Arrive into Siem before being accompanied by your guide to check into the hotel. You’ll then head out onto the Tonle Sap Lake for a ride across the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia to learn about life on the water, with a visit to the stilted village of Kampong Kleang. Enjoy a packed lunch at a local house to see everyday life first hand before returning to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel, Superior Room (L)
The day will be spent exploring the famous Angkor temples to be found in the area around Siem Reap, starting with a trip to the Angkor Wat itself. Built back in the 12th century, the temple is decorated inside with a series of stone carvings and features on the Cambodian national flag to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people. Next, you’ll visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom where you’ll be able to marvel at the impressive South Gate before heading for the Bayon Temple with its 54 towers to represent the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Following a mid-day break, the afternoon will see you explore the temples of the Grand Circuit and the Neak Pean sanctuary before exploring the ruins of Ta Prohm in amongst the overgrown jungle trees and vines.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel, Superior Room (B)
Head out into the countryside as you travel to the Beng Mealea temple, which lay undiscovered for years and remains largely as it was found – providing the opportunity for some adventurous exploration around the ruins. After lunch, you’ll head for the impressive sandstone Banteay Srei temple to marvel at the classical Khmer art before heading for the Banteay Samre temple for the final part of your day exploring.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel, Superior Room (B,L)
You’ll rise early in order to leave Siem Reap for the transfer to Banteay Chhmar, with lunch on arrival before heading out to explore the vast ruins of the ancient temple, with its Bayon Style towers and walls being slowly consumed by the nature around it. You’ll later travel to the Banteay Top Temple to watch the sun set – with the journey being made by kuyon, a local mode of transport similar to a tractor.
- Homestay in Banteay Chhmar, Private Room (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll head for the local market to experience a typical Khmer village, with a local guide present to help explain traditional Cambodian life. Having driven to Battambang, you’ll then get chance to experience the unique Bamboo Train, a basic form of transport created by locals and comprising of a bamboo platform on four wheels powered by a small motor. A true rollercoaster ride, you’ll take an 8km ride to the next village, with the chance to admire the scenery en-route.
- Stung Sangke Hotel, Deluxe Room (B,L)
Head from the countryside to the capital as you journey to Phnom Penh, with a number of stops en-route. First up will be a visit to the see pottery making and the production of rice wine at Kampong Chhnang before heading through a number of small rural villages to Oudong, where you’ll climb to the top of Oudong Mountain to take in the impressive view over the plains below. Having discovered the history of the local area and more on the religious culture of the Cambodian people with your guide, you’ll call in at the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre before continuing on to Phnom Penh, where the evening is spent at leisure.
- Frangipani Royal Palace, Deluxe Room (B,L)
Spend the day exploring the city, starting with a visit to the Royal Palace, which is famed for the thousands of silver tiles that make up the floor of the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum will provide a chance to discover more about the history of the country before visiting the Child Safe Centre to see the work that goes in to helping to take care of youngster in the city and beyond. Following a visit to the central market and a break back at the hotel, you’ll explore the dark recent history of Cambodia with a visit to the former school that became the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 detention and torture centre. Now the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, your visit will provide the opportunity to learn more about the troubles before heading to the Killing Fields of Choeung Elk. A harrowing, but important, afternoon that will give you a better understanding of the country.
An optional evening dance performance from the Cambodian Living Arts group is available at the National Museum on selected days
- Frangipani Royal Palace - Deluxe Room (B)
Head south from Phnom Penh towards Takeo Province, calling in at the Tonle Bati recreation area and visiting the Tonle Bati Temple before stopping in the small town of Takeo for lunch at a local restaurant. Having been able to observe local life, you’ll travel by boat to the museum of Angkor Borei and the ruins of Phnom Da, seeing more local life along the banks of the canal. You’ll enjoy an effective seeing hands massage having arrived in Kampot.
- The Columns, Deluxe Room (B,L)
Take an optional early morning trip to the local fish market before breakfast, and the drive to the seaside resort of Kep, where you can see reminders of the town’s heyday in the shape of decaying villas that were abandoned during the civil war. After a visit to the local crab market and lunch at a local restaurant you can enjoy a sunset cruise past riverside fishing villages and mangrove forests.
- The Columns, Deluxe Room (B,L)
Leave Kampot after breakfast to travel to Sihanoukville for a day at leisure relaxing by the beach.
- The Independence Hotel, Deluxe Room (B)
After a morning to relax at leisure, you’ll transfer to Phnom Penh for your flight home.
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