple which predates Angkor Wat, summits a hilltop vista that will mesmerize you. Climb the 162 steps to explore the gopuras that adorn the temple. After exploring Preah Vihar, you can fast forward to the French colonial period at Bokor National Park. The park’s natural beauty is centered around the ruins of the Bokor Palace, a former hotel that has been made famous as a popular set for Hollywood movies.  

You cannot fully visit Cambodia without coming to terms with the raw, emotional vestiges of the country’s turbulent 20th century. Close by Siem Reap is the Cambodia Landmine Museum, which plays a role in helping people understand the true cost of war. The killing fields museum also causes pause for reflection on the nature of humanity.

However, it is not hard to find a strong and courageous side of Cambodia, determined to learn from the scars of its past. The best way to see modern Cambodia and its resolve is in the vibrant Phnom Penh. Once known as the “pearl of Asia,” the French-built capital is full of national architectural monuments. Temples and colonial villas compete with high rises and commercial centers to make for one of the more unique Asian capitals.

After seeing the terra-cotta structure that houses the national museum, you  can appreciate the local Khmer-inspired architecture of the royal palace. Most notable, however, is the steely resolve and warm hospitality of the Cambodians themselves, the most likely reason why you will be so glad you journeyed to this vibrant, dynamic, and beautiful country.

Once you’re there...

  • Crime is an issue in some cities. Stick close to your travel guides and follow their instructions to maintain your safety.
  • Be careful what you eat since some local plates can contain food-borne illness.

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