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Cambodia Revealed

17 days / 16 nights

from Phnom Penh / to Siem Reap

Tour Highlights
17 days and 16 nights of mixed land and water adventure
Travel across the country from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Visit world-famous Khmer shrines and destinations
Experience Khmer life at Banteay Chhmar
Enjoy an overnight stay at Four Rivers Floating Lodge
• Daily flights and unlimited number of guests
Discover Cambodia at its finest. Tour different historical sites across the country and learn its ancient history through its grand temples and shrines that dates back from the country’s origin to its colonial past and the present day times. Your trip will also be made more exciting as you travel across the countryside and enjoy local sceneries and greeneries. Frolic in the sparkling beaches along the way and enjoy tours across different bodies of water. You will also get to know more about the people as you visit villages and learn about unique Cambodian crafts. You will also get a treat of Cambodian culture and tradition through its dances and cuisines.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh (L,D)

Welcome to the city where east meets west. Phnom Penh is one of the most alluring cities in Asia. It is a mix of traditional Khmer culture and its French colonial past. Its wide boulevards are line with trees and buildings of the colonial era stand majestically in the capital city. Once you set foot in Phnom Penh, you will be greeted by your English-speaking local guide who will take you to your hotel to check in. After a brief rest to freshen up, you will have your first lunch in Cambodia at a local restaurant. Next, you will be taken for a ride around the city aboard a cyclo, a uniquely Phnom Penh mode of transportation. First stop is the Royal Palace, a well-known city structure that was built in 1866. Then you’ll pass by Wat Prakeo, more popularly known today as Silver Pagoda. Its floors are covered with more than 5,000 silver tiles. It is also called Temple of the Emerald Buddha and you will see a collection of bronze, crystal, gold, and silver Buddhas in the temple. From the Pagoda, you will proceed to Khmer-styled National museum where you will see Cambodia’s fines religious, artistic, and archeological artifacts dating back to the 4th through the 13th century. It has a collection of over 5,000 Khmer cultural wealth under its roof which, by the way, is also literally a home to a large colony of bats. You will spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure. By nightfall, a sumptuous Khmer dinner awaits you at Romdeng. This restaurant is a charitable institution that provides training to street children about the tourism industry. It is located right in the middle of the city on a restored colonial building with a pleasing garden. You’ll spend the rest of the night at Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh to Kep (B,L,D)

You will wake to a delicious French breakfast to start your second day of the tour. After your meal, you will travel south to Takeo province where you will have your cycling tour of the appealing seaside town of Kep. You will ride through villages that are alive with day-to-day activities as you travel towards the beautiful bluish water of Thailand Gulf. You will also enjoy a breathtaking view of the limestone hills near Tani village. You will enjoy a picnic lunch at this location before proceeding to your next destination. By afternoon, you are expected to arrive at Kep. This beach resort was popular in the 1960s and is now gaining its former glory back. Abandoned villas and serene beaches offer a stark contrast in this otherwise beautiful paradise. The last leg of this 95-kilometer bike journey is the Veranda Natural Resort located on top of a hill. The resort is famous for its “Robinson Crusoe” appeal and offers a very alluring view of the ocean below. You can hop on its various natural platforms which resemble tree-house terraces. After a grueling day on the road, you will be treated to a mix of local and international foods for dinner while enjoying the view of the sea at your hotel. Relax at this rustic ambience and spend the night in Kep. Overnight in Kep.

Day 3: Kep to Ream National Park and Sihanoukville (B,L,D)

Enjoy your breakfast as the cool breeze from the sea welcomes you on your third day. After your meal, travel to the next leg of the tour – Ream National Park. Follow the sandy trail through the jungle leading to the mangrove swamps on the northern part of the Park. Sit and relax under the shades of thick natural canopies and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle. After you catch your breath, continue your trek across fallen logs and sandy clearings amidst the curious eyes of locals. Your goal is to reach the extreme northern part of the reserve and look for a boat-keeper’s house. Travel by the sea aboard a traditional sampan to explore the mangroves and cover a distance of 11 kilometers towards the former Khmer Rouge separatist village established in 1985. Along the way, enjoy watching Twany Kites flying above your head. A local restaurant will serve as your dinner venue and you will spend the night at Sihanoukville. Overnight in Sihanoukville.

