Temples and Beaches

Destination Siem Reap Phnom Penh Kampot Sihanoukville Otres
Category Cambodia
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Dates & Prices
Departure date
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

At your arrival at the Siem Reap International airport, your dedicated driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall and welcome you to Cambodia. He will escort you to your car and take you to your hotel for check-in. Then we will brief you about the rest of the tour and answer the questions you may have. According to your arrival time, your driver will make suggestions to start exploring the city of Siem Reap, such as visiting the old market, wlaking along the Siem Reap river or visitng the night market. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Angkor sightseeing - small circle
Day 2: Angkor sightseeing - small circle

In the morning you will enjoy a relaxing breakfast before exploring one of the most stunning world-heritage site on the planet: the temples of Angkor. Your driver will meet you at your hotel and then take you for a day tour of what is called the small circle. The city that used to be the capital of Khmer Empire, was the biggest metropolis of its time with more then 800,000 people, and recent NASA studies have found that it spread over nearly 3000 km2. This resulted in a vast variety in architectural styles that can be explored in several days. Your first stop will take you to the biggest and most famous temple of all: Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, the temple (‘Wat’ means temple in Khmer) is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. Then you will continue your journey towards Angkor Thom (literally “Big Angkor”, or “Big City”). The area is surrounded by a protecting wall and you will access through one of its gates, made of 4 giants stone heads. Then you will reach one of the most mysterious sites of the Angkor area: Bayon - 148 giant Buddha faces made of stone, starring at the four cardinal directions. Next you will visit the temple of Baphuon, which used to be one of the biggest temples of the Angkor site. Built as pyramid in the 11th century, Baphuon’s main attraction is the giant lying Buddha (60m long) that can be discovered on the south side. Just next to the temple, you will discover Phimeanakas, which is inside what used to be the Royal Palace. The temple of Phimeanakas (literally “celestial palace”), built in the 10th century, was allegedly covered by a golden roof. Exiting the the Royal Palace, you will also discover the Elephants terrace. Then you will finish the tour by discovering one of the most iconic temple of Angkor: Ta Phrom. The Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’ (featuring Angelina Jolie) gave the temple its fame, but as soon as you entire the site you will be stunned by the unique atmosphere created by the angkorian temples half covered by giant trees and vegetation. Then return to you Siem Reap and your hotel to relax from this fantastic day of sightseeing. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Angkor sightseeing - big circle
Day 3: Angkor sightseeing - big circle

Today you will continue the exploration of the ancient capital city of the Khmer empire, that ruled over a very wide area that included the current Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and vast part of Vietnam during the 13th century. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you for the ‘Big Circle’. First you will explore the lost city of Preah Khan. You will explore the ruins that used to host a monastery and a Buddhist university, and admire the beautiful carvings decorating the ancient walls. Then you will continue your journey through time and discover the site of Neak Pean. Built in 12th century, Neak Pean features a sanctuary set in the middle of a small lake. The lake was made to be a replica of sacred lake of Anavatapta, located in the Tibetan Himalayas. You will pass along Ta Som (a temple literally swallowed by the nature), before reaching East Mebon (a former city, from which only the main temple remains, surrounded by a water tank). As you continue your tour, you will explore the site of Banteay Kdei whose gate will welcome you with 4 giant stone faces of Buddha. The architectural journey will end with the discovery of Srah Srang (a pool built in 10th century) and Prasat Kravan (a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu). Your driver will then take you back to your hotel for a little rest. In the evening you can explore the night market of Siem Reap, which is located right across the river in the city center. The center of Siem Reap is a lively area, that you can explore by foot. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Angkor sightseeing - outer sites
Day 4: Angkor sightseeing - outer sites

