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Journey through Cambodia

14 days from £3335 per person

Successor to the powerful Khmer empire, modern-day Cambodia is a magical, mysterious land blessed with great cultural antiquity, a tranquil capital city and spectacular rural landscapes. Starting in Siem Reap, three full days are spent exploring the exceptional remains of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom as well as the less visited temples of Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm. From here travel by boat on a picturesque journey to colonial Battambang before then spend time in the capital Phnom Penh before ending your time in Cambodia relaxing by the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Kep.

Route: Siem Reap – Battambang – Phnom Penh – Kep

Itinerary Highlights

Ta Prohm is the most atmospheric of the Angkor temples. Swathed in thick vegetation and jungle creepers, the complex has changed little since it was re-discovered in the 19th century.

Founded in the 11th century, Battambang is an important commercial hub. The city benefits from some of the best preserved French colonial and art deco architecture in the country.

Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since 1867. There are many surviving French colonial buildings along the grand boulevards.

Itinerary: Journey through Cambodia

Today depart the UK on the Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. (N)
Arrive into Singapore and connect onto a flight to Siem Reap where you will stay for the next four nights. Siem Reap is the gateway to the temples of Angkor – some of the most spectacular religious monuments ever built. Capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, Angkor was abandoned in 1431 and reclaimed by the thick Cambodian jungle only to be rediscovered 400 years later by French naturalist Henri Mouhot. (N)
Accommodation in Siem Reap: Sokkhak Boutique Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Alternative upgrade option: Raffles Grand d’Angkor
This morning visit Angkor Thom, the spacious walled capital of Jayavarman where highlights include the temple ruins of Bayon, Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and 12th century Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the epic Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture and enjoy the beautiful Khmer architecture and reliefs which adorn this ancient monument. End the day with a spectacular sunset viewed from the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng. (B)
Accommodation in Siem Reap: Sokkhak Boutique Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Alternative upgrade option: Raffles Grand d’Angkor
Today visit the outlying Roluos group of temples which are located away from the main Angkor complex. Over 1,100 years old, the initial sanctuaries were built by Indravarman and his son Yashovarman, however, at a later date the site was to become one of Jayavarman's capitals. The Roluos temples are considered the best preserved of the earliest monuments and are adorned with sculpted human figures and guardian spirits. (B)
Accommodation in Siem Reap: Sokkhak Boutique Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Alternative upgrade option: Raffles Grand d’Angkor
After breakfast travel north to the 11th century temple of Banteay Srei. Smaller in size than many of the neighbouring complexes, the site is dedicated to Brahma and contains some of the region's best preserved sandstone decorations. From here continue to the atmospheric remains of Ta Prohm which remain enveloped by thick jungle undergrowth and creepers. Ta Prohm is one of the last remaining monuments not to have been cleared and provides one of the most enchanting experiences of Angkor. (B)
Accommodation in Siem Reap: Sokkhak Boutique Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Alternative upgrade option: Raffles Grand d’Angkor
Travel by comfortable wooden boat from Siem Reap to Battambang where you will stay for the next two nights. A journey of around three hours, this picturesque journey crosses Tonle Sap Lake then continues west into Battambang on the Sangkei River. Cambodia's second city, Battambang is home to Cambodia's finest collection of French colonial architecture as well as some interesting Angkorian sites. (B)
Accommodation in Battambang: Bambu Hotel
Alternative accommodation: Maisons Wat Kor
Start the morning with a ride on the eccentric 'Bamboo Train' – a simple wooden platform on wheels that follows a railway track through beautiful Cambodian countryside stopping to drop off locals, cargo and animals to rural villages along the way. Stop to explore one of the villages then return to Battambang for a walking tour of the town's historic centre including the grand French Governor's residence. End the day at Wat Ek and the hilltop Wat Ban Non, the latter offering excellent views. (B)
Accommodation in Battambang: Bambu Hotel
Alternative accommodation: Maisons Wat Kor
After breakfast leave Battambang and drive to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh stopping en-route to visit the floating village of Kampong Leung and the lively port of Kompong Chhnang with its sleepy colonial centre and bustling dockside. Before reaching Phnom Penh stop at Oudong, Cambodia's royal capital between 1618 and 1866. Little remains but the views from the stupas are spectacular. Continue onto Phnom Penh and stay for two nights at White Mansion Hotel or upgrade to the Raffles Le Royal Hotel. (B)
Accommodation in Phnom Penh: White Mansion Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Today explore this riverside city with your guide. Places of interest include the National Museum which houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious, and artistic artefacts, the French-built Royal Palace complex, the Silver Pagoda and the city's oldest shrine Wat Phnom with its mystics, faith healers and fortune tellers. In the afternoon travel out of the city to the Choeung Ek killing fields and Toul Sleng Museum which recounts the horrors of the notorious Khmer Rouge regime. (B)
Accommodation in Phnom Penh: White Mansion Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Raffles Hotel Le Royal
This morning drive south to Kep where you will stay for three nights. Alternatively, upgrade to the Song Saa Private Island, part of the Koh Rong Archipelago, and reached by speedboat from nearby Sihanoukville. Formerly known as Kep-sur-Mer, this pretty coastal town was once the favourite holiday spot for the Cambodian and French elite but today has a relaxed laid-back feel. (B)
Accommodation in Kep: Verdana Natural Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Knai Bang Chatt
Alternative upgrade option: Song Saa Private Island
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel. During your stay in Kep you may also wish to take a local boat to laze on the white-sand beaches of Rabbit Island. (B)
Accommodation in Kep: Verdana Natural Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Knai Bang Chatt
Alternative upgrade option: Song Saa Private Island
After breakfast leave Kep and transfer to Phnom Penh Airport in time to catch the Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. Once in Singapore connect onto the Singapore Airlines flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
Early morning arrival in the UK. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Holiday Review

Just to let you know we are home from our gorgeous trip, and had the most wonderful time. Thank you so much. Overall, wonderful destination and brilliant choices.

OH - Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam - November 2015

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