Day 4: Sihanoukville to Andoung Tuek and Chi Phat (B,L,D)

Take an hour of early morning drive to Andoung Tuek where you will begin the next part of your amazing adventure. A boatman will bring you 30 kilometers, one hour boat ride up-river through mangroves to the isolated Chi Phat village. This village lies in one of the remaining rainforests in Indochina and is home to a diverse species of plants and animals. Income from tourism helps in boosting the community development projects of the locality, although many tourists have yet to discover this place. You will get acquainted with your host family who will share their home for the duration of your stay. Lunch will be served at CBET, or Community-Based Ecotourism, Office. The rest of the day is reserved for an adventure-filled 22-kilometer bike ride in the wilds of Chi Phat. You will have a chance to encounter some of Cambodia’s remaining nomadic tribes and have a look at their sacred burial grounds lodged on the face of a cliff. Your bike ride will take you across natural obstacles of fallen logs and ever-changing terrain of wet and muddy to soft and sandy soil—a truly challenging route for serious bike enthusiasts. Atop an elevated location, enjoy your view of the thick jungle canopy with the sun setting in the background in this last-standing wilderness of Cambodia. Travel back to your home-stay and prepare for an invigorating dinner to be served again at the CBET Office. Rest serenely at your home-stay and prepare for the adventure the following day. Overnight in Chi Phat.

Day 5: Chi Phat to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge (B,L,D)

Your day begins with a filling breakfast and will be followed by a tree-planting ceremony—your personal contribution to the community. A local restaurant will be your lunch host. The next part of the journey is a down river boat ride going back to Andoung Tuek. You will then transfer to another boat for a leisurely cruise along mangrove water paths to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge which will also serve as your home for the night. A delightful fare awaits you at dinner. The gentle wave of the river will lull you to sleep inside your comfortable floating tent.

Day 6: Boat Travel to Tatai Waterfalls (B,L,D)

Enjoy your late breakfast and get ready for a day of water adventure. Take a kayak and explore the beautiful wonders of the area, but if you prefer, you can just sit down and relax and just enjoy the charming ambience of the place. Later in the morning, take a boat ride to Tatai Waterfalls where your lunch is prepared by the edge of the cascading water. Take a dip in one of its several bubbling pools and spend the rest of the day basking in the warm Khmer sun as you take in the country allure of the place. At night, enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise down the tranquil river. Enjoy a festive dinner before you retire for the night. Overnight at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.

Day 7: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge to Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

Enjoy the morning on your own while you wait for your transport back to Phnom Penh. After lunch, you’ll take a 5-hour ride back to your hotel and then you again can spend the rest of your day leisurely. After Phnom Penh is reached ,enjoy your dinner at Golden Phnom Penh Cruise. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Optional Activity: Massage

Get rejuvenated with the time-honored tradition of massage at Bodia Spa. After several days of grueling adventure, your body surely needs the soothing effect of a relaxing massage.

Day 8: Phnom Penh to Kratie / Koh Trong (B,L,D)

Start your day with a tasty breakfast and prepare for a 5-hour travel across Khmer villages and countryside going to Kratie, a town by the Mekong River. After feasting on your lunch, you will travel along the banks of the Mekong towards the village of Kampi. This location is the best for dolphin watching. On board a local boat, you search for the near-extinct Irrawaddy Dolphin. Once you have set your eyes on one of these lovely creatures, your boat guide will silence the engine so that you can follow the dolphin without disturbing it. After the boat ride is a 30-kilometer bike ride (Bike will get from local in Kratie) in the banks of the river going to Sambour Village to visit Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy. This place is famous for its “100 Pillars Pagoda” is a vital piece of cultural and historical Khmer architecture. It is also well-known for its association to the legend of the princess and the crocodile. Local children who are trained to play traditional Khmer instruments will entertain you with their musical prowess. This art was almost lost during the Khmer Rouge era. The trip will end with a short ferry ride from Kratie port to Koh Trong where you will spend the night. Overnight in Koh Trong.

Day 9: Koh Trong / Kratie to Kampong Cham (B,L,D)

A breakfast of hot coffee and fresh fruits awaits you when you wake up in the morning. By land you will go to Chhlong and start with your adventure down winding trails of verdant greens and rich read soil across farm fields, with a mix of sweet whiffs of lotus blossoms from Buddhist shrines. Take a breather under the shade of palm trees that thrive in this place and prepare to travel a bit further to marvel at still-existing French colonial houses of the country. From Chhlong, travel 50 kilometers west to Stung Trong village where you will encounter more lush sceneries. You will be treated to a different cultural experience as you will be visiting Muslim communities in this predominantly Buddhist country. Among the busy villages are mosques with minarets protruding above the leafy cover of the roadside, a beautiful contrast to fully-decorated Buddhist pagodas. Your next visit is Phnom Han Chey,at this place, you will see a hilltop pagoda that was built in the 8th century before the dawn of the Angkor Empire. Enjoy your picnic lunch of local produce and fresh fruits as you take pleasure in the alluring scenery of the Mekong and the low-lying lands. Pedal your way through tarmac roads passing through roadside villages and rubber plantations while the sun sets in the horizon. Back at your hotel. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 10: Kampong Cham to Kampong Thom (B,L,D)

