Tour code:
CA10
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Start in
Siem Reap
Finish in
Phnom Penh
Places to visit
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples (Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom - Bayon – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm temples) - Phnom Krom Sunrise – Floating Village – Countryside Tour by Scooter - Preah Vihear Temple – Koh Ker - Preah Romkel – Laos Village – Koh Han (Mekong Island) - Stung Treng – Kratie - Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh
Starts
Ends
Siem Reap, Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Highlights

Experience the allure of 10 day Cambodia Tour that unveils historical richness, architectural marvels, and vibrant heritage. Central to this mystique is Angkor Wat, an expansive temple complex in Southeast Asia, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originating in the 12th century, Angkor Wat was initially a Hindu sanctuary, later transformed into a Buddhist shrine. Nested within the Angkor Archaeological Park, it stands as a testament to the Khmer Empire.

  • For travelers seeking awe-inspiring structures and immersive tales, Angkor Wat is a must-see.
  • Explore the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple in the Dangrek Mountains.
  • Marvel at the grand Sopheakmit Waterfall, among the world's largest.
  • Immerse yourself in The Somros Koh Han Community-based Ecotourism (CBET) nestled in the biodiverse Mekong River Ramsar site.
  • Discover Kratie, a riverside town hosting the Irrawaddy dolphin.
  • Experience Kampong Cham, engaging with local life and visiting a Buddhist monastery.
  • In Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, history resonates, capturing the essence of the nation's past. This Cambodia itinerary 10 days blends mystery and revelation, seamlessly merging history and aspirations.

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Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Bakheng Sunset (No Meals)
Car

Upon reaching Siem Reap Airport, you will be greeted by a local guide who will then accompany you to the hotel in Siem Reap town for check-in. Please note that early check-in is not included in the package and is subject to the availability of rooms at the hotel.

In the late afternoon, at approximately 4.00 pm, we will embark on a drive to Phnom Bakheng temple, where you will have the opportunity to witness a breathtaking sunset from the summit of this mountain temple. Dating back to the 9th century, Phnom Bakheng temple stands majestically on a natural hill. It is often referred to as "le-mountain" due to its resemblance to Mount Meru. Positioned on the left side of the road connecting Angkor Wat to Angkor Thom, this temple captivates numerous tourists who gather here to marvel at the enchanting sunset scenery. Afterward, we will return to the hotel in Siem Reap, concluding our day's excursion.

Meals on your own.

Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap

Day 2: Discovery Of Angkor Temples (Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom - Bayon – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm Temples) (B; L)
Car

Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel at 6 AM. At 7:30 AM, our knowledgeable guide and driver will pick you up for a full-day exploration of the main temples in Angkor Archaeological Park: Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteay Srei, and Ta Prohm.

We'll begin our unique approach to Angkor Wat by entering through the East Gate and exiting at the West Gate. Explore the temple's different levels, admiring its architectural grandeur and intricate stone carvings depicting Apsaras from the Angkor period. Gain a deep understanding of Khmer culture and civilization as you delve into this remarkable site.

Next, we'll uncover the mysteries of the Royal City of Angkor Thom, with its impressive 50-tower temple. Discover the enigmatic faces staring out from a distant era as we visit Bayon, Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, and the Terrace of Elephants. Our exploration will begin from the South Gate.

Enjoy a homemade lunch at the residence of Mr. Peout and Mrs. Gin, who will warmly welcome you to their peaceful home with a lush garden. As you savor their delicious meal, listen to their personal stories, including their experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime until the present day.

After lunch, we'll continue our journey to the enchanting Banteay Srei temple, known as the jewel of Khmer art. Admire the intricate carvings on the red sandstone structure, showcasing the artistic mastery of the time. On our way back to Siem Reap, we'll visit Ta Prohm, famous for its appearance in the movie "Tomb Raider." Experience the captivating fusion of the temple and the surrounding jungle, with tree roots embracing the ancient stones, creating a hauntingly beautiful scene.

