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14 Day, Complete Cambodia


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Based on 2 adults sharing, all flights & taxes, tours including English speaking guide and meals where outlined. See itinerary for full inclusions.

Overview

Explore all the charms of Cambodia with this comprehensive itinerary traversing the country’s most interesting and intriguing sights. Starting in Siem Reap, visitors head to the stilted villages on the Tonle Sap Lake before exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor by bike, tuk tuk and even ox cart. A visit to the capital Phnom Penh follows, including a journey into Cambodia’s dark past, before guests move onwards to the charming southern coastal towns of Kep and Kampot and the beaches of Sihanoukville. The journey finishes amongst the rainforest and mangroves of the Cardamom Mountains, including a jungle boat ride.

Day 1: UK Departure Day 8: Kep
Day 2: Siem Reap, Arrival Day 9: Kep – Kampot – Sihanoukville
Day 3: Siem Reap Day 10: Sihanoukville
Day 4: Siem Reap Day 11: Sihanoukville – Koh Kong
Day 5: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh Day 12: Koh Kong
Day 6: Phnom Penh Day 13: Koh Kong – Phnom Penh, Departure
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Kep Day 14: UK Arrival

Itinerary

Daily, in depth tour itinerary.

We have put this tour together to feature some of our favourite hotels, however alternate accommodation options are available be it of a higher or lower standard.


Day 1, UK Departure

Depart UK for your flight to Siem Reap.

Day 2, Siem Reap Arrival

Siem Reap Arrival

Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

Excursion by boat to Chong Kneas floating village and visit Phsar Chah (Old Market)
Take a boat ride to Chong Kneas Village to view the scenery and day to day life of the communities living around the lake. Visit Psah Chah Market, originally destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and reopened in 1996. It has many interesting food stalls and souvenir shops.

In the evening you guide will meet you for your dinner at HAVEN, a training restaurant for young adults (orphans, half-orphans and abandoned children), who have to leave orphanages when they come of age. By giving them vocational training in hospitality or as a cook and teaching them life skills they gain experience to support the transition from institution to real world. HAVEN serves flavourful Asian and Western food – including some Swiss specialities and many fresh vegetarian tidbits – at the same time you are supporting a training programme and are thereby helping a young adult orphan to achieve a secure and independent future.

Overnight: Siem Reap at Shinta Mani Resort (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 3, Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Sightseeing in Angkor by Tuk Tuk

Visit Angkor Wat
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades.

Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Visit Angkor Thom
The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs.

Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

Visit Ta Prohm temple
Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Visit Banteay Srei Temple
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, wondrous atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favourite with visitors.

Street Food Tours
We invites you to join us as we rub shoulders with the locals and join in the fun on a typical early night out for some local food delicacies. Deep fried water beetles, stuffed frogs on sticks, deep fried bananas and bright pink and green toffee crusted rice cakes are just some of the delights you can see on our local street food tour.

You’ll be introduced to some intriguing foods and see the streets come alive with atmosphere and the vibrant throb as the local Khmer hanging out having a great time.
Return to The River Garden to sit poolside amidst our beautiful jungle setting where you can share your treats whilst enjoying a drink from the bar.

Overnight: Siem Reap at Shinta Mani Resort (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 4, Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Sightseeing in Siem Reap region

Khmer for a day
Depart your Hotel and drive to Kompheim village. When you arrive you will take an ox cart ride through the village and even learn how to drive! You will then meet the host family who you will be working with today and take part in whatever seasonal activity is happening at the time.

You will meet another family to prepare a delicious Khmer lunch from fresh ingredients that will be purchased from the local families in the neighborhood. After lunch take a short walk to see the rest of the village including the Husk community school and workshop and learn about our bottle building projects. Transfer back to Siem Reap by mid-afternoon.

Dinner and Show at Phare the Cambodian Circus
Witness the vibe and energy of an amazing circus show that is transforming the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian youth.

Phare the Cambodian Circus, blends contortion, juggling, acrobatics, balancing and aerial arts with theatre, music and modern dance to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. The young Cambodian artistes come from some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable, but through Phare have successfully transformed their lives.

Before the performance tuck into a delicious dinner, then sit back and enjoy the unique circus show. The energy, enthusiasm and lust for life of the performers make this an inspiring experience for both adults and children.

