Grand Cambodia - 13 Days / 12 Nights

Grand Cambodia - 13 Days / 12 Nights
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Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with the Grand Cambodia Tour. Over 13 days and 12 nights, you'll explore the best of what this beautiful country has to offer. Begin your journey in the bustling city of Phnom Penh, where you'll soak up the rich history of the Khmer Empire as you wander through the stunning Royal Palace. there, you'll venture out to the rural province of Kratie, where you'll have the chance to spot the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphin. Continue on to Kampong Thong and experience daily life in a traditional Cambodian village. Finally, you'll end your journey in the charming town of Seam Reap and explore the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor Wat before wandering through the beautiful rice paddies in Battambang. This tour is not just a vacation, it's a cultural experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Don't wait to book your spot on this incredible adventure!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Welcome to the vibrant city of Phnom Penh! Immerse yourself in the magic of Cambodia's capital, where history and modernity collide in a dazzling display.
  2. Unlock the vibrant spirit of Kampong Cham
  3. Discover the vibrant energy of Kratie
  4. Unleash your adventurous spirit and conquer the majestic Phnom Santuk Mountain
  5. Discover the enchanting wonderland of Siem Reap! Immerse yourself in a vibrant blend of ancient history, rich culture, and breathtaking beauty.
  6. Experience the Wonders of Tonle Sap Lake
  7. Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to uncover the hidden gems of Battambang's vibrant cultural villages!
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Phnom Penh – Visit Royal Palace - National Museum - Khmer welcome dinner
Phnom Penh –  Visit Royal Palace - National Museum - Khmer welcome dinner

Upon arrival at the airport, visitors will receive a warm welcome our tour guide who will assist with the transfer to the hotel for check-in (Please note that early check-in is not included and subject to the hotel's availability).

In the afternoon, we will embark on an exciting city tour, starting with the captivating Royal Palace. The Royal Palace boasts a collection of exquisite and majestic buildings, including the Moonlight Pavilion, Throne Hall, and Phochani Pavilion, that will leave visitors awestruck. Continuing our exploration, we will visit the splendid National Museum, a remarkable architectural masterpiece. This museum proudly exhibits one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, featuring a myriad of sculptures, ceramics, carved works, and bronzes various periods.

To conclude the day, we will savor a delightful dinner at a charming local restaurant.

Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

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Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour around Phnom Penh - visit Wat Phnom & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour around Phnom Penh - visit Wat Phnom & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, tourists will embark on a captivating cyclo tour around the splendid capital of Phnom Penh. Our first destination for today is the renowned Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple with a rich history dating back to 1373. As the tallest religious structure in the city, Wat Phnom holds significant importance in the foundation of Phnom Penh. Inside the temple, you will be mesmerized by the intricately decorated walls adorned with murals depicting the Jakarta stories of the Buddha's previous reincarnations before attaining enlightenment.

Moving on, our next stop brings us to the remarkable Angkor National Museum, where you can delve deeper the historical treasures of the region. Amidst the journey, we will savor a delightful lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). In the afternoon, we will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, where you will gain a profound understanding of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge Regime. As you wander through the haunting corridors, you will come face-to-face with the chilling remnants of crude prison cells that once held approximately 17,000 individuals 1975 to 1979. Witnessing cabinets filled with human skulls serves as a stark reminder of the tragic past.

Finally, we will safely drop you off at your hotel for a restful overnight stay in Phnom Penh.

Meals: breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

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Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie
Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie

Start the day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a scenic drive to Kampong Cham. Along the way, you'll be mesmerized by the enchanting French colonial architecture of this charming town, surrounded by vast rice paddies that stretch as far as the eye can see. Keep an eye out for graceful white storks and catch glimpses of traditional Khmer houses scattered throughout the landscapes.

Our first stop will be at Wat Nokor, a magnificent Buddhist shrine renowned for its exquisite artistry. Dating back to the 11th century, this impressive structure is crafted sandstone and laterite, and showcases a stunning collection of well-preserved apsaras. Afterward, we'll continue our journey to Kratie, a tranquil riverside town where you'll have ample free time to explore at your leisure.

Before the day ends, we'll visit the remarkable Wat Roka Kandal, an architectural gem built between the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It's a sight not to be missed!

Rest easy and recharge at a hotel in Kratie, knowing that a delicious breakfast awaits you in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie.

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Kratie - Visit local market - explore the island of Kaoh Trong - discover floating village
Kratie - Visit local market - explore the island of Kaoh Trong - discover floating village

Let's embark on an exploration of the northern part of the town. Our first stop will be the vibrant local market, where you will witness the bustling early morning life of the locals. fresh fruits and vegetables to unique furniture and gadgets, the market offers a colorful array of goods. In Kratie, we will even get the chance to observe the majestic Mekong dolphins, a critically endangered species protected by WWF.

