Cambodia's Khmer Past

Explore Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat before heading off the beaten track to see traditional Cambodian villages.

This seven night itinerary through Cambodia offers the chance to visit lesser-known parts of the country, as well as visiting the temples of Angkor Wat and touring the capital, Phnom Penh. Cycle through the provincial town of Battambang, sample wine and visit 400-year-old pagodas. Spend an evening at the circus or tour the stilted village of Kompong Khleang, dining with a local Cambodian family.

Tour highlights

    • Tour the capital city, Phnom Penh 
    • Visit the genocide museum 
    • Marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat 
    • Travel along the picturesque Sangker River 
    • Visit the ancient Ta Prohm monastery

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive into Phnom Penh

Meet and greet at Phnom Penh Airport before transferring to your hotel for check in. Explore the city on a half day tour, visiting the Royal Palace built in 1866. The Palace houses an extensive collection of Khmer art and the Silver Pagoda featuring a golden Buddha encrusted with diamonds. Continue to Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda where people come to pray for good luck and success. The late afternoon is yours to spend at leisure; overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Phnom Penh Sightseeing

Today, continue your tour of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Walk round the National Museum, an excellent example of Khmer architecture displaying an extensive collection of sculptures. You’ll then delve into Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge past with a visit to the genocide museum; this converted secondary school was used as a detention centre and the prison gates still carry the name S21. The afternoon is spent touring the central market and visiting the Romeet Art Gallery.

You have the option of attending an Apsara show at the National Museum (additional charge). You’ll have the chance to see traditional Cambodian dance, theatre and music.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Phnom Penh to Battambang

Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang passing rice fields with sugar palms and traditional wooden stilt houses. Stop off in Kompong Chhnang, a provincial town where you can see local artisans at work, making pottery and kitchenware. Arrive into Battambang and spend the afternoon at your leisure before settling into your hotel for an overnight stay.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Battambang

Explore Battambang, starting with a visit to the provincial museum and the 400-year-old White Elephant Pagoda. Travel along the river taking in the French colonial architecture before visiting the sand stone Wat Ek Phnom temple. You’ll have a chance to tour the markets, visit 11th century temples and taste wine at the Phnom Banan Winery, home to the only vineyards in the province. End the afternoon with a climb up 358 steps to the ‘temple with five towers’.

You have the option of heading off on a half day bicycle tour of Battambang (additional charge). Pass rice paddies and local workshops and take part in local daily activities from preparing sticky rice and the traditional fish paste to knife making.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Battambang to Siem Riep

Travel from Battambang through scenic countryside, stopping at a silk farm to see the traditional art of silk production, from raising the worms to weaving and dying silk. Arrive into Siem Reap and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Explore the market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from jewellery and DVDs to local produce. Stay overnight at your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Angkor Wat: Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm

Start the day with a visit to Angkor Wat, a World Heritage Site built in the 12th centuries and Cambodia’s main draw card. Continue on to see the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei built in the 10th century and the ancient Ta Prohm monastery, nicknamed the Jungle Temple due to the branches that have taken root in the stone. Spend the night at your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Angor Wat: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Angkor Thom

Today you’ll spend a second day exploring Angkor Wat. Visit the Preah Khan Temple and ‘Entwined Nagas’ an island temple complete with statue of Balaha, legendary saviour of shipwrecked boats. Continue your exploration to the 12th century temples Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, Angkor Thom (the Great City) and the Elephant Terrace.

You have the option of spending the evening at the circus, Phare Cambodian (additional charge). See juggling, acrobatics, balancing acts and live music.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Depart to the UK

You have part of the day free for shopping and relaxation before your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

You have the option to visit the village of Kompong Khleang (additional charge). The village is built on stilts offering spectacular views over the floodplains and rice fields. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a local villager’s home.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

Superior 1st June 2016 - 31st March 2017

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