Discover Cambodia

  • Destination: Cambodia
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: $1805

Many visitors may never intend to go beyond these magnificent temples; however, they are soon captivated by other parts of this charismatic and welcoming country. Cambodia is blessed with unspoilt beaches, pristine forests and beautiful colonial cities like Phnom Penh, Battambang and Kep. It is also the gentle, polite and friendly nature of the people who make Cambodia such a memorable destination.

Day 1

Phnom Penh Arrival

Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant and bustling capital city. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. Upon arrival, our tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Now enjoy some free time to rest and freshen up before driving to the dock to catch an evening boat cruise along the Mekong River to watch the sunset over the shimmering city.

Accommodation: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh or similar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal or similar

Day 2

Phnom Penh City Tour 

Phnom Penh was founded in the 14th century and has long been a vital trading hub at the confluence of three rivers: the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac. Start the day learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”.  Our cultural tour continues as we visit the National Museum – a journey into ancient Khmer art and civilization and the Royal Palace, home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh or similar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal or similar

Day 3

Phnom Penh – Drive to Kep

Today we will take you to Kep, a seaside resort town popular with the French in the early 1900s. Stop at Tonle Bati, the temple of Phnom Chisor and Kompong Trach en route.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kep

Day 4

Kep to Sihanouk Ville

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel followed by a drive along the southern coast to Sihanouk Ville, stopping at Kampot en route. The whole afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: The Independence Hotel or similar, Golden Sea Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 5

Sihanouk Ville

Today is yours! Relax and further explore the seaside town of Sihanouk Ville, including the amazing surrounding beaches. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: The Independence Hotel or similar, Golden Sea Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 6

Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh

Return to Phnom Penh today, stopping along the way at Kirirom National Park to see its stunning waterfalls and wildlife. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh or similar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal or similar

Day 7

Phnome Penh – Drive to Battambang

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by private car. Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. You will visit the floating village with private boat at Krar Kor. After lunch, go to the stone carving workshops in Pursat. Arrive in Battambang in the afternoon.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

Day 8

 Battambang

Take a morning drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Visit the Provincial Museum (closed on Saturdays / Sundays) and the local market. Take a visit to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view until sunset. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

Day 9

Battambang – Siem Reap

Option A: (This option is available between mid July to mid February only, when water levels are sufficiently high to navigate the Sangker River and Tonle Sap!). Travel by private boat to Siem Reap along the Sangker River and enjoy unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes. Stop at Cheur Khmao Pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, in Bak Prier floating village and cross the floating village of Prek Tuol. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you sail across the Tonle Sap Lake to Chhong Kneas floating village.
Option B: (Feb-July) Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon by overland transfer. Lunch at a local restaurant in Sisophon then continue on to Siem Reap, check in to the hotel for a little relaxation. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 10

Siem Reap: Discover Angkor Temples (with a hot air balloon experience)

Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm, at sunrise. Dawn is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded gold by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back out on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, we proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
If weather permits, enjoy flying the balloon over the Angkor Wat.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 11

Cooking Class in Siem Reap – Afternoon relax

This is the day of discovering the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in a half-day cooking class. Begin with a walk and talk along the country lanes in the village where you will learn about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients before returning to the classroom for a hands-on culinary experience. After dining on your creations, we will take you back to hotel for relax.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 12

Siem Reap – Old market – Departure

After breakfast, explore the Psar Chass, also known as the “Old Market” for some last minute souvenir shopping, before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. Bon voyage!

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation & Daily breakfast
  • Transportation by private A/C car as itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Entrance fees, boat trips, performance & excursions