Hit the road and discover the wonderful diversity of Cambodia. Loop around the country from temple-laden Siem Reap to the glittering capital of Phnom Penh. In between, explore the southern beaches, rugged mountains and vast swaths of countryside that make up the heart of Cambodia.
Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway for exploration of the fabled temples of Angkor! Upon arrival to Siem Reap, your Cambodia Senses guide and driver will be waiting to provide you with transport to hotel for check-in before you start the Highlight of Cambodia Cuisines Tour.
Later in the evening, enjoy a delicious and tasty dinner at Marum Restaurant. As a part of the Tree Alliance group of training restaurants, this lovely restaurant provides vocational training in the hospitality industry for local Cambodian street kids and disadvantaged youths. Set in a delightful wooden house with a spacious garden, the Marum restaurant menus and serves a winning mix of creative local cuisines. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Begin the Angkor explorations on a leisurely guided cycling tour. Your guide will pick up you at the hotel by tuk tuk or private car for the short ride to the outskirts of town. Upon you arrive the meeting point, an operational staff member will provide a briefing and assist with the bicycle fitting.
Set off on the first stretch to Angkor Wat, where you leave temporarily the bikes with the tuktuk driver. Enter and exit Angkor Wat from different entrances, while the bikes are transported in between. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it was constructed following the model of the temple mountain, symbolizing Mount Meru, home of the Hindu/Buddhist gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings, bas-reliefs, and over 2,000 Aspara dancers.
Leaving Angkor Wat behind, continue the cycle onwards to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom is known for its 8-meter-high wall drawing a perfect square around the city, as well for its impressive stone gates. Enter through the gate and cycle to Bayon Temple (at the heart of the city.) This 12th century masterpiece is well known for its 54 face-carved towers. Passing the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, arrive finally to illustrious Ta Prohm Temple, constructed in the mid-12th centuries. Left largely as it was discovered, this overgrown temple sits as the complex’s most picturesque.
Continue via bicycle to Srah Srang, a former royal bathing pool, then through the countryside, take note of Pradak village, which is famous for its production of traditional Khmer Noodles or Ka Tien.
The road follows north before arriving at Banteay Srei, the best-preserved temple in the Angkor complex, a real “gem” of the Angkor region, boasting some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, embark on a gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom. The boat will arrive close to the historical ruins of Prasat Chung which offers a beautiful viewpoint to watch the sunset over the countryside. Cruise back to the Angkor Thom gate and being transferred back to the hotel by tuk tuk.
For the evening activities, join food tour with your guide. Uncover hidden treasures and areas in style favored by locals to try some of Cambodia’s lesser known cuisines. From the city center with its famous market place and outside town to the busy Street 60 (a true local experience) to Triangle Restaurant and a nightcap at the Sombai rice wine workshop, these culinary experiences will make your day.
Angkor Complex, Ta Prohm & Srah Srang Temple
NOTE – Cycling distance is roughly 40km and this can be shortened by using the tuk tuk, if your energy does not match.
Today’s experience with Cambodia Cuisines Highlights Tour will gain you an incredible insight into the life of rural Cambodia. Being picked up at the hotel early in the morning then driven out to Ta Brak village, 25 minutes from town. From here, take a 30 minute ox cart ride through the village to a local market for a brief introduction on Cambodian vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other local produce. Continue by foot through the picturesque and tranquil countryside, stopping off to meet and interact with the local community along the way. End the morning at the local pagoda where a special water blessing by Buddhist monks awaits.
After the ceremony, make our way to the 9th Century Bakong Temple, part of the Roluos group (the ancient Hariharalaya civilisation), before continuing on with a relaxing boat trip on beautiful Tonlé Sap Lake. Learn all about daily life on lake - the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and officially designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Cruise out to Kampong Phluck village, featuring traditional stilt homes and displays the authentic life of local fishermen and their families who live amongst the flooded mangrove forest. In one of the floating houses, a delicious lunch will be prepared. Enjoy lunch with the beautiful scenery dominated by the tranquility of the lake.
At 8PM, you will be amused by a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. The hour-long show is a mixture of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Ta Brak village, Roluos group temples
+ Each tour through the countryside will be different, as the activities vary depending on the time of year and actual weather.
+ The boat trip is only operated from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead).
Fly to Phnom Penh in the morning. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. Welcome to Phnom Penh! Lovely located at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh capital was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the orient. Despite its recent turbulent and tragic history, the city still retains much of its former colonial charm with wide, verdant tree-lined boulevards and classic colonial architecture buildings.