Overnight: Siem Reap at Shinta Mani Resort (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 5, Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

There is some free time this morning after breakfast. Later transfer to the airport for your midday flight to Phnom Penh (60 mins). On arrival in the Cambodian capital you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh by cyclo
Take a cyclo around the city along the scenic Tonle Sap River, accompanied with oral history of the area. Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business.

Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings, which was built to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as well as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The buildings with beautiful towering spires are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today.

The Royal Palace complex and attached ‘Silver Pagoda’ compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500×800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion stand distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens.

The silver pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaew Morokot after the statue housed there. The wooden temple was originally built by King Norodom in 1892 and inside its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks which together weigh nearly 6 tons.

Visit the National Museum
The elegant National Museum, designed in the 1920s in the Khmer style by George Groslier, contains a vast collection of Khmer sculpture and art. Wander the halls to acquire an insight into an artistic heritage that stretches back centuries.

Dinner Cruise aboard Kanika Boat
Take part in a unique dining experience on the luxury Kanika boat which floats on the Mekong River near Phnom Penh. Relax and enjoy the delicious dinner and drink with wonderful views of the river and the city.

Overnight: Phnom Penh at Amanjaya Pancam (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 6, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Cooking class at Frizz restaurant with market visit
Enjoy a classic Cambodian cooking class. In the morning travel by Tuk Tuk to the local market accompanied by the Cambodian chef with the aim of selecting the best locally grown ingredients. Cambodia is blessed with an abundance of world-class produce and the guide will explain the culinary and medicinal significance of what is found depending on season.

After the market experience, both guests and the chef will return to the kitchen where each person will have their own fully equipped cooking station. The remainder of the morning will be used to discover Cambodia’s unique culinary techniques; afterwards, students will enjoy their own creations in a relaxed setting.

Visit the Russian Market (Tuol Tompong)
The sprawling Russian Market is a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from Cds and Dvds to silks, crafts, antiques, foodstuffs and more. An ideal place for browsing and bargain hunting.

Excursion to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum
Explore a dark chapter in the history of Cambodia with visits to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide) was formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, then in 1975 it became the main torture and interrogation centre under the Khmer Rouge. It was known as Security Prison 21 or just S-21. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek were where many people who were tortured in the S-21 prison were brought to be executed. Many mass graves were found in this area.

Overnight: Phnom Penh at Amanjaya Pancam (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 7, Phnom Penh – Kep

Phnom Penh – Kep

This morning you will leave Phnom Penh and head south for Takeo Province.
Journey south of Phnom Penh to Tonle Bati, a small lake with a beach and two impressive Angkorian laterite temples from the late 12th century, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. Explore the jungle-clad and atmospheric Ta Prohm, a temple built by King Jayavarman Vii (who ruled from 1181 to 1201).

Visit Phnom Chisor, a temple perched atop a hill and constructed of laterite and brick with carved lintels of sandstone. The inscriptions found here date back to the 11th century and the wooden doors to the sanctuary are decorated with intricate carvings. Continue to Angkor Borei, a 6th century monument built in laterite by King Rudravarman of Funan. His patron deity was Vishnu and many Hindu statues survive from this site. It is one of the few remaining sites with traces of the Kingdom of Funan (a kingdom influenced by India and thought to have spread as far as southern Burma and Indonesia). Next, head to a hill south of Angkor Borei, Phnom Da, which houses four artificial caves, built as shrines. On top of the hill is a square laterite tower.

Overnight: Kep at Knai Bang Chatt (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 8, Kep

Kep

Day at leisure.

Overnight: Kep at Knai Bang Chatt (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 9, Kep – Kampot – Sihanoukville

Kep – Kampot – Sihanoukville

Visit Crab Market

Excursion to Kampot with visit Pepper Plantation and French Colonial Architecture
In the morning begin your tour exploring nearby Kampot which is about 25km from Kep. The trip takes between thirty minutes to an hour through the Cambodian countryside. Visit Kampot Pepper Plantation that is well-known of its strong yet delicate aroma and taste. In Kampot Province high quality green pepper, black pepper, red pepper as well as white pepper are produced in a traditional way.

