9 Day Kingdom of Cambodia Tour

Step back in time with our fascinating 9 day Kingdom of Cambodia tour and explore the ancient history of Angkor. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims along the immense causeway leading to the holiest of temples, Angkor Wat. Experience nature running riot at the mysterious ruin of Ta Prohm, the original 'Tomb Raider' temple. Succumb to the enigmatic smiles of the 216 giant faces of the Bayon Temple. Kick Back in Kampot, a pretty riverside town with some of Cambodia's best preserved colonial architecture and explore the abandoned villas and remote islands in the colonial-era beach resort of Kep. Soak up the sun in Sihanoukville, home to blissful beaches, tropical island, fresh seafood and lively nightlife, and discover the secrets of 'Bar Street', Siem Reaps, quaffing capital and home to buzzing night markets.

 

Our 9 Day Cambodia tour includes 8 nights, daily breakfast, all sightseeing entrance fees, a relaxing boat trip, airport transfers, internal flight, local English speaking guides and even a complimentary local sim card to call and gloat to your friends back home! 

DAY 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

Fly into Phnom Penh, the city that retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the ‘pearl’ of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up across the city. We meet our guide at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in.

 

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Phnom Penh.

 

DAY 2: Phnom Penh

Today is spent exploring the city of Phnom Penh. We start at the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is one of the most impressive colourful Khmer-style Palaces. Continue on to Emerald Buddha Temple, National Museum and Independence monument. We also learn about the dark side of Cambodia and It's more recent turbulent and harrowing history. Visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21), ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb, this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre. After this we visit Wat Phnom, Central Market and enjoy a cyclo ride along the riverside. This laid-back tour gives us a different perspective of the streets and sights of the city. We will enjoy a cruise for view sunset on the Mekong and Tonlé Sap River (1 hour). Situated at the “Four Arms” where the Mekong meets the Tonlé Sap River before splitting into two branches, Phnom Penh offers the ideal location to discover the mighty Mekong.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Phnom Penh.

 

DAY 3: Phnom Penh ~ Kampot

Pick up from your hotel at approx 7:15-7:30am for an 8am departure. Take a shuttle bus (2.5hrs) towards Kampot, the southern coast of Cambodia, edging the border with Vietnam. Once served as a glamorous seaside resort for the French in the early 1900s. Evocative of the French Riviera towns along the Mediterranean coast; the towns of Kep, Sihanoukville and Kampot have tree-lined, wide roads fringing the ocean, large statues, luxury villas, casinos and even a palace overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. On arrival at Kapot you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure to exlore this quaint town.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Kampot

 

DAY 4: Kampot ~ Sihanoukville

Our bus departs at 11:30am. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx. 10:45-11:00am. The journey to Sihanouville takes 2 hours and upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day at leisure in this relaxing seaside town. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Sihanoukville

 

DAY 5: Sihanoukville Free Day

A full day to relax in this beautiful little town and enjoy the stunning beaches. Alternatively take an optional island hopping day trip to Koh Thas, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Islands, a great day out for swimming and snorkelling. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Sihanoukville

OPTIONAL: Island hopping day trip (8:30am - 6:00pm)

 

DAY 6: Sihanoukville ~ Siem Reap

Pick up at your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax, explore 'Pub Street' and shop at the bustling night markets for some amazing souvenirs. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Siem Reap

 

DAY 7: Temples of Angkor Wat

After breakfast your tour guide will pick you up and our first stop of the day is Angkor Thom, a masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king

decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire.  We begin to visit Bayon Temple. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.  We continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. Along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century. We continue to visit Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.   We journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers.  Another night in Siem Reap to enjoy the any bars and restaurants of Pub Street.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Siem Reap

 

DAY 8: Siem Reap Full Day

Enjoy your last day of your holiday to Cambodia with a relaxing day at leisure. You may decide to return to the temples of Angkor for ore exploration or you can choose to take one of our optional trips; 

1. Tonlé Sap Lake Tour (3hrs):

Pick up from your hotel at 8am depart for the Tonlé Sap. Enjoy a boat ride on the Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonlé Sap Rive, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We sail to a fishermen's "Floating Village", complete with a floating school and floating police station. The villages moves from place to place following water levels and current. 

2. Cooking Class (7:30 -12:00)

Pick up by Tuk Tuk and we join Cooking class "Khmer food lovers". Participants learn how to prepare Khmer dishes in addition to choosing products at a local market. These courses are conducted by the chefs who make every effort to ensure that you have a good time, once you have completed your cooking class, you will be comfortably seated on the terrace

in our garden to enjoy the food we have prepared together. Includes Lunch.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Siem Reap

OPTIONAL TOURS: Tonlé Sap Lake $   /  Cooking Class $

 

DAY 9: End of Tour

Your holiday to Cambodia has unfortunately come to an end. You will be transferred to Siem Reap International airport in time for your onward flight. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2019

*January: 13, 27

*February: 3, 10 , 17

*March: 2, 9, 23

*April: 6, 13, 20

May: 4, 11, 18, 25

June: 1, 15, 22

July: 6, 13, 27

August: 3, 10, 24

September: 7, 14, 21

 

Months marked with * Incur a high season surcharge of $50 per person - add top cart

 

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