Discova Cambodia Destination Guide 2023/24

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Vuttha Dam Tour Guide, Cambodia

Chum reap suor! My name’s Vuttha and I’d like to welcome you to beautiful Cambodia

As a tour guide in Siem Reap, I love my job because I get to meet people from around the world - the best part of it is seeing the transformation travellers go through when visiting Cambodia. Usually, when people think of Cambodia, the first thing that comes to mind is Angkor Wat and the glorious temples of the Khmer Empire. Then they often learn about the genocide and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. But, when they leave Cambodia, travellers almost always say that what they loved most about their trip here is the people. The kind and humble people who, despite the tragedies they have recently endured, have never lost their spirit or smile.




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Climate & Weather Averages in Cambodia


As Cambodia is a tropical country sitting just on top of the equator, it’s usually hot and humid. Cambodia has two primary seasons, wet and dry, with a gradient of temperatures within those two. Dry season stretches from October until the end of April, and wet season begins in May and lasts through September. It’s hottest between March and June and tends to be coolest between October and December.

Wet season can be a fun time to visit, as there are fewer tourists, and the countryside blooms into healthy hues of green. In the heart of the monsoon swells, typically in September and October, travel to more remote parts of the country can be challenging or impossible because of dangerous road conditions. High season crowds come around December and January, when the weather is sunny and dry, and it’s easier to travel to the countryside.

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Cold Temperatures can rise up to 20 ºC during the day, but can fall below 15 ºC at night. Warm Temperatures usually between 22 ºC and 32 ºC Hot Temperatures rise above 32 ºC Rain Regular rainfall with high humidity and temperatures usually between 25 ºC and 33 ºC

Things to Know


17 million

Capital City Time Zone


Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and is spoken by the majority of the population. However, there are no fewer that 19 recognised indigenous spoken languages. Many of these are related to the dominant Khmer language.

Population Currency

Cambodia’s official currency is the riel (KHR). The US dollar is its secondary currency. ATMs dispense US dollars, and they are accepted everywhere, as long as they are newer bills in good condition. Small change will be returned in riel, as coins are not used. Prices may be quoted in either dollars or riel. Money can be changed at any bank. Be sure to have riel on hand when travelling to more rural regions, as the Cambodian riel is the primary currency used in the countryside.


Most visitors to Cambodia are eligible for a visa on arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International Airports as well as at land border crossings between Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam. A tourist visa on arrival is valid for a single entry of 30 days, and a one-time extension is possible. Most nationalities are also eligible to apply for a tourist e-visa. If arriving by air, this is a good option, though it should be noted that not all land borders accept the e-visa. It is best to check on this before travel. It may be easiest to apply for a visa ahead of time at a Cambodian embassy outside of the country to avoid any hassle or misunderstanding at the border.

Most ASEAN nationals can stay in Cambodia visa-free for 14 or 30 days. All visa applications require a passport with six months validity and an empty page, as well as two passport photos. As travel policies change regularly, please check the official government website for the latest regulations before visiting.


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Experiencing local traditions

Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year, or Chol Chham Thmei, is the biggest holiday in Cambodia. The three-day celebration falls in mid-April, at the end of the harvest season. Citizens drain out of cities to celebrate with their families in local villages.

Water Festival

The Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk, sees citizens flock to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to watch the boat parades and races. The holiday marks the end of rainy season and the changing direction of the Tonle Sap River.

Pchum Ben Day

This 15-day religious festival, also known as “Ancestors’ Day”, is celebrated at the end of Buddhist Lent and is one of the nation’s biggest celebrations. Cambodian’s will pay respect to their deceased relatives by visiting pagodas to pray and provide offerings.

Available Fleet

In Cambodia, Discova can offer the following fleet through our rich supplier network.

