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Start/Finish
Siem Reap / Phnom Penh
Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Private
Customized Tour

Discover Cambodia in the past and at the present to fully understand how this country has changed over the thousand years. Start with visits to the centuries-old Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the jungle temple Ta Prohm, and Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap. See the tranquil countryside of Cambodia in Battambang, with some of the most preserved colonial French buildings and beautiful cultural villages. Visit Kampong Chnang and enjoy the beautiful views in Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. Venture to Phnom Penh’s renowned sights – the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom Temple, the Killing Fields, etc, to learn about the country’s history. Enjoy your time in the lovely beach town Kep with stunning beaches and picturesque nature, and a day trip to Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island).

 

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: Siemreap – Arrival

Warmly welcome at Siemreap airport, you will be picked up then transferred in a private car directly to your hotel in downtown. Time will be your own for relaxing.

Meals included: No
Overnight in Siemreap

Day 2: Siemreap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Promh 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, we’ll head back to town.
You will be on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 3: 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 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 welcomed 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 the 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 4: 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 ride a red dirt road and then some great small tracks back to town. You can expect to return to Siem Reap around 6:00 pm.
Please note: Appropriate dress should be observed throughout in traditional rural areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.
What’s the Riding Like?
Flat terrain
16km riding
This ride is predominantly on flat tracks and small roads – there are no hills in the area so anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this tour. There are some sections on small dirt trails so beginner riders should not choose this tour.

Price:
Group tour: Upon Request

Day 5: Siemreap – Battambang

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Battambang.
Battambang is Cambodia’s second-largest city and, not so long ago, was within the target range of a stronghold of the erstwhile Khmer Rouge and was therefore off-limits to most travelers. However, like the remainder of this beautiful gentle country, Battambang has recently re-opened to the outside world. One fortuitous result of its isolation and lack of development is that Battambang has some of the most well preserved colonial French buildings in the country. You will find local people here to be extremely friendly. They have not been exposed to many foreign visitors and they will be as interested in you as you are in them! Battambang was formerly the rice bowl of Cambodia although these days the production of rice is augmented by large orange and jute plantations).

Arrive in Battambang around noontime, after check into your hotel and a short rest, start to explore the town. You will have a chance for one of the highlights and a unique experience- a fun ride on the famous Bamboo Train, an original means of transportation on the old train tracks. A true rollercoaster ride without loops!

Next point is Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view of the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Phnom Sampeau is home to the notorious killing caves, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Battambang.

*** Optional: Take a boat trip from Siemreap to Battambang (instead of overland driving)

This is on one of the most stunning boat trips in Cambodia, packed lunch on board. (Note: This boat trip is only possible in the high-water period from July to December as water levels are too low during the dry season and transfer times extremely long. From January to June alternative transfer by road. (Duration 6-7 hours).



Day 6: Battambang

Battambang’s countryside is what makes this pleasant river town a real treat. The town is situated along the Sangker River, a quiet and small body of water that finds its way through Battambang Province.

This morning, your guide will lead you through local villages and farms on the way to Wat Banan, an 11-century temple on a mountain-top situated between lush paddy fields and beautiful lotus ponds. Climb up the top and enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside and wander around the ancient temple, which is also home to finely scented flowering trees.

Then, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, Prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), Grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft center.

The afternoon will be at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or stroll through the charming town center.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Battambang

Day 7: Battambang – Kampong Chnang – Ou Dong – PhnomPenh

Depart from Battambang in the morning and travel to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. In a village near Kampong Chhnang, to see the different aspects of pottery making and also experience the production of traditional rice wine.
Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. The drive passes through many rural villages and pagodas, and you will see the temple mountain with its dozens of stupas from afar. Upon arrival at Oudong enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill.
Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. Your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. Take your time to soak in the magnificent views over the plains below.
Stop to take a look at the spectacular Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Center, also located in Oudong. Your guide can explain more about the school of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) as you tour the center. Don’t forget to see the impressive jade Buddha, the mummified monk and the brightly painted walls telling the story of the Ramayana, the epic Sanskrit poem that decorates many pagodas seen around the country.
On the way to Phnom Penh, visit Koh Chen, an island in the Tonlé Sap River that you can reach via a new bridge. Koh Chen is known as the ‘Silver Village’ for its production of silver crafts and jewelry. Stroll through the village to see the many silver workshops in the local families’ houses.
From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach by late afternoon. Check into your hotel. You will be on your own the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Phnom Penh



