Welcome to Cambodia

Cambodia rewards travellers with a vivacious welcome to their deeply rooted culture that was once the heart of one of Asia’s most advanced civilisations. The spirit of the ancient Khmer culture is entrenched in the monumental ruins of Angkor Wat and the overgrown ruins of Ta Prohm, imbuing visitors with their very own Indiana Jones experience. The city of Angkor was the sprawling capital of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 14th centuries before being swallowed by the jungle. Our tour begins with this awe-inspiring archaeological site before we enrich our visit with authentic local experiences such as Buddhist ceremonies, craft workshops, wine tastings and artistic performances.

Stay amid the decaying grandeur of French colonial architecture in sleepy Battambang – a town famous for bamboo trains and a laid back lifestyle that you’ll never want to leave. Next, head to the pearl of old Indochina and Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh where we’ll visit the poignant Killing Fields and S21, a prison turned museum based in a former school to learn about life under this devastating regime. We’ll also take the time to explore the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s regal heritage and wealth of jewel encrusted Buddhist icons.

Finally, conclude for relaxation in South East Asia’s last big secret, Sihanoukville. Once the playground of ostentatious French colonials, the glass-flat turquoise waters and soft white sands of the gulf fell quiet for decades and fortunately managed to escape the cultural sterilisation of international development and tourist crowds. We’ll stay on the quiet beach of Otres, free to enjoy the tropical tranquillity that is now so hard to find in this region. Peppered with independent bars and eateries this stretch of sand is sheer perfection.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Explore temples that are being swallowed by the jungle in Ta Prohm
  • Rejuvenate in the laid back sleepy ambience only found in Battambang
  • Hear harrowing tales of life under the Khmer Rouge in S21
  • Relax on tropical beaches in the exceptionally peaceful Otres
  • Dates & Prices

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    October 18 - October 30, 2017 (13 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2799 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1599 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

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    Discounted Sighted Price: 1199 1199 Book Now

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    The towering spires of Angkor Wat under a blue sky and reflected in a glassy lake
  • A monk robed in orange walking into a temple that has been swallowed by the jungle

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 3 nights at La Niche D’Angkor Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap
    • 2 nights at Classy Hotel & Spa in Battambang
    • 2 nights at Kolab Sor Hotel in Phnom Penh
    • 3 nights at Legacy Hotel in Otres Beach
    • All breakfasts
    • Seven lunches
    • Two dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Angkor Wat tour
    • Siem Reap Buddhism and crafts tour
    • Siem Reap wine tasting
    • Battambang Circus Art Performance
    • Battambang tour with bamboo train ride
    • Kompong Luong boat trip
    • Phnom Penh Royal Palace tour
    • Killing Fields and S21 tour
    • Ream National Park tour
    A low palm tree hovers over white sand and clear turqouise waters

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Wednesday 18th October

Fly overnight to Cambodia.

Thursday 19th October

We’ll arrive into Siem Reap this evening and transfer to our hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Friday 20th October

This morning, set out for our tour of the marvellous temple of Angkor Wat, one of the most astonishing monuments ever conceived by mankind. Origionally erected in the 12th century to honour the Hindu god, Vishnu, the local religion soon changed to Buddhism, creating a fusion of reliefs. We’ll next visit Ta Prohm monastery, where immense branches have taken root in the stones.

Following lunch, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City), entering through its monumental South Gate and over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods. We’ll next visit the Elephant Terrace which was once used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies before making our way to the 12th century Leper King Terrace, with its beautifully sculpted Apsaras. In the afternoon we’ll explore this wonderful fortified city and visit the ruined Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing on to the mysterious Bayon Temple, one of the most popular and compelling temples in Angkor. Here we’ll examine the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs up to the central sanctuary where giant stone faces smile enigmatically down on us from every angle!

