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Best of Cambodia

Best of Cambodia

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CC05

Duration: 14 Days  |  Pricing from: $1,750 USD per person (based on 2 persons)  |  Private Tour

Embark on a 14-day tour of Cambodia, starting in Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex. Explore these ancient wonders and delve into the rich history of Angkor Wat and the indigenous culture. Learn about the country's turbulent past, including its bloody war history. Balance your experience by immersing yourself in the natural beauty of national forests, enjoying adventure activities such as trekking and kayaking. Finally, relax on a pristine beach with blue waters, white sand, and golden sunshine.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 2: Angkor Wat Temple Complex - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 3: Siem Reap in Depth - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 4: Experiences between Siem Reap & Phnom Penh - O/N in Phnom Penh

Day 5: Highlights of Phnom Penh - O/N in Phnom Penh

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Botum Sakor National Park - O/N in Botum Sakor National Park

Day 7: Cardamom Tented Camp Hiking & Kayaking - O/N in Botum Sakor National Park

Day 8:  Botum sakor national park - Koh Rong Island  - O/N in Koh Rong Island

Day 9:  Free time Koh Rong Island (De-tours available on request) - O/N in Koh Rong

Day 10 : Free time Koh Rong Island (De-tours available on request) - O/N in Koh Rong

Day 11: Free time Koh Rong Island (De-tours available on request) - O/N in Koh Rong

Day 12: Free time Koh Rong Island (De-tours available on request) - O/N in Koh Rong

Day 13: Kok Rong Island - Phnom Penh - O/N in Phnom Penh

Day 14: Phnom Penh Departure - Goodbye Cambodia!

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

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Upon arriving at Siem Reap airport, you will be greeted by your English-speaking tour guide and transferred to your hotel. You might choose to unwind and acclimate to the new time zone. Alternatively, depending on your arrival time, you could start exploring this charming gateway to Angkor. Consider joining the locals for a stroll along the Siem Reap River or visiting the Made in Cambodia Market, which showcases some of the finest authentic craftsmanship in Cambodia.

Later, you might enjoy happy hour at the stylish FCC Angkor, located in the former Foreign Correspondents' Club. Afterward, explore the alleys near Pub Street, the city's culinary and nightlife hub, brimming with boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. Cool off with some of Siem Reap's best ice cream at Gelato Lab. Alternatively, you can explore the burgeoning arts district of Kandal Village, which features a vibrant mix of cafés, galleries, artisanal homeware shops, and trendy fashion stores.

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DAY 2: EXPLORE ANGKOR TEMPLES BY REMORK

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Spend the day exploring the magnificent Angkor complex on a remork (motorcycle rickshaw) tour. Angkor Wat, the main temple after which the entire site is named, was established in 802 by the self-proclaimed "God King" Jayavarman II and served as the Khmer Empire's capital for over 500 years. This expansive UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest religious monument in the world, spans 494 acres (2 sq km) and features more than 1,000 buildings, including numerous temples adorned with thousands of bas-relief apsaras, or heavenly maidens. Start early to fully experience this awe-inspiring site.

Begin your tour at the visitor center and the moated Angkor Wat Hindu temple complex. Next, visit the adjoining Angkor Thom complex, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, where highlights include the Bayon temple (also known as the Temple of Faces), the Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of the Elephants. Continue to the former Royal Bathing Pool of Sra Srang, followed by Ta Prohm, famously known as the "Tomb Raider" temple, and perhaps the iconic Pre Rup crematorium temple. After a day of exploration, return to your hotel to relax, or choose your favorite temple for a sunset photo before heading back to Siem Reap.

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DAY 3: SIEM REAP IN DEPTH

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This morning, delve into the countryside around Siem Reap for an immersive local cultural experience. Start with a visit to the APOPO Visitor Center, where you'll meet and learn about the renowned giant hero rats used to safely detect landmines still scattered across the Cambodian countryside. Continue your journey north to Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women), a stunning temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, surrounded by serene lotus ponds. The temple, carved from red sandstone, features intricate bas-relief carvings of women holding lotus flowers and scenes from the Ramayana epic.

In the afternoon, head south to Tonlé Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Board a traditional wooden boat to visit the stilted village of Kompong Phluck, where local women will row you through a seasonally flooded freshwater swamp forest. After returning to Siem Reap, take some time to relax before ending your day with a performance by the Phare Cambodian Circus. Founded in 1994 as vocational training for refugees, this company presents uniquely Cambodian stories through theater, music, dance, and modern circus arts.

