Phnom Penh is a beautiful city full of tourists attractions. Cambodia’s busy capital retains its former charm as a leafy South East Asian capital with a nice riverside promenade and numerous beautiful Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces, and other artifacts. A large infrastructure catering to tourists makes it easily accessible, and many consider it to be one of the friendliest capitals in Asia, as Cambodians have not yet become jaded by mass tourism. Some of the best tourists spots are the Royal Palace and National Museum.
Kampong Cham is the third largest city in Cambodia. You can get here from Phnom Penh in just under two hours by road or by the bullet boats along the Mekong River. Either way it’s a nice fide, with views of the rural countryside or river area, depending on which way you go.The town itself is quaint and charming with its bustling morning river scene and wide boulevard streets beside the river. There are a few worthwhile attractions nearby and with it’s location on the way by boat or road to Kratie, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces. Kampong Cham is a mix of the old and the new, with a new temple being built in and around old ruins and the big ferry boats taking people and goods to the other side of the Mekong, right next to the construction of the first bridge ever built here.
Kratie lies also on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, which emboss the province from the North to the South. The stretch of the river around Kratie town is home to a group of rare sweet water Irrawaddy dolphins. Therefore the dolphins are the main tourist attraction of the province and the town. The river also has hundreds of green island, and circling water, which are also attracting some tourists. Kratie town is sleepy but picturesque with sandbars and big islands out front and bends in the river. Unlike in many towns around Cambodia, the war years were fairly kind to the French architecture and the roads, at least in the town itself. There are some nice-looking homes of French and Khmer style scattered about, adding to the pleasant feel of the place.
Kampong Thom, a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Saen River.The Sambor and Prei Kuk, a closed complex of temples in the jungle, are the two main temples in Kompong Thom as well as other less significant Angkorian sites. The town itself is strategically located on the National Highway No 6 between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Its more a beautiful stopover to have a break from driving long distances or to eat something on the way to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. If Cambodia is a country of contrasts Siem Reap is the embodiment of those contrasts. Despite the massive shift in its economic fortunes, Siem Reap remains a safe, friendly and pleasant town. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitor.
Battambang is second-largest city and the capital of Battambang Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. It’s a riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country. One of the more famous spot is Phnom Sampeau (Ship Hill) with the notorious killing caves.
Kampong Chhnang is located at the heart of Cambodia. Due to its location next to the Tonle Sap Lake Kampong Chhnang’s population is predominantly in fishery and rice plantation involved. Especially the provincial capital Kampong Chhnang, which is an easygoing river port town that is worth a visit, focuses on fishery and therefore features a big fishery port. There are also some nice sights to check out and the town has a fair selection of places to spend the night and a couple of decent spots to have a feed.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL – Phnom Penh (D)
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, we begin to explore the rich history in the inland waterways of the capital. Visit the Royal Palace, residence of the royal family of Cambodia, and the National Museum with its superb collection of Khmer art. At the end of the day, welcome dinner at a restaurant of charity where former children of street are taught the principle hospitality.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 02 PHNOM PENH – CITY TOURS (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Cyclo tour to the major attractions of Phnom Penh. Firstly, visit Wat Phnom which is a good example of Khmer architecture and statues. We continue along the river to the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, to learn more about the recent history of Cambodia, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located in a former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as the main center for detention and torture “S-21”. If you want, you can visit the Russian market later. In the late afternoon, we take a ride along the river in Phnom Penh and see how the local people live. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 03 PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM – KRATIE (B)
Departure to Kampong Cham, a former port of town of French trade. Immerse in a rural landscape of Cambodia when we drive through the plantations of cashew, rice fields and traditional villages. Tours to the city center before visiting Wat Nokor, a Buddhist shrine of sandstone dating back to the ‘eleventh century. Spend the afternoon freely in the town of Kratie, enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Mekong sunset with a cold drink. Kratie is especially well known for its amazing sunsets. Overnight in Kratie.
DAY 04 KRATIE – CITY TOURS (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, we head to the northern of city, visiting the local market where they sell everything from fresh fruit and fleshes of tires of scooters and helmets. A tour in the country and then in the afternoon, boarding to learn more about the life of Irrawaddy dolphins – a species of freshwater dolphin endangered. We continue towards the village Sambo for a visit of the Pagoda Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy, lunch Sambo and then we visit the island Koh Trong to experience the way of life in a village typical cambodian. Upon arrival on the island, if you want, also take a ride in carriage or take a bike ride around the island. Visit Wat island where you can participate in a project of re-cultivation forests started by a local farmer. We continue with a visit to a Vietnamese floating village on the southern of the island. Return to Kratie by boat in the late afternoon. Overnight in Kratie.
