Cylcle Bangkok to Angkor

Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of SouthEast Asia. Cycle along the coast, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the charming cities of Cambodia with their well preserved French architecture and extraordinary ancient temples. Engaging locals and lovely accommodation all found on one of the lesser trodden paths through South East Asia. Easy, pleasant rides and effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a recreational ride on a bike can enjoy this cycling adventure.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 50km cycling – After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, it is a 3-hour drive to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills provide nice views out over the water as we cycle, and just as your mind starts to drift into communication with your stomach, we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits you. We ride into the town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce you to his cozy guesthouse and his vegetable garden, two things he is very passionate about.

Riding: 60km cycling – Leaving Chanthaburi, we pass through the old town, the Catholic quarter and then into the surrounding orchards. Today enjoy pedaling solid, quiet roads with very little traffic. Late morning, we transfer past a busier section to our next culinary stop. From here it isn’t a far ride to the border with Cambodia. When the immigration process is completed, we drive to the hotel in the gem-studded hills of Pailin.Pailin is known not only for gems but also for housing several high-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge long after its violent reign was over. Since the town is no longer home to these officials, Pailin is attempting to become a tourist destination by providing hospitality to visitors. We spend the night in this place of historical significance.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today we veer off of paved roads and cycle down some fun dirt paths through the villages behind Pailin. Although the locals are accustomed to seeing a few foreign passersby, they will still greet you warmly and inquire about your journey. After an hour and a half, we join the main road again and then cycle our way over rolling hills out of the highlands and into the flatlands. We finish up the day’s cycling on the outskirts of Battambang. As the sun hits its peak in the sky and the surroundings become more populated, we hit the heart of the city to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After waiting out the heat of the day, we saddle up and pedal to one of the province’s most impressive 11th-century temples on Phnom Banan. We check into our well-located accommodation and use the rest of our time to wander through this charming town.

Riding: 25km cycling – This morning we will take a tour led by students of Kinyei: a local vocational training NGO that has created a cycling program called Soksabike. With this cycling tour we will discover the various village industries of Battambang, most of which are food related, so be prepared to see that food baby emerge! Our exploration provides a great insight into how the locals live and get by here. We will see the production of rice wine, dried bananas, and a local snack called Kralanh (bamboo sticky rice) before we return to town to eat once again. From here we have a three-hour transfer to Siem Reap. Once we get there, we’ll have the opportunity to glimpse the sunset over Southeast Asia’s largest body of freshwater, Tonle Sap, from a small mountain nearby.

Riding: 25km cycling – Bright and early we’ll be at the most significant religious sites in Cambodia, watching the sunrise over the towers of Angkor Wat. Once the crowd subsides, enjoy a memorable walk through the temple, where the morning glow and low temperatures make for an optimal visit. Hop on the bike for a short ride to a hearty breakfast. When our morning meal is complete, we cycle the hidden trails of the Angkor National Park to discover some of the best-kept secrets of Bayon, Ta Prohm, and the Elephant Terrace. We take a break from the increasing heat to eat lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake, then you’ll be transferred to the hotel around 2 pm. Today provides a fundamental introduction to this otherworldly complex that will leave you with a good basic understanding of the park’s history and your orientation within it so that you may explore on your own should you wish to extend your stay in Siem Reap. We have a late checkout at 4pm when the tour concludes. You can book flights out of Siem Reap starting from 6 pm if you wish to leave today.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
February: 03USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
June: 29USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
August: 03, 30USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
November: 16USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
December: 21USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale CX 3s Bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
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.

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Cycle Bangkok to Saigon

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. This fertile region, which was once almost entirely ruled by the Angkor kings, now is comprised of Vietnam’s food-producing land, the majority of modern Cambodia, and the eastern extreme of Thailand. A goldmine of material for the budding historian. For the cyclist, a variety of dynamic riding that includes everything from single-lane bike trails to remote back roads through the countryside; something to satisfy the appetite of any rider. For the gourmet traveler, this tour showcases the highlights of three different cuisines with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood, but with all tastes catered for. For those who wish to connect with village life in Southeast Asia, there could not be a better trip.

The ride may be epic in terms of its scope, but it is an achievable and enjoyable one with a high degree of comfort at our overnight stops. It is sure to be a humbling, rewarding and exciting experience discovering the heart and soul of Southeast Asia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

You can arrive in Bangkok any time today before our briefing at 5pm. After this, we will head out for our first dinner together- an adventure in a city famous for its cuisine.

Riding: 50km cycling – After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, we drive 3 hours to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok, we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the dramatic coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills will provide nice views out over the water, and just as our stomachs begin to grumble we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits. We pedal into the regional town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce us to the cozy guesthouse and vegetable garden that he is very passionate about.