In the afternoon, get ready to immerse yourself in the authentic rural life of Cambodia as we venture to Koh Trong islands. Here, you can engage in various activities such as horse riding or cycling around the islands (at your own expense). We will also visit Wat islands, where you will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful activity - growing trees to restore bare land. To top it all off, we will visit a floating village situated at the southern part of the island before returning to Kratie by boat.

For a restful night, we will be staying at the cozy Udom Sambath in Kratie.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie.

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Kratie - Kampong Thom: Phnom Santuk Mountain - Kampong Thom
Kratie - Kampong Thom: Phnom Santuk Mountain - Kampong Thom

Starting Kratie, your journey will take you to Kampong Thom, the second largest province in Cambodia. Kampong Thom is a treasure trove of natural wonders, boasting captivating lakes, rivers, forests, and majestic mountains. Additionally, the province is home to over 200 ancient temples, waiting to be explored. Along the way, we will ascend Phnom Santuk Mountain, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Kampong Thom's vast rice paddies and the enchanting sight of ancient temples scattered throughout the town.

Afterward, you will have the entire afternoon to unwind and enjoy your leisure time. Rest and recharge at a comfortable hotel in Kampong Thom.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Thom.

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Kampong Thom - Siem Reap: Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex - Siem Reap
Kampong Thom - Siem Reap: Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex - Siem Reap

Our journey will take us to the captivating Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex. Nestled on the eastern bank of Tonle Sap Lake amidst a sub-tropical forest, this archaeological site dates back to the 7th century. Prepare to be mesmerized by its architectural marvels, including numerous prasats, octagonal towers, shiva lingams and yonis, ponds and reservoirs, and majestic lion sculptures. As we explore further, we can revel in the unique temples of the pre-Angkor period, each boasting its own remarkable features.

Following our exploration, we will have the pleasure of a lunch with the warm and welcoming locals. Then, we will continue our journey to the enchanting city of Siem Reap. Upon arrival, we will swiftly check-in at the hotel, leaving us with a leisurely afternoon to enjoy at our own pace. You may choose to wander around the vibrant Old Market, indulging in a variety of delectable local street food, or take the opportunity to delve deeper Cambodia's traditional handicrafts at Angkor D's Artisan.

We will spend a comfortable overnight stay at a hotel in Siem Reap.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap: Enjoy the dawn at Angkor Wat - Angkor Silk Farm - visit Small Circuit Temple
Siem Reap: Enjoy the dawn at Angkor Wat - Angkor Silk Farm - visit Small Circuit Temple

Start your day by witnessing the enchanting sunrise at Angkor Wat. As the sun's red rays gradually illuminate this massive and intricate structure, it will create an unforgettable memory. Afterward, we'll head back to the hotel for a delicious breakfast.

Next, we'll visit the Angkor Silk Farm, where you can observe the traditional process of silk-making in Cambodia. The beautiful silk products and handicrafts available here are truly captivating. After exploring the farm, we'll take a short break in Siem Reap.

In the afternoon, get ready for a delightful journey through the Small Circuit, which includes five splendid Angkor Temples: Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, and Prasat Kravan. Ta Prohm, with its remarkable fusion of nature and ancient ruins, is the most renowned among them. The intricate carvings and bas-reliefs at Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, and Prasat Kravan will leave you in awe.

Once the tour concludes, return to your hotel for some well-deserved relaxation. Enjoy your overnight stay in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Thom - Tonle Sap Lake & experience charming villages of Kampong Phluck
Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Thom - Tonle Sap Lake & experience charming villages of Kampong Phluck

Today, prepare yourself for a captivating day of exploration as we delve the wonders of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. As the last enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century, will leave you in awe. Take a moment to marvel at the intricate statues adorning the South Gate, serving as a grand entrance to this magnificent site.

Next, let us transport you to Bayon Temple, renowned for its breathtaking architecture featuring 54 towering structures and impressive four-faced statues carved stone. Prepare to be transported to a wonderland as you wander further inside, where the delicate carved works in the East and South Galleries will simply take your breath away.

In the afternoon, we will embark on a delightful boat cruise along the vast Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. This scenic journey will also lead us to the charming villages of Kampong Phluck, often referred to as the "Harbor of the Tusks." This unique village showcases different visuals throughout the seasons, appearing as a normal village with stilted wooden houses during the dry season, and seemingly floating when the water level rises.

