Day 1: Arrival (Siem Reap)
You will be met at the airport in Siem Reap by our representative, who will transfer you to your hotel before running through your trip details with you. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Day 2: Floating Villages Tour (Siem Reap)
An early start will see us departing for Kampong Phluk, where you can visit some of the floating villages of Cambodia as well as the beautiful flooded forest. Pause at the Rolous Market before stepping on to a boat to visit Kampong Phluk village. On the way we will pass an island pagoda and schools and houses standing on 8-10m stilts. We’ll then stop for lunch in the village before learning more about village life and then continue to explore the flooded forest and take a brief ride to the famous Tonle Sap Lake. We’ll then return you to your hotel where you can spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Angkor Temples (Siem Reap)
Your guided tour of the Siem Reap temples will begin with the most famous of the Angkor temples, the stunning Angkor Wat. Your guide will begin by unravelling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. We’ll then continue to Ta Prohm temple which has been left exposed to the elements and as you will see is now almost being reclaimed by nature.
In the afternoon we’ll continue to explore the Angkor temples, with a visit to Angkor Thom, an immense walled city built as an impregnable fortress at the heart of King Jayavarman VII’s kingdom. Here you will see fantastic sights such as the Terrace of the Leper King, the Terrace of Elephants and at the southern end the Baphuon, one of the most beautiful of the Angkor temples. The climax of the day will be the temple of Bayon, which is at the exact centre of Angkor Thom, and almost rivals the beauty of Angkor Wat itself.
Day 4: Cambodian Silk Farm & ‘Smile of Angkor’ (Siem Reap)
This morning we’ll head to a Cambodian silk farm located just outside Siem Reap. Here you will learn all about the Cambodian silk process as well as the techniques used to produce a number of the items. After a little time to browse the silk shop we’ll return to Siem Reap.
You’ll then have the afternoon to enjoy the city or visit the superb Angkor Museum until you are collected for your ‘Smile of Angkor’ evening show. This fantastic stage show is a wonderful way to end your stay in Siem Reap and the buffet dinner offers a wide selection of Asian and some western dishes.
Day 5: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh)
We’ll depart Siem Reap in the morning and head to the capital, Phnom Penh, stopping at Skuon, more commonly known as ‘Spiderville’ along the way. Here, if you dare, you can sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We’ll then continue our journey to Phnom Penh, arriving in the capital in time for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax or explore at leisure.
Day 6: Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour (Phnom Penh)
This morning we begin the day South East Asian style with a Phnom Penh cyclo tour through the city. It’s a completely different experience from the red buses you see in some European capital cities; but one that is definitely more enjoyable. On your Phnom Penh cyclo tour you will pass many of the main sites the capital has to offer; Wat Phnom, the National Library, Central Market, the Royal Palace compound and the National Museum to mention but a few. Should you want to stop on your cyclo tour just tell your driver and you will be able to stop and explore for a while before continuing.
Your tour will end at the river; where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch with a view. The afternoon will be free to spend exploring the Cambodian capital at your leisure.
Day 7: S-21, The Killing Fields & Sunset Cruise (Kep)
Before journeying to Kep we’ll first stop at the infamous Toul Sleng museum (S-21) before moving on to Choeung Ek killing fields in Phnom Penh – located around 17km outside the capital Choeung Ek – Killing Fields is an extremely thought provoking place. After some time to reflect, we’ll continue our journey to Kep and the beaches of Cambodia. (Note: Killing Fields visit can of course be omitted if you prefer.)
We’ll stop for lunch in Kampot and take a pleasant stroll along the river side before being met by a local guide who will take you on a fabulous sunset cruise. Your vessel for this sunset cruise once belonged to the late King Norodom Sihanouk, though now she resembles more of a modest river boat. Once on board you can enjoy a glass or two of icy-cold “Laughing Lizard” Sauvignon Blanc as well as some cheese and crackers as the scenery slowly rolls by. You will even be treated to a seafood BBQ on board as your sunset cruise comes to an end and you return to Kampot and onwards finishing the day in Kep.
Day 8: Koh Tonsay/Rabbit Island (Kep)
Today we’ll travel by boat to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), a beautiful palm-fringed island surrounded by white-sandy beaches. You’ll have the whole day to enjoy the island; take a walk and explore, simply relax on the beautiful beach or enjoy a well deserved massage. In the late afternoon we’ll return to Kep by boat, where you can enjoy the evening in the hotel or wander out for dinner to the local crab market to try some of the local delicacy.
Day 9: Kep to Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville)
This morning we’ll leave Kep behind us and head to along the coast line to Sihanoukville, home to the best beaches in Cambodia. We’ll pass through Kampot where we may stop for some refreshments before continuing our journey. Once we arrive the day will be yours to spend as you wish; either judging for yourself if Sihanoukville really does have the best beaches in Cambodia or perhaps you may prefer to explore the shops on ‘Serendipity Beach Road’.
Day 10: Best beaches in Cambodia (Sihanoukville)
Today will be free for you to enjoy the beaches of Cambodia, or explore the town. If you are feeling active, options which can be arranged include scuba diving or perhaps a fishing trip.
Day 11: Sihanoukville to Koh Kong (Koh Kong)
Today we’ll leave the beach behind and head up towards the Tatai River. It won’t be long before you lose sight of the beaches all together as we head inland and cut through close to the Cardamom Mountain range. Once we arrive at the Tatai River we’ll take a short boat ride to the lovely floating resort which will be your base for the next three nights. Upon reaching the resort the rest of the day will be yours to relax in the idyllic surroundings of what we believe is the perfect way to end a holiday in Cambodia.
Day 12: Tatai Waterfall (Koh Kong)
With its 6 metre drop, Tatai Waterfall is a sight not to be missed, and only a short boat ride past Tatai village. Here you can take a dip in the cool waters before enjoying a picnic lunch and maybe a spot of hydro-massage! If you wish, we can also arrange for kayaking in the afternoon, before returning to your resort in time for dinner.
Day 13: Free Time (Koh Kong)
Today is the last full day of your Cambodian holiday and the choice of what to do is completely up to you. Relax at the resort, take a day trip to the forest or local villages or, if you’re feeling energetic, take the kayaks out and explore the nearby island.
Day 14: Departure, Koh Kong to Phnom Penh
We will transfer you back to Phnom Penh for your flight home.