Posted by: travelrat | July 29, 2012

Guest Post: How to tailor-make your perfect Cambodia holiday

Angkor Wat: photo courtesy Tourism Cambodia (

by Nick Pulley

When I set out for Cambodia, to say I was unprepared was an understatement. I was going on the words of wisdom of fellow travellers and advice given in an eight year old guidebook. Things were not looking good for me but fortunately I had one thing on my side, time! If you aren’t as lucky as me, it is vital that you plan the perfect tailor made holiday in Cambodia which encompasses all that the fascinating nation has to offer, here are a few things to take in to consideration before you jet off.

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First things first, getting from A to B. Fortunately, the ease with which you can travel around from destination to destination on buses means that you can pretty much go wherever you please. The route that you will take will most likely depend on which country you arrive from Thailand, Vietnam or Laos.

What’s a trip to a country without getting to know, interacting with and learning from the locals? Despite the Khmer people’s recent turbulent history, everywhere that you’ll go you will be greeted with smiles whether you are in the bustling urban centres of Siem Reap and Phnom Pehn or if you are a guest in their village as you undertake a trek through the jungle. If you take the time to listen and attempt to communicate, you will be treated to interactions and be regaled with stories that will strike a real chord and leave you with wonderful memories of this stricken, yet fascinating nation.

There is no denying that the “must-see” sight in Cambodia is the Temples of Angkor. Year on year, the number of international tourists flocking here increases exponentially and once you have visited you will understand why. No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the historical site which is located on the outskirts of Siem Reap. As you are tailor-making your perfect trip, it is entirely up to you how long you visit for. You may be content with watching sunrise or sunset or alternatively, you may want to explore each and every corner and every upturned rock. How long you stay and which temples you visit depends entirely on you.

As I mentioned, the country’s past is a chequered one and it is important that you take time to learn about what happened and why. Under the rule of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge are thought to have orchestrated the mass genocide of close to two million people between 1975-1979. To show respect to their past I recommend visiting the Killing Fields and S21 – a school which was transformed into a prison camp.

After visiting the sights of the city and soaking up the culture, the perfect Cambodia holiday can be rounded off nicely with a trip to the beach. Whether that be the party town of Sihanoukville, the sleepy town of Kep or the “Sweetheart Islands”, there is a spot of beach with your name on it.

The diversity of Cambodia allows visitors to soak up culture, explore history and relax in beautiful surroundings. Now it’s up to you to decide what you want to do!

Nick is the founder of Selective Asia. He was lucky enough to turn his life’s biggest passion – travel, into a full time job and has never looked back. Nick uses every opportunity he gets to explore the world’s exotic wonders. His travels took him from the deserts of Namibia to Canadian Arctic, but his real passion has always been Asia. He’s travelled through Laos, Burma, Borneo, Vietnam, Cambodia. He returns from every journey with a heavy heart but full of memories and inspirations. Check out Nick’s Google + page at



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