After a relaxing break at your hotel, enjoy a cyclo drive into the city to embark on tour through the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh.
Begin first with a visit to the Royal Palace, dating back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the temple is known for its collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
Head to the Khmer-style National Museum, housing the world's foremost collection (over 5,000 pieces) of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries.
In the evening, board the Kanika vessel for a shared dinner cruise along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. Enjoy wonderful views of the riverfront and the Phnom Penh skyline over dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Spend the morning getting acquainted with the capital’s attracting culinary offerings. Cambodia has a great variety of national dishes to choose from, though its cuisine is not as well-known as its neighboring countries.
Travel from the hotel to the market then start a guided walking tour through the market aisles. Your Cambodia Senses local guide will explain the different fruits, herbs and vegetables, and how they are used to cook in Khmer cuisines. Try some seasonal fruits along the way. The walking tour will take place about 2 hours before continuing to a local restaurant, which uses many of the ingredients seen at the market to prepare the dishes. Various dishes are ready cooked and French-style baguettes (num pang) and the tasty ‘nom banh chok’ can be ordered.
After lunch, proceed to the ‘Russian Market’, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes, and Cambodian silk souvenirs. After making a few purchases, it’s time to learn about Cambodia’s dark past. Begin with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Taken over by the Khmer Rouge, this former high school was converted into a detention and torture center known as ‘S-21’. Next up is a visit to the equally as harrowing Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Both places are grim, but important visits that allow one to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia's past and present days better.
After these poignant visits, continue to the riverside area of Phnom Penh for a relaxing evening experience. You can see various activities taking place, from exercise classes and Khmer dancing to the endless array of food stalls. Join in a Khmer dance class with locals or sample some of the local delicacies on display. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Walking tour, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
Depart Phnom Penh for the southern Takeo Province. En route, stop to visit Phnom Chisor, where you could climb to the top of a hillside to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th century Angkorian temple. Enjoy a spectacular view over the typical Cambodian countryside.
Arrive in Takeo around lunchtime. Stop at a local restaurant then enjoy a simple but tasty lunch. Board a fiberglass motorboat to zip along the canal to the archaeological museum of Angkor Borei and the temple ruins of Phnom Da.
Continue the journey onwards to Kep, Cambodia’s prestigious seaside resort of the 1960s. The small town is now awakening to its former glory, and has a lot to offer, with beautiful coastal escapes, excellent day trips, a national park, and famous crab market! Overnight in Kep.
NOTE: The boat trip to Phnom Da Temple is only possible from June to March. In the dry season, due to low water levels, we can access it by car.
This morning, wander and participate on a leisure visit to the decaying 1960s villas and the royal residence; both reminders of Kep’s heyday as a high-society seaside retreat abandoned during the Khmer Rouge time. Continue to the Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay) by a short boat trip (25 mins). Explore the island and relax on the island’s beautiful tropical beach. A picnic lunch will be prepared on the island with cool drinks on the beach. Return to Kep in the middle afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kep.
Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay)
The highlight in the morning is a visit to the popular Kep crab market (busiest on weekends and holidays.) See the fresh crabs being stored in baskets of shallow water, ultimately waiting to be sold and cooked in the market. Your guide will give you some best tips to select the best and tastiest crabs.
Continue onwards to the town of Kampot. Visit the Starling Farm, a family owned pepper plantation after just passing the scenic Secret Lake. Kampot pepper was first documented by Chinese explorers in the 1200’s but first came to its prominence in the 1800’s as a high-quality, highly desired product in Paris. Take a tour of the pepper plantation and gain the knowledge about the difference between green, black, white and red peppers. There is a unique chance to taste some fresh green peppercorns. Have lunch at the Starling Restaurant.
Once in Kampot town, take a break to stretch the legs in this charming riverside town, boasting magnificent surroundings still sparkled by French colonial architecture and buildings. The final transfer is on to the beach town of Sihanoukville, arriving around late afternoon. Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Ream National Park (Sihanoukville)
The park was established on a 210 km² area on the Gulf of Thailand in 1993, including thick pristine jungle, mangrove forests, and off-shore coral reefs. It's a paradise of the nature lovers with nearly 200 bird species, many kinds of monkeys, and is home to the elusive pangolin. Being transported to Koh Sampouch, one of Ream’s most scenic isolated beaches. Lunch is included and will be served at a local restaurant.
