Cambodia lies at the heart of Indochina and contains remnants of the mighty Khmer empire which for many centuries was the cultural heartland of Southeast Asia On this short excursion, visit the capital Phnom Penh, and journey to see the world’s greatest religious architectural monument - Angkor Wat.
Cambodia Explorer 6 Days
Day 1 – Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh and take a private guided transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Stay two nights in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh
A tour of the city includes visits to the Central Market, the National Museum, Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, with time to reflect on the Khmer Rouge legacy at the Toung Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. (B)
Day 3 – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Morning private transfer, without guide, to Siem Reap. Stop at Skun village en route to see the tarantula eaters! The journey takes 5 hours. Leisure time on arrival.
Stay three nights in Siem Reap. (B)
Day 4 – Siem Reap
Morning depart for a private guided drive through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean. Stop en route to watch seasonal activities such as rice planting and harvesting. On arrival, begin a 40 minute jungle trek (easy grade) to the River of a Thousand Lingas where Hindu sculptures were carved into the river’s granite banks and bed more than a thousand years ago. The path can be a little slippery during the wet season, but the more difficult sections have bamboo hand-rails and wooden steps. It is a 1.5km uphill walk to the carvings – well worth the climb for the view of the valley below. Suitable footwear and bottled water are recommended if you intend to do the walk. On your return to the base of Kbal Spean visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, home to a collection of animals that have been saved from trafficking. Creatures housed here include gibbons, monkeys, anteaters, storks, snakes, giant ibis, turtles, and the bright eyed and cuddly lorus. (This centre is closed on Sundays and public holidays). After a break for lunch, continue to visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. Return to Siem Reap late afternoon. (B)
Day 5 – Siem Reap
Early morning depart to view sunrise at magnificent Angkor Wat and remain at the site to explore the temple complex. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later in the morning visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon, and the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King.
In the afternoon, visit the mystical Ta Prohm, unique for the overgrown roots of giant fig trees. View sunset on Ta Prohm before returning to the hotel. (B)
Day 6 – Depart Siem Reap
Leisure time until private without-guide transfer to airport. (B)
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- Tour prices
Hotels Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller 3* Ohana Hotel (deluxe room) and City River Hotel (superior room) $857 $1062 $1567 3.5* Hillary’s Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and Somadevi Angkor (deluxe room) $932 $1192 $1697 4* White Mansion Hotel (deluxe room) and Tara Angkor (superior room) $1080 $1510 $2015 4.5 – 5* Le Royal (state room garden view) and Shinta Mani Club Hotel (superior room) $1981 $3310 $3815
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, valid to 31 October, 2017. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- 5 nights hotel accommodation
- 5 breakfasts
- Return transfers, sightseeing tours, entrance fees
- Quality air-conditioned vehicles, experienced drivers and guides
Sole Traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room. The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required.
Surcharges apply for travel 20Dec15-15Jan16, 6-15Feb16, 11Apr16-15Apr16, 6-15Feb17 and 11Apr17-16Apr17.
- Seeing the attractive boulevards and French colonial influence in Phnom Penh
- Visiting moving reminders of Cambodia’s tragic past
- Overland journey to Siem Reap, stopping at villages along the way
- Sunset views over the Angkor temples