Respect for elders is an integral part of Khmer culture and family values. Yet in Cambodia, senior travelers will not find the sort of discounts and deals that are found in the West. When booking your flights and accommodations it's worth mentioning if you are a senior since there may be discounts available.

The most important issues for senior travelers are the potential rigor of the heat in Cambodia and the paucity of adequate healthcare. Both these factors should be taken into account by senior travelers. It is also beginning to compete with Thailand as a retirement destination.

For general information on senior travel, AARP (tel. 888/687-2277;, is an organization with over 40 million members that is dedicated to helping the over-50s improve their lives. Membership brings some discounts on international travel and they produce a magazine and a monthly newsletter.

Elder Treks (tel. 800/741-7956; offers tours to those over 50 to both Angkor Wat and the wider region.

The organization Elder-hostel (tel. 800/454-5678; arranges worldwide study programs, including their popular "Journey into the Heart of Asia" tour, which covers both Cambodia and Laos.

Overseas Adventure Travel (tel. 800/493-6824;, based in Boston, offers a tour called "Ancient Kingdoms: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia," as well as optional Cambodia add-ons to their other Thailand, China, and Vietnam tours.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.