Travel from “Phnom Penh to Siem Reap”. This two-week journey starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city on the banks of the mighty Mekong and home to the glistening peaks of the Royal Palace, the notorious Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields.
Be swept away by the amazing sea views from Bokor Mountain, try some delicious crab at the famous crab market in Kep and relax on the white sandy beaches of Koh Tonsay.
Battambang is an authentic and laid-back riverside town with numerous cosy cafes and colonial architecture to admire. Have a memorable time on the bamboo train, one of the world’s classic rail journeys. Battambang has some amazing temples that are definitely worth a visit, like Phnom Banan and Ek Phnom.
Charming Siem Reap, northwest of Battambang on the edge of Tonle Sap, is the perfect place to learn more about Khmer culture and its many mysterious temples. Be swept away by the sunrise at the Angkor complex, explore what life is like in and around Tonlé Sap and experience a fun ox-cart trip.
Come and discover all the amazing things Cambodia and its people have to offer during this two-week tour!
Day 1: arrival in Phnom Penh
At Phnom Penh International Airport, your guide welcomes you and accompanies you to your hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day, you are free to discover Phnom Penh at your own pace. Stroll around town and along the banks of the mighty Mekong, before sipping on a cool drink in one of the many bustling bars or cafes.
Day 2: Phnom Penh
After breakfast, you explore more of Pnomh Penh. The day starts royal with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Palace where the present King of Cambodia still resides.
Next stop in your program is the Musée des Beaux Arts. This amazing museum was designed in Khmer style in 1920 by the French painter Georges Groslier.
Your afternoon is dedicated to the dark Khmer Rouge period. Visit Tuol Sleng, a notorious prison, which used to be a school but turned into Cambodia’s largest centre of detention and torture by Pol Pot’s security forces. Choeung Ek’s Killing Fields are just as infamous as Tuol Sleng Prison, as this is the location where over one million Cambodians were killed and buried between 1975 and 1978 by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Today, you drive to Kampot Province and visit Cambodia’s biggest zoo – Tamao Mountain Zoo – along the way. This 1.200-hectare zoo is home to a wide variety of animal species and is more a wildlife rescue centre than an actual zoo. More than 1.000 animals and numerous exotic birds and reptiles have found a safe refuge in Tamao Mountain Zoo, far away from poachers and illegal wildlife traffickers.
Later today you arrive in the French ghost town Bokor, silent witness of a former French colony built for wealthy French colonists as an escape from Phnom Penh’s heat and humidity. Wander around and visit the famous but abandoned casino at the top of the mountain, the impressive old Catholic church and various colonial buildings. If the weather is good enough, you can enjoy amazing sea views of Southern Cambodia’s Islands and the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc from the top of Bokor Mountain.
Tonight, you spend the night in a hotel on Bokor Mountain.
Day 4: Kampot – Kep
After breakfast, you drive down Bokor Mountain to visit the local market with its many fresh fruit and vegetables in the nearby Kampot town.
Next stop is the seaside village Kep, facing Bokor National Park and Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island. Just like Bokor, Kep was founded as a colonial retreat and is most famous for its breathtaking sunsets and exquisite seafood. Check out the renowned crab market and some of Kep’s nearby beautiful caves.
After your check-in at your hotel in Kep, you can wander around town, visit the local market, chill at the beach or relax at the hotel’s pool.
Day 5: Kep – Tonsay Island
In the morning, you take the boat to Koh Tonsay, also named Rabbit Island, because of its – vague – resemblance to a rabbit. Koh Tonsay has amazing white sandy beaches and is the perfect place for swimming and spotting corals, sea animals and plants. At the 250 meter long main beach you can taste more of the delicious seafood or lounge around on raised bamboo platforms.
You return completely relaxed to Kep in the evening.
Day 6: Kep
You can further discover Kep at your own pace or relax at the white sandy beach.
