Overview

The quaint and picturesque Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia is sure to delight visitors given the fact that it has a rich and ancient history and more than just temples and pagodas to offer. The must visit country bordering Thailand is known for its several beaches and riverside towns, as it continues to grow as a popular tourist destination with travellers from across the world flocking to get mesmerized by marvels in this country. The 10-day tour allows you to explore the rural life, culture and an opportunity to enjoy local cuisines, sure to leave you asking for more by the end of the trip. Everything, right from the lakes, the temples, architecture and the vibe of Cambodia is certainly going to leave you spellbound. 

9 Nights 10 Days 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, and more Siem Reap International Airport
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Visit the silver pagoda and the Wat Phnom temple
  • Biking tour to the Mekong Islands
  • Boat ride across the Tonle Sap river
  • Tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum
  • The inevitable marvel of Angkor Wat.
Itinerary
Day 1 (Phnom Penh-National Museum-Royal Palace- Wat Phnom Temple)
  • Upon arrival in Cambodia’s capital at the Phnom Penh Airport, you will be welcomed by our warm and gracious tour guides and will be taken to your hotel rooms.  (Lunch not included).
  • The afternoon is lined up for a visit to the National Museum, (popularly known as Musee des Beaux-Arts). A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style (of architecture) in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notable sculptures preserved over time. Moving on, we take a tour into the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Silver Pagoda as the name suggests, is rightly so because of its floor, that comprises of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted, weighing 90 kgs and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Wasn’t it truly a ‘treasurable’ tour? We told you so! We promise this will be the last one and you can rest for the afternoon. End the session with a visit to Wat Phnom temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. The pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.
  • Be rest assured to be accommodated in comfortable deluxe rooms at Juliana Hotel.
Day 2 (Phnom Penh-Mekong Island- Tuol Sleng Museum-Russian Market)
  • Go ahead and grab some breakfast at the hotel as y’all gonna need energy before we get geared up for a charged, action-packed day.
  • We got half a day of biking tour to the Mekong Islands (you all will be escorted by biking company guides), a 25 km easy ride on mostly unpaved roads.
  • Take a boat across the Tonle Sap River and cycle north along the bank of the river in an area mainly populated by Cham communities as one passes coriander gardens and pretty-looking small wooden houses before crossing the peninsula to the ferry point. But before you get on to the ferry, we suggest you visit a Chinese style Pagoda. After crossing to Koh Otnyahdei, take a gentle ride around Mekong Island and then stop by a school to understand about Cambodia's school system and later a silk weaving house to see how those lovely highly demanded silk scarves are produced.
  • Cross back to the mainland and ride back to the boat by a different route. Return to the city with a new view on Phnom Penh and on Cambodia.
  • (Lunch not included)
  • By noon, visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. Thousands were held at S-21 and taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children- all people pictured were later killed.
  • Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewellery, gems, silk, stone and wood carvings and other souvenirs.
  • (dinner is not included)
  • We know you are exhausted, you all may please return to your rooms. 
Day 3 (Phnom Penh –Battambang-Kompong Chhnang)
  • Breakfast at hotel and then leave Phnom Penh for Battambang by bus (290 kms, 4-5 hours drive). Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. Visit the floating village by boat at Kompong Chhnang. It’s lunchtime! Chomp on local delicacies at a restaurant.
  • It’s time to visit the stone carving in Pursat. 
  • Arrive in Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia, the fertile plain provides much of the rice and other important crops to the country. The Sangker River cuts through the town center, filled with colonial and shop house architecture.
  • Enjoy Battambang's truly unique form of local transportation and as you ride on the Bamboo Train through the picturesque countryside.
  • Check-in at the Bamboo hotel and get rested.
  • (Dinner not included).
Day 4 (Battambang-Phnom Banon)
  • After getting something to eat, we leave for our half day biking tour, where you will be escorted by guides. You can pick up bikes from the hotel to visit families in a Muslim village outside the town. We explore the village on foot and get a sneak peek into their traditional livelihoods, family history and ways of living. After getting some rest, we will ride through countryside and arrive at a Buddhist temple, where you will have a chance to chat with a young, friendly Buddhist monk. The tour includes a Cambodian lunch at a family home.
  • By noon, you all travel by car to visit Phare Ponleu Selpak Centre, this centre supports around 30 orphans and trafficking victims and is schooling more than 1,200 pupils, over 400 of who study visual arts, music, circus, drama and dance for leisure or vocational training. 
  • Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset. 
  • (dinner not included)
  • Return to rooms.
Day 5 (Battambang-Banteay Chhmar)
  • Post breakfast at hotel, we drive to the archeologist site of Banteay Chhmar. This is the last of the great Angkorian temples that has not undergone significant conservation and as such offers a completely unique viewing. Originally enclosed by a 9km long wall, the temple housed one of the largest Buddhist monasteries of the Angkorian period. The site is set within a living cultural and natural landscape, the likes of which is no longer visible at Angkor.
