Day 1 Siem Reap
Arrive Siem Reap, meet by our tour representative and transfer to your hotel, check in and rest of the day at your own leisure, tonight enjoy the dinner with Apsara dance show.
Day 2 Cycling to Angkor Wat + Angkor Thom
A day to cycling to world heritage areas on the roads less traveled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist.
We continue to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
Ta Prohm “Tomb Raider” fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy
Then enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing and accompanied by the sound of bird song.
Day 3 Banteai Srei & Kulen
This morning we embark on an amazing trip to the unexplored and beauty of the lush mountain region of the north. Phnom Kulen is the holiest mountain in Cambodia. Kulen is no doubt the mount the most sacred of Cambodia, a very active pilgrimage place and a picnic destination for Khmer families. Few foreigners visit this magnificent place making this destination very unique. A 1½ hour drive from Siem Reap, we pass through local villages, farm land, rice fields and temples taking us to a trail through dense jungle leading to the top of the mountain.
Here stands Preah Ang Thom, a 16th century Buddhist monastery notable for the giant reclining Buddha carved into the top of a 20-m boulder. We climb the wooden staircase to a landing that surrounds the 17m long Buddha, where monks and believers bow, and burn incense and leave fruit. We continue downstream to the magnificent series of tiered waterfalls. The waters hold special religious significance for Hindus, thanks to the hundreds of phallic images carved into the sandstone floors along the shady brook area. Having the opportunity to walk right into the shallow river to photograph the sculptures and underwater carvings is simply amazing. The river then drops about 4 m to a landing where court officials once bathed. Beyond that, the water cascades another 20 m and creates a pool where the masses once washed.
Banteai Srei is all family’s favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving
Day 4 Quad Bike and Tonle Sap Lake
We will visit Tonle Sap floating village as school, crocodile and fish farm. You will find out about daily life of people on lake. The Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. The Tonlé Sap is unusual for two reasons: its flow changes direction twice a year, and the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia’s dry season, the Tonlé Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the year’s heavy rains begin in June, the Tonlé Sap backs up to form an enormous lake.
This afternoon venture out past the temple area and explore the real countryside, by quad bike. A fun way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside, and ride through the villages, rice paddies, wetland area.
Day 5 Flight to Phnom Penh
Flight to Phnom Penh, arrive and check in at your hotel, after, we visit Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony.
Then shopping at Toul Tompong Market (called Russian Market), so-named because of the prevalence of items from the Eastern Bloc in past times, the Russian Market today is a treasure trove for tourists, that you will feel a bustling daily life of local people with Cambodian’s special character through local specialties, their houses, their face. Our cyclo tour gives us a different perspective on the streets and sights of the city. We start at Wat Phnom, iconic symbol of Phnom Penh, before heading past the National Library and Hotel Le Royal. We pass the train station before winding our way down to Psar Thmei, and the elegant riverfront. We pass the glittering Royal Palace Compound
Day 6 Phnom Penh cycling tour
After breakfast, we will drive to riverfront where you will take a local ferry across the Tonle Sap River and cycle north along the far bank of the river. There will be a chance to visit a Chinese style Pagoda. Continue the ride by taking a ferry to cross to Koh Areyksath, where you will enjoy a gentle ride around this small Mekong Island with its fertile farmland and small village communities. En route, stopping at a school to learn a little about Cambodia’s school system, a typical modern Khmer Wat, and a silk weaving house to see how those lovely silk scarves are produced.
This afternoon free and leisure for your own time at the resort (swimming or walking around the village) and return back to Phnom Penh by private boat along Mekong River.
Day 7 Kampot
This morning you leave Phnom Penh and head south initially visiting Tonle Bati where you can explore the small yet picturesque Angkorian temple of Ta Prohm. On the banks of the nearby river are line of bamboo shacks with hammocks, a great place for a relaxing drink. We get on our car to the quiet town of Takeo before taking a short cruise to Angkor Borei town, located just a few kilometer navigation from the Vietnam border. There is a small museum which displays several reproductions of sculptures from the nearby ruins and few artifacts dating as far back as the 4th century.
After seeing this pleasant place, we continue our boat trip to visit a pre-Angkorian style temple of Phnom Da and a nearby temple of Asram Maharosei. The steep path over some big rocks makes Asram Maharosei different from other temples in Cambodia. We continue south following the picturesque drive to Kompot. The southern coast of Cambodia, edging the border with Vietnam, once served as a glamorous seaside resort for the French in the early 1900’s. Evocative of the French Riviera towns along the Mediterranean coast; the towns of Kep, Sihanoukville and Kompot have tree-lined, wide roads fringing the ocean, large statues, luxury villas, casinos and even a palace overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Day 8 Bokor National Park
We drive to Bokor National Park where you will drive up the winding 35km road through lush jungle scenery to the cooler summit hill station. Start excursions at Bokor Mountain. Whole day historical and scenery tour.
French Palace Casino & resort – This grand and hauntingly beautiful colonial building used to be part of the French resort town for social elites to escape from the humidity & heat of Phnom Penh. Construction started in 1917 and it is almost 100 years old! Old Catholic church – The old Catholic church at Bokor Hill Station looks like the priest has locked it up only yesterday. Inside, bits of glass still cling to the corners of the windows and the altar remains intact.
The name Wat Sampov Pram or 5 boats Wat came about because the five oddly-sculpted rocks nearby resembled boats. It was named after The Legend of the Pagoda of Five Sailing Boat. Popokvil Waterfall has 2 levels and it is the best place to relax and reunite with nature. Also you can have the lunch at local restaurant with Khmer specialties such as grill chicken, fried fish, etc.
In the afternoon we continue for Scenic walking trails & real jungle trekking: to explore beautiful and wild Cambodian jungles. You will have 1.5 to 2 hours unforgettable experience accompanied by our guide. Sunset viewing – Catch the last glimpse of sunlight at the old church where sunset viewing is perfect.
Day 9 Travel to Kep
This morning we travel through delightful scenery of rice paddies, sugar palm trees, traditional wooden houses, and karst limestone outcrops on the way to the cave of Phnom Chhnork. Inside the cave you will discover the remains of a 7th century brick temple. After this you will visit the caves of Phnom Sla’ang, if you are feeling adventurous you can scramble through this cave until you magically appear into the sunlight on the top of the hill, being rewarded with perhaps some of the most beautiful views in Cambodia, with the traditional countryside stretching off into the Gulf of Thailand and its many islands. For the less adventurous you can follow a track up the outside of the hill be see the same views. During the 1960’s Kampot was world famous for its aromatic pepper you will visit a local pepper plantation.
We will catch a boat for the short journey to the lovely and secluded Koh Tonsay or (Rabbit Island). The main beach is lined with coconut palms and this is where you will find your bamboo beach hut. This is a back-to-basics experience as there is no electricity and no running water. However, the solitude, beautiful sunset, incredibly starry night, and falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the beach more than make up for this.
Day 10 + 11 Free stay in Kep
Stay next two days in Kep, enjoy the relaxing days with your family.
Day 12 Phnom Penh departure
Transfer to Phnom Penh by private car ( no guide), arrive and check in to the airport for departure flight. Thank you for traveling with Cambodian Private tours. Bin Voyage until we welcome you again to Asia