Today you’ll fly to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will meet your driver and guide, who will take you to your hotel downtown. Rest of the day at leisure. If you feel like it, wander through Siem Reap’s colorful market or beautiful pagodas.
Today start discovering Angkor with your guide: begin with its most spectacular temples at Angkor Thom. Cross its high wall through the south door and explore Bayon temple with its 54 towers and famous terraces.
Relax at the hottest hours of the day. After learning more about Cambodian traditional craftswork, explore Ta Prohm temple that was left in its original state, in ruins and covered by the vegetation. Visit also 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, and Srah Srang, the “Royal Bath“.
Today you will keep discovering Angkor with your guide. Get up early to witness the sunrise behind the five iconic towers of Angkor Wat. After breakfast, you’ll visit this incredible temple that now symbolizes the Khmer soul. Then go for the the best preserved temple in Cambodia: Banteay Srei or the “Women’s Citadel“. Then reach one of the first sites of Hindu pilgrimage in the country and its 1000 Lingas River at Kbal Spean.
Free day at leisure to enjoy some relaxing time at your hotel or keep discovering Angkor in autonomy.
Optional: Let your guide take you to the most ancient temples of Angkor at Roluos; they date back to the 8th and 9th centuries. Explore the surrounding countryside on an ox cart, and receive a private benediction from a Buddhist monk. In the afternoon, change atmosphere with a cruise on Tonle Sap lake. Sliding through the special atmosphere of the mangrove, reach an tiny village and its houses on stilts.
Today you will drive to Battambang with your guide (3hrs). Upon arrival, reach the top of Phnom Sampeau (“boat-hill”). You’ll get a wonderful view on the fields from its small temple, and also learn more about the Khmer Rouge history.
This morning discover Battambang with your guide: in this place that has been alternatively Thai and Cambodian, the French colonial architecture is also still very present. Explore the town on foot, by boat on the Sangke river, and on a bicycle ride to Wat Kor village and its century-old Khmer houses.
Free afternoon at leisure to enjoy this time at your own pace.
Today you will drive to Phnom Penh with your guide. On the way, you’ll stop at the site of Oudeng, that used to be Cambodia’s capital in the 17th century. Stretch your legs on the 509 stairs leading to a beautiful panoramic view, and visit the Buddhist Vipassana meditation centre. You’ll reach Phnom Penh at the end of the afternoon.
Today, before soaking in the city’s agitation, take a ferry on Tonle Sap river and enjoy a bicycle ride on Koh Otnyahdei island. Cross a bridge to Koh Dach island ank keep going through small villages, to a small beach with a few local restaurants.
Free afternoon at leisure to explore Phnom Penh city.
Today is the end of your trip to Cambodia. Your driver will take you to the airport where you’ll board a flight to your next destination.