  • Welcome to Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism centre and get settled in your home stay. In 2007 the villagers of Banteay Chhmar formed the CBT committee (Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism), dedicated to preserving and protecting the cultural heritage of the area as well as creating a sustainable tourism industry in Banteay Chhmar. Over 70 villagers are directly involved in the CBT as tour guides, cooks, home stay owners, musicians and activities providers. Many more people in the community receive secondary benefits as food sellers, taxi drivers and performing other services. CBT has also become involved in community development projects. Preservation of the Banteay Chhmar temple is since 2009 being led by Global Heritage Fund. They formed a partnership with the CBT and are currently paying their running costs. Global Heritage Fund itself also provides many jobs to the community with the preservation project and helps to teach the local people about the importance of protecting their cultural heritage.
  • While seeing the wonderful temple of Banteay Chhmar is definitely the highlight, an even more memorable experience is the interaction with the local Khmer people. Our guide together with the local guide of CBT will allow you talk to the many people you meet, be it at the market, during the meals one of which will be a torch lit dinner at the temple, all meals prepared by local women (under a straw hut), or during the visits of the Banteay Chhmar temple and its satellite temples. A close contact with the local population will of course also be possible during the home stay, an important part of the activities in Banteay Chhmar. Accommodation is very simple, certainly not comparable to "western-style" home stays but the friendliness and the warm smiles of the home stay family will fully compensate for any shortcomings.
  • After lunch visit the Banteay Chhmar Temple and Ta Prom temple by walking and see the intriguing bas reliefs that tell the history of epic battles and religious beliefs.
  • Take an Ox-cart from Ta Prom temple through the village to the silk center and learn about the process of silk weaving.
  • Relax and refresh in your new home before having dinner at the temple site with traditional wooden torches.
  • Dinner is not included.
  • Back to Bamboo Hotel (Superior room)
Day 6 (Banteay Chhmar- Banteay Top Temple-Siem Reap)
  • Freshly made and served breakfast in your home stay prepared by CBT restaurant, followed by a walk around at the Banteay Chhmar local market.
  • Take a Koyun tour (mini tractor with remoark) to Banteay Top temple and ride through the rice fields to see the villager's activities and then you can enjoy a picnic lunch at Banteay Top temple.
  • Post noon, drive to Siem Reap. Check in at Steung Siem Reap Hotel (Deluxe room). Rest of the day at leisure.(Dinner is not included).
Day 7 (Siem Reap-Bayon Temple-Phare)
  • I hope you all have stuffed yourselves up before we start temple visits this morning in a tuk tuk at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom.
  • Visit Bayon temple unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. 
  • Lunch is not included.
  • After a fun-filled morning, you’ll have the afternoon to yourselves or can even relax by the swimming pool at your hotel or explore town on own arrangement.
  • Before or after dinner: Visit Phare, The Cambodian Circus' daily 1hour Show. Enjoy an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, comedy and more, a beautifully choreographed and performed story about Cambodian lives and society. Go back with a memory filled with energy and emotions portrayed by the famous artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center. PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians ex-refugees artists. Be part of non-profit organization efforts to build artists' careers and to bring Cambodian arts to the rest of the world.
  • Dinner is not included. Accommodation at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.
Day 8 (Siem Reap-Angkor Wat Temple-Tonle Sap Lake)
  • Breakfast at the hotel and then you proceed with your family adventure with a trip in a tuk tuk to a tethered balloon which will take you 120m up in the air to view Angkor Wat. Continue to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Children can explore the endless corridors and hidden passageways.
  • Lunch is not included
  • Afternoon, drive to the country side and take an ox-cart ride through the villages and the rice fields. At the end of your ride, have a fresh coconut drink with the family and do not hesitate to blend with the local people to get to know more about their lives and culture. 
  • Then take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and visit a floating village. The village moves with the water level and during wet season houses are anchored around an island pagoda. 
  • (Dinner is not included).
  • Return to hotel rooms.
Day 9 (Siem Reap-Preah Khan Temple-Taeko Temple)
  • Eat well coz you’ve got a long way up as there’s 18 km of biking on mostly paved roads, some parts unpaved.
  • Transfer from hotel by vehicle to the West Gate of Preah Khan temple, built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is like Ta Prohm a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. The bikes will wait at the East Gate. Ride the bikes from East Gate of Preah Khan up to Ta Nei temple on a forest path. Visit Ta Nei temple and continue again on forest path to Takeo temple. Drive around Takeo temple (no visit) and continue to the West Gate of Ta Prohm. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Ride on to the East entrance of Angkor Wat. Visit Angkor Wat or transfer back to the hotel.
  • Lunch is not included.
  • Afternoon, travel by car to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of "anastylosis". The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. 
  • Dinner is not included
  • Accommodation at Steung Siem Reap Hotel (Deluxe room)
Day 10 (Siem Reap-Departure)
  • After breakfast you will be dropped at Siem Reap International Airport.
Pickup point
Directions.
Siem Reap International Airport (REP), National Highway 6, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia View on Map