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Hyundai H1 Starex (Max 6 pax) Lexus RX 300 (Max 2 pax) BMW 7 Series (Max 2 pax) Coaster Van (Max 7-10 pax) Hyundai Univers Xpress 45seat (Max 19-35 pax)

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Responsible Travel Initiatives

Carbon Impact Correction

We partnered with Path Net Zero in early 2023 in order to provide our partners with an international, certified carbon emissions calculator. We can now measure the carbon emissions of the Discova tours you book for your travellers, and find alternative, lower-impact solutions.

Social Enterprises...

...are an easy and sustainable way to give back to local communities. In Cambodia, we work with social enterprises that empower local artists, create opportunities for rural communities, and provide training for disadvantaged youth.

Local Community

From service-learning projects for educational travel groups to homestays and cultural activities run by local hosts, our community-based tourism projects are designed to support the sustainable development of the communities whilst allowing travellers to experience the local life in Cambodia. Read about the success of two such projects near Siem Reap, here.

Protecting Children

The ChildSafe Movement trains individuals and organisations and provides them with the tools to protect children and youth. Your travellers can rest assured that they follow child safeguarding standards when they travel with Discova, and that all of our global staff are ChildSafe trained, from our tour guides right to our top management teams.

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What to Eat

Local flavours and delights

Samlar Kakou

The “1000 ingredient soup” that dates back to the Angkor empire. It’s typically served with fish, vegetables, and meat, but vegetarian versions are common. Recipe varieties are endless, but every bowl is an orchestra of flavour, needing no sides.

Lok Lak

Lok Lak is a dish of marinated beef or pork slices stirfried in brown sauce and served with rice or French fries and salad. Dip the meat in the accompanying dish of lime-pepper sauce for a divine combination.

Sankhya Lapov

This traditional dessert is cooked by filling the inside of a pumpkin with sweet coconut custard, then steaming the whole ensemble together. A single slice — or the entire pumpkin — can be served hot or chilled.

“Fish amok is a must-try food for anyone in Cambodia. It’s the country’s national food, curried fish steamed so tender that it nearly melts in your mouth. The orange curry is creamy, and coconut-based, which pairs perfectly with the fish, and it’s topped with red bell pepper and lime leaf. It’s traditionally served in a banana leaf bowl alongside rice.”

Explore Our Regions


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Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, the 12th century temples that lingered after the fall of the Khmer Empire with a mystical air of steadfast solemnity. In the last decade, Siem Reap has catapulted from a tiny town into a booming tourist city. Hit a spa between visits to the Angkor temples, or march through the legendary “Pub Street” where party bars sell dirt-cheap beer and blast music onto the pavement.

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1. Angkor Sunrise Discovery Full-Day Private Tour

A stunning sunrise, private jungle breakfast and morning of cycling the temples of Angkor. Guests explore the ruins and hidden forest tracks of Angkor with an expert cycling guide, and end off the day with a delicious lunch in a local Khmer restaurant. A truly transformative escape into the historic treasures of Angkor.

2. Trei Nhoar Community Village Full-Day Tour

Trei Nhoar, a small village located 35 kilometres southeast of Siem Reap, is a beautiful representation of Cambodia’s peaceful, slow countryside. Here, Discova helps the village practice sustainable community-led tourism, allowing visitors to experience the local culture in unique, immersive ways. Activities such as basket weaving, recycled plastic weaving, and Khmer cake making provide entertainment, while a home-cooked meal made from fresh local produce is a must-try. Following this interactive fun, travellers will be taken back to Siem Reap with one final stop at a Buddhist temple to receive a traditional Khmer blessing from the town’s humble monks.

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The Discova Difference: Our partners at Grasshopper Adventures created this exclusive experience to bring travellers intimately close with the unique joy of soft cycling and Angkor’s awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage temples. The Discova Difference: This exclusive experience, found and operated by Discova, immerses guests in the Khmer countryside lifestyle and engages them in hands-on activities in the village. With their visits, your clients directly support the local economy of the community and its families.

