12 Day Cambodia Temples and Beach
An ancient civilisation imbues this country, which for centuries was the heart of the Khmer Empire, an empire which ruled much of south-east Asia. Relics of this powerful rule abound throughout the land, from the magical and mysterious Angkor Wat to the walled city of Angkor Thom. Alongside such man-made miracles is the birding paradise of Tonle Sap Lake, the tigers and elephants of the Cardamom Mountains, the beaches of Sihanoukville and Kep, and of course the fascinating capital Phnom Penh. This tour takes you to all of Cambodia’s main highlights as well as going off the beaten track to end the trip at the Four Seasons Floating Lodge in the Cardamom Mountains. It offers the perfect mix of culture in Siem Reap, bustling city life and history in Phnom Penh, fantastic beaches in Sihanoukville and a trip to the jungle in the Cardamom Mountains. This itinerary has something for everyone.
PriceFrom £3,399 per person based on two people sharing
Best time to go
Although Cambodia can be visited year round, November - March is the driest, coolest weather and the most pleasant time for sightseeing.
Day 1: Arrival
Overnight flight to Siem Reap.
Day 2: Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap (HB)
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. In the afternoon head for an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Enjoy dinner at HAVEN, a training restaurant to empower young adults who have to leave orphanages when they come of age.
Day 3: Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap (BB)
Today you’ll embark on a full day tour of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. Your expert guide will take you on a journey through the incredibly unique temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Bayon.
Day 4: Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap (BB)
Depart your hotel this morning and drive to the rural Cambodian village of Kompheim which is located 16km outside of Siem Reap. The aim of this trip is to demonstrate how Cambodians live their day to day lives. You’ll be taken in by a host family, toured around the village by ox-cart and even have the opportunity to get involved in some of the daily tasks which make up rural Cambodian life. Cambodians are famous for their friendliness and charm and this day trip is the perfect way to interact with locals in their home environment.
Day 5: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (HB)
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for a short early afternoon flight to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. After a break to freshen up in your hotel, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour of this famous old city by Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation. In the evening board the Kanika cruise boat for a shared dinner cruise that will take you along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. You will have a wonderful view of the riverfront and the Phnom Penh skyline over dinner.
Day 6: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (BB)
This morning you’ll have a chance to gain insight into the art of Khmer cuisine with a hands-on cooking course. The course will start in Phnom Penh’s buzzing markets where you’ll source your ingredients, you’ll then enjoy a cooking class with a local chef and finally enjoy your own freshly cooked Khmer dish. In the afternoon embark on a tour through Cambodia’s dark recent past with a guided tour to Tuol Sleng genocide museum and the Killing Fields.
Day 7: Song Saa Private Island, Sihanoukville (FB)
In the morning you’ll be transferred by private vehicle to the beach resort of Sihanoukville which lies 4 hours south east of the capital. You’ll then be taken by speedboat to your private island for the next four nights. Song Saa is one of the world's premier resorts and the location is picture perfect, all your meals here are included and each room offers a private pool.
Day 8: Song Saa Private Island, Sihanoukville (FB)
Today you’ll venture out on an excursion to Ream National Park. The park includes thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests and off-shore coral reefs. It's a nature lovers paradise with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys and is also the habitat of the pangolin. You will then be transferred to one of Ream’s most scenic isolated beaches, called Koh Sampouch. A BBQ seafood lunch is included in this shared excursion.
Day 9: Song Saa Private Island, Sihanoukville (FB)
Take a boat trip departing at 9am to explore three islands giving you the chance to snorkel, fish or just rest and relax. At the first stop you will see colourful corals and fish at the island of Koh Chaluh. At Bamboo Island enjoy a swim in the clear waters or relax on the white sand beach with a coral reef. Have a seafood BBQ lunch with cool drinks and fruit on the beach. Finally depart to either Koh Tres for some snorkelling or Koh Takiev.
Day 10: Song Saa Private Island, Sihanoukville (FB)
Day at leisure to enjoy the Song Saa Resort.
Day 11: Four Rivers Floating Lodge, Cardamom Mountains (FB)
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, transfer directly from Sihanoukville to the Cardamom Mountain, the drive will take around three and a half hours. Tonight’s accommodation is a peaceful retreat with overwater tented villas, set on a quiet bend in the river with the lush Cardamom Mountains as the idyllic backdrop. Spend this afternoon at your leisure exploring the river by kayak, swimming in its clear waters or fishing from your private terrace.
Day 12: Four Rivers Floating Lodge, Cardamom Mountains (FB)
Today spend a relaxing day on a private excursion. Away from the tranquillity of Four Rivers Floating Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power. Turning on to a tributary you head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle to the far-off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife. The day is spent enjoying the sights and sounds of this unexplored jungle.
Day 13: Departure
Transfer back to Phnom Penh for your flight home.
Accommodation and meals as specified, flights (International return flights to Siem Reap returning from Phnom Penh in economy class & flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh), airport taxes, private transfers, activities as per itinerary
Meals and activities where not detailed, gratuities, souvenirs, visas and insurance
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