Alila Villas Koh Russey
A stunning eco-resort
Cambodia is located in the South Western part of the Indo China Peninsula, and shares its borders with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Here you can will find impenetrable jungles along with temples abandoned long ago, vast mountain ranges, the Mekong River plus the wondrous Tonle Sap Lake. There are also beautiful white sandy beaches on the South West coast.
If you intend to travel overland, the best time to go is in the dry season as the mud roads in the countryside can be very difficult to negotiate and are almost impossible to pass after it has been raining. However, this is when the country is at its most beautiful showing off all its greenery against dramatic skies – also the temples and places of interest will be a lot less crowded. Rainy season runs from about mid-June to early October.
The countryside in Cambodia is absolutely stunning. One example of unspoiled scenery is Tonle Sap Lake which is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and was designated a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. Most of the year it is fairly small but by mid-June the sheer volume of water leading into it from the Mekong and Bassak rivers which have been fed from the monsoon rains swells it so much, it changes its direction of flow as it cannot handle any more water. This is the only lake in the world where this happens! At this time the surrounding forests are flooded and create a perfect breeding ground for fish.
If you’re a beach lover, you’ll find the best time for a beach holiday is October to June. Sihanoukville and Kep are the main beach areas with a good standard of hotels available. It’s a great way to relax after touring around Cambodia.
Food-wise, the cuisine is similar to Thai but without being too spicy. Curries, seafood, rice, noodles and soup are the basic staples. There are literally hundreds of varieties of Khmer rice from fragrant jasmine to countless wild types, brown and sticky. Vegetarians are usually catered well for in the larger cities, but may struggle a bit in more remote areas – this is where a good English speaking guide comes in handy!
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GMT +7 hours
Currency: Cambodian Riel. (US Dollars are widely accepted)
The rainy season is from June to October with temperatures of 24°C on average. In the dry season (October until April), temperatures can reach up to 30°C.
In April and May temperatures are very high in the region of 40°C.
No visit to Cambodia is complete without a visit to Angkor Archaeological Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Within the grounds of this vast area there are no less than 50 Buddhist and Hindu Temples dating back to the 12th century and, of course, there’s the magnificent Angkor Wat. If you have time to travel further afield there are numerous other sites which are even older than Angkor including the Ta Prohm, famous as a setting in Tomb Raider.
The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is definitely worth a visit. Browse the varied offerings at the night market, enjoy a tuk-tuk ride and visit the spectacular Royal Palace.
There are stunning beaches at Sihanoukville to help you relax after a tour of the country’s archaeological sites. It has an unspoiled coast line that has yet to be developed.