3. Embracing Siem Reap’s Social Enterprises

A captivating half-day discovering some of the nonprofit organisations and social enterprises striving to make Cambodia better. Travellers begin by visiting one such organisation that employs trained rats to detect landmines and diseases like tuberculosis. From here, they can immerse themselves in Khmer culture in Theam’s Gallery, a house museum showcasing impactful Cambodian art and the garden of master Cambodian artist, Lim Muy Theam. Afterwards, they’ll get a taste of traditional Cambodian noodles and desserts at a local restaurant. Lastly, they can admire the architecture of a famed French colonial hotel, hundreds of fruit bats in trees, and the sacred temple of the Royal Independence Garden. Here, they can offer a lotus flower to the shrine to ask for a blessing for themselves and their loved ones.

4. Siem Reap Countryside Discovery Jeep Tour

A countryside Jeep tour with some of Siem Reap’s best highlights. A guide accompanies your group, kicking off with a visit to the Siem Reap War Museum. From here, they will set off for a tether balloon ride and get an epic aerial view of Angkor’s most reverred temples. Once back down to earth, they will visit a local Buddhist temple for a truly special experience, learning about unique Buddhist ways, receiving a spiritual blessing from the monks, and listening to Khmer fortune-telling. The day is then beautifully rounded off with a stroll through tranquil villages and lessons in local crafts and a countryside delicacy.

The Discova Difference: This exclusive Discova experience is specifically designed to promote social and responsible tourism, enabling travellers to both support and better understand local artists and people. The Discova Difference: Fun but also extremely insightful, this exclusive, experiential Discova tour gives visitors an eye-opening glimpse into Cambodian history and culture.

5. Angkor Temples Tour by Vintage Car

An exclusive experience for the discerning traveller. Guests explore the mesmerising Angkor Temples and step back in time in luxury in a classic vintage car. Discovering the ancient temple city via this stand-out mode of transport makes it all the more memorable. We only offer this in Siem Reap, and can accommodate a maximum of 2 people per vehicle, with a small group of no more than 8 pax.

6. Alms-giving and Khmer Dessert Making

Visitors experience the unique culture of Khmer people on this morning tour to the beautiful countryside. The tour starts with a tuk tuk ride to a local pagoda and offerings to the monks in a traditional gesture. Afterwards, they will enjoy a fresh herbal drink in a local home, watch a local chef demo, and even have a chance to make their own Khmer dessert.

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The Discova Difference: While everybody else explores the temples with conventional transportation, your clients can enjoy the exclusivity and unique nostalgia of something different. The Discova Difference: This is an exclusive Discova experience, allowing travellers to get hands-on with the culture, beliefs, and cuisine of Cambodia.

Recommended Hotels in Siem Reap

Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas

An upscale boutique property created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, this exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the French Quarter of Siem Reap. Set within the Shinta Mani Angkor Gardens, the esteemed Bensley Collection Pool Villas have their own facilities and Bensley Butlers to look after your clients’ every need.


Recommended Hotels in Siem Reap

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Situated in the centre of the former Cambodian capital, Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is a hub of cultural energy, just minutes away from Siem Reap’s most iconic landmarks, like the Royal Residence, Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm and Angkor National Museum. Discerning travellers can enjoy a royal Khmer hospitality experience while discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.

Lotus Blanc Hotel & Resort

Beautified by the greenery of an 88-swaying coconut tree garden, Lotus Blanc Hotel & Resort offers a blissful landscape of the ultimate relaxation for any traveller who is looking for privacy and serenity to escape and unwind. Only minutes away from the famous Angkor archeological park, the resort is ideally close to some of the iconic sights of Siem Reap, and provides convenient access within five minutes remorque ride to the vibrant downtown.

