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Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Private
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Explore the Phnom Penh, home to a number of astounding Khmer-style buildings, French villas, and Buddhist temples. Take a break from the city vibe, discover the traditional life of Cambodia countryside, wander to local temples and small markets in Kampong Cham and Kratie and join a community project by planting your own tree. In Kampong Thom, visit the archeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk and enjoy a walk through the lush jungle. Lastly, ride a boat on Tonle Sap Lake and spend time exploring the legendary temples of the Angkor Complex in Siem Reap (you will definitely feel like a character in “The Jungle Book” film!)

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 the 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 and overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: No
Overnight in Phnom Penh


Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour

Your Phnom Penh tour will start with learning about and confronting Cambodia’s tragic past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture center. Then, head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields. Afterward, make a difference to the Cambodian community by enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant.

Next, on your Phnom Penh tour, you’ll travel by moto-rework (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and head out of Phnom Penh on the Japanese Friendship Bridge before catching a ferry across the mighty Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture (85% of residents earn their living from these industries). We’ll stop to see the silk weavers at work in the village, where you can purchase some of the local products if you wish. As you wander the village, you can explore a Buddhist temple and floating fish farms, see fields of rice and morning glory, and enjoy local Khmer snacks at a family home.

Say goodbye to the tuk-tuk and board a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the mighty Mekong. You’ll see the distinctive architecture of Cambodia, with Khmer-influenced buildings such as Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda, as well as French colonial buildings — some renovated, some ravaged by neglect and the war.

Finally, we will close off the Mekong boat tour with a gorgeous sunset. 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: PhnomPenh – Kampong Cham - Kratie

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Phnom Penh for Kampong Cham (2.5 hrs driving), a former French trading post on the Mekong, visit Wat Nokor, an 11th century Angkor era Buddhist temple. Continue to Kratie Province (2 hours driving). Upon arrival in Kratie, we will first visit Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy in village Sambo. The Vihara of the so-called ‘100 Pillars Pagoda’ is an important historical and cultural building and quite famous for its legend involving a princess and a crocodile, after that we will drive to the north along the banks of the Mekong, a scenic route with great views. The village of Kampi is one of the best places to view the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins along the Mekong. Get on board a local boat that will take you to the preferred habitats of these interesting creatures. As soon as you have spotted the first dolphin, your boat driver will turn the engine off and you will follow the dolphins silently (duration 1 to 1.5 hours).

Then check into the hotel on Koh Trong Island, only a short 10 minutes boat ride away from Kratie. The rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure to discover the picturesque rural island. Enjoy a spectacular Mekong sunset with perhaps a cold drink this evening. The Kratie stretch of the river is particularly famed for its striking sunsets.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kratie



Day 4: Kratie

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the island of Koh Trong, This Mekong island displays typical Cambodian village life, where people’s livelihood largely depends on rice farming and fruits cultivation (Koh Trong is famous for its pomelo!). You can decide whether you would like to take a local horse cart or pedal yourself around the island on a bicycle. You will have lunch at a local family.

Your first destination will be the island’s Wat, where a special activity awaits you: A tree-planting project initiated by a local farmer, in order to cultivate the once densely forested island. Contribute to the project by planting your own tree here and it will carry your name tag and leave a positive trace on the island. There is the option to continue by horse cart or cycling around the island, where you will be able to taste local fruit and visit a Vietnamese floating village on the southern tip of the island.
Overnight on Koh Trong Island.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Kratie



Day 5: Kratie – Kampong Thom

After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave Kratie for Kampong Thom Province (5hrs driving). On the way, stop at Phnom Santuk Mountain and climb the 980 steps to the top to visit the pagoda and for the great views over the countryside. Upon arrival in Kampong Thom, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cycling tour along the river or relax by the hotel pool.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kampong Thom

Day 6: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siemreap


Day 7: 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, we’ll head back to town.

Time is on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap


Day 8: 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 you 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 9: 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 ride out of town as local children are departing school. We 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 6:00pm.
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 10: 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
  • Tuk-tuk transfer (Phnom Penh), a local silk weaving village
  • Visit Upper Mekong River (Kratie) and Spot rare Mekong dolphins
  • Lunch in the local family (in Koh Trong)

  • Tree planting (in Kratie)
  • 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 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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