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Kindom of Wonder. Cambodia boasts a rich culture with its many ancient temples and impressive natural scenery of clean beaches, mighty rivers and remote forests. The temples in Siem Reap are a magnet for visitors to Cambodia, and for good reason. While Angkor Wat is the largest and most popular, guests can easily spend a week exploring the hundreds of other ancient structures. On the other hand, Phnom Penh is a bustling and interesting city overshadowed by Angkor. It contrasts the temples with fine colonial architecture, artifacts and history of its own. With roads improving, so much more of this country is opening up to visitors who wish to take the time to discover Cambodia beyond the temples.


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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Cambodia

Buddhist monk in the Angkor Wat Complex

My favourite country I’ve spent over 12 years working in Asia, from Cambodia to Vietnam to Thailand & Laos. I’ve returned to my favourite country, Cambodia, in 2016 as the general manager of this country. Cambodia has so much more to offer than just the Angkor temples. My favourite place to visit is Battambang, a lovely and original old town with galleries presenting the work of young Khmer artists. For a nature retreat, I prefer visiting Koh Kong with its abundance of wildlife with eco-friendly lodges and home-stays. Nataly Wanhoff Cambodia Country Manager

Quick Information

KHMER

LANGUAGE (Chinese, Vietnamese and some French are spoken)

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US DOLLAR (USD) CURRENCY

1 EUR = 1.15 USD 1 CNY = 0.14 USD 1 RUB = 0.2 USD (1 USD = 4,000 KHR)

PHNOM PENH CAPITAL

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Past & Present The history of Cambodia began with the establishment of Funan. This gave way to the powerful Angkor Empire and its impressive kingdom, as we know it today. However, in 1431, Angkor was invaded and eventually, completely ravaged. The entire population and wealth of a once proud civilization was abandoned and covered by tropical forest. As war started to escalate in 20th century Vietnam, Cambodia became deeply involved, fighting mainly against the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge invaded and proceeded to implement a brutal ‘reign of terror’ on Cambodia’s population. In 1979, The People’s Republic of Kampuchea, supported by Vietnamese, liberated the capital. Today, the Kingdom of Cambodia is a peaceful place to visit, while the authoritarian Cambodian People’s Party remains in government.

Khmer woman dressed in traditional clothing

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Culture

Ask for permission before taking photographs

Approximately 90% of people in Cambodia are

Dress and behave modestly, especially inside of temples Greet others by bowing the head slightly with hands together Take your shoes off and leave them outside of a Cambodian’s home

members of the Khmer people. The Khmer people have lived in the Greater Region since around the 2nd century BC. Roughly 95% of

Touch Cambodian’s heads or the Buddha statue

the entire population is Buddhist (Theravada), Buddhism was reinstated as the national religion in 1989 after a ban on religious activity in 1975.

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the remainder are either Muslim or Christian.

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Seasons Cambodia has a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. There are two distinct seasons in Cambodia. The dry season runs from December through April, bringing sunny, dry weather in January and February. The rains come when the winds shift into the southwest monsoon from May to November, with the most precipitation in the months of September and October.

DECEMBER - APRIL

MAY - NOVEMBER

Avg. High 31°C / 89°F Avg. Low 23°C / 73°F Avg. Precipitation 45mm Tourism Higher

Avg. High 30°C / 95°F Avg. Low 25°C / 77°F Avg. Precipitation 300mm Tourism Lower

WARM & DRY

Holidays

WARM & GREEN

2019-2020

January 1st

May 22nd

October 23rd

International New Year’s Day

Royal Plowing Ceremony

Peace Agreement Day

January 7th

June 1st

October 29th

Victory over Genocide Day

Children’s Day

King Coronation Day

February 19th

June 18th

November 11th

Meak Bochea Day

King Mother’s Day

Independence Day

September 24th

November 12-13th

Constitutional Day

Water Festival Holiday

September 27-30th

December 10th

Ancestor’s Day

International Human Rights Day

April 14-16th Khmer New Year

May 13-15th King’s Birthday

May 18th Visak Bochea Day

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October 15th Commemoration Day

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Events & Festivals FEBRUARY

Meak Bochea Day

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Meak Bochea is celebrated during the full month of the third lunar month. In the evening, people flock to temples to listen to preachings and walk around the temple three times with flowers, incense and a candle. Each round represents one of the ideas of Buddhism – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

APRIL

Khmer New Year

Cambodia

It is the largest celebrations in Cambodia, marking the start of the rainy season. Many Cambodians return to their home provinces to spend time with their family to carry out traditional rituals. Expect some water throwing, but nothing like Songkran in neighbouring Thailand. Many local businesses also shut their doors during this time.

MAY

Royal Plowing Ceremony

Phnom Penh

This ancient royal rite marks the beginning to the rice season, and is a way to determine the size of the harvest ahead. The ceremony can sometimes be held outside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, where the King or a selected representative till a plot of land with a plough pulled by two oxen. What the oxen decide to eat determines the prediction for the coming year.

