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Cambodia at its Finest

Cambodia at its Finest

5 days / 4 nightsCambodia at its Finest Map

from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Tour Highlights
5 days and four nights of exclusive travel experience
Private guided tour of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, including a tour of Angkor Wat
Arts and crafts immersion with Cambodia’s own internationally renowned artists
Wine and dine in prestigious Cambodian restaurants
Experience the best of what Cambodia has to offer in this 5-day adventure tour across Cambodia’s landscape. Travel your way down the road to the magnificent Angkor Wat, the seat of Cambodia’s ancient history and origin. Marvel at the ingenuity of the early Khmers as seen in the elaborate stone structures in many shrines and temples. Get a dose of wildlife and water scenery as you cruise along the great Tonle Sap Lake. You can also choose additional optional activities that will surely heighten your tour experience.


Day 1: Arrival at Phnom Penh

Your English-speaking local guide will welcome your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. He will then accompany you to your hotel to check in.

Phnom Penh is situated where the mighty rivers of Mekong and Tonle Sap converge. Its boulevards are lined with trees and its buildings are great reminders of its French colonial past. It is a city where the east meets the west and considered as one of the most beautiful in the continent of Asia. Today, the capital of Cambodia is a bustling modern city with a fair mix of its Khmer tradition.

Take your first tour aboard a cyclo, a uniquely-Cambodian mode of transportation. Your first stop is the Khmer-styled National Museum where you will see Cambodia’s finest 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 then proceed to Wat Phnom Temple, considered as the place where the city originated, on top of a hill.

Continue your tour to 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.

After a brief ride, return to the city and take a stroll at the city’s French-designed promenade. This is a fun place where you can watch the locals exercise, practice Khmer dance, and snack on local foods with gusto. You may even want to try shuffling your feet with some Khmer dance class. By nightfall, indulge yourself with delicious authentic Khmer dinner at Malis Restaurant, one of the city’s pride when it comes to Cambodian cuisine.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (B,D)

After your breakfast, take your ride back to the airport for your one-hour flight to Siem Reap, the home of the magnificent Angkor Wat. Like in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking local guide who will bring you to your hotel to check in.

After a short respite, you will begin your amazing journey of Angkor Wat. 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.

After an exhilarating tour of the Angkor grounds, hop on a gondola and cruise leisurely at Angkor Thom’s moat while enjoying the view of Prasat Chroung Temple as the sun sets in the horizon. Your mini-cruise will be made romantic and enjoyable with soft drinks, canapés, and cocktails served on the boat.

Dinner is at a lovely French restaurant and bar called Abacus. Enjoy a selection of wood-cooked French and Asian cuisines at this stilted house set in a serene garden.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Siem Reap (B,D)

After a pleasant breakfast, ride a local Cambodian vehicle, the remork (similar to tuk tuk of Thailand) and visit the Ta Prohm temple. This ancient structure was erected in from the 12th to the 13th century. After it was abandoned, it was covered by vines and jungles and most sections of the temple crumbled to the ground. Part of its appeal today is the fact that most of it is still covered with dense vegetation, pretty similar to when it was first rediscovered. It was also featured in the movie, thus the moniker “Tomb Raider Temple”.

Continue your tour to Angkor Thom, 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. From Angkor Thom, travel your way to the heart of the city, Bayon Temple, where you will 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.

Afternoon is reserved for your own personal fun and pleasure. You may choose to go shopping, relax at your hotel, or join one of our optional activities. Enjoy a night of Apsara dance performance at Apsara Theater as you eat your dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Optional Tours 

Quad-bike Adventure

Enjoy an off-road experience on board a quad-bike and visit the surrounding villages of Siem Reap. The guided tour will bring you closer to the locals to learn more of their way of life. Engage them in a conversation and wait for the amazing view of the sun setting in a horizon of rice fields.

Horseback-riding at Happy Ranch

Take a short trip to Happy Ranch located in the outskirts of Siem Reap. Enjoy the experience of riding a pure Cambodian-bred steed which is believed to be a descendant of the wild horses of Mongolia. Gallop your way to the Cambodian countryside amid rice fields and local villages.

Angkor National Museum

Learn more about Cambodia’s rich history through a multi-media presentation at Angkor National Museum. Take a guided tour of the museum to learn more about Khmer Empire’s Golden Age through a wide collection of artifacts.

Angkor Golf Resort Option

Take the golfing challenge of the Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia’s newest golf course designed by the legendary Nick Faldo. The course is designed to provide a wide range of experience for amateur and professional golfers alike. You will be provided with golf shoes, balls, cart, and caddy.

Helium Balloon Ride

Marvel at how massive Angkor Wat really is. A view of the complex 120 meters up in the air will give you a deeper appreciation of the effort exerted by the early Khmer builders in erecting the site. A chained helium balloon will take you up in the air to see the magnificence of Angkor Wat, West Baray, Phnom Bakheng, and other ancient ruins amidst jungle and rice paddies.

Day 4: Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Get pleasure from a morning boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake. This body of water is considered the largest of its kind in Asia. During the rainy season, it swells to more than four times its size. Although it causes flooding, the rising of the water also enrich the soil of the farmlands and the forest. You will see a diverse ecosystem in the waters and the forests. People living in this area have adapted so well that they either reside in stilted or floating houses. The lake also supplies nearly half of the fish in Cambodian markets. (Note: this part of the trip is only possible from July to December when the water level is high enough for boat travel. From January to June, travel to Siem Reap will be by the road.)

Take a private vehicle and explore the Siem Reap countryside. Your first destination is the Golden Silk Peach Farm. This farm is managed by a local NGO that aims to revitalize the ancient Khmer silk trade and provide employment to over 100 local residents. You will take a guided tour of the mulberry plantation, farm area, and weaving ateliers. High-quality craftwork enthusiasts will have a field day at Golden Silk as the products they produce take months or years to complete. Each product is totally unique and the main silk material comes from indigent Cambodian yellow silkworm.

Proceed next to to the “Citadel of the Women” temple of Banteay Srei, the structures of which are most appreciated as the sun rises over the horizon. Best considered as the treasure of the Angkor region, Banteay Srei is this most preserved Khmer architecture where you will find astounding bas-reliefs and details of classical Cambodian art. The structure itself is really unique as it is the only temple in the Angkor area made of pink sandstone.

On your return trip, visit the Landmine Museum founded by Mr. Aki Ra who was a former child soldier of the Khmer Rouge. Today, he works as a de-miner and an avid advocate of the effects of land mine to people. The center houses landmine-amputated children from the streets of Phnom Penh and underprivileged rural villages. Travel back to Siem Reap by afternoon where you can cherish the view of the setting sun over the beautiful countryside and rice field at the pyramid-shaped Pre Rup temple.

On your last night in Cambodia, get a dinner treat at Cuisine Wat Damnak. This famous restaurant is owned by Joannes Rivierre who is also the head chef and considered as one of the best in Cambodia. He is also the author of Cambodia’s first cookbooks, “Cambodian Cooking”. The restaurant only uses local produce that are available during the season. (Note: the restaurant is not available on Sunday and Monday, and from mid-August to mid-October. Menus can be of five or six courses depending on the season and changes every week. Please book in advance any special requirements and reservation time.)

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap to Departure (B)

After breakfast, walk around Siem Reap’s lively markets to buy souvenirs or simply enjoy your last encounter with the local folks.

A few minutes from Siem Reap is the workshop of Eric Raisana that you can visit. Raisana was from Madagascar, studied in Paris, and moved to Cambodia in the 1990s. He was awe-stricken when he found similarities between Cambodian crafts and that of his homeland. Deciding to stay, he devoted is time in helping revive Cambodia’s handicraft sector and developing new techniques in silk weaving and dyeing. His products today are well-sought in the Parisian fashion scene. See his latest designs created by his skillful craftsmen at his workshop.

Close to Raisana’ shop is another artist studio owned by Lim Muy Theam. Theam’s House, as it is called, specializes in painting, lacquer ware, and sculpture. The owner himself is a designer and an artist. He has trained a number of apprentices in the art of Khmer and modern-day design. You can also get a first-hand experience of seeing local artists weave their creative magic at the studio.

After the tour, board your vehicle to catch your departure flight.

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 743 1.036 90
Hotel Category Superior 856 1.260 202
Hotel Category First Class 1.012 1.573 359
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christma and New Year. 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 733 1.015 79
Hotel Category Superior 835 1.220 182
Hotel Category First Class 953 1.454 299
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christma and New Year. 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)
Quad-bike Adventure (Day 3) 106 106
Horseback-riding at Happy Ranch (Day 3) 55 55
Angkor National Museum (Day 3) 16 16
Angkor Golf Resort (Day 3) 233 233
Helium Ballon Ride (Day 3) 24 24

Would you like to book this tour or request changes to the itinerary?

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. 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
• domestic flight in Economy Class for Phnom Penh-Siem Reap
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. 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

Hotel Category Standard:
Phnom Penh: Double Leaf Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Hotel Category Superior:
Phnom Penh: Villa Langka *** (Superior)
Siem Reap: Pavillon D’Orient Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe)
Hotel Category First Class:
Phnom Penh: White Mansion Boutique Hotel **** (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Angkor Village Hotel **** (Garden)

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