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DAY 4: EXPERIENCES BETWEEN SIEM REAP & PHNOM PENH

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Depart Siem Reap after breakfast this morning and journey to Phnom Penh, taking the day to enjoy the scenic Cambodian countryside along the way. Your first stop is the 12th-century Spean Praptos bridge. At 285 feet (87 meters) long, it is the largest corbelled stone arch bridge in the world and is still in use today. The bridge is adorned with balustrades shaped like nine-headed nagas (divine half-human, half-serpent beings). Next, visit Santuk Silk Farm for a guided tour that provides fascinating insights into the life cycle of silkworms, the process of silk production, and traditional village weaving. Your visit supports the farm, which was founded by a war veteran to provide employment for locals.

After enjoying a delicious lunch at the farm, continue your journey south towards Phnom Penh. Along the way, you'll make a brief stop in Skuon, known as "Spiderville," where you can witness the local specialty of deep-fried tarantulas being sold in the markets, a delicacy for many Cambodians. Arriving in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon, you will have the rest of the day to relax and unwind before exploring the capital city tomorrow.

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DAY 5: HIGHLIGHTS OF PHNOM PENH

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Start your exploration of the vibrant "Pearl of Asia" with a visit to the opulent Royal Palace complex, built in 1866 along the Mekong River and currently the residence of King Norodom Sihamoni. One of the standout features here is the Silver Pagoda, with its floor of gleaming silver tiles and numerous Buddha statues, including three Buddhas made of pure gold, silver, and bronze, and a fourth adorned with over 2,000 diamonds in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Nearby, the National Museum offers a journey through a millennium of Khmer history, stretching back to pre-Angkorian times.

In the afternoon, take some time to relax at your hotel, or delve into the somber history of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) with visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Here, an audio guide will lead you through the infamous Killing Fields. Later in the afternoon, enjoy an evening foodie tour by remork, starting at the Central Market (Psar Thmei) to sample local snacks and fruits, including the notorious durian. After exploring the Old Market (Psah Chas), head to a rooftop bar to watch the sunset over the river before dining at a restaurant seldom visited by tourists.

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DAY 6: PHNOM PENH - BOTUM SAKOR NATIONAL PARK

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This morning, you'll depart Phnom Penh for Trapaeng Rung, a remote village that serves as the gateway to Botum Sakor National Park, Cambodia's largest protected wilderness area. From Trapaeng Rung, you'll embark on a boat journey down the Preak Tachan River to reach the Cardamom Tented Camp, nestled deep within the rainforest. This luxurious ecolodge and safari camp, run in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, offers guided nature treks and boat and kayak excursions that immerse you in the rich flora and fauna of Botum Sakor.

The park spans from the Cardamom Mountains to coastal wetlands and is a haven for Cambodia's endangered mammals, including the Asiatic black bear, Asian wild dog (dhole), clouded leopard, pileated gibbon, and sun bear. It also supports one of the country's largest populations of Asian elephants. Upon arrival, you'll receive an orientation on Botum Sakor, the sustainable tourism development project led by Cardamom Tented Camp, and the conservation efforts of the Wildlife Alliance. In the late afternoon, set off on an exhilarating hike into the jungle surrounding the camp, then relax and enjoy the sunset from your riverside safari camp.

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DAY 7: CARDAMOM TENTED CAMP HIKING & KAYAKING

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This morning, you'll depart Phnom Penh for Trapaeng Rung, a remote village that serves as the gateway to Botum Sakor National Park, Cambodia's largest protected wilderness area. From Trapaeng Rung, you'll embark on a boat journey down the Preak Tachan River to reach the Cardamom Tented Camp, nestled deep within the rainforest. This luxurious ecolodge and safari camp, run in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, offers guided nature treks and boat and kayak excursions that immerse you in the rich flora and fauna of Botum Sakor. The park spans from the Cardamom Mountains to coastal wetlands and is a haven for Cambodia's endangered mammals, including the Asiatic black bear, Asian wild dog (dhole), clouded leopard, pileated gibbon, and sun bear. It also supports one of the country's largest populations of Asian elephants. Upon arrival, you'll receive an orientation on Botum Sakor, the sustainable tourism development project led by Cardamom Tented Camp, and the conservation efforts of the Wildlife Alliance. In the late afternoon, set off on an exhilarating hike into the jungle surrounding the camp, then relax and enjoy the sunset from your riverside safari camp.

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DAY 8: BOTUM SAKOR NATIONAL PARK - KOH RONG

Leave the Cardamom Tented Camp behind as you journey by boat along the Preak Tachan River to Trapaeng Rung, where you will transfer to Sihanoukville, the coastal gateway to the idyllic island of Koh Rong. Experience the excitement of a high-speed ferry ride to this tranquil tropical paradise, where you can unwind and enjoy four days of pure relaxation.

Koh Rong, the most popular of Cambodia's islands, is renowned for its powdery white sands and turquoise, warm waters brimming with marine life. Despite its increasing popularity, Koh Rong retains its stunning natural beauty and offers a vibrant nightlife centered around Koh Tuch village. Spend the rest of today easing into relaxation mode by the beach, setting the tone for the coming days of leisurely exploration and enjoyment of the island's offerings.