Your Mekong sojourn comes to an end this day and you´ll head to Kampong Thom. Along the way, you will chance upon overloaded trucks rumbling down the highway along with different amusing types of vehicles. You will also pass by the roadside town of Bos Khnor that is famous for its motor bike industry. In this busy town, people from different places converge to service their motor bikes and to purchase spare parts in one of several mechanics shop by the side of the road. There will be a lunch break at one of the fully decorated pagodas along the way which covered from plain sight of abundant sugar palm trees. Kampong Thom, located between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, awaits your arrival. It is home to the ancient temple Sambor Prei Kuk which was erected between the 6th and the 7th century. Relax, take a breather, freshen up, and then head to a local restaurant for your dinner. Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 11: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap  (B,L,D)

After your breakfast, you will journey for about 45 minutes to Sambor Prei Kuk. This seldomly-visited site is considered as one of the most important pre-Angkorian legacies of the country. It is now being prepped to be the next UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cambodia. It was founded sometime between the 6th and the 7th centuries during the Chenla era. Today, there are still more than 100 temple structures that can be found in various spots in the forest. Enjoy a breathtaking walk through the jungle to marvel at the sight of these enduring structures. Your visit to this place supports a project that upholds community-based tourism. Around the complex are seven villages that practice the art of craft making using rattan and bamboo. You will see the people at work and you also will be contributing to the community’s effort through the lunch that the prepared for you to be served near one of the temples. A three-hour drive follows your lunch break as you pedal towards Siem Reap .After check in going to Roluos Pagoda. From this location, you will set off through the picturesque back roads on your way to the Roluos Temple compound. Roluos is believed to be erected some time during the 8th and 9th centuries by Angkor kings. It is consist of three core temples: Preah Ko, Lolei, and Bakong. It is surrounded by typical Cambodian scenery of rice paddies and sugar palm trees. Evening,head to Sugar Palm Restaurant by nightfall and enjoy your authentic Khmer dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 12: Siem Reap to Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm (B,L,D)

Spend the morning at your leisure and have lunch at Asian Square Restaurant. After lunch, hop on your bike again for your Angkor Thom tour. Angkor Thom is the last known capital of the Great Cambodian Empire under the rule of Jayavarman VII. This ancient city is enveloped by eight-meter high walls and is situated in a perfect-square compound. You will start your exploration through the South Gate adorned by four giant faces and elephant carvings. The entrance path is lined with 54 images of demigods holding aloft the holy snake Naga. You will continue your ride to the heart of the city where Bayon Temple is located to be amazed by the grandeur of the structures. This temple is popular for its 54 towers, each one depicting mysterious face and is believed to be a symbol of each province of the Empire. Find your way to the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants whose elaborate bas-relief are simply attention-grabbing. Late afternoon will be your time to visit Ta Prohm Temple which was made famous by the Hollywood movie “Tomb Raider Temple”. Enjoy the modern ambience of The Nest Angkor as you dine on contemporary Khmer cuisines. Spend the night at Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 13: Siem Reap to Banteay Chhmar (B,L,D)

Wake up early and prepare for a 5-hour trip to Banteay Chhmar. You can have as many stops as you like along the way. At Banteay Chhmar, you will take your lunch at local in a community center before you head out for your next adventure. Banteay Chhmar is notable for its temple with elaborate bas relief adorning the inner sanctuary walls. It is lined up to be marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at how nature takes over the structure that lies in ruins. Its Bayon-like towers are a joy to see and the walls engulfed by vegetation are simply amazing. By late afternoon, take a tractor-driven vehicle called kuyon to the temple of Banteay Top where you will have a spectacular view of the sunset. Enjoy a simple yet unforgettable dinner by the temple. You will spend the night as a guest in one of the homes at Banteay Chhmar. Overnight in Banteay Chhmar.

Day 14: Banteay Chhmar- to Battambang (B,L,D)

Take a stroll at the local market after breakfast. Your local guide will explain to you the daily occurrence of this place like, beekeeping, rice farming, weaving, and fishing. From this place, travel to the province of Battambang. Until recently, tourists were prohibited from visiting Cambodia’s second most enormous city as it lies near the former Khmer Rouge stronghold. Battambang’s isolation from the rest of the world also has its good side. It now displays a collection of well-maintained French colonial structures which are considered the best in the country. Local folks are very friendly and hospitable. They will find you as interesting as you find them. Once considered the rice bowl of Cambodia, this place now also thrives with jute and orange plantations. Check in at your hotel in Battambang by late evening and enjoy your hotel dinner in this La Villa Battambang before you settle down for the night. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 15: Battambang (B,L,D)

