Have you always fancied yourself an unconventional couple? If this describes you and your love perfectly, plan your post-nuptial holiday at one of the many cool honeymoon destinations in Cambodia. You’ll have the time of your life, and the near heart attacks from uninformed relatives will amusing to say the least. Here’s what to expect in each of Cambodia’s best centres for newlyweds…
1) Siem Reap
If you and your love have a thing for ruins, archeology, and living out Lara Croft-esque fantasies, then spending your honeymoon in Siem Reap will prove to be a good use of your holiday time after your wedding.
Located a brief tuk-tuk ride away from one of the most expansive ruin complexes in the world, your days will be spent combing over the remains of Hindu and Buddhist temples, while your time back in town can either be spent lounging by the pool at lush resorts like Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, or dining on amazing international and Khmer cuisine for a fraction of the price you’d pay back home.
2) Phnom Penh
Adventurous couples that wish to spend some time in one of the most rapidly developing Asian cities of the present moment will enjoy whiling away a few days in Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace and the National Museum have their share of sights, while those looking for excellent dining options will find them on Sisowath Quay, which borders the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.
3) Koh Rong
Seeking out the stereotypical deserted island experience that doesn’t just live up to the hype, but exceeds it with a sense of peace that is hard to find these days? You’ll feel it from the second you step off the boat and on to blinding white sand that squeaks underfoot, and you’ll be overcome by it when you hike to your first beach that has scarcely another soul in sight.
Such places in the world are on the travel equivalent of the endangered species list these days, so one needs to savour them when one stumbles across these slices of heaven. Generators or solar panels supply just enough electricity for light and basic needs at night, and with a scarcity of wi-fi on this hidden paradise, it is the perfect place to abandon the real world with your spouse for a solid week (or longer) of R&R.
4) Koh Song Saa
Love the look and aesthetic of Koh Rong from the pictures you see online, but the rustic bungalows you read about just a bit to spartan for your tastes? If you got money to burn, the tiny islet Koh Song Saa, located a stone’s throw from the northeast coast of Koh Rong, is the perfect spot to enjoy a week or two of decadence after tying the knot with your boo for life.
Wake up to the sound of lapping water underneath your over water bungalow, have a leisurely breakfast beside the pool, and plan your day: will you walk through the private rainforest reserve, or will you don your snorkel and mask and head out in search of techicolour coral?
With the best in luxury awaiting you after you return from your action-packed afternoon, you’ll be certain to have some of the best days of your life together at this stunning haven in the Gulf of Thailand.