After that, visit French Colonial Architecture building before return to Kep. Kampot has been settled for centuries, but the current layout of the city along with the oldest buildings date from the French colonial period of the late 19th and early 20th century. The town itself feels rather eerie at times, an old French colonial resort partly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but slowly being taken over by locals again. Some buildings have been renovated, other are left to crumble.

Overnight: Sihanoukville at Sokha Beach Resort (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 10, Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Enjoy your day at leisure to relax at the Sokha Beach Resort or take an optional tour if you don’t want to put your feet up.

Optional excursion to the Ream National Park area with a boat trip to Koh Sompouch (8 hours)

From Kampong Som, travel to Preak Tuk Sap, visiting a pepper plantation, a durian plantation. Continue by boat downriver, past tropical forests and mangrove swamps. Many different kinds of birds and animals make their home in this area, located near Ream National Park. On the way, visit fishing villages and try your hand at bird watching or dolphin-spotting. Continue to the offshore island of Koh Sampouch before returning to your vehicle.

Optional excursion to Ta Kiev Island with BBQ lunch (Shuttle boat/wooden boat) (7 hours)

Your private Remok (Tuk Tuk) will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Serendipity beach from where your join in boat is leaving. Boat trip will take approximately 45mn. On the way you will stop the first Island (Koh Chralos) where we will have an hour snorkeling to see the marine life the colorful coral reef, many kinds of fish. After snorkeling we take another to the second islands ( Koh Ta Kiev) where have Bbq lunch on the natural sandy beach , relax and swim. After that we leave for third Island (Koh Trees) to have snorkeling and return back to Sihanoukville.

Optional excursion by boat to Rabbit Island (8 hours)

Take a boat over to explore Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay), an idyllic little island located about half an hour by boat from Kep. It has several pleasant beaches and a small community of fishing families. The sea here is shallow, making it excellent for paddling and swimming.

* These optional tours are not included in the overall cost. Please ask your consultant about these options.

Overnight: Sihanoukville at Sokha Beach Resort (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 11, Sihanoukville – Koh Kong

Sihanoukville – Koh Kong

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, transfer directly from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong (3½hrs).

After arriving at Tatai Bridge you will be transferred by shared boat (approximately 20 mins) to tonight’s accommodation, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, a peaceful retreat with overwater tented villas, set on a quiet bend in the river with the lush Cardamom Mountains as the idyllic backdrop.

Spend this afternoon at your leisure exploring the river on by kayak, swimming in its clear waters or fishing from your private terrace. Wildlife is abundant here and you might spot colorful butterflies and bizarre-looking insects as well as some of the 550+ bird species found in this area such as brahminy kites or great hornbills if you are lucky. In the evening take a short boat trip to see a spectacle of nature: fireflies lighting up a tree as if were a Christmas tree!

Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Overnight: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Day 12, Koh Kong

Koh Kong

Excursion by boat to Tatai waterfall (No ICS guide) (6 hours)
Away from the tranquillity of yjr 4 Rivers Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power as it drops 6 metres to the rocks below. The day, depending on the tide, starts at either 09.00 or 10.00 Am for the 45 minutes boat ride past Tatai village to the falls.

Turning into a tributary of the Tatai, head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle to the far off sounds of exotic birds and other wildlife. Within minutes wonder at the sight of journey’s end while gazing down into the turbulent waters of the falls.

Take a moment for lunch, but before take a few moments of hydro-massage and a refreshing drink as guests find some shade for a picnic and open the senses to the sights and sounds of the jungle. The tour can also arrange to transport some kayaks for added fun and adventure, from March to July there is also an opportunity to visit a nearby fruit plantation.

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Day 13, Koh Kong – Phnom Penh & Departure

Koh Kong – Phnom Penh & Departure

Enjoy some time at leisure until your transfer direct to Phnom Penh airport for your flight to London.

Please note that Koh Kong is very close to the Thai border which offers a great beach extension option. Please ask your consultant if you’d prefer to have a bit of beach time rather than returning to the UK.

Day 14, Departure & UK Arrival

Departure & UK Arrival

Your flight arrives back to the UK with some amazing stories to tell and no doubt a memory card full of photos. Time to start planning your next amazing trip!!

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