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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra

Golf & Spa Resort

A luxurious five-star resort surrounded by lush botanical gardens. Its unique location near Angkor Wat makes it an ideal base to explore the temple complex. Guests can play golf at Phokeethra Country Club, indulge in a traditional Khmer massage at Sofitel Spa by L’Occitane, sip a glass of champagne at Explorer’s Tales, the First Champagne Bar in Cambodia, and delight in gastronomic dishes at Mouhot’s Dream, Siem Reap’s best French fine-dining restaurant.

Treeline Urban Resort

Treeline Urban Resort is a privately-owned, 48-room design hotel on Siem Reap’s Riverside in Cambodia. Treeline Urban Resort offers a one-of-a-kind home for guests travelling to the gateway city for the temples of Angkor. Masterfully crafted with leading Cambodian artists, the resort’s curated experience includes dedicated spaces for a growing private collection of contemporary art.

Jaya House River Park Hotel

Peacefully located alongside the Siem Reap River, surrounded by fully grown trees, is a hidden gem. A small hotel with only 36 rooms, two swimming pools, a spa, an allday-dining restaurant, and a strong involvement in the local community. Jaya House is located about a 6-minute tuktuk journey from town in the direction of the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, and each of the 36 rooms has either a balcony or direct garden and pool access.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Emulating a luxurious colonial residence in the downtown area of the city, Park Hyatt Siem Reap was completely reimagined by award-winning designer Bill Bensley to blend Khmer architecture with Art Deco. Guests can look forward to exquisite dining and culinary tours curated by third-generation Cambodian Executive Chef Piseth Theam, rejuvenating traditional spa therapies and engaging charitable initiatives that care for the local community.


Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital, a frenetic city buzzing with paradox, simultaneously gritty and charming. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, it was once the “Gem of Indochina”. Colonial mansions and oldstyle Khmer architecture sit alongside brand new high rises, hotels, and shopping malls. Most visitors come to check out the important historic sites located here, like the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

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1. Private Cooking Class with Cambodia’s First Female Celebrity Chef

Invite your clients to discover the secrets of local ingredients and submerge themselves into authentic Cambodian culinary culture beyond a conventional cooking class. Participants will learn first-hand about Cambodia’s complex ingredients and use traditional recipes to cook delicious dishes from one of the country’s most celebrated female chefs.

2. Phnom Penh Beyond The Walking Half Day Tour

Travellers will start their morning with a ride on the iconic cyclo, first introduced in 1936, for a tour of the Royal Palace. Then they’ll embark on a guided walking tour through the busy streets of central Phnom Penh to view some of the city’s best preserved colonial architecture. Along the way, if they’re lucky, they may even spot mischievous monkeys playing on roof tops or fruit-hungry bats in the trees. The tour will then end with visits to Raffle le Royal hotel, the National Library, and the Royal Train Station.

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The Discova Difference: Travellers will learn about the unique ingredients of traditional recipes from the first female celebrity chef of Cambodia. The Discova Difference: An exclusive experience that allows travellers to not only explore the capital of Cambodia by foot, but also get a glimpse of its colonial-style architecture, the lifestyle of its locals, and its historical significance all at once.

3. Cambodia’s Dark History Half Day Tour

Travellers explore two of Cambodia’s legacies from the Khmer Rouge on a fascinating half-day tour. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum documents the atrocities of the regime, while Choeung Ek, the Killing Fields, serves as a chilling reminder of the brutality of the past, where the brutal executions of more than 17,000 men, women and children took place. A sobering half-day excursion that provides a deeper insight into Cambodia s ruthless past.

4. Phnom Penh Evening Cocktail Tour

The evening begins at the beautifully lit up Independence Monument, followed by a visit to the Royal Palaces Park. This spot is very popular with locals and expats alike, who can be found exercising to the sound of loud music, dancing, or walking their pets. The stop is followed by dinner at a local restaurant with a view of the Mekong River. The tour will end with a drive to a rooftop sky bar for a breathtaking view of the city and the mighty river, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail.