Day 8: 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 is 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 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 9: Phnom Penh – Kep

Start early today and head to Wat Botum. Originally founded in 1422, Wat Botum is one of Phnom Penh’s five original wats. It is known as the ‘Temple of the Lotus Blossoms’ and the compound displays many beautifully decorated stupas, some of which contain the ashes of royalty. Wat Botum is the seat of the Thammayut (royalist) Buddhist sect, the smaller of the two main Buddhist sects in Cambodia. Here, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!
From here you will continue southwards to Takeo, a small town that is truly Cambodian in every sense.
Observing the small city life is quite interesting, as basically anything beyond your imagination happens here in terms of transportation, market life, and business, and little children are lined up along the road to welcome everyone with a “Hello Mister”. Board a fiberglass motorboat in Takeo that will zip you along an ancient canal to the archaeological museum of Angkor Borei and the temple ruins of Phnom Da. On the way, you will have the chance to see rural life in Cambodia. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, so in the dry season we can access that site by car, the boat trip is only possible from June to March)
Your next destination is Phnom Chisor, where you can climb up to the top of the mountain to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th-century Angkorian temple. Enjoy an amazing view of the typical Cambodian countryside.
Continue to Kep. Cambodia’s prestigious seaside resort of the 1960s is now awakening to its former glory. The small town offers reminders of the past and a growing choice of activities including island trips, a national park, and the famous crab market.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kep



Day 10: Kep – Rabbit Island – Kep

Breakfast at the hotel.
Early this morning, embark on a short boat trip (25 mins) to scenic Koh Tonsai, also called Rabbit Island. Spend the morning at leisure exploring the island and relaxing on the island’s beautiful tropical beach. A seafood barbecue lunch will be prepared for you on the island. Mid-afternoon, return to Kep and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Kep

Optional Tour: Countryside Tour

For an optional countryside tour, the area surrounding the city of Kep is full of beautiful scenery, traditional Khmer villages and the seasonal rice paddies which form the heart of rural Cambodia.

Travel along the coastal roads via tuk-tuk or motorbike, visit the village of Chamcar Bei, home to the Hand-in-Hand Cambodia project. Visit the students at the community school as well as the Women’s Handicraft and Development Association, where villagers make coconut jewelry and other products.

This tour also includes a visit to a local pepper farm, where the best black, white and red pepper in the region can be found. Continue with a visit to the salt fields and make a stop at the vibrant Keo Krosang Pagoda before returning to the resort for dinner.

Day 11: Kep – Phnom Penh – Departure

After breakfast, you will have some free time until you are transferred to Phnom Penh airport for a flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

End of tour.

*** Optional: From Kep, you can extend a beach relax in Sihanoukville or Koh Rong island (about 1.5 hrs driving from Kep).

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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

  • Angkor Temple Complex discovery
  • Boat trip on Great Tonle Sap Lake
  • Walk & Talk in a local village, interact with local people.
  • Battambang exploration
  • Ride the famous bamboo train (Battambang)
  • Kampong Chhnang stop-over

  • Trek up Oudong Mountain with magnificent views
  • City tour of Phnom Penh with highlights
  • Killing Fields – the most prolific and historic place about Khmer Rouge ‘s Crime
  • Discover the charm of Kep
  • Spend a day on Rabbit Island (Kep)

Travel Services

  • 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 Highlights

  • 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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