Enjoy your breakfast in the relaxing atmosphere of your hotel, before your driver meets you to take you on tour. Today you will explore sites of the greater Angkor area. This will take you through the Cambodian countryside and give you an insight into the daily life of Khmer farmers. Your first stop will be Banteay Samre. This temple from the 12th century is also called ‘mini Angkor Wat’, and as it is off the beaten track, you might enjoy the visit all for yourself. Then your driver will take you to the famous site of Banteay Srei. You will notice how different this site is from the others that you have visited so far. Banteay Srei is made of pink sandstones, that give the buildings a unique different color. Another stunning difference is that the carvings are extremely precise and well made. Which created the popular belief that it must had been done by women (“Srei” meaning “woman” in Cambodian). Then your journey will take you to Roluos, crossing typical villages of the Cambodian countryside. The Roluos include the sites of Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. All were built before the Angkorian area, back in the 9th century. In the afternoon, your driver will take you back to Siem Reap. You can then decide to relax at your hotel or to explore the city center by foot. You can visit the Old Market, along the river and walk along the notorious Pub Street. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Day 5: From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Today you will leave the city of Siem Reap and the famous Angkor temple to reach Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. You will drive through the Cambodian countryside crossing the provinces of Siem Reap and Kampong Thom. In Kampong Kdei, you will discover the Naga bridge, built in the 8th century. The province of Kampong Thom also hosts wide forests that sadly also used to be filled with landmines that the Khmer Rouges buried during the war. Then you will reach Kampong Thom where you will stop for lunch. The city is located along the Stueng Saen river, which directly connects to the Tonle Sap lake (the beating heart of Cambodia) and used to be a very powerful capital in Southeast Asia during the Funan period. It has now become a peaceful and typical Cambodian location. You will continue your journey towards Phnom Penh and on the way you will stop at Skun, and discover a typical Cambodian snack: fried spiders. This is one of the locals’ favorites, but if you’d rather taste some of the fried insects (or not), your guide will be glad to help you choose. In the afternoon you will reach Phnom Penh and have some free time to relax. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: From Phnom Penh to Kampot
Day 6: From Phnom Penh to Kampot

Today your driver will pick you up at your hotel and you will leave Phnom Penh to reach the coastal city of Kampot. On the way, we will have a first stop to visit the site of Tonle Bati, near Takmao. Tonle Bati is a small lake, that very famous among locals. Many Cambodians like to picnic at one of the bungalows by the lake, that provides shade during the hot season. Tonle Bati also hosts the site of Ta Prohm, an Angkorian shelters built in the 13th century. This unique site is mostly barely known from most tourists visiting the region. Then we will continue our journey to reach the city of Takeo, and visit another hidden gem of Cambodia. Atop a mountain and a 461 steps stairway, you will discover the site of Phnom Chisor. This ancient Khmer temple was built in the 11th century and was dedicated to Hindu Gods. From this off the beaten track site, you will have a stunning panorama view. Then we will continue our tour towards our final destination: the city of Kampot, located along the Gulf of Thailand. Overnight in Kampot.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Kampot to Sihanoukville
Day 7: Kampot to Sihanoukville

After enjoying the breakfast at your hotel, you can go for another walk through the quite streets of Kampot city. Then your driver will meet you to drive towards Sihanoukville. On your way, you will drive to the top of Mount Bokor. The iconic mountain lies 1100 meters above sea level and is located right next to the shore of the gulf of Thailand. It’s fresh micro-climate (don’t forget to bring some warm clothes), made it a spot where the French colonialists developed a small resort in 1920’s. You will discover the remains of the old casino, an abandoned church, the water tower... which all seem to date from another time. Especially as new modern developments such as the new casino are emerging just next to it. From the cliff atop the mountain you will enjoy a stunning view on the sea and the entire province of Kampot. On your way back to the main road, you will stop at the sitting Buddha, where locals love to have a stop on their way to the hill resort. You then continue your way until Sihanoukville (also called Kampong Som), the only international harbor in Cambodia. Your driver will then drop you at your hotel in Otres beach (which is a few miles outside the city). Overnight in Otres beach.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Otres beach
Day 8: Otres beach

Your time in Otres beach will be perfect to relax and enjoy the beautiful seaside of Cambodia. Otres beach is located 10 minutes outside of the city of Sihanoukville, which makes it a quite heaven to enjoy the beach. Hotels, restaurants and bars are located each side of the single road that lies along the shoes. The beautiful 3 km long beach offers amazing white sand and crystal-clear sea. While you will relax at your hotel and the beach, your driver remains at your disposal (on call) to take you to the city or near surroundings. Overnight in Otres.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Otres beach
Day 9: Otres beach

As you enjoy your time at Otres beach, you will also have several opportunities of activities that can be arranged locally. You can go for an island hopping tour or a snorkeling tour (in small groups). You can also go on your own for a kayaking tour, windsurfing or even kitesurfing. And if you feel like a sailor you can rent a sailing boat for the day (or half-day) and explore the shore by yourself. In any case, you drive will be glad to assist you with anything. Overnight in Otres.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: From Otres to Phnom Penh
Day 10: From Otres to Phnom Penh

