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Cambodia Highlights

This Cambodia Highlights tour takes you into the beating heart of Khmer culture, showing the best the country has to offer, without you having to take a single internal flight. It is ideal for families or couples who may wish to add some beach time onto the end as well as those who are short on time, or wish to combine Cambodia with a trip to Vietnam. It takes in everything from Cambodia’s evocative capital and recent tragic history to the gorgeous countryside and majestic temples of Angkor.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Discover the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia! Enjoy a private transfer to Phnom Penh where you will embark on a traditional cyclo tour through the heart of the city and along the river where you will stop at the Royal Palace before visiting the National Museum. Enjoy a sunset river cruise before staying at Villa Langka, a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. (Superior Room, B&B)

Day 2 - A tour of food and history

Begin the day with a food walking tour and trip to the market to gain an insight to the local cuisine. This afternoon will be more sombre as with a visit to Tuol Sleng, a school that was used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge, and Choeng Ek, also known as the “killing fields”, where many were left to perish. Later, visit the Apsara Arts Association, which teaches Cambodian dance and music to disadvantaged and orphaned children.

Day 3 - Visit a rural slice of life

Today you will be driven to Battambang by a private driver, which will take about six hours, including a stop at Udong, the former capital of Cambodia. This afternoon take the legendary “bamboo train” in Battambang, which is little more than a bamboo raft that hurtles down a dis-used railway track in the countryside. Tonight, attend an incredible performance by young Cambodians, before checking into your new home ‘Bambu’. (Superior Room, B&B).

Day 4 - Cycle in the countryside

Enjoy a half-day bike tour this morning through the gorgeous countryside and rice paddies surrounding Battambang. You will meet local families along the way who will teach you about traditional industries such as rice paper making, rice wine and Battambang’s famous bamboo rice cakes. It is a wonderful opportunity to see ‘real Cambodia’. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure.

Day 5 - Visit the mighty temples of Angkor

This morning you will be driven to Siem Reap in a private car, which takes about four hours. Spend the best part of the day exploring the largest religious structure in the world; Angkor Wat. Constructed in the jungle in the early 12th century, it lay hidden until being discovered in 1861. After, visit the magnificent temple of Ta Prohm, which was the setting for Tomb raider. We recommend sunset at Pre Rup Temple before resting at Natura Resort, a fabulous boutique hotel. (Deluxe Room, B&B)

Day 6 - Enjoy a second full day in Angkor

Visit Bantrey Srei temple this morning, which for many years was off limits due to its remote location and Khmer Rouge activity. You may also visit the Cambodian Landmine Museum, Prevention and Rehabilitation Center before lunch (included). This afternoon board a local boat to visit a floating village at nearby Tonle Sap Lake. Finish the day by visiting Artisans D’Angkor, a handicraft centre that trains locals in valuable skills.

Day 7 - Bon voyage!

This morning our driver and guide will take you back to Phnom Penh to catch your flight home. On the way you will visit Sambor Prei Kuk, which has ruins that pre-date Angkor by several centuries. Tourists seldom visit so you can enjoy the beautiful ruins in peace and quiet. You can enjoy a traditional Khmer picnic lunch in front of the temple, before continuing your journey to Phnom Penh Airport.

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This itinerary costs from £970 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.

 

You can get flights from as little as £500 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

INCLUDED:
  • Prices start from £970 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Lunch on Days 4 & 6
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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This Cambodia Highlights tour takes you into the beating heart of Khmer culture, showing the best the country has to offer, without you having to take a single internal flight. It is ideal for families or couples who may wish to add some beach time onto the end as well as those who are short on time, or wish to combine Cambodia with a trip to Vietnam. It takes in everything from Cambodia’s evocative capital and recent tragic history to the gorgeous countryside and majestic temples of Angkor.

Siem Reap
This lively, bustling town has the ancient kingdom of Angkor on its doorstep, making it the perfect place to base your temple adventures. A point of pilgrimage, pride and inspiration for Cambodians, the Hindu temples of Angkor should not be missed.
Phnom Penh
Although often by-passed by many tourists, Phnom Penh offers a fascinating insight into the past, present and future of Cambodia. Tuk-tuk across the busy streets, get to grips with the country's harrowing history of genocide at the Killing Fields or watch the sunset from a riverside bar; there's something for everyone. What's more, we've discovered a handful of fabulous little boutique hotels.
Kampot & Kep
Escape the crowds and enjoy the rural beauty of the south-west. Kampot is famed for its rich, spicy pepper, restful river and jungle terrain while Kep offers the best sunset spots over the ocean in all of Cambodia. Not to mention the delicious crab on offer. This is the place to relax in Cambodia and we've found the best places for you to do just that.
Battambang
Arguably the most charming of Cambodia's larger urban centres, Battambang has a small-town friendly vibe with the bustle of a city. It is home to some of the best preserved French architecture in Cambodia, glorious rice paddies and provincial villages that offer a real insight into Cambodian life.
Sihanoukville
Cambodia’s prime beach destination - Sihanoukville is surrounded by sandy beaches and tropical islands. We know how to steer you away from the crowds here and have discovered a handful of northern beaches with the perfect chill out vibe.
Koh Kong
If you are looking for a jungle escape with thundering waterfalls surrounded by luscious greenery then look no further than Koh Kong. It’s a gem of a find. Off the tourist trail enough to make you feel like you have discovered a slice of hidden Cambodia. We recommend staying on a floating tent or hut over the river (surprisingly more luxurious than it sounds). Trust us on this one...
Kratie
One of the nicest spots to enjoy the natural beauty of the mighty Mekong River is at Kratie, which offers stunning sunsets and is home to the rare fresh-water Irrawaddy dolphins that can be seen all year round. The nearby island of Koh Trong is an ideal place to relax for a day and north of Kratie you can find peaceful fishing communities and rural scenery that is ideal for cycling or trekking.
Ratanakiri Province
This diverse region of natural beauty in the north-east is harder to get to but all the more beautiful for it. Here you will find virtually untouched forested mountains, ethnic minority groups with their own languages and traditions, volcanic lakes and thundering waterfalls. The main activity on offer here is trekking and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in their natural habitats, including gibbons and elephants.

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