Cambodia Tours‎ > ‎

Cambodia Adventure Tours


Horse Riding at Siem Reap 3 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 7:44 PM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:06 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap (L/D)
Upon arrival Siem Reap international Airport with morning flight, meet tour guide and transfer to visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphun temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, Drive to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. than visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man's devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world. Dinner at Local restaurant, after dinner at Local restaurant, after dinner at 19.30 visit Phare the Cambodia Circus: Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern. Top of the Siem Reap must do list. This is one piece of entertainment that you just have to add to your nightlife sightseeing schedule. “Amazing vibe and energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth”, Overnight in Siem Reap

overview-of-cambodia

Day 2: Siem Reap (B/L/D) 
After breakfast at the hotel, meet tour guide and accompany to take a trip with local animal (horse) at the happy ranch horse farm. We will take 2-3 hours with horse riding trip to see the country side. Lunch at the local restaurant, in the afternoon, visit Les Artisans D’ Angkor and see their stone and wood carving workshops where the artisans are taught to use traditional Khmer techniques. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh local produce being sold as well as browse the souvenir stalls. Dinner with show will serve at local restaurant, Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 3: Siem Reap departure (B)
After breakfast, free leisure until transfer to airport

Cycling Tour in Siem Reap 3 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:38 AM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:06 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap (L/D)
Upon arrival Siem Reap international Airport meet tour guide and transfer to Lunch at the local restaurant, Excursion to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. Then Visit Les Artisans D’ Angkor and see their stone and wood carving workshops where the artisans are taught to use traditional Khmer techniques. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh local produce being sold as well as browse the souvenir stalls. Dinner at the local restaurant, Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 2: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, Full day tour with Cycling, in the morning: visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphun temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Drive to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man's devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world. Dinner at Local restaurant, Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 3: Siem Reap departure (B) 
After breakfast, free leisure until transfer to airport

Paradise of Photographers, Angkor 5 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:14 AM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:07 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]


Join this tour, you can take shots at the best time of day from the best locations when they are visited at Siem reap.

statue at Bayon temple

DAY 1 - ARIVAL SIEM REAP
Arrive Siem Reap, Pick up and transfer to check in hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 2 - SIEM REAP (B,D)
Early morning, Catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat – it surely is a memorable experience to see the first sunrays slowly appear over the five iconic towers. Breakfast box are requested from hotel. Continue visit Ta Prohm,  Angkor Thom, next stop is Preah Pithu. When back to the hotel stop at the North Gate of Angkor Thom, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. 
Late afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise in a gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom compound while watching a spectacular sunset at Prasat Chroung temple. Drinks and canapés will be available on the boat, as your boat paddles slowly along the ancient moat. 
Evening enjoy a visit to the John McDermott’s Gallery to see his latest photo exhibition. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 3 - SIEM REAP (B)
Early breakfast at hotel,   take boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Visit Kampong Phluck, floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.
Return  Siem Reap, on the road we  visit the Roluos area and explore the surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia: Roluos Pagoda. 
Late afternoon return to Angkor Thom to catch the ‘Golden Hour’at Bayon Temple, in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. 
Leisure at the evening.Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 4 - SIEM REAP (B,L)
After breakfast at hotel, visit the village of Preah Dak to explore the quiet, local market.Continue on to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. 
A picnic lunch will be served in a quiet spot where you can relax for a while.
Afternoon  visit Chau Srei Vibol. The hilltop temple has collapsed upon itself and sees few visitors. Great location for photography! 
Back to Siem Reap. Evening enjoy an Apsara show. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 5 - SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit huge local market of Psar Leu. The food hall and surrounding is full of interesting photogenic sellers and product.  Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

cambodian kids

Tonle Sap lake

cambodian temple

Cambodia In Depth 11 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:12 AM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:07 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

