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Tour Information

  • Price: Contact
  • Day: 13
  • Night: 12
  • Itinerary: Cambodia

You visit: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham – Kratie – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap – Battambang – Kampong Chhnang – Oudong

Highlights:

The tour starts in the capital of Phnom Penh, where the former granduer of French Indochina shines through in glimpses amongst the modern buildings of this rapidly growing city. Although the city was the epicentre of the tragic Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s, Phnom Penh’s main sights remained relatively untouched. The splendour of the Royal Palace, graceful lines of the National Museum, and the tree lined river quay are just some of the highlights of the capital.

From Phnom Penh, head north to the rural areas of Kampong Thom and Kratie. Situated upon river banks, these two towns receive gloriously few tourists. Pre-Angkorian temples, rice fields, and dense grasslands dominate the scenery of these towns. But perhaps the biggest draw to the area, is a chance to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the shallow pools of the Mekong around Kratie.

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Spend 3 days in Siem Reap , the base town for exploring the Temples of Angkor. Built between the 9th and 13th century, hundreads of temples lie within the area that once served as the capital for the mighty Khmer empire. With your expert guide, your tour will not only expose you to the beauty of the temples, but also to the wonders of this ancient kingdom. As well as this you will have the unique experience of taking a hot air baloon ride over the temples.

As you continue your loop through rural Cambodia, travel toward the country’s second biggest city, Battambang. Full of semi-neglected, French colonial buildings and situated on the banks of the Sangker River, the town has a quiet charm about it. But the surrounding countryside is what really makes Battambang shine as it is filled with rice paddies as far as the eye can see, stilted wooden houses, fruit farms, and, of course, temples. From here you will make your way back to Phnom Penh and end your tour where it began.

Overview

 

Means & Time Destination Activity Meal
Day 1 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh - Arrival D
  Day 2 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh B
  Day 3 Kratie Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie B
Day 4 Kratie Kratie B,L
  Day 5 Kampong Thom Kratie - Kampong Thom B
  Day 6 Siem Reap Kampong Thom - Siem Reap B,L
  Day 7 Angkor Wat Siem Reap - Angkor Wat B
  Day 8 Angkor Thom Siem Reap - Angkor Thom B
  Day 9 Siem Reap Siem Reap B,L
  Day 10 Battambang Siem Reap - Battambang B,L
  Day 11 Battambang Battambang B
  Day 12 Phnom Penh Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Oudong - Phnom Penh B,L,D
  Day 13 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Departure B

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Arrival (D)

Upon arriving in Phnom Penh, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will explore the rich history and waterways of the capital. Visit the opulent Royal Place, home to Cambodia’s Royal family, and the National Museum, with its superb collection of Khmer art. End the day with a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng. Enjoy dinner at a charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality.(NOTE: Romdeng is usually closed during national holidays and for the entire month of April over the Khmer New Year holiday.)

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh (B)

This morning, take a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo. First you will visit Wat Phnom which demonstrates some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. Continue along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This afternoon, you will gain insight into Cambodia’s recent history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21′. If you are interested, you can visit the Russian Market afterwards. In the late afternoon, head to the riverside area of Phnom Penh and gaze upon the activities the people are taking part in such as excercises and dances. You can even participate as well. Ovenight in Phnom Penh

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie (B)

Head to Kampong Cham, a former French trading post town and soak in the scenery of rural Cambodia as you drive past cashew nut plantations, rice fields, and traditional villages. Tour the town center before continuing to Wat Nokor, an evocative 11th century sandstone Buddhist shrine. Spend the afternoon at your lesiure in the sleepy riverside town of Kratie. 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. Overnight at Kratie

Day 4: Kratie (B,L)

This morning, stroll through this laid-back northern town, visiting the local market where vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and meats to motorbike tires and helmets. Set out for a countryside tour and then board a boat in the afternoon to try and catch a glimpse of the endangered, freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Continue towards the village Sambo for a visit of Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy Pagoda with a scenic lunch served amongst the grounds. This afternoon, cross the river to the island of Koh Trong and experience typical Cambodian village life. Upon arrival, you can decide whether you would like to take a local horse cart or pedal yourself around the island on a bicycle. Visit the island’s Wat where you will take part in a tree planting project initiated by a local farmer, in order to recultivate the once densely forested island. Continue with a visit to the Vietnamese floating village on the southern tip of the island. Return to Kratie by boat this afternoon. Overnight at Udom Sambath, Kratie

