Discover the lesser known delights and hidden jewels of Cambodia on this tour. Unearth the magic of quaint provincial life, walk in rolling grasslands and pine forests, and spot the playful dolphins of the Irrawaddy. Learn the fascinating customs of indigenous people and end your Cambodia vacation on the dreamy beaches of Sihanoukville.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Siem ReapAngkor Wat Temple Complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tonle Sap Lake, Khmer Architecture, Rice FieldsHillocks Hotel & Spa, Shinta Mani Shack
4 - 5Kompong ThomSambor Prei Kuk, Prasat Andet Temples, Rice PaddiesSambor Village Hotel
5 - 7KratieColonial architecture, Irrawaddy dolphins, Traditional villagesRajabori Villas Resort
7 - 9MondulkiriEastern Highlands, Wildlife conservation areas, Bunong peopleMayura Hill Resort, Mayura Hill Resort
9 - 11Phnom PenhCambodia’s Capital, Royal Palace, Riverside Promenade, Colonial ArchitectureFrangipani Royal Palace Hotel, Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
11 - 13KampotColonial Architecture, River cruise, Bokor National ParkKampot Diamond Hotel
13 - 17SihanoukvilleNew Cambodian City, Densely Forested Mountain Ranges, White Sandy BeachesTamu Hotel, Sokha Beach Resort
17 - 17Phnom PenhCambodia’s Capital, Royal Palace, Riverside Promenade, Colonial Architecture

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to Hotel

Siem Reap

3 Days

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.

Included Activities

Full Day Tour Of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
Explore one of the seven wonders of the world with a fascinating full day tour of the glorious, ancient and impressive Angkor Wat. This stunning temple complex boasts five magnificent towers and vast gallery complex, with the main attraction being the dominating Angkor Wat, which magically reflects in nearby water at sunrise and sunset. Head onwards to Angkor Thom, a moated royal city in the bayon style of large faces on all sides. Discover Ta Phrom, a quiet and sprawling jungle clad monastic complex engulfed by massive fig and silk cotton trees. With incredible legend of regal feuds and religious overhaul, this temple complex is undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. For this reason, it can sometimes become busy with crowds.

Day Trip To Banteay Srei & Beng Mealea
Discover ancient mysteries! After a hearty breakfast, embark on a pleasant 1.5hr drive through the beautiful Cambodian countryside to reach Beng Mealea – a sprawling temple complex within a dense jungle. One of the most mysterious ruins of Angkor, it is believed to have inspired the famous Angkor Wat. Hike through the temple ruins which sit on an ancient road, and were undiscovered for centuries! Savor a traditional Cambodian lunch and head toward the Banteay Srei Temple or ‘Citadel of Women’ which is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The beautiful architecture, sculpture, and Khmer artwork will give you much insight into the ancient Angkor civilization. Kindly note that this activity is not suitable for wheelchair users, due to lack of access.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Suite
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
RoomPool View Room
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - 5

Drive from Siem Reap to Kompong Thom (150 km, 4 hrs)

Kompong Thom

1 Day

Kompong Thom is a quaint provincial town located at the central point of the Kingdom of Cambodia, en route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. It makes for an ideal base to explore the ancient 7th century temples

Hotel Options
RoomSambor Village Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 7

Drive from Siem Reap to Kratie (320 Km, 6.5 hrs)

Kratie

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Rural Motorbike Ride & Dolphin Spotting Tour (Full Day)
Experience a thrilling motorbike ride to the western bank of Mekong River! This unique activity begins after breakfast when you will venture off the beaten track into rural Cambodia. With the wind in your hair you can observe the paddy fields that make up much of the local landscape, as well as other seasonal crops. You can also witness certain seasonal activities that respect local Khmer traditions from rice whiskey distilling, and noodle making to palm sugar production. You will be welcomed into a local villager’s home where you can share a delicious homemade meal brimming with local specialties and ingredients. After lunch, head to Kampi, where several deep pools are situated and where many of the rare freshwater Irrawaddy river dolphins often congregate to eat. If there’s no luck there, then a Mekong River cruise on a local boat might just give you the opportunity. Viewing is quite common, particularly during the drier season when waters are shallow. After an hour of dolphin spotting, you will drive back to Kratie. (Full Day Private Activity & Transfer, which lasts 7 hours; Fitness Level: Moderate as includes some walking; Travel time to activity: 1 hr from Kratie.)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
Meals
StyleGuest house
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Kratie to Mondulkiri (200 Km, 3 hrs)

Mondulkiri

2 Days

Mondulkiri, otherwise known as a the ‘Meeting of the Hills’, is located within the eastern highlands of Cambodia, and it is not only the country’s largest provinces, it is also the most sparsely populated and boasts a uniquely cool climate – in fact it can get chilly at night.

