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Panorama of Cambodia 14 days

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HIGHLIGHTS

Explore magnificent landscape
itness the grandeur of the Khmer Empire in Siem Reap, and explore the dramatic and sensuously beautiful Angkor Wat, lauded as the world’s largest religious structure.

Off the beaten track excursion to local areas
Get off the beaten track and experience the beauty of the true Cambodian daily life in Battambang.
Get up close to Khmer culture and traditions
Get up close to the vibrant and bustling city of Phnom Penh by visiting the magnificent Royal Palace, strolling around the central market or just being hypnotised by the National Museum of Fine Arts’ sculpture collection.

ITINERARY

Day 1Phnom Penh – Arrival

  • Meet and be welcomed by our guide on your arrival at the airport
  • Get a transfer to the hotel by private car
  • Get some free time at your leisure for personal discoveries

Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh
Highlight experience: Traditional Cambodian food

Day 2Phnom Penh - City tour

Tour the Capital, which has retained its charm with its beautiful colonial buildings, wide avenues, monuments and beautiful Khmer architecture

  • Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts which shows a collection of pre-Angkorian and Angkorian sculptures
  • Discover the Royal Palace, resplendent in traditional Khmer Architecture
  • See the Silver Pagoda and its magnificent Emerald Buddha, Gold inlaid with diamonds
  • Explore Wat Phnom, the oldest temple in the city, and is the origin of the name of the Cambodian capital, and the statue of Madam Penh

In the afternoon, we will visit:

  • The Museum of Genocidal Crime, which was the S-21 prison – scene of the worst examples of brutality and torture under the infamous Pol Pot
  • The camp Choeng Ek Killing Field, outside Phnom Penh, the last resting place of many Cambodian people, these killings committed by the brutal Khmer Rouge

Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh
Highlight experience: Discover the oldest temple of Wat Phnom

Day 3Phnom Penh - Stung Treng

  • You will be picked up at your hotel in Phnom Penh to head north to Stung Treng where you will find a unique opportunity to see the unspoiled rural life of the Cambodian.

Overnight at hotel in Stung Treng

Highlight experience: Stung Treng local discovery

Day 4Stung Treng - Ratanakiri – Banlung

  • Departure to Banlung, the capital of Rattanakiri province in Eastern Cambodia.
  • Stroll down the main street of Banlung
  • Walk to the volcanic lake, Yak Lom in a superb location surrounded by pristine rainforest.
  • Swim or take a stroll around the lake.

Overnight at hotel in Banlung
Highlight experience: Swim in the lake of Yak Lom

Day 5Ratanakiri - Kroeung territory

  • A detour to the early morning market Banlung, where the different ethnic groups (Kroeung, Tompuon…) come to sell or exchange their products.
  • Drive north towards Laos and the village of Taveng
  • Cross the volcanic lava field of Veyrum Plang.
  • Travelling north the landscape changes from primary forest to cleared forest, bamboo and bush.
  • Walk to visit some Kroeung villages en route. The Kroeung people have the curious custom of erecting bachelor houses standing on long bamboo poles. These houses will remain so until the young man finds a wife. Only then will the unusual bachelor pad be destroyed. The time of year to see them is usually from February to August.

Overnight at a hotel in Banlung
Highlight experience: Explore the Kroeung people’s bachelor houses
 

Day 6Kroeung territory - Kratie

  • Drive to Kratie.
  • Arrive in Kratie and continue to Prek Kampi on the Mekong River, a natural site, where we will get the best chances of seeing the rare and protected Irrawaddy dolphins, the only freshwater dolphins.
  • We will cross the Mekong on a small boat, enter the mangroves and wait! As well we have the chance of spotting the rare Mekong mud turtle, and with a little bit of luck you will see both and be truly amazed.

Overnight at a homestay in Kratie

Highlight experience: Chance of catching sight of Irrawaddy dolphins and Mekong mud turtles

Day 7Kratie - Kompong Cham - Kampong Thom

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell Kratie and drive southward.
  • En-route visit Chhlong, a small town with many French colonial houses that are among the most beautiful in Cambodia.
  • Drive further to Kampong Cham.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant and explore around this provincial town of Kampong Cham and its market.
  • Continue to Kampong Thom and enjoy seeing the countryside of Cambodia.

Overnight at Kampong Thom.
Highlight experience: French colonial-styled houses in Chhlong

Day 8Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

  • Explore one of the most important pre-Angkorian site – the Sambor Prei Kuk, built by King Ishanavaman in the early 7th century with over 100 well-preserved temples scattered throughout the forest
  • Enjoy your tasty lunch, prepared by the local community.
  • Continue further to Siem Reap and check in at your hotel for a short break.
    In the late afternoon, experience a unique opportunity to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat on a typical Cambodian Tuk Tuk.
  • Witness the sunset, from the top of the hill of Phnom Bakheng, which offers a magnificent overview of Angkor Wat.
  • In the evening: Attend to Apsara dance Show with dinner

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
Highlight experience: Apsara traditional Cambodian dance performance

Day 9 Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Preah Khan - Neak Pean – Homestay

Explore the walled city of Angkor Thom, 10sq km in size:

  • Visit the South Gate, Bayon and the Baphuon with its splendid sculptures
  • Pass through the Terrace of the Elephants
  • See the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers
  • The Royal Enclosure and its small temple, Phimeanakas

Following your visits to Angkor, discover other monuments of the 12th century:

  • The monastery of Preah Khan, whose name means “Sacred Sword”.
  • The small Temple of Neak Pean.
  • Ta Som Temple.

Then transfer to the homestay on the road to Banteay Srei temple.
Overnight at the homestay.
Highlight experience: The Terrace of the Leper King

Day 10Banteay Srei - Banteay Samre - Siem Reap - Cooking class

  • Visit Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century and Banteay Samre, a Hindu temple dedicated in the 12th century to Vishnu Shiva.
  • Return to Siem Reap.
  • In the afternoon, transfer by tuk-tuk to a local market to choose ingredients, there you will see fresh produce, locally grown herbs, spices, exotic fruit and vegetables.
  • Return to your cooking class. Together with your chef and guide, you will create several dishes which you can then reproduce at home.
  • Learn about the typical ingredients in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to see Cambodian cooking first hand.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
Highlight experience: Cambodian cuisine and cooking class

Day 11Siem Reap – Battambang

  • We drive to the fishing village of Me Chrey, on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake, board a boat and take a cruise to explore some of the floating villages on this massive expanse of water.
  • Take a boat trip to Prek Toal floating village, across the flooded forest and the great lake
  • On arrival at the floating village, you will change boat to go and visit the bird sanctuary under the guidance of a local ranger.
  • Return to Me Chrey by boat and continue by road to Battambang

Overnight at hotel in Battambang
Highlight experience: Stunning sunset and panorama over the floating villages

Day 12Battambang

  • Discover Battambang, a small colourful town, with charming Khmer characteristics
  • Climb up the Phnom Banan hill to discover sanctuaries built in the 11th that locals claim to be the inspiration for Angkor and its hillside location offers incredible views across the surrounding countryside, Wat

Return to Battambang

  • Visit the Provincial Museum,
  • Pleasant stroll downtown to see the colonial architecture, Chinese compartments and colourful temples.
  • In the afternoon, amid the rice fields and insight of lovely landscapes, journey by road alongside the river back to Sangker:
  • Pagoda Wat Slaket, the residence of Buddhist Patriarch, and an opportunity to meet the monks.
  • Then visit the temple of Wat Ek Phnom.
  • On the way back to Battambang, visit the Prahoc market.

Overnight at hotel in Battambang
Highlight experience: Great views of Battambang from the Phnom Banan hill

Day 13Battambang - Kompong Chnnang - Ou Dong – Phnom Penh

  • Travel across the fertile plains of rice cultivation, along the road to Kompong Chhnang town, and see its beautiful colonial charm.
  • On the way, make a brief stop in Pursat, famous for its marble sculptures.
  • Then, a boat trip in the floating village of Kompong Luong, inhabited mostly by Vietnamese. We again see houseboats or houses built on stilts to avoid floods.
  • Visit the villages of potters around Kompong Chhnang area

Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh
Highlight experience: Having a home dinner at a local family’s house in Kompong Luong

Day 14Phnom Penh – Departure

Free time until transfer to the airport for your onward flight

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EXTENSION

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE - 4 DAYS
BEACH BREAK - 4 DAYS - SIHANOUKVILLE
BANGKOK DISCOVERY - 3 DAYS - THAILAND

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE – PHNOM PENH TO SAIGON 4 day/3 nights

A lower Mekong cruise that modules the diversity of the rich, local and evergreen life of the Mekong Delta.

Day 1 – PHNOMPENH – VIETNAM Board a grand, yet homely cruiseliner and embark on a leisurely four-day cruise. Depart Phnom Penh and head for the rich, fertile lands of the Mekong Delta region.

Day 2 – PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING – TAN CHAU Embark on your journey to Tan Chau on the way. Dawdle in the slow-paced town of Tan Chau, with its Chinese, Khmer, and Kinh ethnic minority populations. 

