The Thoughtful Guide To Cambodia

Cambodia is a diverse, unique and historical nation bound together by the resoundingly warm energy of its people.  It is teeming with reasons to fly across the world for. To ensure your visit is worthwhile as possible and you absorb its true essence, brand to trust Ansova Travel has created a tailor-made luxury journey through their unique lens of responsible travel. From Angkor Wat to its colonial architecture to its golden shore lines, Cambodia has something to offer everyone. Arrive in Cambodia curious and leave completely awe-struck.

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Where to stay?

Shinta Mani is an upscale boutique property which dedicates itself to ongoing charitable work in the local community. It is guided by an ‘Open doors, Open Hearts’ philosophy and runs an on-site foundation which trains under privileged Cambodians in hospitality skills. It’s the perfect place to stay after long days spent exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, its enormity constructed with such a level or precision and intention, its existence will forever evade the human mind. 15km from Siem Reap is Tonle Sap Lake, the heart of the Mekong which feeds and houses over 3 million inhabitants. Spend a day here interacting with the locals and build a water filter together which allows rain and lake water to be treated and made drinkable.  

 


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Dynamic Phnom Penh will leave you wanting to move there and the La Rose suites will leave you wanting to move in. Both exude the sort of calm impossible to find in a capital city, and its people, including the hotels staff who are previously impoverished children trained through the La Rose Foundation program, will have you utterly charmed. Explore Phnom Penh’s plethora of temples, markets, art deco and French colonial architecture and of course the royal Palace – the current residence of the Cambodian King.

Song Saa is the private-island oasis so idyllic, its difficult to even dream of. Located off the Koh Rong Archipelago, it was designed to set the bench mark for ecological and cultural conservation building initiatives, disproving the myth luxury needs to be shiny and new. The resort has a strong commitment to the community and runs its own foundation dedicated to protecting the communities of the archipelago and its marine inhabitants.

 

Where to eat?

Vibe is a 100% plant-based vegan café in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The menu is full of creative takes on its ethically sourced ingredients and 10% of its profits are invested to the Good Vibe Foundation, supporting healthy projects for people who need it. The Phnom Penh’s roof top garden is a particularly nice setting to relax between activities.  

 

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Daughters of Cambodia café was opened to support the local victims of sex trafficking who the directors train with a new set of skills. The program they run aims to empower girls who have left the sex industry to lead an independent life. Additionally, they are given free access to medical & counselling clinics, creative programs and daycare for children.

Marum is run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO that has been working with street children and other marginalized young people since 2005 in Siem Reap. Offering up local cuisine, cocktails and seasonal fresh food, all their dishes are designed to be shared – perfect for a holiday with friends or groups post tour. 

 

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What to pack?

Dressing in Cambodia is about navigating the cultural codes and what can be extreme heat! Opt for modest pieces to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting sacred sites, or pack a silk scarf that travels light and can be slipped on when needed. Cotton tees are essential for everyday exploring, while not forgetting a great sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect your eyes. 

 

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Daily Moisture SPF 30
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LOEWE
SLW450M Round-frame Sunglasses
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Amelia Backpack
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LILLIPUT & FELIX
‘Lilium’ Swimsuit in ‘Orange Rainbow Gingham’
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MARINA VAPTZORAVA
Burnt Orange Kalanti Travel Journal
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KENZO
Tiger Embroidered Canvas Espadrilles
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UMRAN AYSAN
Cotton Voile Kaftan with Needle Lace
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Scier Weekender
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Wide Brim Panama Hat 
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JEM
Octagon Earrings
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BEULAH
Sophia Floral Print Wrap Dress
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Leotard Swimsuit in Mango
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KIEHLS
Ultra Facial Cleanser 150ml
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VIERI RESPONSIBLE FINE JEWELLERY
Clouds Collection Necklace
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NOSOUJ
Venice Koy Tote
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DAGNY
Tie Dress
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PASSAVANT AND LEE
Scier Edition Backpack 
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BEULAH 
Shibani Scarf Red & Ecru
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