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.
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.
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