The Cambodia 2020 Private Tour is unique. Travel to Cambodia, a country so steeped in history and culture. Your private tour will show you the highlights of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Enjoy a walk on the waterfront lined with parks and Restaurants. Continue your journey inland to Battambang. A city not on everyone’s itinerary but worthwhile for an overnight stay. Here you will find restaurants serving Khmer, French and Western Cuisine. A highlight will be your ride on the Bamboo train. We have kept the best of Cambodia at the end of your trip. Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Wat Temples and former seat of the Khmer Kingdom. Spend 5 days exploring the famous City of Temples and beyond
At a glance
|Phnom Penh||2 Nights at the Town View III Hotel or similar|
|Battambang||2 Nights at the Classy Hotel or similar|
|Siem Reap||3 Nights at the Sokha Roth Hotel or similar|
|Room||Standard double room|
|Meals||Breakfast daily & 1 Lunch|
|Other||Transfers and Transportation in Private AC vehicle|
|English-speaking guides and entrance fees|
Phnom Penh, the capital and meeting point of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, Bassac and Tongle Sap.
Battambang is where you will go on a bamboo train ride, also known as the “norry”. The ride starts during the early evening and will be an unforgettable experience
Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple complex in the world dating back to the 12th century AD and an awe-inspiring sight
Arrive Phnom Penh
- Welcome to Cambodia. Clear customs and meet with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel
- The remainder of the day will be at leisure
Phnom Penh City tour (B)
- After breakfast, set out on a city tour visiting the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound.
- Continue to the Tuol Sleng Museum, a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
- The peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place here. Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”.
- Today, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot.
- The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime and will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation
- Continue to visit the Russian market and end the trip with a visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.
Phnom Penh– Battambang (B) 290km, 4 hours
- After breakfast, depart for Battambang. Leave the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh behind as you head north to Kampong Luong, a silversmith village. Observe silversmiths creating ornate and fashionable silver objects. Learn how the community makes pottery in the traditional way and observe how sugar is collected from the sugar palm trees.
- Let your guide assist you with translating if you are interested to learn more about village life.
- Continue your journey to Battambang and check into your hotel on arrival.
- Lunch at the hotel (own account).
- Enjoy the hotel facilities and relax before experiencing the best element of Battambang. Take a ride on the bamboo train just before the sunset.
- Battambang is all about the art scene and typical sites. The city's architecture is quite simply stunning.
- Tonight we recommended you visit the Lotus Bar and Gallery or Bric-a-Brac for a glass of wine following by the dinner at Jaan Bai restaurant (own account). The menu was created by a Michelin Star chef who resides in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Return Airfares from Johannesburg with Singapore Airlines (Specific and Limited Seats)
- Accommodation in standard double room
- Breakfast daily and 1 Lunch
- Transfers and tours in private AC vehicles
- Local English speaking guides
- Entrance fees
- Increases in airfares and departure/fuel taxes
- Optional tours
- Visa fee
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- Valid for travel between 01 APR and 30 SEP 2020
- Seasonal, Weekend, Events and School holiday Supplements may be applicable
Contact us for any other travel date require
- 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