On this classic Cambodia tour, you will be able to explore the fascinating journey that goes deep into the Cambodian land. You will experience the main highlights of the Angkor temples, see the capital city of Phnom Penh, and discover the lesser-known town of Battambang.
Start in Siem Reap, where you will discover the legendary temples of Angkor and the historical capital of Cambodia in the ancient Khmer empire. On this entertaining tour, you’ll experience the former glory of artistic ancient temples, marvel at the enigmatic faces of the Bayon temple, and immerse yourself in the history of this fascinating country.
Follow the path of the scenic road to the colonial town of Battambang and explore the different lifestyles through the eyes of a local.
Then, find out more about Cambodia’s tragic past in the capital, Phnom Penh. This is an exciting tour on which you will learn a lot about the turbulent history of the country and is the highlight of the trip to Cambodia.
Suo Sdei! Welcome to Cambodia.
Upon arrival, please look out for the Siem Reaper Travel welcome sign at the arrivals gate. We will transfer you to your hotel, where you can take your time and relax by the pool or venture out for your first exploration of this ancient city.
At 6 PM, your guide will meet you at the hotel reception where a trip briefing will be held. Then, you will enjoy the creative local cuisine at Spoons Restaurant (Spoons is a social enterprise, they have had a great role in providing vocational training and education to unskilled youths from rural areas and poor family backgrounds, and have had a very positive impact on Cambodia community for over 10 years.).
After having breakfast at the hotel, it’s time for the main event: a guided tour around the unforgettable Angkor temple complex. First, we will visit Angkor Wat, which is the most famous of all the Angkor temples. The temple, built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II, contains three stories of libraries, galleries, and towers surrounded by a thick retaining wall and an imposing moat. With your professional historian guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples.
You will then head out into the center of Angkor Thom and enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, located in the center of the city and famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
Have lunch at a local restaurant for exotic Khmer cuisine. Next, the Ta Prohm temple is your next stop before some leisure time in the late afternoon. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found-overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, creating one of the most photogenic and atmospheric temples of the entire Angkor site.
Today, we head out of Siem Reap town on a flat road to the temple of Banteay Samre, built by Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century. It is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei.
From there it goes back on unpaved roads through attractive villages, along with rice fields, and to the temple of Banteay Srei, which is located outside the actual temple city and is made of pink sandstone.
The roads are peaceful and very pretty all the way to Bantey Srei. There are plenty of beautiful and real country views to see along the way as we drive past the local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples. Take a visit to the local livelihoods before we reach Bantey Srei, which is known as the Citadel of Women. This red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings, which have been preserved remarkably well.
We will then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking a short transfer to Kbal Span. Then we take a short trek along the jungle trail for 3 km to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. We will return to Siem Reap in the evening.
Today, discover the great landscape of the Tonle Sap lake. This is a unique experience offering a great outdoor adventure in Siem Reap’s countryside by exploring a floating village and seeing first-hand the livelihoods of the Cambodian people.
We will take you on the Siem Reap backroads in order to explore the local ways of life in Siem Reap. You will be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives and traditions. The journey will end at the Tonle Sap lake, where you will experience the livelihoods of Cambodian people living in the floating villages, offering you the opportunity to see how families adapt their lives to be able to live on the water.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure on your own.
Today, we leave for Battambang, it’s located on the banks of the Sangker River. Battambang is surrounded by rice-growing plains, which makes it Cambodia’s rice basket. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax at the pool.
In the early evening, join us on a relaxing city walk in the central Battambang! This is an excursion that explores Battambang’s fascinating architecture, history, and culture. Battambang has been shaped by Khmer, French, and Chinese influences to create a fascinating cultural tapestry. As you walk with us through the old town, you will experience the contrast between colonial-era architecture.
This morning, we take a tour to the Bamboo Trains and enjoy a nice ride on a bamboo bed known locally as a Norrie. Here you will catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Battambang countryside. Be sure to take plenty of photographs on this truly fun and unique ride.
