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Cambodia

Angkor Wat is on every intrepid traveller’s ‘must see’ list and for good reason. One of humanity’s greatest architectural achievements, it remains a magnificent and evocative sight. We recommend a good four days in Siem Reap, to even begin to scratch the surface of Khmer architecture. There are vast, millennial stone faces watching you at Angkor, the Bayon Temple and Banteay Srei. And there are many more temples cocooned in the jungle; sites covered by moss and the wandering tendrils of thick vines. There is a grand choice of accommodation from luxury resort to colonial mansions to super chic city. Beyond Angkor, the capital Phnom Penh is vigorous and bustling and further afield, there are Eco lodges on the Mekong and quiet beaches on the Gulf of Thailand. While we usually insist you include Cambodia as an ‘add on’ to Vietnam and Thailand, it’s definitely worthy of an entire trip on its own.
  • “Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia” written by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid offers great insights into Cambodian cuisine
  • The smell of jasmine is everywhere
  • Angkor was one of the largest pre-industrial cities in the world, and probably supported up to a million people
  • 50% of the Cambodian population is under the age of 15
  • There are dolphins in the Mekong!
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Signature Moments
  • Cooking at the Culinary Institute
  • Receiving blessings from the monks on the road to Siem Reap
  • Travelling by ox drawn cart to remote villages
  • Learning from the curator at the ruins of Beng Melea

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