This family adventure takes you to experience the sheer excitement of Cambodia. You visit busy cities, rural charming towns and stunning wonders for a fantastic mix of things to see and do which will keep the whole family entertained. Mixing with the friendly Cambodia, you discover a fascinating country and of course some great food. Highlights include exploring fantastic islands with great beaches, ancient pagodas and temples, wonderful markets. Anyone in good health should be able to take part. There is no real physical difficulty, though a few travelling days are quite long, modes of transport are a little antiquated and heat / humidity can be high.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel for check in. After check in and a short rest, your guide will escort you to discover the temples of Angkor. Visit the site’s three main temples: Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko. Enjoy this natural beauty on an ox cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.
When we arrivel at the pagoda, Buddhist monks will provide a private blessing ceremony, wishing health and safe journeys.
In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner with Cambodian cuisine and folk cultural Apsara Dancing Show.
Today, we continue to discover some of the other main Angkor sites. First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. In Angkor Thom, visiting the Terrace of the Elephants where the King welcome back his victorious army. And Terrace of the Leper King which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex.
Return hotel for a relaxing break during the midday heat.
Explore Siem Reap’s colorful markets in early afternoon. Then visit Artisans d’Angkor and discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created. End the day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit: Ta Prohm temple and Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Angkor Thom, Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace, Ta Prohm Temple
Begin the day early to catch an unforgettable sunrise at Angkor Wat. Your guide will escort you to discover Angkor Wat – one of seven the world’s wonder, the magnificent temple was built in 12th century. It is the largest first Hindu, Buddhist temle complex and the largest religious monument in the world.
Continue with a visit to Banteay Srei temple. It is meaning“The Citadel of the Women”, this red sand-stone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. By studying this remarkable carvings which help us learn about the Angkor civilization.
After that, visit Kbal Spean temple – one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which works to promote mine awareness. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat, Kbal Spean Temple, Banteay Srei Temple
After breakfast, embark on a private boat ride across Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang. Enjoy the beautiful lake view and visit the largest village on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk, to discover the daily lives of the local people who live on the water. Enjoy a packed lunch on board.
Upon arrival in Battambang, enjoy some rest at the hotel.
This afternoon, we will explore some villages around Battambang, where you could learn how locals produce rice paper, prahok (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo). In evening, enjoy a special performance by Phare Ponleu Selpak.
+ The circus performance is performed regularly on each Monday & Thursday. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement).
+ This boat trip is only possible in July to December. From January to June alternative transfer by road.
We spend a day experiencing local life in Battambang. Start our tour at 7:30AM by a bicycle ride to discover the Battambang’s town and its history.
Then, visit the main market, Psar Nath, tasting some local coffee. Walk a few metres to the river, crossing to the other side aboard a local boat. Visit Wat Povil temple where there will be an opportunity to pray alongside the monks.
The historic 2.5 Street is visited along with a Thai temple before arriving at a smaller market. Then we visit Wat Kor Village which is well known for its old Khmer heritage houses.
Take a break back at the hotel. In the afternoon, we head to the Bamboo Train station. Sitting on the platform, travel 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies. Continue with a trip to Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer. The visit will last until dusk, when millions of bats emerge from a nearby cave and create unique patterns in the sky. Overnight in Battambang.
Wat Povil Temple, Bamboo Train station
Today, we head to Phnom Penh. It takes around 5 hour and half form Battambang to Phnom Penh (not including stops.) Enroute, we stop to visit a village near Kampong Chhnang, and see the different aspects of pottery making, and experience the production of traditional rice wine. Continue to Oudong - former royal capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival at Oudong, enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill.
Afterwards, we climb up Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh, arriving in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Today, we will visit the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh on a cyclo . First, pay a visit to Wat Phnom. Continue walk along the river to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
The next stop is National Museum – Khmer-style architect with its collections (over 5,000 pieces) of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries.
Enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at the Sugar Palm Restaurant.
In the afternoon, head to the Champey Academy of Arts (CAA), a non-profit school offering the youth of Phnom Penh free training in Cambodian traditional arts including dance, music, drawing and painting.
Next stop isTuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) – former schoolhouse that was turned into a detention and torture centre by the Khmer Rouge. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Wat Phnom, Silver Pagoda and Champey Academy of Arts (CAA)
After breakfast at the hotel, laid back until your guide and driver transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
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Nestled within private gardens and located just before the entrance of the Angkor Wat Temple complex, Angkor Village Resort & Spa offers accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it boasts a 250 m outdoor pool that meanders through lovely landscaped gardens and guests enjoy use of the resort's daybeds. The property offers two in-house dining options and guests can have a drink at the bar.
Angkor Village Resort & Spa is about 5 km from Siem Reap International Airport. The property offers complimentary airport pickup services.
Angkor Village’s cottage rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Spacious bathrooms are fitted with a hot tub and organic toiletries. Guests are also welcomed with a tropical fruit platter.
Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, tour arrangements and concierge services. The full-service Spa Village includes saunas, hot tubs and an air-conditioned fitness room. Guests can browse items in the souvenir shop, or watch cultural performances at the on-site outdoor theatre.
The two in-house restaurants - Aaraama and Le Jardin offer a wide range of cuisines, including local, Thai and French choices. Private picnics, afternoon tea, and local cooking classes may also be arranged.
Located in Battambang, Au Cabaret Vert is an eco-friendly hotel which offers bungalows with private patio. It features a 55 m² pool with a completely natural filtering system and tropical gardens.
Each bungalow comes with air conditioning. They are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, a fridge and a minibar. Tea/coffee making facilities are also provided.
Au Cabaret Vert is nestled in the heart of Battambang, a short distance from the Museum of Battambang, Phnom Sampeu, and Banan Vineyard.
A variety of activities are available at Au Cabaret Vert. The property's staff can recommend tours. Guests can rent electric bicycles to explore the region, take Khmer cooking classes and stroll through the hotel’s beautiful orchards and flower gardens.
The hotel’s restaurant prepares delicious French and Khmer dishes with ingredients obtained from its organic garden. A great selection of wines is also available. WiFi is available free of charge in the restaurant.
Set in a refurnished colonial building, King Grand Suites Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Phnom Penh, 450 m from the Independence Monument. It features an outdoor swimming pool and guests can enjoy meals from 3 dining options or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
King Grand Suites Boutique is a 10-minute drive from the River Front and Royal Palace. It is a 2 km from the Central Market and S21 Toul Sleng Museum. Phnom Penh International Airport is 12 km away.
Decorated with traditional Khmer furnishings, the stylish rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and cosy seating area. A bathtub and shower facilities are in the en suite bathroom.
Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, tour arrangements, ticketing and concierge services. A business centre is available with fax and photocopying facilities.
The Royal Court Restaurant serves a fine selection of Khmer and international dishes. Other dining choices include refreshing drinks at the Gazebo Poolside Bar and snack platters at The Zenith Bar.