Cambodia Adventure

Cambodia Adventure
Cambodia Adventure
Cambodia Adventure
Cambodia Adventure
Cambodia Adventure
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Explore Cambodia's Angkor temples, majestic Phnom Penh and rural countryside

Cambodia, a diverse country with a captivating history, is unveiled during this trip. After arrival in bustling Phnom Penh we head to picturesque Kampot, a land of paddy fields and pepper plantations. We pause for lunch at Kep Bay to enjoy views across the Gulf of Thailand before transferring to tropical Koh Rong island. Returning to Phnom Penh we visit the Royal Palace and the sobering ‘Killing Fields’ before departing for Battambang, a well-preserved colonial town. Finally, we discover the temple complex of Angkor with a sunset visit and a bike ride to the less-visited temples.

Highlights
* Visit the famous Kampot pepper plantations * Relax and unwind on tropical Koh Rong island  * Jump aboard a bicycle rickshaw for a tour through the streets of Phnom Penh and along the banks of the mighty Mekong River * Visit the sobering Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison * Cycle through the countryside of rural Battambang * Spend two full days exploring the temples of Angkor including Ta Prohm
Food

All breakfasts are included. Food is cheap in Cambodia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Cambodia's food is all about the contrasts—sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. It shares many dishes with its neighbours, and you'll find noodle soup similar to Vietnamese pho, Thailand's refreshing salads and sour soups, Indian-inspired curries, and noodles and stir fries handed down from years of Chinese migration. From Cambodia's days as a French Indochina colony, there's a national love of coffee, pate, and good bread. Baguettes are served with soup, made into sandwiches, and sold by men riding bicycles carrying baskets of long loaves. Western food is also available in most of the places visited. Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Destinations
  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Killing Fields
  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon
  • Phare
  • Tonle Sap
  • Battambang
  • Angkor
  • Kep
  • Grand Palace
  • Mekong River
Tour Types
  • Culture Bestsellers
  • Natural Wonders
  • Cultural
  • Adventure
  • Active
  • Winter
  • Cycling
  • Singles
Day 1

Depart London



Day 2

Sousadei! Welcome to Cambodia. Dependent on arrival time there will be the opportunity to explore the capital or simply relax by the hotel pool. This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your leader followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Ohana Hotel or similar*



Day 3

Leaving Phnom Penh we travel into rural Cambodia to Kampot which sits on a picturesque river. On the way we stop at Phnom Chisor mountain temple set on a hill with a magnificent view. The temple was built in the 11th century by King Suryavarman I. It is made of laterite, bricks and carved sandstone. Upon arrival we check into our centrally located hotel, our base for the next two nights, before boarding a local boat for sunset trip on the Kampot River. The river runs through the centre of the town and can flow in both directions as it is closely connected to the sea. **The Columns Hotel or similar* *



Day 4

Today we venture out into the countryside to discover the highlights of the Kampot Province including local salt fields, rice fields, fruit and pepper plantations, and the Phnom Chhnork caves. Kampot is also famed for being one of the largest producers of the durian fruit; the durian, once opened, has a smell so pungent it is illegal to take indoors in some South East Asian countries! After exploring the countryside we visit Kep “ghost town” - previously a popular seaside resort Kep now houses old resort buildings which have bullet holes from the Khmer Rouge period, a reminder of the not so distant past. Kep is once again regaining popularity with local tourists and you might like to join them in having lunch in the simple crab shacks that line the beach. Serving up the freshest seafood around the crab in Kampot pepper sauce is not to be missed! **The Columns Hotel or similar* *



Day 5

After breakfast we drive approx. 2.5-3 hours from Kampot to Sihanoukville, before taking a speed boat ferry transfer (approx. 45 min to 1 hour) across to beautiful Koh Rong Island, our home for the next 2 nights. Upon arrival you will have free time to relax, refresh with a swim in the beach, or sip cocktails as the sun sets.  *Sok San Resort or similar*



Day 6

Our resort is located on one of the island's most mesmerising and secluded white sandy beaches. Today you will have free time to relax on the beach and enjoy the crystal-clear ocean waters, try your hand at various optional activities on offer such as snorkelling, kayaking, and other water sports or just soak up the exotic tropical surroundings. Your leader will be able to advise during the trip of all options available to make the most of your free day. *Sok San Resort or similar*



