our cambodia photo diary: 30 photos that will make you want to visit

Cambodia photo diary - Angkor Wat

Cambodia is a country that takes you from the heavenly highs and beauty of Angkor Wat through to the depths of despair of the Killing Fields and S21. In between, are cities and villages, rivers and beaches, farmland and forest all populated by unfalteringly friendly, spirited and optimistic people just waiting to flash their beaming smiles at you.

We recently spent a month travelling through Cambodia and discovered it's a fascinating land of extreme contrast and wickedly authentic adventure. We loved it so much that we're recommending that you add it to your travel itinerary for 2016.

Enough using our words to describe this beautiful country to you - here are 30 photos that will make you want to visit Cambodia so you can see what we mean for yourself:


our cambodia photo diary: 30 photos that will make you want to visit Cambodia


Angkor Wat & Surrounds

Stunningly beautiful despite the crowds, Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are mystical, awe-inspiring, and will probably leave you a little breathless (partly due to the huge distances you'll cover!).

Cambodia photo diary - polaroid of angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary - girl photographing Angkor Wat
Cambodia photo diary - the angkor wat complex
Cambodia photo diary - tuk tuk driver outside siem reap
Cambodia photo diary man exploring angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary shadows on the floor of angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary monk plays on his phone at angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary a monk walks through angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary a novice monk walks through angkor wat
Cambodia photo diary - Angkor Wat

Chi Phat & the Cardamom Mountains

Off the beaten track is an understatement; Chi Phat and the Cardamom Mountains are remote (jump on a motorbike for 45-minutes kind of remote!), but it definitely makes exploring this community based ecotourism project all the more exciting. Five years ago, this area was a hub for logging and poaching. These days, it's a thriving conservation and education project.

Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains
Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains
Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains
Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains
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Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains
Cambodia photo diary - chi phat ecotourism project in the Cardamom mountains

Koh Ta Kiev

One of the last remaining undeveloped islands in the region, Koh Ta Kiev is the best remedy for busy modern life. No wifi, no phone reception, no electricity. But how's the serenity?

Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island
Cambodia photo diary - Koh Ta Kiev island

Phnom Penh

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh is the colourful, chaotic and intriguing capital of Cambodia.

Make it more than a stepping stone to your next destination - there's lots to see and do here! 

Cambodia photo diary - Phnom Penh palace
Cambodia photo diary - Phnom Penh palace
Cambodia photo diary - Phnom Penh palace
Cambodia photo diary - Phnom Penh palace
Cambodia photo diary - Phnom Penh palace

So are you ready to book your plane ticket yet?


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