Ocean cruising in Cambodia attracts some big lines such as Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises. The Mekong River hosts CroisiEurope, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, APT, Scenic, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Travelmarvel and Pandaw. The sea port at Sihanoukville is more than 200 kilometres southwest of the capital, Phnom Penh, and offers a variety of activities to keep cruise passengers entertained during port days. A trip to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without visiting the ancient Angkor Wat complex. It is the largest religious monument in the world, and one of the best preserved, and can take days to see in full. In addition to seeing the country’s bigger tourist spots, river cruisers can explore Cambodia’s smaller towns, which offer intimate exchanges with locals.
PLACES TO STAY
The embarkation and disembarkation point for most Mekong river cruises in Cambodia, Phnom Penh offers a number of four- and five-star hotels. The four-and-a half-star Raffles Hotel Le Royal has a pool, fitness centre, bar, spa and free high-speed internet. The four-and-a-half star Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra offers similar amenities. For a more unique experience, try the White Mansion Boutique Hotel, which was the historical residence of the American Embassy, right in the heart of the city. In Sihanoukville, the Deluxx Boutique Hotel is a 20-minute drive from the cruise port. The three-and-a-half star property offers rooms for families and individuals, with free internet.
Cambodia: Khmer Comeback
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