Day 3 – TAN CHAU – SA DEC – CAI BE Arrive in Sa Dec, where you will take a traditional sampan tour. Wander villages occupied by craftwork industry, and have a go at weaving yourself! Catch your first sight of Cai Be, a quaint town famed for its French Catholic Church and the production of food products, especially rice.

Day 4 – CAI BE – MY THO – SAIGON Pass by the floating market of Cai Be, and to the central markets. Observe pastoral scenes of My Tho from your cabin’s balcony while having tea on deck. Return to Saigon and bid farewell to the cruise.

 

Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

Sure, Sihanoukville (ក្រុងព្រះសីហនុ) would never win first prize in a pretty-town competition. But despite the rapid and mostly unwanted development, it has remained the jumping-off point for the best of Cambodia’s white-sand beaches and castaway-cool southern islands!

Day 1 – ARRIVE IN SIHANOUKVILLE Ready your senses for something truly exceptional? Sihanoukville is worth the wait. This destination is the perfect tropical paradise for your getaway. Wide boulevards and white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach is an attractive seaside stopover.

Day 2 – TREKKING – WATERFALLS The Kbal Chhay Waterfalls are a tiered, 14-metre drop in the middle of extensive forests, with loads of food stalls, picnic spots, hammocks and local shops selling all manner of useless stuff to help you while away a very relaxing few hours in between splashes.

Day 3 – DIVING OR SNORKELLING The best time of year to go diving or snorkelling in and around Sihanoukville is December to April when the dry season and currents mean that visibility is at its best. On the other hand, while conditions might be less ideal in quiet months you’ll get more of that ocean all to yourself. Cambodia does offer some of the cheapest scuba-diving in the region in some of the least crowded waters.

 

BANGKOK – A vibrant city / 3 days 2 nights
Spice your holidays by stepping in a vibrant city, mixing modernity and spirituality. Stroll around golden temples and palaces. Get a shopping session through all of the markets of the city, and end your trip experiencing the Thai lifestyle for three days.

Day 1 – BANGKOK – ARRIVAL Spice your holidays and step into the vibrant city of Bangkok. After a short flight from Phnom Penh, settle in your hotel and start your Thai adventure. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel before having dinner on the rooftop of one of Bangkok’s skyscrapers.

Day 2 – BANGKOK – HIGHLIGHTS
After breakfast, visit the highlights of the city such as the Grand Royal Palace complex which includes the Royal Palace and the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho, a giant house of the lying Buddha or the Beautiful part of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansion. In the evening enjoy a drink on the rooftop of a bar and have a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife.

Day 3 – BANGKOK – MARKETS
After breakfast, relish the taste of the local snack and photograph the Maeklong railway market, slow down on the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak and experience the vibrancy of Bangkok daily routine.

TRAVEL NOTE

TIME TO VISIT CAMBODIA

DRY SEASON

Dec - Feb
Dec - Feb
Feb - Apr
The weather is cooler and much more pleasant to visit
the coastal area and Angkor site.
Average temperature 21°C–30°C (70=86°F)
The weather gets dry and characterized by dust
and heat.
Average temperature 24°C–34°C (75-93°F)

WET SEASON

May - Jul
May - Jul
Jul - Oct
Rainy, monsoon season. Fewer tourists, lower price.
Best for visiting Angkor Wat with its green vegetation.
Average temperature 24°C-33°C (76°F-91°F)
Cooler period, with chances of a lightning storm. Ideal for
Siem Reap trip.
Average temperature 23°C-30°C (74°F-87°F)


Check out our full guide for the best time to visit Cambodia here.

PHYSICAL LEVEL

Cycling Tour:
Level:
This is a middle-level Cycling Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old
Kayaking Tour:

Level:
This is a low-level Kayaking Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old

PASSPORT AND VISA

Your passport must be valid 6 months after the expected date of your departure from the country.
We can help with your Cambodian visa once you arrive will in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. Just bring with you a valid passport, 2 passport-sized photos and 35 USD per visa.

  1. You will get a single entry tourist visa which allows a stay up to 30 days
  2. A 6-month valid passport after the expected date of your departure from the country is required
  3. Visa exemption up to 30 days for the following countries: Brunei (14 days), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines (21 days), Seychelles (14 days), Singapore, Thailand (14 days)

WHAT TO PACK

To make sure you will enjoy all of the activities included in this trip without missing of anything, here is a short list of what you should bring with you:
– Trekking shoes (or running shoes)
– Sunscreen
– Sunglasses
– A raincoat
– Insect repellant
Check out some more practical information for Cambodia travel here.

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