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Recommended Hotels in Phnom Penh

SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel

SUN & MOON Urban Hotel offers an inspired blend of art, design and comfort in a visionary new hospitality concept in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Kingdom of Wonder. This unique and centrally located urban boutique hotel uniquely captures the vibrancy, soul and energy of the Cambodian capital and invites guests to sit back, relax, and be inspired.


SUN & MOON, Riverside Hotel

SUN & MOON Riverside Hotel is a unique designed lifestyle ecosystem that integrates sophisticated, relaxing wellness & gym technologies with largescale events, meetings and shared offices spaces, and multi-cultural dining experiences. The hotel’s innovative design is based on feng shui and Italian mathematician Fibonacci’s inspired Golden Ratio 1.68. It is a local hotel at heart, but adheres to international standards to deliver exceptional culturally-infused hospitality, delivered with a personal touch.

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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Located adjacent to the splendours of the Royal Palace, Palace Gate Hotel & Resort offers 103 rooms and suites. Guests can laze back by the pool, sip cocktails at the sky bar, or pamper themselves at the property’s soothing spa. Mealea Restaurant, a heritage French colonial villa, offers both Western and Asian cuisines.

Anik Palace Hotel

Anik Palace Hotel has an appearance of a castle with a European classical theme in both its interior and exterior. The exterior look of the hotel building draws from the history of Cambodia – dating back to the year 1863 when Cambodia was ruled by the French Colony. It is excellently located in the illustrious city of Cambodia and is also next to a miniature pub street.


Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh sits in the heart of Phnom Penh and within the vibrant central business districts. The 4-star 138-room hotel is set amidst Phnom Penh’s most exclusive addresses, surrounded by historic landmarks, government offices, embassies and magnificent boulevards. Steps away from the hotel is the revered Wat Phnom Pagoda and many of the local attractions and handicraft markets, and the city’s charming riverfront is within walking distance or a short drive away.


Baitong Hotel

At Baitong Hotel, quintessential design elements meet guests around each corner and down every corridor. Unique architecture with lush gardens, minimal ponds, an inviting jacuzzi, striking staircases, glass-bottomed pool and walkway, and other bold features will enhance your clients’ stay. Rough stone, unfinished wood, leather, and metallic finishes are mixed-and-matched to create the feel of industrial functionality while adding warmth, comfort, and simple sophistication.



Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, but it’s fairly compact and easy to get to know. Despite its relative size, it has a small-town feel, set on the banks of a river in the heart of Cambodia’s rice bowl. This fertile setting makes it a great place to try authentic Cambodian cuisine. It’s also known for being a hub for Cambodian arts, so be sure to check out some of the many galleries here.

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1. Bike To Culture & Art

Travellers explore the culturally rich Battambang city on an insightful, guided cycling tour. They will learn about the peaceful Naga history and how local Khmer artists used parts of riffles and guns to build it. Uncovering the history of some buildings built mistakenly in French style, they will also get to observe French architecture adorned with intriguing paintings. The tour will take them to the Romchek 5 Gallery, where they will get an even deeper insight into unique Khmer painting and carving styles, presented by an expert. After a relaxing refreshment drink, travellers then visit the tomb of Excellency Sorher at the Kandal Pagoda. Finally, they will pedal their way back to the bike shop, completing their captivating journey.

2. Bamboo Train

A unique and authentic adventure of Cambodia’s bamboo train! Powered by a small petrol belt engine, the norry, as it is called in French, is an improvised rail vehicle made of bamboo, with a rudimentary timber beam foot break and a bamboo bed. The railway runs through the stunning Cambodian countryside, with rice fields, dirt roads, small bridges, and villages. In the late afternoon, travellers can watch the sun setting over the horizon as they ride the train. A mustdo whilst in Battambang!

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3. Phsar Nath Market Or Central Market

Phsar Nath Market, also known as the Central Market, is an impressive example of late colonial design that was built in the 1930s by French architects. This distinctive French-style architecture has become a popular tourist attraction for its unique and graceful features. Open daily from 6am to 6pm, the market is at its peak of excitement in the early morning, giving visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of local Khmer people. At Phsar Nath, visitors will find an abundance of traditional goods to explore, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, clothing, sundries, and food stalls.