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Water Festival (Boat Racing)

Phnom Penh

Not to be confused with Khmer New Year, the Water Festival sees the majority of the country descend on Phnom Penh to watch the three days of boat racing that takes place on the Tonle Sap River. The festival marks the reversal of flow between the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers – an anomaly unique to Cambodia and features fun festivities.

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LOCAL CUISINE

Taste of Khmer Khmer cuisine draws similarities to Thai food, but with fewer spices involved. Popular dishes include fish, soup and salad, almost always incorporating Cambodia’s favourite flavours of coriander, lemongrass and mint. There is also a plethora of sweet dishes. Common ingredients used in Cambodian cuisine include nuts, bananas, coconut, durian, jackfruit, longan fruit, lychee, pineapple and rambutan fruit, to name a

Tasting tray of Cambodian food

few. Fresh seafood is plentiful in Sihanoukville, Kep and Kampot. Food stalls are also common in Phnom Penh and can usually be found in

Khmer Noodles

and around the Central Market. In major cities a

Nom banh chok is a typical breakfast food

wide range of culinary fare is on offer including Chinese, Thai, French, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern.

consisting of noodles pounded out of rice, topped with a fish-based green curry gravy made from lemongrass, turmeric root and kaffir lime. Fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, green beans, banana flower, cucumbers and other

Khmer Red Curry

greens are heaped on top.

Khmer red curry is coconut-milk-based but without the overpowering chilli of neighbouring Thailand. It features beef, chicken or fish, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, fresh coconut milk, lemongrass and ‘kroeung.’ It is also usually served with bread, a remnant of the French influence on Cambodia.

Fish Amok Khmer Noodles

Fish Amok Fish amok consists a fish mousse with fresh coconut milk and ‘kroeung,’ a curry paste made from lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal and fingerroot, or Chinese ginger. The use ‘slok ngor,’ a local herb, makes this dish unique to the region.

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Siem Reap Literally meaning the “Defeat of Siam,” Siem reap is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. Its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex has turned the city into one of the world’s premier travel destinations. More than one million travellers visit Siem Reap every year to explore over a thousand years of Khmer heritage

That Luang Stupa in Vientiane

constructed near Tonle Sap Lake, the foundation of the economic power of the ancient Cambodian empire.

Cutting flowers in front of the Angkor Wat Temple

Bas relief on Angkor temples

Angkor Park The Angkor Archaeological Park, an UNESCO World Heritag Site, is the spiritual heart and identity of the Khmer people. It encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srey and legendary Angkor Wat. Its magnificent architecture reveals the Khmer’s strong belief in Hinduism and Buddhism. The fact the structures at Angkor are so complete after all this time is a further testament to the advanced construction techniques employed more than a millennium ago.

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Phnom Penh Phnom Penh is the commercial, political and cultural hub of Cambodia, and is home to over one million of the country’s estimated 11 million people. The city offers several cultural and historical attractions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. This modern capital is a vibrant, bustling city nestled majestically on the banks of the confluence of two mighty rivers: The Mekong and The Tonle Sap. There are still many old French colonial

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

buildings found in the town that add to its historical ambiance.

Battambang Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang is an elegant riverside town, home to some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the country. The peaceful city makes a great base for visiting nearby temples and villages. It’s

Independence monument in Phnom Penh

also an artist hub with many charming galleries in the small old city area.

Wat Ek Phnom in Battambang

Kep Kep is a province-level town famous for its sunsets and delicious seafood. It used to be a former colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908. Currently, Kep has a variety of tourist attractions such as mountains, an evergreen tropical forest, mangroves, islands, breezy sea air, coral reefs, and beaches.

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Kampot Kampot is a quaint riverside town only 5km (3 miles) from the sea and serves as the very popular seaside resort of Kep. Once a fashionable haunt of the French elite, it has stunning offshore islands and a beautiful bay. Former King Sihanouk owned one of these islands and would often use it for vacations. Kampot is also renowned for the quality of its fruits (durian, coconut, mango), its sea salt and

Old building with shops in Kampot City

the famous Kampot Pepper.

Kratie Located on the east bank of the Mekong River, Kratie attracts a fair share of visitors, many of whom wish to catch a glimpse of the last few Irrawaddy dolphins left in Cambodia. Kratie offers an authentic rural ambience, and therefore serves as the perfect place to spend a peaceful night or two. It is a nice relief from some of the country’s more bustling areas. Sunset along the river in Kratie

Boat in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most popular beach town for foreigners and locals alike. It can be visited all year round for the cool breezes and clear blue skies. Sihanoukville has plenty of beaches, seafood restaurants, bars, temples, casino hotels and more. Local fisherman will happily take visitors to any one of the nearby islands perfect for snorkelling, diving and fishing.