Battambang lies along the Sangker River which snakes its way across the whole province. It starts its journey from the Cardamom Mountains going to Tonle Sap Lake. Along the way, it provides irrigation to rice fields and fruit orchards that the place is famous for. The first leg of your Battambang adventure is the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train is the ingenious solution of the villagers for the absence of regular train. It consists of a simple bamboo platform on four wheels and driven by a small motor. For many years, people of this area used this mode of transportation to travel both themselves and their goods. You will experience riding one of these trains on an 8-kilometer travel to the next station. Along the way, you will enjoy the countryside scenery of beautiful landscape and rice farms. Travel back to your hotel for relaxation and lunch. Afternoon will be your time to taste some Cambodian treats like the fish paste called prahoc and the sticky rice cooked in bamboo tubes called grolan. This you will experience along with a visit of handicraft and weaving industry in the cultural villages surrounding Battambang.The evening is reserved for a night of music, visual, and performing arts at Phare Ponleu Selpak. This school of the arts has a unique and touching story of providing education, entertainment, and support to underprivileged communities. The humanitarian effort of the school has helped in fostering warmth and creativity while uplifting the morale of the people in spite of their difficulties. Truly, a must-see attraction when in Battambang! From the school, go back to Battambang for your dinner to be served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Battambang.

Note, however, that regular circus performance is only scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. Private performance during the remaining days of the week can be arranged at extra cost.

Day 16: Battambang to Siem Reap (B,L,D)

This moring you will departure from Battambang to Siem Reap.By mid-day you will see yourself at Siem Reap where you will check in at your hotel and enjoy a tasty lunch at Sala Bai(Not open during their ceremony and Cambodia holidays). This establishment also serves as a training school for underprivileged young Cambodians. They are taught the principles of the tourism industry in order for them to benefit from the influx of tourists. You will also have time to know them as you tour the school compound after lunch. Your tour of the Angkor Wat complex begins after lunch with tuk tuk ride going to the complex. This Cambodian historical landmark was constructed over a period of 30 years during the time of King Suryavarman II in the 12th century. Its design was patterned from Mount Meru which was considered as the home of the gods. The walls of the structure are adorned with bas-reliefs and stone carvings portraying the war exploits of the king and different stories of the Hindu mythology. If that isn’t lavish enough, get enthralled with 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the walls of the temple. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of Cambodia’s national flag symbolizing the essence of the Khmers. Wrap up the day with some leisure time on your own and head to Viroth’s Restaurant for your farewell dinner, Khmer-style. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Siem Reap to Departure (B)

Enjoy your remaining time on your own before you are transported to the airport to catch your departure flight.

NOTE: The itinerary mentioned in this guide may be changed depending on local condition, number of guests, and unforeseen events. Tour organizers will adhere to the schedule as much as possible, but will not be held liable for instant changes that might happen along the way. In such event, your guide will have the last word.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 15.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 3.443 6.074 600
Hotel Category Superior 3.613 6.394 750
Hotel Category First Class 3.902 6.966 1.033
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from October to June 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 16.04.2016 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 3.413 6.013 570
Hotel Category Superior 3.593 6.354 730
Hotel Category First Class 3.820 6.802 950
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from October to June 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Surcharges for the option tours

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons 1 person(single traveller)
Traditional Massage (Day 7) 40 40

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Our services include:
accommodation incl. breakfast (B)
other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary incl. entrance fees
one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes

Our Selection of Hotels for You

PHNOM PENH
Hotel Category Standard:
Phnom Penh: Double Leaf Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Kep: Palm House Boutique **(*) (Pool View)
Sihanoukville: OC Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Chi Paht: Homestay
Koh Kong: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge **** (Floating Tent)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Cham: Monorom 2 VIP Hotel *** (Deluxe)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Banteay Chhmar: Homestay
Battambang: Delux Villa Hotel *** (Superior)
Hotel Category Superior:
Phnom Penh: Villa Langka *** (Superior)
Kep: Raingsey Bungalow *** (King Room)
Sihanoukville: The Independence Hotel **** (Deluxe)
Chi Paht: Homestay
Koh Kong: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge **** (Floating Tent)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Cham: Monorom 2 VIP Hotel *** (Deluxe)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Pavillon D’Orient Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe)
Banteay Chhmar: Homestay
Battambang: Battambang Resort *** (Garden)
Hotel Category First Class:
Phnom Penh: White Mansion Boutique Hotel **** (Deluxe)
Kep: Knai Bang Chatt **** (Garden)
Sihanoukville: Sokha Beach Resort ***** (Ocean Wing Superior)
Chi Paht: Homestay
Koh Kong: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge **** (Floating Tent)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Cham: Monorom 2 VIP Hotel *** (Deluxe)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Angkor Village Hotel **** (Garden)
Banteay Chhmar: Homestay
Battambang: Bambu Battambang Hotel *** (Standard)

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