Day 7

This morning we transfer back to the mainland by speed boat (45 min. to 1 hour) and drive on to Phnom Penh (approx. transfer time 5-6 hours) with a stop for lunch. Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is home to 2.2 million of Cambodia’s residents. Despite being the capital, it still retains a laid-back, typically Cambodian feel where the pace is slower than some might expect. We set out on a sunset cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) lap of the town giving us a unique view of this bustling city and providing us with an easy orientation. Stopping to see some of the local street food being served on the waterfront, here we have the chance to try some local specialities. We continue on to finish at a restaurant serving tasty Khmer cuisine. There are also many waterfront bars worth a visit; the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) overlooking the Tonle Sap River is recommended. *Ohana Hotel or similar*



Day 8

Phnom Penh still retains a frontier atmosphere and today we have a full day of sightseeing in Cambodia's capital city. The day of sightseeing will include the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, so named for the solid silver tiles that make up the floor. Thankfully the complex escaped the worst excess of the Khmer Rouge rule. Similar in style and scale to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Royal Palace has significantly fewer visitors and there is plenty of time to wander among the traditional buildings. There is also time today to shop at either the impressive Central Market or the sprawling Russian Market, a souvenir hunter's paradise! We visit Tuol Sleng museum or S21 (Museum of Genocide), which graphically displays the horrors of the 4 years when Pol Pot systematically ordered the murder of between 2 and 3 million Cambodians. Tuol Sleng was originally a school but was used as a torture and interrogation centre between 1976 and 1979. It is a sobering and disturbing place to visit. Please be aware that the images at the museum are very graphic. We complete our day with a moving late afternoon visit to the 'killing fields' of Choeung Ek. A football-field-sized area surrounded by farmland, the killing fields contain mass graves for perhaps 20,000 Cambodians, many of whom were tortured before being killed. *Ohana* Hotel or similar* *



Day 9

Our destination today is Battambang (pronounced Battambong). Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang, is centred around an attractive riverside hub with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well-preserved colonial architecture. There are also some striking examples of Art Deco architecture; Central market, the Victory swimming pool and the train station to name a few. En route to Battambang we have the chance to stop at a pottery village, a silversmith village and a marble handicraft workshop for an insight into local handcrafts and industry. In the evening we’ll enjoy an orientation walk along the Sangke River bank and observe daily life of the local people. *Classy Hotel or similar*



Day 10

Today we cycle through countryside to explore Cambodia’s rural way of life. Stopping at villages to see local cottage industries, traditional scarf weaving and traditional farming, there will be countless opportunities to interact with the villagers who may be surprised to see us travelling as they do, on a bicycle! We’ll reward our morning’s efforts with fruit and a refreshing coconut. The cycle is easy riding on flat terrain with lots of stops along the way. If you would like to opt out of the cycling and hop on a tuk-tuk instead please let the leader know at the beginning of the trip so alternative arrangements can be made. *Classy Hotel or similar*



Day 11

After breakfast we head to the town of Siem Reap with stops at the local market at Pouk. Cambodian markets tend to be fragrant affairs – on offer here is Cambodian ‘cheese’; one of the strongest smelling cheeses around - perhaps because it is made entirely of fish! The local market is nonetheless a great insight into the daily life of the Cambodian people. We will also make a brief stop at the Angkor Silk Farm for a introduction into the life of a silkworm and the production process of this fine textile. This afternoon we walk past the Royal Gardens and along the Siem Reap River front to the Old Market helping us get our bearings in this charming small town. You may like to finish with a visit to the Artisans DÁngkor workshop – a not-for-profit organisation which provides vocational training for young people in traditional Cambodian arts. *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*



Day 12

Our first full day of temple touring is by private bus so we can visit some of the outlying temples such as Banteay Srei. Known as the Women’s Citadel this small temple complex with intricate carvings is devoted to Brahma. Particularly impressive are Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, still covered in jungle, similar to how it was when it first came to light. Discovered for the world in the 1870s, (although always known by the local people), and famously described as being 'grander than anything of Greece or Rome' by the French explorer Henri Mouchot, this world heritage site stands alongside the Pyramids and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. Tonight is free to enjoy one of the many restaurants on the famous 'Bar Street' boulevard in central Siem Reap. You may also wish to marvel at the skills of the Phare Cambodian Circus troop for an entirely different option or chose to watch some traditional Apsara dancing. **Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar**



Day 13

This morning we get set up on mountain bikes for an easy but active ride around the Angkorian ruins that are closer to town. On the bicycle we can avoid some of the crowds and get a unique perspective on this amazing site. If you want to rise early you can arrange with your leader to take in Angkor at sunrise prior to the day’s cycling. We will visit the incredible Angkor Wat, the many temples inside the Royal City of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon, which is comprised of 54 intricately carved towers in one single temple. The Bayon certainly left an impression on an early traveller in 1925 who stated 'we stand before it stunned. It is like nothing else in the land.' Angkor is a truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise, one of the real highlights of our trip. The ride will be approx. 25km with plenty of opportunities for refreshment stops and to take photos. If you would like to opt out of cycling and instead cool down in the support vehicle, please let your leader know who will be able to arrange the logistics of this and the rest of the group. **Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar**



