Days
12
Price from
FR2,115CHF

From the wondrous temples of Angkor to the dark legacy of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is a country that exudes history from every corner. Between Phnomh Penh and Siem Reap, this journey takes you away from the well-worn tourist trails and into the provinces, where the heart and soul of the country is found in smiling Khmer villagers, hidden temples and sun-kissed fields of rice and bamboo. Taste and cook traditional culinary delights, witness farmers on their daily rituals and join Buddhist monks in their sacred blessings on this inspiring 12-day journey.


Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Country
Cambodia
Style
Peregrine
Code
PACE
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
32 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Bond with fellow travellers over dinner at the Friends restaurant, combining an excellent local cause with a memorable dining experience

  • Travel to Kampot, where an unforgettable sunset river cruise is only the beginning. Wander the surrounding countryside, visit the Kampot Pepper Project, stop by a 7th-century cave temple and stroll along Kep Beach

  • Discover local tastes and sights in rural Battambang on a remork (motor-rickshaw) ride. As dusk descends, watch in awe as fruit bats emerge from a limestone cave for their nightly feeding frenzy

  • Join monks in their sacred water blessing ritual, burning incense and offering lotus flowers, in a working monastery in Siem Reap

  • Witness the magic of Angkor, the legendary Khmer temple complex. A full day at the site allows for in-depth viewing of marvels such as the Bayon, Ta Prohm and the incredible Angkor Wat

  • Meet the locals of a farming village outside Siem Reap. After strolling through the rice fields and learning about traditional Cambodian stilt homes, visit a lookout point to see the sun set over the plains, cocktail in hand

Is this trip right for you?

  • The bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge is a painful but important part of Cambodian history to confront. If you would rather not visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, simply let your leader know.

  • You will visit a number of temples on this trip, and this requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • It’s important to prepare for hot and sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather.

  • Please note sometimes the order of your included activities in Siem Reap may change due to weather, season or other factors. The changes are made to give you the best possible experiences and to get you to the places at the best time. Your leader will advise of any changes to the order of your included activities on day one at your group meeting.

Itinerary

Sua s'dei. Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You'll be transferred to your hotel – check with hotel reception for more information about your important group meeting this evening. If you have free time in the afternoon, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh and explore the city, taking in the interesting French colonial architecture. The National Museum, with its collection of classic Khmer craftsmanship, is well worth a visit. Dinner tonight will be at the restaurant run by the Friends organisation. You might decide to go for a drink at the Foreign Correspondents' Club afterwards. 

