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10 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 15
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Tour Details

Explore west and south part of Cambodia while traveling from Siem Reap through to Phnom Penh, interesting sights, sounds, flavors, lifestyles, history of Angkor Wat, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Kampot, and on to relax and refresh on the beautiful yet peaceful beach of Koh Rong in Sihanoukville. This is one of the most common travel plans in Cambodia you’ll ever find on the internet. However, we still believe we have our own taste and identity to delivery to the real Cambodia lifestyles and experiences. *Land in Siem Reap and fly out from Phnom Penh. The itinerary can be done in reversed upon your request.

Destinations: Siem Reap – Battambang – Phnom Penh – Kamot/Kep – Phnom Penh.

Tour Price:

$845/adult – $320/child. Min 2 adults.

Discount 20% with a team >= 4 passengers

Larger group special discounts and pricing on request.

Prices effective for all bookings from 1st January 2023 onwards

Highlights

  • Learn from our friendly guide the history and culture of the region.
  • Explore the world largest religious temple Angkor Wat.
  • Discover the best preserve town from the French colony (1863-1953).
  • Go market to table during an immersive cooking class with a local chef in Phnom Penh.
  • Get an insight into Cambodian cuisine with a visit to famous pepper plantations outside of Kampot and taste the best pepper in the world.
  • Taste the delicious modern Cambodian cooking in restaurant but helps the local youth too.
  • Visit Kep Crab market and have it cooked up fresh while you look out across the Gulf of Thailand.

Departure & Return Location

Siem Reap / Phnom Penh.

Departure Time

8.30 AM

Price Includes

  • All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
  • Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels if you choose this option.
  • English-speaking guides as listed [Guided tour]
  • Entrance fees
    • Dolphin watching entrance fee.
    • And all other entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary.
  • Transportation
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during sightseeing
    • Boat to see the dolphins at Kampi.
    • Boat at Preah Rumkel & O’Svay.
  • Meal:
    • 2 breakfasts at Preah Rumkel.
    • 3 lunches: 1 at Preah Rumkel, and 1 during kayaking trip.
    • 2 dinners at Preah Rumkel homestay.
  • Activities
    • Kayaking at Ou Svay.
    • Guided tour in Kratie.
    • Guided tour around Preah Rumkel.

Price Excludes

  • Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
  • Food and beverages.
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
  • Any personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides & driver (read more)
  • Any other items not mentioned

Complementaries

  • Drinking water
  • One-way airport pickup
  • Cool waters and towels during tour
Itinerary

Day 1:Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor - Small Circuit.

[Guided Tour] 8:30 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel and start our Angkor adventure with a visit to Angkor Wat temple easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. We then move on to Angkor Thom visiting Bayon, with its 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces, Phimeanakas, Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. We finish the morning with a stop at the very photogenic South Gate of Angkor Thom City where the gods and demons line the road leading to the gate struggling in a cosmic tug-of-war. The Gate itself is crowned with four large faces facing in the cardinal directions.

Lunch is Khmer style in a local restaurant. Regain your energy enjoying a sumptuous Khmer feast near Sras Srang, the Royal Pool of Ablutions, originally reserved for the King and his consorts. Enjoy a spread of great local food followed by a nap lazing in a hammock or explore to see the traditional way of life and say hello to the Cambodians near here.

After lunch we continue our day tour by visiting the beautiful Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple which was made famous by Angelina Jolie. Feel like one of the early explorers as you visit this temple which has been left to be reclaimed by the jungle. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

+ O/N: in Siem Reap.

Day 2:Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor (Sunrise + Big Circuit + Banteay Srei).

[Guided Tour] Rise early for sunrise over the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat which is believed to be the world’s largest religious building. Then, we head to the temple mountain of Pre Rup, before driving further north to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back to Siem Reap we make a detour to the less frequently visited Banteay Samre. Built by King King Suryavarman II, the same king who built Angkor Wat, the structure with its high temple tower has undergone extensive restoration. In the afternoon we visit Neak Pean, a small island temple situated in the middle of an artificial pool, which translates as “intertwined serpents” due the coiled serpents encircling the base of the structure. We then continue on to Preah Khan or “sacred sword”, a huge monastic complex which features elaborate carvings. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

+ O/N: in Siem Reap.

