DAY 01: ARRIVAL – PHNOM PENH
On arrival at Po Chen Tong Airport, you will met and transferred to your hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city in Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some of the major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the hearts of the public. In the northern area of the palace grounds is the Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country. We will visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the environs.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 02: PHNOM PENH
Today we continue sightseeing in Phnom Penh with a visit to the Royal University of Fine Arts, where young Cambodians learn the ancient arts of their ancestors. A view of numerous children practicing the graceful movements of the beautiful national dances is impressive. The next stop on our trip is the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period of the 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Heading out of town we then will visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, which will give us a deep insight into the painful and bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. We have time for an exploration of Psar Toul Tom Pong, also known as the “Russian Market”, where sales abound.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 03: PHNOM PENH – KRATIE
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Today we will transfer from Phnom Penh to Kratie via Kampong Cham by private car and an English-speaking guide. This is a real outpost town on the banks of the San River just off the Mekong. The tranquility of the region shows us an authentically beautiful and remote “face” of Cambodia. The beauty of the natural Cambodian countryside is the highlight of this day. We will arrive in Kratie after an approximately 6-hour-long drive.
Upon arrival, we will check in for the night at Udom Sambath Hotel (or similar quality).

DAY 04: KRATIE TOURS
Today you will spend a full day in a small colonial town along the Mekong River; Kratie, a lovely riverside town. The pace is very relaxed, and is a perfect way to observe the rural life close up. We then transfer out to explore the temple complex ofPhnom Sambok and Kampi, which boasts some of the major sights of this region. The view from the temple over the surrounding area is impressive. The next stop of our trip is Phnom Srey and Phnom Pros. Some of the charms of Kratie are the simple joys of catching a glimpse of the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin and seeing the dramatic sunset over the river.
Accommodation at Udom Sambath Hotel (or similar quality).

DAY 05: KRATIE – KOMPONG CHAM – KAMPONG THOM By road
Breakfast will be served at a local restaurant.
We will continue to explore this charming town as we walk along the roads spotted with many charming Khmer houses and waving children. We will then take the trip to Kompong Cham by private car or van. You will enjoy the beautiful view of the countryside along the way. Kompong Cham has plenty of interesting sights, some of which are old colonial buildings and the Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda.
Then we will drive to Kampong Thom where you will spend the night at Steung Sen Hotel or Kampong Thom Village Hotel.

DAY 06: KAMPONG THOM – SAMBO PREI KUK – SIEM REAP By road
Breakfast will be served at a local restaurant.
Today we will have early morning start in order to drive to the archeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with a hundred pre-Angkor styled temples. The road conditions are poor, but the spectacular scenery of this ancient ruin, with a mixture of temples and forest, makes the trip more than worthwhile. We travel by road to Siem Reap, passing through the charming Khmer countryside. The town of Siem Reap will be our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was home to the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 07: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES
Today we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple; Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with its columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds of water reflecting the towering temple.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 08: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES
The jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure, giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. The grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temples will also be visited this afternoon before we walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 09: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Today, we drive to Kulen Mountain, known as the “Sacred Mountain”, to explore the birthplace of the Khmer Empire, where an ancient king proclaimed universal rule over the lands. A morning drive brings you through scenic landscape to Phnom Kulen. Upon arrival, we will ascend the hilltop to see the country’s largest reclining Buddha. At 1,500 feet (487 m), this peak and its sanctuary mark the end of a pilgrimage for many Khmer people, and the tremendous views across the forested plateau illustrate why. Cutting through the area is the ‘River of 1,000 Lingas,’ where, just under the water’s surface, over 1,000 century-old carvings were sculpted into the sandstone riverbed. Downstream, we will visit the ruins of a 9th century temple and the cascading waterfalls and natural pools that create a lush mountainside oasis. Then we return back and pay visit to Banteay Srei Temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. We then continue with a visit to Banteay Samre, build in the third quarter of the 12th century.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10: SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG By road
After breakfast, and if time permits, we will embark on a short cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia’s biggest natural water body. The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating villages, friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work.
Lunch is not included.
In the afternoon, you kwill transfer by road (no guide) from Siem Reap to Battambang via Sisophon, a city near the border of Thailand. It will take an approximately 4-hour drive to reach the charming city of Battambang.
Upon arrival, we will check in and stay overnight at Steung Sangke Hotel (or similar quality).

DAY 11: BATTAMBANG TOURS
Breakfast will be served at your hotel. We will then enjoy a walk around this colonial styled town and visit some of the outlaying hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave which was used as an execution field under the Khmer Rouge rule. There will also be opportunity to take a drive along tiny winding tracks into some of the small villages where tourists hardly ever venture. We will pay a visit to the market place as well as many Angkorian and post-Angkorian sites, some of which are the Wat Ek and Wat Toul Bassaet temples, Phnom Sampov, the Bat Cave and the Khmer Villages. Accommodations at Steung Sangke Hotel (or similar quality).

DAY 12: BATTAMBANG – PHNOM PENH By private car
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
After breakfast you will transfer by private car/van (no guide) from Battambang to Phnom Penh.
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh you will check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure and you will spend the night at the hotel.

DAY 13: PHNOM PENH- SIHANOUKVILLE By road
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Then you will transfer by private car/van (no guide) from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, the famous beach city of Cambodia. Upon arrival you will check in at your hotel for the night.

DAY 14: FREE IN SIHANOUKVILLE
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
The day is free for your leisure at the beach.
Lunch and dinner are not included on this day.
You will spend the night in Sihanoukville.

DAY 15: FREE IN SIHANOUKVILLE
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
The day is free for your leisure at the beach.
Lunch and dinner are not included on this day.
You will spend the night in Sihanoukville.

DAY 16: SIHANOUKVILLE – PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE
Breakfast will be served at your hotel. You have the day free at leisure.
Later in the day you will transfer back from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh Airport for departure to your next destination. Alternatively, you can also choose to transfer from Sihanoukville to the Thai Border at Chamyeam/Had Lek via Koh Kong province where you can take a trip to the southern part of Thailand.

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