As we return to Siem Reap, treat your tired feet to an hour of Khmer Traditional Foot Massage, rejuvenating and soothing your senses. Finally, we'll accompany you back to your hotel, leaving you with lasting memories of this extraordinary day.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Phnom Krom Sunrise – Floating Village – Countryside Tour By Scooter – Village Cooking Class (B; L; D)
Car Motorbike

Wake up early in the morning and head to Phnom Krom, located 13km south of Siem Reap. Climb up the hill to witness a beautiful sunrise over the rice paddies and the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy a picnic breakfast on the hill before taking a boat ride to visit the Chong Kneas Floating Village and experience the daily life of the villagers. Afterward, visit the Artisan Dangkor workshop to learn about traditional crafts. Return to the hotel for relaxation and have lunch at your leisure.

Around 3 pm, our guide and a scooter driver (or a tuk-tuk if preferred) will pick you up to visit Krabei Riel Village. Witness the villagers' activities in the vegetable gardens, rice fields, and weaving. Take plenty of pictures and interact with the locals.

Arrive at Mr. Ron's house, where his family will warmly welcome you. Mrs. Sina, his wife, will lead a cooking class where you'll learn to prepare three Cambodian dishes.

Enjoy the dinner with the food you cooked, bid farewell to Mr. Ron's family, and our scooter driver(s) will ride you back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 4: Siem Reap – Preah Vihear Temple – Koh Ker (B; L; D)
Car

Have breakfast at the hotel before departing from Siem Reap to drive to Preah Vihear Temple, which is located 208km away and will take approximately 4 hours. Along the way, make a quick stop to visit Ta Mok's house, situated by a serene lakeside. Ta Mok's house is a simple structure with a bunker in the basement and several wall murals depicting scenes such as Angkor Wat and Prasat Preah Vihear. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and observe the remaining floor tiles, as the furnishings were looted. Ta Mok, who served as Pol Pot's general commander, passed away in July 2006.

Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant in Saem and proceed to visit Preah Vihear Temple. Arrive at the checkpoint and switch to a 4WD vehicle to reach the hilltop of Phnom Dangrek, where the temple is located near the Thailand border. Preah Vihear Temple dates back to the 11th century and sits prominently in the Dangrek Mountains, offering sweeping views of Thailand and Cambodia from its elevated position of over 700m. Previously occupied by the Thais, the temple has recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Explore the historical temple and take in the breathtaking vistas from the summit. Descend the hill in the 4WD and continue the journey by our vehicle to Koh Ker for dinner and overnight stay in the campsite within the Koh Ker temple area.

In the late afternoon, arrive at Koh Ker and visit one of the local houses for refreshments, showers, and dinner before spending the night at the campsite.

Overnight at the campsite.

Day 5: Koh Ker – Preah Romkel (B; L; D)
Car

Begin your day with an early picnic breakfast at the campsite. Drive to visit the Kok Ker temples before the crowds arrive. Built in the 10th century, Koh Ker briefly served as the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 to 944 A.D. The architectural style of Koh Ker sets it apart from other temples in Cambodia, bearing a resemblance to the ancient pyramids of Egypt. Partially covered by the forest and inhabited by birds, this temple and its surroundings offer a unique and extraordinary experience.

After exploring Koh Ker, proceed to the Preah Romkel community located on the Mekong Riverside near the Laos border. Stop for lunch in Preah Vihear Town. Arrive at Preah Romkel around 3 PM, where you can witness the majestic Sopheakmit Waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Spanning the Laos-Cambodia border on the Mekong River, this stunning waterfall cascades over a 26km stretch of rocks, presenting a beautiful natural spectacle.

Dinner and overnight in the local house at Preah Romkel community.

Day 6: Preah Romkel – Laos Village – Koh Han (Mekong Island) (B; L)
Car

Enjoy breakfast at the community before preparing for the next destination. Bid farewell to the community and board a long-tail boat to cross the river and visit a village in Laos. Learn about the Lao villagers and savor a cup of Lao coffee. Continue the boat journey downstream to Koh Han, which takes approximately 2 hours. Koh Han is located in the Koh Snaeng commune, O Svay district, Stung Treng province. The Somros Koh Han Community-based Ecotourism (CBET) is situated here, and the area is home to a population of 2,749 people, with 1,297 being women. This CBET is situated within a biodiverse landscape, part of the Mekong River's Ramsar site.

