Tailored from $2,350 per person excl. flights
10 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chambok, Sihanoukville
10 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chambok, Sihanoukville
This experience starts in lively Siem Reap where you explore one of mankind’s greatest architectural achievements, the celebrated temples of Angkor Wat, which display the incredible skill and dedication of the Khmer Empire. Moving on to Phnom Penh you’ll gain an insight into the contrast of Khmer history and understand the journey the country is taking to rebuild itself. A night at a local homestay in Kirirom National Park will highlight the natural wonders and abundant wildlife of the country and reveal the vitality of local organisations in helping to preserve nature. A visit to Sihanoukville’s marvelous beaches and islands will supply the luxury of tropical sun, sea and sand to provide the perfect ending to your Cambodian exploration.
Arrive into Siem Reap
Explore the temples of Angkor Wat
Explore Siem Reap
Drive to Phnom Penh
Highlights of Phnom Penh
Kirirom National Park
Beach day in Sihanoukville
Ream National Park, Bamboo Island
Return to Phnom Penh
Depart Phnom Penh
We will meet you on arrival at Siem Reap (REP) airport, look out for the Wayfairer welcome sign, and transfer to Siem Reap for the night on a B&B basis. Depending on your arrival time your local guide will meet you at the hotel tonight to brief you about your tour, take you around the city and recommend some great dining options. Your Cambodia exploration is about to begin in earnest.
Leave your hotel base in Siem Reap after an early breakfast and travel to the Angkor Wat temples early to avoid the crowds. Your guide will provide detailed information on how these temples were built, and what purpose each one had within the complex. The largest and best preserved of all the temples, Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia and the high classical Khmer architecture is always astounding whether it's your first time or you are on a return visit.
Today is a free day to enjoy at your leisure, but your guide will be happy to offer advice and recommendations. Your guide can help to arrange cooking classes where you can learn to master the intricacies of Khmer cuisine. You could also take a boat cruise on the Tonlé Sap Lake where you can stop off and admire the Vietnamese and Cham floating villages.
In the morning, we say farewell to Siem Reap and travel by private car to Phnom Penh. Before reaching Phnom Penh we will briefly stop in the bustling market town of Skuon, where the local delicacy is fried spiders! In the afternoon, we reach Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Repopulated after Vietnam ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979, the rebuilding and development of this vibrant city continues to pick up pace. The evening can be spent relaxing at your own pace. We like to recommend the Foreign Correspondent’s Club - situated on the waterfront; it is a famous and historical location, with three floors of cane furniture a fantastic international menu and mouth-watering cocktail creations.
You take a tour of the capital today, beginning at the Royal Palace, which is the home of the current Cambodian Monarch, King Sihamoni. Next there is the option to go around the Tuol Sleng Prison where prisoners of the Khmer regime were held and killed. Although disturbing, it is an incredible historic account of comparably recent events in the country and highlights the changes that have taken place since it was closed. We stop for lunch at Pour un Sourire d’Enfant. This is a fantastic project that has rescued thousands of children from scavenging on the rubbish dumps around Phnom Penh. Another important landmark of Cambodia’s tragic past are the Choeung Ek Killing Fields just outside the city and it is a very emotional place to visit and learn about Cambodian history during the time of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Today we travel to the Chambok community-based ecotourism site, located just outside Kirirom National Park. This project was initiated in 2002 by a local environmental organisation to address the issue of deforestation and improve the livelihoods of villagers who depend on the forests to make a living. On arrival, we are greeted by our host families and settle down to a local Khmer lunch. In the afternoon, we can explore along a lush nature trail, at the end of which is a natural pool situated at the base of a spectacular waterfall. So far, this project has successfully reduced deforestation, including charcoal production in the national park, in part due to excellent monitoring of the local area by rangers as well as the educational and economic benefits of well-handled tourism. We’ll spend the night as guests of the local people, enjoying their friendliness and curiosity in travellers from a different culture.
After breakfast this morning we make our way to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s main beach resort. Today is the ideal opportunity to rest tired limbs and enjoy the relaxing beach culture. There are numerous excellent beaches in the area including Sokha Beach and Independence Beach. As afternoon turns into evening, you can choose between dining al fresco on one of the beaches, or making your way into the town itself and discovering culinary gems located down side-streets and in alleyways, beckoning with the tantalizing aromas of fresh seafood and local spices.
Today you can explore Ream National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from Sihanoukville, which features wonderful boat tours through mysterious mangrove forests and is teeming with rare birdlife. Walking tours, cascading waterfalls and amazing flora and fauna make this the perfect day out for those who love to revel in nature. But if the beaches still beckon, then the surrounding islands provide a great exploration option too. Koh Russei, also known as Bamboo Island, is near enough for an interesting day trip, as is Koh Rong, which offers an incredible stretch of white sands on its southwest side. Your guide can arrange private tours to any or all of these beautiful islands should you wish. The evening invites you to sip various tropical cocktails on the beach as you listen to the lapping of the waves and watch the sky change hues as the stars come out.
After breakfast we make our way back to Phnom Penh by private car where you spend your last night in the capital. This is your last chance to pick up any souvenirs and take a final stroll along the waterfront. Your guide can help you to organize a special evening, with dinner at one of any fine restaurants and suggestions made as to options for later entertainment, including live music and a host of recommended bars.
Your Cambodian journey finishes after breakfast today. If there is time, take a last stroll around the city, stopping at the bustling morning markets where the local people go to buy fresh food or stop for coffee in one of the local coffee houses lining the side streets. We will then transfer you to Phnom Penh airport (PNH) in good time for your onward journey.
Grand, softly lit spaces and colonial charm makes Anantara Angkor Resort a truly unique destination in Siem Reap.
Amongst 22 acres of rainforest and tropical gardens, the Independence Hotel is the crown jewel of Cambodia’s art of hospitality.
Part of the prestigious Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Cambodia’s most luxurious hotels, located in Phnom Penh.
In this Cambodian experience you spend an amazing night at the Chambok community based eco-tourism site in Kirirom National Park. The project was initiated in 2002 by a local environmental organisation to address the issue of deforestation and improve the livelihoods of villagers who depend on the forests.