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Start/Finish
Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Private
Customized Tour

Make a journey along the Tonle Sap Lake – the most important lake in Cambodia in 8 days. Travel to the most eye-catching sights in the capital Phnom Penh, from the sacred Wat Phnom Temple, the Royal Palace to the Silver Pagoda and enjoy a sunset river cruise. Head to Kampong Thom for an experience of Cambodia countryside with Khmer traditional villages, beautiful temples, and verdant rainforests. Explore the renowned archeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, where hundred Pre-Angkor styled temples are located. Discover the ancient city of Angkor Thom, breathtaking jungle temple Te Prohm and the world-famous Angkor Wat. Enjoy the boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and to the local village, and wander the historic city of Siem Reap.

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival

Welcome at Phnom Penh International airport, then you will be transferred in a private car directly to your hotel in downtown Phnom Penh. Check in hotel (check-in time is from 14.00). Time will be on your own. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: No
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will be greeted by a tour guide who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh. First, head to Wat Phnom Temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop. Then continue along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
The next stop will be the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style, considered as the house of the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting a repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home of a large bat colony!

Then continue to visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where you will be told stories from survivors and liberators of the camp. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.

Late in the afternoon, enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening. Enjoy fresh coconut juice onboard. After the cruise trip, head to the riverside area of Phnom Penh, a pleasant French style promenade that is great for people viewing. In the early evening (and morning), various activities will take place include exercise classes, Khmer dancing and plenty of snacking on local food. You can participate in a Khmer dance class which is a lot of fun for all! From here you can either be taken back to your hotel or left to explore this bustling area independently and have dinner at one of the many great restaurants at the riverfront (dinner will be on your own account).

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Phnom Penh



Day 3: Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Phnom Penh for Kampong Thom, with the first stop at Skuon town to see (or even try) famous local food “sautéed spiders”. The road condition to Kampong Thom is basic, but in return, you will get a great journey with temples, rainforests, and Khmer traditional villages.

Upon arrival in Kampong Thom, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cycling tour along the river or relax by the beautiful hotel pool.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kampong Thom



Day 4: Kampong Thom – Sambor Preikuk - Siemreap

An early morning departure to the archeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred Pre-Angkor styled temples. The site, part of the Chenla Kingdom, includes an area of nearly 1000 acres enclosed by double walls, and hundreds of temples and towers, its construction predates Angkor Wat by several centuries. The road conditions are very poor, but the spectacular scenery, with a mixture of temples and forest, makes the hardship all worthwhile. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the jungle with breathtaking views. Your visit supports a community-based tourism project. The villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. Stop at one village to observe the local production. The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells their products there as part of a community-based tourism project. You will have the chance to visit and contribute to the sustainability of the people’s livelihood as the local community will prepare a simple but very tasty lunch for you near the temple.

After seeing this landmark, you will make your way towards Siem Reap and pass through various Khmer traditional villages. On the way, visit archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei. Arrive in Siemreap by afternoon time, check in hotel.
You will be on your own the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siemreap


Day 5: Siemreap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm Temple

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. Continue on to the incredible Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.

Lunch at a local restaurant (on your own expense)

In the afternoon, visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.

We will end the day with a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng hill. Once the sun has set (6:30 pm) and your legs have gone sore, we’ll head back to town.

You will be on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 6: Siemreap – Tonle Sap Lake – Local Village Walk & Talk

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake (Kampong Phluk area), where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it swells to about four times its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake swells. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Return to Siem Reap town for Lunch and to rest for a while.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a drive through the countryside to a local village, a beautiful small farming village where life revolves around the seasons and family, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap. Here you will be taken on an incredible walking tour through the village and local community, learning about their simple way of life, meet local people and you will probably want to chat with them or help them with gardening works or help grow vegetables in the gardens, you will be welcome by kids saying “Hello” to you. The village tour guide will explain to you about Cambodian daily lifestyle, customers, cultures, and superstitions. Then we will also stop at a local pagoda for an intimate monk blessing (water blessing), wishing you good health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

This is a wonderful village tour that provides a lot of photo opportunities and local experiences. End of the trip, we will enjoy seasonal fruits & fresh coconut juice at a host family’s house before we transfer you back to the hotel. The rest of the day will be on your own.

*** Note: Today we recommend you to have proper clothes if you want to join the monk blessing at local temple.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

Optional Tour: Phare Circus show 

https://pharecircus.org/

Set up by refugees of the Khmer Rouge era, Phare promotes performing arts as a way to cope with trauma. Over the years they have not only helped hundreds of Cambodians but also helped to promote traditional Khmer culture.

Price (No guide escort): Upon Request

*** Remark: You can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to the Phare Circus Compound


Day 7: Siemreap – Free Day

Time is on your own exploring Siemreap by yourself.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

Optional Tour 1: The lost city of Koh Ker and Beng Malea

Start off your day off with a 40km comfortable ride in one of our A/C cars up to the wild and overgrown Beng Mealea temple. Next, we visit Koh Ker Temple that is abandoned in the forests of the North of Siem Reap, the ancient capital of the Angkorian empire (from AD 928 to AD 944). You’ll be hungry after that long drive, so settle into one of the restaurants nearby, and dig into some traditional Cambodian curries, soups, and stir-fries
Return Siemreap in the late afternoon.

Price:
Group tour: Upon Request
Private tour: Upon request
Inclusions: Transfer in AC vehicle, English speaking guide

*** Remark: Entrance fee to Beng Malea USD $7/person and Koh Ker USD $10/person payable by your own account upon arrival.

Optional Tour 2: Bike in the countryside at twilight (group tour)

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel, and transfer you to the starting point. Bring the camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable cycling clothes. You will start with a ride out of town on a small road following the river.
First, we will ride out of town as local children are departing school. We will then cycle the quiet back roads to villages surrounded by rice paddies, leaving the bustle of Siem Reap behind us and exploring the charms of rural Cambodia. Bathe in the bucolic bliss of countryside life as we watch farmers return home with their buffalo. Taking some time to explore a crocodile farm and vegetable farms before enjoying an iconic sunset over the palm trees, weather permitting. From here we will ride a red dirt road and then some great small tracks back to town. You can expect to return to Siem Reap around 6:00pm.

Price: Upon Request

Day 8: Siemreap – Departure

Time will be on your own. Depending on the time of your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your outbound flight. Say goodbye and we wish you a safe flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

End of tour.

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Phnom Penh with highlights
  • Killing Fields
  • Kampong Thom with UNESCO World Heritage Site Sambor Preikuk

  • Angkor Temple Complex discovery
  • Boat trip on Great Tonle Sap Lake
  • Walk & Talk in the local village, interact with local people

Travel Service

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles

  • English speaking guide(s)
  • Local boats
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlight

  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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Behnam
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Great Tour

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November 5, 2019
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Sitinder
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Amazing Vietnam and Cambodia personalized tour

My husband and I had not been to Vietnam or Cambodia before. We wanted a tour of the main tourist stops and also to explore some parts ourselves. Emma did a fantastic job of guiding us through the options and creating a personalized itinerary.

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Due to the personal service from Emma and attention to detail, our trip was hassle-free, leaving us free to soak up the atmosphere, sights and smells that have left us feeling we would like to return and explore more next time. The highlight for me was the overnight cruise along Halong Bay. It was so calm and peaceful, just what I needed!! I would thoroughly recommend Emma and Asia Trip Deals, if like me you just want a holiday and not the stress of spending hours trawling through the internet looking for hotel/flight deals and places to visit.

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