What to Expect
Day 1 - Siem Reap Arrival day (D)
We will be pleased to give you some suggestions on what to do with your first day or afternoon in Cambodia. There is plenty of possibilities, such as a relaxing “blind massage”, a refreshing drink in a beautiful garden, a graphic introduction of the recent tragic history of Cambodia at the landmine museum, a visit of an NGO (non government organization) providing beautiful craft industry, or even a foretaste of the temples of Angkor with the visit of the Roluos group, unless you are just dreaming for a good reparative sleep after your long journey.
In the evening, you will meet with your local tour leader before going to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2 - Siem Reap / Angkor (B)
We will start our visit of the amazing temples complex of Angkor. Our visit will begin with the South Gate, a beautiful introduction to Angkor Thom. Inside the complex, we will stop at the famous Bayon. We will also visit the Royal Enclosure, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then, we will visit Ta Prohm. It looks nearly the same as in the descriptions of the first French explorers, shrouded in undergrowth and in the huge roots of old Banyan trees. We will have lunch at a local restaurant around the temples, and in the afternoon we will visit Srah Srang and Prasat Kravan before to go to Angkor Wat. Eventually, we will enjoy viewing the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3 - Siem Reap - Angkor Thom (B)
We will have an early wake-up this morning hoping to catch the sunrise on Angkor Wat before having breakfast. Then we will pass through Angkor Thom to reach the temple of Preah Khan. From there, we will visit the temples along the road which is called the great circuit, namely : Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup and Banteay Kdei. Then we will go for lunch (at Palm Village) before visiting the exhibition on the Tonle Sap located on the school for blind children directed by the NGO Krousar Thmey. Afterwards, we will go back to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Fresh Air guest house or similar, Siem Reap.
Day 4 - Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Kbal Spean (B / L / D)
Today after breakfast, drive northeast of Siem Reap will take us to the temple of Banteay Srei. While many of Angkor's temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands out by the quality of its craftsmanship. Then, we will drive to Phnom Kbal Spean. After a 30 mins walk in the forest, we will arrive at Sahasralina, the River of a Thousand Lingas. We will have lunch at Borey Sovann, set at the base of jungled mountains opposite the entrance to Kbal Spean.
After lunch, we will visit Phnom Bok, then a nice countryside road will take us to Chau Srei Vibol, a temple in ruin in a quiet location, and finally, we will visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complex at Angkor, restored with the method of the anastylosis. Dinner at La Noria (from the NGO Krousar Thmey) with shadow puppet show. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 5 - Siem Reap - Battambang (B / D)
We will take a regular speedboat departing from Siem Reap at 7:00 am. During the 4-6 hours trip, crossing the Tonle Sap Lake then reaching the Stung Sang Ker river, you will enjoy the wonderful landscape and the floating villages as well as the daily life along the river. At arrival in Battambang and after check in at the hotel, we will go for lunch at the White Rose. This local restaurant has a huge selection of delicious fruit-shakes. In the afternoon, we will drive 11 km along the Sang Ker River to reach Wat Ek Phnom temple (built by Suryavarman I in the 11th century). On the way back we will stop at the NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak, an artistic, cultural, educational and social center, where we will enjoy a circus performance followed by a dinner.
Overnight at Battambang. Accommodation at Royal hotel or similar.
Day 6 - Battambang - Phnom Penh Capital (B / D)
We will leave Battambang by public bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh. The journey going through the provinces of Pursat and Kampong Chhnang .
After arrival in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel by tuk-tuk, we will visit capital city, Wat Phnom, a temple on the top of the only hill of Phnom Penh. Dinner at the restaurant Friends which is a non-profit restaurant run by street youth in training. Overnight at Phnom Penh. Accommodation at Town View hotel or similar.
Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B)
We will drive out of Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. We will visit Wat Nokor, a temple, and Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (“Man and Woman Hill”). After check-in will have lunch at Hao An restaurant. In the afternoon we will ride bicycles to the Koh Pean Islandto. On the way, you will be able to see the activities of the locals at the paddy field and inside the village. This type of real life experience in Cambodia will allow you to share some vibrant moments with people. Overnight in Kampong Cham
Day 8 - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh (B)
We will drive to Kampong Thom Province, East of Kampong Cham.We will take us to Sambor Prei Kuk. This is the setting of the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments anywhere in Cambodia. In the afternoon we will drive to Phnom Penh. On the way back, we will stop at the village Skun. If you are still hungry and looking for a dessert, you will get the chance to taste the local speciality. We will arrive in Phnom Penh at the evening where we will have dinner at the Khmer Sorin restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 9 - Phnom Penh - Kampot (B / L)
Will leave Phnom Penh and drive to the South, Kampot, but we will stop for visits on the way. First, we will stop at Phnom Tamao wildlife sanctuary. Phnom Tamao is home to 70 Sun bears and Asiatic bears that have been rescued with the help of the NGO Free the Bears which aim is to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears and those who live alongside them throughout the world. Afterward, we will also stop at the two temples of Tonle Bati. We will continue to Kampot where we will relax at Epic Arts Café. Later in the afternoon, we will take a boat on the Prek Kampong Bay River, which runs along the city for a sunset river cruise. Passing through a Cham village, this journey will lead us to the rapids at Tekchhou, and we will return to Kampot for dinner. Overnight in Kampot
Day 10 - Bokor National Park (B / L)
We will drive to Bokor Hill Station. The specific climate of the site, often shrouded in fog and clouds, completes the mysterious atmosphere of this ghost-town. In addition. We will spend a full day in this eccentric and surprising site with a picnic lunch near the Popokvil waterfalls. We will drive back to Kampot in the evening where we will have dinner. After a day on the bumpy roads of Bokor.
Overnight in Kampot
Day 11 - Sihanoukville (B)
We will begin the day with an early breakfast before leaving Kampot to Sihanoukville. As we will arrive there at noon time, we will first go for lunch to Starfish Bakery Café from the Starfish Project which assists disabled families and individuals to becoming independent through housing, community and water projects, and medical assistance. Starfish Project will also be able to provide for you a relaxing moment with their experienced blind masseurs, or give you the opportunity to keep in touch with your family and friends with their Internet Centre. Afterwards, you will have a whole free afternoon to explore the beaches. Dinner and drinks at some of local restaurants and bars along the beaches to enjoy sunset on the sea.
Overnight at Sihanoukville.
Day 12 - Thu - Sihanouk Ville - Ream National Park (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a half day to visit the maritime National Park of Ream. There, we will explore the mangroves by boat and view wildlife on the shore.
In the afternoon, we will return at Phnom Penh by public bus. This bus journey will take us about 5 hours.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 13 - Full day in Phnom Penh Capital (B / L / D)
Will drive to visit the Choeng Ek killing fields and the Tuol Sleng genocide Museum. Then, we will have lunch in the nice garden of the restaurant Le Rit’s owned by the NGO Nyemo. In the afternoon, we will visit the Royal Palace. Besides the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple and the Chan Chaya Pavillon, it includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda. This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Then we will go for our farewell dinner in one of the numerous restaurants of the capital city. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 14 - Departure day (B)
This is departure day so no activities are planned. Check-out will be at noon and you are free to leave at any time.