Do you have some extra days left at the end of your Thailand tour? Why not visit the extraordinary historical site of Angkor and bring a visit to Phnom Penh and the Cambodian countryside? You start by browsing Phnom Penh’s diverse districts, the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. Then you explore the former capital Sambor Prei Kuk and experience a countryside homestay. And keep the very best for the last? Say no more… The Angkor site in Siem Reap is nothing short of amazing. No wonder it is depicted on the country’s flag.
Day 1 & 2 - Phnom Penh (Day 2: B+L)
Welcome to Cambodia. Your local guide meets and greets you and your private transfer to your hotel awaits.
Day 2 your exploration of the capital start with a leisure stroll at the local market of Pshar Kandal where you can taste some of the country’s delicatesses. From here you go to the French district known for its colonial architecture and the largest pagoda in town: Wat Phnom. At the gi-normous Psah Thmey market you stop to have lunch. The afternoon is dedicated to a dark page in Cambodia’s history: the Red Khmer. The Killing Fields are still a poignant reminder and your guided tour at the Tuol Sleng Museum will not leave you untouched. Return to your hotel.
Day 3 - Phnom Penh > Sambor Prei Kuk (B+L+D)
Today you board a bus which will take your guide and you to Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient capital of the Chenla Kingdom, a settlement which is even older than the Angkor site. You visit the three main sites by foot. You may notice that you are almost alone here. Unjustifiedly so these sites remain unknown to the unwary visitor who miss out on a unique experience. You enjoy a picnic lunch here.
In the afternoon you visit the Isanborei community where you will spend the night. This project was launched together with the local farming community. You will be guided around by the locals and enjoy dinner with them.
Day 4 & 5 - Sambor Prei Kuk > Siem Reap (B)
By tuk-tuk, you reach the local bus stop where you hop on a bus for a 3 hour-ride towards Siem Reap in the company of your guide. The rest of the day you spend at leisure in the vicinity of or at your hotel.
Tomorrow awaits the magnificent Angkor site at sunrise.What a way to start your day. Snacks and coffee await at the gate, breakfast is served at your return to the hotel. Then you head for the ancient royal capital Angkor Thom. Surrounded by 8 meters high walls it forms a perfect square. Inside you discover the stunning Bayon temple and its +200 carved faces, radiating peacefulness. It is undeniably one of the flagship monuments of Angkor. The 12th century temple of Banteay Kdey is next on your programme. While you admire the sunset from atop Bakheng. Your day has come full circle.
Day 6 - Siem Reap (B)
Today your adventure starts at Banteay Srei, nicknamed the 'citadel of women', followed by the enchanting temple of Ta Prohm. This monument is literally taken captive by giant tree roots of trees. Its fairy-tale like and yet it has something strangling to it. The Preah Khan temple consists of a number of small galleries in a row. After lunch (not included), you embark on a boat trip on the Tonle Sap. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Fed by the Mekong, the water level here can reach 4x its regular level during the monsoon season. You float by drifting vegetable gardens and fishermen and visit the village of Merchey in the middle of the lake.
Day 7 - Siem Reap (B)
Today is the trio Roluos temples in the spotlight: Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong, less known, but definitely charming. Lolei is the first temple ever built on the island and is a tribute to the father of King Yasovarman I. Preah Ko is one of the oldest temples and owes its name to the three "Nandin" statues (sacred bull). Bakong is certainly the largest and most interesting, it has a more active Buddhist monastery. Afternoon at leisure. Then it's time for your transfer to the airport and your return light to Bangkok.
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Hotels & Meals
By and large, Cambodian cuisine resembles Thai cooking. The main difference is the degree of spiciness. Combodian food is less spicy. Rice is the main part of every meal including breakfast when rice soup is often served. Amok and Lok Lak are two classics on any cambodian menu. Amok is fish served in a banana leaf spiced with turmeric and sweetened with coconut milk. The tasty Lok Lak consists of beef that is cut into pieces, salad, fried egg and french fries or rice. Alternatively pork or chicken can be used.
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+5 h (summer); +6 h (winter)
Riel; 1000 Riel = 0.23 EUR & 1 EUR = 4412 Riel (01/05/2020)
Cambodia is a year-round destination.
There is little rain between November and May, the so-called dry season, which itself divides into two distinct phases. The cool season (Nov–Feb) is the peak time for tourism – mild enough to explore the temples in comfort but warm enough to sunbathe by the coast. Humidity and temperatures rise slightly during the hot season (March–May), with Phnom Penh and Battambang seeing peak daytime temperatures of 33–35°C. This is an excellent time to visit the coast. Angkor may be bakingly hot.
Visiting Cambodia during the rainy season (roughly June–Oct) may present certain practical challenges, but it is also a fascinating time to see the country as it transforms into a waterlogged expanse of tropical green under the daily monsoon deluges (fortunately, the rains falls mainly in the afternoon; mornings are generally dry). Getting around (particularly in September and October) isn’t always easy: dirt roads turn to mud and flooding is commonplace. Not surprisingly it’s also the quietest time for tourism (even Angkor is relatively quiet) and the countryside is at its lushest.
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- 6 nights accommodation, breakfast included
- Entry fees to programmed sites and activities and English speaking guide
- All listed meals (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D = Dinner)
What's not included?
Your international and domestic flights, visum, tips, beverages and possibly mandary gala dinners on 24 and 31 December.
Good to Know
Should you feel you would like to combine the taste of Cambodia with the delightful beach stay at Koh Rong Samloem, it is advised to start your trip in Seam Reap and end in Phnom Penh
Mandatory gale dinners on 24 & 31/12 at the Tara Angkor Hotel € 74/pp
Surcharge of € 28/night/room at the White Mansion for all stays between 19DEC2018 - 03JAN2019.
Surcharge of € 34/night/room at the Jaya River House Park for all stays between 25DEC2018 - 03JAN2019 & between 05FEB2019 - 12FEB2019