Cambodia may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think honeymoon, but to ignore its smattering of tropical islands, sweeping landscapes, jaw-dropping nature and affordable luxury is an injustice. With romantic moments and stunning isolated spots, honeymooners need look no further than this Southeast Asian country to spend some special time together. Still not convinced? Check out our list of top spots for newly-weds and we’re pretty sure Cambodia will be on the list of options.
Starting married life in a cocoon of wedded bliss sounds perfect, right? Throw into the mix deserted beaches, soft powder white sands, lapping turquoise waters and perfect blue skies and you’re onto a honeymoon winner. While the majority of Cambodia’s smattering of islands remain pretty undeveloped – for now – this means isolated romantic spots are aplenty. Stretches of Koh Rong Samleom are ideal for forging those unforgettable honeymoon memories. Or, if you want to splash out (it is your honeymoon after all), then check yourself into Song Saa Private Island for a slice of luxurious tropical island paradise.
The quaint coastal resort of Kep was once reserved for Cambodia’s elite and is dotted with once-decadent villas that hark back to a bygone era. However, the town is regaining its reputation as Kep-sur-Mer and boasts a growing collection of upmarket boutique resorts, restaurants and is also home to a dish that has made its way round the world – crab and Kampot pepper. Knai Bang Chatt is a stunning boutique property that boasts an infinity pool, seaside location, excellent service and exclusive access to the neighbouring Sailing Club, where sunset cocktails are a must.
If spending your time surrounded by unspoilt virgin forests, rare orchids, fragrant frangipani and the tropical flora and fauna of off-the-beaten-track Koh Kong, then this might be the ideal honeymoon destination for you. And if you want to discover this side of Cambodia in style, then checking into 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is a must. Boasting solitude and privacy, combined with luxury, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge offers a trail of delicately floating tents overlooking the Cardamom Mountains, the perfect way to cement wedded life.
Angor Archaeological Park is packed full of romantic moments, but don’t expect to find any away from the madding crowds at Angkor Wat or equally popular Bayon and Ta Prohm temples. However, if strolling through the jungle hand-in-hand discovering crumbling ruins is more your thing, then there are hundreds of such sites further out in the park. Alternatively, you can take a hot air balloon or helicopter to get spectacular bird’s eye views of the temples – although flying above Angkor Wat is restricted. Siem Reap is home to several luxurious resorts, with the relatively recent addition of Jaya House Riverpark standing out.
If it’s memorable experiences you’re after, then a trip to Mondulkiri could be on the cards. However, don’t expect luxury in this remote part of Cambodia. Instead, expect to get down and dirty with nature in this mountainous region. The Elephant Valley Project gives guests the chance to hang out with elephants in their natural habitat, (forget elephant rides as these are strongly advised against by the organisation) wash them in the river and feed the tamer mammals bananas. Definitely one to pass on to the grandkids.