The Aqua Mekong connects two of the most important sites
in Cambodia - the ancient heritage site of the temples of Angkor
and the country's modern day capital. Phnom Penh. We highly
recommend you spend a few days in each before and after your cruise
on the Tonle Sap Lake and River.
The temples of Angkor have attracted visitors since its
'discovery' by Henri Mouhot in the mid-nineteenth century. The
dramatic centrepiece is, of course, Angkor Wat, though the vast
temple complex also includes the famous Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom
with its countless faces of Buddha, the intricately carved Banteay
Srei and the jungle-engulfed Ta Promh, famous for its starring role
in Tomb Raider. There are countless other temples
throughout the region and you can explore them by private vehicle,
bicycle, quad-bike or even by zip-line or helicopter.
You may, should you wish, spend the night amidst the
temples - allow us to set up camp for you, where you will enjoy a
candlelit dinner with the temples as your backdrop before retiring
to your luxury tent and peaceful isolation.
We recommend a minimum of three nights at Siem Reap to
allow two full days to explore the temples of Angkor.
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will visit the Royal
Palace and the National Museum, which sits alongside the Palace. We
recommend you stay for at least one further night to allow time to
explore the capital. The capital's recent turbulent history is told
at Tuol Sleng, also known as S21 - the notorious detention centre
where Khmer Rouge cadres held and tortured captives before they
were taken to the Killing Fields on the city's outskirts for
execution. Though the stories are difficult to listen to, a visit
to both is essential for those wishing to understand Cambodia's
history and how it still shapes its present day.
Take time also to walk along the banks of the Tonle Sap
River where local people take early morning and evening exercise,
or go early evening to Wat Phnom, the ancient heart of the city
where a temple sits on top of the city's only hill. Perhaps
unsurprising for a region noted for its fragrant cuisine and French
colonial heritage, there is no shortage of excellent places to
dine, from the well-run training restaurants such as Romdeng and
Friends International to fine dining at Restaurant Le Royal at the
historic Raffles Hotel.
Red Savannah would be delighted to put a tailor-made
itinerary together for you to suit the length of time you can spare
and to ensure you get the most out of your time in Cambodia.
Contact our Cambodia holidays specialist Melissa