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Temples to Tranquility

Temples to Tranquility

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CC09

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

Embark on a remarkable journey through temples, jungles, and a tropical island—a perfect off-the-beaten-track holiday in Cambodia. Experience the highlights of this enchanting country in a unique and unconventional way. Begin by exploring the awe-inspiring Angkor temples, then venture on a scenic river and road trip through the charming town of Battambang. Conclude your adventure by unwinding on the pristine shores of Koh Rong Samloem island before concluding your trip in the vibrant city of Phnom Penh. This itinerary promises to unveil the wonders of Cambodia from a fresh perspective, offering unforgettable experiences and memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Overview

Day 1: Welcome To Siem Reap - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 2: Monk Blessing, Temples & Bike Ride - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 3: Phnom Kulen National Park - O/N in Siem Reap

Day 4: Battambang By Boat - O/N in Battambang

Day 5: Explore The Battambang Countryside By Tuk-Tuk - O/N in Battambang

Day 6: Off The Beaten Track Homestay Experience - O/N at a homestay

Day 7: Glamping In The Cambodian Jungle - O/N in Botum Sakor National Park

Day 8:  Jungle Hiking and Kayaking  - O/N in Botum Sakor National Park

Day 9:  Travel To Koh Rong Samloem - O/N in Koh Rong Samloem

Day 10 : Relax at Leisure on Tropical Island - O/N in Koh Rong Samloem

Day 11: Relax at Leisure on Tropical Island - O/N in Koh Rong Samloem

Day 12: A Night Out in Phnom Penh - O/N in Phnom Penh

Day 13: Tour of Phnom Penh Highlights - O/N in Phnom Penh

Day 14: Phnom Penh Departure - Goodbye Cambodia!

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Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Welcome To Siem Reap

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Welcome to Cambodia! Upon your arrival at Siem Reap Airport, an English-speaking guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You can relax or explore the charming town, the gateway to Angkor's temples. Join locals for a stroll along the riverside promenade, enjoy happy hour at FCC Angkor (the former Foreign Correspondents’ Club), and visit the bohemian cafés and lively bars of Pub Street.

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Day 2: Monk Blessing, Temples & Bike Ride

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Start your morning with a special visit to a local Buddhist pagoda, where you will experience a traditional water blessing ceremony conducted by a monk. Following this spiritual experience, explore the enchanting jungle temple of Ta Prohm, and then marvel at the grandeur of the iconic Angkor Wat. Enjoy an included lunch at a charming local restaurant before returning to your hotel for some well-deserved relaxation. As the day transitions to dusk, set off on a scenic bike ride through nearby villages and the beautiful countryside. Conclude your day with a tranquil dragon boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom, sipping a glass of Champagne as you soak in the serene ambiance.

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Day 3: Phnom Kulen National Park

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This morning, embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside to visit the enchanting Phnom Kulen waterfall. This area, once an ancient quarry, now holds UNESCO heritage status and is renowned for its hidden temples and unique carvings, with over 1,000 etchings in the riverbed underwater. On your return journey to Siem Reap, explore the exquisite pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. Finally, conclude your day with a stop at Pre Rup Temple to witness a breathtaking sunset.

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Day 4: Battambang By Boat

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Today, experience a different side of Cambodia from the riverbanks. You will journey from Siem Reap to Battambang by public boat, a trip that takes approximately seven hours. This fascinating stretch of river offers a glimpse into the authentic and local lifestyle of those who live and work on the water. Upon your arrival in Battambang, your private driver will escort you to your hotel, where you can unwind and enjoy some leisure time.

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Day 5: Explore The Battambang Countryside By Tuk-Tuk

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Prepare for an adventure through the heart of the Cambodian countryside in a traditional tuk-tuk. Your journey will include a visit to the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, where you can marvel at its historical significance. As you travel, you'll pass through charming small villages, offering a glimpse into local life and daily traditions. One highlight will be a visit to a unique school where children learn circus skills and innovative art forms. After enjoying lunch, take a ride on the traditional bamboo train, then head to the Killing Caves, where you'll witness thousands of bats emerging at dusk in a spectacular natural display.

