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Introduction

An in-depth journey throughout Cambodia that will take you beyond the highlights and under the skin of this beguiling country, beginning with the Kingdom’s vibrant riverside capital Phnom Penh, We follow the Mekong River and enjoy a close encounter with the rare and unique Irrawaddy dolphins near Kratie. More adventures await us in the remote northeast in Mondulkiri, especially at the Elephant Trekking at Green House. The undeveloped south coast beckons with the re-emerging Kep and the empty white-sand beaches of Sihanoukville providing a relaxing haven. We head north to the graceful town of Battambang and onto Banteay Chhmar, a sprawling ancient fortress lost in the jungle. Siem Reap opens up a visit to the temples of Angkor, a profound experience, as few sights on earth can match the majesty of Angkor Wat, nature unleashed at Ta Prohm or the mysterious faces of the Bayon.

 

 

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Day 2: Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, Lunch at PSE and Wat Phnom
  • Day 3: Travel to Kratie
  • Day 4: Dolphins. Travel to Mondulkiri
  • Day 5: Bou Sraa Waterfall and minority villages
  • Day 6: Elephant Trekking at Green House
  • Day 7: Travel from Mondulkiri to Phnom Penh
  • Day 8: Phnom Penh to Kep
  • Day 9: Rabbit Island. Kep Cave pagodas
  • Day 10: Kep to Sihanoukville
  • Day 11: Free time in Sihanoukville
  • Day 12: Sihanoukville to Battambang via Phnom Penh
  • Day 13: Battambang lifestyle
  • Day 14: Battambang to Siem Reap via Banteay Chhmar
  • Day 15: Roluos group. Preah Khan
  • Day 16: Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum
  • Day 17: Ta Prohm dawn. Angkor Thom
  • Day 18: Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap
  • Day 19: Angkor Wat sunrise. 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 and Killing Fields, Lunch at PSE and Wat Phnom {B/L}

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. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. 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.  We have lunch in the capital at PSE (a French NGO supporting children from the garbage dump) where their Lotus Blanc restaurant serves excellent international and Asian cuisine. We then make for Wat Phnom, a symbol of the city. Located on one of the few hills in this pancake-flat capital, the first pagoda was originally built in 1373 to house Buddha statues discovered in the Mekong by a woman named Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 3: Travel to Kratie {B}