Delights of Cambodia

Destination Siem Reap Phnom Penh Kep Kampot Sihanoukville Otres
Category Cambodia
Duration 15 days 14 nights
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Departure date
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

At your arrival at the Siem Reap International airport, your private driver will be greeting you at the arrival hall and welcome you to the Kingdom of Cambodia. You will then be escorted to your car and we will 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 time of arrival, 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 visiting 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: Phnom Penh sightseeing
Day 6: Phnom Penh sightseeing

In the morning you will enjoy the breakfast at your hotel, before your driver picks you up to start the exploration of the capital city of Cambodia. First you will discover the Royal Palace, near the Phnom Penh riverside. The Palace was built in the 1860’s by then monarch King Norodom, when Phnom Penh became the capital city of the Kingdom under the French protectorate. The Royal Palace is still inhabited by the current King (Norodom Sihamoni). Therefore, only half of the buildings can be visited and you will admire the fine details and decoration of the Silver Pagoda and the Throne Hall. After your visit go for a walk on the riverside walk, along the Tonle Sap river that crosses path with the Mekong river just on front of the Royal Palace. Your driver will then take you to the Central Market. You will explore the vibrant colonial building that hosts the most famous market in Phnom Penh. For your lunch break, your driver will be happy to recommend a safe restaurant (such as the Lotus Blanc, managed by one of the many NGOs in Phnom Penh), unless you want to be adventurous and try the delicious street food. In the early afternoon, your driver will take you to the S21 museum in Tuol Sleng. This former school building is now dedicated to a darker period of the country, when the Khmer Rouge regime used it as one of their prisons and pre-extermination units. Waking through the museum will give you a better understanding of one of the darkest episodes in human history, which happened in the second half of the 1970s, and where Cambodia is coming from in today’s world. Your driver will then take you to the Olympic Stadium for a truly local experience. Around 5pm, hundreds of locals gather on the step of the stadium to practice their daily aerobic. Join the crowd if you feel like, as everybody is welcome (simply give a very small tip to the dancing teacher). Your driver will then take you to the night market along the river (if the market is open) to discover the many street foods offered by Cambodian markets (such as fried tarantulas…) - or to the nearby FCC (the Foreign Correspondents' Club) where you can enjoy a drink watching the sunset over the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: From Phnom Penh to Kep
Day 7: From Phnom Penh to Kep

Today your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and you will leave Phnom Penh to reach the coastal city of Kep. On the way, you will do a first stop near the city of Takmao, at the site of Tonle Bati. Tonle Bati is a small lake, very famous among locals. Cambodians like to come and picnic on one of the bungalows along the lake, that provide shade and fresh air during the hot season. Tonle Bati also hosts the Ta Prohm site, which is of made Angkorian shelters built in the 13th century. This unique site is mostly unknown from the tourists. Then you will continue your way towards the city of Takeo, to reach another hidden treasure of Cambodia. Located at the top of a mountain and a 461 steps stairway, you will discover Phnom Chisor. This ancient Khmer temple was built in the 11th century and is dedicated to Hindu divinities. From this off the beaten track site, you will have a stunning panorama view. Then you will continue your journey towards Kep and the Gulf of Thailand. Before arriving at destination, you will do a final stop at Kampong Trach. There you will visit beautiful caves, carved in the limestones that make the beauty of this region of Cambodia. Then you will arrive in Kep in the evening, where your driver will take you to your hotel. Overnight in Kep.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Kep and Rabbit island
Day 8: Kep and Rabbit island

In the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you the Kep Crab Market. The small local market is located right at the seafront and according to their schedule you may see the fishermen walking in the sea to pick the crabs caught during the day. On the market you will get a chance to discover many Khmer food specialties and your driver will be glad to tell you about them and advise which one to taste. Then you will head toward the Kep harbor to catch a fisherman boat to reach the little island of Koh Tonsay. Literally “Rabbit Island”, Koh Tonsay is located a few miles of the coast. Once arrived you can go for small walk to explore the small island, or enjoy a massage in bungalow on the beach. Then you you will have lunch on the beach (we recommend a grilled fish or other seafood, as you won’t find any fresher than in this place). After lunch, relax on the beach until you feel like returning to Kep. Then you will take the boat back to the coast. Your driver will take you to your hotel, where you can relax at the pool and enjoy a walk on the hills of the Kep National Park. Overnight in Kep.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: From Kep to Kampot
Day 9: From Kep to Kampot