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Day 6: Off The Beaten Track Homestay Experience

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Today, embark on a journey off the beaten path like few others experience in Cambodia. You will take a private road trip to Osoam, a rural community comprising four villages nestled in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains in southwest Cambodia. The drive will take approximately 5.5 hours, with opportunities to stop and explore as you wish. Upon arrival, you'll settle into your village homestay for the evening, where you'll have a truly authentic experience. While English is limited, this unique opportunity offers a genuine glimpse into local life and culture.

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Day 7: Glamping In The Cambodian Jungle

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Your next destination on this epic journey is the remarkable Cardamom Tented Camp, located about 2.5 hours away. Upon arriving at the jungle-surrounded campsite via river, you'll check into your cozy safari-style tent. This afternoon, embark on an exploratory hike through the surrounding jungle, where you'll be amazed by the diversity of the local fauna. During your stay, you'll also have the opportunity to learn about the conservation and protection efforts led by Wildlife Alliance, gaining insight into their crucial work in preserving this unique ecosystem.

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Day 8: Hike And Kayak Through The Cardamom Jungle

This morning, accompanied by Wildlife Alliance Rangers and an English-speaking guide, you'll embark on a patrol through a network of abandoned poaching and logging trails in the dense forest. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you explore. During the half-day hike, you'll visit the Ranger Station, where you'll see a display of confiscated snares, traps, and improvised hunting rifles. Enjoy a local Khmer lunch served at the station. Later in the afternoon, you can choose to kayak along the river or simply relax at your leisure.

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Day 9: Travel To Koh Rong Samloem

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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 10 : Relax At Leisure On Tropical Island

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We've purposely kept your schedule open for the next two days so you can unwind at your own pace on the breathtaking paradise island of Koh Rong Samloem. Following your temple explorations and jungle treks, it's the ideal moment to indulge in some well-deserved relaxation. Since our trips are fully customizable, if you desire more beach time, please let us know as soon as possible. We're delighted to extend your stay (to minimize any potential extra fees) and ensure you have ample time to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this island escape.

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Day 11: Relax At Leisure On Tropical Island

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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 recommended activities offer a mix of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences, ensuring a memorable stay on Koh Rong Island.

  • Snorkeling: xplore 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Day 12: A Night Out In Phnom Penh

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This morning, hop aboard the speedboat for your return journey to the mainland before embarking on a scenic drive to the capital city, Phnom Penh (approximately 4 hours). Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, you'll check in to your accommodation and have some leisure time to relax. Later in the afternoon, get ready for an exciting evening tour that starts with cocktails on a rooftop terrace. Then, buckle up for a thrilling Vespa ride through the bustling streets as you sample some of the city's best street food. After a delicious dinner, zip past iconic historical monuments before heading to a popular spot for live music. Finally, wrap up your evening in an upscale street filled with unique bars, creating unforgettable memories of Phnom Penh's vibrant nightlife.

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Day 13: Tour Of Phnom Penh Highlights

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Immerse yourself in the heart of the capital today with a personalized tour of its most iconic landmarks, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda. Your exploration continues with a meaningful stop for lunch at a local restaurant, which not only serves delicious cuisine but also provides training and employment opportunities for street children, contributing to their empowerment and well-being. In the afternoon, gain insight into Cambodia's tragic history with visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison, where you'll witness the haunting remnants of the country's genocide era, followed by a solemn excursion to the Killing Fields, situated just beyond the city limits. These poignant experiences offer a profound understanding of Cambodia's past and its enduring resilience.

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Day 14: Phnom Penh Departure

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Savor every moment of your final morning in Phnom Penh before bidding farewell to this captivating city. Take the time to soak in the sights, sounds, and flavors that have enriched your journey. After checking out of your hotel, your private guide and driver will be on hand to ensure a seamless transfer to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination. As you depart, carry with you the cherished memories and experiences gathered during your time in Phnom Penh, knowing that its vibrant spirit will linger in your heart until you return. Safe travels!

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