Three Islands tour (Sihanoukville)
Start around 9AM then have a day exploring the three islands of Koh Chaloh, Koh Tres and Koh Ta Kiev. Relax on the beaches or enjoy any number of activities. At Koh Ta Kiev (or Ta Kiev Island), enjoy swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on a long, yellow sand beach. The island also offers some great snorkeling spots (equipment provided) on the surrounding coral reef. Enjoy a seafood BBQ for lunch before returning to Sihanoukville in the afternoon (arriving around 4-5pm.)
Ream National Park or Three Islands tour
Head to Koh Kong in the morning after breakfast (3½hrs). Upon arrival at Tatai Bridge, being transferred by shared boat (approximately 20 mins) to your tonight’s accommodation: a peaceful retreat with overwater tented villas, set on a quiet bend in the river with the lush Cardamom Mountains serving as the idyllic backdrop.
Some leisurely activities are suggested for the afternoon's program such as kayaking, swimming in the clear waters, or fishing from the villa’s private terrace. Wildlife is abundant here: look out for colorful butterflies and bizarre-looking insects as well as some of the 550+ bird species found in this area (such as brahminy kites or great hornbills!) Dinner at the lodge. Overnight in Koh Kong Province.
- Tatai Riverfront Resort
- 4 River Floating Lodge
Join an excursion to the Tatai Falls with your guide. The departure time is normally around 10AM for the 45-minute boat ride past Tatai village to the falls, but depending on the day’s tide, the time is subject to change if required.
Turning onto a tributary river, proceed into the heart of the Cardamom jungle which is filled with the far-off sounds of exotic birds and secretive wildlife. Before long, the tour will reach the falls' turbulent waters. Enjoy a picnic lunch and refreshing drinks before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon then free at leisure. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight in Koh Kong Province.
Trekking to Tatai Falls
Enjoy the morning at leisure until returning to the shore by speedboat and direct transfer to Phnom Penh airport for the departing flight. End the Highlights Of Cambodia Cuisines Tour with Cambodia Senses.
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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.
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.
This property is 11 minutes walk from the beach. Located within the gardens of Kep National Park, Veranda Natural Resort is a hilltop resort overlooking the sea. Featuring Khmer-style wooden bungalows, it offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.
Veranda Natural Resort is 1.5 km from the beach. It is 12 km from Kampot province’s public bus station. Phnom Penh International Airport is about 135 km away.
The air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and an en suite bathroom. Each room is fitted with wooden furnishings and features a private terrace or balcony.
Guests can browse items in the gift shop, or take a stroll around the resort and enjoy the natural scenery. Other facilities include a tour desk, a minimart, and a 24-hour reception.
Offering ocean views, the open-air restaurant serves Western and Asian dishes. It also features fresh seafood and grilled specialities. Snacks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.
This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. Welcoming guests with a saltwater outdoor pool and free WiFi access, Deluxx Boutique Hotel and Serviced Apartment is nestled in the heart of Sihanoukville, just 1 km from Serendipity Beach.
The accommodation is about 900 metres from Samudera Supermarket and 1.3 km from Ochheuteal Beach. Sihanoukville International Airport is 13 km away.
Featuring a private terrace, air-conditioned rooms come with minibar, a 40-inch LED TV, electric kettle and freshly-laundered bedding. The en suite bathroom includes shower facility and bathrobes.
Guests can utilise the free bikes to explore the area or simply relax by the poolside with a drink in hand. Amenities include laundry services, currency exchange and an on-site mini-market.
At the heart of Tatai River lies this charming and mystical haven. The beautiful gifts of Nature surrounding with peaceful location inspired us to build this romantic haven. Our place is the birth of inspiration brought upon by Cambodia’s untouched beauty.
We built this Eco-friendly property to provide consciousness that in a place distant from advancement and technology, going back to basics is one way to appreciate yourself, your loved ones, and life. We wish to offer a relaxing feel, setting your mind and body stress-free from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Tatai Riverfront may be situated at the outskirts of Cambodia, literally amidst the jungle, but you will be captivated by the simple pleasures that this enchanting place has to offer - the serenity of the Tatai River, amazing early morning swim, the mouthwatering freshly prepared meals, the cool breeze of air while watching the extraordinary view of the sunset, the stellar night sky, and a very laid back cabin. Time pass so slow at this part of the world, all the more reason to enjoy Nature to its purest at its best!