If you’re looking to stretch your budget, laze on paradise beaches, eat exquisite food and stay active with culture, a Cambodia honeymoon is perfect for you.
Cambodia is a dichotomy of awe-inspiring temples, stunning beaches and a tragic history. Cambodia’s most famous attraction is the stunning temple complex of Angkor Wat that is the largest religious monument in the world. Built in the 12th century, it lay undiscovered until the French colonization of Cambodia in the 19th century. Now, it is a busy tourist centre but there are still pockets of peace if you stray a little from the main path. Sunrise and sunset in particular show the temples in spectacular and romantic light—ideal during a Cambodia honeymoon. Whilst Siem Reap is very much a city built around tourism with everything from fancy hostels to boutique hotels, make sure you get off the beaten track and take in some of “Real Cambodia” Shoppers will love the chance to buy traditional crafts from co-ops and disadvantaged artisans, helping them to build a future in the process. Or head to Siem Reap Night Market for designer goods. Learn more about Cambodia’s bitter recent history at the hands of Pol Pot whilst in Phnom Penh and take away perspective and moments of reflection. Then head to the beaches of Sihanoukville for lively nightlife, secluded islands and white sand beaches. Foodies will love the variety of seafood at the colonial town of Kep which is also home to some spectacular sunsets.
For the perfect mix of history, culture, relaxation, spas, shopping and fantastic food, choose a Cambodia honeymoon.
When to Go
April to June are hot, sticky and unbearable humidity which make it the least favorable time to travel. July and August are generally wet but the landscapes are emerald green. It can also be busier due to school holidays in the west so book ahead. September and October are quieter with lower prices and less crowds but be aware that there can be very dramatic storms during this time which make some of the smaller roads impassable. For the best mix of warmth with a cool breeze, enjoy your Cambodia honeymoon from November to March but book in advance during the Christmas and Easter breaks.
Top Sights and Activities
- Sunrise at Angkor Wat: An absolute must during your Cambodia honeymoon is to get to the temples early or even take a hot air balloon flight for a once-in-a-lifetime moment
- Angkor Thom: Explore this lesser restored temple with an impressive bridge and headless warriors
- Tonle Sap: Take a visit to this temple and on the way sail past floating villages making sure to bring donations of school supplies or fresh fruit for the children in poverty here
- Eat a cricket: Or a spider or a fried tarantula! It’s rumored to make you beautiful.
- Visit Bamboo Island: A short boat ride from Sihanoukville and home to just 30 people, get back to basic and relax
- Take a tuk-tuk: Don’t miss out on a ride on one of these motorbike chariots that weave in and out of traffic for an exhilarating ride during your Cambodia honeymoon!
- Visit S-21: Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and learn about the terrible holocaust of 3 millions Cambodians in the 70s at the hand of vicious dictator, Pol Pot
- The Killing Fields: Just one of hundreds of Cambodian Killing Fields but the only one the government chose to allow visitors to see.
- Take in art in Battambang: Visit this north-western colonial town, ride its bamboo train and visit its numerous art galleries and studios before getting out into the countryside and exploring traditional villages
- Relax on Koh Rong: Another island of the coast of Sihanoukville with 5km of uninterrupted white sand beach and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling
- Spot dolphins in Kratie: Head to this mellow, riverside town on the Mekong to spot Irrawaddy dolphins and take in glorious sunsets
- Take a cooking lesson: Visit a local market to stock up and then return to the kitchen to cook up a feast
- Visit Kulen Waterfalls: Just a couple of hours outside Siem Reap in Phnom Kulen National park, take the tour past ancient carvings and buddha statues to the falls and witness traditional monks bathing.
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