Optional Program

  • Phare Ponleu Selpak the Cambodia circus evening show. 8:00pm-9:30pm. $18 – $36 USD

Day 3:Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lifestyle at Komong Kleang and Beng Mealea.

[Guided Tour] After breakfast, we travel southeast out of Siem Reap to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It’s population of 10,000 all make a living from the fishing industry. We explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers.

After lunch break in a local restaurant, we explore the lost temple of Beng Mealea, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Constructed by Suryavarman II in the 12th century, the builder of Angkor Wat, the forest has run riot here and it is hard to get a sense of the monument’s shape amid the daunting ruins. Returing to your hotel in Siem Reap.

+ O/N: in Siem Reap

Day 4:Siem Reap to Battambang.

Today, our journey continues south the rice bold of Cambodia which is located on the other side of Tonle Sap Lake. Due September – January, the water level of Stung Sangke River is deep enough to allow the boat to run. This means we can travel to Battambang by boat. This will let you experience typical Cambodian landscapes to the historic riverside city Battambang. Else, we travel by road En route, we stop at Artisans d’Angkor silk weaving project and unique stone carving by locals at Preah Net Preah district. Enjoy a guided tour of the Phare complex training school in Battambang and observe circus, dance, music, drawing and graphic-arts classes.

+ O/N: in Battambang

Day 5:Battambang Lifestyles. 

[Guided Tour] We spend a day exploring Battambang; witness some of the best-preserved colonial buildings around town; board the Bamboo train (locals call Nori) through rice paddies; visit local villages; see rice harvest (in season), fruit farming and local industries including palm sugar making (seasonal), rice paper production and fermented fish paste at the local market of Psar Bra Houk. 

At around 3:30 pm, we drive to Phnom Sampov, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas and killing cave left from the Khmer Rouge. Finish your day watching millions of bats flying out of their cave at 5:30 – 6pm.
+ O/N: in Battambang

Day 6:Battambang to Phnom Penh.

We leave behind the charm of this historic riverside city of Battambang and drive to the capital city Phnom Penh. We travel through Pursat province, passing through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless rice fields dotted with sugar palms.

Optional visit at Krokor district, to rent a boat to cruise out and experience life in this real floating community untouched by mass tourism Kompong Luong which is the largest Vietnamese floating community on the Tonle Sap Lake.

We continue passing through the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang and there may also be the opportunity to visit a local pottery village (Rolea Pa Ear District), as Kompong Chhnang is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian home. Our last stop before we arrive at Phnom Penh is at Kampong Luong Commune (Punhea Leu District, Kandal Province) to see silver craftsmen. Here, silversmiths make tiny silver and copper boxes, often in animal shapes, are a popular souvenir. This is the only place in Cambodia and the king always order the product from here international welcoming.

+ O/N: in Phnom Penh

Day 7:Phnom Penh.

[Guided Tour] Visit the spectacular Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and are closed to the public. You will, however, be able to visit Wat Preah Keo Morokat with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, the most sacred Wat in Cambodia and decorated with a floor made up of 5,000 silver tiles. Afterwards, we’ll travel to the nearby National Museum which houses the world’s finest collection of sculptures from the Angkor period. We spend the rest of the morning looking around the city including Russian Market which is one of the premier shopping destinations in the Cambodian capital. An ideal way to spend your evening here is to relax in a cafe by the riverfront. (Flexible).

At 4:30 PM, we enjoy a private boat for a sunset cruise and on the Tonle Sap River, which famously reverses direction each year, acting as the world’s largest natural flood barrier for the Mekong River. We cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular onto the mighty Mekong River.