Included Activities

Bousra Waterfall (Half Day)
Head to Bousra Waterfall, an iconic jungle waterfall that is set within a protected forest, which is home to a diverse array of wildlife! There are three sections to the waterfall: two high stages where the water flows from as high as 20 meters during rainy season, creating a double drop effect, which makes its middle part an ideal bathing and picnic spot. Local vendors sell drinks and snacks for those visiting this natural beauty. Feel the fresh spray as you get closer. If you’re feeling brave, you can even take a dip in the cold water! Nearby is Pichinda, a local Bunong village. The lower stage, which is the fastest, is not easily accessible due to the thick forest that encompasses it and where wildlife lurk. (Half Day, Morning Private Activity & Transfer, which lasts 4 hours; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time; Fitness Level: Moderate as some trekking is required; Travel time to activity: 40 mins drive from Sen Monorom. Please bring sun protection.)

Half Day Visit To Elephant Valley Project
Experience the Elephant Valley Project, a sanctuary for retired captive Asian elephants that cares for them in their natural habitat. This NGO, founded by a pachyderm lover from Britain, has the wellbeing of the elephant at its heart and is unique in its conservation style. You won’t be able to ride or swim with the elephants, or watch them do tricks, however you will get an opportunity to see them interacting with one another and highlighting their more natural behavior! It is up to the elephants if they wish to say hello to their human friends as they forage in their forest and grassland home, and throw dust and mud on themselves! The trained mahouts who take care of the gentle giants are from the local community. Instead of being hand fed, which can create a dependence on the human species and also cause unnatural stress, the elephants are encouraged to graze naturally or eat what is left on the ground for them to eat. (Half Day, Morning Private Activity & Transfer, which lasts 4 hours; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time; Fitness Level: Moderate as some trekking through the muddy forest is required; Travel time to activity: 1 hour drive. Please bring sun protection.)

Half Day Visit To Bunong Tribal Village
Develop wonderful insights into the culture of the indigenous Bunong people of Mondulkiri Province with a delightful half day village tour. Organised by the non-governmental organisation Nomad RSI, its WEHH project ensures this local community improves their livelihoods and benefit from tourism. Your English-speaking local guide will highlight the aspects of the Bunong culture – from history and religion to preserved traditions. You will be taken for a short trek into an ancient Bunong forest. The Bunong people hold a very different culture from that of Cambodia’s Khmer people, particularly with regards to their language and religion. Witness daily life on a Bunong farm and observe the handicrafts that they hold dear. (Half Day, Morning Private Activity & Transfer, which lasts four hours; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time; Fitness Level: Easy; Travel time to activity: 30 mins.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomDeluxe Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 9 - 11

Drive from Mondulkiri to Phnom Penh (300 Kms, 6.5 hrs)

Phnom Penh

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

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.

Hotel Options
RoomRoyal Balcony Suite
MealsBreakfast
RoomRoyal Garden Suite
MealsBreakfast
Day 11 - 13

Drive from Phnom Penh to Kampot (140 km 3 hrs)

Kampot

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
RoomVIP Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 13 - 17

Drive from Kampot to Sihanoukville (95 Km, 2 hrs)

Sihanoukville

4 Days

As a new Cambodian city, Sihanoukville doesn’t have a long history.

Included Activities

Ream National Park Tour (Half Day)
Discover a verdant natural paradise near Sihanoukville. Set out from your hotel in your private vehicle to reach Ream National Park, which is just half an hour away. The park is home to a host of endangered species such as macaques, sun bears, mouse-deer, pangolins and dolphins. Begin your tour of the park at the headquarters, where you can learn some basic information about the history of the park and its inhabitants. Board a small boat with your guide and explore the mangroves within the park. En route, you can climb up a watchtower that offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, as well as the chance to spot several endangered bird species. As you travel over the open waters by boat, soak in the tranquil charm of the park. A picnic lunch will be waiting for you on a stretch of white, sandy beach. In the afternoon, you will return to Sihanoukville. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel Time to Activity: 30 mins, Fitness level: Moderate as it involves some walking.)

Hotel Options
Tamu Hotel – Opt 1
RoomTamu
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomLake Side Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 17 - 17

Drive from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh (230 km, 4.5 hrs)

Phnom Penh

0 Days

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.

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,072 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,283 /person

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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Siem Reap: Full Day Tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
    • Siem Reap: Day Trip to Banteay Srei & Beng Mealea
    • Kratie: Rural Motorbike Ride & Dolphin Spotting Tour (Full Day)
    • Mondulkiri: Bousra Waterfall (Half Day)
    • Mondulkiri: Half Day Visit to Elephant Valley Project
    • Mondulkiri: Half Day Visit to Bunong Tribal Village
    • Phnom Penh: Highlights of Phnom Penh
    • Kampot: Salt Fields and Pepper Farm Visit
    • Sihanoukville: Ream National Park Tour (Half Day)
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • 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
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

Prices may vary depending on currency fluctuations, availability, and your travel dates and preferences.

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17 days $ 4,072 / person

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