Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia. We will be waiting for you at the airport, to bring you to your hotel, where you can relax a little. Your trip may have been a bit tiring, so just enjoy a cocktail or a coffee by the pool, freshen up, take a nap or eat something. At 6 pm you will be briefed on the tour at the hotel, and you will receive all necessary information. Next, a delicious dinner down town at Father’s Restaurant.
Day 2: On this first full day in Cambodia, you will make a tour to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat by jeep. An English speaking guide will take you through the enormous park along the majestic structures and stop at several of them for a visit. 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 walk between the remains of one of the most important of the no less than 110 temples. Before we continue we will quench our thirst with a soda or how about a fresh coconut?
A short drive takes us to Angkor Thom, which consists of, among others, the 12th century Bayon temple. The 54 four-headed Buddha statues are one of the most impressive sights of the temple complex. Later today, we will visit the Ta Phrom temple. This is one of the few temples that have been kept in its original state. This temple is famous because part of the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie was shot here. The temple is partly overgrown with trees with gigantic roots, that have ‘nestled’ themselves on and in the stone blocks. At midday, your guide will prepare a pick nick lunch to help you charge the batteries at banks of the artificial lake Baray, before continuing your visit.
Day 3: Today we will leave Siem Reap and head for the city of Battambang. The first part of this trip is through the Cambodian outback, over dirt tracks and between small villages. Next, a large part on normal roads, before returning to dirt tracks shortly before we arrive in Battambang. Small trails will lead us to the city alongside the river. You will be happily surprised to find your hotel in a unique setting; amidst rice fields and palm trees.
Day 4: Today, before leaving Battambang, we will take you for a ride on the famous bamboo train. This train is a 2.5m x 4m raft-like device made from bamboo that local villagers use to transport their goods. This is a very unique and fun ride that you must experience while you´re in Battambang! Today is the first of a four-day trip through the Cardamom Mountains. There are only a few roads that penetrate into this beautiful mountain range that runs for 300 km from the north-west to the south-east and 200 km from east to west.
The rain is exceptionally frequent, producing luxurious vegetation. The relief, the dense rainforest, renders access into the Cardamom Mountains very difficult and as a consequence the mountain range is still home to endangered species like tigers, elephants, bears, crocodiles, monkeys and big cats. The first stage takes us to Pursat. After leaving the road, dirt tracks will take us to this town where we will experience a homestay with local Cambodian families in Veal Veng.
Day 5: Early in the morning we will leave Veal Veng. We will drive amidst the mountains, enjoying beautiful views. On the way, we will pass the construction site of five huge dams. This is a desolate area, with extensive forest and dirt tracks that allow for a pleasant day of driving. Be careful though, if we´re lucky, we might encounter wild animals! At the end of the afternoon, we arrive in Koh Kong, a small authentic Cambodian village with a very friendly local population. After checking in at the hotel, you can enjoy a drink on the river bank, thinking back on the beautiful day we´ve had.
Day 6: We cannot leave Koh Kong without making a boat trip through the amazing mangrove forest. We will do this in the morning, before heading toward Chi Path. A trip of about 120 kilometers of which the last 20 will be dirt tracks again. We drive to the river where we will take a ferry that will take us to the small village of Chi Path. Another night of homestay, in a town where many trekking, mountain bike and kayak rides are organized.
Day 7: We are now at a stage where the trails are impassable, even for our jeeps. So, in the morning we will take mountain bikes to go to the waterfalls. A fairy-tale scenery in the middle of the forest. If you like, you can take a swim here. Upon our return in the village, we will take the jeeps again and set out for the seaside resort place of Sihanoukville. After checking in at the hotel you can enjoy an afternoon on the white sand beaches. In the evening, restaurants will put tables on the beach just a few metres away from the ocean shore. Here you can enjoy dinner and taste fresh seafood.
Day 8: An unforgettable day in Cambodia on the beautiful Islands. Koh Rong Samloem Island is a pearl, surrounded by turquoise blue water. We will anchor in Samleom Bay, with a white squeaky beach and the first protected lagoon in Cambodia. You may also walk into a tropical rain forest and mangrove river. Snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, etc. is also possible. Onboard you´ll Have a delicious lunch. Evening is free time for you to relax or explore the town and discover its charm. You won´t have any trouble finding a nice restaurant.
Day 9: After a relaxing day in Shihanoukville, an exciting drive awaits us today, alongside the Damrei Mountains that will bring us to Kampot, an old French colonial town at the feet of the Bokor Mountain. In the afternoon we will make a canoe ride on the river. The riverfront is fairly quiet and quite picturesque and in the evening you can enjoy the sunset with a cold drink.
Day 10: Our journey continues today with a drive along pepper plantations and rice fields. You will see the true Cambodian country side life style. On the way, we will visit the original seaside resort Kep, where “Asia meets France by the seaside”, before setting out for Phnom Penh through the highway.
Day 11: Time to discover the secrets and the history of Phnom Penh today, but not by jeep. We will take you around town, first by cyclo, and later by tuktuk. Sit back and enjoy the ride through this vibrant and charming city. Lunch will be at the Hagar restaurant, which is run by an NGO that helps disadvantaged women and children in Cambodia. You will visit the genocide museum 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, you can enjoy pure Khmer architecture. We continue our day tour by leaving the city for a less pleasant, but necessary visit to the horrible place called Choeung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields, where thousands of people were tortured and buried in mass graves. In the evening, free time for you to discover and explore the capital of Cambodia on your own.
Day 12: Today´s stage will take us from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. On the way we will stop at a local market where you can try regional delicacies, like fried spider! In Kampong Cham we will cross onto Koh Pen Island, an enchanting place where time has stood still for ages. Depending on the water height, which varies from season to season, we will either take the ferry or use the bamboo bridge. On this island we will sleep in bamboo huts in hammocks. A true experience, which requires an adventurous spirit! The overnight stay is quite basic, under a reed roof, on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious barbeque under the stars.
Day 13: Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom. In the morning we will discover the island driving. Dirt tracks join small settlements, so this is a good way to get to know the local community and their way of life. Next, we leave the island and visit Hancey where you can see a beautiful pagoda built on a hill with a spectacular view of the Mekong River. Watch the monks and monkeys living in this temple complex. Extensive fields and rubber plantations form the scenery of today´s stage that brings us to the pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk, about 30 kilometers to the north of the town of Kampong Thom. A local family will host us for a special dinner and we will also sleep in their house.
Day 14: The last jeep day of this trip. The largest part of today´s stage will be normal roads that bring us back to Siem Reap. We will stop at Kampong Kdei, one of the finest and best preserved bridges built by the Khmer kings. This bridge dates back to the 10th century. On the way, we will see more bridges from this period. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you can relax at the hotel after checking in. In the evening, we will have a wonderful farewell dinner to conclude this unforgettable jeep safari trip all together where memories and stories of the past week will be shared once more.
Day 15: All good things come to an end… Time to say goodbye to Cambodia, so enjoy the taxi ride to the airport, having a last good look at the wonderful country you have enjoyed for the past 15 days. We hope you have enjoyed your stay and that you will come back to our country very soon! Please note that it is also possible to book this tour individually. In that case, a professional driver and English speaking guide will accompany you. You may also extend your stay in Siem Reap, or in other parts of the country. In case you prefer a car that is a little more “sophisticated”, we also have Mitshubishi Pajero´s and other all terrain cars available. And, if you prefer a luxury car with air conditioning, or prefer higher rated hotels, we can also arrange this.
Note: Do not hesitate to contact us to inquire us about the possibilities.
Group of minimum of 5 jeeps. 2 persons in one jeep.
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