Angkor Wat, constructed in the early 12th Century, is the largest religious structure in the world. The temple is so massive that its walls and moat appear in photos taken by space satellite. But Angkor Wat is one temple among a mindboggling complex of medieval structures—the stone remnants of the Khmer Empire that once ruled over Southeast Asia—scattered throughout modern Cambodia.
In addition to expert historical tours of awe-inspiring Angkor, Khiri shows you the hidden Cambodia. From eco-lodge retreats in the Cardamom Mountains, one of the largest and still mostly unexplored rainforest in all of Asia, to sightings of the illusive Irrawaddy dolphin at Kratie and elephant trekking in rugged Mondulkiri.
The wealth of the Khmer Empire was founded on a sophisticated irrigation system for rice production, fed by the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonlé Sap. Home to migratory floating villages of Khmer, Vietnamese, and Cham peoples, Tonlé Sap Lake is the liquid heart of Cambodia and a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Cambodians are fish people, with over 60% of their protein intake coming from fish harvested in the Tonlé Sap. Khiri tours sample the best of Khmer cuisine, from buttery crab at Kep’s famous crab market to the delicious sweetness of Kampot pepper.
The Cambodian people are especially welcoming of tourists as they recover from the Khmer Rouge atrocities of the 1970s. Cambodians are immensely proud of their cultural inheritance—a singular churn of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism from the Javanese courts, and Chinese influences from Funan.
I have nothing but praise for your Cambodian driver and Sam, both of whom did an excellent job. From the point of view of a tourist, I suggest you make the crossing [at Along Veng] one of your standard routes (if only for slightly mad people like me). Not only is it something very different, but the village of Anlong Veng is also worth seeing as an unspoiled example of Cambodian country life. . . .OK I could go on for hours, but I won't. Just let me say guys this year you surpassed yourselves.
Harry Huscroft-Illingworth & Eliane Jamet