Cambodia Discovery Tour 12 Nights 13 Days

Tour Type: Private tour

Destinations: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Kulen Mountain, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Samloem, Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh

Featured Highlights:

This is the see-it-all tour, taking in the very best of Cambodia. Explore the jungle temples of Angkor; bathe in the healing pools at sacred Kulen Mountain; observe local life on the Tonlé Sap lake; unwind in the nation’s premier beach destination, Sihanoukville; marvel at the salt farms of Kampot and the Kep National Park; soak in the rich history of the Phnom Penh, the Pearl of Asia.

 

Day 1: Arrival In Siem Reap      

Day 2: Explore The Secrets Of Angkor     

Day 3: Kulen Mountain       

Day 4: Angkor Wat- Banteay Srei        

Day 5: Tonle Sap Lake- Sihanoukville      

Day 6: R&R Sihanoukville Beach Experience          

Day 7: R&R Sihanoukville Beach Experience    

Day 8: Trip To Koh Rong Samloem Island

Day 9: Sihanoukville- Kampot           

Day 10: Kampot- Kep         

Day 11: Kep- Phnom Penh        

Day 12: Culture In The Capital    

Day 13: Phnom Penh Departure         

Day 1: Arrival In Siem Reap          

Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to the enigmatic jungle temples of Angkor. Upon arrival, a friendly local guide will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the quaint yet bustling town of Siem Reap, a hidden gem of word-class wining and dining, kind locals, and charming markets.

Day 2: Explore The Secrets Of Angkor          

After breakfast at your hotel, your awe-inspiring tour of Angkor begins. Entering through the grand South Gate, you’ll explore Angkor Thom, the last capital of the once great Khmer Empire, with the 216 enigmatic faces of The Bayon at its centre. Still within the ancient city walls, you’ll marvel at the view from the summit of Baphuon, the enormous temple mountain, affording unspoiled views over the surrounding ruins. You’ll round off the morning poring over the intricate bas-relief of the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, before having lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll venture deeper into the jungle to the crumbling ruins of Ta Prohm. Here you’ll witness the monstrous jungle vines and sprawling tree roots that seem intent on claiming the ruins as their own. We cap off our day of adventuring with a welcome dinner and unique performance at Phare Cambodian Circus, a non-profit show enriching the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Siem Reap area.

Day 3: Kulen Mountain       

After breakfast, you’ll drive out to Cambodia’s most sacred of sites, Kulen Mountain, symbolic to Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. Witness the magnificent waterfall cascading over a riverbed etched with linga carvings, then take a dip in the refreshing rock pools rumoured to have special healing powers. In the afternoon you’ll be driven back to your hotel with the remainder of the day your own.

Day 4: Angkor Wat- Banteay Srei           

After breakfast, you will witness the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, in all its glory. This incredible twelfth century monument stands testament to the dedication and skill of the ancient Khmer people and is truly a wonder of the world. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll savour the remote peace of Banteay Srei, or the ‘Citadel of Beauty,’ some 20km away. This less-frequented woodland temple is beautifully preserved and is incomparable with any other in Angkor. En route to your hotel, we stop at a rural Khmer village to give you insight into the everyday lives of the friendly local people. The evening is yours to explore Siem Reap some more.

Day 5: Tonle Sap Lake- Sihanoukville        

After breakfast you’ll head for the Tonlé Sap, dominating the map of Cambodia as the largest freshwater lake in southeast asia. While here, you’ll observe life on the lake for the fishermen and their families who make their homes on the stilt-housing in the water. Once back on dry land, you’ll have the chance to stroll through Psar Chas, a bustling old market, where you’ll find your pick of souvenirs to treat loved-ones back at home.

After lunch, you’ll be taken to the airport for your short flight to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach destination, and gateway to the unspoiled islands that lie just off the mainland. The evening is yours to sample the fresh seafood and relax at your seaside resort.

Day 6-7: R&R Sihanoukville Beach Experience       

After your busy schedule in Siem Reap, these two days are all about R&R: Rest and Relaxation. Lounge on a secluded white sand beach drinking a fresh coconut with unspoiled views of the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The gently sloping beaches are family-friendly and ideal for swimming and snorkelling in the year-round warm waters. If you prefer your days with a little more activity, Kbal Chhay waterfalls and the Ream National Park and its resident monkeys are within easy reach.

Day 8: Trip To Koh Rong Samloem Island       

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll board a small cruise ship, sailing over the crystal-clear turquoise waters to the unspoiled island of Koh Rong Samloem. The island truly is a slice of paradise. Spend the day exploring its pristine jungle, diving, or drinking a fresh coconut while starting out into the endless blue abyss from one of the Island’s many beautiful white sand beaches. In the afternoon, you have the option of returning to your hotel in Sihanoukville, or spending the evening in a charming beach bungalow on the Island.

