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9 Day, Angkor & The Beach


From £1,179.00 per person


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

Overview

Learn more about the deep rooted customs and intriguing historical temples that are found in Cambodia around Siem Reap. Explore the vast waters of Tonle Sap Lake and see how locals have adapted to life on the lake before heading to the pristine beaches of Sihanoukville in Southwest Cambodia.

 

Day 1:  UK Departure Day 6:  Sihanoukville
Day 2:  Siem Reap, Arrival Day 7:  Sihanoukville   
Day 3:  Siem Reap Day 8:  Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh, Departure
Day 4:  Siem Reap Day 9:  UK Arrival
Day 5:  Siem Reap – Sihanoukville

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 connecting 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 who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.

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.

In the evening your guide will meet you for you dinner at Mahob Khmer Restaurant, here you’ll experience traditional Khmer cuisine.

Overnight (Option A): Siem Reap at the FCC Angkor (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Siem Reap at the Tara Angkor Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 3, Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Sightseeing in Angkor

Visit Roluos Group Temples
The Roluos Group of monuments mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, and they represent some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Lolei was built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts.

Preah Ko was erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple. Bakong was built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, and is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery.

Excursion to Kampong Kleang with boat trip and lunch at local house
Kampong Kleang is located about 50km from Siem Reap town on the northeast shore of the Tonle Sap Lake. Drive down the narrow road, board the boat and cruise past submerged forests and fishing farms to explore the floating fishing villages and houses located on the edges of the lake.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight (Option A): Siem Reap at the FCC Angkor (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Siem Reap at the Tara Angkor Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 4, Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Sightseeing in Angkor

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 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.

In the evening your guide will meet you for you dinner at Crystal Angkor Restaurant.

Overnight (Option A): Siem Reap at the FCC Angkor (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Siem Reap at the Tara Angkor Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 5, Siem Reap - Sihanoukville

Siem Reap – Sihanoukville

Sightseeing in Siem Reap

Visit local market
A local market is much more geared towards locals than tourists; hence you will not find as much in the way of souvenirs as the other markets mentioned. A huge array of foodstuffs is on offer including the wet market with fresh meat, poultry and seafood.

Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Sihanoukville.

Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel for check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure for swimming and relaxation on the beach.

Overnight (Option A): Sihanoukville at the Sokha Beach Resort (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Sihanoukville at the Independence Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 6, Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Today enjoy a day at leisure to take in the beaches of Sihanoukville or enjoy and optional guided tour.

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 (Option A): Sihanoukville at the Sokha Beach Resort (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Sihanoukville at the Independence Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 7, Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Day at leisure or take an optional day tour.

Overnight (Option A): Sihanoukville at the Sokha Beach Resort (Bed & Breakfast)
Overnight (Option B): Sihanoukville at the Independence Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 8, Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh – Departure

Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh – Departure

The morning is free to explore Sihaoukville for the final time. In the afternoon depart Sihanoukville for your transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your return flight to the UK.

You can of course extend to other areas in Asia, please ask your consultant about potential options.

Day 9, UK Arrival

Day 9, UK Arrival

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

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