The Explore Cambodia tour must be the most comprehensive tour of Cambodia. Combing city life of Phnom Penh with Ancient Temples dating back several thousand years. A highlight will be the Balloon flight over the Angkor Temple complex, or will it be the simplicity of a Blessing Ceremony. Go out into the jungle and discover the magic of Beng Mealea. Watch and witness a local community living on the Tonle Sap Lake. End of your tour with a magical day in the Kulen National Park with a picnic lunch
At a glance
|DAY 1||Arrive Phnom Penh|
|DAY 2||Phnom Penh City and Market tour|
|DAY 3||See the Killing Fields. Onward flight to Siem Reap|
|DAY 4||City tour & Blessing Ceremony. Evening outdoor dinner|
|DAY 5||Sunrise tour over Angkor Wat & Balloon Safari|
|DAY 6||Day tour to Beng Mealea and Kampong Khleang|
|DAY 7||Full day adventure tour to the Kulen Mountains|
|DAY 8||Last day in Cambodia. Services end with transfer to Siem Reap Airport|
Phnom Penh: capital of Cambodia has become a vibrant city over the last few years, without losing its charm and character. The city still boasts boulevards, old colonial building, parks. It has managed to rise above its dark past to take a deserved place as a worthwhile tourist destination
Siem Reap: does not need an introduction. Formerly the seat of the ancient Khmer Kingdom lasting for 6 Centuries. The Angkor Wat temple complex is spread over more than 400 acres and is the largest religious monument in the world. The most impressive temple in the complex is the 7-tiered Prasat Thom
Beng Mealea: Located 40km east of the Angkor Wat Complex and is a sight to behold. Here you will find temples lost in a jungle
Kulen Mountain: Phnom Kulen became a religious site for more than 1000 years. A leisurely walk will take you past streams, hills and over 30 caves. The best part of Kulen Park is its local community, which lifestyle has hardly changed over the centuries
Arrive Phnom Penh
- On arrival, meet our representative in the arrival Hall for transfer to your hotel
- The remainder of the day will be free
Phnom Penh City Tour (B)
- After breakfast, set out on city tour and we will begin with Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound. Continue to the National Museum, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from the 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century.
- Afternoon, we will explore one of the most lively markets in Phnom Penh, Russian market.
- Continue to visit Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh.
- When the sun goes down, it is the best time to experience a 1-hour Cyclo ride through this bustling city. Cyclo drivers are mostly old people and among the poorest of the urban poor in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)
- This morning we learn of the Pol Pot regime and the dramatic effects it had on Cambodia to how it stands today.
- Check out of our hotel around 12noon. We make a stop for lunch (own expense) before our visit to Tuol Sleng, or more commonly known as S21.
- Continue on with a 20 minute's drive to The Killing Fields
- After the tour, transfer to the Airport for onward flight to Siem Reap
- On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in
- Overnight in Siem Reap
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International & domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Seasonal Supplements may be applicable
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 19 - 31 MAR 20
High Season Supplement applicable for travel between 20DEC19 and 05JAN20
Contact us for any other date of travel required
- Best time to travel to Cambodia
Tourist season runs from November to March, but Cambodia is warm throughout the year and temperatures do not go below 20C. If you prefer lesser crowds, opt to travel between May to early October
- Cambodia Culture and Greetings
Cambodians are a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism. The country’s golden age between the 9th and 14th Century is better known as the Khmer Empire era. During this time Cambodia achieved unparalleled achievements in the arts and architecture and Angkor Wat is your perfect example
When you greet someone, press your hands together in front of your chest.
- Drinks & Food
The basic of any Cambodian meal is rice, served either sticky or jasmine rice grown in the many paddy fields.
Noodle soup is very common, and you will find that French food is still readily available. Don’t be surprised to find a coffee and “baguette sandwich” snack option. Roadside street food stalls are fun to try but rather sticks to the busy stalls serving piping hot foods
- Discover your environment
Taxi hire is available in all major cities. They are not metered so fix the rate in advance. Tips will be appreciated by the driver. Not to be missed is a ride in a tuk-tuk.
Locals rarely tip, however, tourist like to add 10% which is appropriate especially in restaurants where no service charge is added to the bill
- Local interesting meals:
Babor: Rice porridge with chicken broth
Kralan: Sticky rice flavored with sugar, beans and grated coconut steamed inside a Bamboo pole
Mee Katang: Cantonese styled wild rice cooked with meat and vegetables served with an oyster sauce
Fresh Coconut Juice: a refreshing and popular drink
Beer: Angkor and Anchor are the largest type of lagers served