Upon arrival, the local hosts will warmly welcome you, and lunch will be provided. Afterward, your guide will give a detailed presentation about the Koh Han community. You will have free time to explore the island at your leisure, and if you wish, the guide can accompany you and take you for a swim in the Mekong River.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Koh Han

Day 7: Koh Han – Stung Treng – Kratie (B; L)
Car

After breakfast, we will drive to Stung Treng downtown to visit the bustling Stung Treng Local Market. Known as the largest market in northern Cambodia Mekong, it offers a wide variety of fresh fish for sale in an open-air setting. Here, you can find some of the freshest fish available in the area.

Next, we will continue our journey southward to visit the Irrawaddy Dolphins in Prek Kampi. Board a local boat and enjoy a gentle ride to the dolphin's pools, where you can observe these fascinating creatures up close.

For lunch, we will stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal.

Afterward, we will drive to Kratie downtown. You will have free time for leisure, allowing you to explore and enjoy the charms of the city at your own pace.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Kratie.

Day 8: Kratie – Kampong Cham (B; L)
Car

After breakfast, you will have some free time to relax or explore at your leisure. Later, we will proceed to Kampong Cham City. Our first stop will be at a local village called Koh Pen, which is situated on one of the islands in the Mekong River in Kampong Cham Province.

One of the highlights of Koh Pen is the Bamboo Bridge, which is the longest bamboo bridge in Cambodia. Please note that the bridge is only constructed during the dry season, from December to June when the water level is lower. Accompanied by our tour guide, you will walk across this remarkable bamboo bridge to reach the island. Once there, you will have the opportunity to visit the village, local farms, and a Buddhist monastery.

After exploring Koh Pen, we will drive back to Kampong Cham town for an overnight stay. Dinner will be at your own discretion, allowing you to choose from the local dining options available.

Overnight in Kampong Cham

Day 9: Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh (B; L)
Car

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on a drive to Phnom Penh. Approximately an hour into the drive, we will make a bathroom stop at the Spider Market. Here, you will encounter local vendors selling live tarantulas as well as deep-fried delicacies such as crickets, water bugs, grasshoppers, scorpions, and an assortment of seasonal fruits.

Continuing our journey, we will arrive in Phnom Penh and first visit Wat Phnom. Situated at the center of the city, Wat Phnom is the highest point in the area at 27 meters above sea level. The town that gradually formed around it became known as Phnom Penh, meaning the hill of Penh. It serves as the zero point of the city, and we will explore its significance and beauty.

Next, we will visit Wat Unalom, a Buddhist monastery. This pagoda holds great reverence as the headquarters for one of Cambodia's esteemed Buddhist patriarchs. Additionally, you will find a post-Angkorean stupa within the premises.

Our next stop is Central Market, an iconic building in the capital. Known as Psar Thmei or the New Market, it showcases art deco architecture and features a massive domed hall that resembles a Babylonian ziggurat. Some claim it to be one of the ten largest domes in the world. Our guide will accompany you through the food hall of the market, allowing you to taste a variety of snacks, drinks, fruits, juices, and dishes, which will serve as your lunch.

Continuing our exploration of Phnom Penh, we will visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. These remarkable structures, constructed in 1866 during the French colonial period, exemplify stunning Khmer architecture. The Royal Palace is the residence of the current King Sihamoni, while the neighboring Silver Pagoda boasts a distinctive feature - its floor is adorned with 5,329 solid silver tiles, giving it its name.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 10: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
Car Air plane

Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at the hotel before we arrange your transfer to the airport for your departure.

Meals on your own.

End of services of 10 days in Cambodia – Thank you very much and have a safe flight back home!

  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
    • English-speaking guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Sampan cruise in Tonle Sap Lake.
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Cambodia Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
  • Notes

    • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any.
    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/
    • late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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