Cambodia Discovery Tour

Get off the beaten track and experience the real Cambodia, from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, to the ancient temples of Angkor. This beautiful country has so much to offer, experience the traditional way of life at laid back Mekong Villages and the haunting genocide museum, a testament to Cambodia's turbulent past.

Duration
10 days

Guide Price

£2,499 pp
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Royal Palace and Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Irrawady dolphins in the Mekong River

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for two nights. In the afternoon, depart on a tour of the city. Visit the Independence Monument and Wat Langka, founded in 1422. Now fully renovated, this temple still plays an important place in Cambodian Buddhism. Afterwards visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Aquarius Hotel Urban and Resort or similar

This morning take a tuk tuk to the Wat Phnom Temple, the Central Market and the National Museum. The latter contains a collection of Khmer art and notably sculptures. After lunch, visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum, turned into a prison by Pol Pot's security forces, here more than 17,000 people were held and were taken to Choeung Ek to be executed. Finally, spend some time exploring the Russian Market where you will find antiques, silver and gold jewellery, before a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Aquarius Hotel Urban and Resort or similar

Today drive to Kratie via Kompong Cham and Snuol. Upon arrival in Kratie, take a tour of this small provincial town on the Mekong, with its good examples of colonial architecture and relaxing atmosphere. Further north stop at the best riverside vantage point to view the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins which can be seen best from late afternoon.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Rajabori Villas or similar

This morning visit Kratie pagoda and market. Afterwards, continue to Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time. Take lunch in a local restaurant, before visiting Wat Nokor pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda and then drive to Kompong Thom. Visit the Santuk Silk Farm to learn about the process of silk weaving and contribute to the sustainable development of the community. Arrive in Kompong Thom and check in at your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sambor Village or similar

Depart Kompong Thom for Sambor Prei Kuk. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period. After lunch continue to Siem Reap, stopping at the Naga Bridge en route. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and if time permits enjoy your first visit to the Angkor complex.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

After breakfast visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos which served as the capital of Indravarman and among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer Classical art. In the afternoon, continue your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Ta Keo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Phrom, one of the areas most beautiful temples.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

In the morning visit the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk; the ancient capital of Angkor Thom; Bayon Temple; Baphuon (recently opened after years of restoration); the Royal Enclosure; Phimeanakas; the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After lunch at your hotel, visit the most famous of all temples on the plain of Angkor, Angkor Wat, where you will watch the sunset. Dinner is taken at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

This morning drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside. Explore the long abandoned temple, strangled by the jungle. A packed lunch will be provided at the temple site. Afterwards, proceed to the Banteay Srei Temple regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who produce palm sugar, then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise at Angkor Wat and return to the hotel for breakfast. Next, visit Preah Khan and Neak Pean fountain, along with Ta Som. Continue your temple tour to Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants. Then visit the mountain temple of Pre-Rup and enjoy lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon drive from Siem Reap to the district of Puok, visit the Silk Farm of Puok and learn the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk before returning to Siem Reap and visiting Western Baray. Enjoy dinner and an Apsara Dance show at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

In the morning, walk with your guide along the Siem Reap river to discover typical Khmer houses and the daily life. During your walk you will visit a pagoda and the market Phsar Wat Pou where Cambodian's come to shop for their daily needs. In the afternoon, visit Les Artisans d'Angkor. This centre, working with young artisans produces a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. Afterwards, spend time at a local market, if time permits. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and then transfer to Siem Reap airport for your onward journey, or alternatively a three night extension incorporating Battambang is available between July and January, during high waters only. Please call for more details and prices.

Included

  • International and domestic flights as detailed.
  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals included as stated: Most meals are taken at local restaurants. Air conditioned transportation.
  • Services of an English-speaking local driver/guide.
  • Entrance fees as applicable.

Not included

  • Visa fees.
  • Drinks at meals.
  • Tips for the driver/guide.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Optional three night Battambang extension