THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: CAMBODIA’S SOUTH

Discover hidden Cambodia. Explore the south coast’s national parks and mangrove forests. See jungle covered temples, take a Khmer cooking class and stay in a unique floating tent!

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Discover hidden Cambodia. Explore the beautiful south coast; its national parks filled with exotic wildlife; and its mangrove forests and sandy beaches. Witness the everyday life of monks and villagers. Climb through jungle covered temples, take a Khmer cooking class and stay in a unique floating tent!Hop into a tuk tuk and head to magnificent Angkor Wat. See it illuminated by the setting sun. This evening have a delicious, authentic Khmer dinner. Visit the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom. See Ta Phrom, twined with incredible tree-roots. Spend the night in a tented jungle camp and enjoy a candlelit dinner at its pagoda. See the monks’ morning ritual. Afterwards, receive blessings for good luck and a safe journey.

Next, drive to Phnom Penh. Hop in a cyclo and explore the historic buildings of the French Quarter in this fun, local method of transport. Spend time with a cook learning how to make some classic Cambodian dishes. Visit Phnom Penh’s lively, colorful markets; great places to browse for souvenirs. Take a dinner cruise on the Phocea Mekong boat. Drive to the beach resort of Kep. Explore by bicycle or relax at the beach. Take a boat trip through mangrove forests; if you’re lucky you may see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin.

Head to Ream National Park; home to many types of monkeys and also the rare pangolin. Head to a remote area in the Cardamom Mountains and stay in floating, tented bungalows with private terraces and panoramic views of the river.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Stay in a comfortable tented camp in a local village and enjoy a candlelight pagoda dinner.
Cruise to a floating village as you watch sunset over Tonle Sap Lake.
Discover the secrets of Khmer cuisine in a Cambodian cooking class.
Enjoy the tranquility of Kep and it’s amazing seafood.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Angkor Wat

    Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Siem Reap is the perfect base from which to explore the temples of Angkor. A town with plenty of charm and facilities only a short drive away from the temple sites. Take some time to refresh and relax at the hotel before hopping into a tuk tuk and heading to your first temple; the magnificent Angkor Wat. Said to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the temple was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavaman II; and some of the wars he fought are depicted in the bas-reliefs and stone carvings which cover the walls. Hindu mythology also features heavily in the designs, along with the beautiful forms of nearly 2,000 Apsara dancers; representations of feminine grace and beauty. The crowds disperse before sunset; and this is a great time to be at Angkor Wat, as the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun’s golden rays. Afterwards, return to your hotel. This evening you’ll have a delicious, authentic Khmer dinner at The Sugar Palm Restaurant. Try the ‘Amok’; baked fish with coconut - delicious!

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

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  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    Option: Start early today in order to see sunrise at Angkor Wat, a truly memorable experience.Next, visit the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the South Gate, carved with four giant faces; and look around this perfectly-square ancient walled-city.

    Bayon temple sits exactly in the centre of the city, a magnificent masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire, and the temple also has amazing, detailed bas-reliefs at The Terrace of The Leper King and The Terrace of The Elephants.

    After this, see Ta Phrom. This iconic temple is twined with incredible tree-roots as nature has slowly reclaimed it over the centuries. Originally constructed as a Mahayana buddhist temple in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII, it apparently took 80,000 people to look after it, and has been left as it was found in the 19th century. Though well-known, it can still make the visitor feel like an explorer of old; the crumbling masonry and overgrowth of vines, trees and roots conveying the romance of a true lost civilization. Also near here are the 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei and the old bathing pond of Sra Srang; a tranquil area where Khmer Royalty used to bathe.

    Take a short drive now to the traditional village of Wat Amphil. You’ll stay here for the night in a tented camp on the pagoda grounds, where the clean, spacious tents provide comfort in this exotic setting. Explore the village with your guide for a while, and then we’ll head out to the banks of Tonle Sap Lake.

    The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and a marvel of nature, Tonle Sap Lake swells to almost five-times its normal size during the rainy season and supports a huge number of fish; which in turn support numerous communities. Pass flooded forests and floating houses along the way, witnessing how people adapt to life on this fertile body of water. Take a boat out to the ecotourism floating village of Mechrey and sip cocktails on board as you watch the sunset over the lake.

    In the evening, enjoy a candlelit dinner at the pagoda.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Wat Amphil-Phnom Penh

    You’re invited to see the monks’ morning ritual at the pagoda. Afterwards, the monks will give you blessings for good luck and a safe journey.

    Next we drive to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Despite its turbulent recent history, the bustling capital of Cambodia retains its colonial-era charm; with wide tree-lined boulevards and parks, and a mixture of eastern and western architectural styles.

    Hop in a cyclo and explore the historic buildings of the French Quarter in this fun, local method of transport.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Bike on a PorchA tuk tuk driver carrying his customer and her shopping in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Day 4: Phnom Penh

    Today you take a Cambodian cooking class. First meet your cook who will take you to the local market and introduce you to the herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables of Khmer cuisine. Spend time with them cook learning how to make some classic Cambodian dishes, which you’ll then try for lunch.

    Visit Phnom Penh’s lively, colorful markets this afternoon. The huge Central Market and the Russian Market can both be explored. They’re great places to browse for souvenirs.

    Option: Visit the infamous ‘S-21’; a school which was turned into a detention and torture centre by the Khmer Rouge. Now housing the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, it’s a harrowing yet important reminder of Cambodia’s recent history. In the evening, take a dinner cruise on board the Phocea Mekong boat.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    A tuk tuk driver carrying his customer and her shopping in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Market vendor Cambodia
  • Day 5: Kep

    Leave Phnom Penh now and drive to the beach resort of Kep. Kep, which was a famous beach resort in the 1960’s, is undergoing a revival due to its tranquility, beautiful scenery and amazing seafood. Your afternoon is free at leisure. Explore the area by bicycle or relax at your resort.

    Overnight in Kep

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 6: Ream-Sihanoukville

    Take a boat trip through mangrove forests down the Prek Toeuk Sap River. If you’re lucky you may see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin. The boat ride takes you to Ream National Park, an area of 210 square kilometers filled with plants and wildlife. There are nearly 200 species of bird living here, along with many types of monkey and also the rare pangolin. Here you’ll head for the undeveloped beach of Koh Sampuch to get lunch and enjoy the seclusion of this quiet area. After relaxing or taking a swim, continue to Sihanoukville.

    Overnight in Sihanoukville

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 7: Sihanoukville

    Your day is free at leisure to enjoy your resort.

    Overnight in Sihanoukville

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 8: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

    After breakfast, head to a remote area in the Cardamom Mountains to check in at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. This unique place offers stays in floating, tented bungalows with private terraces and panoramic views of the river.

    Your day is free at leisure to relax in your tranquil surroundings. If you’re feeling active, you can explore the river in a kayak.

    Overnight at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Birdview from 4 Rivers Floating Eco-LodgeLandscapes from 4 Rivers Floating Eco-Lodge
  • Day 9: Koh Kong-Phnom Penh

    You are free at leisure until your direct transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight; or continue over land to Thailand.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
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Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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