Cultural Tour Of Cambodian City

  • Cambodia - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 2450

10 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 365
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Discover the temples of Angkor and explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.
  • Walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes and discover Angkorian culture.
  • Visit the stilted houses to learn how a subsistence fishing family lives, before continuing by boat along the lakeshore of Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Visit the Killing Fields Memorial at Choueng Ek that were mass gravesites from the genocide.
  • Soak up the modern architectural heritage of the bustling capital of Phnom Penh.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival into Siem Reap

    You will be met on arrival with private transfer to your hotel.

    The Angkor Guidebook is conceived to accompany our guests on their visit to the Angkor temples; this attractive field guide brings the ancient temples to life with concise, accurate and accessible text and vivid, visual recreations of the temples in their heyday. Your personal copy awaits you on arrival.

    In the afternoon, you will have your first taste of the Angkor temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.

    Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G&T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Meals Not Included

    Day 02 : Angkor Thom

    Travel by road to Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm, then stroll through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet with your driver (walk 1–2 km).  From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei.  There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself.

    Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.  End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

    Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch. We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

    Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom.  You have the choice of either walking on the path along the 8-meter high laterite city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.

    En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng.

    Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city.  Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.  Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas-reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Tonle Sap

    The great Tonle Sap Lake is the richest fresh water fishing ground in the world, a national treasure producing an ever-changing landscape. The communities that live around the margins of the lake cope with huge seasonal variations in water levels by building their homes on floating bamboo rafts or 30-foot stilts. It is well worth the effort to get away from the touristy village of Chong Kneas to the more genuine stilted villages – Kompong Khleang or Kompong Phluk for an understanding of contemporary lake life.

    Take the opportunity to pause at the stilted houses to learn how a subsistence fishing family lives, before continuing by boat along the lakeshore. While you explore life on the water we will have prepared a picnic lunch for you to enjoy on-board while absorbing the atmosphere of this unique location.

    Continuing from the lake you will drive on to explore the more remote temple of Beng

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 04 : Angkor Wat

    A sunrise tour starts pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of Angkor Wat temple, the best place for photography. Explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat [A.D. 1113], one of travel’s remaining great adventures before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast.

    Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape that is little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. To depart Siem Reap having seen only the temple ruins is to miss contemporary Khmer culture and a living history of rice and fishing subsistence lifestyles.  As infrastructure and technology encroach upon the countryside this opportunity will soon be lost forever.

    Join us on a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow. Today we will lead you between rice paddies, through woodland and back gardens on foot, by ox-cart and boat to experience the very best of the countryside. Few get to see this side of the real Cambodia.  

    After a short drive from Siem Reap, stop at a colorful contemporary pagoda to learn more about the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. We will buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have specialized in baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.

     Take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by a 20-minute easy walk to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system that you will voyage by boat. This will be both educational and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel.

    We reach our villa, Chandara, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. The tempo of the Cambodian countryside is truly meditation in motion.

    While our chef prepares your dinner you can wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before being seated for your evening meal.

    We recommend wearing comfortable, practical footwear suitable for walking and clothing appropriate for entering a pagoda, covering your shoulders and knees to show respect.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 05 : Phnom Penh

    Arrival in Phnom Penh.

    We meet you on arrival with private transfer to your hotel.

    Visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

    This former high school was converted by the Khmer Rouge into an interrogation center and prison in 1975 during the genocide. More than 17,000 people were tortured there before being murdered at the killing fields outside of the city. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease.

    Visit the Killing Fields Memorial at Choueng Ek.

    The killing fields are mass gravesites from the genocide (1975 -1979) and are found all over Cambodia. After the genocide ended, Cambodia had a civil war that lasted almost 20 years. Today, the country is finally at peace and in the process of recovery.

    Accommodation: Raffles Le Royal

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 06 : Phnom Penh

    Weaving through Phnom Penh’s colorful city streets bustling with activity and the whizzing of motors, today a local architecture student will reveal some of our favorite hidden gems of this multifaceted capital by traditional transportation method, the cyclo.

