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Tour Overview

Set aside two weeks for Cambodia on a comprehensive journey into the true heart of the Khmer kingdom - the scenery, cuisine, customs, and people. Travel counterclockwise around the country, starting and ending in the capital, Phnom Penh.

After learning about Phnom Penh's tragic past and elegant modern life, head north past Kampong Cham and Sambor Prei Kuk, where you can soak up the laid-back atmosphere of the countryside, and arrive in Siem Reap to explore the Angkor temple complex. After experiencing the bamboo train in Battambang, take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake at Kampong Chhang before reaching Kampot where you can visit Pepper Plantations and Cambodia's only salt Pan.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Get an insight into the tragic history of the Khmer Rouge during the visits to Killing Fields.
  • Marvel at Cambodian iconic and historical Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda.
  • Stay with a homestay of Sambor Prei Kuk to experience everyday life in rural Cambodia.
  • Explore the stunning Angkor monuments at your own pace and capture the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
  • Hop on a bamboo train and take a stroll in the countryside around Battambang.
  • Enjoy a relaxing time at a famous seaside resort in Cambodia - Kep.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. After checking in, take your time to explore the vibrant city at your own pace.

    Stroll through the streets and admire the French architecture of different shapes. Head to Wat Phnom, which is a tranquil, 30-meter-high temple filled with Khmer-style relief sculptures. You can climb to the top of the pagoda to get a commanding view of the city.

    Phonm Penh Wat Phnom
    Wat Phnom

    After dinner, take a walk along Sisowath Quay and enjoy the gentle evening breeze. If you're tired, stop at a cafe to sip a cup of coffee or cocktail.

    Note: Make sure you are available for the welcome meeting at 6:00 pm when we will collect your information. If you are likely to be late, please ask your hotel for the meeting location.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

  2. Today, you will take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn about the Khmer Rouge's tragic past.

    - Killing Fields of Choeung Ek was once a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge regime. There is a stupa, housing skulls excavated from tombs in memory of innocent souls.

    Phnom Penh Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

    - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that was used as a prison camp during the Khmer Rouge era. You can see all kinds of torture tools, photos, and cultural and historical materials here, silently telling a tragic history.

    In the afternoon, you can have an optional visit to the dazzling Royal Palace (USD10). It is a Khmer-style throne hall that was the residence of the King of Cambodia and his family. Step to the Silver Pagoda, a royal temple that houses a large collection of national treasures like Buddha statues.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

  3. It takes about 3 hours to drive from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, a slow-paced city, ideal for stopping and resting during the journey.

    Start your sightseeing by yourself with the Wat Nokor Temple, which is a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of a 12th-century Mahayana Buddhist shrine. After that, take a stroll down broad boulevards lined with colonial-era buildings.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Kampong Cham

    Wat Nokor Temple Kampong Cham
    Wat Nokor Temple

  4. After breakfast, take a private car to Sambor Prei Kuk, an ancient village. Your guide will tell you about the lifestyle of the local people. Staying with a homestay is a great opportunity to experience everyday life in rural Cambodia.

    The village has a temple called Sambor Prei Kuk Temple, which dates back to the pre-Angkor period. It is surrounded by trees and shade, creating a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. If you are interested, contact your tour guide to arrange it for you.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Accommodation: Sambor Prei Kuk

  5. Drive 3.5 hours to Siem Reap, the hometown of Angkor Wat. Head to the Old Market to experience the local customs. This is the most lively place in Siem Reap, where you can find all kinds of daily necessities and tourist souvenirs, such as wood carvings, clay sculptures modeled after Angkor architecture, hand-embroidered silk shawls, silver ornaments, chopsticks, and so on.

    Phsar Chas Siem Reap
    Siem Reap Old Market

    Try some Cambodian specialties for dinner at a local restaurant in the evening, where you might catch a traditional shadow puppet show if you're lucky.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  6. Once the capital of the ancient Khmer Kingdom, the mysterious Angkor Wat was rediscovered in the 1860s. The whole building is symmetrical, combining two basic elements of Khmer temple architecture - the altar and the cloister. Visitors can see huge stone carvings and exquisite reliefs everywhere.

    We will visit some very famous scenic spots, such as Bayon and Ta Prohm.

    - Bayon Temple, the heart of Angkor Thom, is where you'll find the famous carving of the Khmer Smile.

    Angkor Wat Bayon Temple
    Bayon Temple

    - Ta Prohm Temple offers a variety of exquisite sculptures. Today, the temple has been swallowed by nature, creating a wonderful landscape.

