Cambodia has long been one of the most dynamic and enigmatic nations in Southeast Asia. Stretching across vast plains and delta lowlands, this captivating country has been the site of magnificent ancient civilisations and devastating political tragedies alike. Despite its tumultuous history, Cambodia’s past is immortalised in the world-famous Angkor Wat complex, its post-colonial capital city and steadfastly friendly locals.
While the amazing structures of Angkor remain the star attraction, many tour operators offer travellers the opportunity to explore the length and breadth of this amazing nation, with unique and innovative experiences along the way. These include educational journeys that introduce guests to the spiritual traditions of Buddhism, visiting monasteries and practicing meditation with local monks, and cultural exchanges that introduce travellers to authentic daily life in Cambodia.
Traditional and authentic culture
The best way to experience true Cambodian culture is as a participant rather than an onlooker, so if you want to delve into the heart of local communities and learn about the traditions and customs of the Khmer people, look for tours that will take you beyond the main highlights and incorporate unique experiences into expertly-crafted itineraries.
Many tour operators also help to support sustainable tourism development by including social enterprises and partnering with local community-based development projects. You’ll get to immerse yourself in the activities of daily village life, learn traditional crafts, fishing and farming techniques, as well as share a meal with the villagers in a spirit of mutual cultural exchange.
There are tours to suit all travel styles and tastes, so you can be as hands-on as you choose. Nature trekking, rafting and biking excursions are just a few of the more active experiences, but you can also opt for luxury beach breaks, river cruises or urban adventures.
Your personal travel manager can help you choose a tour operator that focuses on delivering amazing experiences but has a low impact on natural resources, is respectful of local customs and supportive of local economies. You may also like to choose an operator that partners with local not-for-profit organisations such as Friends International and the ChildSafe Movement, both of whom work to improve child safety and fight child exploitation.
For a range of tours that will introduce you to the heart of Cambodia, contact your local personal travel manager here.