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Introduction

Captivating Cambodia explored in this two-week journey will reward and reveal all its treasures, beginning with the highlights of its vibrant capital Phnom Penh. Then head for the emerging south coast resort of Kep, for some white-sand island relaxation and unique cave pagodas. A close encounter with the rare Irrawaddy dolphins of the Mekong River around Kratie, before we discover the first temple city built in Southeast Asia at Sambor Prei Kuk. At Angkor, over 1000 temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries, so we select the best of them including the world’s largest religious monument at Angkor Wat, the enigmatic and enchanting Bayon and the atmospheric Ta Prohm, consumed by jungle and fighting a losing battle with nature. We take time to explore the floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake before we enjoy an exciting adventure at the lost temples of Beng Mealea and Koh Ker

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Day 2: Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, Cyclo tour and Sunset boat cruise
  • Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kep
  • Day 4: Rabbit Island. Kep Cave pagodas
  • Day 5: Kep to Phnom Penh
  • Day 6: Travel to Kratie included Phnom Pros Phnom Srei and Wat Nokor in Kampong Cham Province
  • Day 7: Dolphins and Travel to kampong ThomDay 8: Sambor Prei Kuk. Travel to Siem Reap
  • Day 9: Roluos group and Preah Khan
  • Day 10: Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum
  • Day 11: Tonle Sap Floating villages
  • Day 12: Dragon Boat at Angkor Thom with Breakfast and Ta Prohm
  • Day 13: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker
  • Day 14: Angkor Wat sunrise and Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum {B}

Upon arrival Phnom Penh airport, you will be warmly welcome by one of our professional tour guide who will bring you to check in hotel. In the afternoon, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held, see the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed in 1920 and features collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, Cyclo tour and Sunset Boat Cruise on River {B}

We come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here.

In afternoon, we discover the streets of Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of the city. A popular form of transport throughout Southeast Asia, the cyclo is still widely used in the Cambodian capital and is a comfortable way to see the sights. We start at Wat Phnom, symbol of the city, before heading west past the National Library and Hotel Le Royal. We pass Phnom Penh train station before winding our way down to Psar Thmei, the leading market in the city. We then snake through some of the smaller back streets, including 178 St, brimming with art shops, and Bohemian 240 St with its cafes and boutiques. We pass Independence Monument, modeled on the central tower of Angkor Wat and continue to the elegant riverfront.

In the late afternoon, we board a local boat for a sunset cruise on the river. We set off on the Tonle Sap River, which famously reverses direction each year, acting as the world's largest natural flood barrier for the Mekong River. We return to Phnom Penh after dark. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kep {B}