“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 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 cozy 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.
Enjoy Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city on the banks of the mighty Mekong and home to the glistening peaks of the Royal Palace, silver pagoda and the notorious Tuol Sleng prison.
The final destination of your tour is Sihanouk Ville, where you can enjoy the best of Cambodia’s white-sand beaches. 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, you are welcomed 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: Siem Reap – Main Shrine – Artisan D’Angkor – Angkor National Museum (B)
- After breakfast you will visit the local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple and the Artisans D’ Angkor which focuses on training unschooled rural youth in traditional handicraft skills. Here you can discover traditional Cambodian handicraft skills and observe the artisans at work. Ancient techniques are still practiced here such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting.
- Next you will visit the Angkor National Museum. The museum offers a comprehensive collection of Cambodian artifacts showcasing the origins of Khmer art, culture, and architecture.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour (B)
- To avoid the big crowd, you will have early breakfast and start your tour at 07.30am.
- Pay a visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
- Continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
- After lunch you continue to explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. 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: Siem Reap – Walking Village – Tonle Sap Lake (B)
- After breakfast, you will be transferred to Krabei Riel Village where will enjoy walking and ride an ox-cart to witness the daily life of the villagers.
- You will discover the great lake of Tonlé Sap and visit a floating village where people live in their stilted houses on the fringes of the lake.
- In the afternoon you will return to your hotel in Siem Reap
Day 5: Siem Reap – Beng Mealea – Monk Blessing (B)
- After breakfast you will visit Beng Mealea Temple. Located 65km from Siem Reap, it is a pleasant 1 hour drive through the Cambodian countryside to reach the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style by King Suyavarman II in the early 12th century, Beng Mealea preceded and may have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat.
- Transfer back to Siem Reap. You will visit Wat Damnak Pagoda one of the most beautiful pagodas in town. Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony, performed by local monks that reside at the temple.
Day 6: Siem Reap – Battambang (B)
- 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.
- The journey will take about 3 hours and will lead you through remote villages which will enable you to see the lifestyle of local people, rice paddy fields and local animals. Along the way we will visit Wat Ek Phnom.
- Check-in at your hotel in Battambang.
- In the afternoon we will explore the city center of Battambang
Day 7: Battamang – City Tour (B)
- Breakfast at hotel, walk around the premises with your guide and continue to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River, which is home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes and tropical fruit farms. This is a great opportunity to taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruits available in the region.
- Visit the well preserved 11th century Angkorian temple of Prasat Phnom Banan, located atop a hill bearing the same name. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views of the surrounding countryside.
- End the day with a visit to Phnom Sampeau, which is a massive limestone outcrop that is dissected by a number of caves some of which are more accessible than others. Some caves contain unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history. Every evening at nightfall, thousands of bats make their way out of caves in the hillside to feed before returning at dawn. This natural phenomenon really is a “must see” for the visitor.
Day 8: Battambang – Phnom Penh (B)
- Today you drive to Phnom Penh. You head north and along the way, we will visit Kampong Luong which is a silversmith village and the beautiful small riverside town of Kampong Chhnang.
- Next, 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.
- Check into your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 9: Phnom Penh – City Tour (B)
- The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh.
- Visit for example the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the National Museum, Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country.t
Day 10: Phnom Penh – Weaving Village and Mekong Islands (B/L)
- After breakfast, you will transfer along the riverside and then cross the Mekong River to Koh Dach Island. The island is famed as an important silk weaving center. The handicraft production is one of the most famous attractions. The commune of Koh Dach involves 5 villages, known as Koh Dach, Kbal Koh, Lvea, Chong Koh and Neah village.
- Picnic lunch will be provided on the site and after lunch, we continue to visit the Khmer Traditional houses, local family and return to Phnom Penh city around 4 pm.
Day 11: Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville (B)
- After breakfast, you will transfer to Sihanouk Ville with driver only. Upon arrival, you check in hotel and free by your own.
Day 12: Sihanouk Ville – Free Day (B)
Day 13: Sihanouk Ville – Free Day (B)
Day 14: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
- After your last breakfast on Cambodian soil, you have some free time before your transfer to Phnim Penh International Airport.
- Private tour
- Accommodation based on twin share
- English speaking guide
- All transfers and land tour with A/C vehicle
- All sightseeing and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
- Cold water and towel during the trip
- 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
- Mundooz voucher
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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