Discover Southeast Cambodia

8 DAY(S) Classic Tours

Phnompenh - Toul Sleng - Takeo - Kompot - Ream National Park - Sihanoukville beach - Kompong Thom - Siemreap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom

Explore the Southeast Cambodian destination, dip yourself in the mysterious and scared beauty of temples, statues and carvings.

Highlights

  • Soak up the sun in Sihanouk Ville, home to beautiful beaches, tropical Islands, fresh seafood and lively night time
  • 5000 silver floor tiles at the Silver Pagoda, in the Royal Palace
  • Experience nature running riot at the mysterious ruin of Ta Prohm, the original temple where famous film Tomb Rider with Angelina Jolie acted.

 

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 2
    Visiting the PhnomPenh city with Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Takeo town.
  • Day 3 – Day 5
    Visiting Sihanoukville and Tuol Sleng prison now is Genocide Museum.
  • Day 6 – Day 10
    Visiting Kompong Thom and Angkor Complex.

Inclusion

  • 09 nights accommodation with twins share
  • Meals mentioned in program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner).
  • Air-conditioned transfers.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Boat trip as mentioned in program
  • English speaking guide
  • Bottles of drinking water every day

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours.

Welcome to Phnom Penh - the city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial styles with French villas along tree-lined boulevards. After the short rest you will visit the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the colorful Khmer-style Royal palace is Silver pagoda (The emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. We will stop at Independence Monument and explore the National Museum, a beautiful Khmer architecture building contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh - also the name of a pagoda and name of the capital nowadays. Enjoy the night time and overnight in Phnom Penh

You will leave Phnom Penh and with stop at Tonle Bati lake and its nearby, a small picturesque Angkorian temple. We visit the quiet town of Takeo before taking a short cruise to Angkor Borei, located just few kilometers from Vietnam border. There is a small museum contains several copies of sculptures from the nearby ruins and few 4th-century artifacts. Our boat continues to pre Angkorian-style temple of Phnom Da and Asram Maharosei, a temple with ascending path over some big rocks. You then drive to Kep, a small city, served as a seaside resort for the French in the early 1900s. Three towns in the southern coast of Cambodia: Kep, Sihanoukville and Kampot remind us about the quiet residential area near the Mediterranean, with line of trees in sidewalk, wide roads, large villas and palace overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. We will be overnight in Kompot.

We will explore the none-touristy Kompot town with colonial style buildings. Not only famous by durian, Kampot but also is a region with plenty of other tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, grapefruit, custard apple and coconut. We then continue along the coastline to Sihanouk Ville, a sea resort city of Cambodia. We will take a boat trip to Ream National Park, through the stunning mangrove forest and relax in your “ privacy style “where you are on your own sand beach without disturbance from others. Overnight in Sihanouk Ville.

We will have full day relax in Sihanoukville beach with beer, seafood and enjoy the sunrise before heading back to Phnompenh for overnight. On the way you could have some stops to see the cultivation of villager in the rural area.

In the morning we visit Tuol Sleng prison now is Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 ( abbreviated for Security Office 21 ), a Khme Rouge's premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti Angkar elements. We continue to Choeung Ek museum, where between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 were transported for the extermination. Leave the relics of the bad history of Cambodia we will go shopping around Russian market, enjoy the bustling daily activities of the locals. We will take a cruise to see the sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap river in the “Four Arms” section where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap river before splitting into two branches. Dinner and overnight in Phnompenh.

We will go overland to Siemreap this day, with first stop at Skuon town to see ( or even try ) sautéed spiders, a local food. The road conditions are basic, but in return you will get a great journey with temples, rain forests and Khmer traditional villages. You will visit Sambor Prei Kuk, a part of Chenla Kingdom, cover an aea of around 1000 arcs with hundred Pre-Angkor styled temples. We will arrive at Siemreap in the evening for overnight, with last stop at archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei.

