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Introducing Cambodia

Centuries of heritage, unbelievable natural beauty, and friendly locals make this welcoming destination a premier stop for all travel enthusiasts.

When is the best time to visit?
There’s no bad time of year to visit Cambodia, but the main tourist season happens when temperatures are coolest from November through February. To avoid some of the crowds, visit towards the end of the country’s dry season, which extends all the way into May. 

Where to go in Cambodia?
For an iconic Cambodian experience, tour the temples of the ancient city of Angkor. Additionally, there are many undiscovered off-the-beaten-path gems, like the untouched island beaches of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, the up and coming bustling city of Phnom Penh, and the 216 stone faces carved at Angkor Thom. 

How many days do I need?
Budget at least 6 days in Cambodia to explore the temples and also get to know the vibrant community.

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Visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world
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Best of Cambodia: Temples, Beaches & Nature - 13 Days

Dig into the nature, history, and fascinating culture of Cambodia on this two-week trip that takes you from temples to tropical beaches, a lush national park, and the bustling capital city.  Start in the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, where you'll take a cooking class and see the amazing Phare Circus. Spend a few days relaxing in an island paradise, take a boat trip to a secluded resort deep in the Cardamom Mountains, and end your trip with a food tour in Phnom Penh.

Experience Angkor Wat in all its splendor
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Highlights of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Angkor, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong & More - 15 Days

This 15-day tour of Cambodia brings you to the wonders of Angkor, Phnom Penh, the heritage town of Battambang, the pristine natural beauty of the Cardamom Mountains, and the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong.  Get off the tourist trail and experience a different side of the Kingdom of Wonder, with visits to remote temple complexes and villages, and the chance to experience the Phare Circus and take a boat trip through the rainforest with a backdrop of mountains and rivers.

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Culture & Nature in Cambodia and Vietnam - 13 Days

This journey through Indochina will walk you into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor, take you on a trip to the authentic floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, and let you explore the world-famous Halong Bay.  You will start your journey in historical Siem Reap in Cambodia and continue to  Vietnam, where you will explore the Imperial City in Hue,  the famous  400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, and Ho Chi Minh City—the largest city in Vietnam.

BIKING CHALLENGE IN CAMBODIA
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Bike Journey Through Cambodia - 12 Days

See Cambodia by bike, following a pilgrimage route from Angkor to the Siem Reap Province. By getting off the beaten path, this challenge is a truly unique way to experience the lost temples and unknown sites of Cambodia. Alternatively, the tour can be completed on foot, offering great opportunities for trekking and hiking.

Explore Cambodia's beautiful untouched jungle
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Culture & Nature of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Cardamom Mountains & More - 15 Days

Explore remote temples hidden in the jungle, ride bicycles through rice paddies and past traditional stilted houses, and go on boat trips to waterfalls and remote fishing villages on this 15-day culture and nature tour through the Kingdom of Wonder. Start in the historic city of Siem Reap where you can marvel at the ancient capital of Angkor, then make your way to Battambang and Phnom Penh, before ending your trip with a week exploring Cambodia's wild and beautiful southwestern regions.

Explore the ancient city of Angkor on this amazing tour
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Siem Reap: Angkor Culture & Cuisine - 5 Days

Enjoy a different side to Cambodia and learn about the fascinating culture and cuisine of the country on this slow-paced 5-day tour around the colonial city of Siem Reap and through ancient Angkorian ruins. From local breakfasts and street food to home-cooking, market stalls, and fine dining, with guided tours of lesser-visited temples and plenty of time to explore the historic hotspots, this is the ideal tour for food fans who want to experience a more authentic taste of Cambodia.

Make the Most of Your Time in Cambodia

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How Many Days to Spend in Cambodia

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How Many Days to Spend in Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country with a wealth of cultural attractions and landscapes, from glorious beaches to thick jungle-clad mountains and lush rivers. However, it's best not to pack too much into your visit because the infrastructure makes getting around quite slow. If you opt for a slow-travel experience that favors quality over quantity, it doesn't matter whether you have five days or two weeks in Cambodia, as you'll certainly have a rich and rewarding stay.

