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Take a break from the temples - activities for families, nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies. Or those just looking to relax...
Siem Reap is a great base for walking and kayaking, birdwatching and visiting temples well off the beaten track for that true "Indiana Jones" feeling.
Delve into the picturesque countryside as you ride Battambang's infamous bamboo train, be awestruck by the skills of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus troupe and view the emerging art scene in Cambodia's third city.
Travel by boat between Siem Reap and Battamabang and absorb the sights, sounds and smells(!) of life on the Tonle Sap Lake - possibly opting for a luxury cruise with personal chef and masseuse.
Excellent diving, snorkeling, water sports and beach relaxation can all be found at Cambodia's liveliest beach destination, Sihanoukville. Still relatively undeveloped, Sihanoukville is a great base to visit the beaches and ecosystems of Ream National park, take a trip out to one of the islands, or just lay back and enjoy the sunshine.
Kick back in sleepy coastal towns Kep and Kampot, as you soak up the sun on Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), sail the coastline and savour mouth watering crab, seasoned with local salt and pepper (possibly the world's finest). Once the Cambodian royal beach resort, Kep is a sleepy backwater, and the perfect place to unwind - enjoy it before everybody else finds it! And did we mention the seafood?
Make your journey to or from the Coast of Cambodia part of the experience: visit some of the untouristic sights of rural Takeo province.
Enjoy the serenity of outstandingly beautiful natural surroundings from your luxurious villa on Song Saa Private Island, the epitome of paradise. Dine on world-class cuisine, experience the unforgettable wonder of a bioluminescence swim and enjoy the facilities of this all inclusive 5* resort.
Phnom Penh is a vibrant city, with bars, restaurants and a developing music scene. Beyond the stunning Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, or the challenging Khmer Rouge sites, conisder:
Amid the stunning setting of the South Cardamom Mountains get up close to nature trekking through the lush jungles of Koh Kong Province. Explore the rivers by kayak, take a boat through the mangroves on the coast, and swim in waterfall pools such as at Tatai.
Accommodation ranges from the luxurious 4 Rivers floating lodge, through ecologically sensitive choices such as Rainbow lodge, to homestays in Cambodian communities.
Endangered mammals and unique bird species - Cambodia conceals a wealth of wildlife. From simple day trips and overnight stays, to fortnight-long expeditions around the country:
Enter stilted houses in the floating and stilted villages along the Tonle Sap Lake to see how these subsistence fishing communities live: take a short trip in a motor boat, or take the opportunity to follow little explored kayaking routes through the flooded forests to floating villages.
The more adventurous may venture further afield by kayak, getting closer to nature exploring the mangroves and channels around the lake, perhaps entering the Prek Toal biosphere with a specialist wildlife guide.
Combine kayaking with biking and walking tours - explore the countryside of rural Siem Reap Province, even camping out on the banks of an Angkorian reservoir now only used by wildlife.
Put yourselves in the shoes of the original European explorers "discovering" lost temples in the forests of Cambodia:
True wilderness country, visiting Mondulkiri or Ratanakiri provinces will ensure you're off the beaten track. Regions of forest, plantations and waterfalls, populated by tribes living on the margins of Cambodia - socially and geographically - they are far from fast-paced, and accommodation can be rustic!
Guided along our unique crowd avoidance routes you'll discover hidden temples across the main Angkor Archaeological park. Experience more:
So close in character, Lao people are even more relaxed and welcoming than Khmers. Laos is a large, sparsely populated country, with the mighty Mekong winding its way through stunning mountain scenery before the waterfalls of the 4,000 Islands into Cambodia.
Consider Laos for:
Cambodia and Laos - an unforgettable taste of Indochina.
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Angkor Wat is a magical place to visit. Expert guides will introduce you to this marvel of the ancient world, centrepiece of the largest city in the world in the middle ages.
For a magical experience, view the temples from the air, or even use as a backdrop to your very own "temple dinner".
ABOUTAsia's guides are interviewed for knowledge and language skills, and learn our crowd avoidance routes through the Angkor temples.
Visit the essential Angkor Temples during your 3 day tour, or make Siem Reap one stop on a much longer vacation.
Accommodation for tastes ranging from indulgent luxury to stylish minimalism, colonial grandeur or a relaxed family feel.
The range of activities changes often - ask us for our current recommendations.
Example Itineraries for the more active traveler, or those wishing to see more of the country than most tourists.
All of our "off the shelf" tours only have a few days in Siem Reap. Many guests stay for much longer, however...
The sites of the Khmer Rouge are challenging, and not for everybody, but the city has much more to offer...
Song Saa is a brand new all-inclusive 5* resort off the coast of Sihanoukville. Contact us for 2012 packages.
Travelers looking for a more rustic feel should consider the islands off Sihanoukville: accommodation can be basic, but seclusion is unrivalled.
Add a short or longer stay at the coast to round off your Cambodian journey. From diving to desert islands - perfect relaxation.
Riding the Bamboo train, and visiting the Circus are the real must-dos, but Battambang also boasts Cambodia's first vineyard...
Explore the mangroves forests and waterways of Koh Kong province - trek up mountains, swim under waterfalls...
Takeo is between Phnom Penh and Kep, and is a great day out when traveling between the two cities, or out from Phnom Penh.
Longer journeys, including some out of the way places - ask our experts for something unusual, tailor-made for you.
Visit the north of the country, visiting 7 different sites as well as the temples of Angkor.
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