Covering over 20,000 sq km in the south-west of Cambodia, the Cardamom mountains are one of south-east Asia's most important eco-regions. A little explored, untouched mountain region, it is home to more than 100 animal species including tigers and Asian elephants. Cox & Kings recommends staying at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge to explore the wildlife, waterfalls, river valleys and mangroves that characterise the area.
Prek Toal bird sanctuary, close to Tonle Sap lake, is the most important site for large waterbirds in south-east Asia and is a birdwatcher's paradise. Birds sighted regularly include cormorants, spot-billed pelicans and ibises. It is an integral part of bird conservation in Asia and many endangered species are now thriving. Day trips can be arranged from Siem Reap or Battambang.
SihanoukvilleOnly four hours' drive from Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville on the Gulf of Thailand is Cambodia's best beach resort. The area is much less developed than its counterparts in Thailand but visitors should be aware that luxury facilities are more limited. There are white sand beaches, lined with palm trees, and many undeveloped islands off the coast that can be explored by boat. Cox & Kings recommends a stay at Song Saa, a 30-minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville. Cambodia's first truly luxurious resort, on two of the islands in the Koh Rong archipelago. Connected by a footbridge that crosses over the marine reserve, the exclusive hideaway resort has a world-class restaurant and wonderful spa. Cox & Kings arranges escorted and private luxury holidays to more than 100 countries around the world. NOTE TO EDITORS Cox & Kings is the world's longest established travel company. Its history stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire and by the early 20 th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank, which had strong connections with India. The bank became part of Lloyds and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company. Today, built on the high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox in the 18 th century, the company continues to flourish as an independent tour operator, with operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia and throughout India. Cox & Kings organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean. RESERVATIONS: +44-(0)20-7873-5000 http://www.coxandkings.co.uk PRESS OFFICE: +44-(0)20-7808-5694 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE Cox & Kings