An adventure to Cambodia will inspire travelers to contemplate what happens when ancient and modern worlds collide. Enchanting landscapes, rich history and culture, as well as the innate hospitality of its people – Cambodia has the lot. Here are a few reasons why this Southeast Asian gem should be on every traveller’s bucket list and travelling by Private Train is the cherry on the top!
Cambodia’s biggest draw is, of course, Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. To Cambodians, it’s a symbol of immense national pride – apart from Afghanistan, it’s the only country in the world to carry the image of a building on its national flag.
Dating back to the 12th century, this vast temple complex was once the centre of the Angkor Empire and an architectural feat, comprising a series of stunning structures and religious monuments. However the main temple you so often see in the photos is just one of scores of sites that date back to the beginning of the Khmer age in the 8th century, all of which have their own story to tell.
Cambodians are renowned for their hospitality, and when you first arrive in the kingdom, the warm welcomes and smiles will overwhelm you. The gentle nature of the Khmer people can be found everywhere, from the tuk-tuk drivers and service staff to tour guides, stall owners – even passers-by on the street.
Cambodia is dubbed the Kingdom of Wonder, and a rich culture and heritage run through the veins of its people. From magical apsara dancers and traditional music to elaborate ceremonies and stage shows, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant local scene.
History buffs will be in their element in Cambodia learning about the great Khmer Empire, a period of national pride even today. From wandering around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and discovering more about the kings who created them, to the switch from Hinduism to Buddhism and even looking at its recent violent past, the kingdom holds a strong and fascinating appeal.
Cambodian food is both unique and delicious, blending the best of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Laotian cuisine. Rice is a staple of every meal, and fish sauce is used as a condiment, similar to the way soy sauce is used in Chinese cooking. Curries are also very popular, although they are not as heavy as Indian curries. Khmer food is usually not very spicy, but rather emphasizes lightly-cooked vegetables and fresh herbs. Signature fish (amok) and beef (lok lak), crab and Kampot pepper – plus the mass of noodle and rice dishes that are eaten on a daily basis – make exploring the flavours of Cambodia a foodie nirvana.
If you are looking for a unique way to see Cambodia, then look no further. Railway Adventures will be the first Australian operator to exclusively hire the restored 1930’s ‘Chairmans Train’. The former King of Cambodia once used this historic train and includes a privately catered dining car, a lounge car and the original old private carriage occupied by the former King.
The journey begins in the capital Phnom Penh on March 6 2024, where the small group tour will travel along the recently restored Royal Cambodian Railway network to its final destination of Siem Reap via Sihanoukville, Kep and Battambang.
CAMBODIA BY PRIVATE TRAIN
With Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
6 – 15 MARCH 2024
• PHNOM PENH • SIHANOUKVILLE • KEP • BATTAMBANG • SIEM REAP •
Scott McGregor’s Railway Adventures tour is more than just a holiday, it is a unique way to experience the world. By train you are completely immersed in culture and adventure, exploring the most scenic corners of the world in the comfort of a luxury train. Whether you are an experienced traveller or just beginning to explore this wonderful world, Railway Adventures has something for everyone. Transform your holiday into the most unforgettable adventure of a lifetime with Railway Adventures.
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