Riding: 60km cycling – As we leave Chanthaburi, we will pedal through the old town area and the Catholic quarter before we reach the surrounding orchards. We are on well-made, back roads today with hardly a car in sight. A little before lunchtime, we will pack up and drive a busier section to our next stop on the food adventure. From there we spend 30 minutes in the car to reach the Cambodian border. After completing border formalities, we ride on to the hotel that is set among the gem-studded hills of Pailin. This town is famous not only for its gems but also for harboring a number of senior members of the Khmer Rouge for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime. With these characters now long gone, the historic town of Pailin is now hoping to put itself on the tourist map a little by providing hospitality to those passing through.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today we leave the paved surface and cycle on some fun red dirt roads and trails through the villages behind Pailin town. Despite a steady trickle of foreign travelers through this area, you will still be the center of much attention in the villages as friendly locals curiously watch you pedal by. We rejoin the main road after an hour and a half or so and then enjoy some rolling hills down out of the highlands onto the plains. The final stretch of riding is through the outskirts of Battambang City, as the day heats up and the population increases. We reach the heart of the quiet city in time for a delicious local-style lunch. Once the sun gets a little lower in the sky, we take to the bikes again and ride to see one of the province’s most stunning 11th-century temples at Phnom Banan. We check into our centrally located accommodation and have some time to explore this charming town.

Riding: 25km cycling – Soksabike is a program created by a local vocational training NGO called Kinyei. This morning we will enjoy a tour led by students of Kinyei. Our cycling tour around the suburbs and villages of Battambang introduces us to the many village products that are made here. Most of these are food products, so any hopes of losing weight on this tour will be firmly extinguished by this stage. We will, however, get a great insight into how people here live and survive. We see how rice wine, dried bananas and a tasty snack called Kralanh are made before we return to town for lunch. This afternoon you can rest during our 3-hour drive to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, there will be an option to see the sunset over the largest lake in South East Asia- Tonle Sap- from a small mountain on the shore.

Riding: 25km cycling – In the quiet and cool darkness, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, anticipating the sunrise over the imposing towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, we’ll take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site at its best. A short pedal away, a delicious breakfast spread awaits. After breakfast, we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of its best-kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, we enjoy lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to our hotel by vehicle around 2pm. This tour is the essential introduction to the Angkor park and will give you not only a great historical overview, but also a geographic orientation, so if you plan to visit the temples again tomorrow you can explore on your own with confidence.

Please note: Appropriate dress (knees and shoulders fully covered) is compulsory for entry into certain sections of Angkor Wat, and should also be observed throughout all temple areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.

Siem Reap, once a dusty little town, has now blossomed into a charming destination with an amazing array of food options and a good variety of activities. From zip-lining to an acrobatic circus performance and an emerging arts scene, this city will not disappoint. There is always a good massage and the pool for those who fancy some relaxation.

Riding: 55km cycling – Starting with an early pickup from your hotel, we have a 2.5 hour drive to reach Kampong Thom, the neighboring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, we set off on a ride north of the town to find the sprawling complex of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk. These ruins date back as far as the 7th century and are remarkably intact for their age. The lush green surrounds and absence of tourists make this a really special cycling exploration. After we see out the heat of the day in the shade, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – Following a laid-back start in order to time our day correctly, we drive around 3 hours to Oudong Mountain. This place was the former capital of Cambodia and hosts a hilltop temple with fine views. We enjoy a Cambodian-style picnic before hopping on our bikes for an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails which are mostly unpaved. We pedal our way through rice fields and farmland, passing Oudong’s smaller brother; Basset Mountain. Crossing a recently refurbished but un-operational railway line, the scenery changes rapidly. For those comfortable cycling in traffic, you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those who are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we take to the bikes again and explore the nearby Mekong islands. Here we pedal through charming village communities, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of temples from a more recent time. This is a highlight ride and gives a unique perspective to Phnom Penh and its surroundings.
Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. Little more than a collection of wooden shacks when the French first arrived, the colonials transformed it into a beautiful city. With the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, its decay and decline began, with regeneration and rapid economic development only a recent trend. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser-known aspects of this eccentric Cambodian capital.

Today we rest our legs and stay off the bikes. In the morning we can have a bit of leisure to enjoy the pool or wander around Phnom Penh. After an early lunch, we board the international boat which will take us down the Mekong River into Chau Doc, Vietnam: a bustling Delta town with a specialization in salted fish.

Riding: 75km cycling – Our Mekong Delta adventure begins in earnest today. The first of many short ferry rides comes after about 15km and the rest of the day will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will likely notice the fertility of the land, as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters to accompany us. We roll into the substantial town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – Our final ride of the trip continues on canal paths which become even more interesting as we go. The countryside is just as scenic as yesterday, but with an even higher concentration of canals and the farm produce now includes large hanging fruit such as jackfruit. We encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today as well as yet another amazing lunch. We finish up with a boat ride and arrive into the pleasant, bustling town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

An early morning visit to the floating markets is on offer today. It’s an impressive sight, with boats of varying sizes and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold, and a good insight into local Vietnamese life. After breakfast, we pack up and board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. After seeing out the heat of the day, we explore the city on foot, including the former French Quarter, the former Presidential Palace and the Ben Tanh Market. It’s then time to celebrate a fantastic journey with our final meal together.

