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10 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chambok, Sihanoukville
10 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chambok, Sihanoukville
Cambodia offers a diverse range of attractions, from legendary ancient temple cities such as Angkor, to vibrant city-centre markets filled with traditional crafts, to untamed jungle of national parks, to gorgeous beach retreats for quiet relaxation.
Your luxury Cambodia tour starts in lively Siem Reap, where you'll explore the ancient temples of Angkor. These epic constructions demonstrate the incredible skill and dedication of the Khmer Empire. Crowds gather at the iconic monument of Angkor Wat for sunrise, but there are many other temple ruins far away from the crowds, overrun with jungle foliage and ancient mysteries.
Moving on to capital city Phnom Penh, you’ll gain an insight into the contrast between ancient Khmer history and the difficult period under the Khmer Rouge regime, which provides context for the journey the country is undertaking to rebuild itself.
A night at a local homestay in Kirirom National Park provides a unique experience of rural life in Cambodia, highlighting the natural wonders and abundant wildlife of the country, as well as the great work local organisations are doing in preserving nature.
After so much sightseeing, a visit to Sihanoukville’s marvellous beaches and islands is the perfect remedy with tropical sun, sea and sand. Relax on a stretch of white sand, or take a 45-minute boat over to the idyllic island paradise of Koh Rong.
A luxury Cambodia holiday is ideal for intrepid exploration and adventurers looking to delve into history, navigate busy city streets as well as rainforest trails, then find a quiet oasis next to lapping ocean waves.
You'll be met on arrival at Siem Reap (REP) Airport by a Wayfairer representative, then you'll take a private transfer into the city to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, your local guide will meet you at the hotel to brief you on your Cambodia tour, take you around the city and recommend some great dining options. Your luxury Cambodia holiday is about to begin.
After an early breakfast, you'll head to the ancient temple site Angkor early to avoid the crowds (or even earlier if you're looking to see the sunrise). As part of a private tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide detailed information on how the temples were built and what purpose each one had within the complex.
The largest and best preserved of all the temples, Angkor Wat, is especially breath-taking and has become a symbol of Cambodia, even featuring on the country's flag. However, the many-faced carved facades of Bayon and the ruins of Angkor Thom, overrun with jungle intrusion, are sure to leave an impression as well.
Today is a free day to enjoy at your leisure in Siem Reap and your guide can offer advice and recommendations of what to see and do in the area, based on your interests, or you can take the opportunity to relax at your hotel.
Participate in a cooking course and learn to master the intricacies of Khmer cuisine, or take a boat cruise on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you can stop off in and admire the Vietnamese and Cham floating villages.
In the morning, you'll say farewell to Siem Reap and travel by private car to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. Before reaching Phnom Penh, you'll briefly stop in the bustling market town of Skuon, where the local delicacy is fried spiders (perfect for a road trip snack)!
In the afternoon, you'll reach Phnom Penh, which is rebuilding after the Khmer Rouge and developing into a vibrant city that continues to pick up pace. The evening can be spent relaxing at your own pace and we like to recommend the Foreign Correspondent’s Club. Situated on the waterfront in a famous and historical location, the club serves up delicious international dishes and renowned cocktails.
Today, you'll take a tour of the capital 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 Museum, where prisoners of the Khmer Rouge regime were held and tortured. Although a visit here can be sombre and upsetting, it is an important historic account of this dark period of Cambodia's past and a stark reminder of tragedy still in living memory for much of the country's population.
Another important site to visit is the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, just outside the city. This can be a very emotional place to visit, but also an opportunity to learn about Cambodia's recent history.
*Note: we don't recommend trips to Tuol Sleng or Choeung Ek for families and can arrange an alternative tour to different attractions in the city, customised to your preferences.
This private tour of Phnom Penh also includes a 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.
Today, you'll travel to the Chambok community-based eco-tourism 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.
On arrival, you'll be greeted by your host families and settle down to a local Khmer lunch. In the afternoon, you can explore a lush nature trail, at the end of which is a natural pool at the base of a spectacular waterfall. You’ll spend the night as guests of local people, enjoying their friendliness and curiosity in travellers from different cultures.
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.
After breakfast, you'll transfer to Sihanoukville, a Cambodia beach resort destination on the country's south coast. Here, you can rest tired limbs and enjoy the relaxing beach culture on Cambodia's coastline.
There are plenty of excellent beaches in the area, including Sokha Beach and Independence Beach. As afternoon turns into evening, you can choose between dining al fresco at one of the beachfront restaurants, or make your way into the town and discover culinary gems located down side streets and in alleyways, beckoning with aromas of fresh seafood and local spices.
Today, you'll explore Ream National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from Sihanoukville, which features wonderful boat tours through mysterious mangrove forests teeming with birdlife.
Walking tours, cascading waterfalls and amazing flora and fauna make this national park the perfect day out for those who love to revel in nature. But if the beaches still beckon, then the surrounding islands provide great sand-and-sea options too.
Koh Russei, also known as Bamboo Island, makes for an interesting day trip; or pay a visit to Koh Rong, which offers an incredible stretch of white sand on its southwest side. Your guide can arrange private tours to any or all of these beautiful islands at your request.
In the evening, sip tropical cocktails on the beach, listen to the lapping waves and watch the sky change colour as the stars come out.
After breakfast, you'll make your way back to Phnom Penh by private car and spend your last night in Cambodia's capital. This is your chance to pick up any souvenirs and take a final stroll along the waterfront. Your guide can help you to organise a special evening, with dinner at one of the world-class restaurants in town, as well as suggestions for live music and bars.
Your luxury Cambodia holiday sadly comes to an end. If there is time, you can take a last stroll around Phnom Penh, stopping at the bustling morning markets for souvenirs or for coffee in one of the local cafes lining the streets.
Once you check out of your hotel, you'll take a private transfer to Phnom Penh Airport (PNH) in good time for your onward journey, leaving Southeast Asia with a host of memories and stories from your intrepid Cambodia tour.
Find below a collection of our favourite accommodation options in Cambodia.
Situated near the Royal Palace, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a luxury hotel full of Cambodia’s rich history and located near Angkor.
Grand, softly lit spaces and colonial charm makes Anantara Angkor Resort a truly unique destination in Siem Reap.
The Frangipani Villa Hotel, a boutique hotel situated one block away from the river, is the perfect base for a trip to Siem Reap.
Within easy reach of Angkor Wat and located centrally in the leafy French Quarter, Shinta Mani Shack is a luxury hotel with character.
Located between Siem Reap’s centre and Angkor, Siddharta Boutique Hotel offers impeccable services and a broad range of amenities.
Part of the prestigious Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Cambodia’s most luxurious hotels, located in Phnom Penh.
Offering a private hideaway in Phnom Penh, Villa Langka is a boutique hotel that overlooks the Wat Langka temple.
Amongst 22 acres of rainforest and tropical gardens, the Independence Hotel is the crown jewel of Cambodian hospitality.
Wrapped in an untouched corner of Cambodian jungle, Shinta Mani Wild is an unparalleled property offering luxury, adventure and sustainability.