Highlights of Cambodia Tour & Amazing Angkor Wat
CAMBODIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Explore the ancient temples of Angkor, journey across the giant Tonle Sap Lake, and unearth the horrors of this beautiful country’s tragic past on this 8-day adventure through South East Asia’s friendliest nation. Begin your best of Cambodia tour in the countries capital, Phnom Penh, where you can explore the Royal Palace and stunning Silver Pagoda. Travel to Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia for a taste of real local life. And finally, end your tour in the lively town of Siem Reap, home to the magnificent temples of Angkor.
Explore the incredible ancient temple ruins of Angkor
Take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest in Asia
Learn the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Prison & the Killing Fields
Discover Battambang, the city that travellers instantly fall in love with
Day 1 – Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh and make your way to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be arranged for the evening, so please be ready in the hotel lobby to leave at 6.45pm.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh
This morning you will visit the stunning Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, built by King Norodom in 1866 in Phnom Penh’s old town. Next, you will head to the National Museum to see a collection of Khmer art, and over 5000 artefacts from Angkor Wat. You will then continue to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields to understand the atrocities which occurred in this beautiful country under Pol Pot’s regime. This can be an upsetting experience but it is important to know what happened here not so long ago. From here, you will be taken to the Psar Toul Tom Poung, also known as the Russian Market. You can then enjoy sunset views from Wat Phnom Temple. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3 – Phnom Penh / Battambang
After breakfast, you will be leaving Phnom Penh and heading by public bus to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. The journey is roughly 5 hours. Upon arrival in Battambang you will be taken to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Battambang.
Day 4 - Battambang
After breakfast at hotel, you will visit Phnom Sampeou Mountain, steeped in legend and topped by Wat Sampeou and a group of caves used as ‘killing caves’ by the Khmer Rouge, which contain skeletal remains of their victims. In the afternoon, continue on to visit Ek Phnom Temple, an 11th century Angkorian-era ruin built as a Hindu temple under Suryavarman I. Wat Ek Phnom, a modern pagoda, sits next to the ruin. The river road drive to Ek Phnom from Battambang passes through small villages and rice paddies and is a beautiful countryside drive. You will also visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Return to town for a short walk to the local market before ending your day with a visit to the bamboo train village. Overnight in Battambang.
Day 5 – Battambang / Siem Reap
After breakfast in Battambang, you will drive to Siem Reap by private transfer. After lunch, you will be taken to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, 10km south of Siem Reap. From here, take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat down the Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest lakes in Asia. You will continue to a local primary school and then to Chantiers Ecoles – Les Artisans d’Angkor, where training is being provided to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions to stone carving and wood sculpting. In the early evening, you will be driven by tuk-tuk around the suburbs of Siem Reap and then to see a blessing ceremony, carried out by Buddhist monks for happiness and prosperity. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Siem Reap / Angkor
Today you will be exploring the wondrous ancient ruins of Angkor. Starting at the south gate, you will see Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Next, take a visit to the impressive Bayon Temple, with its multitude of smiling stone faces. You will also explore the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, the Elephant Terrace, and Ta Prohm, the jungle temple which has been engulfed by the surrounding trees and featured in many a Hollywood movie. In the afternoon you will head out to discover the beautiful Angkor Wat, one of the most extraordinary monuments in the world. If there is time, you can also walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill, for spectacular sunset views over these incredible sandstone monuments. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 – Siem Reap / Angkor
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the community village, located 20km from Siem Reap town. On the way you will be passing small villages and rice paddies, and once you reach the village, you will be taken by ox-cart to see the daily activity of the rural villagers and learn about their way of life. You will also visit a local school, pagodas, and have lunch with the local people. After lunch, you’ll head back to the Angkor area to Bantey Srei, a 10th century Hindu temple dedicated to the God, Shiva. During the trip you will visit the temple of Bantey Samre where, according to legend, a farmer became King of the Sweet Cucumbers. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8 – Depart Siem Reap
We have reached the last day of your tour, and today we will bid farewell to beautiful Cambodia. If you’re not ready to go home yet, why not add on our 7-night Highlights of Laos Tour and discover more of South East Asia!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE CAMBODIA TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast
- Private tours with an English speaking guide
- Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Single entrance fee to applicable tourist sites
- Private boat on Tonle Sap Lake
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Highlights of Cambodia Tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Maximum of 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Cambodian Riel and US Dollars / Spending £15 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing You will need to bring clothes which cover your knees and shoulders for visiting the temples at Angkor. It will be hot and humid during the day so loose fitting items will be best and will also help protect you from mosquito bites. Make sure you also have comfortable shoes.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse 8 weeks before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. You will need to bring lots of mosquito repellent and wear it both day and night.
Single Supplement £199
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Cambodia before your departure date.
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