Golden Buddhas at Phnom Sampeau
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Siem Reap to the Coast: Battambang, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong, Kampot & Kep - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary covers the bases for a complete Cambodian experience, combining top sites, fun activities, insights into local life, and sampling authentic dishes from rice cakes to pepper crab. Over 14 days, you'll explore Angkor's temples, boat among Tonlé Sap Lake's floating villages, cycle the countryside, meet landmine-sniffing rats, and enjoy glamping in Cardamom Mountains National Park. Plus, there's time to relax by the beaches of Kep before rounding out your adventure in Phnom Penh.

A massive stone face at Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
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Best of Cambodia: Temples, Beaches & Nature - 14 Days

You can experience every facet of Cambodia in two weeks, from exploring its ancient culture and archaeological treasures to off-the-beaten-path rainforest adventures and a relaxing beach idyll. Spend several days exploring the ancient sites and rural culture of Siem Reap, the Royal Palace and markets of Phnom Penh, and the wildlife-rich rainforest of Botum Sakor National Park. Top it off with four days kicking back by sunning and snorkeling on the beaches of Koh Rong.

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Camellia Nguyen

I love traveling, I have been traveling to most places in Vietnam. Travel is to learn more about the life of the locals, not just a holiday and more important is about to keep the destinations...

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I was born and grown in Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam. I have always been interested in travel and discovering other cultures and places. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a tour guide...

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Trip Reviews for Cambodia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help m...
Cambodia | Jan 6 - Jan 22, 2023

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suzanne s.
Windsor, CA | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help match travelers directly with local specialists. We wanted to create an itinerary for Cambodia that was an authentic, personalized and responsible travel experience. Steve provided excellent service for the pre, during, and post travel journey. We were happy with nearly everything that was planned and he matched our travel intentions well with local guides and resources. For the one snag that did take place - Steve worked expediently with the... read more

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help match travelers directly with local specialists. We wanted to create an itinerary for Cambodia that was an authentic, personalized and responsible travel experience. Steve provided excellent service for the pre, during, and post travel journey. We were happy with nearly everything that was planned and he matched our travel intentions well with local guides and resources. For the one snag that did take place - Steve worked expediently with the local hotel to provide us with a solution that went above and beyond our expectations.

Without a doubt, we would recommend kimkim and Steve's management service for SE Asia to our friends and family.

Hotel Reviews
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap
Authenticity & Character
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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Cardamom Tented Camp
Trapeang Rung
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Passion by Achariyak
Koh Rong Sanloem
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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch)
Siem Reap

Our guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of the temples and made the experience comfortable with refillable water bottles and a kind remork driver. He also used a terrific book that showed visual illustrations of what the temples looked like historically as compared to today. We ended up purchasing several as gifts for friends and family.

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Basket makers, rice noodles & ancient trails cycling tour
Siem Reap

Wonderful way to see truly see local people and families and the crafts and foods they make for their income.

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A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest
Siem Reap

This is a wonderful program that is very experiential. You prepare and feed the elephants and learn about their personalities and have a chance to touch their trunks with careful instruction. Great guide, great lunch.

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Full day Cardamom Tented Camp (Trekker & Explorer Packages)
Botum Sakor National Park

This is a must-do for travelers that like the outdoors and want an off the beaten path cambodian experience. Great bird watching, beautiful and clean river, very kind staff and guides, delicious food. The 'glamping' set-up was very modern and comfortable.

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Phnom Penh Half day, Royal Palace & Central Market
Phnom Penh

Our guide Pich was so wonderful. Knowledgable, fun, and the absolute perfect pace for touring.

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Late afternoon until evening foodie tour
Phnom Penh

This was such a fun experience. We tried the most delicious street food and then ate a local restaurant. We even stopped for a cocktail. This was made truly excellent by our guide, Pich, who participated in eating with us. It was like having a friend show you around the food scene of Cambodia. SO FUN

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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

Hi Suzanne & Bryce,
Many thanks for your kind words, which will be helpful for future travellers when considering Cambodia.
We love to plan bespoke travel and treat each request individually. It was great to know your interests to help match with what we could offer in Cambodia. It worked perfectly except for the beach hotel which has gone downhill in recent weeks. Thanks for all your honest comments there which have been shared and hopefully the hotel will return to the good level of... read more

Hi Suzanne & Bryce,
Many thanks for your kind words, which will be helpful for future travellers when considering Cambodia.
We love to plan bespoke travel and treat each request individually. It was great to know your interests to help match with what we could offer in Cambodia. It worked perfectly except for the beach hotel which has gone downhill in recent weeks. Thanks for all your honest comments there which have been shared and hopefully the hotel will return to the good level of service it used to have.
Hope you plan your next trip with Kimkim and I'm sure there will be an expert ready to assist.
Best regards from Siem Reap,
Steve.

I hope that on my next trip (wherever in the ...
Cambodia | Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2023

Scott
Scott B.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

I hope that on my next trip (wherever in the world that might be), I have another guide like Chu and his team at Absolute Tours in Siem Reap. He was energetic (most sprightly!) and fun and absolutely made the city and Cambodia come alive for us while taking us on rarely traveled back-roads and single-track mountain bike trails. We were amazed by his knowledge and his passion for sharing and teaching. While many guides seem to tick the box, Chu was ready to take us beyond the well-worn tourist... read more

I hope that on my next trip (wherever in the world that might be), I have another guide like Chu and his team at Absolute Tours in Siem Reap. He was energetic (most sprightly!) and fun and absolutely made the city and Cambodia come alive for us while taking us on rarely traveled back-roads and single-track mountain bike trails. We were amazed by his knowledge and his passion for sharing and teaching. While many guides seem to tick the box, Chu was ready to take us beyond the well-worn tourist trails Instagram spots and to show us the rarely visited temples and vistas. For these kinds of experiences, we were deeply grateful. Touring Southeast Asian countries during the lunar holidays can certainly provided some challenges, but none so great that I couldn't recommend going at this time of year. So while there were some hiccups with communication along the way, our two week trip ultimately will be remembered for the stunning views and the amazing experiences and the lovely people we met in these two very unique countries.

Hotel Reviews
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Hà Nội

You cannot beat this location! However, in being walking distance to nearly everything, you also end up with lots of noise. Some of this is city noise and some of it is from the hotel, but regardless, if you're a very light sleeper, there might be a better option. The breakfast was superb and the wifi was strong through out the property. There was a small gym, but it was dated. What really sets this place apart though is it's location. While not affiliated with the hotel, the Blue Butterfly restaurant across the street was also delicious and offered generous servings.

Authenticity & Character
La Siesta provides a very western feel without the chain atmosphere. The lobby and restaurant were warm and welcoming, but parts of the building felt dated but not quite historic.
Location
Located on a safe and quieter street, you cannot find a hotel better situated than this. A ten minute walk from the front door got you just about everywhere in the old city. We also felt very safe walking around from the hotel at night.
Staff
The front desk went above and beyond in helping us with maps, recommendations, and reservations. The changed money for us and even mailed postcards for me. Top-tier service.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were clean, but decorations and styling were dated. The mattresses in our rooms were firm, but had evidence of use in the middle. There were usb outlets beside the beds which was nice. The real difference between La Siesta and a five-star hotel is the noise. Doors opening and closing, people talking in the hallways passing by your room made me wonder if I had left the door ajar. City noise from outside the window isn't something the hotel can control, but the car horns and music from passing traffic was also noticeable while trying to fall asleep.
Hidden Charm Ninh Binh
Ninh Thang, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh

This is a nice place to stay for a night, but it really leaves you feeling uninspired and isn't remarkable for either very good or very bad reason. While clean and safe, Hidden Charm ultimately lacks any real character. By trying not to offend, it's decor and atmosphere feel very sterile and impersonal. On the contrary the staff were all wonderful and incredibly accommodating even going to far as to provide us another room at a discounted rate. The breakfast was varied and had something for everyone. The walk into town was short and easy and also felt safe. Hidden Charm had neither extreme highs nor extreme lows, and sometimes that exactly what you want in a travel hotel.

Authenticity & Character
If you want to remember everything about your trip to Ninh Binh, this isn't the hotel for you. We had difficulty recalling what it exactly looked like, which could be good thing ultimately as the hotel should not be the highlight of the trip.
Location
Easy and safe walk in to town.
Staff
Like all the hotels we stayed at in Vietnam, the service was five-star. Very grateful to the front desk for not only accommodating us with another room, but also not taking advantage of our request.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The grout and tiles in the bathrooms could be cleaned or reapplied, but otherwise this was a clean and modern hotel.
Hôtel Perle d’Orient Cat Ba

Parts of this hotel reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel. The Hotel Perle is a gorgeous hotel at the end of a long road from town with stunning views, a hidden path to another beach, and a lobby and bar right out of the 1920's. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was inviting and warm, and the amenities like the spa and gym are top-notch. The two private beaches are just that, private. They are clean and sunlit and perfect for all types of travelers. Wish we could have stayed longer. We will certainly be back. Highest recommendation.

Authenticity & Character
This places oozes with charm and prestige.
Location
It's a half mile walk to town on a very safe and picturesque road. However some guests might not feel comfortable walking that far at night. We had no problems at all and actually enjoyed the stroll on both nights we were there.
Staff
The front desk staff was friendly and inviting and made us feel right at home. The hotel was short staffed because of the Lunar New Year, but we never knew it because the service was seamless.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms felt new and are immaculately maintained.
Era Cruises
Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi

While the boat staff was friendly and welcoming, the cruise itself lacked any real personality or excitement. Guests are left mostly to take in the views of the stunning bay (although floating debris and trash is a real detraction). The activities offered feel half hearted and mostly done so the boat can say the offered them. There is a real lack of earnestness in this. The fishing for squid is a great example. It was not squid season, nor were we in a spot where you'd normally catch squid, but they gave us the poles and told us to try anyway. While this type of cruise might appeal to some, it wasn't for us and so I can't recommend it.

Authenticity & Character
It felt like the boat was going through the motions of another cruise. It felt very uninspired.
Location
The views are commanding and unique to this part of the world. Unfortunately the presence of debris and garbage in the water is such that it can't be ignored.
Staff
Mr. Lee brought tons of energy and was very friendly and likable. He carried the cruise by himself.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean, but older and well-used interiors. You don't go on a cruise to watch television, but I found it interesting that none of the movies played all the way through. I have no idea if there were or not, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were pirated (no pun intended).
La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa
Quảng Nam

A serene and luxurious place to stay. The staff was amazing, the rooms were immaculate, and the food was delicious. Would love to stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
This isn't a hotel, it's a resort, and it's a very good one at that.
Location
A bit far from the main area of town, but that's also what gives it its peace and quiet. Not a far walk, but far enough if the sun is out.
Staff
The staff were amazing. They allowed us an early check-in and a late check-out. The front desk learned our names and greeted us warmly every time we were in the lobby.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our rooms were spotless and plush. The wifi was strong and fast and the hot water lasted even after the longest of showers after epic bike rides in the cold rain. I can't say enough good about how comfortable this place was to stay.
Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa

After having such incredible experiences at our other hotels on this trip, this was a major let down. The rooms and beds were old and well worn. My room on the fourth floor had an ant infestation that I was only aware of after having a cup of tea in my room. The doors didn't latch properly and needed slamming which created it's own kind of disturbance as well. The location is central and walking to some parts of town is easy, but rides are required for any place really worth going. The staff was friendly but distant. Kind, but not really caring. The breakfast was also far weaker than any other place we stayed. Cold food that was supposed to be hot, dry tasteless breads and weak tea and coffee (you could buy a stronger brewed cup) made this feel more like a motel than a hotel. The pool was nice, but it wasn't anything special. While we felt both safe here and could endure the minor physical problems and blemishes this is not a hotel (and definitely not a resort) that I can recommend or would travel to again.

Authenticity & Character
I don't think the hotel was really trying to be authentic unless heavily worn and dated is an authentic look. Lots of stains on floors and walls, mismatched paint, loose woodwork, and basic furniture in the bedrooms told the story of a hotel where no one really cared about maintenance or appearance.
Location
The location was probably the best part about this place. Easy to bike from here around the city and to the temples. Easy walk to restaurants and Pub Street. I'm not entirely sure it was 100% safe to walk from there late at night, but it was only about 800m.
Staff
The mainly kept to themselves behind the desk in the lobby. No doormen, bellhops, or concierge offering assistance of any kind.
Cleanliness & Comfort
I think the hotel covers the basics like changing sheets and towels, but there was little evidence of much else. Years of dirt and grime build up certainly point to the contrary.
Activity Reviews
Ninh Binh - Trang An - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc
Ninh Binh

