Cambodia Explorer 8 Day

Southeast Asia > Cambodia

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the southeastern part of the Indochina Peninsula and is bordered by Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand.

 

Many travelers that visit Cambodia make it a point to see the iconic temple, Angkor Wat. It was built during the Khmer Empire for the Hindu religion.

As a traveler in Cambodia it is essential to abide by the local law and respect the local culture. Do your best to avoid offending local sensitivities by behaving discreetly, dressing conservatively and respecting religious and social traditions.

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Day 1: ARRIVE PHNOM PENH

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transfer to your hotel. This evening you can explore the vibrant waterfront restaurants and shops on your own.

Overnight Arunreas Phnom Penh (Dinner)

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Day 2: FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Start your trip with iconic architecture heritage of Phnom Penh, known as the "Pearl of Asia," considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina.
Your first stop is Wat Phnom, the city’s first pagoda was erected here in 1373 at the behest of the city’s founder, Madame Daun Penh. Continue on to the Post Office square, including a look at the gorgeous French colonial-era buildings that have been restored such as Van’s Restaurant. Head up the riverfront to visit some little known historic buildings in the city, including some hidden Chinese temples in the back streets of the capital. Emerge along Monivong Boulevard near the French Embassy, the site of the final evacuation of foreigners still in the city when the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975. Heading south again, stop at the Le Bibliotheque, the striking national library, and the classic Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Nearby is the beautiful Phnom Penh Railway Station. Finish our look at the city’s living history with a view over the capital from one of its highest points and a bird’s eye look at the renovated art deco-styled Central Market. Explore the market for a fresh fruit shake or an iced coffee local style.
Afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculptures from the Angkor period.

Overnight Arunreas Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 3: KILLING FIELDS AND TOUL SENG PRISON CAMP

Meet your guide after breakfast for a day trip to the Killing Fields and Toul Seng Prison Camp.
Starting first at Toul Seng Prison Camp in the morning, if opportunity permits, meet with one the last survivors from the prison camp and hear about his experience with the tribunal trials. Then continue to the outskirts to visit the Killing Fields.
Your tour will also include a very meaningful lunch stop at a restaurant supported by PSE, a local non-profit that provides training and employment to disadvantaged youth.

Overnight Arunreas Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 4: DRIVE ABOUT 3 HOURS TO KAMPONG THOM VIA "SPIDERVILLE"

This morning meet your guide and proceed to Kampong Thom. Along the way you will stop at Kampong Cham for a short break, this little provincial town is also lovingly known as "Spiderville" as the local delicacy here is tarantula spiders.
Afternoon, explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk, a UNESCO Heritage Site. The first major temple city in South-East Asia, the brick temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. Visiting these ancient structures before your pilgrimage to Angkor offers a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire. You will explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries.

Overnight Sambor Village Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 5: DRIVE ABOUT 3 HOURS TO SIEM REAP VIA FLOATING VILLAGE

Depart this morning along an old Angkor road with stopover in Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that were built to span the rivers. Spean Praptos has more than 20 arches and is a spectacular sight.
Afternoon, arrive at Tonle Sap Lake and board a small wooden boat to Kompong Khleang to see a rustic side of Cambodia and floating villages, where houses stand atop stilts as much as seven meters above the water. Your boat trip is organized by a local non-profit and you will be guided by a local resident from this area. During your boat cruise, you will make several stops such as a local home, a rural market, the village temple and the local school that the non-profit supports.
Arrive at Siem Reap late afternoon and rest of the evening is free to explore the night markets or the famous "Pub Street" on your own.

Overnight Shinta Mani Shack (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 6: ANCIENT RIVERBED CARVINGS, BANTEAY SREI AND GOLDEN SILK FARM

This morning journey north for about an hour to Kbal Spean, the original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’. Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. You will experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area for about an hour, it is a gradual uphill but scenic climb to reach the river carvings. The path winds its way through knotted vines and big boulder formations and occasionally offers big views over the surrounding jungle. And there is a small waterfall below the carved riverbed, perfect for cooling off after the hot climb.
After, head south to Banteay Srei, a petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’.
Final stop is the Golden Silk Pheach Preservation Center, one of the rare remaining fully integrated silk producers in the world.
They strive to restore and safeguard intricate Khmer traditional methods and techniques of silk making. At the center, you will be given a guided in-house tour to learn about the process of silk harvesting and various traditional weaving techniques. Mulberry bushes are also grown on site where silk worms are cultivated. At the end of the tour, you can visit their boutique shop to view some of the most intricate and unique fabrics produced in the country. From here, it’s about an hour’s drive back to your hotel in town.

Overnight Shinta Mani Shack (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 7: ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR THOM BY BIKE

Take an early morning trip (5:30am) to Angkor Wat to beat the crowds and heat of the day. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. Return to your hotel for breakfast after watching the beautiful sunrise and return to visit the temples when the crowd subsides.
Later in the afternoon, visit the highlights of Angkor Thom by bike along the back roads with your guide. A tuk tuk (motorized rickshaw) will accompany you in case you're tired of cycling. Visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very center of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Transfer back to your hotel by tuk tuk at the end of tour.

Shinta Mani Shack (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 7: DEPART SIEM REAP

Transfer to airport for your onward journey.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

ARUNREAS HOTEL PHNOM PENH

is an exquisite boutique hotel offering an exclusive and luxurious experience with only 12 individually designed spacious suites and rooms. All rooms are furnished with modern stylish fittings including free wifi. The hotel is centrally located in the city center and easily accessible to the vibrant riverfront and local restaurants.

 SAMBOR VILLAGE HOTEL

is small, Hidden in a fragrant garden surrounding a shady pool, and the best available guesthouse in Kampong Thom with only 19 rooms. Ideally located on the quiet river bank of the Stung Seng river, all rooms are come with private bathroom, hot shower, A/C and comfortable bedding.

SHINTA MANI SHACK

is a 4 star boutique resort centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area, and just 15 minute drive from Angkor Wat. The resort features 62 rooms with direct access or first floor balcony views over the stunning swimming pool, a full service spa and all day dining restaurant.

  • Meet & assist at airports with transfers between the airports and hotels
  • Accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis
  • Surface transportation per itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Private tours per the itinerary with the services of local English-speaking guides unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to listed sights and activities
  • Meals per itinerary
  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities (suggested; $15 per person per day for guide / $15 per person per day for staff at property)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Laundry (unless stated by hotel)
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle or unless stated)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency

Pricing starts at:

$5,700

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$6,500

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$5,700

per person