Today we get up early to enjoy sunrise over ancient land of Angkor area and go to the pagoda to offer food to monks. It is a traditional culture and have no meaning of beggary. You will have great breakfast with them on the ground floor of the pagoda, enjoy the hot green tea and talk about the meditation life. We continue to visit Angkor, the Unesco World Heritage starting with sacred Ta Prohm winded by the roots of giant big trees and creepers. Ta Prohm is famous by choosing for major activities of Tomb Raider acted by Celebrity Angelina Jolie. We continue to Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures, Srah Srang - “The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing, Banteay Kdei surrounded by four concentric walls and finally finish with Thommanon and Chaosay Tevorda temple. We explore Banteay Srei a temple with remarkable preservation of excellent carving art. We stop at Banteay Samre, a rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated by carvings and bas-reliefs before heading back to Siemreap for overnight.

We explore the Unesco World Heritage Angkor by an easy biking on the roads-less-traveled. Ride along the jungle on well-paved trails, passing through local villages, you will reach Angkor Wat, highlighted by the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, carved on the walls and tell the stories of Hindu legends. We will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples including: The ancient capital of Angkor Thom, the South Gate, Bayon Temple - unique with its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces, Baphuon temple, north of Bayon represented of holy Mount Meru the residence of the gods in Hindu tradition. We will go around The Royal land, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. We stop at the less-traveled west gate of Angkor Thom before calmly relaxing at Bakheng hill for a romantic sun set view. We will return to Siemreap downtown for dinner, enjoy 1-hour foot massage and have funny time at bars and pubs at Angkor night market. Overnight in Siemreap.

We will have a responsible day with visits to a local village. Your ideal travel is not only for leisure, but also helps them with sustainable income and give them the real helpful aid. We will meet the friendly host family, study their life structure then help them to complete their daily tasks from simple thing of cleaning to the hard work with cultivation in rice field, rice sorting and rice husking. We head to the local school, where children are willing to practice English with you. We stop at a pagoda to see the interesting insight into Buddhism in Cambodia and with Khmer people. We take a bull cart to go around the villages, rice field and lines of palm trees before boarding a boat in Tonlesap, the biggest fresh-water lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the bustling life of local people in floating villages with floating schools, floating restaurants, and even floating hospitals. We come back to Siemreap for overnight.

The last but not least day will be a long journey west to the Beng Mele, a small county at the foot of the Phnom Kulen mountain.. It was the spring of a canal run to the great Tonle Sap Lake, which probably used to transfer sandstone and wooden blocks to build up the Angkorian monuments. Phnom Kulen is a holy mountain for Cambodian pilgrimage. We will see 1000 carvings in the sandstone 10cms under the water level, highlighted with Hindu God Vishnu and lotus flower. We continue to visit Beng Mealea 12th century temple is nearly the size of Angkor Wat but squeezed in jungles. We will be back to Siem Reap for the late onward flight. End of services.

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  • Beautiful buildings, and gardens Zvi Shanny

Beautiful buildings, and gardens

One of the lovliest places to visit in the city, our hotel only a hundred mts away, so walked there. There are 4 enterances to the compound, but only the Eastern one for visitors, and you have to be dressed as though visiting a temple. Good security on entering, and toilets. The buildings are so impressive, and amazingly coloured. Cant take photos inside the main ones. Very impressive wall art. Can get very busy at popular times. Easy to follow route around from the map we were given.. Deff worth the entrance fee

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  • Lots of statues Moti Houmsor

Lots of statues

After reading some reviews here, I think the audio at the museum may have been worth it. There are many interesting pieces at the museum, however most of them do not have English translations, so we felt like we were missing out on a lot of important information. For foreigners the prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children over 10? years old. A few $ more for audio. Worth a visit if nearby.

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  • Impresive museum Joy Swaine

Impresive museum

It was very chilling place to walk. There are a lot of pictures of the victims, some of them scared to death, that was hard too see. They kept some parts in the original state to give you a good impression what it was like back then. There are also 3 survivors who wrote a book about there experience, they sell it there and you can take a picture with them, the money goes to a good cause!

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  • Unbelievable !One of the most beautiful place in the world! Eric Swaine

Unbelievable !One of the most beautiful place in the world!

Unbelievable experience. We’ve been there early in the morning for the Sunrise and we loved it. It’s definitely a must!