ITINERARY:
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN SIEM REAP (D)
Cambodia In Depth - 10 Days / 9 Nights - itinerary
Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed Temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. Settle in and enjoy some time at leisure to refresh. 
Get a first glimpse of Angkor today at the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the natural beauty on a cow cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. In the contemporary Roluos Pagoda in the vicinity of the monuments, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience! 
Enjoy the spectacular view from above as you depart on a tethered helium balloon flight that will lead you up for an amazing aerial view of Angkor Wat, and other ruins amongst the surrounding jungle and rice paddies glimmering down below. 
A traditional Khmer Welcome dinner will be celebrated for you at The Sugar Palm, set on the terrace of a typical wooden house. 
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 2 - SIEM REAP (B)
After breakfast, discover some of the other main Angkor sites on a leisurely bicycle ride. First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. 
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover some small hidden temples that are rarely visited.
Return to the hotel for a relaxing break during the midday heat. 
Spend the early afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s colorful markets. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created. 
End your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit by local ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk).  The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Sra Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Return to the hotel. 
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 3 - SIEM REAP (B,L)
Cambodia In Depth - 10 Days / 9 Nights - itinerary
Start early to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat – it surely is a memorable experience to see the first sunrays slowly appear over the five iconic towers. After a breakfast at Angkor Café right in front of the monument, explore the famous temple in depth. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. 
Then, travel to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. 
Continue north to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A short 3 km trek up the hill through dense jungle will reward you with excellent views over the plains and the Kulen hills. At the top, be surprised about the “River of 1000 Lingas” with some remarkable stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and other symbols in the river bed. During the raining season, you can enjoy a refreshing bath in the waterfall, which is extremely popular with the local families. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the waterfall. 
On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was trained as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. Transfer back to Siem Reap in the afternoon for some time at leisure. 
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 4 - SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, embark on a private boat that will take you on a fascinating journey across Tonlé Sap Lake to Battambang. You will pass floating villages and flooded forests, portraying life on this body of water that forms Cambodia’s heart. Packed lunch on board. (Duration 6-7 hours). (Note: This boat trip is only possible in the high water period from July to December as water levels are too low during the dry season and transfer times can be extremely long. From January to June alternative transfer by road.) 
Arrive in Battambang and enjoy some rest at the hotel. This afternoon, explore some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Khmer treats. 
Tonight, a special visit awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak. School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts - Phare Ponleu Selpak combines the arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is a success story of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave you with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang! (NOTE: The circus performance is only performed regularly on each Monday & Thursday. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement). 
Dinner this evening at Pomme d’Amour with its inventive menu mixing French and Khmer cuisine.
Overnight in Battambang.

DAY 5 - BATTAMBANG (B)
Spend the morning on a tour that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across the Sangke River to experience Battambang daily life. The tour includes prayers with monks as well as rich explanations of the city’s design and artistic heritage. 
Begin the tour at 7.30 a.m. at the offices of Battambang Bike and get fitted for your bicycle (either a mountain bike or sturdy basket bike). 
Watch a few minutes of film footage which will help you imagine how developed the town was in its heyday. Battambang has passed from Cambodia to Thailand and back again several times in its history and has an excellent collection of early 20th century French colonial architecture that is better preserved and respected than in many other parts of the country. 
A tour of the main market, Psar Nath includes trying a local coffee. Then walk the few metres to the river and cross a couple of minutes on a local boat to the other side of the Sangke River. Visit Wat Povil temple and take the opportunity to pray with the monks (Note: the monks may observe different rituals according to their calendar though can be seen on a daily basis). It is usually possible to accompany the boats back across the river as they begin their morning alms collection. 
Once back on the other side it is time to begin the bike tour. The historic 2.5 Street is visited along with a Thai temple before you arrive at a smaller market. Again time for a coffee or a sugar cane juice. Continue a short distance to Wat Kor Village, known for its many old Khmer heritage houses built around a century ago. Visit one of the best preserved homes. 
Cycle along the river and cross a suspension bridge where only motorbikes and bicycles can pass. On the way back into town there is another short drinks stop before arriving back in the town at approximately 12:45 p.m. 
 
The Battambang Bike
Set up by a Canadian national who is a lover of architecture and cycling know as Jam. The above tour was designed exclusively for Exotissimo though alternatives can be provided such as dedicated architecture or amateur photography rides. All their tours are pay-as-much-as-you-can for Cambodians in order to provoke interest about their history and the city. The long term goal of Battambang Bike is to pass ownership to a Cambodian to provide a substainable and well structured business. 
Take a break back at your hotel. 
In the afternoon head to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers in order to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons as there are no regular trains running any more. The “train” itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform, you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies (depending on season of visit). A true rollercoaster ride without loops!
(Note: the train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently being rebuilt. The long term future of the bamboo train ride cannot be guaranteed. Should the service stop we will arrange alternative sightseeing).
After head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Phnom Sampeau is home to the notorious killing caves, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit…Your visit will last until dusk – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – a nightly spectacular show of nature ! 
Overnight in Battambang.

DAY 6 - BATTAMBANG - PHNOM PENH (B,L)
Depart Battambang for the overland transfer to Phnom Penh (duration 5½ hours not including stops). 
Starting early travel first to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. In a village near Kampong Chhnang, to see the different aspects of pottery making and also experience the production of traditional rice wine. 
Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. The drive passes through many rural villages and pagodas, and you will the temple mountain with its dozens of stupas from afar. Upon arrival at Oudong enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill. 
Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. Your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. Take your time to soak in the magnificent views over the plains below. 
Before heading to Phnom Penh stop to take a look at the spectacular Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Center, also located in Oudong. Your guide can explain more about the school of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) as you tour the center. Don’t forget to see the impressive jade Buddha, the mummified monk and the brightly painted walls telling the story of the Ramayana, the epic Sanskrit poem that decorates many pagodas seen around the country. 
From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach in the late afternoon. Check into your hotel. 
The evening is at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 7 - PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
This morning, you will visit the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. 
First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 
Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! 
For lunch you will be treated to a delicious Khmer meal at Le Lotus Blanc, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. (Note:  Le Lotus Blanc is usually closed during national holidays and for the entire month of April over the Khmer New Year holiday.)
 
Optional: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
This afternoon, gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.
 
Visit the fascinating Russian Market, where you will have ample opportunity to shop for some souvenirs. 
As a contrast pay a visit to the Apsara Arts Association (AAA), a local non-governmental organization created to promote classical and folkloric dance and music. Most of the young students are orphans or from poor families though with the support of AAA are given the opportunity to make a living in promoting Cambodian performing art. Watching the young performers is sure to put a smile on your face as you see the arts being rejuvenated in modern Cambodia! 
Finish the day at Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the city, located on a small hilltop that forms the highest elevation of Phnom Penh. 
Enjoy dinner at the renowned Foreign Correspondents’ Club located on the Riverside. The building is a colonial gem with great views of the confluence of the Upper Mekong, Lower Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Dinner is à la carte with a good selection of both Western and Asian dishes. 
Overnight in Phnom Penh. 

DAY 8 - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE (B)
After breakfast transfer to the beach resort of Sihanoukville (duration 4 hours). Arrive around midday and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 
Overnight in Sihanoukville.

DAY 9 - SIHANOUKVILLE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. 
Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with the optional tour. 
Ream National Park
The park was established in 1993 on a 210 km² area on the Gulf of Thailand that includes thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests and off-shore coral reefs. It's a nature lovers paradise with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys and it is also the habitat of the pangolin. You will be transferred to one of Ream’s most scenic isolated beaches, called Koh Sampouch. A BBQ seafood lunch is included in this shared excursion. 
Overnight in Sihanoukville.

DAY 10 - SIHANOUKVILLE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. 
Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy an optional tour.
Three Islands tour
Take a boat trip departing 9am to explore three islands giving you the chance to snorkel, fish or just rest and relax. At the first stop you will see colorful corals and fishes at the island of Koh Chaluh. At Bamboo Island enjoy swimming with in the clear waters or relax on a long yellow sandy beach with a coral reef. Have a seafood BBQ lunch with cool drinks and fruit on the beach. After an easy walk of 10 minutes to the other side of Bamboo Island before departing to either Koh Tres for some snorkeling or Koh Takiev for some more beach (please advise at the start of the tour which option you prefer). In the afternoon return to Sihanoukville to arrive 4-5pm.
Overnight in Sihanoukville.

DAY 11 - SIHANOUKVILLE - PHNOM PENH - DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. 
This afternoon you will transfer back with driver only to Phnom Penh
 (Note: For an early departure time a supplementary charge will apply)

Tour Fare: Based on request
*** Please contact us to get the best price ***

Inclusive of:

•         Hotel twin/triple sharing with daily breakfast
•         Transfer with private air-conditioned vehicle as itinerary 
•         English speaking tour guide
•         Full board standard meals as per itinerary (B= Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner / Brunch)
•         Drinking water everyday (2 bottles per pax per day)
•         All entrance fees,  excursions as per itinerary
•         Private boat onto Tonle Sap

Exclusive of:

•         International / Domestic flights
•         Visa fees (Philippines/ Indonesian / Malaysian no need visa to Vietnam & Cambodia)
•         Tipping to local guide & driver 
•         Personal expenses (Drink, Porter, laundry, phone calls,..)
•         Travel Insurance
•         Others not mentioned nor specified above
•         Surcharge for Christmas & New Year or National Holidays

Child Policy (Under 12 years old)

+ Charge 50% of adult  price for sharing room with parents without extra bed.
+ Charge 75% of adult  price for sharing room with parents with extra bed.
+ Charge 100% of Adult price for TWN sharing room

Note:

Rate subject to change, please check again when you want to made a booking
Not room blocking yet, subject to available upon booking

Cycling Trekking Kayaking Cambodia Adventure 12 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:08 AM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:13 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

