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Essential Cambodia Itinerary in 13 days

Khmer Empire ruins and history, centuries-old temples, and warm local hospitality make a tour to Cambodia a truly authentic adventure for experienced travelers. This Essential Cambodia trip will bring you general knowledge about Cambodian history and culture through the highlights: magnificent Angkor temples, and Phnom Penh. Furthermore, we will combine it with a beach relaxation trip at the end of the trip for refreshing yourself after a long discovery.


Various activities on sites

  • City tour of Siem Reap & Phnom Penh exploring the most exciting site of the charming capital
  • Ride on the exciting bamboo train of Battambang passing beautiful and lush green countryside sceneries
  • Join Nary’s Cambodian Food cooking class in Battambang 
  • Relax in the beach town of Sihanoukville, enjoy pristine beaches, fresh seafood or explore islands...

Unforgettable moments

  • Magnificent temples of Angkor, and the impression is forever imprinted in your memory
  • The amazing and peaceful scenery of the countryside of Battambang
  • Bustling street life and creative vibe in Phnom Penh city
  • Enjoy pristine beaches, fresh seafood or explore islands in Sihanoukville

Nature exploration

  • The beauty of the hidden temples of the ancient city of Siem Reap
  • The amazing and peaceful scenery of the countryside of Cambodia
  • The beautiful and lush green countryside sceneries of Battambang
  • The pure sunset and sunrise of the southern beaches

Culture experience

  • Understand Cambodia’s history through tours that explore the glorious ancient Khmer empire
  • Learn about Khmer cuisine while enjoying good food in Cambodia
  • Experience local culture & the life of Cambodian people


Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Siem Reap

Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you are warmly welcomed by our friendly tour guide and then transfer to hotel for check in & refresh.
Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The proximity of the Angkorian ruins turned Siem Reap into a boomtown in less than half a decade. Siem Reap is a safe, friendly and pleasant town.
Tonight enjoy our welcome dinner with Apsara Dance Show.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 2 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom

Breakfast at hotel.
Start our visit of Angkor by an elephant trek from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to the Preah Pithu temples, passing Bayon temple. Visit the former capital Angkor Thom home to dozens of temples including the enigmatic faces of Bayon, the imposing Terrace of the Elephants, and the three-tiered Baphuon.
Late afternoon, visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre - first Hindu, then Buddhist - since its foundation. We end the excursion by climbing up Bakheng Mountain for stunning sunset and panoramic views of Angkor Wat and its environs. 
Overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 3 - Siem Reap - Preah Khan & Ta Prohm

Breakfast at hotel.
Explore the monastic complex of Preah Khan whose name means « Sacred Sword », the small island temple of Neak Pean, and then Ta Som. These three temples were built by King Jayavarman VII and illustrate the preeminence of Mahayana Buddhism during his reign.
In the afternoon, continue to visit the twin temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda (early 12th century), the unfinished temple-mountain of Ta Keo, the Srah Srang holy pond, Bantey Kdei and then the scenic Ta Prohm monastery, it’s unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left just it was founded: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.  
Overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 4 - Siem Reap - Beng Mealea - Banteay Srei

Breakfast at hotel. Drive through the Cambodia countryside (approx. 2 hours) towards Beng Mealea Temple, built under Suryavarman II (1112-1152), Beng Mealea shares the same design as Angkor Vat, but on a single level instead of a multilayered one. Left to the devouring jungle, it is not yet scheduled for restoration and remains in the same condition as the Angkor Temples when they were discovered by the 19th century explorers. Picnic lunch. On the way back, visit the famous temple of Bantey Srey which is 36 Km far from Siem Reap and loosely translates to “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered as the crown jewel of classical Khmer art with the delicate beauty of its carvings. Continue to Bantey Samre (mid 12th century), which has been admirably restored. Our last stop at some local village and see how local make sugar palm.
Overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 5 - Siem Reap - Angkor Silk Farm

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to visit the Silk Farm of Puok and the Western Baray.
Discover the “Chantiers-Ecole, Les Artisans d’Angkor”, a vocational training center, which revives the classic Cambodian techniques and styles of wood and stone carving and polychrome, stroll around the local market for shopping. Our last stop would be at Angkor National Museum is a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap placing in the area of 20,000 square miles.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 6 - Siem Reap - Battambang

Breakfast at hotel. We departure to Battambang, the second largest city and the biggest rice producer in Cambodia. Upon arrival, check in at hotel for refreshment and transfer to hotel for check in.
Battambang is Cambodia's second-largest city and the capital of Battambang Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. It's a riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country.
Afternoon, try out for a ride on the Bamboo Train, a fun experience and also a great opportunity to see the sunset view at countryside. It’s like a childhood dream come true!