4. Local Livelihood Bike Tour Half Day

A unique exploration of rural Cambodia by bicycle! Guests visit local families and learn how they craft traditional staples like rice paper, dried bananas, and bamboo sticky rice. They get to taste the products straight off the fire and relax in a Khmer house, sampling seasonal fruits and coconut water. The route covers 22km on flat terrain, and ends with a refreshing drink or coffee in town. A beautiful, experiential tour of the culture and cuisine of the Cambodian countryside!

Recommended Hotels in Battambang

Battambang Resort

The luxurious Battambang Resort has been warmly welcoming guests since 2012, establishing its reputation as a small piece of paradise. The beauty of Battambang provides the perfect setting for this very special resort. Located in the midst of countless serene rice fields, local farmers can be seen tending to their daily work not far from the ancient village and famous bamboo train.


Maisons Wat Kor

Maisons Wat Kor are charming house accommodations located in the heart of a charming Khmer village, just outside Battambang City. It has preserved beautiful traditional wooden houses on stilts and offers the authentic atmosphere of the local villages and countryside.

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Classy Hotel & Spa

Classy Hotel & Spa is conveniently located across from Stung Sangke River and within walking distance to traditional markets, restaurants, shopping options, and the old French town. It is also just 12 kilometres from Phnom Sampouv, 25 kilometres from Phnom Banan, and a much shorter ride to an improvised French colonial rail vehicle called a Norry.

Bambu Battambang Hotel

Bambu Battambang Hotel was opened as a boutique hotel concept and offers its guests the ultimate accommodation experience with its 16 luxurious bedrooms arranged in 4 traditionally inspired buildings. The hotel was designed with the aim to combine all the best of both local Khmer and French colonial architecture, whilst providing guests with maximum comfort and convenience.


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The Cambodian Islands

Venture off Cambodia’s southern coastline to find a collection of islands where powdered white sand stretches out into a turquoise horizon. Whether it be a luxurious private island getaway or a more simple bungalow escape, this magnificent part of the country defines the true meaning of ‘tropical haven’ and has plenty to offer all types of travellers.

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Recommended Hotels in The Cambodian Islands

The Royal Sands Koh Rong

The Royal Sands is a 67-Villa luxury barefoot resort on the paradise island of Koh Rong in the Cambodian archipelago, surrounded by pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and unspoilt tropical islands. The resort’s design incorporates high-quality and sustainable materials including teak, bamboo and limestone, with open-air venues for enjoying unspoilt views of the island’s legendary sunsets. All villas offer outdoor ‘salas’, while others feature beachfront views and their own personal pools.


Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa Private Island is a haven of sustainable luxury nestled in the undiscovered beauty of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. With unique cuisine and stunning sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand, and an array of spa and wellness treatments, Song Saa offers the ultimate indulgence for mind, body and soul. Song Saa’s commitment to environmental and community programs means guests will be treading lightly on this special piece of paradise.

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Eden Beach Resort

Eden Beach Resort is a 4-star resort located on the beautiful sands of Koh Rong Sanloem. The resort features a stunning restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. It takes approximately 45-60 minutes to reach by boat from the main pier of Sihanoukville. There are a total of 30 units or 33 rooms, and all units are tastefully designed with high-quality and sustainable materials.

Soksan Beach Resort

Sok San Beach Resort, Koh Rong island, is a traditional yet modern Khmer-style hotel, located on one of the most beautiful islands of Cambodia. The resort can be reached from the mainland in less than an hour, making it a secluded yet convenient seaside retreat.

Koh Russey Resort

Just a short speedboat ride away from the Khmer Riviera, and right at the heart of Koh Russey Island, Koh Russey Resort boasts 50 luxurious pavilions and 13 pool villas, an ideal natural retreat with its 1.2-kilometre private beach facing the open ocean.

