Complete Cambodia

17 Days from US$3,579 per person

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A JOIN-IN TOUR



A tour that combines the best that Cambodia has to offer whilst taking you well off the beaten track. Visit the famous temples of Angkor the ABOUTAsia way - without the crowds - then travel to the country's other two main cities: Battambang and Phnom Penh. Battambang is relatively unvisited and offers an insight into authentic Cambodian city life whilst Phnom Penh is the busy and increasingly cosmopolitan capital. The tour also gives a glimpse of rural Cambodia at Kratie, one of the last homes of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, and Mondulkiri, in the mountainous north east. A few days of relaxation at the coastal town of Kep complete a comprehensive tour of this beautiful country.

ITINERARY DETAILS

day 1Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by your expert ABOUTAsia guide and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy your first taste of Angkor with a visit to Banteay Kdei temple followed by sunset drinks on the moat of Angkor Thom, a world away from the tourist crowds.

day 2A single, magical day at the temples following our well researched crowd avoidance itinerary, including Ta Prohm of ‘Tomb Raider’ fame, Angkor Thom: Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Palilay, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, and the Bayon with its captivating stone faces. During your tour enjoy a wonderful tuk tuk breakfast in the secluded forest temple of Ta Nei. (B)

day 3Motor through the darkness of pre-dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat as we guide you to the best photo vantage points. Explore the temple in the hours immediately after sunrise when the temple is at its quietest. This afternoon take a journey of discovery by boat, ox-cart and on foot to visit villages little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. End the day with a cocktail at ABOUTAsia’s country villa overlooking the paddy fields with the option of adding on dinner. (B)

day 4Cruise by boat across the great Tonle Sap and up the Sangker River to Battambang, the centre of agriculture in Cambodia's fertile southwest. There is an opportunity to stop at several places along the way as we pass floating and stilted villages, including at Prek Toal bird sanctuary and island wats. (B)

day 5In the morning explore some of the local markets and the French Colonial architecture around Battambang town, before a ride on the famous bamboo train. This afternoon visit Wat Ek Phnom with its 30m tall white Buddha and see how fish paste and rice paper are made. (B)

day 6Explore the villages, markets and rural scenery along National Road No 5 by private car on your journey to Phnom Penh. Your driver will stop at your request at some of the villages and towns producing traditional and modern Khmer crafts, including the famous marble work of Pursat, and the ceramics of Kompong Chhnang. (B)

day 7Weaving through Phnom Penh’s colourful streets, explore some of our favourite hidden gems by traditional transportation method: the cyclo. In the afternoon take in the shimmering spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. (B)

day 8This morning we endeavour to provide some insights into Cambodia’s recent tragic history under the Khmer Rouge with visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison. Later visit Wat Phnom to learn how the city got its name and stroll aound the boutiques of street 178. (B)

day 9Depart Phnom Penh in the morning to drive to the town of Kratie, located in east-central Cambodia, in order to spot Irrawaddy Dolphins on the Mekong River. En route you will pass through scenic countryside and stop in the small town of Skoun to see (perhaps dare to try?) deep fried spiders (B)

day 10Take a boat out onto the Mekong to try your luck at spotting an Irawaddy Dolphin. Continue on to Sen Monorom in the province of Mondulkiri in the mountainous region of northern Cambodia that borders Vietnam. (B)

day 11Today is all about elephants with a visit to ELIE (Elephants Livelihood Initiative Environment), a centre for elephants rescued from various trades. An hour drive and short trek through the emerald jungle brings you to your destination where you will meet the magnificent creatures. (B)

day 12Discover the beautiful area of the Northern Highlands of Seima Protected Forest with a local guide who knows the area well. There are several different treks covering different parts of the forest depending on the season and catering to differing levels of fitness. In the afternoon visit Bousra Waterfall, one of Cambodia´s most impressive falls. (B)

day 13Visit a local market this morning before your drive back to Phnom Penh where the rest of the day will be at leisure for you to further explore the capital. (B)

day 14Private transfer by road to the delightfully sleepy coastal town of Kep, a fashionable seaside resort in the 1960s. Explore some of the examples of colonial French and modern Khmer architecture, which are wonderful to visit and photograph in their various states of disrepair. Look out for the bullet-scarred and long abandoned holiday residence of the King. (B)

day 15 & 162 full days to relax, take a longtail boat to nearby Rabbit Island or walk up Kep hill for views over the Gulf of Thailand. (B)

day 17Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight. (B)







TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The temples of Angkor - without the crowds
  • Colonial architecture in rural Battambang
  • Bustling Phnom Penh with its Khmer Rouge history
  • Irrawaddy dolphins on the Mekong in Kratie
  • Jungle trekking and elephants in Mondulkiri
  • Relaxing in laid back Kep

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Raffles Grand Hotel - 5 Star

Battambang: La Villa - 4 Star

Phnom Penh: Raffles Le Royal - 4 Star

Kratie: Rajabori Villas Resort - 3 Star

Mondulkiri: Mayura Hill Hotel - 3 Star

Kep: Knai Bang Chatt - Boutique



High Season: $4,872 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $4,580 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Shinta Mani Resort - 4 Star

Battambang: Bambu Hotel - 4 Star

Phnom Penh: Villa Langka - Boutique

Kratie: Rajabori Villas Resort - 3 Star

Mondulkiri: Mayura Hill Hotel - 3 Star

Kep: Knai Bang Chatt - Boutique



High Season: $3,920 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $3,838 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Viroth’s - Boutique

Battambang: The Sanctuary - 3 Star

Phnom Penh: Villa Langka - 4 Star

Kratie: Rajabori Villas Resort - 3 Star

Mondulkiri: Mayura Hill Hotel - 3 Star

Kep: Veranda Resort - 3 Star



High Season: $3,585 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $3,579 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply
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