Cambodia is home to the magnificent temples of Angkor, whose very name is synonymous with Asian mysticism, jungle temples and the exotic architecture unique to the region. Angkor has captured the imagination of the European traveller since Henri Mouhot visited the ruins in 1860 and today has become one of South-East Asia’s most desirable destinations.
What could be more memorable than seeing the sun rise over the distinctive towers of Angkor Wat itself or watching the sunset cast a golden glow on one of the imposing stone faces of the Bayon? The simply breathtaking beauty of these ancient temples is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The town of Siem Reap is nearest to the Angkor complex and in recent years, the town has seen an influx of stylish hotels and resorts, ensuring that discerning guests have a chic haven to which they can retire after a long day’s temple exploration.
With Cambodia rapidly shaking off her brutal past, it is no longer only Siem Reap that draws travellers from across the globe. The relaxed riverside city of Phnom Penh is filled with fascinating history, both ancient and modern; with its Buddhist temples and laid-back café culture, Cambodia’s capital is a popular and atmospheric destination.
Also emerging is Cambodia’s coastline. As of yet, it is far less developed than the beaches of neighbouring Thailand, Sihanoukville and Kep, which are both increasing in popularity for those who wish to get off the beaten track for beach relaxation. The North-East offers wild territory, shy hill tribes and eerie forests for the truly adventurous.
Cambodia’s weather can be divided into two seasons – wet and dry. The dry season begins in November with temperatures in the mid-twenties. The heat increases and can reach up to forty degrees Celsius in May before the rain appears in June or July and lasts until late September. For the majority of the rainy season, the rain consists of short sharp showers which usually arrive in the afternoon. Siem Reap tends to be hotter than Phnom Penh and midday touring of the temples is best avoided during the dry season.
With quick connections from either Bangkok, Singapore or Malaysia, Cambodia is now easily accessible but still retains an aura of undiscovered beauty and adventure.
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