After decades of civil war and the genocide wrought by the Khmer Rouge, the violence of Cambodia's modern history looms large. But with the advent of democracy, today Cambodia sits poised on the edge of a new revolution: tourism. This is due in no small part to the jungle-choked ruins of Angkor Wat, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire and the world's largest single religious monument. Only a handful of the 1000-plus temples have been cleared of forest, while the rest remain so atmospherically cloaked in vines they were used as a backdrop for Tomb Raider. But no matter whether you follow in the footsteps of Lara Croft or plumb the dark depths of the killing fields, Cambodia leaves an indelible impression.
Indochina Cultural Journey (ATICD)
There’s a magic about South East Asia that casts a spell on many who visit this exotic region. Explore the cultural best of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. From the natural beauty of Halong Bay and Chiang Mai’s temples to khantoke dinners and Khmer lunches, our expert guides will share the natural, historical and cultural beauty that has persisted in this region. More than a tour—this is an adventure of discovery.
Highlights: Partaking in a cooking class and learning how to make your favourite Thai dishes, Visiting Buddhist temples and observing the daily life of monks, Learning about Cambodian history both ancient and recent, Experiencing the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City on a thrilling cyclo ride.
From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of South East Asia. Our CEOs will share with you the region’s cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the region’s many temples and, if you’re lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and authentic accommodation—like a rural homestay—this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.
Highlights: Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, confront history in Phnom Penh, catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, experience a Mekong homestay, bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang