Tour Cambodia in depth: Angkor, Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville

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Duration (in days): 9

From: Siem Reap

To: Phnom Penh

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Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore this beautiful country and tour Cambodia in depth, from the temples of north to the beaches of the south. You’ll start by exploring Angkor and the surrounding temples; wandering amongst these ancient ruins is one of the highlights of Asia – the perfect start to your trip.

After exploring Siem Reap you’ll sail across the Tonle Sap Lake towards Battambang, where you can explore this French colonial city by bicycle. Heading towards Phnom Penh you’ll start to learn about Cambodia’s recent tragic history with the Khmer Rouge and gain a new understanding of both ancient and modern history in the museums of the capital city.

Finish your trip with a couple of days on the beach - whether it’s relaxing on the beach or exploring the coral reefs. This short trip allows to explore Cambodia at a good pace and soak in everything this lush country has to offer.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Watch the sun setting behind the iconic silhouette of Angkor Wat
  • Discover the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Cycle around the colonial architecture of Battambang
  • Learn about Cambodia’s ancient and modern history in Phnom Penh’s many museums
  • Relax on the white beaches of Sihanoukville
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights in Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in Battambang
  • 2 nights in Phnom Penh
  • 2 nights in Sihanoukville

 

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap  

On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel where you will check in for 2 nights. After freshening up at the hotel, you’ll be taken to Angkor Wat to experience the magnificent temples at sunset, when the ‘apsaras’ shine in the evening light.


Day 2: Siem Reap

On your first day exploring Cambodia you’ll head off to discover the main sites of Angkor on a leisurely bicycle ride of around 2.5 hours.

You’ll visit the famous stone faces of Bayon Temple and see the impressive city walls of Angkor Thom before returning to the hotel for a short break from the midday sun. After an (optional) snooze you’ll head off to browse one of Siem Reap’s colourful markets, full of local wood carvings and silk paintings. End your day with a trip to Ta Prohm - built over 700 years ago, this temple has slowly been taken over by the jungle and the vine covered ruins are an iconic image of Angkor.


Day 3: Siem Reap to Battambang

After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on a private boat that will glide across Tonle Sap Lake towards Battambang. You’ll slide past floating villages and flooded forest, glimpsing everyday life on the lake that forms the heart of Cambodia. On arrival in Battambang you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights and have a short rest before spending the afternoon exploring the local villages around Battambang learning about the arts of rice paper making and tasting local Khmer treats.

In the evening you’ll enjoy a performance of a Cambodian circus show, produced by a school that provides arts education for poor communities – truly a highlight of any trip to Battambang.


Day 4: Battambang

Today you’ll spend the morning enjoying a tour that combines walking, a boat ride and cycling to experience local life in Battambang. This small town was passed between Thailand and Cambodia many times and has some of the best preserved French colonial architecture in the area. You’ll try local coffee in the market, visit Wat Povil temple and pray with the monks before cycling towards Wat Kor Village, known for its hundred-year-old Khmer heritage houses.

In the afternoon you will visit Phnom Sampeau, one of the few hills in Battambang, which reveals fantastic views of the surrounding paddy fields and sugar palms. As the day draws to a close, millions of bats emerge from caves close by and create fluttering shadows across the sunset – a spectacular experience to end the day!


Day 5: Battambang to Phnom Penh

Today you will be driven to the capital city of Phnom Penh, around a 6-hour drive. Along the way you’ll stop at the village of Kampong Chhnang where you can see traditional pottery being made and Oudong, where you’ll enjoy a Khmer style lunch. You’ll reach Phnom Penh in the later afternoon after which you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights and spend the evening at leisure.


Day 6: Phnom Penh        

Phnom Penh has lots to offer any traveller so you’ll spend today exploring the highlights of the city. Beginning with a visit to Wat Phnom, you’ll learn about Khmer architecture before moving on to the Royal Palace where the Silver Pagoda sits, named for the 5,000 shimmering tiles that cover the floor. A trip to the National Museum will reveal even more insight into Cambodian history before continuing on to pay your respects at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school which was once used as a torture centre by the Khmer Rouge regime. A grim but important visit; nowhere else will give you such an understanding of what Cambodia has been through and simultaneously make you appreciate the people’s determination to create a happier future for their country.  


Day 7: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville   

After breakfast, you will be driven to the beach resort of Sihanoukville, around a 4-hour drive to the coast. On arrival you will check into your hotel for 3 nights.


Day 8: Sihanoukville     

You’ll have free day to enjoy the golden beaches and just relax after a busy trip through the country but, if you’re still up for exploring we can book a day trip for you. One of our favourite options is a visit to Ream National Park, a thick mangrove forest full of colourful birds and monkeys with many beautiful isolated beaches like Koh Sampouch. Another idea is to take a snorkelling tour, visiting several islands and looking out for clownfish, parrotfish and even lionfish amongst the reefs.


Day 9: Depart Sihanoukville

Your time in Cambodia has come to an end so after breakfast you’ll be driven back toward Phnom Penh and dropped off at the airport with enough time to catch your onwards flight.

Info

Cambodia is a year-round destination, however the best months to visit are December and January when humidity levels are low, rainfall in minimal and a cool breeze gives relief. From early February temperatures begin to rise until April when temperatures can hit 40 degrees. The wet season goes from May to October and brings rain and high humidity.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • Accommodation in 3* standard hotels
  • Tours as mentioned in air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide (except during beach stay)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 x lunches, 3 x dinners

 

Not included: 

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Camera fees
  • Personal expenses and tips
Accommodation

8 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Natura Resort, Siem Reap

  • Battambang Resort

  • Villa Langka Hotel, Phnom Penh

  • Naia Resort, Sihanoukville

 

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