An exploration deep into Cambodia reveals the historic charm of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh and one of Asia’s best kept secrets – Cambodia’s south coast. Discover uncrowded beaches in Kep and the charms of the colonial port town of Kampot before traversing the countryside through Takeo for a home-stay and visit Kampong Thom. In Siem Reap, take a trip through the jungle to unveil the majestic temples of Angkor in dawn’s first light – an experience that will stay with you forever. Cruise along Tonle Sap Lake and discover remote Boeng Mealea.
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Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.
Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour
nd the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions. Take a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of the city before wandering through the Central Market which has everything from household items to jewellery for sale. Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent history with a visit to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the beautiful grounds of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Get to know your group over a sunset drink at Phnom Penh’s iconic Foreign Correspondent Club, known to be a meeting place for travellers across the world.
Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kampot
Travel by train along an historical train route from Phnom Penh to the old French port town of Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. In Kampot, cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.
Hotel: Columns Hotel
Day 4: Kampot to Kep
Drive from Kampot to the seaside town of Kep and visit an ancient temple hidden within the caves at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.
Hotel: The Beach House, 2 nights
Day 5: Kep
Popular with the French elite in the early 1900s, Kep is home to many abandoned French villas which were later destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Drive past the ruined villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island just a short boat trip from Kep. Return to the mainland for the evening.
Day 6: Kep to Takeo
Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride along a narrow canal. Visit Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Stay at a home-stay in Takeo which helps support the local community through education initiatives. Share a home-cooked meal and learn about the English-speaking classes they run for the local children.
Day 7: Takeo to Kampong Thom
Drive through picturesque rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm. Learn about the traditional techniques of silk production, from collecting the silk from the worms to the dyeing and weaving process. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch before continuing the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel
Day 8: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
Continue your journey from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a floating village to see daily life before arriving in Siem Reap.
Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, 3 nights
Day 9: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor
Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East gate by tuk-tuk. Marvel at the silhouetted central spires and explore the temple grounds away from the crowds. After a local Khmer breakfast, travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing and wander through Bayon temple. Visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm before returning to town for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Outlying Temples
Travel through the countryside to two of the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom – Banteay Srei and Boeng Mealea. After lunch, stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.
Day 11: Depart Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|2020 Dates & Prices|
|Meals:||10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle|
|Rail:||Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot|
|Accommodation:||10 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||English-Speaking Tour Leader|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.