On this Cambodia vacation, discover two fascinating jewels of Indochina. Find a beautiful blend of the past and present amid Phnom Penh’s classic buildings, bustling waterfront, and cafe-lined streets. Siem Reap, apart from its creative cultural scene, chic boutiques, vibrant markets, and world class cuisine, is also a gateway to the stunning Angkor Temple complex – one of the world’s best and most-visited UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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.
Silk Island Tour Take a day off from the bustle of city life for a close encounter with life in the back lanes of a pretty island off Phnom Penh. Silk Island, tucked into the tranquil shores of the Mekong, is barely half an hour away from the city. Home to an unusual island couple of Jason and Sopheap, they also act as your guides on the island, and open their homes to guests and visitors. Walk down the streets and alleyways with Sopheap, learning about the many intricate and traditional Khmer arts like lotus folding and noodle making. Interact with the local community, discovering daily life on the island. Sample delectable snacks along the way and try your hand at noodle making from a venerable elder expert in the art! Stop by an old abandoned hotel with Jason, which had grand plans of opening up a zoo. Learn interesting legends about the building and why it never ever opened. You can also try your hand at cooking fragrant Khmer favourites at the couple’s home, before enjoying a delicious luncheon. Spend a leisurely afternoon ambling through the village and perhaps dropping by the local school with gifts of stationery for the children. Learn to make your own hammock, or better still, visit the charming little local pagoda and enjoy an afternoon of enlightening conversation with the resident monks. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring sun hats, sun shades and comfortable walking shoes).
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.
Full Day Tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and 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 onward to Angkor Thom, a moated royal city in the bayon style of large faces on all sides. Discover Ta Prohm, 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 and 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.
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 7 days / 6 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors:
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
All activities as listed:
Phnom Penh: Highlights of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh: Half Day Tour of Killing Fields
Classic Cambodia: Silk Island tour
Siem Reap: Full Day Tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
Siem Reap: Day Trip to Banteay Srei & Beng-Mealea
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