Welcome to Cambodia!
NOTE : Tour direction can be reversed. Start Siem Reap then to Phnom Penh
Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia!
Arrive Siem Reap either at the airport or bus station where you are met and collected by your personal driver who will be with you throughout your Cambodian Adventure. On arrival you will be welcomed with a selection of chilled water or beer from our in car ice box include. These are refreshed every day during your time with us and are complimentary. Sit back in air conditioned comfort for the short ride to your Hotel.
After check in, depending on the time of day, we can go and collect your tickets for Angkor Wat. That evening we will take a short walk discovering the French Quarter of Siem Reap, by the Siem Reap River, sample local Khmer cocktails in Siem Reaps only wooden house within the centre of town, and dine at one of the many international quality restaurants.
Then back to your hotel for a sound nights sleep
Today we start after breakfast at your hotel, with the Small Circuit of the Angkor Archeological park. First of course we have to go to the ticket office, so that you can purchase you three day pass with photo ID. The office will take you photo and issue your pass. From here we begin! Driving down the tree lined road, along which monkeys cavort and play, you catch your first sight of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious structure. After you have had the chance to explore and experience the magnificence of Angkor Wat, refresh yourself with cold water (we recommend not to consume alcohol during this part of the day due to dehydration), and proceed to the Angkor Thom South Gate, Bayon temple, Baphuon, Phimeanakas,Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta keo, Ta Phrom temple (also known as the Tomb Raider Temple) sunset at Pre Rue temple or Phnom Bakheng be for returning to your hotel in the evening is yours to enjoy one of the many international standard restaurants or other attractions that Siem Reap has to offer.
Day 3: Cambodian Markets, Countryside and Tonle Sap Lake
Visit the local Cambodian markets and learn about Cambodian foods from the fully qualified English speaking Chef. We also enjoy an oxen cart ride. We work with villagers to arrange an ox-cart ride for you to travel through the rice paddies and villages the way the local people do, then cook under your chef's guidance and end by enjoying your own “home cooked” meal. Followed by a tour into the real countryside of Cambodia where there are water buffaloes wallowing and grazing among the magnificent green rice fields, Tonlé Sap is a seasonally inundated freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap Lake and an attached river, the 120 km long Tonlé Sap River, that connects the lake to the Mekong River (place to visit Kampong Kleang, Kampong Pluk and Mechrey floating village) then evening back to hotel.
Day 4: Sunrise along the Grand Circuit, Banteay Srei & Apsara Dinner Show
Today we return to the temples of Angkor along the Grand or Outer Circuit. We visit Banteay Srei temple, Preah Khan, Neak Prea, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rue, Banteay Kdei & Prasat Kravan temple A Khmer luncheon around temple by local restaurant!
We return to your hotel to freshen and relax, before enjoying the dinner and a classic Apsara Dance show. The Apsaras Dance is a classical Khmer performance art inspired by the water and cloud spirit of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The Apsaras are a common feature of bas-reliefs on the walls of the Angkor temples near Siem Reap, shown in the same tight-fitting traditional dress, ornate headdress and gilded jewellery the modern dancers wear, before starting the next day!
Day 5: Siem Reap to Battambang
Depart approx. Siem Reap for Cambodia second largest city, Battambang, arriving for lunch (not included) by the river, then ride the Bamboo Train and visit Banon mountain and Banon temple, the famous Battambang bat caves. After that, we check into your hotel (one night at Battambang). Evening is personal time in which you may choose to explore the local markets, relax with a massage or enjoy the riverside community.
Day 6: Battambang to Phnom Phen
Depart Battambang for Cambodia’s Capital to Phnom Phen. Here we take a short tour in the comfort of your vehicle, with cold drink in hand, around some of the monuments of PP, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, after which the city was named. We check into your hotel (two night), Enjoy dinner along the riverside watching the local population enjoying their evening, exercising or being with friends and loved ones.
Day 7: Toul Slang, Killing Fields and Dinner River Cruise
Today we start after your breakfast at your hotel, Toul Slang/S21 is a museum in Phnom Penh, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. From 1976 to 1979, an estimated 20,000 people were imprisoned at Tuol Sleng (the real number is unknown).
