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Cambodia Classic Tour - Cuture and Local Lifestyle

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This tour will captivate those interested in Cambodia's unique and diverse culture. You'll begin in the capital, Phnom Penh, where you'll have the chance to get inspired at the National Museum when you meet an artist in person! The tribes strewn across the north east and the endangered wildlife - including dolphins and elephants - await upon arrival in Kratie and Mondulkiri. Head north east t...

This tour will captivate those interested in Cambodia's unique and diverse culture. You'll begin in the capital, Phnom Penh, where you'll have the chance to get inspired at the National Museum when you meet an artist in person! The tribes strewn across the north east and the endangered wildlife - including dolphins and elephants - await upon arrival in Kratie and Mondulkiri. Head north east to Sambor Prei Kuk, a previous capital city, before reaching the Khmer Empire in Angkor. A testament to the age-old hospitality of the Khmer people, you'll be able to get a closer look at the numerous stone monuments, one of which is Angkor Wat. Witness firsthand the daily lives of the inhabitants in floating villages, the art of shadow puppetry and the traditional Khmer dance. By the end you'll truly start to feel like a part of Cambodia!


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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, meet our English-speaking local guide who will take you to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free.

​The late afternoon will be viewed by boat as you set off on the Tonle Sap River.

Ride past the Royal Palace and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River.

Encounter small villages and see fishing boats preparing for their catch of the day! 

Return to Phnom Penh after nightfall for a dinner at the FCC restaurant.

Dinner included

Accommodation
lNight at iRoHa Garden Hotel and Resort (Phnom Penh)

Day 2:  Visiting Phnom Penh and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields

This morning we explore the stunning Royal Palace and the Throne Hall. We pass the Napoleon III Pavilion, continuing on to the Silver Pagoda, before heading to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculptures from the Angkor period.

Take a tour of the PSE facilities (School of Hospitality and Tourism of Pour un Sourire d'Enfant) where education and work/life skills are available to the youths as a way of helping them escape their poverty-stricken lives.Have lunch before an afternoon visit to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn about the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. This museum of torture serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. We then venture out to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.

Enjoy dinner at Romdeng restaurant in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Phnom Penh
Accommodation
lNight at iRoHa Garden Hotel and Resort (Phnom Penh)

Day 3: Several Visits on the Way to Kratie

Travel north east to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham.

You can stop at Skuon, known as "Spiderville" for its deep fried tarantula delicacy! Upon arrival, visit the sacred hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.

Later, witness the "fusion" temple of Wat Nokor and then enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham.
Continue on the East bank, passing through the old river port of Chhlong.

Reach Kratie, a tranquil Mekong port before checking into the hotel and relaxing.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Visited:
Kompong cham Kratie
Accommodation
Rajabori Villa (Kratie)

Day 4: Dolphin Watching - Moving to Mondulkiri

Travel to Kampie, one of the many deep pools where the river dolphins gather at feeding time.
Cruise to the mighty Mekong for a chance to encounter these gentle creatures. Then travel south towards Snuol, our gateway to the wild Mondulkiri.

After a local lunch in Snuol, take to the red earth roads of hill country.

First, pass through patches of lush forest and areas of cultivation and agriculture. ​After Khau Si Ma district, the road snakes up through the mountains. Nearing Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, the scenery changes again to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Visited:
Kampie Snuŏl Sen Moronom
Accommodation
Mayura Hill Resort (Sen Moronom)

Day 5: Bou Sra Waterfall & Meeting the Locals

Head east towards the famous double drop waterfall of Bou Sra. Along the way, stop at a Pnong minority village to learn about their way of life. You may even be invited to drink some rice wine.

Continue to Bou Sra and observe the waterfalls. It is possible to access both drops, and there are swimming opportunities for those who want to take the plunge.

Enjoy a picnic at the falls and then continue east to the village of Pichenda on the other side of the river.

We will also seek out the honey-harvesters of the province, who farm wild bees for their sweet nectar before heading back to Sen Monorom for dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Visited:
Bou Sra Sen Moronom
Accommodation
Mayura Hill Resort (Sen Moronom)

Day 6: The Elephant Valley Project

Travel to the nearby Elephant Valley Project which, with the support of the Bunong villagers, rescues and rehabilitates captive elephants who have suffered from injuries and mistreatment. The project also contributes towards schooling for local children, and healthcare for Bunong villagers. 

Enjoy a unique ‘Walking with the Herd for a day’ experience.

You will be introduced to two elephant herds and get to know more about their history, character, behaviour and body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment, the stunning Mondulkiri countryside. 