This evening will be the perfect opportunity to explore the buzzing town of Siem Reap at night and sample Cambodian cooking.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Saturday 21st October

Immerse yourself in the local religion with a Buddhist ceremony. We’ll visit a local pagoda to learn about the daily life of monks and their strict disciplines before being blessed by monks in their holy language. The monks will then present red Cambodian string that represents the fading away of negative thoughts and deeds from your life and to bring good luck. Following the ceremony we’ll have time to talk to the monks to learn about their way of life before attending a workshop called Friends ‘N’ Stuff, where locals will teach you how to make products from recycled materials, teaching you how projects such as this help marginalized children and families overcome hardship and poverty.

Our next visit is to a rice wine workshop where we can sample one of Cambodia’s favourite drinks. Learn how rice wine is distilled and discover the different flavours on offer from lemongrass, cinnamon, coffee and more!

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Sunday 22nd October

A free morning in Siem Reap, the perfect opportunity to visit the markets of Siem Reap and haggle for local products and gifts.

This afternoon, we’ll drive to Battambang and visit Phare Ponleu Selpak for a Circus Art performance. Telling stories of Khmer history, this humorous drama provides an insight into Cambodian art and performance.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Battambang.

Monday 23rd October

Head out with our guide to explore the elegant colonial French-style houses along the river and visit the local museum.

Following lunch, we’ll enjoy bamboo train riding. Each bamboo train, known as nori, consists of a 3m-long wooden frame covered in slats of bamboo. Using a six horse power gasoline engine, the bamboo trains initially transported local people and bags of rice but today make a fun and original way to explore the local rice fields and countryside.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Battambang.

Tuesday 24th October

Leaving Battambang behind we’ll journey to Phnom Penh, driving past rice fields and sugar palms along the way. To break up our journey we’ll stop at Kompong Luong and board a traditional boat for a short sail to a floating village on the lake. We’ll stop for lunch in Kompong Chang before continuing our journey to Phnom Penh.

Upon arrival we’ll check into our hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Wednesday 25th October

Begin the day at Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda created by a lady called Penh, where the story of Phnom Penh starts. We’ll explore the Royal Palace, where esteemed guests are welcomed by Cambodia’s royal family. The palace contains many treasures, including the Silver Pagoda, where the floor is covered in silver tiles leading to a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilograms.

We’ll enjoy lunch together in a local restaurant before uncovering Phnom Penh’s more recent history. Visit Tuol Sleng, a school that turned into a prison during the Khmer Rouge period. Now a museum that tells the story of the prisoners who were documented and killed here, it is a poignant reminder of the darkness humanity is capable of. We’ll also visit the Killing Fields, to hear more about the tragic nature of this regime.

Time will be provided to shop in the Russian Market. Dating from 1937, this circular market sells everything from jewellery, crafts, clothes and food providing another opportunity to purchase souvenirs and gifts.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Thursday 26th October

Depart Phnom Penh this morning for a land transfer to the Gulf of Thailand to the coastal region of Sihanoukville. We’ll tuck into lunch together before settling down in our tropical paradise for supreme relaxation. Sihanoukville is the main hub of the area and the beach can get busy so we are staying in Otres, where it is easy to find your very own private stretch of beach.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Otres.

Friday 27th October

Today will be free to relax and explore at your leisure. Famous for clean, clear waters and sandy beaches, only a handful of hotels and restaurants line this stretch of coast leaving it quiet and peaceful. Grab your towel and venture out to find your favourite spot, whether it be surrounded by nature and nothing else or a hammock lined bar to relax in whilst the sun sets.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Otres.

Saturday 28th October

Today we’ll board a boat for an excursion through the lush mangroves of Ream National Park, home to rare animals, friendly fishermen and beautiful landscapes. We’ll float through mangroves surrounded by a cacophony of bird song and sounds of nature with the opportunity to witness rare dolphins.

We’ll also visit a local fishing village, home to rural families enjoying a traditional and simple way of life.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Otres.

Sunday 29th October

The morning will be free to relax on the beach before we transfer back to Phnom Penh this afternoon for our evening departure home.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Monday 30th October

Arrive home.