Uncovered Cambodia

  • Destination: Cambodia
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price: $1140

An exploration deeper into Cambodia reveals the intriguing and rarely visited south, where you uncover the charms of the colonial port town of Kampot, and discover stretches of quiet beaches at Kep. A trip through the jungle in the darkness to unveil the majestic temples of Angkor in dawn’s first light is an experience that will stay with you forever. Stop at a local market in Dom Deak en route to remote Boeng Mealea. This journey will lay open parts of exotic Cambodia not often visited by tourists.

Day 1

Welcome to Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, our driver and a tour guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel to check in.
In the afternoon, we head out of town and embark on a short cruise along Tonle Sap Lake and visit the local floating villages. In the late afternoon on the way back to your hotel, we will stop to watch the sunset from the foot of Phnom Krohm Mountain.

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

Day 2

Discover Angkor Temples

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 again 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. Weather permitting enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Angkor Wat.

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

Day 3

Siem Reap – Drive to Phnom Penh

After breakfast our driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on the 5 hour drive from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including the Khmer favorite: fried spiders! Of course feel free to try one! Once you arrive in Phnom Penh, check in hotel in the center and later take a half day city tour to see some of the major sights of Phnom Penh. Visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, these are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Meals: Breakfast.

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

Day 4

Mekong Islands – Biking & Boat trip

After breakfast head to the Mekong Islands, about 20km from Phnom Penh to the north by crossing Tonle Sap River and Mekong River by ferry. Take a leisurely bike ride along the countryside of a Khmer community to visit the villages and meet with the local community at their farm. Return to Phnom Pehn via a 2 hour boat ride along the Mekong River. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda; named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound.  Meals: Breakfast.

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

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Ta Keo – Kep

The journey southwards begins as we depart Phnom Penh and make our first stop at Phnom Chisor Temple, dating back from the 11th century. A 500 step path leads to the top of the hill from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Take a drive to the quiet town of Takeo before a quick jaunt via boat to Angkor Borei town, located just a few kilometers from the Vietnam border. There is a small museum that displays several reproductions of sculptures from the nearby ruins and few artifacts dating as far back as the 4th century. We continue our boat trip to visit a pre-Angkorian style temple of Phnom Da and a nearby temple of Asram Maharosei. The steep path over some big rocks makes Asram Maharosei different from other temples in Cambodia kingdom.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kep City

Day 6

Kep – Rabbit Island

This morning, travel through delightful scenery of rice paddies, sugar palm trees, traditional wooden houses, and karst limestone outcrops on the way to the cave of Phnom Chhnork. Inside the cave you will discover the remains of a 7th century brick temple. After this you will visit the caves of Phnom Sla’an, if you are feeling adventurous you can scramble through this cave until you magically appear into the sunlight on the top of the hill, being rewarded with perhaps some of the most beautiful views in Cambodia, with the traditional countryside stretching off into the Gulf of Thailand and its many islands. During the 1960’s Kampot was world famous for its aromatic pepper. A visit at pepper plantation will help you understand why, and you can observe the work of local community living there. Spend the afternoon on Rabbit Island before we return to the hotel in Kep. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kep City

Day 7

Kep – Phnom Penh – Departure

After Breakfast at the hotel check out from the hotel and transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for departure.Bon Voyage!

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation & Daily breakfast
  • Transportation by private car as itinerary
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees, boat trips, performance & excursions