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Day 7 - Battambang - Cooking class - City tour

Morning, join Nary’s Cambodian Food cooking class. Class started from 9h00 to 12h00. The lesson by Mrs. Nary will start with a guided trip to the local market; you will learn 4 courses meal including a dessert. Participants will also receive a recipe leaflet with all the instructions necessary to reproduce their dishes at home. And of course you get to eat what you've cooked for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the Wat Ek Phnom, a nice 11th century temple which offers a very peaceful atmosphere in the countryside, surrounded by trees and lily ponds. Strolling around the quiet temple can be a very relaxing and spiritual experience. Then drive to the Phnom Bannon Hill (1 hr drive). Climb the 337 steps (80 m high) to reach the temple (10 minute walk). Visit the Prasat Bannon temple (XII c.) and enjoy the breathtaking view over the surrounding plains. Return to Battambang.

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Day 8 - Battambang - Phnom Penh

After breakfast at hotel, land transfer to Phnom Penh. On the way stop by at pottery village at Kampong Chhnang to admire hard work of local family who pottery by manual for a living. Continue the road to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival check in hotel.
Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the 'Gem' of Indochina. The capital city still maintains considerable charm with plenty to see. It exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. A mixture of Asian exotica, the famous Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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Day 9 - Phnom Penh - Tour

Breakfast at hotel, today start your first stop by visiting the Royal Palace built in 1866 and the Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum, dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th century), but some date from as early as the 4thcentury. Then visit to Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda on a hill, which marks the legendary founding place of the city.
In the afternoon, we transfer to visit Killing Field now become the peaceful stretch of countryside where over 10,000 people were executed. The remains of some of them are stored in a memorial to remind people of the atrocities the Khmer Rouge inflicted on other Khmers. Next, visit Toul Sleng which was once a Tuol Svay Prey High School is now a frightening reminder of the horrors of Pol Pot regime. The school was used as a torture chamber and it was believed that 16,000 people died there. Then free time to shopping at the Russian Market.
Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

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Day 10 - Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transfer to Sihanoukville by car (no tour guide or upon request). It will take about 4.5 hours to reach destination. Upon arrival Sihanoukville, check in your hotel and free for the remain of the day.
Sihanoukville is the Cambodia's premier beach town. Sihanoukville's white sand beaches and warm Gulf of Thailand waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway. Sihanoukville is a place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkeling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out.

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Day 11 - Sihanoukville - Free day

Free at leisure, simply relax, explore the town on your own or enjoy the beach.

Optional Tour: Explore Koh Rong Saloem Island& Kaung Kang Island Full-day
08:30: Pick up from hotel to the pier then take on a boat to Koh Kaung Kang Island which located at the west of Sihanoukville. Arrive at Koh Kaung Kang and start to snorkel a bout 45 minutes in order to see the wildlife that are living under the ocean such as fish, stingrays, fulcolor of corals and others. Then, transfer to Sarasen Bay Beach on Koh Rong Samloem island. Noon - Trek inside the rain-forest or visit one of the villages in Koh Rong Samloem in order to see to the life living of the people and fishermen. Back to Saracen Bay beach for rest and relax on kilometers of pristine beach. Tourist may ask equipment to snorkel and can see fulcolor fishes and stingray (For stingrays you may see every often). It's great fishing off the rocky shoreline. Around mid-day, enjoy a delicious BBQ's lunch seafood combo (fish, prawn, with baguette and fresh salad) cool drinks and fruit on a white sandy beach. In the afternoon, transfer back to the pier and take on a van or bus from pier to Hotel. (Boat take a round 2 or 2:30 hourrs each ways)

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Day 12 - Sihanoukville - Free day

Free at leisure, relax to explore the town or enjoy the beach.

Optional Tour: Remote Jungle Trekking Full day
08:00Leaving from Hotel or Port of tourists arrival to the ranger office at Prek Toek Sarb River of Ream National Park. Take a boat cruise by mangrove and jungle channel river of Prek Toek Sarb to the remote jungle village at up to the north. Visit an isolate of remote jungle village in order to understand the daily life living of the people who are living in side this remote jungle. Start trekking from this village through the jungle and mountain channel to Kbal Chhay waterfall. In the afternoon, the trekking will be arrived at Kbal Chhay waterfall where we will enjoy a nice lunch, relaxation, swimming in a cool and fresh water. Lunch on your own expense. Leave Kbal Chhay waterfall by taking a 4 W.D (PAJERO) or van in order to visit the Buddhist temple which locate at the top of Sihanouk Ville mountain. After visit a Buddhist temple the tourists may enjoy by taking picture of the beautiful view of the Sihanoukville. Return back to hotel around16:00. (Trekking a round 03 hours.)

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Day 13 - Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh - Departure

After early breakfast, we leave Sihanoukville for Phnom Penh. Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your departure flight. End of services.

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