DAY 1 - PHNOM PENH (L,D)
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. 
Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way. 
First of all, you will be treated to a relaxing lunch at Khmer local restaurant the first time. After this break, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. 
First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 
Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! 
Return to your hotel, where you will have some time at leisure. Tonight, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. The restaurant is located in a restored colonial building with an atmospheric garden right in the city centre. 
Overnight in Frangipani Royal Palace.
DAY 2 - PHNOM PENH - KEP (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
Awake to a delicious French breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will leave Phnom Penh in a Southern direction for Takeo Province. From there, you will start your day of cycling with a ride to the charming seaside town of Kep.  
The riding is on tarmac roads through local villages humming with the buzz of day to day life in Cambodia towards the turquoise blue of the Gulf of Thailand. Near the sleepy village of Tani, you will be treated to sweeping vistas of dramatic lime stone hills. Enjoy a local picnic lunch in the shade of a palm tree before moving on. 
Arrive in Kep in the afternoon. Cambodia’s prestigious beach resort of the 1960s is now awakening to its former glory. A fascinating mix of a small calm beaches and reminders of the past glories in the form of derelict villas shade themselves in the undergrowth. 
The last bit you push on up the hill to Veranda Natural Resort with a very distinct Robinson Crusoe feel. Veranda Natural Resort has an unmatched view of the ocean and surrounding islands as you stroll around its multiple platforms you cannot help but be enchanted by the appeal of this tree house like structure. 
In the evening, enjoy a dinner of local and international fare with sweeping sea views at your hotel and relax in the rustic charm of your surroundings.  
Overnight in Veranda resort. 
(Ride up to 95km)
DAY 3 - KEP - REAM NATIONAL PARK - SIHANOUK VILLE (TREKKING) (B,L,D)
After a great breakfast at the hotel, transfer by mini van to the charming riverside town of Kampot (duration 45 mins.) made famous by Parisian chefs for its exquisite pepper then continue the journey to Ream National Park. 
The park was established in 1993 on a 210 km² area on the Gulf of Thailand that includes thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests and off-shore coral reefs. It's a nature lovers paradise with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys and it is also the habitat of the pangolin. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant that offers stunning views of the gulf. 
After lunch, go on a short trek around the base of the mountain through the jungle to a nearby fishing village. Your guide keeps a watchful eye out for notable reptiles, birds and wildlife. 
At late afternoon you will be transfer to Sihanouk Ville to check in at Hotel. 
Enjoy you dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight at Sokha Beach hotel.
DAY 4 - SIHANOUK VILLE - ANDOUNG TEK - CHI PHAT (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
Early morning transfer by mini van to the sleepy roadside town of Andoung Tek (duration 1h). Here we begin the next chapter in our adventure, where a boat man will be waiting to take you 30 km up river through the meandering mangroves to the remote village of Chi Phat (duration 1h). Chi Phat has got one of the last remaining tracts of natural rain forest 
that remains to date in Indochina. The area is prized for its bio-diversity and abundance of wildlife. This unique place is not often visited by tourists but the income provided by tourism directly funds the community development project in the area. After checking into your local home stay and being introduced to your host family, sit back and enjoy a local lunch in the Community Based-Ecotourism (CBET) Office. 
The remainder of the day is packed full of adventure as we set off on our bikes to explore the wilds of Chi Phat. We will explore where nomadic indigenous tribes once roamed the jungle and stumble upon one of their sacred burial sites wedged in the cliff face. Through rivers and over fallen logs up and down challenging terrain from soft and sandy to wet and muddy – this place is a perfect playground for any biking enthusiast of any level. Take in the sweeping vista of the jungle canopy below as you watch the sunset over one of Cambodia’s last great wilderness sites. 
Retire to the rural comfort of your homestay to freshen up before a sumptous dinner provided by the local community at the CBET office. 
Overnight at homestay in Chi Phat. 
(Ride up to 22km)
DAY 5 - CHI PHAT - 4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE (B,L,D)
After waking to the sound of the Khmer village and a satisfying breakfast it is your turn to give back to the community with a tree planting ceremony. 
After a lunch at a local restaurant, the boat man waits for you to re-embark for the journey back down river to Andoung Tek. A short transfer will take you to the starting point of another leisurely boat ride along the mangrove lined river to 4 Rivers Floating lodge where you will stay overnight in a luxurious tent floating on the tranquil river. A culinary delight is already waiting for you for dinner. 
Note: After drop you at 4 river floating lodge our guide will not join the 4 River Floating lodge package and they are waiting to pick up you that pier on Day 7. 
Overnight at 4 Rivers Floating lodge.
DAY 6 - BOAT TRIP TO TATAI WATERFALL (KAYAKING, TREKKING) (B,L,D)
Early coffee in restaurant kayaks upstream the small channel right behind 4 River. Enjoy first-hand the sights and sounds of the jungle as you venture forth into the undergrowth with your camera and experience the beauty of one of the world's largest rainforests. This takes 2-3 hour trek offer a taste of the true jungle, an opportunity to observe small wildlife and have the added bonus of a morning exercise. The climb starts shortly after on a fairly steep path for about an hour. There is a short break in a clearing near the top and you will return just in time for breakfast. Note: There are snakes, scorpions and spiders on the trek; some are poisonous. However animals are shy and avoid human contact. Respect for nature and a live and let live policy are adopted. 
Afternoon, this is a chance for your to sit back and take in the lush and exotic surroundings, or be active and explore the area by kayak. 
Tonight, dinner in lodge and relax in the tranquil surroundings.
Overnight at 4 Rivers Floating lodge.
DAY 7 - 4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE - PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
Enjoy the morning at your leisure before taking a transfer back to Phnom Penh after lunch (duration 5h). Check into your hotel and spend the day at leisure. A delicious Khmer dinner will be served at Romdeng Restaurant. 
Overnight in Frangipani Royal Palace.
DAY 8 - PHNOM PENH - KAMPONG CHAM (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
Following breakfast at our hotel in Phnom Penh, we transfer early by bus heading north on the National road N6 past and beneath an ancient Japanese bright to the pier, we take about 10mn cross the Mekong river by ferry. This morning you will cycle about 60km along the river Cycle through tropical countryside and you will pass many fruit plantation and local village on the way through while you still peddling for the break stop to refresh your energy, Lunch will be at local restaurant. 
Before reach Kampong Thom City you will cross other local ferry to and continue another 30km to finish or you will be transfer by bus to the hotel. 
Overnight at VIP Monorom Hotel 
(Ride up to 90km)
DAY 9 - KAMPONG CHAM - KAMPONG THOM (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
Today after early breakfast you will transfer about 60km to Kampong Thmor village where the team and the bike are ready for you to start your 65km challenge on back road through tropical countryside where the Jungle stretches all the way to foot of the road, passing rubber, cashew nut plantation on the way. After 10km you will pass historical dam as we call 6th January dam that was built in 1978 during Khmer rouge that you will to have a short walk pass this dam about 500mn. We reach bit by bit civilization on this trip and although Kampong Thom is still very much rural Cambodia and the ride will lead us out of town onto quiet inland roads with beautiful views of paddy fields and many local villages with traditional life style.
We will reach Sambor Prei Kuk in late afternoon and if we have time we will visit Sambor Prei Kuk temple by walk. Sambor Prei Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th period and hosts a number of well-preserved temples scattered around the jungle. Small and sandy tracks link the 3 main temples sites in a loop of around 8km. 
From here transfer to hotel to check and freshen up before transfer to dinner. 
Overnight at Sambor villa hotel. 
(Ride up to 65km)
DAY 10 - KAMPONG THOM - SIEM REAP (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
Today we avoid to some of the poorer roads in Siem Reap province by transferring 85km for one and half hours to an ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei, one of the best examples of the remaining 800year old bridges in Cambodia. Continue to transfer another 31Km to Domdek village where the team and the bike are ready for you to start your 66km challenge on back road after through the historic highway connecting the province of Kampong Thom and Angkor Wat. We stop and have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we continue our challenge to celebrate as we reach the finished line, located a short distance from the Western Gate of Angkor Wat in the open field and watch the sun set over the sugar palm trees. Note: This program will allow you to enjoy the cycling challenge but when in the temple area we will not have time to stop and check out the temples, just cycling through.
Tonight, enjoy a celebratory Khmer dinner at Viroth’s, a stylish and comfortable restaurant set in a quiet garden. 
Overnight at Tara Angkor hotel 
(Ride up to 66km)
DAY 11 - CYCLE TO ANGKOR COMPLEX (CYCLING) (B,L,D)
After breakfast at your hotel, we set out to explore the mysterious temples of Angkor for the first time, as you cycle over quiet back-roads to Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. 
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. also not to be missed is the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been left to be reclaimed by nature and feature incredible tree roots breaking through the stone carvings and walls, a fascinating tribute to the power of nature over man and an experience reminiscent of ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’ 
Finish the day at the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. 
You will be there during sunset time, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. 
Transfer back to the hotel. Get acquainted with Khmer cuisine as dinner will be served at Madam Butterfly Restaurant in a beautiful wooden Khmer house. 
Overnight at Tara Angkor hotel 
(Ride up to 40km)
DAY 12 - SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.
“This itinerary may alter due to local conditions, the strength of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your biking or trekking guide will have the final say.”
FORM REQUIREMENTS: Participants in any adventure travel will be required to complete and submit a signed terms and conditions agreement including the voluntary participation, assumption of risk, release from liability and hold harmless provisions.  Where minors are involved, parental or guardian permission may also be required.  Travel documentation will not be released unless these forms are complete and on file with Exotissimo adventures