+ O/N: in Phnom Penh

Day 8:Phnom Penh & Kampot.

[Guided Tour] Take a morning cyclo (cycle-rickshaw) tour around Phnom Penh, discovering some of the interesting sights, sounds and smells of the capital, including the wonderful art deco-designed Psar Thmei (Central Market). Along the way, taste some of the best street food in the city.

Back to the hotel to freshen up and check out. Before you leave Phnom Penh, confront Cambodia’s tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. Say goodbye to your guide.

 Afterwards, drive south by private vehicle, towards Kampot, one of Cambodia’s most attractive old towns (approximately 4 hours). Arrive in Kampot by evening.

Famous for its pepper, Kampot supplied most French restaurants for many years during colonial rule. Today, the region is also renowned for its durian, a spiky, pungent fruit that either incites adoration or sheer loathing. Try it if you dare! In some free time, you might stroll along the riverside’s French colonial architecture, or enjoy a coffee on the veranda of a riverside restaurant and admire the Bokor Mountain Range.

+ O/N: in Kampot

Day 9:Kampot & Kep.

After breakfast at your hotel, our day starts with a tour of the countryside, tasting locally-grown, seasonal produce depending on the season; durian or rambutan, plus lychee, pineapples, mangos or bananas. Visit the Kampot Pepper plantation which is grown in Cambodia for centuries. Kampot pepper is considered among the world’s finest by chiefs. We continue to the lively Kep Crab markets, where crabs are kept fresh in pots that float in the Gulf of Thailand’s warm waters. Enjoy a lunch of fresh crab cooked to perfection, eaten on a pier overlooking the ocean. After lunch, walk along the Kep beach and explore the old oceanfront buildings. Kep was once Cambodia’s most popular and prestigious beach town, but the Khmer Rouge destroyed many of Kep’s mansions and villas. The ghostly remains now stand as a silent reminder. Alternatively, relax in a hammock or swim in the warm South China Sea. Back to Kampot with an option to visit salt farms (mid-January to end April), either way the sunset over salt field is stunning.

+ O/N: in Kampot

Day 10:Phnom Penh. Departure.

Rise early to see the fishing boats arrive at the port with their daily catch. For breakfast, perhaps partake in a meal of crab, prawns or squid cooked up with Kampot green peppercorns and served with rice is. Alternatively try some of Kampot’s tastiest baguettes on a visit with the owner of a small wood fired oven. This legacy of French colonization is ubiquitous – many roadside carts sell baguettes with meat, sauces, and salad as a snack for workers. Then, return to Phnom Penh or international airport for departure flight to next destination. (Approximately 4 hour’s drive).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Itinerary is subject to change.

This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. As we care about your safety and always want to increase customer’s experience, Adventure Travel Cambodia’s team can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests. If the program is changed upon customer’s request, possible additional costs will be charged directly to customers.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Road

This trip involves a long day of driving and Cambodia roads can also be rough and bumpy, and delays are sometimes unavoidable. A dash of patience will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country!

Malaria

Malaria’s risk is present throughout the country, including urban areas, except city of Phnom Penh. There is low risk of malaria transmission at Angkor Wat and in the city centre of Siem Reap. So, I advise you to take anti-malaria medication in every part we go. https://www.iamat.org/country/cambodia/risk/malaria

Dressing Standard: While visiting any temples, both male or female visitors must dress respectfully and at your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Comfortable shoes are a must. The Apsara Authority which manages the park reserves the right to refuse entry to certain areas of the site for guests who wear clothing which is considered immodest.

Money: The American dollars are accepted everywhere in Cambodia and even you can withdraw your money from ATM. It could be in US dollar or local currency (Riel). So, you don’t have change from US dollar to local currency. *

*All torn or old note of US dollar bills or coin are not acceptable in Cambodia.

Importance: No smoking, drinking alcohol or touching the carvings is permitted in and around the temples.

Closure of sites: The third level of Angkor Wat is not open during Buddhist holidays.

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