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This journey combines some of the greatest cultural heritage of Cambodia with some of its most pristine and untouched pieces of natural paradise. Stay in a beautifully restored colonial villa in Kratie; explore Angkor beyond the temples on a memorable scooter ride; head to the Southern coast and soak up some exotic vibe amidst pepper farms and thick mangrove; optionally extend with style on the beautiful sandy beaches of Koh Rong Island.

  • 11 night guided vacation
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 19 meals: 11 breakfasts and 8 lunches
  • All transfers and transportation with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flight Siem Reap – Sihanoukville
  • Sightseeing Highlights: Angkor visit by Vespa, leisure cruise on Kampot River, cooking classes, spice farm and mangrove conservation project visits.
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • All entrance fees
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person, per day during transfers and sightseeing
May 1 – Sep 30, 2024 from $2969 including tax
Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2024 from $3329 including tax
Single Occupancy add from $690
Extend your vacation with a 3 night beach stay: add from $975 per person

Not included: International airfares, meals other than mentioned in the itinerary, drinks, early check-in or late check-out, visa (if needed), gratuities to drivers, guide and hotel staff, travel insurance, items and expenses of personal nature, all other item not included in the inclusion section


Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh
Welcome to Cambodia! You are greeted by your driver at the exit of the airport and driven to your hotel the city center. Check-in is available from 14.00, make yourself comfortable and spend the rest of the day relaxing by the hotel’s pool or heading for a first immersion in the lively streets of the capital.
Meals : No meals included
Accommodation : Phnom Penh for 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh behind the scenes 
Phnom Penh is an Asian capital, and the kind of destination that you only need to scratch the surface and explore beyond its classic sites to really know what it is truly made of. Get ready for a fun and experiential day around some popular but also lesser known corners of the city.

The guide picks you up at the hotel and we take off by local remork to a district out of the city centre. Enjoy a local coffee on the street, visit a true local market (Orussey Market), wander around narrow alleys and immerse you into the fascinating daily life of the locals. Continue on local remork to the pier for a ferry to a big island on the Mekong River. There we start a 15-kilometre bicycle ride on a small concrete road around the island; offering the opportunity to soak up a bit of rural life just outside Phnom Penh as well as to visit a silk weaving workshop.
We stop for lunch at a local home and are hosted by a charming couple of islanders. We return to the city afterwards and will devote some time to dive into the tragic history at the Tuol Sleng museum. Our day continues with a stroll in the garden complex of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda before ending in style with a drink on a rooftop terrace with the best views over Phnom Penh’s riverfront.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Explore Udong ancient capital
After breakfast hit the road along the Tonle Sap River to Udong ancient capital, where temples, stupas and other structures are spread over three hills. We climb a stairway to the top of Phnom Preah Reach Troup, catch your breath and be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The guide will tell us more about the glorious past of Oudong before we walk down back to our vehicle. We then continue our journey, with a stop en-route in Skun town famous for its fried tarentulas. We reach in the afternoon the village of Chhlong on the shores of the Mekong River. Our accommodation for the next two nights will be the Relais de Chhlong, a magnificent building built in during the colonial era in 1916 by wealthy merchants from the region, then renovated and transformed into a charming hotel structure from 2017.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Kratie for 2 nights

Day 4: Kratie explorer
After a breakfast on the terracre, we set off to explore this magnificent region. First stop at Chhlong market before continuing to the town of Kratie, located just under an hour’s drive north. We take a walk there and unveil a quiet riverside village, with lively streets and lined with old houses displaying a beautiful colonial architecture. Lunch in a restaurant in town before heading to the Kampi rapids, a little further north, for a short river getaway. This may be the opportunity to see the famous Irrawaddy dolphins, a species endemic to the Southeast Asian region. We then return to the Relais de Chhlong for some time by the pool and a sunset over the Mekong.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Temples and CBT project in Sambor Prei Kuk
Early in the morning, we hit the road and drive to the province of Kompong Thom (about 4 hours’ drive). We will first reach a small village and have lunch there at the heart of a community tourism project. The opportunity to meet and exchange with locals and to sample some great home-cooked food. In the afternoon, we take the time for a short bike ride around the village and will explore the pre-Angkorian complex of Sambor Prei Kuk, the former capital of Chenla. A set of temples dating from the 7th century, 600 years before Angkor Wat. In the middle of the afternoon, we resume our drive to Siem Reap. Arrival at your hotel and end of the day at leisure.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Siem Reap for 4 nights