DAY 05 KRATIE – KAMPONG THOM (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Departure to Kampong Thom, we pass through the lush grasslands – the home of local waterfowl. Although there are almost 1000 steps, climb the Mountain Phnom Santuk it offers the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. After admiring the breathtaking view from the small pagoda on top of mountain, we go down and continue the path to Kampong Thom. In the afternoon, spend time freely.
Overnight in Kampong Thom.
DAY 06 KAMPONG THOM – SIEM REAP (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel.
Sambor Prei Kuk, 30 km north of the city, is a closed complex of temples in the jungle which attracts very few tourists due to its remote location. However, do not miss a visit to these ruins pre-angkoriane. During the bike ride and walk through the ruins, you are impressed by the combination of architecture and nature, in fact its brick structures are perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature. We have the opportunity to visit and contribute to sustainable development of the local community. A simple but tasty lunch is served near the temples. We continue the journey to Siem Reap, at about 3:00 PM. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is available. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 07 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS (B)
Get up early to admire the sunrise at Angkor Wat, then breakfast at the hotel. We continue to campaign around the Western Baray area, where you can observe the local daily life, then we transfer to the Silk Farm of Angkor(15 km ovesti Siem Reap) to learn more about the production of silk and also the life cycle of silkworms. Return to Siem Reap for a noon rest. In the afternoon visit to the Temple of Ta Prohm, built by the middle of the twelfth century to the beginning of the next century.
DAY 08 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom, surrounded by a high wall of 8 meters, was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. We continue the tour to the Bayon Temple in the city center. This grand masterpiece of the twelfth century has the superb bas-reliefs on the walls of the outer galleries, in particular the eastern and western. In the afternoon we head to the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap, where we have the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle on this river. A boat trip to the local village of Kampong Phluck. Along the way, we pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests. The rest of the day is at your disposal. (NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, you can make the boat trip only from June to March. However, a visit to a floating village Chong Kneas alternative would be organized instead).
DAY 09 SIEM REAP – BENG MEALEA – BANTEAY SREY (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Beng Mealea (one hour drive). We make a short walk through the jungle, discovering the wonders of the temple Beng Mealea, which was unknown for ages. From here we proceed to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of Women” is one of the best examples of classical Khmer art. In the afternoon, we stop at the local communities where they produce rice paper. We have the opportunity to taste a bit of palm wine and palm sugar – local products that play a role part of the flavor of Cambodia. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 10 SIEM REAP –BATTAMBANG (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from Siem Reap to Battambang in a joined boat (Note: from January to June, he moved on the road). During the cruise on the Tonle Sap lake, do not miss the opportunity to explore the rich ecosystem and experience the rhythm of local life. In the afternoon, arrive in Battambang. Possessing the French colonial buildings which is the best preserved of the country, the second largest city in Cambodia was off limits (is forbidden to enter) for tourists.
Check in to the hotel, free time. Overnight in Battambang.
DAY 11 BATTAMBANG – CITY TOURS (B)
After breakfast, we proceed to Phnom Sampeau where are the caves of the massacre and a small temple; that is, the serenity and the inhumanity exist together in a single place. Continue your tour with a ride on a bamboo train (Note: the train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently reconstructed. The long-term future of the bamboo train cannot be guaranteed. So, if this service is not available, we organize the other sightseeing options). Disembark for a visit to Wat Banan, a temple of ‘XI century on top of a mountain located between the lush rice fields and lotus ponds beautiful. From the top of the mountain, we have a good view of the beautiful countryside, we can also visit the ancient temple surrounded by trees flowered fragrant. In the afternoon visit some cultural villages around Battambang where we can learn about the production of rice paper, prahoc (the Cambodian fermented fish sauce), grolan (glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints) and other Cambodian specialties. An optional visit to the School of Music, Visual & Performing Phare Ponleu Selpak could be organized, otherwise you can also visit a weaving center and crafts. Overnight in Battambang.
DAY 12 BATTAMBANG – KAMPONG CHHNANG – OUDONG – PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
From Battambang to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery. We proceed to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia, take a ride on wagon pulled by oxen around the city. Then we climb to the summit of the mountain Oudong enjoying magnificent views of the valley below while the guide explains the history of the land and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodians. In the afternoon, the road to Phnom Penh, let us pause to Koh Chen, an island in the Tonle Sap River, known as the “village of silver” because of its production of silver handicrafts. We reach Phnom Penh in mid-afternoon.
For your last evening in Cambodia, an authentic Khmer farewell dinner is prepared for you.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 13 PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE (B)
Free time until transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your flight.
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE JOURNEY!
- Tours and transfers as per the program
- 12 nights accommodation in Cambodia
- Meals : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; and D = Dinner where mentioned
- All entrance fees, boat fees, private A/C vehicles with English speaking guides
- Joined boat Siem Reap – Battambang on DAY 10
- Cold mineral water during the trips
- Visa fee to Cambodia
- All meals other than mentioned in the program
- International air tickets
- Personal expenses
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