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DAY 9: FREE TIME KOH RONG ISLAND (DETOURS ON REQUEST)

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You'll have four days to explore Koh Rong's 27 miles (43 km) of pristine white-sand beaches and vibrant nightlife. While most restaurants and bars are in Koh Tuch village, paths and water taxis make it easy to find secluded spots.

The island's dense forest is alive with birds and monkeys. Along with its smaller counterpart, Koh Rong Samloem, it forms part of the Koh Rong National Marine Park, home to endangered sea turtles, dugongs, and Irrawaddy dolphins. Nature lovers will find plenty of opportunities to appreciate the diverse wildlife.

These below activities, from today until Day 12, offer a mix of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences, ensuring a memorable stay on Koh Rong Island.


Our suggestion for today is as follows:

Morning:

  • Beach Time: Start your day by relaxing on one of Koh Rong's beautiful beaches, such as Sok San Beach or Long Set Beach. Enjoy the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak in the serene atmosphere.

Afternoon:

  • Snorkeling: Explore the vibrant underwater world around Koh Rong. Many beaches offer excellent snorkeling opportunities right off the shore, where you can see colorful fish and coral reefs.

Evening:

  • Sunset Viewing: Head to one of the western beaches, like Tui Beach, to catch a stunning sunset. The view of the sun setting over the ocean is a perfect way to end your first day.

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DAY 10: FREE TIME KOH RONG ISLAND (DETOURS ON REQUEST)

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Our Suggestions for today is as follows:

Morning:

  • Boat Tour: Take a boat tour around the island. These tours often include stops for snorkeling, fishing, and visiting smaller, secluded beaches.

Afternoon:

  • Hiking: Hike through the island's jungle trails to reach remote beaches or viewpoints. The hike to Long Beach is particularly popular and rewarding with its breathtaking views.

Evening:

  • Nightlife: Explore Koh Tuch village for some nightlife. Enjoy a relaxed evening at a beach bar or join a beach party, depending on your mood.

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DAY 11: FREE TIME KOH RONG ISLAND (DETOURS ON REQUEST)

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Our suggestions for today is as follows:

Morning:

  • Visit Local Villages: Spend time visiting local fishing villages like Prek Svay. Learn about the local way of life and perhaps buy some fresh seafood.

Afternoon:

  • Kayaking: Rent a kayak and paddle around the island. You can explore hidden coves and mangrove forests at your own pace.

Evening:

  • Bioluminescent Plankton: Join a nighttime boat tour to see the bioluminescent plankton. Swimming among these glowing creatures is a magical experience unique to Koh Rong.

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DAY 12: FREE TIME KOH RONG ISLAND (DETOURS ON REQUEST)

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Our suggestions for today is as follows:

Morning:

  • Scuba Diving: If you're a certified diver, take a scuba diving trip to explore deeper underwater sites around the island. If not, consider taking a beginner's course.

Afternoon:

  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Rent a paddleboard and glide over the calm waters, taking in the beautiful scenery from a different perspective.

Evening:

  • Relaxation: Spend your final evening relaxing at your favorite beach spot, enjoying the tranquil ambiance and reflecting on your wonderful time on Koh Rong.

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DAY 13: KOH RONG ISLAND - PHNOM PENH

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Bid farewell to Koh Rong as you embark on a thrilling speedboat journey back to Sihanoukville, where you'll be met for a transfer to Phnom Penh. Your last evening in the city is yours to enjoy as you please. For a quintessential Phnom Penh experience, head to the renowned Elephant Bar at Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Indulge in their famous late afternoon tea and don't miss the chance to try the signature Femme Fatale cocktail, said to be created for Jacqueline Kennedy during her visit to Cambodia in 1967.

Alternatively, explore other delightful options for your evening. Take a leisurely stroll along the Phnom Penh Riverside, soaking in the ambiance as the sun sets and joining locals enjoying the cooler air. Then, treat yourself to a meal at one of the city's hospitality training restaurants with a social cause, such as Friends the Restaurant or Romdeng.

For breathtaking views, head to the Sora SkyBar at the Rosewood Phnom Penh (advance reservations required). Alternatively, opt for a more laid-back atmosphere at rooftop bars like Le Moon at the Amanjaya hotel or Juniper Gin Bar atop The Point Hotel, both offering fantastic vistas of the city skyline. Whatever you choose, your evening in Phnom Penh is sure to be memorable.

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DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM PHNOM PENH

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On your final day in Phnom Penh, start by checking out of your hotel and bidding farewell to the city. If time allows, indulge in some last-minute shopping to pick up souvenirs or gifts to remember your time in Cambodia. After shopping or an easy time at the hotel,get picked up and head to the airport for your departure. Until next time!

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