Type: Odyssey Tour
Duration: 12 Days
Best Time to Travel: October – April
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Cambodia Odyssey - Itinerary
Cambodia is far more than just the amazing temples at Angkor. The vibrant capital of Phnom Penh on the banks of the Bassac River has much to offer as does the smaller provincial town of Battambang.
On this epic tour you’ll explore rural Cambodia, dotted with Khmer temples, charming villages and a warm and welcoming people.
Arrive at Siem Reap Airport where you will be met and welcomed by your Cambodian guide. Transfer to your hotel for checking-in and briefing of the tour.
Visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine.
Enjoy a rejuvenating traditional Khmer traditional massage at La Rose Spa. Massage for health and relaxation is a time-honoured tradition throughout Southeast Asia with Cambodia offering its own distinctive traditions in massage therapy. Indulge yourself with a delicious Khmer welcome dinner there.
Visit the harrowing Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Killing Fields to fully appreciate the country’s recent, troubling history. On the way back, stop and witness the PSE (Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant), which provides accommodation and education for underprivileged children living in Cambodia.
We take lunch at Le Lotus Blanc, the centre’s training restaurant followed by a walk around the Russian Market.
Enjoy a performance from Plae Pakaa a non-profit organization based in Cambodia that focuses on Cambodian arts. As a springboard for emerging arts professionals, Plae Pakaa plays an integral role in CLA’s (Cambodian Living Arts) program.
Enjoy a cooking class at La Rose and learn how to cook real Khmer cuisine in a traditional Khmer setting, with a skilled and friendly chef with 18 years of experience. Visit the market and purchase the fresh ingredients. At the end of the class you can sample your own culinary efforts!
Guided cycling tour departing from your hotel for an exciting excursion along the Mekong River to a traditional Khmer weaving village. See how the villagers produce their own dyes and weave silk on old looms. This is a great chance to meet local people and learn about their lives. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.
Phnom Penh – Battambang
We depart the capital for Battambang stopping en route at Oudong Mountain, Cambodia’s former capital with its Royal tombs.
We continue on to the floating village of Kampong Luong. The villages has over 1,200 families and as such is equipped with everyday services such as as petrol stations, schools, shops, markets, hospitals, garages and restaurants. We take a boat ride through the village before continuing by road to Battambang.
After breakfast we board Bamboo train; set up by villagers to facilitate the transportation of both goods and passengers. The train’s very basic technology is comprised of a platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. The 8km journey takes us through beautiful scenery and rice paddies. We then disembark and stop at a village specializing in wooden sculptures.
Visit the provincial museum and drive alongside the picturesque Sangker River to the 11th century Wat Ek Phnom. We finish the day with Phnom Banon with its five hilltop sandstone towers and stunning views over the plains. Return to Battambang.
Battambang – Siem Reap
This morning we head northwest to Banteay Chhmar Temple, one of the capitals of Jayavarman II. The 11th century sandstone structure suffered significant damage during repeated Thai invasions. Fortunately, many of its huge bas-reliefs, which are comparable to those of Bayon and Angkor Wat still remain. A picnic lunch will be arranged.
Arrive in Siem Reap.
We enter Angkor Thom via the imposing South Gate and explore the ancient city. We explore the Bayon, a unique structure famed for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara – one of the avatars of Buddha. We also see Ba Phoun, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
We continue with visits to Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang and the impressive Ta Prohm Temple mystically enveloped by the jungle. Visit the Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada and Thommanon Temples before returning to the hotel.
Enjoy a buffet dinner with traditional Apsara dancers at a local restaurant.
After breakfast we explore the graceful 11th century Banteay Srei temple and Banteay Samre.
Visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.
Siem Reap – Tbeng Meanchey
We depart Siem Reap early for Tbeng Meanchey, the provincial capital of Preah Vihear province. We drive through the countryside before reaching the remote Beng Mealea Temple, which has been long left in oblivion and partially reclaimed by the jungle. We then move on to the capital of King Jayavarman IV at Koh Ker Temple. Here, the statues and reliefs were built on a large scale 30 metre-high pyramid, thus conveying a sense of power and grandeur which is rarely found in Khmer art. The “temple-mountain” rises to considerable heights along with long halls (originally, the structure would have had timber roofs). A picnic lunch will be available on site.
Arrive in Tbeng Meanchay and check in to your hotel.
We take breakfast at a local restaurant and then drive to the remote hilltop temple of Preah Vihear. From here, the Dangrek Mountains, which form a natural border between Cambodia and Thailand, may be seen.
A picnic lunch will be arranged on site. Return to Tbeng Meanchey.
Tbeng Meanchey – Kompong Thom
We have an early start and take an SUV to the small town of Stung for our adventure to a jungle temple of Preah Khan. This Buddhist temple is a massive monastic complex enclosing near five square kilometres. Before we reach Preah Khan we pass through several remote villages in one of the most isolated parts of Cambodia. Upon arrival, we will explore the most important temples there including the four faces Bayon-style of Prasat Preah Stung and the central temple which was one of the biggest enclosures built during the Angkor period.
Boxed lunches and cold mineral water have to be prepared in advance and we will have lunch on site. We also visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the pre-Angkor period before we drive to our hotel in Kompong Thom.
Kompong Thom – Phnom Penh
Depart for Phnom Penh making a stop at Wat Kohear Nokor to meet the local monks. We arrive at Phnom Penh International airport for your onward flight.
- Room accommodation in twin share
- Private transportation by car/ minivan
- Experienced English speaking Cambodian tour guide
- Cool towels and drinking water in car / minivan
- Daily breakfast, meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival and departure transfers
What's Not Included?
- Drinks during meals
- Optional tours
- Cambodian visa
- Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone