See all the highlights of this exotic country in 10 days. Visit the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh and charming Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic ruins of Angkor. You will take a cruise on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, explore the wonders of Angkor Wat and visit one of our favourite ‘off-the-tourist-path’ jungle temples.
DAY 1: Phnom Penh
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour in a cyclo with visits to the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. End your day with a boat trip as the sun sets over the capital.
DAY 2: Phnom Penh
This morning, you will visit the genocide museum known as Toul Sleng and the Killing Fields. In the afternoon, visit the Sovann Phum office for a taste of traditional Khmer culture.
Depart the capital for the drive to Battambang. Along the way, you will stop at Udong, which is located 40 kilometres northwest of Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s Royal Capital from the early 17th to 19th centuries, it was abandoned 1866 when King Norodom moved his court to the current capital, Phnom Penh. Continue on to Kompong Chhnang, where you will make a stop to view some of the ceramic workshops that the city if famous for. Later in the afternoon you will arrive in the city of Battambang.
DAY 4: Battambang – Phnom Sampeau
This morning discover the 11th century Ek Phnom Temple. Inside, you will be able to view some beautiful carvings which are still in remarkably good condition. After lunch, make a visit to Phnom Banan to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Then head to Phnom Sampeau, a natural rocky hill offering a series of caves to explore. Sadly many of them were used as “killing caves” during the Khmer Rouge period.
DAY 5: Battambang – Siem Reap – Angkor Thom
Today, you will travel to Siem Reap where you will begin your exploration of the magnificent temples of Angkor. In the afternoon, ride in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the city of Angkor Thom. Start at the South Gate and walk along the ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat Chroung. Continue to the Bayon temple, where you will be surrounded by the smiling faces of tens of Buddhas. Also make visits to the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
DAY 6: Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei
Rise early and travel in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm. Next, you will go to the magnificent Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. In the afternoon, head to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.
This morning drive in the Alan Tour Tuk Tuk to the edge of Siem Reap. Enjoy a fun ox cart ride through the countryside, then continue by vehicle until you reach the Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Tonle Sap. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at one of the largest villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat service is provided by local people, and the profit goes directly back to the community. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 8: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Kep
This morning depart Siem Reap and fly to Phnom Penh. On arrival, you will be driven to the coast and the charming resort of Kep. Once you have checked in, the rest of the day is free at leisure.
Today is free at leisure for you to explore this pretty resort. You may wish to wander around the town to view some of the French colonial architecture or even take a trip out to Rabbit Island to enjoy the beautiful beaches that the island is famous for.
DAY 10: Depart Phnom Penh
Spend the morning at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.