Notes: The restaurant run by the Friends organisation is closed on public and school holidays. Alternative dinner arrangements will be made at these times.
Accommodation
  • Patio Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Drive south along National Road 2 in a private mini van through the town of Takeo towards Kampot, one of Cambodia's most attractive old towns, (approx travel time is 4 hours), . Arrive in Kampot, where the afternoon is free for your own relaxation – perhaps enjoy some coffee on the riverfront. Then, in the late afternoon, you will take off on a local river boat up the Kampot River. See fishing boats returning home and people’s daily life on the banks of the river. As the sun sets over the Elephant Mountain Range, the engines will be turned off so the sounds of rural Cambodia can be enjoyed. As you head back to town you may be lucky enough to see fireflies in the bushes lighting up the night sky.
Accommodation
  • Kep Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampot - Sunset cruise
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chisor - USD2
  • Kampot - Tamao Wildlife Santuary - USD2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a day out in the countryside. You will visit the Kampot Pepper Project and learn why Kampot pepper has been acknowledged by international chefs as the world’s best. Also visit the Kampot salt field, the only salt field in Cambodia. A short walk through the rice fields, and a climb, provides a lovely outlook over the surrounding countryside. A few steps later and you enter the mouth of Phnom Chhnork limestone cave which has a small 7th-century brick temple inside it. You will also enjoy a walk along the beach at Kep, and explore the old buildings near the ocean front. The town was Cambodia's most popular and prestigious beach town from the early 1900s until the 1960s. During the Khmer Rouge years many of Kep's mansions and villas were destroyed but the ghostly remains of many still stand as a silent reminder.
Accommodation
  • Kep Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhnork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Traditional massage - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy free time in the morning. You might like to explore further, or simply relax and unwind. After lunch, return to Phnom Penh by private van (approximately 4 hours).
Accommodation
  • Patio Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Confront Cambodia's tragic past today with 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. You will also 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, the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time before an included cyclo ride through the city streets in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Patio Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private bus through the countryside to Battambang (approximately 4.5–5 hours). There will be stops along the way to see local pottery-making and silversmithing. You will also gain an insight into claypot making in Kampong Chhang en route. 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.
Accommodation
  • Battambang Resort or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Battambang - Cooking Class - AUD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travelling by remork (Cambodian tuk-tuk), explore the beautiful surrounding countryside of Battambang today. Stop along the way to visit the village of Wat Kor. The village is known for its historic stilted wooden houses some of which pre-date French colonial times. The large wooden floor boards are shiny from generations of feet walking across them and the owner’s small collection of antiques and agricultural tools paint a picture of Cambodia in the early 1900s. Then it's off to see some small cottage industries producing rice paper, dried banana, sticky rice cooked in bamboo, and fish paste (Cambodia’s equivalent of vegemite or marmite). In the afternoon there is the option of riding the historic Bamboo Train. Also visit Prasat Phnom Banan Winery, Cambodia’s first winemaking enterprise, and perhaps enjoy a tasting. Nearby, a modern temple, Wat Bai Dom Ram, is interesting to visit for the large fruit bats that hang from a great tree at the entrance. There is often a bat at the cave around sunset.
Accommodation
  • Battambang Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Banon winery tour & wine testing
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Battambang - Bamboo Train - USD10
  • Battambang - Artistic Social Centre - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive from Battambang to Phnom Penh by private minivan (approximately 4 hours). After a break for lunch we head out to visit a farming community near the Tonle Sap lake. Meet locals, see the traditional Cambodian stilt homes, hear about daily life, walk around the fields and see the growing of rice and other crops (season depending), watch the buffalo and cows return to home after work in the fields, and, finally, enjoy a drink at a scenic lookout point as the sun sets over the gorgeous countryside.
Accommodation
  • Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Countryside village walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend a full day among the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece. The famous Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure, whereas Ta Prohm, with trees embedded in its stone structure, has a different kind of beauty. For lunch today, enjoy a meal prepared by students at the Sala Bai Hotel School. In the evening, attend a performance of Phare, the Cambodian Circus, a riveting way to end the day.

Notes: The Sala Bai Hotel School is closed on public holidays and school holidays. On these days, an alternative restaurant will be used.
Accommodation
  • Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Phare Cambodia Circus Ticket
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Explore the Angkor complex some more in the morning. After lunch travel out of town to a working Monastery to learn more about the life of a Monk and Theravada Buddhism. Buddhism in Cambodia is a way of life that most local people incorporate into their daily life, and monks and local people welcome you to learn more about meditation and spirituality. During this activity you will meet the Monks and hear about their daily life and why they joined the Pagoda, make merit by burning incense and offering lotus flowers, enjoy a sacred water blessing for good luck and prosperity, receive a red band around your wrist to keep you safe in your travels, and see the pagoda art depicting the life of Buddha and his teachings. The day's activities conclude with a cooking class – a great chance to learn a few Khmer kitchen secrets.
Accommodation
  • Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out
  • Siem Reap - Buddhist Monastery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
In the morning, visit Angkor Children’s Hospital Friends Centre. The hospital was founded in 1999 through the efforts of acclaimed photographer Kenro Izu. It helps treat poor children in Siem Reap and surrounding provinces as well as providing training for health professionals from all over Cambodia. The Friends Centre features rotating art and photography exhibitions as well as the work of founder Kenro Izu. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before an included group dinner in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Children's Hospital Visitor Center
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an end today, with no further activities planned.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Mini Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Resort (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kampot - Sunset cruise
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhnork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour
  • Banon winery tour & wine testing
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
  • Siem Reap - Countryside village walking tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Phare Cambodia Circus Ticket
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out
  • Siem Reap - Buddhist Monastery visit
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Children's Hospital Visitor Center

Reviews

Our Cambodia In Depth trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 32 reviews in the last year.

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available for every night on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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