Day 5: Kratie - Kampong Thom (B)

Depart for Kampong Thom passing through lush grasslands- home to a plethora of waterbirds- and watch out for ox-carts along the road, the main form of local transportation in this region. Although there are almost 1000 steps, climbing up Phnom Santuk Mountain offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding countryside and houses a small pagoda at the top. After soaking in the view, descend the steps and continue by road to Kampong Thom. This afternoon, will be spent at your leisure. Overnight at Kampong Thom

Day 6: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap (B,L)

Sambor Prei Kuk, 30 kms north of town, is a jungle-enclosed temple complex that receives very few tourists due to its remote location. However, a visit to these Pre-Angkorian ruins should not be missed. As you travel through the ruins on bike and foot, you will be awe-struck at the melding of architecture and nature, as the brick structures here blend seemlessly with the nature surrounding them. 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 tasty lunch for you near the temples. Continue towards Siem Reap (3h). On arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B)

Rise early to experience the sunrise over Angkor Wat, followed by a hearty breakfast. Proceed on to the countryside around the Western Baray area, where you will observe local life. Carry on to Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, here you will witness the entire process of silk creation from the breeding process and life cycle of the silk worm to the spinning of the silk. Return to Siem Reap for a midday break. Visit Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Enjoy a rural sunset over the paddy fields and the beautiful countryside from the pyramidal Pre Rup temple. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 8: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom (B)

This morning, visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an eco friendly electric vehicle. Surrounded by an 8 m high wall, Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. This afternoon, you will continue on to the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonlé Sap, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the river. Board a local boat and visit charming village of Kampong Phluck. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. (NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead). Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 9: Siem Reap (B,L)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the quiet Beng Mealea (1 h drive). Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and discover the wonders of an overgrown temple, Beng Mealea, which lay undiscovered for centuries. From here, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to stop at local communities and interact with locals, followed by an introduction into the production of rice paper before sampling some Palm Wine and Palm Sugar, both local produce. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 10: Siem Reap - Battambang (B,L)

Today, you will embark on one of the most stunning boat trips in Cambodia, as you will be taken from Siem Reap to Battambang by a comfortable private boat (Note: from January to June alternative transfer by road). Cruising along the Tonlé Sap Lake you will encounter a rich and diverse eco-system and stilted houses, as you absorb the tranquil rhythms of life on the river. This afternoon, you will arrive in Battambang. Home to some of the most well preserved colonial French buildings in the country, Cambodia’s second largest city had long been off limits to the tourist trail. After checking into your hotel the rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Overnight at Angkor Century, Siem Reap

Day 11: Battambang (B)

Today will be spent encountering friendly locals and exploring this unique city. After breakfast you will proceed to Phnom Sampeau, home to the killing caves and a small temple, representing both serenity and inhumanity in one place. Continue the tour with a ride on a bamboo train. (Note: the train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently being rebuilt. The long term future of the bamboo train ride cannot be guaranteed. Should the service stop we will arrange alternative sightseeing). Disembark as your guide leads 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 to the top and enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside and wander around the ancient temple, which is also home to scented flowering trees. This afternoon, 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. An optional visit Phare Ponleu Selpak School of Music , Visual & Performing Arts can also be arranged. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft centre. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 12: Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Oudong - Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

This morning you will depart from Battambang and travel to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery. Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia and enjoy an ox-cart ride through the city. You will then climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below as your guide explains the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. This afternoon, you will drive to Phnom Penh stopping at Koh Chen, an island in the Tonlé Sap River known as the ‘Silver Village’ due to its production of ‘silver’ based crafts. From here it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach by mid afternoon. For your last evening in Cambodia you will enjoy an authentic Khmer farewell dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 13: Phnom Penh Departure (B)

Enjoy today at leisure until it is time for your transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your individual departure.

Prices/Booking

Our Services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hote
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply) except for the Kep/Sihanoukville beach extensions which are unescorted
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels

Our Services do not include:

  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo).
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • International Flights
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Additional Information:

  • All prices are per person in US $ based on double occupancy.
  • Surcharges and / or compulsory gala dinners are applicable between December 23rd and January 2nd and also during the Lunar New Year period.
  • Prices subject to change without notice.

Meals:

  • Should you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian vegan or food allergy) please advise us in advance.
  • Meals provided are included in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast will be served in your hotel and will include Vietnamese and Western dishes.
  • Lunches are arranged at Vietnamese restaurants in scenic areas. Your tour guides are happy to assist with your selection

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