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3 DAYS

Temples of Angkor Discover one of the ancient ‘Wonders of the World’ — the Temples of Angkor and its fascinating history. DAY 2 Siem Reap In the morning, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Temple. Other stops will include the Landmine Museum and a Sugar Palm production. Continue our temple tour with visits to

Eastern

Mebon, Pre Rup, Prasat Kravan and Takeo temple. In the afternoon, explore the highlight of your trip – The famous Angkor Wat, considered one of the world’s ancient wonders, the epicentre of the Khmer Aerial view of Angkor Wat Complex

DAY 1 Siem Reap Greetings on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon discover Angkor Thom “The Great City.” Explore the last great capital of the Khmer Empire, a monumental city with formidable walls enclosing some of the city’s most important monuments built

Civilization and the heart and soul of Cambodia. Feel as if you have stepped into another realm as you enter the temple with its imposing moats, intricately carved outer walls, and rising towers with symbolic lotus-bud carvings.

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Enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Circus Show. It’s Cambodia’s answer to Cirque du Soleil and considered unmissable!

under the empire of King Jayavarman VII. See stone structures of carved faces depicting Gods and Demons

DAY 3 Departure

lined up along the causeway of the entrance of the Southern Gate. Within the centre of citadel, see the

For our final day, discover the Roluos Group of

iconic Temple of Bayon with its standing towers and

Monuments of the ancient Hariharalaya, the first

gigantic stone faces. Follow with visits to the Terrace

significant capital of the Khmer Empire. See all 3

of Elephants, Leper King Terrace, and the towers of

major monuments of Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei

Prasat Suor Prat.

Temples. Transfer to airport for departure.

See other impressive temples within, such as the Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North and South Khleang. Get a chance to watch the sun sets slowly over Angkor.

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UNESCO World Heritage Explore beyond Siem Reap and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a beautiful countryside setting. dramatically situated of all Angkorian monuments designed to represent Mt Meru and dedicated to Hindu deity of Shiva.

DAY 2 Thom

Preah Vihear - Sambor Prei Kuk - Kampong

After breakfast, drive along scenic country roads towards Kampong Thom to visit the site of Sambor Prei Kuk a group of pre-Angkorian monuments, a complex consisting of more than a hundred temples built from solid bricks, laterites and sandstones huddled cosily in a forest. Continue to the picturesque town of Kampong Thom situated on the banks of Stung Saen River.

Preah Vihear Temple

DAY 1 Siem Reap - Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear Start our journey on road North of Siem Reap stopping by first at the small district town of Anlong Veng. Notably known as the former stronghold of the notorious Khmer Rouge leaders and the final hideout and ultimate resting place of the infamous Pol Pot. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Preah Vihear. Continue with a drive to Preah Vihear Temple. Sprawling along a cliff top with breathtaking views of lowland Cambodia. Perhaps a temple that is most

Monks walking in rural countryside

DAY 3 Kampong Thom - Siem Reap Departure Drive along a scenic road to either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to continue your Cambodia trip or for departure.

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Angkor by tuk-tuk & 2-wheels Ditch the modern transportation and discover the ‘Gateway’ to the ancient Khmer Empire with a Tuk Tuk for an authentic Cambodian experience. DAY 2 Angkor Wat Escape the busy roads and well worn tourist trails and instead, cycle the small track and minor roads to see a unique side of the Angkor Temples and its surrounding sights. Cross a vast moat, onto broad causeways lined up with naga balustrades and ascend through to see galleries and courtyards with intricately sculpted stone walls. Continue to explore Angkor Thom and see within important monuments such as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings. See the ruins of Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. Lastly, see Ta Prohm, left in its natural state shrouded in dense jungle with gigantic roots, branches and leaves intertwined

with walls, roof and terraces

creating an astonishing merger of nature and manmade architecture.

Monks entering an Angkor Temple

DAY 1 Siem Reap Prepare for a thrilling experience as you navigate along the roads of Siem Reap at the back of a tuk tuk also known as ‘Remork’. Get a sense of a buzzing city and feel the breeze of the open air in this unique transportation for a truly authentic Cambodian experience. Visit the Angkor National Museum where you will see preserved remnants of important sculptures from various Angkor temples.

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Houses afloat on Tonle Sap

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of obtrusive signs and renovations. Able explorers can clamber through rubble-filled corridors

with

crumbling stone blocks acting as stairs to chambers, libraries and courtyards. See nature reclaiming their

Cycle through luscious paddy fields to reach the

dominance with fully-grown trees and gigantic roots

Rolous Group of temples with stops at the Bakong

wending through moss covered walls, offering an

temple and Prasat Preah Ko. We will continue to the

ultimate Indiana Jones experience.

dock to take a wooden boat ride over Tonle Sap Lake to visit Kompong Pluk Village. Cruise down narrow waterways, see houses built on stilts and get greeted with the most welcoming of smiles from the locals as you witness the day to day life of this unique floating village. Visit a local Wat before returning to Siem Reap by road. The evening is free for your own leisure.

DAY 4 Siem Reap Delve deeper into ancient history and really ‘scramble’ around the ruins of Beng Mealea Temple, covering large acres of jungle terrain, untouched and largely devoid

Proceed to Banteay Srei and admire its well preserved red sandstone architecture with intricate frieze carvings . On the way back to Siem Reap, visit Banteay Samre and the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

DAY 5 Departure Free for leisure or relaxation until departure flight to next destination.


