"You'll feel the magic of Cambodia wherever you go, from the temples of Angkor to the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake."
Discover the temples of the lost city of Angkor Wat
Angkor Archaeological Park—home to the famous Temple of Angkor Wat—is one of the most popular and culturally significant destinations in Southeast Asia. Be enchanted by the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat as we discover the incredible ruins and learn about a city that once was. Stillness and quiet is best found during sunrise.
Make a difference by visiting Artisans d'Angkor
You’ll positively impact Cambodian culture with a visit to Artisans d’Angkor. Created to revive ancient Cambodian arts and crafts, this local business creates job opportunities for young people in rural areas. Buy souvenirs and support the social mission of this highly regarded local initiative.
Wander around The Old Market in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the centre of charming Cambodia. The city has a lot on offer, starting with the most stunning temples in the country and ending with an impressive creative cultural scene. Peer into the traditional ways of Cambodians through food, clothing, produce and more at The Old Market known as Psar Chas.
Take a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake
Our Cambodia tour will take you to the famed Tonle Sap – a large freshwater lake surrounded by many villages and millions of people. Here, experience an authentic floating village and visit local families living aboard many wooden houseboats. Be inspired by the slow and steady way of living from days gone by.
Visit the Silver Pagoda
Silver is not all you will find at the Silver Pagoda, a site that sparkles with gold, diamonds and gemstones. As we enter the Royal Palace Complex, you will stand in awe at the bedazzled Buddha statues that showcase the extent of devotion woven into this nation. Climb the red marble staircase and discover the extraordinary ruins of a site that was once constructed only of wood.
Our top 5 things to do in Cambodia
From natural beauty to layers and layers of history, the list of things to discover in this striking country seems infinite. Here are just some of the enchanting moments waiting when you take a Cambodia tour with Trafalgar.
Wat Phnom temple
Stand in awe of Phnom Penh’s tallest religious structure, taking command at 27 metres high. Walk up Wat Phnom temple’s ancient staircase to the top of the only hill in the city, where you will feel the weight of history within the walls built in 137It’s grand monuments like these that make Cambodia so special.
Museum of Genocide
The dark past of Cambodia cannot be forgotten. Pay respect and gain a deeper understanding with a stop at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a must for any visitor. Wander the halls of what was once a security prison and witness the living conditions of those who were held captive by the Khmer Rouge.
Home of the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace is the residence of the King of Cambodia. Together, we’ll visit one of the city’s most popular attractions, which holds an important place in the city skyline. Roam through the pristine gardens and enjoy an escape from the bustle of Phnom Penh life.
Best museums in Cambodia
Spirituality, survival and royalty transcribe through the museums of Cambodia. Let Trafalgar guide you into the heart of this mystical land, as we peel back the layers of its turbulent past and a culture that could not be extinguished.
Cambodia’s answer to pho, kuy teav is a noodle soup with Chinese origins, consisting of rice noodles, pork stock and toppings like pork neck, ground pork and a boiled egg. Slurp it down for breakfast for the most authentic experience.
Nom Banh Chok
Another popular breakfast dish for Cambodians is num banh chok – a mixture of rice vermicelli noodles served with fish gravy, plenty of raw vegetables and chilli peppers.Order your serve like the locals do, from a street vendor off the back of a bike.
Chewing on crispy tarantula spiders is a delicacy in Cambodia. Quite expensive when compared to other local dishes, it is often eaten for special events like birthdays and anniversaries. Be brave and immerse in local culture with a few frightening bites, if only for the story when you return home.
Best food in Cambodia
Let Trafalgar indulge you with the traditional tastes of Cambodian cuisine, heavily influenced by the country’s neighbours, Thailand and Vietnam. There’s no better way to connect to a local culture than through its food.
What to pack for Cambodia
Comfortable sandals or shoes
Whether you’re on a Cambodia escorted tour or passing through on your own, there is no doubt you will find yourself walking for hours each day, so comfortable walking shoes are a must have for your packing list.
If you’re not on a Cambodia tour, you may not be advised that the local Cambodians dress conservatively. In order to respect their culture, avoid revealing or extravagant items of clothing and dress modestly.
Phnom Penh is exactly what you’d expect of a capital city in Asia, alive with energy and noise at all hours. Earplugs are an essential in your Cambodia vacation pack to make sure you get a good night’s rest.
Cambodia doesn’t get cold, with year-round temperatures ranging from warm to hot. Pack lightweight and absorbent clothing like linen or very fine cotton. It’s ideal for days of adventuring in this part of the world.
Cambodia boasts a warm and tropical climate, but a distinct wet and dry season set the calendar thanks to its proximity to the equator. Bring a raincoat if your trip coincides with the annual down pour.