Explore Cambodia’s Royal Palace in the vibrantly growing capital Phnom Penh, and visit a sobering memorial at the Killing Fields, a tragic chapter in history from the 1970s Khmer Rouge era. Spend a few brilliant days on an island resort off the coast from the country’s little-known beach haven, Sihanoukville. Finally, take in the wonders of the Angkor temples, architectural masterpieces which have endured the test of time and stand today as symbols of Khmer civilization, from Angkor Wat itself to the many other incredible temples in the area.

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (GP)
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the evening will be your free time, and you’ll spend the night in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh Orientation (B, L, G)
After breakfast, visit Cambodia’s Royal Palace, which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors, including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the hilltop pagoda Wat Phnom, for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views over the city. Then visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields Memorial, for a sense of the tragedy which befell Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime. Returning to your hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the day free for souvenir shopping, sightseeing or to spend as you wish. You’ll spend the night in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville/Koh Rong Island (B, DP)
After breakfast, drive from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.
Upon arrival, you’ll have time to relax before heading to the pier to board your boat, departing for Koh Rong Island at 14h00, a trip of around 1hr. Upon arrival the hotel staff will greet you and help you check in, and the rest of evening will be your leisure time. An a la cart dinner menu is available at the hotel restaurant, and you’ll spend the night on Koh Rong Island.
Until recently largely overlooked by the tourist trade, Sihanoukville is a revelation. About 240km from Phnom Penh, the city itself is not that attractive, but once you get past the industrial cluster of the deepwater port and head east along the coast, you find four main beaches which get better as you go. By the time you reach Sokha Beach, you find a classic tropical strand – soft white sand, gentle limpid waves and palm trees. Skipping the long first half of Ochheuteal Beach (good, but lined with shanty shelters), you arrive at the top of the Queens Hill promontory with stunning views of seemingly endless beaches in both directions.

Day 4 and Day 5: Koh Rong Island (B)
These two days are your free time to enjoy at leisure! Your accommodation will be on Koh Rong Island.

Day 6: Koh Rong Island/Sihanoukville/Siem Reap (B, DP)
After breakfast, leave Koh Rong Island by speedboat at 11am for Sihanoukville, where you will transfer to Sihanoukville Airport for your flight to Siem Reap (flight schedule to be advised). Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check in.
After time to relax and refresh yourself, you’ll be picked up for an evening performance by ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. The professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) put on an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young Cambodians returning from refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years since the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, presenting a story about Cambodian lives and society. Student performances can still be seen twice weekly in Battambang, but now the circus has arrived in Siem Reap! After the show, return to your hotel and spend the night in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap; Angkor Explore (B, L, G)
Upon meeting your guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the Angkor temples. Whilst some wish to explore as many temples as possible during their stay, others like to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace. Along with including any specific temples on your wish list, with the assistance of your experienced guide, you will be able to dictate the amount of time and the hours of the day you are at the temples. You will spend the night in Siem Reap.
Temples in focus in a day:
Start with Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat – certainly the most famous of all the Angkor temples and, some would argue the most impressive. The temple, built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II, contains three storeys of libraries, galleries and towers surrounded by a thick retaining wall and an imposing moat. Many visitors aim to visit the temple at sunrise to capture one of the most iconic Angkor photos.
Ta Prohm - a temple left in much the same condition as when it was found - creating one of the most photogenic and atmospheric scenes of the entire Angkor site. The roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers can be seen breaking through the walls and stone carvings. Any visit is truly an adventure.
The Bayon - built in the 13th century as the state temple of King Jayavarman VII, standing at the centre of his capital - Angkor Thom. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of huge faces carved into large towers, which rise up to form a central peak. The Bayon sits at the exact centre of Angkor Thom and roads lead to it from each of the city's cardinal points.
Banteay Srei - one of the most unusual and widely recognisable temples of Angkor. Built largely of red sandstone, it is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. All the buildings are miniature in scale and it is this, along with the beautiful carvings, which have made it such a popular temple.
 
Day 8: Siem Reap/Tonle Sap Lake/Departure (B, L, G)
After breakfast, your guide and driver will bring you to visit Tonle Sap Lake. Take a boat ride to a fishing village to observe the local lifestyle. The size of this lake expands by a magnitude of up to six times each year because of the seasonal monsoons. Your next stop is Les Artisans d’Angkor, a workshop that teaches the unique craft of wood and stone carving in the traditional style of classic Cambodian artistry. You can browse a market afterward. Your driver will then transfer you to Siem Reap Airport for your departing flight.
Note: Check in 14.00/Check out 12.00

The prices for this private tour are per person in US dollars
These prices are valid from May 01 until Sept 30, 2017. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.


Number in group

2

3 - 4

5 - 8

9 - 12

13 - 16

*Supplement for single occupancy

Mid-range Category

870

814

732

714

672

264

Superior Category

930

870

786

768

726

322

Deluxe Category

1.147

1.092

1.007

990

948

498



* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Tour price for a single traveller is available on request.

Our prices include:
• Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
• Flight tickets (Economy class): Sihanoukville - Siem Reap, including taxes.
• Speedboat ticket from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Island and vice versa, as mentioned in program.
• Boat cruises as specified in the programme.
• Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
• The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
• Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
• Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
• VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:
• International flight tickets and airport tax.
• Visa stamping fees.
• Dinners, except as specified above.
• Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
• Insurance.
• Surcharges for peak season (if any)

Hotel list for Deluxe standard:
• Phnom Penh: La Rose Boutique Hotel ***** Deluxe room
• Koh Rong Island: Sok San Beach Resort***** Pavilion sea view
• Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (**** Replica French colonial era, with lots of wood and modern amenities, all rooms have balcony - Superior room)
Hotel list for Superior standard:
• Phnom Penh: Aquarius Urban Hotel **** Standard room
• Koh Rong Island: Sok San Beach Resort**** Pavilion garden view
• Siem Reap: Lynnaya Urban River Resort *** Deluxe garden view
Hotel list for Mid-range standard:
• Phnom Penh: V Hotel Phnom Penh *** Deluxe room
• Koh Rong Island: Sok San Beach Resort**** Pavilion garden view
• Siem Reap: Damrei Angkor Hotel *** Deluxe room

Key
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
G = Guide
GP = Guide pick-up
DP = Driver pick-up

 

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