Cambodia Adventure Tour 18 Days

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:05 AM by Wisata DongTravel   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:12 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

DAY 1 - PHNOM PENH (L,D)

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. 
Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way. 
First of all, you will be treated to a relaxing lunch at Khmer local restaurant the first time. After this break, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. 
First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 
Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! 
Return to your hotel, where you will have some time at leisure. Tonight, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. The restaurant is located in a restored colonial building with an atmospheric garden right in the city centre. 
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 2 - PHNOM PENH - KEP (B,L,D)

Awake to a delicious French breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will leave Phnom Penh in a southern direction for Takeo Province. From there, you will start your day of cycling with a ride to the charming seaside town of Kep.  
The riding is on tarmac roads through local villages humming with the buzz of day to day life in Cambodia towards the turquoise blue of the Gulf of Thailand. Near the sleepy village of Tani, you will be treated to sweeping vistas of dramatic lime stone hills. Enjoy a local picnic lunch in the shade of a palm tree before moving on. 
Arrive in Kep in the afternoon. Cambodia’s prestigious beach resort of the 1960s is now awakening to its former glory. A fascinating mix of a small calm beaches and reminders of the past glories in the form of derelict villas shade themselves in the undergrowth. 
The last bit you push on up the hill to Veranda Natural Resort with a very distinct Robinson Crusoe feel. Veranda Natural Resort has an unmatched view of the ocean and surrounding islands as you stroll around its multiple platforms you cannot help but be enchanted by the appeal of this tree house like structure. 
In the evening, enjoy a dinner of local and international fare with sweeping sea views at your hotel and relax in the rustic charm of your surroundings. 
95km bike.  
Overnight in Kep.