Six Senses Krabey Island

Six Senses Krabey Island is just 10 minutes from the airport to its mainland jetty. There are several dining and refreshment alternatives complementing the 40 private pool villas, which feature sustainable materials and modern technology. Guest relaxation and entertainment include a Six Senses Spa, land and water excursions, an observatory, open-air cinema, and a kid’s club.


Kep & Kampot

The charming riverside town of Kampot offers a contrast to the coastal vibe of Kep, just 25 kilometres away. Travellers can easily lose track of time in Kampot with visits to pepper plantations, cycling to salt flats, or exploring national parks. Kep, on the other hand, offers a great familyfriendly beach holiday where lazing on the beach and eating freshly caught crab is almost compulsory.

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1. La Plantation Tour (Kampot)

La Plantation is a social and sustainable family project, the perfect combination of traditional farming and modern processing. At La Plantation, quality local black, red and white Kampot pepper and salt are produced. The plantation offers unique visits, during which travellers can enjoy walking around the farm and learning about all the manual stages of the selection process of what are considered some of the best peppercorns in the world.

2. Standing Paddle Boat on Kampot River (2 hours) by SUP ASIA

This 2-hour session on a beautiful stretch of tropical water will get travellers comfortable with SUP as they visit a charming fishing village and experience the calm Kampot River. Tours start every day at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. This eco-adventure aims to offer visitors to Cambodia a cultural learning experience with low impact on the environment, while supporting local economy. A portion of sales proceeds will go to providing environmental education and recreational therapy to Cambodian youth through paddleboarding.

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3. Anlung Pring Communityled Ecotourism (Kampot)

Travellers have a rare chance to see the world’s tallest flying birds (sarus cranes) and other amazing bird species at Anlung Pring, a vast, beautiful sanctuary. Here guests can also experience authentic local lifestyle, cuisine and handicrafts, and cycle around the peaceful wetlands. Nature lovers, bird watchers, and photographers will leave with incredible photos and memories.

4. Kep Crab Market

A fascinating meander around the unique Kep Crab Market, where many different types of shell fish can be found. Guests have the opportunity to taste the best seafood around, and can select a delicious crab to have cooked for them right in the market.

5. Kep Beach

Today’s Kep has recently become established as a Khmer holiday spot and is slowly being rediscovered by travellers. The once very poor Kep Beach is now being filled up with snow white sand from Otres Beach and has been extended by 50 metres to create a single, kilometre-long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach. It’s busy on weekends but often deserted during the week.

Recommended Hotels in Kep & Kampot

Veranda Natural Resort

Veranda Natural Resort strives to honor the tradition of Khmer hospitality by providing exceptional service that is warm, welcoming, and attentive. Located in the heart of paradise, this stunning retreat offers bungalows, suites, private villas, a secret restaurant & bar, bakery, spa, garden pool with bar, infinity pool with bar and breakfast buffet.

Knai Bang Chatt

Knai Bang Chatt offers luxury travel that is mindful of the environment and the local community. It is a space for travellers to experience the finest things in life and open their minds to the world around them. It encourages exploration and growth with a spirit of compassion, while rejuvenating the senses and avoiding massproduced tourism.

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Boutique Kampot Hotel

Boutique Kampot Hotel, a new building inspired by French colonial architecture, is the city’s most atmospheric location. Boutique Kampot’s aspiration is to provide guests with the nostalgia of the province’s unique history, while energising them with comfort and relaxation.

The 4-star Kampot Sweet Boutique Hotel is only a 7-minute drive from the river and durian roundabout. Offering views of manicured tropical gardens and private outdoor swimming pools, the hotel is designed with authentic relaxing and romantic concepts, furnishing a range of room styles to suit solo travellers, couples, families and friends, as well as offering private villas and pools. Guests also have access to 3 outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant and bar.

Vakara Hotel Kep

A contemporary luxury resort-style hotel boasting the charm and splendour of a tropical hillside resort, Vakara Hotel Kep is submerged in an environment of lavish greenery overlooking the magnificent bay and beautiful Kep National Park. The resort hosts 77 rooms, including 14 tropical bungalows, with a 34-metre long swimming pool, large garden setting, and complimentary use of a fitness facility, steam room, and sauna.

Kampot Sweet Boutique Amber Kampot

Set alongside the tranquil emerald waters of the Kampot River and directly across from the local town centre, Amber Kampot delivers fine dining experiences, spa treatments, and private pool access from premium villa accommodations. Guests will discover the serenity and charm of Southern Cambodia and this unique riverside resort, nestled in the foothills of the Elephant Mountains.


Incentive Travel & Corporate Retreats

When it comes to incentive travel and corporate retreats, Cambodia offers some of the most unique experiences in Asia.

The country is well-known for its warm, humble people and activities that suit a variety of interests and lesser-known treasures. Here, corporate groups can explore the iconic Angkor Wat and the thousands of ancient temples and religious sites that dot the country, delight in traditional dance, music, arts and folklore, admire the significant Frenchcolonial architectural legacy, delve into Cambodia’s complex history, or relax on the pristine beaches of remote islands.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is an unassuming gem, renowned for its proximity to the Angkor temple ruins, having once been the seat of the Khmer Kingdom between the 9th and 15th century. Incredible corporate temple dinners and explorations await, but beyond the historic legacy, this charming town offers a unique blend of modernity, art, and peaceful countryside respite.

Phnom Penh

Your corporate clients can expect authentic Asia and renowned Cambodian hospitality in the country’s capital. Situated where the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac rivers converge, forming the ‘four arms’ at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh thrives as the kingdom’s commercial, political, and cultural hub. The city offers eclectic corporate experiences ranging from luxury hotel stays to budget guest houses, fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shop delights, neighbourhood pub visits, and lively international clubs.

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Educational Opportunities

We ensure our innovative range of themed programs and educational tours for adults and students make a positive impact and provide opportunities for inspiration, exploration, and learning.

In partnership with the local community and authorities, Discova’s educational travel experts have set up community-based tourism projects in the Chansar, Knapor and Trei Nhoar communes. All located only a short drive from Siem Reap, these are some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country; 80% of the local community live

in poverty. By setting up these initiatives, we offer educational groups access to a range of service-learning experiences and immersive activities that promote cultural exchange whilst ensuring sustainable development of these community. All groups are accompanied by Discova’s guides, who are First Aid qualified, ChildSafe trained and certified, and have undergone background criminal checks. They provide translation services and cultural guidance, and ensure that students receive the most insightful, memorable learning experiences possible.

Service Learning

Educational travel groups can take part in a range of building projects which have been carefully selected through a community needs analysis. Past projects include the construction of family homes, teacher dormitories, sanitation facilities, and libraries.

Discova’s educational experts provide well-informed project management, ensuring groups contribute effectively to the development of the communities and that donations benefit the projects directly.

Our most recent achievements include the build of a learning hub with a sheltered classroom and library for a forest school in Chansar Commune, and a new, higherfunctioning waste incinerator for a healthcare centre in Trei Nhoar. The visits of educational groups are critical in both funding and constructing these much-needed facilities.

Cultural Immersion

From gaining a different perspective to being adaptive to different environments – there’s no better way to learn about a different culture than by immersing into the community life. In the Trei Nhoar Commune, educational groups can experience local lifestyles through homestays and a variety of cultural activities. These range from cooking classes and traditional dance experiences, to hands-on craft workshops and fun organised games between visiting student groups and the local children. The residents have been trained and financially supported to become service providers, creating additional revenue streams for the host communities.

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Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap

Wat Damnak Village

Sala Kamreuk Commune

Siem Reap


Phnom Penh

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