Day 6: Banteay Srei and some Khmer countryside
Following breakfast, we depart about thirty kilometers north of the city to discover the Banteay Srei temple, the citadel of women, considered the jewel of Khmer art for the finesse of its bas-reliefs and remarkably preserved sculptures. Along the way we will stop at the Landmine Museum, founded by veteran and deminer Aki Ra, an occasion to learn more about war and resilience. In the late morning, we continue to a small village immersed in a stretch of quaint Khmer countryside. We are welcomed by a family for lunch and then take a short tour of the village to gain insights into the rural Cambodian daily life. Later we return Siem Reap and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Temples safari on the back of Vespas
Get ready to explore the temples of Angkor as very few other do. Ride pillion on the back of a scooter and embark on what is the most original and exciting way to dodge the crowds and enjoy Angkor. On this adventure, we visit the major highlights of Angkor Wat, the walled city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Ta Prohm (the “Tomb Raider” temple), as well as some lesser known gems. The most important temples are always busy nowadays, but our tour focuses not only on the temples, but also the amazing surroundings. We dodge the big buses by leaving the busy roads behind using hidden trails through the jungle, villages and rice fields. These villages and trails have existed since the time of the temples and it’s a unique experience that visitors on 4 wheels simply cannot recreate! We guarantee you will love the temples, however, it’s the ride on past ancient ruins, through the jungle and along ancient city walls that becomes the real highlight. A local lunch will be served en-route. We will be back at the hotel in the mid-afternoon, end of the day at leisure.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Day at leisure in Siem Reap
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Siem Reap. Explore any of the city’s numerous markets, they are all well worth a visit and a photographic spectacle. If you’re into crafts, do not miss the Made In Cambodia market, as well as some craftsmen workshops such as the Artisans d’Angkor. For delicious food and a break from the iconic fried noodles and num pang sandwiches that you’ll find in the street, we recommend visiting one of the social restaurants of Siem Reap. Our top suggested restaurant is Spoons Café with its beautiful bamboo structure and fine Cambodian cuisine. For those interested in learning more about the tragic history of Cambodia, we suggest a visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Centre. Engage in discussions with locals who are passionate about educating visitors about the past as well as the continued issues of landmines that many Cambodians still face today.
Meals : Breakfast

Day 9: The mangrove of Kampot
After a short transfer from your hotel to Siem Reap’s airport, you will board a flight to Sihanoukville. You are welcomed on site and driven towards the charming colonial town of Kampot, located about 2h30 away. The car will drop us on the shores of the Kampot River where our boat is waiting for us. Time for a refreshment and we embark on a leisurely cruise down the river and through a thick mangrove (the so-called Green Cathedral). We reach the town and take a short walk to the hotel. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the end of the day in this idyllic setting.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Kampot for 2 nights

Day 10: Environment, gastronomy and colonial town
We start our day with a walking orientation around Kampot. We will stop at the market, where the guide will tell you more about local produce and spices. We then hop into the car for a 45-minute transfer to La Plantation pepper farm (certainly the most reputed pepper farm in the whole country), where our cooking class will be held in the lovely open-air restaurant. Under the guidance of the Chef, we will cook 3 dishes, of course all generously incorporating the spices cultivated at the farm, and later on we will enjoy the fruits of our labour over lunch.
In the afternoon, on our way to Kampot, we stop to visit a mangrove conservation project. The mangrove is an essential ecosystem and it plays a crucial role in the fight against coastal erosion. We will learn more about the situation and visit the mangrove nursery, then hop on a sampan to reach a zone that urgently needs reforestation. After taking part in the fight by planting a few trees, we return to the conservation center and meet our vehicle for a drive back to Kampot.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Return to the Capital
Enjoy a morning of leisure for a last walk around Kampot. In the early afternoon, we drive to Phnom Penh. Arrival at your hotel is to be expected in the late afternoon. End of the day at leisure.
Meals : Breakfast
Accommodation : Phnom Penh for 1 night

Day 12: Departure
Day at leisure until a driver picks you up at the hotel to drive you to the airport for your outbound flight.
Meals : Breakfast

Hotels or similar

Main Tour
Phnom Penh: Baitong Hotel & Resort 4* – Standard room
Kratie: Le Relais De Chhlong 4 * – Heritage Suite
Siem Reap: Apsara Residence 4* Hotel – Deluxe room
Kampot: Boutique Kampot 3* Hotel – Superior room

Island Extension Superior
Sihanoukville: Tamu Koh Rong 4* – Jungle Room
Phnom Penh: Baitong Hotel & Resort 4* – Superior City View

Island Extension Deluxe
Koh Rong: The Royal Sands Koh Rong 5* – Oceanview Villa
Phnom Penh: Baitong Hotel & Resort 4* – Superior City View

Koh Rong Paradise Island extension:
Double Occupancy
(per person)
Superior w/ breakfast
(Tamu Koh Rong)
Deluxe w/ breakfast
(Royal Sands Koh Rong)
May 1 – Sep 30, 2024 from $975 on request
Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2024 from $989 on request


Day 12: Koh Rong
After breakfast, we drive you to Sihanoukville pier, where you’ll take a boat to Koh Rong paradise island. You will be welcomed on the island and taken to your resort. Make yourself comfortable and ready for a few days of pure relaxation.

Day 13-14: Koh Rong (B)
Choose your favorite activities and impose your own pace. You may simply enjoy the resort facilities and spend some lazy time on the white sandy beach. Or you can venture on your own or along a local guided tour to explore the island and its wonderful aquatic environment. Cycling, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, diving… a long string of activities awaits. If you get bored of crystal clear waters and pristine endless beach, head to Koh Rong village, this is the happening place on the island.

Day 15 : Return to Phnom Penh (B)
In the mid-morning, take a boat back to the coast. Your driver will be waiting at the arrival pier to drive you to Phnom Penh. Arrival is to be expected in the afternoon (approximate driving time is about 3 hours).

Day 16: Departure (B)
Day at leisure until a driver picks you up at the hotel to drive you to the airport for your outbound flight.


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