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Overview

  • Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
  • Day 2: Siem Reap – Full-Day Exploration
  • Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex – Full-Day Exploration
  • Day 4: Siem Reap – Flight to Sihanouk Ville
  • Day 5: Sihanouk Ville – Boat Trip
  • Day 6: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh – Sightseeing Tours
  • Day 07: Phnom Penh – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Siem Reap – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Siem Reap airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your 2 week adventure in Vietnam and Cambodia, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Cambodian cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 3 cm x 4 cm photo and $30 for the stamping fee.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Siem Reap – Full-Day Exploration

Morning
This morning you will get up early to witness the sunrise over ancient Angkor, and then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will embark on the tour. Today with the help of your private guide, driver and private vehicle you will get to explore the town’s major attractions.

Visits:
– Banteay Srei: A favorite site of most visitors. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings.
– Banteay Samre: With its rose-colored sandstone walls, decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.
Visits:
– The fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.
– Prasat Kravan – With its unique brick sculptures.
– Srah Srang – The “Royal Baths” once used for ritual bathing.
– Banteay Kdei – Meaning a “Citadel of Chambers” also known as the “Citadel of Monks”, built between the 12th & 13th Centuries.
– Thommanon & Chau Say Tevoda Temples. Built during the reign of Suryavarman II (from 1113-1150), a UNESCO world heritage site.

If time permits you will also visit:
– East Mebon with a 10th Century Temple built during the reign of King Rajendravarnan.
–  Neak Poan is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple, and said to be a symbol of the Universe.
– Preah Khan built in 1191 according to the tradition on a spot where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.

Your day tour ends at the hotel at around 17:30. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your pleasure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Angkor Complex – Full-Day Exploration

Morning 
After breakfast, you will start on your tour on bicycles, or you choose to travel by private car. You will cycle for 45 minutes to the world heritage areas, on the roads less travelled. You will ride through parts of the jungle and pass local villages and shops. This morning, you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples.
You will start from the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by most tourists.
The sites in this complex include:
– The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
– The South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 serene stone faces jutting out from the upper terrace.
– Baphuon temple, built in the mid 11th Century, lying just to the north of Bayon, and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
– The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, built at the end of the 10th Century, and styled as a three tier pyramid.
– The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

After returning to the hotel you will have time to rest before this afternoon’s tour. Lunch will be on your own.

Afternoon
Mid-afternoon you will continue on to the most famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat became a World Heritage Site in 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
You will end up our day with an Elephant ride up Bakheng Hill to visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset.

After returning to the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore at your pleasure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Flight to Sihanouk Ville

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on to Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Sihanouk Ville.

Upon arrival you will be picked up by a private driver and driven to our hotel for check in. The lovely beaches of Sihanouk Ville are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia. There are some 10 km of beach stretching the whole length of the town and dozens of small islands just a short boat ride away, which make for a perfect tropical getaway, with facilities for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.

This free day will provide an opportunity for you to relax, sunbathe, or enjoy the various water sports on these beautiful beaches. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville 
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Sihanouk Ville – Boat Trip

Morning
After breakfast and checkout, you will head out by boat for an exciting trip to the best of the many islands lying offshore from Sihanouk Ville. You will be taken to Koh Russei, also called Bamboo Island (transfer time 1 hour).
Upon arrival you will take a short hike through the forest across the island. Then you will have time at leisure on the fine beach in the North of the island, which is still pristine and lined with Casuarinas trees.

Activities here include sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing! The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville 
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh – Sightseeing Tours

Morning
After breakfast and check out, you will depart Sihanouk Ville for Phnom Penh.  Phnom Penh- the city still retains traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom of sorts, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up around the city.
On arrival you will take a guided tour, visiting the cities major attractions.

Visits:
– The Royal Palace compound built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, one of the most impressive and colorful Khmer-style Palaces.
– The Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha Temple), displaying many Buddha Statues decorated with diamonds, emeralds, gold and silver.
– The Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodia took their country back from the French.
– The National Museum, the distinctive red building with beautiful Khmer architecture and built in 1917. It contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, and wood.
– The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng means “Hill of the Poisonous Trees”. Tuol Sleng was only one of at least 150 execution centers in the country where as many as 20,000 prisoners were executed.

After that, you will return to your hotel in Phnom Penh, where the rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner will be on your own

Overnight in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh – Departure

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight home.

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Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Cambodia
  • Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

How to Plan a successful Trip to Cambodia, Step-by-Step

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a land that continues to surprise and delight its visitors. Home of the Angkor temples (the magnificent legacy of the Khmer empire that ruled over much of Southeast Asia 1,000 years ago) there is much to discover in this country.

By day, learn about the history of the capital city Phnom Penh; by night, dine on traditional Cambodian feasts and experience Cambodian nightlife. Visit the islands that dot the Cambodian coast and the quaint little provincial towns that make up the beautiful countryside. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, travel the Mekong River by boat and relax on pristine beaches.

Learn about the tragic history of the Killing Fields, the Tuol Sleng Museum and other reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime. You will be amazed by the optimistic attitude of Cambodians, who have found the courage to continue smiling despite three dark decades of civil war. See for yourself what it means to live up to the saying “What doesn’t break us makes us stronger”.

Most popular sites of Cambodia

• Siem Reap – a cluster of villages with a French colonial center; the gateway to the Temples of Angkor
• Phnom Penh – the capital city of Cambodia, situated at the confluence of three rivers and offers an interesting mix of colonial buildings, temples, markets and broad avenues
• Tonle Sap Lake – one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, home to floating villages, forests, and natural splendor
• Sihanoukville – a jewel of white sands, blue sea and fresh seafood, situated in the south of Cambodia
• Kampot, Kep and Bokor National Park – less known but worth a visit on longer itineraries or when crossing into Vietnam at Ha Tien

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and March. During this time the country experiences the least amount of rainfall without becoming too hot.

In general, the entire country is subject to the same weather patterns, with two main seasons: hot and dry, and hot and wet. If you are unaccustomed to the tropics, you will find Cambodia to be very hot and sweaty.

The dry season runs from November to April on the back of the northeast monsoon. November to January is cooler, while February to April is hot and dusty. November is the coolest month and April the hottest.

The wet season runs from May to October, courtesy of the southwest monsoon. The wet season provides 75% of Cambodia’s annual rainfall. July to September are the wettest months.

For most visitors to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a visa is obtainable upon arrival at either airport in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Crossing over from Thailand by land, visas are available at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong province). Visitors entering Cambodia from Vietnam by land through Bavet / Moc Bai, or Ka-Om Samnor / Chau Doc, will need to have already obtained their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. Tourists can also obtain their visas through the online E-Visa. Regardless of the method of entry, a Cambodian tourist visa is valid for one month.

Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport. You should also have a 5 cm x 5 cm on a white or off-white background photo ready, as well as USD$30 for the stamping fee.

FYI, a departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights.

 Visa exemptions

The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for a certain amount of time:

Asia

  • Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
  • Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
  • Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei (maximum stay of up to 14 days)

Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for an e-visa and will have to apply at their nearest Cambodian embassy / consulate:

Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia

South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Africa – Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook