This tour of Cambodia's highlights includes the magnificent Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, bustling capital of Phnom Penh, and turquoise waters of Koh Rong. Enjoy a wooden boat ride from Kompong Khleang to Tonle Sap Lake with sundowners and explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Siem Reap Arrival
Welcome to Cambodia!
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia's real treasure is its people. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, the Khmers have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.
Rise and Shine!
Experience an unforgettable morning riding the back trails among the ruins of the Angkor Kingdom.
View the Angkor temples in the soft light of the morning and ride the hidden trails to avoid the crowds. As the roosters begin to crow, you will be at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, watching the sun rise over the triple towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the monsoon season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, take an unforgettable walk through the temple where the soft light and cool temperatures present Angkor at its best. A short pedal away, a delicious breakfast spread awaits.
With bellies full, ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex and visit some of the best kept secrets and the iconic temples of Bayon, Ta Prom, and the Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, enjoy lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to your hotel in the afternoon.
In the evening, explore the vibrant markets of the city. Overnight.
Kompong Khleang is a remote area dotted with wooden houses on 10-meter-tall stilts surrounded by water in the wet season and on the flood plains of the lake in the dry season. In recent years, it has grown in popularity but still provides an opportunity for an immersive experience.
Start with a visit to a local market, Phsar Thnal Chek. Continue to a local house where you will help prepare lunch and learn about Khmer cuisine in the fishing community.
In the afternoon, enjoy a wooden boat from Kompong Khleang to the Tonle Sap Lake. Both sides of the river are lined by floating houses that look amazing nestled on the great lake. From here you have a picturesque view of the floating house and local way of life. Enjoy a few drinks or sundowners on the boat before returning to Siem Reap.
Evening at leisure and overnight.
Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, Phnom Penh retains its colonial charm and picturesque location the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The bustling capital features beautiful architecture, aromatic street food, endless markets, and monks passing on the streets. This fascinating city with a dark history of war and turmoil is now filled with vibrancy, warmth, and rapid development.
At leisure and overnight.
After breakfast, meet your guide and driver in the morning to visit Wat Phnom, where a 14th century stupa and small pagoda stands. It is the tallest religious structure in the city and the oldest building in Phnom Penh. Then continue to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 under King Norodom, for a glimpse of Khmer architecture. A visit to the Royal Palace also includes a visit to the Silver Pagoda - named after its floor, which is covered with over 5000 silver tiles. Although some 60% of the pagoda's contents were destroyed under Pol Pot's regime, what remains is spectacular. This is one of the best places in all of Cambodia where objects embodying the brilliance of the Khmer civilization can still be viewed.
After the palace, continue to visit the National Museum with its huge collection of Khmer sculpture and artifacts recovered from the ancient Angkor Empire. Lunch will be at the local restaurant.
This afternoon, visit the Tuol Sieng Prison to glimpse the devastating horrors that prevailed during Cambodia's ultra-radical Marxist movement. This excursion may prove distressing for some; however, it is an important piece of Cambodia's recent past. Then, take an excursion to Choeng Ek, also known as the killing fields, located just outside of the city.
Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meals: B/L
Phnom Penh - Koh Rong
In the morning, enjoy the tastes of Phnom Penh. First, visit Pshar Kandal and enjoy some local delights such as Mi Char (fried noodle) Lort Char, Sach kor ang (BBQ beef) with papaya salad, noodle soup, and Nom krok, small traditional snacks made from rice and coconut juice cooked in a clay pan. Continue to Pshar Chas and sample Banh Srung, a small noodle dish with coconut milk and spring roll slices.
After breakfast, walk to Phnom Penh's old French quarter - home to a selection of fine colonial era architecture. Here you will be able to see several Belle Epoque and Art Deco designs.
Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier for your ferry to Koh Rong.
Koh Rong is known for sandy coves and coral reefs. Inland, the dense jungle terrain is dotted with coconut palms and waterfalls.
At leisure and overnight. Meals: B
At leisure to enjoy the island experiences.
At leisure to enjoy the island experiences.
Koh Rong - Phnom Penh and Departure
Today, return to Sihanoukville by ferry and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, connect to your onward flight.
8 nights of hotel accommodations
Meals as outlined
Economy airfare from Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville
Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver as per the itinerary
Comprehensive touring as listed in the itinerary, including a private English-speaking guide and entrance fees to the monuments
Phnom Penh food tour
Private airport transfers with representative
Road/Interstate taxes, fuel surcharges, and parking fees