Today you can enjoy the morning at the beach or use the hotel facilities. You can take a walk on the beach (3 kms long) that connects Otres 1 to Otres 2. After lunch, your driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to Phnom Penh. As you drive through the Cambodian countryside, you will see how local farmers live. You will also see the typical Cambodian housing, made for the flooding during the rainy season. Then you will reach the capital city of Cambodia: Phnom Penh. According to your arrival time, you may enjoy some sightseeing (please note that most museums and sites close at 5pm local time). Your driver will then bring you to your hotel for check-in. In the evening you can enjoy a drink along the riverside (also called Sisowath quay), or visit the night market (only open during the weekend). Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Phnom Penh and departure
Day 11: Phnom Penh and departure

In the morning enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Then, and depending of the departure time of your flight, your driver will suggest visits to do for your last day of travel in Cambodia (or he will be glad to take you to the place of your choice). If you wish to go for some shopping before you leave (such as Kampot Pepper, local artefacts or other Cambodia souvenirs), there will be plenty of options. The Russian Market will be your place of choice if you look for souvenirs from Cambodia, while a tour at Orussey Market will take you off the touristic track (maybe you will be willing to buy some traditional Chinese medicine, such as dried geckos...) . Later, your driver will transfer you to Phnom Penh International airport for your flight back home (or to your next destination).

Meals : Breakfast
SUMMARY: 11 Days - 10 nights Temples and Beach
During this tour of 11 days and 10 nights tour, you will discover the amazing Angkor Temples in Siem Reap and end by relaxing at beautiful Cambodian beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Angkor in Siem Reap are among the most stunning sites to see in a lifetime. You will then continue your trip visiting the bustling city of Phnom Penh and the quite countryside in Kampot. Then you will finish your travel with a relaxing stay at Otres beach, one of the most beautiful beach of Cambodia 
 
Highlights of your trip to Cambodia  Highlights of your trip: 
private tour to Cambodia Visit the stunning Angkor temples in Siem Reap
private tour to Cambodia Discover the peaceful buddhist culture of Cambodia 
private tour to Cambodia Explore the many markets of Phnom Penh and taste some of local delicacies
private tour to Cambodia Relax at white sand beaches and crystal-clear sea in Otres
private tour to Cambodia Explore the beautiful countryside in Kampot

 

At your arrival in Siem Reap, your dedicated driver will welcome you at the airport and take care of you from that moment. We will transfer you by private car (air-conditioned) to your hotel in Siem Reap. After your check-in, we will brief you on the continuation of your tour with us. Your private river (English speaking) will be your tour leader for the entire duration of your travel in Cambodia. He will make you discover the best places of Cambodia and adapt your visits to your requests. He will also take you off the beaten path, for an unforgettable tour through Cambodia. Whatever your requests are, your private driver will adapt to your requests. Please note that this tour ends in Phnom Penh.

 

We take special care in selecting our partner hotels. We mainly look for small and exquisite properties that provide high standards in quality of service.

 

  Hotels:

 

City Comfort Hotels Deluxe hotels Nights
Phnom Penh TeaHouse Hotel
www.maads.asia/teahouse
The Plantation
www.theplantation.asia
2
Siem Reap Advaya Residence
www.advayaresidence.com
Golden Temple Retreat
www.retreat.goldentempleretreat.com
4
Kampot Rikitikitavi Hotel
www.rikitikitavi-kampot.com
Hotel Five S.
www.hotelfives.com
1
Otres Otres Resort
www.otresresort.com
Tamu Hotel
www.tamucambodia.com
3

 (properties shown above depend on room availability at the time of your reservation. Should a hotel be fully booked, we will offer a hotel of similar or upper category)
 

This tour does include: 
- All arrival, departure, tours as per the described itinerary, in an air conditioned car with English speaking driver including all his living expenses
- All applicable hotel & transportation taxes (tolls, road taxes, state taxes, fuel)
- 10 nights accommodation in a single/double/triple room
- Daily breakfast at your hotel
- Courtesy of fresh bottled water at all times in the car
- Your driver's accommodation and meals
- Car and passenger insurance
- All parking fees
 
This tour does not include: 
- Your meals or drinks (except as specified above). Your driver will recommend safe food restaurants on the way or in the cities
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips,phone calls, laundry...
- Entrance fees during sightseeing (such as the Angkor Pass...)
- Any domestic or international flight 
- Any other item not specified