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
Battambang - Siem Reap (B) 170km, 3 hours
- Spend your day exploring the countryside around Battambang on a bicycle visiting Cambodian families who produce traditional products (such as rice paper, dried bananas, bamboo sticky rice, and rice wine), made in the same way they have been for generations.
- Learn first-hand about everyday life in rural communities which make up over 70% of Cambodia’s population. Lunch is in town (own arrangement).
- Continue after lunch to Siem Reap, located about a 2.5-hour drive away
Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)
- Beat the crowd with an early morning (7 am) visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
- The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
- Lunch (own account)
- During the afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance, it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another one, until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area.
Siem Reap – Village Walk & Floating Community (B)
- Morning departure out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside. Start your walk through village houses, witnessing very nice and different activities from the locals for their daily life.
- On the way, you enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village.
- Enjoy a unique 30-minute ox-cart ride through the rice paddies to reach one big local house to see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine and handicraft works meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine to taste.
- Continue to your next destination, a floating community. On arrival at the quay, embark on a motorized boat to visit floating houses village offering an incredible natural phenomenon of making their lives from the lake in a respectful and meaningful way.
- Return to Siem Reap. (Note***floating community is recommended from September to February)
- 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