Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Cambodia in style

easier Travel
24 June 2008

Capitalising on the surge of interest in all things hip and boutique, leading Asia travel specialist, Travel Indochina, has launched a “Cambodia in Style” tailor-made itinerary, enabling customers to see all the sights of this stunning country, whilst staying in Cambodia’s most stylish accommodation.

Included in the itinerary, the tour operator has also introduced two new hotels to its portfolio, offering the best in boutique design and charm. The Quay Hotel, located directly on Phnom Penh’s lively riverfront, offers clean lines of minimalist design and is ideal for those seeking a true flavour of Cambodia’s fascinating capital. The hotel is ideally positioned within easy walking distance to the National Museum, Royal Palaces, local markets and endless bars and restaurants and its unique architectural style makes it ideal for urban travellers with an eye for modern design.

Nestled on Kep’s stunning coastline, Knai Bang Chatt is one of Cambodia’s most chic hotels, offering the welcoming feel of a private home, perfect for relaxation after all the sight-seeing. Owned, restored and furnished by one of Europe’s most renowned art and antique dealers, this property is both elegant and eye-catching and offers a beacon of 60’s cool in the remote reaches of Indochina. Its three villas, housing the 11 stylish bedrooms, have been restored in keeping with their former 60’s grandeur and perfectly complement the property’s other key attractions, the infinity-edge swimming pool, wooden dining pavilion and newly-opened beach club and restaurant.

The “Cambodia in Style” itinerary starts in Siem Reap with a 3 night stay at the ultra hip Hotel de la Paix, providing Travel Indochina’s customers with a modern contrast to the more traditional resorts and historical sights that Siem Reap has to offer. The modern art deco design, sleek lines, sharp edges and predominant use of white give the hotel a truly minimalist feel and The Arts Lounge hosts changing exhibitions, making it an ideal choice for art and design enthusiasts.

No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the amazing temples of Angkor. As with Travel Indochina’s small group journeys, “Cambodia in Style” guests will benefit from a unique opportunity to make a torch-lit approach, away from the crowds, through Angkor’s jungle to catch sunrise over the mesmerising Angkor Wat. Other highlights include a ride in a fixed cable balloon enabling customers to view the marvel below from a height of 200 metres, where the sheer scale of the Angkor Wat and the incredible realisation of the ancient Khmer civilisation become apparent.

Travel Indochina’s General Manager, Chris Orme, explains: “Cambodia continues to be one of our most requested destinations and we are really excited to offer this new itinerary, which allows our customers to see all the key sites, while staying in some of Indochina’s most stylish properties. Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kep and Kampot all have their own unique flavour and contrasts, whereas all the hotels on the “Cambodia in Stlye” itinerary offer the best of Cambodia in terms of chic design.”

The “Cambodia in Style” 8 night tailor-made itinerary starts from £875 per person and includes accommodation with daily breakfast, transfers and road transportation (modern air-conditioned vehicle), internal flights, sightseeing, entrance fees and a local English-speaking guide.

Travel Indochina has 15 years’ experience in operating small group journeys to “the real” Asia and unlike many other travel companies limits its group size to a maximum of 15 people. The smaller groups enable travellers to gain the best from both worlds - greater access to the local culture and plenty of opportunities for independent exploration.

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