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Cambodia Highlight Tours
Cambodia's Shrines & Shores [ CMBC-04 ]
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
 
 

   

   

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap (D)

Upon your arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.

Siem Reap is the gateway to visit the Angkor Park, which is over 40 km2 and home to more than 100 temples dating back from the 9th to the 13th century.

Lunch out

This afternoon, set out by Tuk Tuk to the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world: Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

You will be there during sunset time, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.

Transfer back to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a delicious Khmer Welcome Dinner at The Sugar Palm, an atmosperic restaurant on a wooden Khmer house's terrace.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap (B/L)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, visit the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia - enjoy the natural beauty on a cow cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.

Embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia's largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about four times it size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. A delicious lunch will be served in a floating house, where you will be able to sample a meal made from ingredients that can typically be found on the lake. (NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kampong Pluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses).

Return to Siem Reap in the afternoon. Dinner out.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Siem Reap (B/D)

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the 'Tomb Raider Temple' one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the ''pool of ablutions''.

From here, head to Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.

Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Lunch out

This afternoon, explore the temples on the Grand Circuit, Preah Kahn, Neak Poan and the Eastern Mebon.

After these magnificent temples and intensive visits, return to Siem Reap for a well deserved dinner with tradtional Khmer dance at Apsara Theatre.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kampong Thom (2 ½ hours). Today, you head towards the rarely visited Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in the country that is enlisted to potentially become Cambodia's next UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sambor Prey Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th century and there are over 100 well preserved temples scattered in the forest. The three main sites are linked by small and shady tracks. Enjoy a beautiful bicycle ride through the jungle with breathtaking views. Your visit supports a community-based tourism project.

The seven villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells their products there. You will have the chance to visit and contribute to the sustainability of the people's livelihood as the local community will prepare a simple but very tasty lunch for you near the temples.

After lunch, continue towards Phnom Penh (3 hours). Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia's capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner out

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city.

First, visit Wat Phnom, the founding place of the city and a hilltop pagoda. From here, drive along the lively riverfront towards the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

The National Museum is just next door. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

You will be treated to a delicious Khmer lunch at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. The restaurant is located in a restored colonial building with an atmospheric garden right in the city centre.

After the city exploration, head back to the hotel and enjoy some time at leisure.

Enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh's popular riverfront awakens to life.

Dinner out.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Ream National Park (B/L/D)

This morning, depart from Phnom Penh with your guide for a short drive to Ream National Park (3 ½ hours).

The park was established in 1993 on a 210 km² area on the Gulf of Thailand that includes thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests and off-shore coral reefs. It's a nature lovers paradise with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys and it is also the habitat of the pangolin. You will be transferred to one of Ream's most scenic isolated beaches, called Koh Sampouch.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed to your exclusive tent right on the beach. And you don't even have to cut back on amenities as our large tents are made to feel you at home away from home.

But first of all, a delicious lunch will be prepared in the local restaurant next to the camp before you can enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure for swimming and relaxing.

Koh Sampouch is still one of the rare beaches in Southeast Asia that have not yet seen any development, and you will be all by yourself with only once in a while a boat stopping by.

End your day with enjoy a beautiful sunset from your private veranda. Dinner at the camp's restaurant.

Overnight in a tented camp on Koh Sampouch Beach.

Day 7: Ream National Park (B/L/D)

Wake up to the sound of the waves… Koh Sampouch is particularly quiet and beautiful early in the morning, and just perfect for a walk along the beach to see wildlife.

Breakfast the camp.

Visit the mangrove forests on a boat trip along Prek Toeuk Sap River. There is a chance that you will see spot-billed pelicans or the rare freshwater dolphins (December-February).

Lunch and dinner in the camp.

Overnight in a tented camp on Koh Sampouch Beach.

Day 8: Ream National Park - Kep (B)

Breakfast in the camp. Enjoy the morning time at leisure. After lunch, transfer to Kep (2.5 hours).

Cambodia's prestigious beach resort of the 1960s is now awakening to its former glory. A fascinating mix of a small calm beach, reminders of the past and a growing choice of activities.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Kep.

Day 9: Kep (B/L)

This morning, embark on a short boat trip (25 mins) to scenic Koh Tonsai, also called Rabbit Island. Spend the morning at leisure exploring the island and relaxing on the island's beautiful tropical beach. A seafood barbecue lunch will be prepared for you on the island. Mid-afternoon, return to Kep and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Kep.

Day 10: Kep - Phnom Penh - Departure (B)

Enjoy the day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.

 
 

Hotels used in the Tours :

Tour Category City Hotel Name Room Category
First Siem Reap Steung Siem Reap Superior Room
Phnom Penh Villa Langka Deluxe Room
Ream National Park Tented Camp Tent
Kep Veranda Natural Resort Deluxe A/C Room
Superior Siem Reap Tara Angkor Hotel Superior Room
Phnom Penh Amanjaya Pancam Junior Suite
Ream National Park Tented Camp Tent
Kep Veranda Natural Resort Hillside Bungalow
Deluxe Siem Reap Heritage Suites Bungalow Suite
Phnom Penh Raffles Hotel Le Royal Landmark Room
Ream National Park Tented Camp Tent
Kep Knai Bang Chatt Garden View

Include :

  • Accommodation based on a shared Double/Twin room including breakfast.
  • Tours and transfers by private A/C vehicles unless stated otherwise.
  • Transfers from and to airport.
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Local English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply).
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary + 3 day Angkor Pass.
  • Boat trips as indicated in itinerary.
  • Overnight in a tented camp incl. logistics, camping fees, dinner and breakfast at Ream National Park.
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels.

Exclude :

  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  • All international and domestic air tickets with airport and departure taxes (Cambodia USD25).
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
  • Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.

Important Notes :

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Cambodia.

Confirmations :

  • Please note that all the above services & package tours have not been booked yet, they are proposed for your information only. We will not launch any reservation before we receive your confirmation.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find out other possibility/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid as many important changes as possible.

Remarks :

  • Guides in other langages - French, German, Spanish and Itatian are available upon request. Extra charge applied.
 
 
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