On this comprehensive journey, experience the best of Cambodia traversing to the heart of the country and learn about the people, customs, landscape, and cuisine that make Cambodia such a fascinating country. Trip to the French-colonial style of Battambang and then to the beat-up grandeur of Angkor Wat. Discover the gorgeous country of Khmers in the remote south of Cambodia. Revel in heritage and culture on this captivating 14-day tour through the best of Cambodia.
Is this trip right for you?
You will be staying at multi-share accommodation in a homestay where the facilities will be basic. However, this is the perfect chance to experience the rural lifestyle of the country.
Many travelers will find the history shared at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek upsetting. This is one of a crucial part of Cambodia's histories. However, if you don't want to join these activities, inform your guide
This trip requires many long travels, so be sure you can handle the distance
Take a complete look at Cambodia with an experienced guide who will help you to explore the daily life of the country
Explore fascinating temple complex in Siem Reap
Explore the temple remains at Sambor Prei Kuk and experience the daily life of rural Cambodia while staying at a village homestay
Visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake
Enjoy Khmer cuisine and visit the admired pepper plantations of Kampot
Upon arrival, our representative will greet and transfer you to your hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can simply relax or go for a stroll around the streets of Phnom Penh. You can see interesting French colonial architecture in the city. Visit the National Museum and see its collection of classic Khmer craftsmanship. Take a tour to Wat Phnom, a tranquil temple situated on a hill. According to legend, a woman named Penh found sacred Buddhist items in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill in the 14th century. You may also stroll along the famous Sisowath Quay enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the heavy river traffic.
Phnom Penh is a living relic of the country's past struggles and successes. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where you will learn about the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng is a former school and a Khmer Rouge torture center where more than twenty thousand were held and tortured. The Choeung Ek Memorial is house to a stupa made of around 8000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This place was the execution ground for the people tortured at Tuol Sleng. It seems unbelievable that this peaceful ground was the execution ground for more than 8000 humans. Then, pay a visit to the Royal Palace. The private quarters are closed to the public as it is the home to King Sihamoni. However, you can visit the Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex. This temple is the holiest in the country. afterward, spend your evening while relaxing in a café overlooking the gorgeous river.
This morning, take a private vehicle and head towards Kampong Cham. The city situated on the banks of the Melon river has all of the frontier charm and French colonial character. Here, visit the 11th century Wat Nokor complex, which was a previous capital of the pre-Angkor period. This complex consists of a series of structures and temple ruins made of sandstone and laterite stone, built under the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII.
Sambor Prei Kuk
We take a private vehicle to Sambor Prei Kuk and the homestay where you will spend the night. Embar on a village tour with your local guide. The guide will familiarize you with the lifestyle of the local people and your homestay facilities for the night. Staying at a homestay is a perfect way to experience the rural lifestyle of the country. The temple remains ar Sambor Prei Kuk and is some of the oldest in the country that dates back to the 6th century and is well worth a visit. This evening, relax and enjoy the traditional Khmer dinner at the homestay.
Take a private vehicle from the homestay towards Siem Reap. The trip takes around three and a half hours. The small town of Siem Reap is the entrance point to Angkor. In all of Cambodia, or even in Southeast Asia, this place is the most popular for travelers. Take a walk and enjoy the serene vibe of the region. We recommend you to visit the old market even if you are not looking to buy anything. You can wander through the stalls, and surrounding shops of silks, cotton, sarongs, silver, and statues make for a feast for the eyes with a riot of color. If you are lucky, you might get to enjoy the shadow puppetry show at one of the local restaurants in the evening, while enjoying some of the delicious authentic Cambodian cuisines.
Seim Reap/Angkor Wat
Today, we will spend a full day hopping from temple to temple, accompanied by a local guide so that you can make the most of your visit to the Angkor complex. The complex built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South East Asia, has ruins scattered all over the complex. The complex has an area of around 160 square kilometers, but the main bunch of temples is close to Siem Reap, so you will have enough time to enjoy the great archaeological site like Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. These temples set in perfect balance, symmetry, and composition were believed to represent the cosmic world. You will see some of the gorgeous intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs; you will also get perfect photo opportunities throughout the day. You can also enjoy watching sunrise or sunrise from here.
Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat
We continue the exploration of the Angkor Complex in the morning on a half-day tour. We once again visit the majestic Angkor Wat, the largest and most complete structure, and also the only one temple in Angkor that faces west, other temples face east. We will also visit the Angkor Thom, the Great Royal City, a temple famous for its chains of massive human faces carved in stone. Among all the temple in Angkor Complex, Bayon temple is the most beautiful one, with more than 200 smiling faces carved in the stone, and more than 50 gothic towers. Likewise, you will also visit Ta Prohm temple, where large trees embed the stone foundations of the structure. The rest of the afternoon is free for your leisure activities. You can engage in some optional activities to spend the afternoon. Perhaps, go for a zip-line course which will provide an adrenaline rush and also you get a birds-eye view of the beautiful rainforest. Similarly, you can join a cooking class and learn some techniques to cook delicious Cambodian dishes. There is also a option to visit the sobering Landmine Museum. The museum lies a little further afield but is well worth the journey.
Day Eight :
We take a boat today to Battambang, Cambodia's second-largest city. Battambong is a gorgeous riverside town of French style, welcoming Khmer people and stunningly conserved expatriate architecture. The city is well-known for its many statues of animals and divinities that adorn the streets and buildings. Travelers visit the city relatively less than Siem Reap, so you will also notice very little traffic when compared to Phnom Penh. So, it is a great place to get a real sense of Cambodia. The afternoon is free for you. So, you can visit the hilltop Wat Banan temple that offers 360-degree panoramic views over the Sang Ke River. You can also visit the Killing Fields and Caves in Battambang that makes for a great experience. This evening, go for a walk along the riverfront where you will see locals doing yoga and folk dancing.
Enjoy a half-day bike trip in the morning, through the gorgeous nearby countryside of Battambang. Stop along the way to see the rural lifestyle, witness small cottage industries manufacturing sticky rice, noodles, and fish paste. The afternoon is free, so you can engage in lots of other activities. You can see students in circus and music school rehearsing, also young painters working in visual arts. Or, you might take a cooking class to enhance your cooking skills and uncovering the secrets of Cambodia's mouthwatering cuisines.
Take a journey for about 3.5 hours from Battambang to Kampong Chhnang, located near the Tonle Sap Lake, where it meets another river with the same name. Take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, where you will pass some floating villages, also referred to as the aquatic heart of Cambodia. You will see a wide variety of birds in this region, so keep eyes out for the wildlife of the lake around and above. Afterward, head to a pottery manufacturing shop where you can learn techniques to create the pottery. In the evening, enjoy local dishes at a local home.
Take a private vehicle to Kampot, one of Cambodia's most attractive old towns. The place is famous for its pepper, so Kampot supplied many French restaurants with its tasty spice for many years during colonial rule. At present, the region is more famous for harvesting durian, a spiky, pungent fruit that you'll either love or hate – try it if you dare! You can also go for a stroll along the riverside and observe the French colonial architecture or simply enjoy the view of the river with Bokor Mountain Range on the backdrop from one of the riverside restaurants. You can also take a traditional massage that relaxes the whole body and relieves aches. Change into loose cotton pajamas and let one of the blind masseur or masseuses to pamper you. This is one of the best ways to enjoy yourself and also support a local charity. In a country with no social security, the training, and support provided by the centers, such as Seeing Hands allow blind Cambodians to support themselves with dignity.
Enjoy a day in the countryside and discover the gems of the Kampot Province. Learn why the Kampot pepper is the best that even the best chefs use, while on a visit to the Pepper Project. Then, visit the Kampot salt field, the only salt field in Cambodia. Take a short walk through the rice fields, then climb a bit to enjoy a lovely scene over the nearby countryside. Walk a bit towards the entrance of the mouth of Phnom Chhnork limestone cave that contains a 7th-century brick temple inside. See the old buildings near Kep's oceanfront. During the early 1900s until the 1960s, this town was the most popular and prestigious town of Cambodia. However, during the Khmer Rouge, many Kep's mansions and villas were destroyed, but there remain many ruins.
This morning, hop on a private vehicle and head back to Phnom Penh. The travel back to Phnom Penh takes about 4.5 hours. The rest of the afternoon in Phnom Penh is free for your leisure activities. You can go shopping in the local market. Or, take a walk on the riverfront at the Chatomok, where the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and Mekong Rivers meet. In the evening, join your fellow travelers and go for authentic Cambodian cuisine in evening market stalls.
We have not planned any activities for this day. You can depart at any time from the accommodation. However, if you want to lengthen your stay or trip to other parts of the county, inform your tour guide, and we can manage further trips.