Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia. We will be waiting for you at the airport with a welcome gift and take you to your hotel, called Terres des Elephants, where you will be offered a welcome drink and will be given information about Cambodia and the fantastic trip you are about to embark on. Because we’re very aware of the fact that travelling can be exhausting, we will give you the opportunity to take it easy today. Perhaps you would like to freshen up in your room or relax on one of the deck chairs by the swimming pool with a view of Siem Reap. Add a cup of coffee or a refreshing cocktail and your holiday can begin. At the end of the afternoon, your tour leader will take you to a pagoda where you can learn more about Buddhism en where you will be blessed by a monk; a very unique situation.
Day 2: In the morning, we will drive in an American A2 Jeep to the mysterious 12th century temple in the middle of the jungle in Beng Melea. This temple is nearly completely overgrown with plants, such as trees, lianas and moss. After visiting this temple, we proceed to the largest floating village of Cambodia, called Kampong Kleang. During the dry season, you can walk between the poles on which the village rests, up to 10 meters in the air. In the rainy season, the lake has reached its crest and the water rises up to one or two meters below the buildings.
You will enjoy a boat tour through the village and you will have the opportunity to meet the local people. Afterward, it is a short drive back to your hotel. At half past 6 you will be picked up and we will take you to Smile of Angkor. Prior to this show, you can enjoy a buffet dinner with a wide selection of Asian dishes. The show is of top quality. A combination of sound, light, lasers and dance make this interpretation of the birth of Angkor into a breathtaking show.
Day 3: After breakfast, you will be picked up to visit one of the largest and most beautiful temple complexes of the world, Angkor Wat, together with a guide. The world heritage temple originates from the 12th century and is an experience of mystique and beautiful sculptures. First, we will visit Angkor Wat itself and we will walk between one of the most important temple of the no less than 110 temples. Before we continue we will quench our thirst with a soda or perhaps a fresh coconut? A short drive takes us to Angkor Thom, which consists of, among others, the 12th century Bayon.
The 54 four-headed Buddha statues are one of the most impressive sights of the temple complex. Later that day, we will visit the Ta Phrom temple. This is one of the few temples that has been kept in its original state. It has become famous because of the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. The temple is partly overgrown with trees with gigantic roots, that have ‘nestled’ themselves on and in the stone blocks. After all the impressions and physical exertion, you can probably use a relaxing massage. You will be pampered by means of an aromatic Khmer massage for 90 minutes so will feel as good as new afterward.
Day 4: We will pick you up in the morning for one of the absolute highlights of your adventurous trip. First, you’ll visit Bantey Srei temple, one of the most beautiful temples. The sculptures are extremely detailed and have been well preserved; there is plenty to see. Next, we will drive with the jeep to the Phnom Koulen National Park and you can enjoy breathtaking landscapes along the way. From wooden huts on poles to green rice fields with long wavy palm trees on the horizon. The adventurous feeling of the jeep gives you another view of the authentic Cambodian countryside.
Phnom Koulen is one of the most beautiful and historically important locations in the area. The mountain is considered to be very holy and is a place of pilgrimage with an important religious meaning for Hindus and Buddhists. Many consider the lying Buddha to be the highlight of the day. Numerous Hindu-lingas can be seen on the bottom of the river. Additionally, two of the most spectacular waterfalls of Cambodia are located here. At the foot of the waterfall, a large ‘swimming pool’ has been realized where we can take a refreshing swim.
Day 5: Today, you will see Angkor Wat from an entirely different perspective. You will fly over one of the 7 wonders of the world in a helicopter. A spectacular experience that you will never forget. The rest of the day, we will give you the opportunity to discover Siem Reap yourself.
Day 6: Today, we’ll leave Siem Reap and travel to Battambang in a private car. Along the way, you will get an impression of the immense rice fields of Cambodia. At night, we will stay in a hotel with a great swimming pool and a rustic palm garden, located between the rice fields. We offer you a romantic dinner. And a bottle of wine on the house!
Day 7: After breakfast, we first visit a 12th century Wat Banan mountain temple. Here, we can enjoy the beautiful Lotus pond at the foot of the mountain. The lotus flowers are most beautiful in the morning. Today, the trip with the famous bamboo train is part of the itinerary. This train is probably the smallest train in the world and is a unique local invention. The train consists of a bamboo platform on the 2 pairs of train wheels and it is driven by a small petrol engine. Since there is only 1 train track, the train has to be taken off the track regularly to allow passers-by to pass. Or perhaps the opposing trains will have to make way. To finish the day, you will be offered a massage in your room or by the pool.
Day 8: You will have the opportunity to spend this day as you like. Whether you would like to make an interesting cycling trip with an English speaking guide or simply stroll through the old French colonial city, it’s up to you. Perhaps you’ll opt for a day by the pool with a good book and choose to pamper yourself with a wonderful massage?
Day 9: After breakfast, we will leave Battambang and travel to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. The taxi ride takes approximately 4 to 5 hours and we will stop regularly along the way to take pictures. In the late afternoon, we’ll visit the Tonlé Sap river and the Mekong river and enjoy the magical sunset on a private boat. You will spend the night in the bustling Naga World Casino. It is all in the name; it is the only casino in Phnom Penh and can definitely compete with the casinos in Macau. To conclude the night in style, we will give $ 100,- worth of chips to place a bet at one of the many roulette tables or play one-armed bandits. Perhaps you can win back the amount of the trip and stay in Cambodia for a few more weeks? In any case, we wish you good luck this night.
Day 10: In the morning, a tuk-tuk will take us to the genocide museum called, S21 Tuol Sleng. This place used to be a high school and was used as the most notorious prison S21 of the Red Khmer-regime that lasted from 1975 until 1979. After this, it is a short drive to the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings, that functions as the Royal Residence of the king of Cambodia. Here, we can enjoy pure Khmer architecture. We continue our day tour by leaving the city and visiting the horrible place called Choeung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields, where thousands of people were tortured and buried in mass graves. On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the projects of Kimlay. He has started several schools for underprivileged children and helps families to build a better life. This will show you a different side of Cambodia.
Day 11: A cycling tour of half a day. It’s a truly unique experience to be away from the tuk-tuks, the motorbikes, the massages, the pizza and the bars. Escape the busy city life and enjoy a cycling trip on Mekong Island that lies just north of Phnom Penh. Return to the city with a new view of Phnom Penh and of Cambodia. After this great cycling tour, your muscles need some relaxation. And what better place to relax than in Bodia Spa. You will be pampered by professionals for no less than 2 hours.
Day 12: In the morning, a taxi will pick you up from the hotel to take you to Sihanoukville, approximately 4 hours south of Phnom Penh. In the evening, you can see the sunset and dine on the beach.
Day 13: To be spent as you wish. Today, you will be able to spend your time buying souvenirs for your loved-ones or reading a good book by the pool or on the beach. But it is also possible to go snorkeling or diving. Boat trips to desert islands or a visit to Ream national park are also an option.
Day 14: To be spent as you wish.
Day 15: Today, a transfer per taxi from Sihanoukville to the international airport of Phnom Penh. We hope that you will often think back to this great experience in Cambodia and perhaps we’ll see you again so we can show you the other regions of Cambodia as well. Because once you’ve been to Cambodia you will definitely want to come back a second time.
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