Delve deep into the history, culture, and landscapes of Cambodia. From quaint fishing villages along the scenic coastline to offbeat destinations brimming with French colonial influence, the crown jewel of Angkor Wat, and the abode of the Gods in Preah Vihear, discover the country in-depth on this custom Cambodia tour.
Phnom Penh offers a heady mix of bustling city life and a sincere cultural experience. It’s a harmonious blend of the past and present, tempered with delicious Khmer and French cuisine.
Highlights of Phnom Penh Explore the finest examples of Khmer architecture with this marvellous city tour. The Royal Palace is a grand building overlooking a tranquil plaza and still houses Cambodia’s royalty, King Sihamoni. On the south side of the palace lies the Silver Pagoda, which is aptly named as it has been crafted out of 5,329 solid silver tiles. Wander along to Wat Preah Keo Morakot, the Buddhist temple where Royal ceremonies are performed, or Wat Phnom, the namesake of the city. You can also visit The National Museum, which houses many fascinating and historical relics, and King Ang Duong Stupa, the burial site of King Norodom Sihanouk, the 20th century monarch. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively.
Half Day Tour of Killing Fields Situated 17km from Phnom Penh, Cheung Ek became famous by the movie ‘The Killing Fields’, a graphic depiction of the horrors that took place. Now, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves dotting the area, are a journey into Cambodia.
Kep is a quiet beach town in Southern Cambodia, located on a rugged but scenic coast with a small stretch of sand enveloped by mangrove forests.
Sea-to-Table at Kep Crab Market Savor a meal to remember at the seaside town of Kep, located on Cambodia’s southern coast. The Kep Crab Market is a bustling seafood market and the fresh crab vending that goes on here is fascinating to watch and participate in. On the side of the market that adjoins the sea, you’ll catch sight of vendors casting crab cages into the water. This is about as fresh as it can get! You can choose your crabs right there – as the crab vendor hauls up his catch. Watch the crabs get cooked over woodfire on the other side of the market. Dig into the fresh, sweet meat of crabs right in the middle of the market, enjoying them with side dishes such as a chilli dip, or rice and papaya chutney. You could also go truly local and eat your crabs Cambodian style, using your hands to take them apart – a messy but immensely satisfying affair. For a slightly more elegant but no less satisfying culinary experience, pick from a row of restaurants located right next to the market for fresh seafood and crab delicacies on offer. Choosing one with a terrace will give you sweeping views of the sun, sand and sea. Afterwards, indulge your sweet tooth with coconut waffles with mango and pineapple from the many waffle vendors in the market. (Half Day, Time of Day: Afternoon or Evening, 1200 hrs or 1900 hrs; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy)
Bask in the relaxed charm of Kampot! Nestled deep in the south of Cambodia, the many historical buildings of this city offer insight in a bygone era of French colonialism.
Salt Fields and Pepper Farm Visit Spice up your day with visit to the Starling Pepper Farm and learn how the region’s most popular product is grown and processed. Spend a fruitful time at the farm learning more about the best climate and soil for growing the plant, the way it is harvested and its historical reach across the globe. Savor a delicious afternoon meal generously prepared by your farm hosts, with rich aromatic Kampot pepper. Share the table with your local hosts and farm hands, learning more about all things peppery! What Kampot is really famous for, is its salt fields. Visit the Cambodia Salt Production Centre just outside of Kampot, set right on a salt field. Learn how salt crystals are processed from seawater, the best times for production (not during the rains!), and how the salt factory finally prepares and packages this essential food product throughout the land, discovering the fascinating history and heritage of the region in the process. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Kratie, pronounced kra-cheh, is one of four provinces in northeastern Cambodia. Located far enough away from popular destinations to attract the crowds, due to its relatively remote location, it is an interesting spot if you are looking for some tranquility.
Dolphin Spotting at Kratie After a hearty breakfast, set out to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River. Drive down to the river for a guided private boat ride across the waters to watch the dolphins at play in their natural habitat. Besides the nearly 60 dolphins that inhabit these waters, you are likely to spot some rare birds. Get glimpses of the locals casting their fishing nets, selling their wares in the market, or pursuing a game of football. Step off the boat to explore the former colonial town of Kratie, known for its beautiful promenade and buildings which are remnants of the French era. Enjoy the seaside feel of the town as you amble through the local market. Drop into one of the many small bars and pubs that line the street before heading back to your hotel. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy)
Rattanakiri, situated atop the northeast plateau, is a ‘lost paradise’ in one of the least visited remote areas of Cambodia.
Chasing Waterfalls in Ratanakiri After breakfast, drive about half an hour to visit two of the most beautiful waterfalls around Banlung in the Cambodian highlands. First, making your way up to the parking lot lined with food and souvenir stalls, visit the Ka Chanh waterfall. Traversing the lush surroundings on foot, pass by smaller falls, and descend via a wooden staircase to reach the main cascade. Cross the river on a bamboo suspension bridge, and taking in the sights, relax on large boulders or hammocks. After lunch in the shaded picnic area or at a local restaurant, continue towards your next stop a couple of miles away. Past dirt trails flanked by wooden shelters and cashew plantations, arrive at Katieng waterfall, named after local hill tribes. You may spot domesticated elephants amid the surrounding settlements, and get a chance to feed them fruits. Cool off under the midday sun, admiring the interesting cave formations around this waterfall, before returning by late afternoon. (Full Day; Time: 0800 hrs; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Adventure travel insurance and Malaria medication mandatory. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes)
The Preah Vihear province is home to three of the most important legacies of the Angkorian era – the Prasat Preah Vihear Temple, the 10th century capital of Koh Ker and the relatively isolated Preah Khan temple.
Visiting the Gods at Prasat Preah Vihear Waking up early, set out for the 11th century of Prasat Preah Vihear, perched atop the remote Poy Tadi clifftop of the Dangrek Mountains in northern Cambodia. After a walk up a flight of steep stone stairs flanked by forests, terraces, mythical animal statues, and occasional military posts, begin to explore the Angkorian temple complex dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva nestled amid lush gardens. Learn about the ancient history of this UNESCO World Heritage site as you stroll around the ruins. Designed to represent Mount Meru, marvel at the expansive complex spread across four levels and five ornate gopuras (pavilions), featuring magnificent courtyards, exquisite carvings, and dramatic reservoirs leading up to the main sanctuary. Enjoy spectacular panoramas of the misty Cambodian plains and the holy Phnom Kulem mountain across the Thai border, especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset. (Full Day; Time: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
Siem Reap is a most marvellous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation.
Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples Discover the important temples within the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park on this fascinating tour. Soak in the gorgeous views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple complex that comprises five spectacular towers and a vast gallery. Stroll to the imposing Angkor Wat temple, a fine example of Khmer architecture, built in the 12th century. At sunrise and sunset, you can see a surreal reflection of this temple in the nearby pool of water! After exploring this gorgeous temple, make your way to the walled city of Angkor Thom where you can find the splendid Bayon temple and other monuments. Saunter on to the Ta Phrom temple that sits tucked within huge fig and silk cotton trees and is known as the jungle temple. Capture stunning images of the ancient ruins with trees growing out, the most distinctive feature of this site. (Full Day; Time: 0700 hrs; Private Activity and Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please dress appropriately for temple visits.)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Phnom Penh: Highlights of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh: Half Day Tour of Killing Fields
Kep: Sea-to-Table at Kep Crab Market
Kampot: Salt Fields and Pepper Farm Visit
Kratie: Dolphin Spotting at Kratie
Ratanakiri: Chasing Waterfalls in Ratanakiri
Preah Vihear: Visiting the gods at Prasat Preah Vihear
Siem Reap: Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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