Day 7: Kep – Phnom Penh
After breakfast, you have some free time before your transfer back to Phnom Penh.
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Udong – Battambang
Today’s destination is Battambang, Cambodia’s second-largest city and capital of Battambang Province. It is a friendly and relaxing city, known for its various colonial buildings.
Along the way, you visit Udong, located at the base of Udong Mountain and Cambodia’s capital for over 250 years. Udong was founded in 1601 by King Srei Soryapor and served as a royal residence for many kings after him, but was abandoned by King Norodom in 1866 in favor of Phnom Penh.
After your stop at Udong, you also visit a local pottery factory in Kampong.
Check-in at your hotel in Battambang.
Day 9: Battambang – Phnom Sampov – Phnom Banan Temple
After breakfast, you go to Phnom Sampov and visit the pagoda and natural caves on top of this 100m high hill.
The Phnom Banan temple is also located on top of a hill near the Steung Sangke river. Although not as well preserved as Phnom Banan, Ek Phnom Temple and Wat Ek Phnom still play a very important role in the local community’s life.
The day ends with a fun packed bamboo train adventure or “nory” as the Cambodians call it.
Day 10: Battambang – Banteay Chmar – Siem Reap
In the morning, you visit Battambang’s ancient houses and colonial buildings before leaving for the forgotten temple of Banteay Chhmar. This 800-year-old impressive temple is a precious link to the heritage of the Khmer people.
From Banteay Chhmar, you are driven to Siem Reap, the capital of Siem Reap Province in Northwestern Cambodia and gateway to Angkor. Here you can relax at the hotel pool or wander around the Old French Quarter and the Old Market.
Day 11: Tonlé Sap – Roluos
Today you discover the great lake of Tonlé Sap. Here you visit Kampong Phluk, a floating village where people live in their stilted houses on the fringes of the lake.
From Kampong Phluk you go to Roluos, where you find some of the earliest built structures by Khmer as Roluos was the very first capital of Khmer civilization.
From Roluos a 30-minute ox-cart trip takes you to the primary school while you get to enjoy the scenery and the typical houses.
You end your day with a dinner at the hotel and an Apsara dance performance, compulsory for every visit to Cambodia.
Day 12: Angkor complex, world heritage site
Breakfast is served early today as you are heading out for a magnificent sunrise over Angkor Wat – the biggest religious construction in the world – and the Angkor Thom complex. Marvel in the splendour of this ancient city while exploring the Bayon Temple with its giant smiling faces.
The visit ends with a walk to the Ta Prohm Temple; a temple kept in its “natural state”. Overgrown by trees and roots, this temple got world famous after its appearance in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie.
Day 13: Kbal Spean – Banteay Srei
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, you are driven to Kbal Spean. This archeological site is commonly known as “Valley or River of a Thousand Lingas”. On this site you can find many stone carvings depicting the several Hindu gods such as Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.
In the afternoon you visit the beautiful 10th-century Hindu temple complex of Banteay Srei, followed by a visit to the local market of Banteay Srei Village.
Tonight is your last night in Siem Reap.
Day 14: departure
After your last breakfast on Cambodian soil, you have some free time before your transfer to Siem Reap International Airport.
Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
English speaking guide
All entrance and sightseeing fees
Dinner with cultural performance
Ground transport for tours and transfers
All sightseeing and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
Two bottles of drinking water per day during day tours
Insurance: we strongly advise taking a travel insurance
Tipping for tour guide and driver
All international and domestic flights and related expenses
Lunch and dinner
Cambodia tourist visa
Anything not specified in the inclusive list
What to bring
Best time to visit
Cambodia has an “easy” climate compared to other Asian countries. Despite having two different seasons, travelers can visit Cambodia all-year-round.
There are two weather seasons – a dry season (October to April) and a wet season (May to September).
March until June are usually the hottest months of the year with temperatures up to 35°C. The coolest months of the year are between October and December, with average temperatures of 25°C.
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