Before we conclude the day, you will have ample time to unwind and enjoy some leisurely moments before returning to Siem Reap for a restful overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap: Visit Beng Mealea Temple - Banteay Srey - experience the process of making rice paper - palm wine & palm sugar & enjoy the sunset in Pre Rup Temple
Siem Reap: Visit Beng Mealea Temple - Banteay Srey - experience the process of making rice paper - palm wine & palm sugar & enjoy the sunset in Pre Rup Temple

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our day by being transferred to the incredible temple of Beng Mealea. Built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this large Hindu temple in the Angkor style is adorned with intricately carved motifs, such as the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Prepare to be awed by its beauty.

Next, we will make our way to the breathtaking temple of Banteay Srey. This stunning structure, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, was built in the 10th century and is renowned for its intricate carvings. Known as the "Citadel of Women" or "Citadel of Beauty," Banteay Srei will captivate you with its charm and elegance.

In the afternoon, our adventure continues as we witness the traditional process of making rice paper, Palm Wine, and Palm Sugar. Indulge in the unique and delectable flavors of these local delights.

As the day draws to a close, we will be treated to a mesmerizing view of the sunset over vast paddy fields, accompanied by the majestic Pre Rup temple.

Rest and relax overnight in Siem Reap, enjoying the comforts of our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap - Battambang: Travel Siem Reap to Battambang- enjoy a long cruise along Tonle Sap Lake
Siem Reap - Battambang:  Travel Siem Reap to Battambang- enjoy a long cruise along Tonle Sap Lake

Get ready for an exciting private boat trip Siem Reap to Battambang (January to June, we will take the road instead). As we cruise along the scenic Tonle Sap Lake, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the rich and diverse flora and fauna, marvel at the stilted houses, and observe the vibrant daily life of the local people residing on this captivating lake.

In the afternoon, we'll reach Battambang, renowned as Cambodia's leading rice-producing province. Prepare to be enchanted by its charming ambiance and warm-hearted locals. After checking the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

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Battambang: Transfer to Phnom Sampeau - local villages & farms - Wat Banan Temple, & discover cultural villages in Battambang
Battambang: Transfer to Phnom Sampeau - local villages & farms - Wat Banan Temple, & discover cultural villages in Battambang

We will set off Battambang towards Phnom Sampeau, renowned for its haunting killing caves. 1975 to 1979, thousands endured unspeakable torture and lost their lives, their remains haunting the caverns. Men and women were kept in separate caves, and even today, these caves still bear witness with scattered skulls and bones, alongside a poignant memorial and a majestic golden reclining Buddha. Leaving behind the somberness of the caves, prepare for a delightful adventure on the bamboo train – a whimsical blend of a flying carpet and toy cars, offering endless amusement.

Next, we will continue our expedition to Wat Banan, an impressive 11th-century Angkor temple perched atop a mountain. While it was once thought to have influenced Angkor Wat's architectural design, contemporary scholars now date its construction later than Angkor. the summit, the breathtaking vistas of Cambodia's picturesque landscape unfold before your eyes. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through the cultural villages of Battambang, where you can explore Prahoc village, known for its fish paste production; Groland village, renowned for sticky rice made in bamboo; and villages specializing in rice paper production, to name a few.

As the day comes to an end, return to your hotel to relax and unwind. Spend the night in Battambang, relishing the tranquility.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang.

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Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh
Battambang - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh

We'll whisk you away to Kampong Chhnang, renowned for its traditional pottery. there, our journey continues to Oudong, once the royal capital of Cambodia. Prepare yourself for a tantalizing Khmer lunch, enjoyed at the base of Phnom Oudong.

Once our appetites are satisfied, we'll delve the enchanting realm of Oudong's captivating stupas. Behold the sight of the majestic golden and white stupas, juxtaposed against the azure sky. This ethereal experience is sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory, granting you a breathtaking panoramic view of Cambodia's scenic expanse.

In the afternoon, we'll traverse the picturesque landscape towards Phnom Penh, passing by the beguiling Koh Chen, also known as "Silver Village," situated on the resplendent Tonle Sap Lake. Here, you'll witness the exquisite silver craftsmanship that Koh Chen is famous for. Our journey concludes in Phnom Penh, where you'll have ample free time to unwind before relishing in an authentic Khmer farewell dinner graciously arranged by our company.

Retire for the night in the comfort of a charming hotel in Phnom Penh, knowing that tomorrow holds new adventures and discoveries.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

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Phom Penh: Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport
Phom Penh: Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, you'll have some free time before we'll arrange your transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight. This marks the end of our services! Enjoy your journey.

Meals: Breakfast.

Our prices include

Accommodations with daily breakfast as mentioned

Meals as listed in the program

Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles

Local English-speaking guides

Water on coach per tour day

24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Entrance fees, performances & excursions

VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include

International flights to/from Cambodia

Travel insurance

Cambodia visa stamp fees

Early check-in and late check-out surcharges at accommodations

Personal expenses, tips and gratuities for guides and drivers

Other services not mentioned clearly above

Camera fees (if any)

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