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Cambodia Insight Tour

8 days, 7 nights

Introduction

We start in the World Heritage site of Siem Reap exploring temples and the surrounding area followed by a boat trip across the Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang for a closer look at Cambodian life and then on to the capital, Phnom Penh where we learn about the legacy of the Khmer Rouge and balance our time with a course in traditional Khmer cuisine.  As with all our trips, the schedule can be reversed or modified as you wish. 

Brief ItinerarySunset on the Tonle Sap

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap -Angkor Thom - Sunset at Angkor Wat
Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat - Angkor Wat - Other temples
Day 3: Banteay Srei - Land Mine Museum - Rolous Group
Day 4: Boat trip Siem Reap - Battambang -Khmer boxing match

Day 5:Wat Kor Cultural and Agricultural Village - Wat Ek Phnom - Crocodile Farm
Day 6: Battambang -Kompong Chhnang -
Phnom Penh
Day 7: Khmer Cooking Course
Day 8: Toul Sleng Prison Museum - The Killing Fields - Central Market - Phnom Penh Departure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Sunset at Angkor Wat

On your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met by a Khmer guide and transfer to your hotel. Lunch is followed at Butterfly Garden Restaurant.

After lunch, we spend half day at Angkor Thom, the famous walled city, literally “ Great City ”. We’ll visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Central Angkor Thom with Bayon containing over 200 enormous mysterious faces, 300 meter long Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. We then continue to Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in its natural state surrounded by jungle.By the end of day, we enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng Hill

In the evening, you enjoy dinner with traditional dance show.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit:
 2 hours car
Walking time:
2 – 3 hours
Walking difficulty:
Easy, some stairs and uneven surfaces in the temple areas
Meal plan:
L, D

Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat - Angkor Wat - Area Temples

Dawn finds us at Angkor Wat and the sunrise over the temple and plains is magnificent.  We will spend all morning at Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, renowned for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat was a temple dedicated to the Hindu God - Vishnu. It was constructed over a period of 30 years by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1151. 

We have lunch nearby. Following lunch, we continue to the East to visit more temples: Baray and Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Pre Rup, East Mebon , Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan.  We end day with 1 hour massage in town.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: 2.5 hours carWalking time: at your discretion
Walking
difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces and some steep stairs\1 hour massage: included
Meal plan
: B, L

Day 3: Banteay Srei - Land Mine Museum - Rolous Group

After breakfast, you travel by car with your guide to Banteay Srei, the intricately carved temple just 30 km beyond Angkor Wat. On your way back stop at the Land Mine Museum , a rather humble look at the land mine problem, past and present, in Cambodia .

Following lunch, we visit the Rolous Group, a group of Angkorean temples 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap in a beautiful area.  We return to Siem Reap and enjoy a walk around the Old Market and pay a visit to Artisans de Angkor, a local project assisting young people and training in handicrafts, carving and various local techniques

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: 3.5 hours carWalking time: at your discretion
Walking
difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces and some steep stairs
Meal plan
: B, L

Day 4: Boat trip Siem Reap - Battambang - Khmer boxing match

Today we catch an early morning boat to Battambang, the country's second largest city with old European colonial mansions on the banks of the Tonle Sap . This boat ride is one of the best experiences offered - you’ll see floating villages, fish farms and an array of children smiling and waving from the banks. On arrival, you check into your hotel, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch we can take in some of the colonial architecture of Battambang.

As you are in the heartland of Khmer Boxing (a martial art, handed down from father to son for almost a thousand years), go to an authentic Khmer Boxing match. Have a Cambodian beer afterwards with the boxers and learn about their passion for the sport.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: Boat trip, 30 minute car transfer
Walking
difficulty: EasyMeal plan: B, L

Day 5: Kor Cultural and Agricultural Village -Wat Ek Phnom - Crocodile Farm

In the morning, we come to visit Wat Kor Cultural and Agricultural Village . The village is known for its ancient wooden houses. The owners and families will be happy to to take you around telling history of their home and sharing their life stories. You will travel from village to village by ox cart and sample the variety of unusual fruits available. We return to town for lunch.

After lunch head to Wat Ek Phnom, an 11th Century temple ruin set along the Stung Sangker River , surrounded by lush green fields in an agrarian community. Some say was the example for Angkor Wat. Along the way, we’ll visit a fascinating crocodile farm, which sees few tourists and is totally authentic.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: 2.5 hours tuk tukWalking time: at your discretion
Walking
difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces and some steep stairs
Meal plan:
B, L

Day 6: Battambang - Kompong Chhnang - Phnom Penh

We leave Battambang early and head towards Phnom Penh . The roads are relatively good and the countryside is a mix of small villages and rice fields. Here you retrace the steps of many Cambodians whom, back in 1975 were forced from Phnom Penh and sent to Battambang to “work for the revolution.” We stop in Kompong Chhnang for lunch and visit their “pottery barn.” Our arrival in Phnom Penh is by early afternoon and check into your hotel

In the afternoon, we take a short ride to the National Museum where pre-Angkorean pieces, as well as special pieces from the temples are housed. We walk over to Silver Pagoda, located within Royal Palace compound. It is so named because of the floor made up of over 5000 silver tiles. We then visit the Royal Palace to see the amazing royal collection and the beautiful architecture, just north of the Royal Palace .It wasbuilt by King Norodom and still is home to the royalty.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: 4 – 5 hours by carWalking time: 2 hours
Walking
difficulty: Easy
Meal plan: B, L

Day 7: Khmer Cooking Course

After breakfast, you enjoy a day learning about Khmer cooking as well as creating and sampling the various dishes.  You’ll learn and practice recipes that you can take home with you and create authentic Khmer meals for family and friends, an excellent way to bring a taste of the culture to compliment your photos.  There are several courses depending on the day of the week and availability at the local market. 

*Note: There are cooking classes every day of the week, except Sundays as that is our teacher-cook's weekly day off.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit: short tuk tuk ride
Walking
time: limited
Meal plan
: B, you create lunch!

Day 8: Tuol Sleng Prison Museum - The Killing Fields - Central Market - Phnom Penh Departure

In the morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and we head to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum where your guide will explain the history of the Khmer Rouge and walk you through the different museum displays. After watching the movie they show every day, we drive out to the Killing Fields, where a memorial stupa and shallow pits remind visitors of the thousands killed under the Pol Pot Regime. We enjoy lunch at Friends, a restaurant benefiting at-risk street children.

After lunch your guide will take you to Central Market, reported to be the biggest covered market in the world, and to the famous Russian Market where everything from souvenirs to car parts is for sale. You will be taken to the airport in time to catch your evening flight.

Transit: 2.5 hours tuk tuk
Walking time: at your discretion
Walking
difficulty: Easy
Meal plan
: B, L

Our trip includes

  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transfer and pickup airport
  • Transportation by car or minivan and boat
  • Tour as indicated
  • Entrance fee

Our trip excludes

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Visa & visa arrangement
  • Meals not indicated
  • Drinking water, soft drink and alcohol
  • Tips & personal expenses

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