Two of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing countries, Thailand and Cambodia travel together as a perfect pair of destinations to visit on one trip. Our Cambodia & Thailand Heritage Explorer itinerary is one designed to show you the best of these countries’ human and natural history and beauty, and is one we highly recommend!
Home to one of the seven wonders of the world, Cambodia features a deep history, spanning across centuries from the Khmer Empire to the Khmer Rouge. The country is currently experiencing a rebirth, making this destination a truly unique place to visit.
Most often, travelers spend only a few days in Cambodia to see Siem Reap, before continuing to the neighboring countries of Thailand or Vietnam. However, Cambodia has so much more to offer outside of its classic highlights. Check out some of our latest activities below, which feature a more in depth appreciation and insightful understanding of this magnificent country.
Since August 2015, Global Basecamps travelers visiting Cambodia have been partaking in our Clean Water Project in the small village of Kampong Khleang, just an hour outside of Siem Reap. We partnered with Waves for Water to provide clean drinking water to families within the community. To this date, our travelers have brought and helped install a compact water filtration system to 78 families. Our target by the end of summer is to provide clean water to all 105 families within the village, only 27 to go!
Everyone likes seeing a friendly face while traveling. Our Instagram followers definitely understand that. This week, this beautiful picture from Cambodia was your favorite of the bunch. The Bayon Temples are the marquee attraction of this region once populated by the Khmer people. Built during the 12th and 13th century by King Jayavaram VII, this temple served as the center of Angkor Thom, the capital city of Khmer. Built nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat, it shows a century's worth of evolution in artistic styles within the Buddhist faith. While Buddhism was the main motivator for construction of the temple, a variety of local deities can be found evidenced in the temples carvings and bas reliefs.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
After decades of isolation the 60 plus islands surrounding the southern coast of Cambodia remain largely untouched. Koh Rong is the biggest Cambodia island off the coast of Sihanoukville. The majority of the island is undeveloped, though there are plans to develop it into a luxury resort destination. Right now, travelers can visit for a day trip, or stay in one of the few small beach resorts. There is around 27 miles of beaches, one of the most beautiful being Long Set beach. There are seven bays on the island, all offering great snorkeling and diving. There are also several nearby islands, easily accessible by boat. Other activities include swimming, hiking and fishing. From the mainland, it takes a little over 2 hours to reach Koh Rong, but it is well worth the journey to experience this tropical paradise. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this incredible island before it becomes a tourist hot spot!
Bantayan Island, Philippines
Visit Bantayan Island, located northwest of Cebu, where life is slower and you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful beaches. Until recently, foreigners did not frequent Bantanyan. Though the tourism industry is growing on the island it still retains a secluded feel. There are no large shopping malls, major hotel chains, movie theaters, etc. There are a handful of restaurants and bars in Santa Fe, though Bantanyan is definitely not the place to go if you’re looking for nightlife. Bantayan is a place for travelers looking for a tranquil getaway and hoping to spend most of their days lounging on the beach. The warmth and friendliness of the locals allows travelers to learn about day-to-day life on Bantayan, where locals farm and live simply in bamboo houses. The island is just 7 by 10 miles, and has crystal clear waters. Renting a scooter is a great way to explore the Bantayan.