DAY 3 - KEP - REAM NATIONAL PARK - SIHANOUKVILLE (B,L,D)

After a great breakfast at the hotel, transfer by mini van to the charming riverside town of Kampot (duration 45 mins.) made famous by Parisian chefs for its exquisite pepper. From here, start today’s cycling to Ream National Park.  
The park was established in 1993 on a 210 km² area on the Gulf of Thailand that includes thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests and off-shore coral reefs. It's a nature lovers paradise with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys and it is also the habitat of the pangolin. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant that offers stunning views of the gulf. 
After lunch, go on a short trek around the base of the mountain through the jungle to a nearby fishing village. Your guide keeps a watchful eye out for notable reptiles, birds and wildlife. 
At late afternoon you will be transfer to Sihanoukville to check in at Hotel. 
Enjoy you dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight at Sihanouk Ville.

DAY 4 - SIHANOUKVILLE - REAM NATIONAL PARK - TREK & BOAT (B,L,D)

Awake to a fresh sea breeze and a hearty breakfast at your hotel. 
Take a very short transfer by minivan to the start point for your next adventure through the jungle and mangroves of Ream National Park. Weave your way through the sandy trails that meander through the jungle as your local guide leads you to the mangrove swamps on the Northern side of the reserve. 
Take a break under the shade of the lush canopy as you savor the sights and sounds of this steaming humid jungle. Onwards through large sandy clearings, fallen logs and curious locals until we find a boat keeper’s house situated on the northern most extremity of the National Park. 
Embark on a traditional sampan to explore the mangroves. Watch Twany Kites soar over head in the mid afternoon heat as we cruise 11km towards a remote fishing village established in 1985 by Khmer Rouge separatists. 
Disembark and refresh your senses with some sweet coconut juice served from a local shack, then set off once agin into the jungle for the final 3km leg of the day, then transfer back to hotel. 
Dinner at local restaurant 
14km trek 
Overnight at Sihanouk Ville.

DAY 5 - REAM NATIONAL PARK - ANDOUNG TUEK - CHI PHAT (B,L,D)

Early morning transfer by minivan to the sleepy roadside town of Andoung Tek (duration 1h). Here we begin the next chapter in our adventure, where a boat man will be waiting to take you 30 km up river through the meandering mangroves to the remote village of Chi Phat (duration 1h). Chi Phat has got one of the last remaining tracts of natural rain forest that remains to date in Indochina. The area is prized for its bio-diversity and abundance of wildlife. This unique place is not often visited by tourists but the income provided by tourism directly funds the community development project in the area. After checking into your local home stay and being introduced to your host family, sit back and enjoy a local lunch in the Community Based-Ecotourism (CBET) Office. 
The remainder of the day is packed full of adventure as we set off on our bikes to explore the wilds of Chi Phat. We will explore where nomadic indigenous tribes once roamed the jungle and stumble upon one of their sacred burial sites wedged in the cliff face.
Through rivers and over fallen logs up and down challenging terrain from soft and sandy to wet and muddy – this place is a perfect playground for any biking enthusiast of any level. Take in the sweeping vista of the jungle canopy below as you watch the sunset over one of Cambodia’s last great wilderness sites.
Retire to the rural comfort of your homestay to freshen up before a sumptuous dinner provided by the local community at the CBET office. 
22km bike. 
Overnight at homestay in Chi Phat.

DAY 6 - CHI PHAT - 4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE (B,L,D)

After waking to the sound of the Khmer village and a satisfying breakfast it is your turn to give back to the community with a tree planting ceremony. 
After a lunch at a local restaurant, the boat man waits for you to re-embark for the journey back down river to Andoung Tuek. A short transfer will take you to the starting point of another leisurely boat ride along the mangrove lined river to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge where you will stay overnight in a luxurious tent floating on the tranquil river. A culinary delight is already waiting for you for dinner. 
Overnight at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.

DAY 7 - BOAT TRIP TO TATAI WATERFALL (B,L,D)

After a late breakfast, today is a day to truly enjoy all that the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge has to offer. This is a chance for you to sit back and take in the lush and exotic surroundings, or be active and explore the area by kayak. Lunch at the lodge. 
After a leisurely morning, you can take a boat to the nearby Tatai Waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch served on the edge of the falls while bathing in its many bubbling pools. Spend the afternoon in the warm Cambodian sun while absorbing all the rustic charm of this unique and seldom visited location. 
Tonight, enjoy a champagne sunset boat cruise before dinner and relax in the tranquil surroundings. 
Overnight in 4 Rivers Floating lodge.

