Cambodia is an exciting destination of wondrous temples, lush landscapes, flavoursome cuisine and warm welcomes. While Siem Reap and Phnom Penh draw the crowds, with the promise of temples and dining experiences, take time to allow the countryside to tempt you away from the bustle.
The ever so impressive Angkor Wat is a complete must-see. However, The Bayon temple was our favourite of the Siem Reap temples, with its wonderfully charismatic stone sculptures. This Khmer temple at Angkor was built in the late 12th or early 13th century, it is an honour to behold the craftsmanship. Siem Reap itself has some fantastic hotels and restaurants, the Aman’s Amansara a hotel of choice on any luxury travellers wish-list.
Cambodia’s busy Capital, Phnom Penh is a lively and bustling city on the mighty Mekong. With it’s golden temples and dedicated monks, it is a captivating sight. For the finer things too, it has world-class restaurants and hotels.
We headed into the countryside for an alternative view of this fascinating land, and ended up floating on the river. Within the Koh Kong province lie the stunning Cardamom Mountains, and Tatai river.
Approaching the floating lodges along the tranquil river Tatai is a wonderful experience. An intimate retreat in a spectacular location, makes for a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating stay. The lodges come into view as you journey along the river.
Welcomed ‘aboard’ the floating hotel by the owner, we we’re brought a refreshing tropical fruit cooler while our luggage was unloaded. Comprising of 12 lodges, all with private decks, the experience is intimate and boutique. The tents are beautifully furnished, and feature a lounge area (with flatscreen tv if you can take your eyes off the view!), fabulous bathroom and private deck with steps straight into the welcoming waters.
We popped to the restaurant for lunch and were delighted by the stylish dining area, delicious meal and that unbeatable view. An Asian and French-inspired menu, this lodge’s remote location does not affect the fine selection of food and drinks on offer.
We took a trip to the nearby Tatai Waterfall, where we took a swim in the refreshing pools around the waterfall. The water comes down from the high Cardamoms, and is pure and perfect for bathing.
A visit to Cambodia is a wonderful journey, and despite being home to the eighth wonder of the world and breathtaking natural beauty, it is the optimism and infectious kindness of the people that will stay with you. If you visit this spectacular country, enjoy it’s luxuries, but also it’s fantastic inhabitants.