Cambodia Highlights


Phnom Penh – Kratie – Siem Reap – Sihanoukville

10 days / 9 nights

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Tour Snapshot

Discover all 4 major tourism highlights of Cambodia; the charming capital city Phnom Penh, the Mekong eco-tourism Kratie, the stunning Angkor temples Siem Reap and the country’s prime beach of Sihanoukville. Get off the beaten track to uncluttered areas along the beautiful Mekong River, to remote villages, dolphin watching by boat trip in Kratie. Onto the pinnacle of the Khmer Empire at Angkor. A timeless testament to the ingenuity of the Khmer people, we immerse ourselves in the numerous stone monuments including Angkor Wat, the art of shadow puppetry and classical Khmer dance at its best. Fly to Sihanoukville for some relaxation downtime and sun worship at the country’s prime beach before back to Phnom Penh for your departure.

Highlights

  • Learn about the history and culture of the region in the company of our friendly knowledgeable guides
  • Discover a symbol of the nation, Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Kratie culture and dolphin watching by boat
  • Explore the fabled temples of Angkor with a fully guide tour
  • Lifestyle visit to floating village on Tonle Sap
  • Journey through countryside and rural villages
  • Enjoy relaxation downtime and sun worship at the southern coastal areas of Cambodia
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum.

On your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. We welcome you at the Phnom Penh Airport, a Cambodian Pride Tours representative will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre for the night.
In the afternoon, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family. We begin at the Throne Hall and Napoleon III Pavilion, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century. We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside is 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.
At 4:30 pm, we board our own private boat for a sunset cruise and 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 onto the mighty Mekong River.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh – Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
  • Phnom Penh – National Museum
  • Phnom Penh – Sunset cruise on Tonle Sap River
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Day 2
Phnom Penh to Kratie.

8:00am-8:30am hotel pick-up time depending on location. Your friendly English speaking and knowlegable guide greets you with a traditional Khmer welcome. We hit the road to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. Our road journey continues on the eastern bank of the Mekong River towards Kratie for overnight.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampong Cham – Spiderville
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 3
Kratie Culture and Dolphin Watching.

After breakfast, we visit the central Market of Kratie where you will see the local trades. Then, we go off the beaten track to the rural villages where you will experience of true rural Cambodian life; seasonal crops, rice whisky making and noodle making. Be welcomed into the home of a village family and share a delicious homemade meal featuring local products and specialties. Later in the afternoon, we go to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare freshwater Irrawaddy river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance to encounter with gentle creatures. Viewing is almost guarantee, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season. After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we travel back to Kratie.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kratie – Countryside tour
  • Kratie – Local productions
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Day 4
Kratie to Siem Reap including Kampong Kleang.

After breakfast at the hotel, it is time to make your journey to Siem Reap, the gateway to the fabled temples of Angkor. Traveling south through the old river port of Chhlong, home to some of the best examples of French colonial architecture in the country. Have lunch on the road. En route, we visit one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It’s population of 10,000 all make a living from the fishing industry. We explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers. We will take a boat and cruise into the open water of the great lake to see a small floating village and learn some more about this incredible natural flood barrier. Later we arrive to your Siem Reap and check into a comfortable hotel.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat tour to see floating village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 5
Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor by bike (Small Circuit)

We start our day after breakfast by cycle from the hotel toward the check-point of Angkor pass. From there you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom that was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. The ruined Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple was made famous by Angelina Jolie. This temple has been left to the forces of nature by archaeologists as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, many parts of its structure being embraced by the roots of gigantic trees, giving the ruin a special atmosphere, as well other structures on the Small and Grand Circuit.
We continue our cycling tour through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas and of course Bayon temple. Angkor Thom was built by Cambodia’s greatest king, Jayavarman VII. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54-tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
We continue to South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. We enjoy cycling on the back road on the great wall of Angkor Thom city. Then, we visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat is believed to be the world’s largest religious building built in order to dedicate to the Hindu god, Vishnu.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap – Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Cycling
  • 30km return
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Day 6
Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor (Sunrise + Big Circuit + Banteay Srei).

Rise early for sunrise over the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat which is believed to be the world’s largest religious building. Then, we head to the temple mountain of Pre Rup, before driving further north to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back to Siem Reap we make a detour to the less frequently visited Banteay Samre. Built by King King Suryavarman II, the same king who built Angkor Wat, the structure with its high temple tower has undergone extensive restoration. In the afternoon we visit Neak Pean, a small island temple situated in the middle of an artificial pool, which translates as “intertwined serpents” due the coiled serpents encircling the base of the structure. We then continue on to Preah Khan or “sacred sword”, a huge monastic complex which features elaborate carvings. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap – Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap – Phare Ponleu Selpak the Cambodia circus evening show. 8:00pm-9:30pm. $18 – $36 USD
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 7
Fly to Sihanoukville.

We transfer you to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Sihanoukville. Upon your arrival to Sihanoukville we transfer you by private car to your resort. After check in hotel and relaxing on the beach to take a swim in the warm water. Dinner at local restaurant, you will enjoy mostly seafood in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Sihanouk Ville.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Days 8-9
Sihanoukville.

Days free at your own leisure. You may want to relax on one of the beaches or use your time to go on a day trip, for example to one of the unspoilt islands off the coast. Please optional program below. Overnight at hotel in Sihanouk Ville.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Optional Activities
  • Boat trip Koh Tas, Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Rong. 9:30am-5:00pm. $25 USD
  • Luxurious Sailing Xcat. 9:30am-5:00pm. $85 USD
  • iSpeed Luxurious Fast Ferry. $30 USD
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 10
Back to Phnom Penh. Departure.

Today, we will transfer you back to Cambodia capital city of Phnom Penh and drop you at the airport for your flight.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast

This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. Cambodian Pride Tours works with the local people; we can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests.

Inclusions

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • One lunch in Kratie with a local family

Transport

Local transportation by private vehicle, ferry crossing, boat and one flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Accommodation

Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels

Included activities

  • Arrival airport transfer, only if you arrive with the rest of the group
  • Accompanied at all time by experienced English speaking friendly guide
  • All programs according to the description
  • Half day city tours in Phnom Penh according to the description
  • Whole day rural village tours in Kratie according to the description
  • Boat fee and tax to visit the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Whole day Angkor Complex by Bike Cycle (Small Circuit)
  • Temples of Angkor Guided Tour
  • All fees of local guides

Entrance fees

  • Royal Palace in Phnom Penh $10 USD
  • National Museum $5 USD
  • Toul Sleng Musuem (S21) $5 USD
  • Killing Field $5 USD
  • Dolphin watching boat $7-9 USD
  • Angkor temple 3-day-ticket: $62 USD

Exclusions

The price of the tour does not include

  • International flight tickets and their taxes
  • Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
  • Laundry service
  • International taxes and visa fees
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
  • The price of the Cambodian visa
  • All additional meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional programs not included in the main program
  • Cancellation insurance: 1.5 %
  • Health, accident and luggage insurance
  • Tips: 2 USD/ person/ day
  • Extra cost of 1 person per room

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