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From the Angkor Temples in Siem Reap to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh — see all of the most popular sights in Cambodia in just five days. of citadel, see the iconic Temple of Bayon with its standing towers and gigantic stone faces followed by visits to the Terrace of Elephants, Leper King Terrace, and the towers of Prasat Suor Prat. See other temples within, such as the Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North and South Khleang End the day at Ta Prohm temple, left in its natural state shrouded in dense jungle with gigantic roots, branches and leaves intertwined with walls, roof and terraces creating an astonishing merger of nature and Statues in Angkor

DAY 1 Siem Reap Greetings on arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome to Siem Reap! The rest of the day is free for leisure or relaxation.

man-made architecture.

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Enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Circus Show. It’s Cambodia’s answer to Cirque du Soleil and considered unmissable!

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DAY 2 Siem Reap Discover the Roluos Group of Monuments of the ancient Hariharalaya, the first significant capital of the Khmer Empire. See all three major monuments of Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei Temple. We will continue with a visit to Angkor Thom “The Great City” and one of the jewels of Cambodia. Explore the last great capital of the Khmer Empire, a monumental city with formidable walls enclosing

Downtown Siem Reap

some of the city’s most important monuments built under the empire of King Jayavarman VII. See stone structures of carved faces depicting Gods and Demons lined up along the causeway of the entrance of the Southern Gate. Within the centre

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DAY 3 Kampong Thom - Siem Reap Departure Today enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei and admire its well preserved red sandstone architecture with intricate frieze carvings. We then head back to Siem Reap continuing to see other fascinating temples with stops at Banteay Samre, Eastern Mebon, Pre-Rup, Prasat Kravan and Takeo. In the afternoon, explore the highlight of your trip – The famous Angkor Wat. Considered one of the world’s ancient wonders, the epicentre of the Khmer

Relief work on Banteay Srei

Civilization and the heart and soul of Cambodia. Step into another realm as you enter the temple set in a dense jungle with its imposing moats, intricately carved outer walls, avenues lined with ‘naga’ balustrades, temples made of laterites and rising towers with symbolic lotus-bud carvings. Watch the spectacular sunset over angkor as we end our day.

DAY 4 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh Transfer to airport for a fight to Phnom Penh. Get greeted by your tour guide and begin sightseeing through Cambodia’s bustling capital. Enjoy a full day city tour visiting main attractions such as the National Museum, Silver Pagoda, a tour at the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom Pagoda. Later in the day, learn about Cambodia’s recent tragic past with a visit to Choeung Ek Mass Graves and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. A former high school turned security prison and largest centre of detention and torture, now converted as a museum, dedicated to the victims of the crimes of the Khmer Group.

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Get a chance for some last minute souvenir shopping at the Art Deco-era Central Market and/or Russian Market.

DAY 5 Phnom Penh Departure Transfer to airport for departure.

Phnom Penh Market

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Deep into Eastern Cambodia

KRATIE

PHNOM PENH

Enjoy Rural Cambodia in its natural beauty and immerse yourself with nature, wildlife and rich heritage of the locals. of Hang Khou Ban. In here visit some Ethnic Lao villagers famous for making the delicious

Krolan

‘sticky rice in bamboo’. Watch them as they cook popular travel snacks packaged in a bamboo stick, a must taste for everyone! Kayak back to town on time to watch a spectacular sunset.

Angkorian style statues

DAY 1 Siem Reap - Kampong Thom Start our journey overland departing from Siem Reap. Drive along scenic country roads towards Kampong Thom to visit Sambor Prei Kuk a complex of preAngkorian monuments

consisting of more than

a hundred temples built from solid bricks, laterite and sandstones huddled cosily in a forest. Arrive in Kampong Thom for the night.

Ratanakiri Countryside

DAY 3 Stung Treng - Ratanakiri Early morning departure to Banlung, the capital province of Ratanakiri. On our way, stop to admire the

DAY 2 Kampong Thom - Stung Treng Continue our journey on road to Stung Treng, a province still an ‘insider’s tip’ for visitors. Arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a half day tour Cycling and Kayaking along the Sekong River. Start with a visit to the “Noodle Village” followed by a visit to the Mekong Blue Project a weaving centre run by Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre. Cross the Sekong river by a Kayak to visit the village

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Okatchagn and Okatieng Waterfalls. We continue our drive through scenic roads until we reach Banlung in the afternoon. Continue with a visit to the Airavata Khmer Elephant Foundation Camp for an educational elephant experience that is ethical in all aspects (3.5 hours). Meet the rescued elephants with their Mahouts and get the chance to walk beside them in their natural forest habitat. Return back to Banlung to end an adventurous day.

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DAY 4 Ratanakiri - Mondulkiri Visit charming villages on the outskirts of Banlung. Reach the village of Kopork by a wooden boat and see an impressive cemetery. Opportunities to stop at nearby villages to get a glance of the village daily life. After we depart from Banlung to our next destination, Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri’s capital province).