After cycling for a couple hours, we stopped for a late lunch at a tourist dive. It was fine. Nothing special. It might have been authentic, but it was mass produce for tour buses. We walked around town on our own and found a great little hostel by the river which had bonfires set up and bar. That was the coziest part of our stay here. The next day we took a 45 minute boat ride first thing which was peaceful and uncrowded. It was nice until the boat operator stopped us in the middle of the river and tried to sell us the goods in her bag. We floated there for five minutes and kindly and politely said "no thank you" until she gave up and started rowing again. It was a major turnoff and we felt pressured to buy since her rowing was the only way for us to get to dry land. The ride through the cave and the peacefulness of the morning wasn't ruined, but it did spoil the moment prematurely.

Quality of Experience
Food
There has to be more options than the two places we ate. The first stop for lunch was strictly a tourist stop. The second spot for lunch on day three was an old bus stop. Neither seemed like a place they took the idea of food very seriously.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Fouck was our guide and he was personable and friendly. I could tell he really wanted to help us enjoy ourselves, but both he and our driver were smoking a lot and for two athletes, that's hard for us to want to be around. Also with the Lunar New Year on the horizon, I could tell they both wanted to get home, so we finished our riding day four hours early which I think they appreciated, but still left us feeling underwhelmed. I think asking clients if they mind smoking is a great first step rather than assuming they don't. Getting into the van after a ride and having our bags and clothes smell like smoke definitely was off-putting.
Transport
The van was spacious and comfortable and our driver was safe and courteous. The bikes were too small for our size (1.88m and 1.9m) and they had several mechanical problems along the way. We were able to compensate, but it wasn't a fun of an experience as I thought it might otherwise be because of the small and unreliable nature of the bikes.
Cat Ba National Park Trekking
Vietnam

This was a fantastic hike in a beautiful part of the island. Not too easy and not too difficult. A good stop along the tour.

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Cat Ba free day
Cát Bà

I wish we had more time here. What a fantastic little town with stunning beaches. We sat and read and wrote and went for run. The LNY celebrations were loud and festive. We will definitely be back next year.

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Start exploring Lan Ha Bay (Era Cruise)
Ha Long Bay

Our driver from the hotel to the pier left us on the dock with no instructions. Two hours passed before a boat came to pick us up. We asked several other boat skippers if they were our ride and they made calls to the Era on our behalf. Finally I called Alex who was able to get in touch with the boat. Mr. Lee called me and said 20 minutes. 30 minutes later he called again and said 20 minutes. We were very lucky the day was overcast and hot and sunny or raining as there was no shelter on the pier.

Quality of Experience
It was relaxing and peaceful. They should focus on that strength and not try to offer activities only to offer them. If you're going to give guests a chance to fish, they should actually be fishing, not just waving a pole in the water hoping to hook something other than trash.
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mr. Lee was doing the best he could and I appreciate his sincere and straightforward nature. He brought as much energy as he could, it didn't go unnoticed.
Transport
Being left waiting on the pier is not a great start. If the boat is to pick us up at 11:30, and we leave our hotel and are on time, there shouldn't be a two hour delay in getting picked up. I felt bad for the other guests too as lunch wasn't served until we had arrived.
Dark & Bright Cave - Halong Bay - Hanoi (Era)
Ha Long Bay

It was nice to get off the large boat and into a smaller one to explore the coastline more closely. The sun was coming up and we saw moneys in the trees and birds starting to stir. It was a peaceful time and nice excursion.

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Hoi An cycling in the countryside village - boat trip on the Thu Bon River, interaction with the locals
Hoi An

Exploring the old town and riding up the coast was a nice change to the tourist areas we had been seeing. Stopping by the inlaid wood artisans was nice although they pressured us to buy their art, we politely declined. The boat ride would have been nicer but the weather didn't cooperate which wasn't anyone's fault, just bad luck. However the highlight of this day was definitely the cooking class with Hu. The family owned restaurant was exactly the type of experience we were looking for. Hu was funny and quick and a great teacher. I would definitely recommend going to see him and his family if you want something of a more authentic interaction where no one tries to sell you tourist bobbles.