Continue to visit with Cambodian families who produce traditional products such as rice paper, dried bananas, and bamboo sticky rice made in the same way they have been for generations. You will learn first-hand about everyday life in rural communities.
In the late afternoon, we will depart for Sampov Mountain in time for you to catch the sunset and take in spectacular views of Battambang. Sampov Mountain is a truly special and spectacular place for locals and visitors alike to bask in the tranquility and cool mountain breeze of beautiful Sampov. The mountain contains numerous killing caves. The caves are now home to thousands of bats and a group of macaques that feed on bananas left by pilgrims beside the cave’s shrines.
If you wish, stay until dusk when you can witness the bats pouring out of the caves and heading out across the surrounding paddy fields in search of food.
Today, take a 5-hour drive to the Farmhouse Smiling Gecko. You will stop several times along the way, including visiting a pottery family. In the course of the afternoon, you will arrive at the Smiling Gecko Farmhouse. Relax by the lovely swimming pool or treat yourself to a soothing massage.
The Farmhouse Smiling Gecko was established in 2015 by a local NGO to provide disadvantaged locals with a training opportunity to acquire skills that will allow them to earn a living without leaving their hometown.
In the afternoon, a member of the Smiling Gecko team will give you an overview of their other inspirational projects that focus on education, supporting local employment initiatives, and promoting self-help among the rural population. By staying here, you’re directly contributing to the livelihood of the local people.
This morning, take part in a farm tour. You will get a deeper insight into the structures and work of the innovative, holistic social project and visit its various cluster projects as well as the Smiling Gecko School (except on weekends, public holidays, and school vacations). On the Smiling Gecko Project Tour, you will learn about the history of Smiling Gecko and gain a deeper insight into the various Smiling Gecko projects. The tour also includes a visit to the agricultural farms and the carpentry workshop, among other things.
Your afternoon will be at your own leisure. And there are many wonderful leisure facilities, such as the spacious swimming pool, yoga with meditation opportunities in a beautiful yoga shala, and wellness programs in the small but excellent massage center, which will round off and make your time an unforgettable experience.
Today, say goodbye to the Farmhouse Smiling Gecko. Drive to Phnom Penh (approximately 2 hours), we make a stop at the ancient Cambodian capital of Phnom Oudong to enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding plains and rice fields from the hilltop.
Continue to Phnom Penh. The city is considered one of the most beautiful in the world as it still retains a colonial charm. This capital city is a bustling town, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake. The city contains many colonial-era buildings that reflect the glory days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.
Your afternoon will be leisure until set off on a sunset cruise along the Phnom Penh riverfront. Take in the sights and sip cocktails, beer, or soft drinks as you get a unique overview of Phnom Penh.
This morning, your guide will introduce you to the sights of Phnom Penh during a full-day city tour. The first stop of the day will be Choeung Ek, better known as the “Killing Fields,” where thousands of people were executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The visits will continue with the genocide museum, “Tuol Sleng,” which is a testimony to the Cambodian genocide of that historical period.
Later, visit the magnificent Royal Palace, the waterfront, and the beautiful colonial architecture that make Phnom Penh an ideal place to relax. With its local flair, historical beauty, and culture, Phnom Penh is a unique attraction in Cambodia.
Today, your journey to the highlights of Cambodia ends. There is no activity planned for the last day. Individual follow-up treatment or a return trip. Our driver will be ready to transfer you to Phnom Penh airport to catch your return flight.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Central Corner d’Angkor features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Siem Reap. The room was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The pool area is a private oasis and though it is small, it was always quiet to relax.
The Villa offers an outdoor pool. Fitted with free WiFi, air-conditioned villas present a mix of modern and traditional decor.
Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia
Farmhouse Smiling Gecko features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and garden in Phumĭ Méanôk. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This hotel features two swimming pools that include a rooftop saltwater pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Room service is provided 24 hours.
Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Cambodia and Western.
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.
Each activity comes with an experienced tour guide responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences, and making every tour exceptional.
