• Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights

    Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights

  • Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights
  • Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights
  • Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights
  • Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights
  • Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights

Discover the whole Cambodia – 13 days 12 nights

Imagine a country full of ancient and modern history, saturated with beautiful religious monuments, teeming with wildlife, and lush with rice fields, grasslands, and rivers.  This is probably not how most people think of Cambodia, but after travelling through the country on this 13-day tour, your opinion is likely to change.  Get off the tourist trail and let us show you the real heart of Cambodia.

See the best Cambodia has to offer as you travel from city to countryside on this trip  Visit ancient wonders and witness the everday life of the local people, whose giant smiles and friendly greetings will be a constant reminder just how special place Cambodia is.

Destinations: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Oudong - Phnom Penh

Highlights: 

  • - Visit the most well-known historical and cultural sites in Cambodia.
  • - Take chance to interact with local people to learn more about their daily life.
  • - Enjoy the spectacular landscape on the way.

Day 1: Phno Penh arrival (D)

  • - Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. 
  • - Enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront awakens to life, while tasting a delicious coconut. 
  • - Tonight, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. 
  • - Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh (B)

  • - This morning, 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, which is situated near the northern boundary of the city. The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. 
  • - Continue along the lively riverfront to the Royal Palace.
  • - Later today, gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. 
  • - If you are interested, continue to visit the Russian Market, one of the city’s most popular markets where you will find beautifully woven Khmer silks and cottons, basketry and wood carvings.
  • - Late afternoon head to the riverside area of Phnom Penh, a pleasant French style promenade that is great for people viewing.
  • - In the early evening (and morning) various activities take place include exercise classes, Khmer dancing and plenty of snacking on local food.
  • - Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie (B)

  • - Leave Phnom Penh for Kampong Cham (2.5 hours), a former French trading post on the Mekong.
  • - After a tour of town center, continue to Wat Nokor, an 11th century Angkor era Buddhist temple.
  • - Continue to Kratie Province (2 hours drive), where you will check into the hotel on Koh Trong Island, only a short 10 minutes boat ride away from Kratie.
  • - The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure to discover the picturesque rural island. 
  • - Enjoy a spectacular Mekong sunset with perhaps a cold drink this evening. The Kratie stretch of the river is particularly famed for its striking sunsets. 
  •  - Overnight on Koh Trong Island.

Day 4: Kratie (B, L)

  • - Breakfast at hotel.
  • - Drive north along the banks of the Mekong, a scenic route with great views.
  • - Get on board a local boat that will take you to the preferred habitats of these interesting creatures.
  • - As soon as you have spotted the first dolphin, your boat driver will turn the engine off and you will follow the dolphins silently (duration 1 to 1.5 hours). 
  • - From here, continue towards the village Sambo for a visit of Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy. A delicious lunch will be prepared for you in on the pagoda grounds. 
  • - This afternoon, return to the island of Koh Trong. 
  • - Upon arrival, you can decide whether you would like to take a local horse cart or pedal yourself around the island on a bicycle. 
  • - Your first destination is the island’s Wat, where a special activity awaits you: A tree planting project initiated by a local farmer, in order to recultivate the once densely forested island.
  • - Contribute to the project by planting your own tree here and it will carry your name tag and leave a positive trace on the island.
  • - There is the option to continue by horsecart or cycling around the island, where you will be able to taste local fruit and visit a Vietnamese floating village on the southern tip of the island. 
  • - Overnight on Koh Trong Island.

Day 5: Kratie - Kampong Thom (B)

  • - After breakfast, leave Kratie for Kampong Thom Province (5h drive).
  • - On the way, stop at Phnom Santuk Mountain and climb the 980 steps to the top to visit the pagoda and for the great views over the countryside.
  • - Upon arrival in Kampong Thom, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cycling tour along the river or relax by the beautiful hotel pool. 
  • - Overnight in Kampong Thom. 

Day 6: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap (B, L)

  • - 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.
  • - Enjoy a beautiful walk through the jungle with breathtaking views. Your visit supports a community-based tourism project.
  • - The villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. Stop at one village to observe the local production. 
  • - Continue towards Siem Reap (3 hours). On arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. 
  •  - Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B)

  • - Get up early for one of the highlights of your tour through Cambodia: Visit Angkor Wat by sunrise. Watching the first sunbeams glow over the largest religious edifice in the world will not leave you untouched. 
  • - Enjoy breakfast at Angkor Café just across from Angkor Wat, before you visit the temple in depth. 
  • - From here, head to the countryside around the Western Baray, where you can spot water buffalos in swampy ponds, kids in school uniforms on their bicycles and oxcarts transporting today’s harvest.
  • - Visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation from the breeding process and life cycle of the silk worm to the spinning of the silk, the dying process and the creation of beautiful silk weavings on wooden hand looms.
  • - Return to Siem Reap for a mid day break. 
  • - Late afternoon, explore the Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Enjoy a rural sunset over the paddy fields and the beautiful countryside from the pyramidal Pre Rup temple. 
  • - Overnight in Siem Reap. 

Day 8: Siem Reap (B)

  • - This morning, visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. 
  • - From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. 
  • - Later today, head the banks of the giant Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake.
  • - On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Return to Siem Reap.
  • - Overnight in Siem Reap. 

Day 9: Siem Reap (B, L)

  • - After breakfast, you will be transferred to quiet Beng Mealea (1 hour drive).
  • - Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like an explorer when you discover the completely overgrown temple. 
  • - From here, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. 
  • - On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local population to learn about the way of life here.
  • - Seize the opportunity to see how rice paper is produced and to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar, which are a popular local produce. 
  • - Overnight in Siem Reap. 

Day 10: Siem Reap - Battambang (B, L)

  • - Today, you will embark on one of the most stunning boat trips in Cambodia, as you will be taken from Siem Reap to Battambang by a comfortable private boat. Packed lunch on board. 
  • - You will see many villages on the way where people live on stilted or floating houses. 
  • - Arrive in Battambang in the afternoon. This is Cambodia’s second largest city and, not so long ago, was within target range of a stronghold of the erstwhile Khmer Rouge and was therefore off-limits to most travelers. 
  • - In Battambang, you check into your hotel. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or stroll through the charming town centre. 
  • - Overnight in Battambang.

Day 11: Battambang (B)

  • - You will first head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain.
  • - From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. 
  • - Then, one of the highlights and a unique experience: A fun ride on the famous Bamboo Train, an original means of transportation on the old train tracks. 
  • - Your guide will lead you through local villages and farms on the way to Wat Banan, an 11-century temple on a mountain top situated between lush paddy fields and beautiful lotus ponds.
  • - Climb to the top and enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside and wander around the ancient temple, which is also home to finely scented flowering trees.
  • - This afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats.
  • - You will also visit a weaving and handicraft centre. 

 

Optional: Phare Ponleu Selpak

A special visit awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak. School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts - Phare Ponleu Selpak combines the Arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is a success story of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave you with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang!. (Note: The circus performance is only performed regularly on each Monday & Thursday. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement).

  • - Overnight in Battambang.

Day 12: Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Oudong - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

  • - Depart from Battambang in the morning and travel to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. 
  • - Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. The drive passes through many rural villages and pagodas, and you will the temple mountain with its dozens of stupas from afar.
  • - Upon arrival at Oudong enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill. 
  • - Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below.
  • - Your guide will