The Cambodian Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than 3.5 million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime.
The Cambodian journalist Dith Pran, who worked as a facilitator for Sydney Schanburg of the New York Times, coined the term "killing fields" after his escape from the regime. It is estimated, that due directly to the war, and subsequent starvation bought about by its destruction, up to 50% of Cambodian society died.
After what can be a confronting day, a Phnom Penh sunset cruise is what will help you ease into a relaxing and enjoyable evening. Phnom Penh is situated in between two rivers, the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River. At night when the sunlight fades and the neon lights appear along the river banks, a small cruise boat will take you out onto the river to take in the city from a different perspective. Witness the sun set over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River while enjoying a dinner. A catered dinner from one of Phnom Penh’s well established restaurants is served shortly after sundown. Mineral water is available at no charge, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Enjoy a leisurely cruise while enjoying dinner and taking in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socialising. Your driver will collect you from the Hotel and meet you when you return.
This is not an exclusive dinner, and other persons will be on the boat. We will endeavor to ensure you have your own private table, depending on numbers.
Day 8: Royal Palace & Kampot
The Royal Palace, Preah Barum Reachea Veang Nei Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea; is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in the 1860s, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
It was built atop an old citadel called Banteay Kev. It faces towards the East and is situated at the Western bank of the cross division of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River.
Then we travel to Kampot is a city in southern Cambodia and the capital of Kampot Province, we check into your hotel. Kampot was the Cambodia’s most important sea port after the loss of the Mekong Delta and before the establishment of Sihanoukville. Its center is unlike most Cambodian provincial capitals composed of 19th-centuryFrench colonial architecture. The region and town are well known for the internationally recognized high quality pepper, which is exported worldwide. It is also known for its Kampot fish sauce and durian.
Day 9: Kampot Pepper Farm & Bokor National Park
In morning breakfast at your hotel, La Plantation pepper farm. This sprawling, lovely organic pepper farm offers guided walks, where you will explore the way in which several varieties of the international renowned Kampot peppers are grown, harvested and processed. The farm also grows fruits, chillis, herbs and peanuts.
After lunch at the plantation, we continue on to Bokor mountian. Established by the French as a hill station in 1925, Bokor has been abandoned twice, during World War II and the Khmer Rouge period. The area including Bokor ‘mountain’ was established as a national park in 1993, with its 1,500 square kilometres spanning four Cambodian provinces. Despite substantial illegal logging, it’s still home to leopard cats, gibbons, hornbills, civets and sunbears.
After Bokor Natonal Park, we continue the relatively short drive to the seaside fishig village of Kep, and your hotel.
From here we drive to your hotel at the seaside fishing village of Kep. Kep is Cambodias newest Province, known for its seafood and tropical islands.
Day 10: Kep, Koh Tonsay
Today after breakfast we take a boat trip to Koh Tonsay, or Rabbit Island. Here we relax with a BBQ lunch on the beach and swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf. On returning to Kep we travel through the jungles of the Kep National Park, which has glorious views over the Gulf of Thailand and Pho Quoc Island, given to the Vietnamese as thanks for the liberation of Cambodia.
The evening is your time to explore the many restaurants with a variety of flavours to enjoy.
Day 11: Kep Crab Markets & Lunch Over the Water
Breakfast at the Hotel. Then market shopping in the world famous Kep crab markets. Then we tour some of the many large French colonial villas still in evidence amongst the jungles, inlculding the Queens Palace the is slowly submitting to nature and still has signs of the bullet holes from the counter attack which came through the southern border joining Vietnam that would eventually push the Khmer Rouge to the Thai border.
In the evening we enjoy a fresh seafood feast at one of the many restaurants of the crab market, or the well know and regarded Kep Sailing Club, where you can slip a cocktail or two while watching the sunset slowly into the Gulf, before enjoying your meal.
Day 12: Return to Phnom Phen or Siem Reap
Time to say farewell after a memorable 12 days in Cambodia. As part of our complete service we will ensure you are where you need to be to continue on with your travels
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