Your Bangkok to Saigon Explorer concludes after breakfast this morning. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with your travel arrangements as required.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 10USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
February: 02USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 28USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 02, 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 15USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
December: 20USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 09, 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
July: 18USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 14USD $4,000.00
December: 19USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale (Cambodia), GT (Vietnam) and Merida (Thailand) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will, however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
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.

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Portrait of Cambodia

Discover the Portrait of Cambodia. Venture to the bohemian city of Battambang to explore the local market and colonial architecture. Explore the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau and the five-spire temple of Phnom Banan. Discover the iconic temples of Angkor including the favourites of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Cardamom Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Enjoy a full day city tour of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the beautiful Silver Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields memorial of Choeng Ek. Both sites give an important insight into Cambodia’s turbulent history.

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Battambang

Travel north to Battambang, and discover a bohemian city filled with charm on the banks of the Stung Sangke River. Walk along the riverside to see some of Cambodia’s most impressive colonial architecture and explore the local market.

Hotel: Stung Sangke Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Battambang

On a full day tour, head to the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, and stop at a rice paper-making village. Ek Phnom is a partly collapsed 11th century temple featuring impressive and intricate carvings. Visit the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau, and enjoy breathtaking rural views from the summit. Climb up 358 steps to explore Phnom Banan with its five-spire temple, stop at a small local winery and experience a unique bamboo train ride. Return to Battambang for the evening.

Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap

From Battambang, journey through some of Cambodia’s prettiest landscapes to Siem Reap. Gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a small city filled with interesting sights, charm and atmosphere.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 6: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor

Rise early and venture by tuk-tuk to the East Gate of the temples of Angkor. Away from the crowds, see the sun rise over Angkor Wat’s iconic spires. Spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat, see the many faces of Bayon and discover Preah Khan, before returning to your hotel for some free time. After midday, travel to the outlying temple of Banteay Kdei, explore tree-covered Ta Prohm and see the sun set over Angkor Wat.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport where your Portrait of Cambodia Journey finishes.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Siem Reap daily From $1,265.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
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.

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Flavours of Cambodia

Explore the food markets and street food stalls of Siem Reap; savour delectable local cuisine at some of Siem Reap’s most exclusive fine dining restaurants; taste award-winning coffee, hand-pulled noodles and handmade dumplings. Learn to make Khmer cocktails with local herbs, roost and spices on this tailor-made discovery journey.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Embassy Restaurant, an exclusive fine dining experience unparalleled in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap

After a typical Cambodian breakfast at a noodle stall, explore Angkor Archaeological Park. End the day with a relaxing cruise in a gondola paddle boat in the moat of Angkor Thom compound while watching a spectacular sunset at Prasat Chroung Temple. Cocktails, champagne and canapés will be available as the boat paddles slowly along the ancient moat. Tonight dine at the renowned Sugar Palm Restaurant, owned by Cambodian-New Zealand chef Kethana Dunnet.

Day 3: Siem Reap

Travel to the pretty pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, considered one of the bestpreserved temples in Cambodia. Continue to the country home of Chef Kethana. Over the course of the morning, you will learn how to make various dishes that are served at Sugar Palm. This afternoon, experience a walking
tour around Kompheim village. This evening you will be picked up by local remork and your local guide will take you to uncover hidden treasures and areas favoured by locals to sample some of Cambodia’s lesser known cuisine.

Day 4: Siem Reap – Battambang

This morning visit Siem Reap’s food markets and street food stalls, sampling food along the way, before heading out on a scenic drive through rice paddies and temples to a village known for a quintessentially Cambodian dish. Continue by road to Battambang. En route stop at Prasat Phnom Banan Winery, Cambodia’s only commercial winery. There is opportunity for wine tasting including a red wine that is a blend of cabernet and shiraz, a brandy and ginger juice. This evening, enjoy dinner at Jaan Bai, a social enterprise restaurant established by the Cambodian Children’s Trust.

Day 5: Battambang

Explore the historic centre of Battambang, beginning at the lively local markets. Try some of the award-winning coffee at Kinyei Café and stop for lunch at Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh for some hand-pulled noodles and handmade dumplings. This evening, enjoy an evening snack food tour by bicycle. Stop at a handful of local eateries and stalls along the riverside where there is a chance to sample some of the region’s renowned street food snacks.

Day 6: Battambang – Siem Reap

Stop at the Ancient House located in Wat Kor Village, where the lady of the house will give you a guided tour, showing you how they mill their own rice and demonstrating the afterdinner betel leaf ritual. Continue through picturesque countryside to visit small cottage industries operated by artisanal producers, many of which have been making their product for generations. This evening, visit Asana Bar for a Khmer cocktail lesson. During this fun informal class learn about Khmer herbs, spices and roots, the basic principles of making cocktails, and how to prepare and mix a cocktail. Enjoy dinner at the riverside Chanrey Tree Restaurant for some of the most refined Cambodian cuisine in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Siem Reap daily From $2,445.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
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.

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Cambodia Overland

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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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 & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Siem Reap:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:13 nights
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.

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