Day 9: Sihanoukville- Kampot        

In the morning you’ll board your return cruise to Sihanoukville, where a private driver awaits to deliver you to Kampot, a charming town in the Cambodian countryside. En route, feel free to ask your driver to stop any point as you drive through the lush green rice paddies, and be sure to visit the 7th-century cave pagoda of Phnom Chhnork. Upon arrival in Kampot, you’ll take a short tour of the town and visit the local market.

After lunch, you will visit Wat Ang Sdkok, a beautifully decorated modern-day Buddhist pagoda with fascinating views of the countryside all around. Your guide will explain the importance religion plays in the lives of Cambodian people, and how it is intrinsically linked to the culture here. Your guide will then take you to your hotel for check-in, after which the remainder of the evening is yours; we recommend taking in a gorgeous view of the sunset from the riverside.

Day 10: Kampot- Kep         

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll venture further down the coast to the quaint town of Kep, Cambodia’s most popular seaside destination in 1950s and 60s before the Khmer Rouge atrocities. While the town is being revived, you can still see abandoned colonial-style villas left over from this troubled period in the nation’s history. From Kep, you’ll take a short boat ride to nearby Rabbit Island, where you’ll spend the morning enjoying the golden, sandy beaches and quiet tranquility.

After lunch, you return to the mainland to visit the Kep National Park, affording incredible panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and of Rabbit and Phu Quoc islands out to sea. The evening is yours to soak in the charm of this provincial town, perhaps trying a famous Kep Crab dinner.

Day 11: Kep- Phnom Penh        

After spending a morning relaxing on the beach, a private driver will deliver you to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s industrious capital at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and the Tonlé Sap. We end the day with a delicious dinner at a traditional Apsara dance performance, after which you’re free to wander along the idyllic, recently remodelled waterfront.

Day 12: Culture In The Capital       

After breakfast, your experience of this city rich in history begins with a stroll around the pristine gardens of the Royal Residence, before taking in the impressive collection of sculpture, relics and prehistoric artefacts in the National Museum of Cambodia. Next you’ll marvel at the soaring spires and golden nagas of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, glinting in the mid-morning sun.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll spend a reflective afternoon touring the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Cambodia’s recent tragic history is well-known, yet you can’t truly appreciate the great strides forward this quaint Kingdom has made without understanding the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, committed less than 40 years ago. The evening is your own to indulge in all this now rejuvenated city has to offer.

Day 13: Phnom Penh Departure        

Today you’re free to explore this lively city on your own, soaking in the breathtaking natural scenery and the rich culture. Indulge your senses with the fascinating new sounds, smells, and sights of the capital. When it’s time to leave, your guide will collect you and take you to the airport for your ongoing flight, having seen the very best Cambodia has to offer.

        Inclusions:

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees  as listed;

  • All meals as listed;

  • Transportation as listed;

  • Accommodations as listed;

  • Domestic flights, car transfers as listed;

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide.

        Exclusions:

  • Visa Fees;
  • International Airfares;
  • Tips and other Personal Expenses;
  • All other services not clearly mentioned.

Passion Indochina Travel will provide you with a dynamic professional local private tour guide, a private chauffeur and a transportation that suits your style and gives you pleasure, comfort and security through every points of your destination. All our tour guides in our company are registered English Speaking Guides, they are passionate about their city and they take pride in sharing it with others.With our private local tour guide, you’d get the chance to see and learn more among the historic places in the world and their cultures. Be amazed with the breathtaking scenery of Asia and enjoy some once in a lifetime adventure!

 Private Tour Guide

The tour guide is always punctual on every destination he/she is needed. You will be picked up at the airport and will be escorted to your hotel and tend to your stuff til their services is needed again. They will also assist you at the airport at every departure, seeing to it that you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All the tour guides in all your choices of destination are Locals. Since they know all the areas of the tours you're taking, they make sure that they share to you all the information may it be historical facts, dates and anecdotes or tell stories about the tour sites to make it more interesting and entertaining. They would also suggest the best spots for picture taking.Our tour guides are also flexible when it comes to the itinerary changes if there's any unexpected reason and will be more than accommodating to any alternative suggestions just to ensure that you will have an incredible experience.

Private Chauffeur Services

Arrive in the comfort of your style. Depending on the group size, and the tour packages of your choice, we would accommodate you with the best transportation and a professional Chauffeur to assist you wherever and whenever you need. They would be happy to transport you.