One of our favourite destinations, Cambodia, is opening its borders again. This is great news for both us, and for Cambodia, as its two main industries are textiles and tourism. Immaculate beaches and jungle temples, Cambodia is one of our top picks for conscious travels filled with ancient heritage and unspoiled beauty.
Phnom Penh is the capital city filled with chic boutique hotels and is in close proximity to many interesting and authentic villages. Visit Takeo and Weaver's Project where our handwoven Cambodian cushions are made by local artisan women. Kick back by the pool at The Plantation hotel, a locally run boutique hotel that regularly hosts exhibitions and shows by Khmer artists. Savour the local delicacies such as fried tarantula at Romdeng, a training restaurant that offers a support system for street children.
The temples of Angkor have lured travellers to Cambodia for centuries. Stay at Hanuman Alaya Villa to visit the temples during the morning and relax by the pool in the afternoon. Venture out into the Wa Bo area or the Old Market during night to find Kampot pepper steaks, amok deep fried spring rolls and pra hok.
Kep, an old colonial beach resort with wide sandy coves is the perfect place to relax for a few days and enjoy a slower pace of life. It is quiet – but is developing slowly as more visitors go there each year. Stay at Knai Bang Chat, a tranquil beach retreat lovingly converted modernist houses and villas, plus sailing, yoga and great food.
Cambodia has a long and rich history in weaving dating back more than a thousand years. Women across southern Cambodia have looms in their homes, and they practice the art passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. Explore our collection of Cambodian cushions, handwoven by Khmer artisans working with Weavers Project in Cambodia