“Roundtrip Cambodia” in 10 days. Charming Siem Reap, on the edge of Tonlé Sap, is the ideal departure point to learn more about Khmer culture and its many mysterious temples. Be blown away by the sunrise at the Angkor complex and explore what Cambodian life is like in and around Tonlé Sap.
Battambang, Southwest of Siem Reap, is an authentic and laid-back riverside town with numerous cosy cafes and colonial architecture buildings to admire. Have an unforgettable time on the bamboo train, one of the world’s classic rail journeys. Battambang too has some amazing temples that are definitely worth a visit, like Phnom Banan and Ek Phnom.
The final destination of your trip in Cambodia is 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.
Come and discover Cambodia, the former Khmer empire, where people are generous with their smiles!
Day 1: arrival in Siem Reap
At Siem Reap International Airport, your are welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day you are free to discover Siem Reap at your own pace.
Day 2: Bantey Srei – Bantey Samre – Taphrom
After breakfast, you start your day with a visit to the Bantey Srei Temple. This 10th century “Jewel of Khmer Art” was constructed in red sandstone and is famous for its decorative wall carvings.
Next stop is the Banteay Samré Temple, a Hindu temple that gives you a good impression of the Angkor Wat building style.
You finish the day with a trek to the Taphrom Temple, a temple preserved in its “natural state”, overgrown with trees and branches and probably the best-known temple due to its appearance in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie.
Day 3: sunrise at the Angkor complex
Breakfast is served early today, as you are heading out for a magnificent sunrise over Angkor Wat, the biggest religious construction in the world. Take your time to discover the fascinating history of this wonderful place.
You go back to the hotel, where you can rest before your afternoon visit to the Angkor Thom complex. Marvel in the splendor of this ancient city while exploring the Bayon and Baphoun Temples and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King.
Day 4: Kulen Mountain
This 7-hour day trip starts with a 50 km drive. Get ready to soak up the sacred atmosphere of Kulen Mountain and dive into the history of the great Khmer empire and the beautiful nature. Your guide takes you to all the different sites and introduces you to Hindu religion.
Day 5: Tonlé Sap – Beng Mealea – Siem Reap
Today you discover the great lake of Tonlé Sap and visit Kampong Klreang, a floating village where no less than 20.000 people live in their stilted houses on the fringes of the lake.
The day ends with a visit to the temple of Prasat Beng Mealea. Although not as big as the Angkor Wat Temple, this temple is still considered as one of the larger ones built during the reign of King Suryavarnan II.
You spend the night at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap – Battambang
Today you leave Siem Reap and drive to the beautiful province of Battambang. On the way, you stop at a Khmer silk factory.
After check-in at your hotel, you discover the city by night. Stroll along the Steung Sangke River and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the colonial buildings.
Day 7: Phnom Sampov and Phnom Banan Temple
After breakfast, you go to Phnom Sampov and visit the pagoda and natural caves on top of this 100-meter high hill.
The Phnom Banan temple is also situated 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 8: Battambang – Udong Mountain – Phnom Penh
Time to give your legs a break during the drive to Phnom Penh. Along the way, you visit a local pottery factory in Kampong Chnang and stop at Udong Mountain, which was the capital during the reign of King Srey Soriyopore.
Check-in at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 9: Phnom Penh
After breakfast, you explore 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 on your program is the Musée des Beaux Arts. The museum was designed in Khmer style in 1920 by the French painter Georges Groslier.
Your afternoon is dedicated to the dark Khmer Rouge period, with a visit to Tuol Sleng prison and the Killing Fields where over one million Cambodians were killed and buried.
Day 10: Departure
After your last breakfast on Cambodian soil, you have some free time before your transfer to Siem Reap International Airport.
Accommodation based on twin share
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
2 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 & 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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Great tour if this is your first visit to Cambodia, as it gives you a pretty good impression of the different things to see and do in this beautiful country. My personal favorite was charming Battambang, although Angkor Wat was quite impressive too. In short: great tour, great organization and great fun!