Cheap flights to Cambodia
Flights to Cambodia
A holiday in the mysteriously beautiful Kingdom of Cambodia would be unlike any other - bordering Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the country sits in the Indochina Peninsula and boasts two of the largest freshwater bodies in the world: the roaring Mekong River, and idyllic TonléSap Lake. Formerly known as Kampuchea, Cambodia has a population of around 14 million and enjoys warm, tropical Southeast Asian weather almost all year round. Though the official language of Cambodia is Khmer, a rising number of locals speak fluent English (especially in the larger cities and capital, Phnom Penh).
To get around Cambodia, numerous transportat options are available. For those in a hurry, the fastest way to hop from city to city is by plane - Cambodia Angkor Air, the country’s national carrier, flies between Phnom Penh International Airport to Siem Reap up to 4 times daily. However, there are few domestic flights to cities beyond those 2 (with the exception perhaps of Sihanoukville) which makes land transport generally a better option.
With the improvement of the country’s road network, buses and shared taxis have become a convenient, affordable and scenic way of making inter-city commutes. Private bus companies that offer comfortable air conditioned bus rides between cities are a-many, and fares are usually very reasonable. For an even cheaper ride, head to any transport stop in the city and reserve yourself a place on a shared taxi, minibus or van.
What to see and do
For visitors to Cambodia the country’s tourism hub, Siem Reap, is a must-see.The province is home to many of the country’s greatest attractions, including the world-famous Angkor temples and the beautiful, massive TonléSap Lake (the largest freshwater reserve in Southeast Asia). No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the Angkorian ruins, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to see the world-famous Angkor Wat, a beautifully-preserved religious monument built in the 12th century and the largest of its kind in the world.
But if a lazy time basking under the sun is what you’re looking for, you can head over to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville – also known as Kampong Som – a port city and beach resort with beautiful white sand beaches. On top of its idyllic sands and clear, turquoise seas perfect for scuba diving, the region also boasts several tropical islands that can be explored by boat.
For those interested in marine wildlife, how about a visit to Kratie instead? A small town which sits on the banks of the Mekong River, Kratie is most famous for one thing – the exotic and stunning Irrawaddy river dolphins who call Mekong River home. Take a boat ride along the idyllic Mekong (one of the longest rivers in the world), and make sure to keep absolutely silent so as not to scare the shy creatures away. With luck, you just might be treated to the sight of the beautiful and rare dolphins leaping, swimming and playing, a truly magical scene to behold.
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