This unique 14 Day Cambodia Overland tour gives visitors a great look at the contrasting areas of Cambodia. Starting in Siem Reap, visit the well-known Angkor Temples before travelling through the heart of the Cambodia. Finish your tour relaxing on the soft sand beaches of Sihanoukville.
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Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa, 4 Nights
Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex
This morning, explore the Khmer temples from the early Angkorian period. Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, including the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. In the afternoon, visit Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle. Return to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex
This morning, visit Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate to explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat where its extraordinary architecture offers an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Kbal Spean – Banteay Srei Temples
This morning, we drive to visit Kbal Spean (45Km, around 1.15 hours drive), commonly known as the valley of a 1000 Lingas. Kbal is set deep in the jungle to the north east of Angkor. Upon arrival, we hike (3 – 4Km, requires a moderately easy 45-minute uphill walk through the woods.) through the jungle to reach the River of a Thousand Lingas. The ancient civilization at Angkor used this waterway for irrigation. Numerous bas-reliefs remain, as do the thousand lingas placed to bless the water before it ran downhill through the royal city. This Hindu Pilgrimage site predates the Angkor Temples by some 200 years; making it the most ancient site in the region. On the return, stop to have lunch on your own account at local restaurants in front of Banteay Srei Temple (12Km, around 30mins drive from Kbal Spean). After lunch and a short rest, we discover the graceful Khmer Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – dating back to the 11th century. Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women” and the site contains some of Angkor’s best preserved sandstone decorations, friezes and lintels.
Day 5: Siem Reap – Battambang
Today, you will drive to Battambang (173km/2.30 hours away), Cambodia’s second-largest city, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer located in the heart of Northwest Cambodia. Until the war years when most of the infrastructure was destroyed, the province was the leading rice-producing region of the country. You will visit the Provincial Museum and drive along the picturesque Sangker River to visit Wat Ek Phnom (11th century – Suryavaman I). In the afternoon, you will visit the Phnom Sampeau and killing fields before continuing on to Phnom Banon (most noticeable for its five sandstone towers standing on the top of a hill) and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains.
Hotel: La Villa Battambang, 2 Nights
Day 6: Battambang – Sightseeing
After breakfast, transfer to the Bamboo Train Station. The Bamboo Train was set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of both goods and passengers. The train’s very basic technology is comprised of a platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. For your comfort, Viantour provides some cushions for the 8km travel through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies to the next station. Leave the train and start your discovery of local country life by visiting a village. Stop at a workshop that specializes in wooden sculpture and afterwards visit a local NGO named “La Maison de Coco” and the downtown area populated with its beautiful houses dating from colonial time. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 7: Battambang – Kompong Luong – Phnom Penh
Continuing onto Phnom Penh today, our journey takes us by way of Pursat, where we’ll stop off to visit the floating village of Kompong Luong. Located amongst the expansive waters of the Tonle Sap, this water-based community is the largest on the lake, with its residents living in stilt houses that they can raise and lower depending on the water levels. Everything here happens on the water and its 1200 families live their daily lives commuting around by boat. Schools, shops, markets, hospitals, even petrol stations, pigs and chickens go about their daily business on the waters of the Great Lake. A boat trip through the village presents us with a fascinating glimpse of life on the lake, before we continue on to the Cambodian capital.
Hotel: Ohana Hotel, 4 nights
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Sightseeing
In the morning, visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine. In the afternoon, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields.
** The exhibits at these sites are graphic, and may not be suitable for all visitors.
Day 9: Phnom Penh – Koh Dach island
Today, you will be transferred to the Koh Dach Island for an exciting excursion along the Mekong River. You will get off from the car at the ferry where you will have a full day walking tour (22.4km/5hrs walk) to visit a traditional Khmer weaving village. This is a chance to meet local people, learn about their lives and interact in a respectful and meaningful way. Your guide will show you about the way of life for the local people and answer any questions that you have. You will be amazed to see how the villagers produce their own dyes and weave silk on old looms. Learn about the local way of life as you walk through the village and interact with the local people. In addition, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a home cooked meal with a local family on the island. After lunch, proceed to a local monastery and meet the resident monks and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony, wishing you good health and a safe journey, performed by local monks. Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a traditional way which is believed pass on the good luck of the gods. Afterwards, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This is traditionally believed to protect you from any evil spirits or accidents and is a memorable experience. Return back to the hotel.
Day 10: Phnom Penh – Cooking class
In the morning, you will have opportunity to have a half day cooking class. La Rose offers its customers the opportunity to learn how to cook real Khmer cuisine in a traditional Khmer setting, with a skilled and friendly chef who can impart the secrets of Khmer cooking to you. Visit the market and interact with the stall holders and purchase fresh ingredients for the day’s meals. After completing the shopping, return back to La Rose. The chef will demonstrate how to prepare a variety of Khmer dishes; you can boost your cooking skills and knowledge under the chef’s guidance. At the end of class, you will be delighted by your own prepared meal which will be served. In the afternoon, free to enjoy at your leisure and rest to enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
Day 11: Phnom Penh – Chambok – Sihanoukville
This morning you will leave Phnom Penh for Chambok. A community-based ecotourism site located at the border of Kirirom National Park in Kampong Speu Province. This is an ideal place for nature and adventure lovers who seek to explore off the beaten track corners of Cambodia. Highlights of your trip include a trek through the dense forest to a beautiful 40-metre high waterfall, a bat cave and some local villages. The landscape along the way is spectacular with opportunities to see wild animals and birds. During harvest time, you may see farmers busy at work in their fields and may even join them for some hands-on experience in ploughing and harvesting. Lunch box is included. Afterwards, proceeding onto Sihanoukville, one of the coastal provinces of the bay of Cambodia – a bay that was listed as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Hotel: Sokha Resort Sihanoukville, 2 nights
Day 12: Sihanoukville – Free at leisure
Enjoy a free day to relax on the beautiful beach at Sihanoukville.
Day 13: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh
You’ll have a little more free time today, before we begin the drive back to Phnom Penh later this afternoon.
Hotel: Ohana Hotel
Day 14: Depart Phnom Penh
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Phnom Penh International Airport.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
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|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 3 lunches|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|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.