Cambodia Explorer (Phnom Penh, Battambang & Siem Reap: 8 Days 7 Nights)

Tour Highlights:

  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, Royal Palace & Silver pagoda
  • Bamboo train ride & Boat trip across Tonle Sap lake from Battambang to Siem Reap
  • Angkor temples – including temples of Rolous group, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei
  • Sunset or sunrise at Angkor Wat and Bakheng hill temples
  • Explore local market at Phar Chas (old market) and arts gallery.

Detailed Itinery:  

Day 1:  Arrival / Phnom Penh – Met And Taken To Hotel.

Arrive Phnom Penh International airport, meet up by your tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in.

The rest of day is free time at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2:  Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour. B  

In the morning, we visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge.

In the afternoon, by Cylco from Cambodia Post to visit Wat Phnom, the Independence Monument, and visit to 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 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 continue to visit the National Museum.

In the afternoon, we take 1 hour sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap & Mekong Rivers, getting the picturesque view of the Royal Palace, National Museum, parks and the floating fishing villages. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3:  Phnom Penh – Battambang. B

After breakfast, we travel to Battambang, with sightseeing along the way, we will visit Silversmith village, Oudong Mountain, and Pottery Village in Kampong Chhnang province.

Upon arrival to Battambang & transfer directly to hotel for Check-in. Free time is at leisure.

Overnight in Battambang.

Day 4:  Battambang Countryside & Temples. B

We depart hotel to Odam Bang village located about 3km from Battambang town. Upon arrival in Odam Bang village, we take the small train (Bamboo train) through the rice fields to Osroy Lov, and later return back to Odam Bang village by the same small train.

In the afternoon, we drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains. Then, continuing to visit Phnom Sampeau Mountain and temple, and view the thousand bats flying out of mountain’s cave before sunset. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 5:  Battambang – Private Boat Trip To Siem Reap. B 

After breakfast, transfer to Battambang boat pier for boarding the wooden speedboat across Tonle Sap lake to Siem Reap.

Battambang – Siem Reap via Speedboat @ 07:00 – 14:00 (For low water period from February to July, we are traveling by overland car, taking around 2hrs30mins)

Upon arrival in Siem Reap pier, meet up by your tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in & option to relax at hotel or begin exploration the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the Rulous Group from the early Angkor period dating from the 9th & 10th centuries. The three temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei represent the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural stone for the next 400 years. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 6: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei. Afternoon, Angkor Thom By Motored Remorque.  B 

In the morning, exploration to Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada, Thommanon and the impressive Ta Prohm temple, where the famous film Tomb Raider was shot and brought the Angkor Wonders to the world, and also visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist temple in Angkor built in middle of the 12th century to the beginning of the 13th century by king Jayavarman II.

In the afternoon, by motored-remorque (similar as Tuk Tuk in Thailand) we will explore to the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the last capital of Angkorian Empire, Angkor Thom via the South Gate, the giant stone faces city temple of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Lepper King Terrace. End of the day, enjoy the sunset view over Angkor Wat from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7:  Siem Reap – Angkor Wat And Banteay Srei. B

After breakfast, visit the epic centerpiece of Angkor Wat temple with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs.

Returning back to hotel, option to relax at hotel or continue to visit the Artisans d’Angkor (stone and wood carvings) workshops to redevelop traditional Cambodian artisan skills, or explore local market at Phar Chas (old market) and arts gallery.

In the afternoon, we explore the most dedicated beauty of the Khnmer temple carvings of Bantey Srei in the 11th century, and visit Banteay Samre, and continue to the three-tiered temple-hill of Pre Rup. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8:  Siem Reap – Departure. B    

Breakfast at hotel and free time at leisure.

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

INCLUSIVE services

  • Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
  • Ground transportation by private, air-cond vehicle
  • Regional ENGLISH speaking guide (other language surcharge may apply)
  • Sightseeing with admission fees
  • Meals as indicated for B-breakfast, L-lunch, d-dinner
  • Mineral water and cold tissues on tours
  • Int’l flight re-confirmation

 EXCLUSIVE services

  • Visa on arrival to Cambodia (US$ 30 per person)
  • International airfares arrival to and departure from Cambodia
  • All other meals & beverages that NOT indicated in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses and Tips to guides & drivers
  • Insurance