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Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

By Siobhan Henderson
Product & Sales Manager for Alfred&

A fantastic in-depth journey through the charming kingdom of Cambodia. This varied 11-day tour begins in the alluring capital of Phnom Penh, with the opportunity to explore both the city and your taste buds with a Khmer cooking class. Then contrast the remote nature and wildlife of the Cardamom Mountains, with the colonial architecture and modern art of Battambang. The true highlight is saved until the end, with a day exploring the unparalleled Angkor Wat by bike.

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Length
11 days
Best months to go
October to April
Guide price range
£3,500 - £3,750pp
including international flights

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Day by day
Itinerary in details

1

Arrival in Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh international airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening you have the option of a food tour around Phnom Penh, visiting a variety of food stalls and family-run restaurants by tuk tuk. Overnight at Villa Lanka.

2

Phnom Penh

Today, learn to cook Khmer cuisine with Chef Nak - one of Cambodia’s most renowned chefs. On a private visit to Chef Nak’s culinary center, located in the intimate setting of a traditional wooden house off the Mekong River, you’ll gain a full understanding of Cambodia’s complex ingredients, explore the local outdoor market, and cook three delicious dishes using traditional recipes. Overnight at Villa Lanka.

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3

Phnom Penh & Cardamom Mountains

After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle for 6 to 7-hours to Trapeang Rung, before embarking on a 1-hour boat ride along the scenic Preak Tachan River to the Cardamom Tented Camp. The camp is an eco-friendly retreat in Botum Sakor National Park that lies seven kilometres from the nearest house or road, surrounded by wildlife. On arrival you’ll get a brief introduction to the conservation work practiced here, before settling in to your comfortable safari-style tent and heading off on an exploratory hike through the jungle surrounding the camp. Overnight at Cardamom Tented Camp.

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4

Cardamom Mountains

After an early breakfast, join a local guide and Wildlife Alliance Rangers for a patrol through the dense forest, over a network of abandoned poaching and logging trails. Wildlife is plentiful here, including macaques, gibbons and hornbills. At the nearby ranger station, learn about the confiscated snares, traps and improvised hunting rifles that are on display. After enjoying lunch at the station, kayak or hike back to the camp. Overnight at Cardamom Tented Camp.

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5

Cardamom Mountains

Enjoy a day at leisure at the camp, starting with tea or coffee on an early morning boat ride spotting wildlife along the Preak Tachan River. Then head out for a paddle by kayak, or relax on the floating pier with a pair of binoculars for some bird watching. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant above the river, then head out on an optional longer trek or visit one of the wildlife hides nearby. Overnight at Cardamom Tented Camp.

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6

Cardamom Mountains & Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the camp and taking a boat trip back down the river. Then drive for 7 to 8-hours into the province of Kampong Chhnang to the Smiling Gecko Project, set on a peaceful farm surrounded by paddy fields and rolling hills. Here you’ll gain an insight into this innovative and holistic social project and the important work they do on the ground to support the local community. After a chance to freshen up, enjoy dinner in the restaurant prepared using local organic produce from the farm itself. Your stay directly helps to support the sustainable Smiling Gecko Project and contribute to its continued success. Overnight at Farmhouse Smiling Gecko.

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7

Kampong Chhnang & Battambang

After breakfast, a local family will show you around the farm itself, as well as the Smiling Gecko school. Then take a walk into the hills to visit the local Buddhist monastery and meet some of the monks based there, before returning to the farm for an early lunch. In the afternoon, transfer for 5 to 6-hours to the fascinating and laid-back riverside town of Battambang. The town is developing a unique cultural place in Cambodia, with art spaces and independent shops inhabiting some of the old colonial-era houses of the picturesque walking district. Overnight at Maison Wat Kor.

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8

Battambang & Siem Reap

This morning you’ll meet some of the artisans who open their homes to visitors, including sculptors and manufacturers of incense, rice cakes, and rice wine. Next visit the villages around Battambang by Tuk Tuk, to learn how the villagers produce local products such as rice paper, Prahoc (a typical Cambodian fish paste), and Krolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo). Returning to Battambang, enjoy a guided historical, artistic and architectural presentation of the city center and its buildings, including several art galleries, the local market, a Chinese Buddhist temple and the old cinema. After lunch, transfer for 4 to 5-hours through the countryside to Siem Reap. Overnight at Sala Lodges.

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9

Siem Reap

The day is free for relaxation by the swimming pool, or take a stroll along the riverside or through the nearby royal gardens. You could visit the ‘Psar Chas’ old market, or head to Wat Damnak, one of the most important working Buddhist pagodas in Siem Reap. In the evening there’s an optional visit to the Phare Cambodian Circus. This amazing show blends dance, mime, circus skills, and traditional music to tell fascinating stories about Cambodian culture. The circus provides excellent training and employment opportunities to many performers from disadvantaged backgrounds in the countryside. Overnight at Sala Lodges.

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10

Siem Reap

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day exploring Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple complex, on two wheels. You’ll cycle through the south gate of Angkor Thom then continue to visit a number of fascinating temples including Bayon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Ta Prohm. These are surrounded by forests and rural villages and the area is relatively flat, making a bike ride a fantastic way to get around. After a stop for lunch, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat temple by vehicle. Overnight at Sala Lodges.

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11

Siem Reap & Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. After breakfast, enjoy some final leisure time before the short transfer to Siem Reap airport for your onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

1 May – 30 Sep

£3,500

Mid Season

1 Oct – 31 Oct

£3,660

High Season

1 Jan - 30 Apr & 1 Nov - 31 Dec

£3,750

Alfred & Siobhan Henderson

Siobhan has been with Kuoni for over 11 years and is passionate about all things travel, particularly when it comes to South East Asia. Having travelled the region extensively, from Cambodia  to Japan, Vietnam and many countries in between, Siobhan now shares her expert knowledge of the region as the Alfred& Product and Sales Manager. One of Siobhan’s most memorable travel moments was reaching the top of Heaven’s Gate while leading a charity trek to the Great Wall of China in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Siobhan Henderson

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