Busra Waterfall

DAY 6 Mondulkiri - Kratie In the morning continue our trip to Kratie, a small riverside town with a rich legacy of French-colonial architecture, most popular for spotting the Irrawaddy Dolphins. Travel directly to the small village of Kampi for some dolphin spotting as we board a local boat to cruise the swirling Mekong River. Enjoy a scenic countryside view of lush villages surrounded by A Khmer woman dressed up

palms and banana trees on the way to the hilltop of

DAY 5 Mondulkiri (Elephant Camp)

Phnom Sambok Temple. Return back to Kratie.

Today get a chance to interact with gentle giants, in an

DAY 7 Kratie - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

elephant sanctuary camp. Enjoy a day ‘walking with the herd’ in their natural jungle environment through

Depart from Kratie overland to Siem Reap or Phnom

the stunning Mondulkiri countryside. With the help

Penh where this tour ends.

of the Bunong villagers, this camp is a sanctuary which rescues and treats domestic elephants which suffered from abuse. We then continue with a visit to Bousra Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Mondulkiri. On the way, visit a coffee and pepper plantation before we end our day. (Note: This is a strictly no-riding camp.)

Skyline of Phnom Penh

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Step off the beaten track and discover rural Cambodia with elephants (non-riding), waterfalls, coffee plantations, weaving centres and more. to Mondulkiri. Arrive in Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri’s capital province) village for the night.

DAY 3 Elephant Interactions For an original elephant experience that is ethical in all aspects, enjoy a day walking with elephants in their natural jungle environment through the Mondulkiri countryside. With the help of the Bunong villagers, this camp is a sanctuary which rescues and Irrawaddy Dolphin in the river

DAY 1 Siem Reap or Phnom Penh - Kratie

treats domestic elephants which suffered from abuse. After, return back to Sen Monorom to end the day. (Note: This is a strictly no-riding camp.)

Depart from either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh for transfer to Kratie, a small riverside town with a rich legacy of French-colonial architecture, most popular for spotting the Irrawaddy Dolphins. Travel directly to the small village of Kampi for some dolphin spotting as we board a local boat to cruise the swirling Mekong River. Enjoy a scenic countryside view of lush villages surrounded by palms and banana trees on the way to the hilltop of Phnom Sambok Temple.

DAY 2 Kratie - Mondulkiri Hop on a boat to visit the island opposite Kratie and enjoy a slice of peaceful rural Cambodian life in Koh Trong. Explore picture-perfect villages belonging to the Khmer Ethnic Group on a leisurely (9 km) loop around the island by a Horse Cart ride. Take a boat ride back to Kratie where we will continue our journey

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A happy elephant

DAY 4 Mondulkiri - Ratanakiri Visit Bousra Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Mondulkiri. On the way, visit a coffee and pepper plantation. Continue our journey by land to Banlung

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province of Ratanakiri and arrive in the afternoon.

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Don’t forget your swimwear and take a refreshing dip at the Bousra Waterfall.

DAY 5 Ratanakiri & Elephant Interactions Get a chance to visit local villages in stunning rural countryside first by hopping on a small wooden boat along the Tonle San River to Kopirk village. See an

back to town in time to watch a spectacular sunset.

DAY 7 Stung Treng - Preah Vihear Continue our journey off the main road into a more scenic route of winding roads along villages and rice fields towards Cambodia-Lao border. Visit Preah Nimith Waterfall one of Cambodia’s largest waterfall. Continue on the main Road to Preah Vihear.

impressive ethnic cemetery and visit other villages nearby to get a glance of local life. Continue back to Banlung. In the afternoon, head south to visit the Airvata Khmer Elephant Foundation (3.5 hours) and on the way see Katieng & Kachang Waterfalls. Learn about the elephants and their mahouts before you get the chance to walk beside them in their natural forest habitat. Return back to Banlung to end an adventurous day.

Entrance to Stung Treng

DAY 8 Preah Vihear - Siem Reap (Departure) Drive towards the Cambodian-Thai border to Preah Vihear. Ride a 4-wheel truck to the Preah Vihear Temple, perched dramatically atop of the Dangrek Mountains. The friendly giant elephants

DAY 6 Ratanakiri - Stung Treng Continue on on road to the small province in Cambodia’s most northern border with Laos, Stung

Continue driving to our last destination, Beng Mealea temple. See nature reclaiming the area with fullygrown trees and gigantic roots wending through moss covered walls. Transfer to Siem Reap.

Treng. A province still an ‘insider’s tip’ for visitors. Enjoy a half day Cycling along quiet dirt roads as you visit the “Noodle Village”, The Mekong Blue Project, a weaving centre and cafe. Aftwards get to Kayak along Sekong River and visit an island ashore of Hang Khou Ban. Visit some Ethnic Lao villagers famous for producing sticky rice. Kayak

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Across Cambodia: Thailand-Laos

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Get to see the real side of Cambodian rural life and adventure through scenic landscapes, charming villages and historic monuments. DAY 3 Battambang - Siem Reap Travel North towards the province of Banteay Meanchey, where we will visit the remote temple of Banteay Chhmar. It is known for its unspoilt jungle setting and beautifully rendered bas-reliefs depicting the war between the Khmer and Champa Kingdoms. Discover inside gigantic stone carvings and ruins including the Lokesvara statue and the Hall of Dancers. We explore the outer complex until the outer gate of Ta Prohm. Our final stop before we continue to Siem Reap is a Mount Banan in Battambang

DAY 1 Prum Border - Battambang

village where Soirés du Mekong Silk Centre is located, a silk-weaving school created to help locals improve their livelihoods.

