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Best of Cambodia

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
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Asia, Cambodia | 16 days
Trip code: 
TKSM
What's included: 

Transport - Private minibus, Van, Bus, Bicycle, Tuktuk

Accommodation - Hotel (10 nts), bungalow (2 nts) & homestay (1 nt)

Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Amazing Angkor Wat
Explore by bike
Tropical beaches
Culture & history
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Itinerary for Best of Cambodia

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1-3 - Phnom Penh
  • Day 4-5 - Battambang
  • Day 6-8 - Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
  • Day 9 - Sambor Prei Kuk
  • Day 10-11 - Kampot
  • Day 12-13 - Sihanoukville
  • Day 14 - Phnom Penh
  • Day 15-16 - Tour ends
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Day
1-3
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Cambodia.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 2. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture.

For those with extra time in Phnom Penh, consider a visit to Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named - according to legend, a 14th-century woman named Penh found sacred Buddhist objects in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill. To learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history make a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Alternatively checkout the National Museum - housed in a beautiful traditional building, it contains many outstanding examples of Khmer craftsmanship. And for a more relaxed experience simply stroll along the famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the busy river traffic.

Confront Cambodia's tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. It's estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here.

Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng and standing in this peaceful setting it's almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area.

Included Activities

  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields)

Optional Activities

  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda - USD7
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
  • Cyclo tour - Phnom Penh - USD3

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
4-5
Battambang

Battambang

Travel by public bus to Battambang (approx 5-6 hrs).

Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang, (pronounced Battambong) is an attractive riverside town with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well-preserved colonial architecture.

Take a guided tour of the local sites. You start with a visit to Phnom Sampov - a modern day wat affording magnificent views, but with tragic nearby caves used by the Khmer Rouge. On a brighter note you continue on to the superb 12th-century Wat Banan Angkorian temple commanding a hilltop providing more views of the countryside.

Consider a guided tour of the countryside to discover the local rural way of life stopping off at small cottage industries producing sticky rice, noodles & fish paste making.

Join the locals for a ride on their famous bamboo train transferring goods such as rice - a great local interaction opportunity!

See students rehearsing in their circus and music school and young painters at work in visual arts (open on Mondays and Thursdays only)

Consider a mouth-watering cooking class and learn the secrets of local dishes such as: amok, Khmer curry & fried spicy chicken

Optional Activities

  • Battambang - Countryside tour - USD10
  • Battambang - Bamboo Train - USD10
  • Artistic Social Centre - USD6
  • Battambang - Cooking class - USD10

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
6-8
Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Make a classic journey by private boat across the Tonle Sap Lake (approx 6 hrs), taking in the magnificent views, scattering of fishermen and local people living atop their floating villages. Note that between April and August when water levels are typically at their lowest you are unable to travel by boat and instead make this journey by mini bus. So that our Intrepid travellers at this time don't miss out on the Tonle Sap experience you instead include a boat tour of Tonle Sap from Siem Reap.

The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. It's markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food.

Temple-hop with our local guide to make the most of our visit to the world-famous Angkor complex. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day - watching a sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 sq km, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap so we'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Included Activities

  • Siem Reap - 3 day Angkor pass
  • Angkor Wat - Guided tour

Optional Activities

  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD3

Accommodation

Accommodation with meal (3 nts)

Day
9

Sambor Prei Kuk

Jump on a local bus heading towards Sambor Prei Kuk and our Homestay (approx. 3.5hours). You reach our homestay, drop our bags and meet the local family with who we'll be staying with tonight.

Facilities are very basic at our homestay, but this is an opportunity to experience the everyday life of rural Cambodians.

You head to the nearby ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk to explore the temples with a local guide.

In the evening, you enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner with our host family.

Accommodation

Homestay (1 nt)

Day
10-11

Kampot

Board a bus for the journey to Kampot (approx 5 hours).

Famous for its pepper, Kampot supplied most French restaurants with this vital spice for many years during colonial rule. Today, the region is more renowned for its plantations of durian, a spiky, pungent fruit that either incites adoration or sheer loathing. Try it if you dare!

Venture out on a countryside tour - giving you the opportunity to discover the jewels of the Kampot Province countryside, including local salt fields, rice fields, pepper plantations and the famous Phnom Chhnork caves. You also visit different villages along the way where you'll have the opportunity to talk to villagers and witness their daily lives.

Optional Activities

  • Traditional massage - USD5

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
12-13

Sihanoukville

Travel from Kampot to Sihanoukville (approx 3 hrs).

Named for the Cambodian royal family, Sihanoukville has miles of beaches and warm, welcoming people.

You visit one of our Intrepid Foundation projects for a tasty lunch. The Starfish Project supports local people with disabilities, along with disadvantaged family's so that they can ensure to send their children to school. It also provides a relaxing, attractive environment where travellers can enjoy fresh, delicious food, home-baked bread, coffee, fabulous brownies and cookies.

The next day, you take a boat to one of the nearby islands, where you're free to enjoy a barbecue lunch and relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters.

There's also plenty of time to explore the town, the market, the pagodas and to take in the view from Sihanoukville's surrounding hills.

Included Activities

  • Lunch at Starfish Bakery
  • Sihanoukville - Island boat trip

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
14
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Take a local bus to Phnom Penh (approx 4 hrs).

The afternoon is free for further exploration or maybe some last-minute shopping.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
15-16

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.