Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Phnom Penh
- 2 nights Cruise
- 2 nights Siem Reap
Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh
On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel where you will check in for 1 night.
Depending on what time you arrive, we can book you a half day tour of the city, taking in the sights of Phnom Penh in a cyclo, a classic Cambodian form of transport. You’ll visit the Royal Palace where the Silver Pagoda sits in splendour as well as the National Museum, built in the traditional Khmer style and containing artefacts over a thousand years old.
Day 2: Cruise to Kampong Tralach
This morning you will be transferred to the jetty where you will board the boat, ready to begin your river cruise to Siem Reap. This 3 day, 2 night journey is a wonderful way to discover the riverside villages and local life of the Khmer people. You’ll enjoy lunch on board, taking in views of the white stupas of Oudong as you sail by before visiting the tiny village of Prek Kdam, where you will watch craftsmen bend and hit silver and gold into beautiful ornaments. A little further up the river you’ll moor in a local village and enjoy dinner onboard.
Day 3: Cruise to Kampong Chhnang
Enjoy breakfast as you sail up the river stopping to pay a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu, a simple monastery sat amongst some lush rice paddies. After lunch, you will visit Kompong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports of the Tonle Sap where you’ll see the local pottery than the area is famous for. Continue along the river, enjoying the views of sugar palms along the banks until you arrive at Tonle Sap Lake, where you will moor for the night.
Day 4: Siem Reap
Depending on the water level of the lake, today you will visit the floating village of Chnok Tru, usually only possible between July and March. Later you will disembark the boat on arrival in Siem Reap and be transferred to your hotel where you will check in for 2 nights.
This evening you will attend a performance of “Phare”, the Cambodian circus. The circus was set up in the refugee camps in 1994, using art and dancing as a means of coping with trauma as well as developing the Khmer history and culture after years of oppression under the Pol Pot regime – you will see how Cambodians are looking to the future whilst still remembering the country’s dark past.
Day 5: Siem Reap
Today you will have a full day of exploring the temples of Angkor with a guide. You’ll begin at the ancient city of Angkor Thom, where the famous stone faces stare from the mighty temple before moving on to the overgrown ruins of Ta Prohm. After a lunch of traditional Khmer cuisine, you’ll finish the day by visiting Angkor Wat, the masterpiece of Khmer architecture and a highlight of the country – you’ll explore the temple as the sun sets. Watching the sky turn from pink to orange; this is the perfect end to your magical trip around Cambodia.
Day 6: Depart Siem Reap
Today is your final day in Cambodia – after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight.