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Around Tonle Sap and Beach 12 Days/11 Nights

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Around Tonle Sap and Beach 12 Days/11 Nights

Highlights of Cambodia with glimpses into the local life and the countryside. End the trip with a relaxing beach holiday on the white sandy beaches of Sihanoukville.

PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL

Arrival to Phnom Penh greeting by your English Speaking Guide and transfer to check in at hotel. (Note: The official check-in time is 14H00). Afternoon free at leisure on your own arrangement. Meals on your own account. Overnight at hotel.

Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit the Royal Palace which was built in 1866 by King Norodom. Visit the Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. Continue to the nearby National Museum. Afternoon, visit to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Also the Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where most of the prisoners have been tortured and murdered. A total of 17,000 people were imprisoned here. End of morning tour with a visit of Russian Market (known as Psar Toul Toum Poung). Meals on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Phnom Penh City Tour

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Depart with your guide to Kampong Thom. On the way stop at Skun where people selling deep fried spiders and other insect as their local special delicacy. Than continue the road until the ruined temples in Sombor Prei Kuk which used to be the ancient capital of the Khmer in the pre-angkorian period between 6th and 7th century. After visit, drive to Siem Reap and check in at hotel upon arrival. Meals on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel. You will head out for a wonderful guided exploration of the Angkor sites by remork (tuk tuk). First, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom by entering from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone edifice carved with elephants and giant faces, and then continue to the remarkable Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are two fascinating highlights of this area, and you will explore the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover some small hidden temples that are rarely visited by tourists. Visit of the grand centerpiece, Angkor Wat, in the late afternoon – when the temple is somewhat less busy and the evening sun provides a beautiful and photogenic glow. Meals on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Angkor Temple Complex

SIEM REAP

Breakfast at hotel. Next morning, you will travel to see the pretty temple of Banteay Srei called “Citadel of the Women”. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. Later there is the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and the guide will help to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. The visit offers the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local products. End of your morning tour with the famous Ta Prohm, the atmospheric jungle-clad temple. You'll take a break at your hotel until midday before heading out again for further exploration under your own steam with the other temples recommended by your guide. Meal on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Angkor Temple Complex

SIEM REAP - BATTAMABANG

Breakfast at hotel. Depart with your guide and take road until Kampong Kleang village. Take a boat trip on Tonlé Sap to see the floating village. Kampong Khleang is a fantastic site for a visit at any time of the year; however, it depends on the lake levels which vary from year to year. This floating community is known as the largest as houses here are raised up to 10 meters. Afternoon, continue the road to Battambang (170km around 3h drive). Check in at hotel upon arrival and if time permit a short walking tour in the city included the visit of the House of the Governor. Meal on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Battambang

BATTAMABANG

After breakfast, start your countryside tour around Battambang by remork with several stops to discover rural life: stop in and see how rice paper is made from scratch, than try some dried and fresh bananas while watching the entire process of creating dried bananas sheets. Continue to grab a taste of locally made medicinal rice wine while learning how it is made! End of your morning at Fish Paste Market (Psar Prohoc). On the way you can buy some bamboo rice cakes and tested it. Lunch prepared by a Cambodian family where you can test a homemade cooking style. After a short rest, continue to enjoy one of Battambang’s most famous tourist destinations, Bamboo train that takes you on a unique and exciting adventure through lush scenery. End of your day; visit Phnom Sampov, a striking limestone mountain located on the road to Pailin about 12 km from Battambang. On the top of the hill is a Wat and many stupas along with various shrines and grottos. During the Khmer Rouge period the mountain was used as a place to kill "enemies" of the regime and in what are known as the "killing caves" there is a memorial to these victims. Although Phnom Sampov has a tragic past it is also a pleasant place to visit. The panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking and there are a variety of food and drink stalls at the base of the mountain making it a great place to while away the hours. Every evening at nightfall, thousands of bats make their way out of caves in the hillside to feed before returning at dawn. This natural phenomenon really is a "must see" for the visitor. In the evening, experiences the arts culture of Cambodia at Siem Reap’s 1-hour Phare Circus Show (every Monday and Thursday) and see the famous artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center perform a blend of modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, and more. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Battamabang

BATTAMBANG - PHNOM PENH

After breakfast at your hotel, depart to visit the local market before continue the road to Phnom Penh. On the way stop at Kampong Chhnang to visit of a village of craft pottery, than at Kampong Luong with a visit of Silversmith village and finally Oudong Mountain, which functioned as the former capital of Cambodia between the early 17th century and late 19th century. Nowadays Oudong still holds great significance as the three hills are home to various stupas containing the remains of several former Khmer Kings. The main stairway (over 500 steps) leads to the newest of the temples and is home to a Buddha relic. The views from the summit of the surrounding countryside are impressive and worth the climb. Arrive in Phnom Penh and check in at hotel. Meal on your own account. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH - KAMPOT - SIHANO

Depart with your driver to Kampot Province and visit salt farm, Kampot’s famous black pepper and Durian farms. Than continue the road to Sihanoukville and check in at hotel upon arrival. Meal on your own account. Overnight at hotel.

Kampot, Sihanoukville

SIHANOUKVILLE

Day free at leisure on your own arrangement. Meal on your own account. Overnights at hotel.

Sihanoukville

SIHANOUKVILLE

Day free at leisure on your own arrangement. Meal on your own account. Overnights at hotel.

Sihanoukville

SIHANOUKVILLE - PHNOM PENH

Drive back to Phnom Penh and direct to airport for departure flight to another destination. (Note: If your departure flight is in the morning or in the beginning of afternoon, we recommend having the last night in Phnom Penh instead of Sihanoukville.).

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Phnom Penh
Day 3
Location Siem Reap
Day 6
Location Battambang
Day 8
Location Phnom Penh
Day 9
Location Sihanoukville
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Phnom Penh
Day 3
Location Siem Reap
Day 6
Location Battamabang
Day 8
Location Phnom Penh
Day 9
Location Sihanoukville

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Local guides except on days 10 to 12
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Local guides from day 10 to 12
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Meals
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Marie Lampreia, France

Les plus : Le voyage c'est aussi ceux qui vous permettent de comprendre le pays et les gens avec lesquels vous êtes. De ce point de vue notre guide et notre chauffeur ont été parfaits. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. La ville de Sapa, comme hors du temps, entre Annecy et Shangri Là. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Villages sympa. Les moins : Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. Nous avions emmené des petits cadeaux pour les populations rencontrées mais nous ne nous sommes pas sentis heureux de distribuer ainsi. Nous ne sommes pas certains que cela soit agréable pour les gens. Commentaire : 15 jours au départ d'Hanoi vers les montagnes et Sapa et retour par la baie d'Halong maritime puis la terrestre. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. Nous avons eu la chance de participer à une fête dans un village. Nous avons dansé autour du feu et sauté en rythme au dessus des bambous. C'était gai et bon enfant. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) . La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Ici les villages sont moins austères. Nous avons pris le temps de comprendre l'histoire, d'écouter et d'aimer ce pays. Read more

Faustine Auclain, France

Les plus : Le voyage a été conforme à mon attente, varié,authentique,proche des habitants qui sont très accueillants,les guides et les chauffeurs étaient de vrais professionnels. Les moins : Rien Commentaire : Tout s'est très bien passé, tout le monde était disponible,gentil,ponctuel. J'ai particulièrement apprécié la diversité du voyage,la cuisine vietnamienne,la qualité des hébergements en hôtel et chez l'habitant. Mes coups de cœur sont Angkor,Hoï An, le Nord et ses paysages,la baie d'Halong en jonque privée. Read more

Jean Marinier, France

Les plus : Ce que nous avons le plus aimé sont les paysages magnifiques et variés, la gentillesses des habitants, Les moins : Le moins serait peut-être la chaleur et la sur-fréquentation de la baie d'Halong. Commentaire : Pour nous il s'est agi d'un dépaysement total et s'est ce que nous en attendions. Nous avons été conquis par ce pays où les paysages sont grandioses, les habitants d'une gentillesse naturelle. Même si la vie est complètement différente de ce que l'on connaît en France, on s'y sent tout de suite très bien et sans aucun sentiment d'insécurité, bien au contraire. Quant à l'organisation, tout a été parfait et le programme établi a été respecté à la lettre, il faut dire que notre interlocuteur sur place, Quynh Anh, est extraordinaire, d'ailleurs nous avons souhaité la rencontrer en personne pour la remercier. Read more

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