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  • Well worth the time and effort Myles Busbridge

Well worth the time and effort

The Angkor Archaelogical Park is enormous and it is impossible to take it all in. The main temple, Angkor Wat, is truly amazing in every sense and very humbling to explore. Our guide did an amazing job to show us the highlights, get us the best photo shots and give us as much information about the history, culture, religion and design as he could. I highly recommend using a guide if you want to get the most out of your visit. We toured two more temples, just as amazing as Angkor Wat, and the tour took us to a private restaurant, away from the tourist food area, for an amazing Cambodian lunch.

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  • Fascinating place to visit Soon Nam Cho

Fascinating place to visit

Visited Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. It’s surrounded by a little fishing village. The people are so poor but we were amazed to see how happy and friendly all the little children were. They run up to greet you...the boys High 5 you and one little girls put out her hand to shake mine and then changed her mind and asked for a hug!! It’s the dry season here now and temperatures around 40 degrees ...no rain for months and none expected really until October so most of the little rivers flowing into the lake have all but dried up. The houses are on long stilts. At the moment the children play in the streets. Once the rains come the water level rises to just under the houses and all scooters etc go onto the verandahs and transport changes to boats. The children then just play and swim in the rivers. Such a fascinating place...we just loved it. The trip from Siem Reap to the lake takes about 1 hour. Don’t try and do it on your own but join a tour...we paid 18 dollars each and that includes fetching us from our hotel, trip in a couch to the lake, entrance fee, boat ride and return to your hotel. Water supplied. Take some snacks as there is not much available. We wished we had taken some sweets to give the little children. Take a few extra dollars to tip the boat driver and the guide as they often get very little salary and rely on tips from visitors.

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  • A must see visit while in Cambodia Tammy Vu

A must see visit while in Cambodia

A must see place to see when in Cambodia . The ruins area spectacular site but a good pair of trainers is a must when walking and visiting . Yes there are loads of tourists but this place is amazing.

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  • Beautiful relaxing day Francine Marvulle Tan

Beautiful relaxing day

Great spot for a traveler looking for a relaxing place, charming, and beautiful rocks lay on the beach.

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  • Place that is beautiful to visit Jeff Chen

Place that is beautiful to visit

Everything inside the palace gates was neat and well maintained. Watch out for the tuk tuk drivers as they promise it's closed, though it's not. They wish to help you paying them for a trip. There are some stands to purchase drinks and also cake. Cost is USD ten cash. Absolutely no credit cards accepted. You will find guides for USD ten a team.

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  • Nice Place Yegana Baghipova

Nice Place

Provide many historical relics about Cambodia history and Khmer Empire. I had a chance to go with tour guide so it was really helpful to understand posted information there.

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  • A different life Janne Hurtia

A different life

A great half day private tour with our guide Hom A stop on the way at a small village community was very interesting. We then boarded a small boat that took us up the river and into the lake to see the floating village and the life style of the villagers. We had lunch on the queen Tara which was very good with a choice of food and beverages. A stop at a floating shop and crocodile farm completed the day. The pictures will tell the story of everyday life.

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  • Very interesting tress Sheryl Plant

Very interesting tress

If you are a botanise an or have interest in trees, this is a "must see" for you, there are more than a dozen different trees with many kinds and shapes of the trees roots
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  • What a beautiful place Olivia Curtis

What a beautiful place

We visited the park from Sihanoukville. We wanted to do the walk, but there had been a lot of rain overnight, so the park ranger advised we take the boat tour through the mangroves instead. This cost $30 for two people and was well worth it.We had a boat to ourselves and spent around two hours on the river, seeing all kinds of wildlife, including hornbills, a sea eagle, egrets, and some small grey rail-like birds. But the highlight was when we arrived at the viewing tower and saw a troupe of Douc langur monkeys swinging throigh the trees. Then, while at the top of the tower, we saw a stork in the distance. The whole area was also full of amazing dragonflies. And the peace and quiet was astonishing, particularly when you realise the park is right next to Sihanouk airport. Of course, we were incredibly lucky to see so much and, if you decide to visit, you may see more or nothing at all - nature isnt something you can turn on and off like a tap. But, for us it was a truly memorable visit.

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  • A must see for history buffs Tracey Lee

A must see for history buffs

One of the largest, if not the largest Hindu temples in the world is in Cambodia and is 800 years old. A visit to Siem Reap will expose to a part of history which is unknown to a lot of us...

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