DAY 8 - 4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE - PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

Enjoy the morning at your leisure before taking a transfer back to Phnom Penh after lunch (duration 5hrs). Check into your hotel and spend the day at leisure. A delicious Khmer dinner will be served at Baithong Restaurant.
Option: Massage 
After an adventure trip to the South Coast, a relaxing massage at Bodia Spa can do wonders. Massage for health and relaxation is a time-honored tradition throughout Southeast Asia and you will feel completely rejuvenated.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 9 - PHNOM PENH - KRATIE (B,L,D)

Awake to a savoury breakfast and an early morning transfer (duration 5h) through the rolling countryside and villages to the riverside town of Kratie. After lunch at a local restaurant with sweeping views of the mighty river, continue along the banks of the Mekong. Near the village of Kampi is the best spot to view the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins along the Mekong. Get on board a local boat that will take you to the preferred places of these interesting creatures. As soon as you will have spotted the first dolphin, your boat driver will turn the engine off and you will follow the dolphins silently in order to not disturb them. 
After this memorable experience, continue to cycle along the banks of the Mekong until you reach Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy in the village of Sambour. The vihara of the so-called ‘100 Pillars Pagoda’ is an important historical and cultural building and quite famous for its legend involving a princess and a crocodile. The local youngsters are trained here in playing traditional musical instruments, an art that was on the verge of being forgotten after the Khmer Rouge regime. The kids will be happy to show their talent and perform for you.
After finished your visit today we will transfer to Kratie pier, where you will take a short ferry ride to Koh Trong. 
30km bike.
 
Overnight in Koh Trong, Kratie.

DAY 10 - KRATIE - KAMPONG CHAM (B,L,D)

An early start with a breakfast of fresh fruit and hot coffee complimented by a riverside view. Our adventure starts with a transfer and a ferry tip across the Mekong. Disembark to the bustle of the busy ferry port of Chhlong before escaping down the dusty meandering back roads. Down meandering trails with flashes of effervescent green and rich red earth abound from the fields; the fragrant smell of lotus blossom from Buddhist shrines excites your senses. We stop for a well-earned rest in the shade of palm trees. The many French colonial houses in this town are amongst the most beautiful in Cambodia. 
From Chhlong west and onwards to the village of Stung Trong. 50km of lush rural scenery abounds. Through the bustling villages Mosques appear with miniature minarets breaking the tops of the leafy canopy that covers the road side. Enjoy the diversity of these small Muslim communities in contrast to the colourfully adorned Buddhist pagodas.    
The second ferry crossing of the day will take you 12km to the quite village of Phnom Han Chay. This small hilltop pagoda houses an 8th century pre-Angkorian temple that sits on top of one of the best vantage points overlooking the vast expanse of the Mekong and surrounding low lands. Take in this awe inspiring vista as you enjoy a delicious picnic lunch of fresh fruit and local produce. 
On the final leg of the day enjoy the luxury of a tarmac road leading through the rubber plantations and roadside villages as you ride into the setting sun. Enjoy a dip in the pool at your hotel before sampling the local culinary delights. 
95km bike. 
Overnight in Kampong Cham.

DAY 11 - KAMPONG CHAM - KAMPONG THOM (B,L,D)

Your romance with the Mekong ends today with a ride to Kampong Thom. Transfer along the Mekong and eventually head for a quiet secondary highway towards Kampong Thom. 
Pass through the industrious road side town of Bos Khnor en route, busy with the hum of motor bikes as the locals come to trade spare parts and service their machines in the many roadside mechanic shops. See how overloaded trucks rumble by along with the weird and wonderful vehicles of every description. 
Stop to enjoy a refreshing picnic lunch in one of the many beautifully adorned pagodas hidden amongst the shade of sugar palm trees. 
Onwards to Kampong Thom. This quiet town is situated between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and hosts the magnificent temple site Sambor Prei Kuk, built in the 6th and 7th century. Take some time to relax before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.  
90km bike. 
Overnight in Kampong Thom.

DAY 12 - KAMPONG THOM - SIEM REAP (B,L,D)

Today, you head towards the rarely visited Sambor Prei Kuk (transfer 45 mins), one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in the country that is enlisted to potentially become Cambodia’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sambor Prey Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th century and there are over 100 well preserved temples scattered in the forest. The three main sites are linked by small and shady tracks. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the jungle with breathtaking views. Your visit supports a community-based tourism project. 
The seven villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. You will have the chance to visit and contribute to the sustainability of the people’s livelihood as the local community will prepare a simple but very tasty lunch for you near the temples. 
After lunch follows a transfer towards Siem Reap (duration 3h) and have you dropped off at Roluos Pagoda. From this beautiful pagoda you set out to explore the scenic back roads that lead you through the Roluos Temple group. 
Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia. 
Late afternoon, arrive in Siem Reap and check into your hotel. A typical Khmer dinner will be served at Sugar Palm Restaurant. 
96km bike. 
Overnight in Siem Reap. 

DAY 13 - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR THOM, TA PROHM (B,L,D)

After a relaxing morning at your leisure and lunch at Asian Square restaurant, saddle up again, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. 
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. 
In the late afternoon, explore the overgrown ruins of Ta Prohm, the ‘’Tomb Raider Temple’’ made famous by the Hollywood movie of the same name. 
After a refreshing break at your hotel enjoy dinner at The Nest Angkor this evening, serving contemporary Khmer dishes in a comfortable modern setting. 
15km bike. 
Overnight in Siem Reap. 

DAY 14 - SIEM REAP - BANTEAY CHHMAR (B,L,D)

Get up early this morning for a transfer to Banteay Chhmar (duration ca. 5 hours). You will stop on the way as much as you like. 
Welcome to Banteay Chhmar and enjoy lunch at the community center. Then head out to visit Banteay Chhmar, a place of exceptional atmosphere which gets very few visitors. A notable feature of this temple that is applying for UNESCO World Heritage Site status is the magnificent bas reliefs on the outside of the inner sanctuary walls. Almost every step within this vast ruin; gives another fabulous picture of stone being consumed by nature. It is a spectacular sight with its Bayon Style towers, walls and enclosures cloaked with vegetation. Late afternoon take a local transport similar to a tractor called ‘kuyon’ to the Banteay Top temple to see the sunset. A fun way to travel Khmer style amongst some lovely scenery! 
In the evening enjoy a simple but memorable dinner at the temple. 
Overnight in a homestay in Banteay Chhmar.

DAY 15 - SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit the local market in Banteay Chhmar and experience a typical Khmer village. Your local guide will explain about some of the traditional life that takes place, including fishing, beekeeping, weaving and rice farming. 
From here, continue to Battambang province. Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city and, not so long ago, was within target range of a stronghold of the erstwhile Khmer Rouge and was therefore off-limits to most travellers. 
However, like the remainder of this beautiful gentle country, Battambang has recently re-opened to the outside world. One fortuitous result of its isolation and lack of development is that Battambang has some of the most well preserved colonial French buildings in the country. You will find local people here to be extremely friendly. They have not been exposed to many foreign visitors and they will be as interested in you as you are in them! Battambang was formerly the rice bowl of Cambodia although these days the production of rice is augmented by large orange and jute plantations. 
Arrive in Battambang in the late evening and check into your charming boutique hotel in a French colonial villa. Enjoy dinner tonight in the atmospheric restaurant of your hotel. 
Overnight in Battambang. 

DAY 16 - BATTAMBANG (B,L,D)

Battambang’s countryside is what makes this pleasant river town a real treat. The town is situated along the Sangker River, a quiet and small body of water that finds its way through Battambang Province. It connects the Cardamom Mountains with Tonle Sap Lake and feeds the paddy fields on the way, which results in Cambodia’s best rice and plentiful fruit orchards that can be found here. 
First of all, head to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers in order to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons as there are no regular trains running any more. The “train” itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform (we will provide some cushions for your comfort), you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies (depending on season of visit). A true rollercoaster ride without loops! Return to your hotel for lunch and a relaxing break. 
This afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft centre in another village. 
Tonight, a special visit awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak. School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts - Phare Ponleu Selpak combines the Arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is a success story of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave you with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang! After the show head into Battambang for dinner at a local restaurant.
(Note: The circus performance is only performed regularly on each Monday & Thursday. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement).
Overnight in Battambang. 

DAY 17 - BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP (B,L,D)

Today, you will embark on one of the most stunning boat trips in Cambodia, as you will be taken from Battambang to Siem Reap by boat.  (Note: This boat trip is only possible in the high water period from July to December as water levels are too low during the dry season and transfer times can be extremely long. From January to June alternative transfer by road.) 
The largest freshwater lake in Asia, Tonlé Sap Lake, is an exceptional water system as it is swelling to almost five times its size during the raining season. The water of its main drainage, Tonlé Sap River, is being pushed back from the Mekong, carrying an incredible amount of water from the rains, causing the river to reverse its direction and thus causing the lake to overflow, flooding nearby fields and forests and supporting an extraordinarily rich and diverse eco-system. The Lake is also an important breeding ground for fish, providing more than half of the amount of fish consumed in Cambodia. The particular water system requires the people living of the lake to adapt to the living conditions. You will see many villages on the way where people live on stilted or entirely floating houses. 
Arrive in Siem Reap mid-afternoon, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. After checking into your hotel, set out for a delicious lunch at Sala Bai, a school training young Cambodians from poor family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality in order to give them a future. You will have plenty of opportunities to talk to the students as they will go on a tour of the school after the meal. 
This afternoon, a local tuk tuk will take you to one of the definite highlights of your trip to Cambodia: The legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. 
Enjoy some time at leisure in the evening until your Khmer farewell dinner at Viroth’s Restaurant. 
15km bike. 
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 18 - SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.

1-6 of 6