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Introduction

The diversity offered by the wild northeast region of Cambodia is the attraction after a couple of days exploring the Kingdom’s vibrant and exciting capital, Phnom Penh, with its highlights including the elegant National Museum and the more sobering Tuol Sleng Prison. We encounter nature in one of its rarest forms with the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins of Kratie before we head into the rolling hills of Mondulkiri. Minorities make up most of the population here, picturesque waterfalls pepper the area including the beautiful Bou Sraa waterfall, and we pay a visit to both. An opportunity for an original elephant experience is promised at the Elephant Trekking Trip at Green House before we head back towards the city’s capital.

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Day 2: Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields, Lunch at PSE and Boat trip
  • Day 3: Travel to Kratie.
  • Day 4: Morning Dolphin Watching. Travel to Mondulkiri.
  • Day 5: Bou Sraa Waterfall and minority villages.
  • Day 6: Elephant Trekking Trip at Green House.
  • Day 7: Travel from Mondulkiri to Phnom Penh.

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. 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. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields. Lunch at PSE and Sunset Boat Trip {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.  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. The clients can then take a tour of the PSE facilities where both schooling and work/life skills are available to the children and youths as a way of escaping the poverty of their lives spent on the city’s main garbage dump. 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 cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River. We cruise past small villages and see fishing boats preparing their catch. We return to Phnom Penh after dark. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 3: Travel to Kratie {B}