This morning, enjoy the breakfast near the pool of your hotel and the peaceful atmosphere that surrounds Kep. During the French protectorate, Kep (also called Kep-sur-Mer) was the ‘place to be’ for the French establishment. Thus you may still see some abandoned villas from that period. Then (according to your desired take off time) your driver will take you to Kampot. On the way you will leave the main road, to reach the Brateak Kola lake (also called ‘sacred lake’). Here you will drive through the typical Cambodian countryside. Discover how farmers live in what is called the bread basket of Cambodia, due to the many rice fields of the province. Then you will reach Kampot and your hotel for lunchtime. After lunch, your driver will show you the nearby salt marshes that provide a significant part of the income of the province and also stunning landscapes. In the late afternoon, you can take a walking tour of the city. Kampot is a relatively small and very quiet city (far away from the bustling Phnom Penh), where time sometimes seem to have stopped. The city and the riverside offer many options for dinner (from Cambodian to Western cuisine). Overnight in Kampot.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Kampot sightseeing
Day 10: Kampot sightseeing

Today your driver will meet you at your hotel and take you for a tour of Kampot and the surrounding area. Then 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 Kampot, you will stop at the sitting Buddha, where locals love to have a stop on their way to the hill resort. After your lunch in Kampot, your driver will take you to visit La Plantation, which is one the many pepper plantation of the area. Kampot pepper is famous worldwide among the biggest chefs. The one-hour tour will give you insights about what makes this organic pepper so unique. Then you will continue discovering the countryside and local life around Kampot. Overnight in Kampot.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: From Kampot to Sihanoukville
Day 11: From 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. The roads lies along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, where you can enjoy stops on the untouiched shores of the country. You will also explore the national park of Ream on the way. You will then reach the city of 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). Otres beach offers a several miles long white sand beach and crystal-clear water. Overnight in Otres beach.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Otres beach
Day 12: 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 13: Otres beach
Day 13: 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 14: From Otres to Phnom Penh
Day 14: 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 15: Phnom Penh and departure
Day 15: 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: 15 Days - 14 nights Delights of Cambodia
During this package tour of 15 days and 14 nights, you are going to explore the best of the Amazing Kingdom of Cambodia. You will be exploring the mythical temples of Angkor (including Bayon and the famous Ta Prohm), the bustling capital city of Phnom Penh, the quiet southern coast of Cambodia and you will finish with a relaxing stay at the white sand beaches near Sihanoukville. For this private trip, you will be accompanied by your dedicated driver who will guide you through Cambodia to make you discover the most stunning sites of the country, and introduce you to the Cambodian culture and its gastronomy (and so much more...).
 
Highlights of your trip to Cambodia  Highlights of your trip: 
private tour to Cambodia Explore the stunning Angkor temples in Siem Reap
private tour to Cambodia Discover the peaceful buddhist culture of Cambodia 
private tour to Cambodia Visit the relaxing countryside between Kep and Kampot, where time seems to stand still
private tour to Cambodia Have a private boat trip to Rabbit Island, a nearly desert island in the gulf of Cambodia
private tour to Cambodia Explore the bustling city of Phnom Penh, along the Mekong river
private tour to Cambodia Relax 3 days at the white sand beaches of Otres

 

At your arrival in Siem Reap, your private driver will greet you at the airport and take care of you from that very moment. We will take 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. Your driver (English speaking) will be your guide for the duration of the trip. He will make you discover the best places of Cambodia and adapt your visits to your desire. He will also take you off the beaten path, for an unforgettable journey through the Kingdom of Cambodia. During your travel with us, you remain flexible to adjust visit, simply by discussing with your driver. Please note this tour starts in Siem Reap and ends in Phnom Penh.

 

We take special care in choosing our hotels. We always give priority to small and exquisite properties that offer high standards in term of service, trying to make you discover hidden gem accommodation.

 

  Hotels:

 

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

 (hotels indicated above depend on room availability at the time of your booking. In case a hotel is fully booked, we will offer a hotel of similar or better category)
 

This tour includes: 
- All arrival, departure, tours as per above itinerary by air conditioned car with English speaking driver including his living expenses
- All applicable hotel & transport taxes (taxes & fuel)
- 14 nights accommodation in a single/double/triple room
- Breakfast buffet at your hotel
- The private boat trip to Rabbit Island
- 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: 
- Any meals or drinks (except as specified above). Your driver can recommend safe food restaurants on the way or in the cities
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor...
- Entrance fees during sightseeing (such as the Angkor Pass)
- Any domestic or international airfare
- Any other item not specified