Greetings on arrival and meet your tour guide. Transfer to Battambang where the rest of the day is free to explore this quiet and picturesque riverside town.

DAY 2 Battambang by Tuk-Tuk Drive through the countryside and visit local villages to learn how local Khmer delicacies are cooked such as fish paste (Prahoc) and sticky rice in bamboo (Grolan). Visit Wat Ek Temple and (if time permits) Wat Somrong Knong, a memorial place for the Khmer Rouge victims. Later, see Phnom Banan another Angkorian struture on top of a small mountain with panoramic views of

Silk weaving in Siem Reap

the province. Finally, stop at Phnom Sampeaou where the infamous ‘Killing Caves’ are located. Stay until sunset to witness bats fly out of the caves.

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Ascend the Kulen Mountain on today’s trekking trip,

Continue our journey to the jungle temple of Beng

located on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Hike through

Mealea. See nature reclaiming their dominance with

rural villages, caves and rivers and walk amongst the

fully-grown trees and gigantic roots wending through

forest’s wildlife.

moss covered walls. Transfer to Preah Vihear. In the

Descend the mountain for today’s finalé, The Temple of Banteay Srei “The Fortress of the Women.” Admire its well preserved red sandstone architecture with intricate frieze carvings. Return to Siem Reap.

afternoon, visit Preah Vihear Temple, which is along a cliff top with breathtaking views of lowland Cambodia. It is designed to represent Mt. Meru and dedicated to Hindu deity of Shiva.

DAY 8 Preah Vihear - Siem Reap Continue our trip on road to Stung Treng in the afternoon. Enjoy a half day tour Cycling and Kayaking along the Sekong River. Visit the “Noodle Village” and the Mekong Blue Project - a weaving centre run by Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre. Cross the Sekong river by a Kayak to see the village of Hang Khou Ban. In here visit some Ethnic Lao villagers Banteay Srei frieze carvings

DAY 5-6 Siem Reap Enjoy a two day tour of Siem Reap and discover

famous for making the delicious Krolan ‘Sticky rice in bamboo’. Watch them as they cook popular travel snacks packaged in a bamboo stick. Kayak back to town on time to watch a spectacular sunset.

Cambodia’s priced jewels and rich culture. With visits to the “Great City” of Angkor Thom from the entrance of the Southern Gate. Within, see the iconic Temple of Bayon, Terrace of Elephants, Leper King Terrace, and the towers of Prasat Suor Prat. See other temples within, such as the Baphuon, Phimeanakas and North and South Khleang. Be mesmerised with a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat. The following day, attend a cooking class hosted in the home of a Khmer family in a picturesque local village. A trip to Siem is not complete without a visit to the

Preah Khan Kampong Svay

Great Tonle Sap Lake. Take a boat trip to visit the

DAY 9 Stung Treng - Dong Kralor - Vuen Kham Border

village of Kampong Khleang, with houes on stilts in this ‘water-world’ community.

Enjoy locally prepared breakfast before heading to Cambodia-Laos Border for departure or transfer.

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Aside from the ancient temples and ruins, experience the other side of Cambodia that only a handful of people get to see! Continue riding to Angkor Thom, “The Great City.” Explore the last great capital of the Khmer Empire, a monumental city with formidable walls enclosing some of the city’s most important monuments such as

the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace

of the Leper Kings. Visit the ruins of Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, set in the centre of the citadel with standing towers and gigantic stone faces. End the day at Ta Prohm temple, left in its natural Pailin, Cambodia

DAY 1 Siem Reap Greetings on arrival and transfer to hotel. After check-

state shrouded in a dense jungle with gigantic roots, branches and leaves intertwined with walls, roof and terraces creating an astonishing merger of nature and man-made architecture.

in, discover the Roluos Group of Monuments of the ancient Hariharalaya, one of the earliest significant capital of the Khmer Empire. See all three major monuments of Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei Temple before we end today’s tour.

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Enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Circus Show. It’s Cambodia’s answer to Cirque du Soleil and considered unmissable!

DAY 2 Angkor Wat by bicycle Escape the well-worn tourist trails and instead cycle the small track and minor roads to see a unique side of the Angkor Temples. Explore first the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat. Cross a vast moat, onto broad causeways lined up with naga balustrades as you enter the grounds. Ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards with intricately sculpted stone walls as you enter the main buildings.

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DAY 3 Siem Reap - Kbal Spean - Banteay Srei - Landmine Museum

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

By Jeep we journey north to Kbal Spean also knowns as the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas.’ Enjoy a trek deep in the jungle and climb steadily on the way seeing intricately carved riverbed sculptures, thousands of lingas (sculptures of Hindu Gods and creatures) and a scenic waterfall. After, we will proceed to Banteay Srei “The Fortress of the Women”. Admire its well preserved red sandstone architecture with intricate frieze carvings before we head to Cambodia’s Landmine Museum.