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Cycling Hoi An to Marble Mountain
Hoi An

Good roads and an easy bike ride as long as the weather cooperates. Decent views from the top and lots of caves and history to learn about while visiting.

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Hoi An Sightseeing (N)
Hoi An

Walking around the old town is great for people watching and picking up more authentic souvenirs from local artists. There are a fair share of stalls and eateries and places to get cold drinks while looking at the different historic architectural styles. We enjoyed getting off the bikes and doing the walking tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our local guide Qulk was very good. He was safe on the roads while cycling and very knowledgeable about the area and sights he took us to.
Transport
Cycling to visit Angkor Wat and Banteay Kdey
Siem Reap

Chu was a fantastic guide and gave us exactly the experience we were looking for. He was quick and agile and kept the tour from getting bogged down behind lines of tourists. He knew the shortcuts and bike trails which took us off the main roads and to the lesser known temples and ruins. His knowledge was excellent and his energy was contagious which helps when you leave the hotel at 5AM for the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Chu was by far the strongest cyclist and more fit than our other guides which allowed us to see and do more than a traditional van or bus tour.

Quality of Experience
A long day from sunrise to sunset, but it was outstanding from start to finish.
Food
The restaurant we stopped at for lunch provided generous serving sizes of delicious food. Contrary to the experiences we had in Vietnam, we felt like the food portions were made for us, not for the masses. I'd eat here again.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Next time we go to Angkor Wat, we will be calling Chu. He was fantastic.
Transport
Bikes are absolutely the best way to see these sights.
Siem Reap by night for adventure tour
Siem Reap

A chance to try street food! My travel partner ate a fried tarantula and kind of enjoyed it! It was great to get away from the tourist lines and experience the city that the locals know.

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On bikes is the only way to go.
Cycling to Banteay Srei - Kbal Spean - Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira
Siem Reap

The Landmine Museum is a MUST DO! To understand history, you must look at the parts that aren't as easy to digest and the museum does just that. Mr. Akira is a fantastic storyteller and we spent close to an hour with him learning about his life and mission.

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Local specialist: Ha Dinh
Ha
Ha Dinh
Local specialist in Hanoi | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Dear Scott,

Thanks so much for your review! We’re really glad to know that you enjoyed your holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia. Thanks for your kind words about Chu and our Absolure Teams in Cambodia, he is very happy to know that you enjoyed your trip and sends his warm regards. Your honest feedback is highly appreciated, as it enables us to further develop our services. Thanks again for the review and for being such a great customer.

Best regards,
Ha

Cambodia Honeymoon
Cambodia | Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2022

Kelsey
Kelsey S.
Lindenwold, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Siem Reap was incredible! Angkor Wat is simply breathtaking. The mountain bike tour through the temple complex is the way to go. And sunrise is definitely worth the early wake-up call! Our tour guide for the week, Bun, was super friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed him. And the hotel was beautiful! read more

Siem Reap was incredible! Angkor Wat is simply breathtaking. The mountain bike tour through the temple complex is the way to go. And sunrise is definitely worth the early wake-up call! Our tour guide for the week, Bun, was super friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed him. And the hotel was beautiful!

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The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap

Gorgeous grounds and beautiful pool. Our room was huge! Staff was super friendly. Also great location. Perfect stay!

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Cycling the back roads of Angkor (full day)
Siem Reap

Biking the temple complex is definitely the way to go!

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Honeymoon Surprise, courtesy of kimkim
Siem Reap

Thank you so much for the incredible dinner!!!

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Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap
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Half day cookery class
Siem Reap

The chef and his restaurant were incredible. This was a highlight of Siem Reap for sure!

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Apopo Landmine detecting rats
Siem Reap

Great learning experience!

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Siem Reap

The show and performers were super funny and friendly! Great show.

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Trekking at Phnom Kulen
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hi Kelsey,
Thanks for the glowing review! It was great to meet you and Jon during the honeymoon trip.
Lovely to hear all went so well and you appreciated the guide, hotel, biking through the Angkor complex etc etc! Keep up the beautiful Instagram work which I enjoyed watching. Not just Cambodia, but also Vietnam and Thailand!
Hope you can make it back one day and show you more of Cambodia.
Steve.