Day 14

Depart Siem Reap



Day 15

Arrive London



* All breakfasts  * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers


Cambodian adventure AOA190310

An excellent trip. the guide Buntheun was first class, the variation from Ko kong to the Naia hotel in the south was on reflection a very good idea. overall very good value for the money

Rating: 5




Cooking in Cambodia..............it was 38C

Loved the trip, Great food, great hospitality and our Guide was outstanding ! Some long days, but you will get a great deal out of a packed itinerary. Hotels are pretty good, and you'll appreciate the ones that have swimming pools even more ! The French influence has ensured that the coffee is great just about everywhere, apart maybe from breakfast :-)

Rating: 5




Interesting and fun

Ankor Wat is obviously a must-see. Cyclying along the city walls without tourists, just water and people fishing on one side and the jungle on the other to the sound of cicadas made it even more magical. Our guide Soukimm was brilliant throughout and fascinating on the stone friezes in the Bayon temple. See 13th century life with noodle making, healthcare and every day life. All the temples are truly awesome. S-21 and the Killing Fields in Phnom Pehn are a reminder of how important peace is and the dangers of extremism. The cyclo ride throught the traffic at sunset really gave you a different view of this rapidly changing city. Battambang was a cool place and it was salutary to see how hard ordinary people have to work to survive. Eating bbq barracudas on the deserted island was also a highlight although thankfully they now avoid Koh Kong. This is a poor country undergoing huge changes, only 5% of the population are over 60 following the Pol Pot massacres and as such fascinating. The crab/sea food markets of Kampor are wonderful and if you fancy snacking on crunchy crickets or ants then do try them. Our group and guide Soukimm was amazing and we had such fun all the time. However, be aware you are off out at 8am nearly every day and do travel in a bus on dodgy part-made roads for about 5 hours a day. I recommend taking a gel seat for the bikes! So if you don’t just want to tick off key wonders of the world but want to explore and see a country then choose this trip - you won’t regret it.

Rating: 5




Superb Experience

I would not describe this trip as an adventure holiday but an experience. It was full of emotion, culture and recent history. While this trip would not be for everyone and you need to be a bit prepared for the sad times it was a life experience and learning unlikely to be found on any normal "holiday"

Rating: 5




Cambodia Adventure

I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. It provided a fascinating glimpse into life in Cambodia. Such a wide variety of experiences: river boat trips, crafts people sharing their life stories with us, being welcomed into the home of one family for dinner, markets, schools, processions, dancing displays, acrobats, musicians, royal palaces and, of course, the world-famous temples at Angkor, Thom etc. Everywhere we went people greeted us with a beaming smile and a generosity of spirit that will live long in the memory. Food was delicious and hotels very good, way beyond my expectations - most even had swimming pools - and staff were always delightful, efficient and extremely helpful.

Rating: 5




Cambodian Adventure

An excellent trip which combined awesome historical sites, modern cultural encounters, fun activities in great natural surroundings all with fantastic food shared with great people, an excellent guide and a steady driver to hold it together.

Rating: 5




Cambodia.... wow!!

Cambodia exceeded all of my expectations. I went out over my 40th birthday to escape having to have a party and had the best holiday I've ever had! Brilliant mix of fun and history

Rating: 5




Cambodian Adventure

This trip gave us the opportunity to experience urban and rural Cambodia. It was not just about the major attractions like Angkor Wat,but also less visited places such as Koh Kong. With just 5 people in the group it was easy to organise ourselves and our tour leader Rous was always great company, ensuring we were enjoying what we were doing and offering us lots of local Cambodian foods.

Rating: 5




Cambodia Adventure

A great itinerary encompassing the busy yet cultured capital, the relaxed feel of coastal Kampot and Kep, colonial Battambang and the sheer size of majestic Angkor Wat. Fantastic food too throughout, surpassed only by the ever-smiling, friendly locals.

Rating: 5




The surprise that is Cambodia.

We saw parts of Cambodia we wouldn't have thought of visiting. Some of the less frequented parts were the most beautiful, especially the area around Kampot. Cycling is definitely a good way to see the countryside and how the people live. Thankfully we were acclimatised to the heat by the time we started cycling!

Rating: 5



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