Take a exhilarating 20min helicopter ride over Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap lake!

DAY 5 Siem Reap - Banteay Chhmar

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Travel North towards the province of Banteay Meanchey. Here we will visit the remote temple of Banteay Chhmar. Renowned for its unspoilt jungle setting and beautifully rendered bas-reliefs depicting the war between the Khmer and Champa Kingdoms. Discover inside gigantic stone carvings and ruins including the Lokesvara statue and the Hall of Dancers. Explore the outer complex until we reach the Join an “After Dark” Vespa tour of Siem Reap — perfect for food lovers looking to discover a taste of Khmer cuisine.

outer gate of Ta Prohm. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional and laid back ox cart ride and enjoy the breeze and scenery of the

DAY 4 Siem Reap - Tonle Sap

countryside. Visit a village where Soirés du Mekong

Embark on a boat trip to one of the largest and less visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Khleang. Enjoy a unique experience seeing the floating

Silk Centre is located, a silk-weaving school created to help locals improve their livelihoods. End the day with a welcoming homestay at a local family home.

village and houses built on stilts existing in this great lake. Hop on-board a traditional wooden boat and gain an insight into the daily life of the locals.

DAY 6 Banteay Chhmar - Battambang Enjoy breakfast prepared by your homestay family. Walk around the quiet streets to visit Banteay Chhmar’s local market before we continue to Battambang. On our way we will stop by the Banteay Torp Temple and get a chance to explore village activities. Arrive in Battambang where the rest of the afternoon is free for you own leisure.

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DAY 7 Battambang Village Tour

DAY 9 Phnom Penh

Embrace your sense of adventure with an authentic

Discover the vibrant city of Phnom Penh, situated

and sustainable bicycle tour in the Cambodian

at the confluence of the Mekong, the Bassac and the

countryside. Learn how the locals make traditional

great Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy a full day city tour visiting

products such as rice paper, dried banana, bamboo

main attractions such as the National Museum, the

sticky rice, fish paste and rice wine. Taste and

iconic Royal Palace and within seeing the Throne

experience the pleasures of these products fresh off

Hall, Temple of Emerald Buddha, Stupas, a royal

the fire. Spend some relaxing time in a traditional

dining hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and lastly, the

Khmer house enjoying seasonal fruits and coconut

impressive Silver Pagoda.

water. Finish your morning tour by visiting a memorial site for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon enjoy a mild hike and see atop the Temple of Phnom Banan. On our way back visit a Cambodian Vineyard, the country’s

Understand Cambodia’s recent tragic past with a visit to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that was turned into a large detention centre.

one and only

producers of wine. Finally, stop at Phnom Sampeaou where the infamous ‘Killing Caves’ are located. Stay until sunset to witness bats fly out of the caves.

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

DAY 10 Phnom Penh Visit the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek in the morning. Gain an insight into the history of a country once torn apart by war, political instability and mass genocide. Angkor-era temples

DAY 8 Battambang - Phnom Penh We continue our tour south to the capital city, Phnom Penh. Enjoy rural countryside scenery as we get off the main road to visit Kompong Luong Floating Village. Explore the largest floating community on the Tonle Sap Lake by boat still remaining untouched by mass tourism. Afterwards, continue our drive to visit Oudong, an old Khmer Empire Capital. Arrive an Phnom Penh.

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Today, Choeung Ek is a respectful tribute to those who suffered so greatly at the hands of the Khmer Rouge Board a boat in the afternoon to the island, Koh Dach, where silk weaving is practiced. Walk through vegetable farms and fruit orchards before returning back to the city.

DAY 11 Departure Free at leisure until departure flight or continue to your next destination.

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Pearls of Cambodia

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Discover Cambodia’s proud jewels as well as a unique floating community and retreat in Nature and Culture. at the back of a tuk-tuk. Fist visit Angkor Thom, a monumental city with formidable walls enclosing some of the city’s most important monuments. See stone structures of carved faces depicting Gods and Demons lined up along the causeway of the entrance of the Southern Gate. Within the centre of citadel, see the iconic Temple of Bayon with its standing towers and gigantic stone faces followed by visits to the Terrace of Elephants, Leper King Terrace, and the towers of Prasat Suor Prat. See other temples within, Traditional Khmer performance

DAY 1 Siem Reap Greetings on arrival and transfer to hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own leisure.

such as the Baphuon, Phimeanakas and North and South Khleang. Continue to the Ta Prohm temple, left in its natural state shrouded in a dense jungle with gigantic roots, branches and leaves intertwined with walls, roof and terraces. End with a visit to Angkor Wat, the epicentre of the Khmer Civilization and the heart and soul of

DAY 2 Siem Reap - Rolous - Banteay Srei Start our temple adventure with the Roluos Group of

Cambodia. Watch the spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat to end the day.

Monuments. See all three major structures of Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei Temple. Afterwards see the Temple of Banteay Srei “The Fortress of the Women” with its well-preserved red sandstone architecture and intricate frieze carvings. Continue to Banteay Samre Temple, followed by several other temples such as the Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan.

