Cambodia, Custom Private Journeys

Cambodia has gone through turbulent times, but once again is at peace and is set to take its place as one of the most fascinating destinations in South East Asia. The once mighty Khmer Empire flourished during the Angkorian period between the 9th and 14th centuries when it was the cultural center of the region and exerted its influence over Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Today the incredible legacy is with the temples of Angkor. Siem Reap is the base for exploring Angkor. Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia, once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, still retains much of its colonial charm.

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is Cambodia's only maritime port, located 230km to the south of Phnom Penh and accessible via one of the best roads in the country. Sihanoukville however, is not just a seaport, but also famous for its picture postcard tropical beaches. Boats can be chartered from local fishermen to the nearby islands where coral, teeming with tropical fishes, is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. The white sands, warm waters, blue skies and delicious fresh seafood of Sihanoukville can be experienced and savored all year round. The attractive towns of Kampot and Kep were once fashionable haunts of the French colonial elite, and have stunning offshore islands and beautiful bays. The ruins of the luxurious mansions, destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, can be seen all along the coast.

However increasingly Cambodia is seen not only through the ruins and temples at Angkor and the miles of sandy white beaches in Sihanoukville. South Western Cambodia which shares the border with Thailand is home to at least 4 National Parks and Conservation areas. It is possible to overland from Siem Reap to Battambang to Phnon Penh, and to any of the National Parks and continue on to the Thai border to Thailand’s beautiful Marine National Park at Ko Chang, and then eventually Bangkok.

There is increasing interest in off the beaten track programs for the East side of Cambodia—especially to Mondulkiri province, with hill tribes, The Elephant Valley Project which supports elephant and forest conservation and research. It also helps the indigenous Bunong village for protection of their land and rights.

Cambodia is loosing large tracks of primary forests to logging, legally or illegally. The concept of National Parks and conservation is still relatively new, especially to a cash strapped economy like Cambodia. These off the beaten track programs can generate income and interests to help local communities towards sustainability and protect these forests for future generations.

It is very easy for us to customize a program for you. What we have listed here is only a sample of possibilities. Our local operator is well trusted and we are ready to design any program that fit your needs – be it for just visiting the temples at Angkor Wat or an ultra deluxe stay at a private island, or a 4 wheel drive program with nature, hill tribes and elephants.