Cambodia Highlights

Ta Phrom
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Cambodia children
Khmer Rouge Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
Banteay Kdei, Angkor Complex
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This short twin-centre adventure focusses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia. We discover the sights of the capital city of Phnom Penh where we learn about the dark days of the Khmer Rouge before driving to Siem Reap, from where we cruise the largest lake in the region, Tonle Sap, and see floating villages. We spend three full days exploring the vast complex of the Temples of Angkor, where we can marvel at iconic Angkor Wat and pretend to be Lara Croft at Ta Prohm.

Highlights
Phnom Penh - Learn about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge in the buzzing capital
Siem Reap - Gateway to the iconic and awe-inspiring Khmer temple complex of Angkor
Tonle Sap Lake - Cruise to visit the floating village of Chong Kneas
The Temples of Angkor - Explore the iconic temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and The Bayon
Sunsets - Experience unforgettable sunsets against the silhouette of the temples
Why Book this Tour
This short adventure showcases Cambodia's twin centre highlights - the buzzing capital of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to the iconic Temples of Angkor. This trip is perfect for anyone short on time or as part of a longer expedition in the area. We have planned this tour to form the Cambodia extension of our Inside Vietnam (VN) and Vietnam Explorer (VE) tours, so you may meet travellers who have already spent time in the region and can share their experiences if you are travelling further on.
Destinations
  • Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Asia
  • Bayon
  • Silver Pagoda
  • Tonle Sap
  • Angkor
  • Wat Phnom
  • Royal Palace
  • Ta Prohm
  • Kratie
  • Kep
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Scenic
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Discovery
  • Adventure
Day 1: Join tour in Phnom Penh
Join the tour in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Discover the sights of Phnom Penh; free afternoon
Phnom Penh took over from Angkor as Cambodia's capital city in the 1440s. It is now a lively city with many French colonial buildings and plenty to see. Accompanied by a local guide we visit the National Museum, a treasure trove of beautifully preserved carvings and lintels rescued from Angkor; the emotive Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly a high school that became the Khmer Rouge's main torture and interrogation centre; and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek - the memorial stupa is a glass tower filled with human skulls - a gruesome reminder of the scale of Pol Pot's atrocities. This afternoon we visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda as well as the temple of Wat Phnom before having some free time in the city.

Day 3: Free day in Phnom Penh; optional visit to Silk Island
Today is free allowing you the opportunity to explore the city or its surrounds further. Optional excursions close to the city include a trip to Silk Island, Chiso Mountain or the abandoned Royal City of Oudong. Each of these excursions are half a day in duration and may be combined, your tour leader will discuss in more detail. Silk Island or Koh Dach is reached by a short boat journey along the Mekong where the majority of villagers on the island earn a living through producing handicrafts. It is a great opportunity to learn more about traditional ways of life and interact with locals as you learn about silk weaving, woodcarving, pottery, painting, and jewellery making. Chiso Mountain (380m), located in Sia village about 62 km south of Phnom Penh, is topped by the ruins of an 11th century Khmer Brahmanic Temple with fine views of the surrounding paddy fields. Oudong is about an hour north of the capital and offers the opportunity to explore attractive historic temples and stupas.

Day 4: Drive to Siem Reap; cruise on Tonle Sap Lake
This morning we make an early start for our drive to Siem Reap, stopping somewhere for lunch on the way. Later in the day we journey to nearby Tonle Sap Lake where we board our charter boat for a leisurely cruise through the fascinating floating village of Chong Kneas, where we see stilt houses, floating markets and an array of boats.

Day 5: From Siem Reap, explore Angkor temples with sunset
Our exact programme over the next three days may change slightly at our local guide's discretion (to avoid crowds, coincide with sunsets, etc.). Angkor was actually a series of cities, built between the 9th and the 13th centuries by the Khmer kings, with a population of 750,000 in its heyday. The Angkor complex is spread out over some 155 square kilometres, scattered with magnificent carved stone temples, elegant sculptures and incredible bas reliefs. We visit the Rolous group, which are some of the earliest temples. In the afternoon we visit the temples of Banteay Srei, a small but beautiful temples with exquisite carvings. We end the day at East Mebon, with a visit to Pre Rup temple for sunset.

Day 6: From Siem Reap, explore Angkor Thom
We continue our exploration with a visit to the temples of King Jayavarman Vll, reputedly Angkor's greatest king. The fortified city of Angkor Thom, which he built at the end of the 12th century is enclosed by a square wall with five monumental gates decorated with stone elephant trunks. Originally, crocodiles inhabited the moat and huge statues of 54 different gods protected each gate. The city contains another of Angkor's true gems - The Bayon. Although not as impressive as Angkor Wat from a distance, The Bayon is nevertheless incredible for its maze of corridors, gothic style towers and magical central temples. We'll explore The Terrace of the Elephants and the Leper King, the Baphuon and Phimeanakas, and some of the surrounding temples such as Preah Khan.

Day 7: From Siem Reap, explore Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat
On our final day we make a visit to the 2nd Angkor capital that includes the temples of Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei and Takeo. A highlight for many is a visit to the atmospheric temple of Ta Prohm, where the film Tomb Raider was filmed, lying half consumed by the jungle. We leave the best known and most breathtaking of all the sights, Angkor Wat, to the end - where we stay until the sun sets on the last night of our adventure.

Day 8: Tour ends in Siem Reap
Our our ends after breakfast. If you have time you may choose to browse the old market for some last minute bargains, or enjoy afternoon tea at The Foreign Correspondent's Club.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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