DAY 3 Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Start the day navigating along the roads of Siem Reap

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DAY 5 Siem Reap - Kampong Khleang Head to the countryside to cycle along red dirt roads through rural villages and to a local fish market. After a short break, hop on a boat trip to one of the largest villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Khleang. Enjoy a unique experience seeing the floating village and houses built on stilts. Gain an insight into the daily life of the locals, share a traditional Khmer lunch, and visit a pagoda where you can observe monks go about their daily routines. Angkor temples in Siem Reap

DAY 4 Siem Reap - Beng Mealea

DAY 6 Siem Reap - Battambang

Travel by jeep in the jungle temple of Beng Mealea.

Continue our trip to northwards to Battambang.

See nature reclaiming their dominance with fullygrown trees and gigantic roots wending through moss covered walls. We continue with a visit to Koh Ker, a remote temple most famous for its 7-tiered pyramid consisting of ancient sanctuaries buried underneath green forest.

On the way we will visit Banteay Chhmar Temple surrounded by unspoilt jungle, remote and perhaps the least understood of all Angkor temples. The site is renowned for its beautifully rendered bas-reliefs.

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DAY 7 Battambang Drive out into the countryside to a remote village to learn how to make traditional products such as rice paper, dried banana, bamboo sticky rice, fish paste and rice wine. Spend some relaxing time in a traditional Khmer house enjoying seasonal fruits and coconut water. Finish your morning tour by visiting a memorial site for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon enjoy a mild hike and see atop the Temple of Phnom Banan. On our way back visit a Cambodian Vineyard, the country’s

Bustling streets of Phnom Penh

one and only

producers of wine. Finally, stop at Phnom Sampeaou where the infamous ‘Killing Caves’ are located. Stay until sunset to witness bats fly out of the caves.

DAY 8 Battambang - Phnom Penh

DAY 11-13 Phnom Penh - Koh Kong Continue on road to Koh Kong. As we arrive, we proceed immediately to Ta Tai where we will stay at at a luxurious eco-friendly resort located amidst lush jungle settings, waterfalls and crystal clear rivers. Adventure outdoors and enjoy nature with a trip to

Continue our trip to Phnom Penh via the provinces

Ta Tai Waterfall, a large rocky cascade located amidst

of Pursat and Kampong Chhnang. Along the way

lush jungle settings. Reach the waterfall either by a

stopping by local villages known for producing pottery

slow boat or by road. Relax and enjoy in this 3 day

and silversmith products all around Cambodia. Arrive

nature retreat with plenty of leisure activities on-site

in Phnom Penh in the afternoon where ther rest of the

and outside of the resort.

evening is free at your leisure.

DAY 9-10 Phnom Penh Discover the vibrant city of Phnom Penh. Enjoy a full day city tour visiting main attractions such as Wat Phnom, the National Museum, the iconic Royal Palace that houses the Throne Hall, Temple of Emerald Buddha, Stupas, a royal dining hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and lastly, the impressive Silver Pagoda. Cruise the Mekong River on a one hour boat ride. The following day, understand Cambodia’s recent tragic past with a visit to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. Today both are peaceful places and respectful tributes to those who suffered so greatly at the hands of the

Ta Tai River in Koh Kong

DAY 14 Koh Kong - Phnom Penh Departure Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for departure flight.

Khmer Rouge. For a unique experience, explore the city with a cyclo tour to Phsar Thmey (Central Market) and The Art Decor building.

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SIHANOUKVILLE

Extend your trip from Phnom Penh to the pearly white beaches of Sihanoukville, with plenty of activities and sights to discover. DAY 1-3 Sihanoukville

BOKOR NATIONAL PARK

Arrival in Sihanoukville and transfer to your accomodation. Sihanoukville is known for its pristine white sand beaches surrounded with remote islands all in a laid back atmosphere, enjoy an unforgettable beach retreat in this paradise. You are free to enjoy your days for your own leisure. There are plenty of activities and half-day tours to enjoy in this area such as: •

Sihanoukville City Tour

Ream National Park

Bokor National Park

Kirirom National Park

Koh Rong island trip by catamaran

Buggy tours

Scuba diving

Bokor National Park is known for its cool climate and stunning view over the Gulf of Thailand and Phu Quoc Island. At the Bokor plateau you will see remains of the French colonial era, a Catholic Church, a former French Casino Hotel and more.

KOH RONG ISLAND

SIHANOUKVILLE CITY TOUR

Take a trip to the pristine island Koh Rong Samloem by cataraman and swim in the coral bay. There may be possibility for snorkeling (incl. your mask and snorkel)!

An ideal introduction to Sihanoukville! See the Buddhist Pagoda, the Orthodox and Catholic Church, and the exotic Snake House. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the the elite Classic Complex and more!

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Cambodia boasts a rich culture with its many ancient temples and impressive natural scenery of clean beaches, mighty rivers and remote fores...

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Cambodia boasts a rich culture with its many ancient temples and impressive natural scenery of clean beaches, mighty rivers and remote fores...

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