They are trained to make your trip magical. They know that it’s unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
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For travelers who are planning their vacation as well as for trips that have already been booked, there are many questions about “Traveling in Times of COVID-19”.
As a traveler, you are responsible for complying with the travel regulations prescribed by airlines, airports, and destination countries. These include requirements for visas, vaccinations, COVID-19 passports, COVID-19 tests, and other entry documents. These requirements may change between the booking of the trip and the departure date. Therefore, it is important that you keep up to date with any changes in entry requirements until the date of departure.
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Visitors to Cambodia require a passport to enter the country, and all travelers must hold a passport with validity for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia.
Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Cambodia. Non-UK residents should check with the Cambodian Embassy in their country of residence for the most up-to-date information. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports without prior registration. A visa is issued on arrival for most nationalities for US $30/pax, and the visa has a one-month validity. You need to pay in cash and in US dollars and provide two recent, identical passport photographs.
Read more about applying for an electronic visa here: www.evisa.gov.kh
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can arrange travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. As medical facilities in Cambodia are rather limited, it is imperative for you to take out a good medical insurance policy when traveling.
Cambodia is located in the tropical climate zone, in which neither the temperatures nor the hours of sunshine show great variations over the course of the year. Due to the tropical monsoons in Cambodia, a distinction is made between a dry season and a rainy season, and each of these seasons has its own charm.
The dry season runs from October to April and is the time to visit the coastal towns of Cambodia or the tropical islands. Temperatures are warm and comfortable during this time of year, and there are long periods of sunshine. Although it is relatively dry during this time, individual showers can occur.
The rainy season runs from May to September and is ideally suited to experiencing Cambodia’s nature in a, particularly green and lush way. The warm temperatures remain unchanged, while the rain ensures high humidity. There is a lot of rainfall, especially in the last months of the rainy season. For the entire time, however, the rain falls in short downpours.
While Cambodia can be visited year-round, it is important to note that small country roads that may pass through the more remote areas, e.g., the province of Mondulkiri, are impassable during the last two months of the rainy season.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Cambodia, with each season offering its own range of benefits. Throughout the year, the climate in Cambodia is hot and humid. The temperature remains in the 30°C range for the majority of the year, dropping to 20°C at night.
The local dishes are among the healthiest in the world. It smells and tastes good and is reminiscent of Thai cuisine, but without the strong seasoning. Because of the shared history, there is also a great closeness to Vietnamese cuisine.
The best-known local dish is “Amok“, a fish curry with coconut cream, whereby the fish can also be replaced by chicken.
Only drink bottled mineral water that is cheap to buy anywhere. Do not drink tap water!
The currency of Cambodia is called “Riel”, and there is, however, no need to change the currency into riel as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Please kindly note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted.
ATM machines are available in the main cities across the country, mostly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and on Saturday morning until 12:00 PM.
Most hotels and restaurants in the major cities will charge US dollars, but for other currencies, it is advisable to visit a bank. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, but they are not usable outside of major cities.
We would highly recommend using a Visa or Master Card, as they are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. If you wish to travel in a local taxi or Tuk-Tuk, make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you, as the drivers are unlikely to keep a lot of cash with them.
Allow $20 per day for basic living expenses (drinks, meals, etc). A bottle of local beer will set you back roughly $1, a two-course lunch will set you back $7, and a two-course dinner would set you back $10.
It is interesting to get to know foreign customs and traditions, but respect is required. Below, we’ll give you a few tips on how you can move around the country without causing offense.
Please note: the central tower of the Angkor Wat complex is closed to tourists on Buddhist holidays.
The international code is +855. Since making calls with a cell phone can be expensive (incoming and outgoing calls), the costs should be clarified in advance. It may be worth buying a SIM card (prepaid) in the country. Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, and there are internet cafes in larger cities.
We recommend carrying a modest supply of basic health care medications such as travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, antacids for indigestion, insect repellant, sun creams, and chosen antibiotics. Although the majority of these things are available in Cambodia, the security afforded by well-known names is comforting.
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