    In the late afternoon, don't miss the breathtaking view of the sunset over Angkor Wat.

    After the tour, return to Siem Reap. If you're interested, pay an extra USD18 to enjoy the Phare Circus Show, a wonderful evening performance of traditional and modern arts combining acrobatics, drama, dance, and music to tell the unique folk stories of Cambodia.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  7. Wake up early to catch a spectacular sunrise at Angkor Wat. Bayon Temple is a good place to watch the sunrise view. Continue your Angkor Wat exploration in the morning to admire the intricate bas-reliefs and ingenious architectural designs.

    There's nothing scheduled for you this afternoon. You can experience a ziplining course in Angkor, which will let you soar through the rainforest like an eagle. Your professional guide will also recommend some city adventures. If you're interested, grab a tuk-tuk to Cambodia Landmine Museum, where you can see thousands of war remains such as landmines and grenades, and learn the story of a boy born in war who dedicated his life to keeping his country safe.

    Note: Pay an extra USD 129 for the Zipline Tour in Angkor; and USD 5 for the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

    Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Cambodia Landmine Museum

  8. Goodbye, Siem Reap. Hello, Battambang! Battambang is Cambodia's second-largest city, rich in rice and fruit. It is a riverside city with many elegant French colonial buildings.

    Have an optional visit to Phnom Sampov Mountain. Every time around 6:00 pm, millions of bats will fly out of the cave, looking extremely spectacular. Standing on the top of the mountain, you can get a panoramic view of Battambang city.

    If you're interested, you can hop on a bamboo train running through fields, across rickety bridges, and through rolling bushes. It is powered by a small motorcycle or tractor engine.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Battambang

    Battambang Bamboo Train
    Battambang Bamboo Train

  9. This morning, ride a bike in the countryside around Battambang, with a breath of fresh air. Visit some cottage industries to learn about the production process of glutinous rice, fish paste, etc., to get a better insight into rural life in Cambodia.

    In the afternoon, have an optional visit to the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus, where you will enjoy a wonderful evening performance of traditional and modern arts combining acrobatics, drama, dance, and music to tell the unique folk stories of Cambodia. Or you could join a cooking class to learn how to make local dishes.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Battambang

  10. After breakfast, say goodbye to Battambang and head southeast for 3 hours to Kampong Chhnang. It is the fourth largest city in Cambodia located at the southern end of Tonle Sap Lake, rich in porcelain.

    Here you will take a boat on Tonle Sap Lake, passing by nearly 180 floating villages, and then move forward to a pottery workshop, where you can learn how to make vases and various other types of ceramics traditionally.

    Mangrove forests on Tonle Sap Lake
    Take a boat on Tonle Sap Lake

    Note: If you would like to have dinner with a local family, please contact your guide to arrange it for you.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Kampong Chhnang

  11. Embark on a 4.5-hour journey to Kampot, a quieter city far less crowded than Phnom Penh.

    You can do some simple exploration along the streets and stop at some great restaurants or bars for a comfortable time. If you want to get away from the town center, you can go hiking in the largest natural park in southern Cambodia - Bokor Mountain. Standing on the highest point of the park, you can overlook the seaside scenery of Sihanoukville & Kep, as well as the beautiful natural scenery of Kampot.

    In the evening, don't miss out on a traditional massage that will ease your day.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Kampot

  12. Immerse yourself in a day in the countryside. Kampot is rich in fish, durian, and melon. You can visit the pepper plantations and Cambodia's only salt pan.

    Kampot Pepper Plantations Cambodia
    Kampot Pepper Plantations

    Hike past the rice fields to Phnom Chhnork, a limestone cave that houses a small, seventh-century brick temple. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Kep, Cambodia's famous seaside resort.

    Meal: Lunch

    Accommodation: Kampot

  13. Drive 4.5 hours from Kampot back to Phnom Penh. You are free in the afternoon and evening.

    You can wander off to the Central Market on your own. It’s a French-style indoor market known as "Phnom Penh's Art of Living Museum." There is a wide variety of goods, from handicrafts and daily necessities to fresh food. In addition, it is a foodie's paradise, where you can taste Cambodian delicacies while experiencing local life.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh Central Market
    Central Market in Phnom Penh

  14. Enjoy some free time after breakfast (at your own expense). No activities are planned for the final day. You can leave Phnom Penh at any time.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 13 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Tonle Sap Lake Boat Tour;
  • Public bus, boat trips & performances;
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to and off Phnom Penh;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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