Later we return to Sen Monorom for dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel. 

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Visited:
Sen Moronom
Accommodation
Mayura Hill Resort (Sen Moronom)

Day 7: Travel to the Lowlands of Cambodia - Kompong Cham

We leave behind the wild Mondulkiri for the lowlands of Cambodia.

Head to the provincial city of Kompong Cham, on the banks of the Mekong.

Continue west to the provincial capital of Kampong Thom, our base for the night.

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Visited:
Kompong cham Kampong Thom
Accommodation
Night at Sambor Village (Kampong Thom)

Day 8: Cambodian Temples of Isanapura

Explore the pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. The first major temple city in South-East Asia offers a peaceful contrast to its more illustrious relatives in Angkor. Visit the main temples, including Prasat Tao and Prasat Sambor.

Then head to the Santuk Silk Farm before a local lunch.

Continue north west on National Highway 6: an old Angkor road, and stop in Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that was built to span the rivers. Once in Siem Reap, visit the Angkor National Museum before leaving to the temples.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Sambor Preah Kuk Siem Reap
Accommodation
Night at Shinta Mani Resort (Siem Reap)

Day 9: Explore the Landmine Museum, the Pink Temple & the Angkor Thom Forteress

Travel to Ta Prohm in the morning then head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s vast art gallery. This pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture.

On the way back to Siem Reap, visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the scourge of landmines and the shadow they cast over rural communities in Cambodia. Later, explore the twelfth century temple of Banteay Samre.

In the afternoon, witness the walled city of Angkor Thom, a masterpiece built by King Jayavarman VII.
Start at the Terrace of the Leper King, continue along the Terrace of Elephants, and visit the Baphuon.

This evening we can enjoy a classical dance performance of the most popular Cambodian dances. 

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Ta Prohm Siem Reap Ângkôr Thum
Accommodation
Night at Shinta Mani Resort (Siem Reap)

Day 10: Roluos Lifestyle & Kompong Pluk Floating Village

Visit one of the earliest capitals of the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos. Encounter Bakong, the earliest of the temple mountains. Then visit the market in Roluos before heading out into the countryside to a working farm.​

After lunch at a traditional khmer house, travel to Kompong Pluk and board a small wooden boat for the trip to Kompong Pluk.  A local boat will provide a wonderful tour through the floating village. Not many people explore Kampong Pluk, so today will be your chance to discover the forest.

Afterwards, transfer back towards Siem Reap by tuk tuk and have dinner at a local restaurant. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Roluos Siem Reap
Accommodation
Night at Shinta Mani Resort (Siem Reap)

Day 11: Angkor Wat Temple & Siem Reap Pagodas

Rising at the crack of dawn, journey to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Enjoy a picnic breakfast as well as a good luck blessing from a senior monk. As the crowds return to their hotels, we venture out to Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace, beginning at the bas-reliefs telling Hindu mythology tales.

Spend the rest of your day in the historic pagodas of Siem Reap starting with the modern pagoda of Wat Thmei. Continue to Wat Preah Inkosei and the temple of Wat Bo. After lunch, visit the old royal palace of Wat Dam Nak - converted to a place of learning for the Centre of Khmer Studies - before travelling to Wat Athvea to a fusion temple.

This evening, dine at La Noria Restaurant, which hosts an evening of Cambodian shadow puppetry.
All the children performing have been trained by the NGO Krousar Thmey which helps deprived and disabled Cambodian children.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Accommodation
Night at Shinta Mani Resort (Siem Reap)

Day 12: Departure

Spend the day at your own leisure until it's time to transfer to the airport.

Breakfast included

Visited:
Siem Reap

Phnom Penh Tonle Sap Kompong cham Kratie Kampie Snuŏl Sen Moronom Bou Sra Kampong Thom Sambor Preah Kuk Siem Reap Ta Prohm Ângkôr Thum Roluos Angkor Wat

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,800 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
For 2 For 4 Single Supplement
Price per Person High Season $2,810 $2,360 $910
Price per Person Low Season $2,710 $2,260 $820

Included in price:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All entrance fees
  • Private transportation such as air conditioned car, tuktuk, boat trip, bicycle as in the program
  • Drinking water during sightseeing
  • All meals included as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fee as mentioned sites
  • Public liability insurance

Not included in price:

  • All other meals
  • Visa fees, currently USD20 per person
  • International flight tickets
  • Personal expenditures
  • Travel insurance (covering for cancellation costs and medical expenses including repatriation)

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