     Pedal power affords a gentler pace to soak up the modern architectural heritage of this bustling capital. Architectural highlights showcase the city’s fusion of past and present and its juxtaposition of old and new. Most of these buildings reflect three basic groups, the Chinese shop-house style, the late 19th and early 20th century French colonial buildings – with an eclectic mix of influences and the “New Khmer Architecture” of the late 1950’s – 1960’s, built in the post-independent Golden era.

     As brand new apartment blocks spring up from the charming chaos, discover there’s more than what first meets the eye to Cambodia’s capital.

    Explore the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles.  We then head to the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of Khmer art. If you have time, you can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in the Street 240 area or visit the small hill within the city, Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name.

    Accommodation: Raffles Le Royal

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 07 : Phnom Penh to Kep

    You will be met at your hotel for a private road transfer to the quaint seaside town of Kep, the centre of the Cambodian Crab fishing industry and former French colonial retreal.

    Explore the quiet riverside towns of Kep and neighbouring Kampot with your guide, offering a blend of colonial French and local architecture, just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand.

    These two villages make a great base for visiting the surrounding pepper plantations, for which Kampot is best known.  Additionally, a visit to the salt fields is also of interest.

    Accommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 08 : Koh Ton Say

    Koh Ton Say tropical island - Rabbit Island- is a great day trip from the mainland reached by a short private 20-minute ride in one of the bright green long tail boats that line the shore in Kep.  Feel the sand between your toes as you explore and walk around the inviting undeveloped island. Relax on its un-crowded beaches, snorkel in the shallow waters or just laze the day away in a hammock along the beach front as your chef whips up a sumptuous BBQ feast of fresh seafood served on the beach.

    Acccommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 09 : Kep

    Enjoy the day at leisure to relax at your hotel pool. Or, take a self-guided walk up Kep Hill with views over the Gulf of Thailand. We recommend you round off your day with the chink of cocktail glasses at the pier of Knai Bang Chatt Sailing club as the sunset casts its reflection on the calm sea of this charming former French colonial retreat. 

    Acoommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 10 : Departure from Kep

    You will be met at your hotel for a private transfer to the airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    10 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Oct to Mar $ 3,853 $ 385 per day
    Low Season Apr to Sep $ 3,454 $ 345 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with dedicated driver or remorques (tuk-tuks) as noted
  • Private boat tours (as applicable)
  • Domestic flight Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • (one-way)
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass: US$40 (3 Day) per person
  • (Children under12 years old free entry)
  • Meal includes as shown - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • Accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
  • Expert local guide in language specified
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
Cost Excludes
  • Visa and Immigration Fees
  • International air tickets to/from Cambodia
  • Insurance of all kinds
  • Meals aside from those specifically included
  • Additional touring required beside above sights
  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses 
Day 01 : Arrival into Siem Reap

You will be met on arrival with private transfer to your hotel.

The Angkor Guidebook is conceived to accompany our guests on their visit to the Angkor temples; this attractive field guide brings the ancient temples to life with concise, accurate and accessible text and vivid, visual recreations of the temples in their heyday. Your personal copy awaits you on arrival.

In the afternoon, you will have your first taste of the Angkor temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.

Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G&T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals not included

Day 02 : Angkor Thom

Travel by road to Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm, then stroll through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet with your driver (walk 1–2 km).  From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei.  There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself.

Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.  End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch. We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom.  You have the choice of either walking on the path along the 8-meter high laterite city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.

En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng.

Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city.  Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.  Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas-reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03 : Tonle Sap

The great Tonle Sap Lake is the richest fresh water fishing ground in the world, a national treasure producing an ever-changing landscape. The communities that live around the margins of the lake cope with huge seasonal variations in water levels by building their homes on floating bamboo rafts or 30-foot stilts. It is well worth the effort to get away from the touristy village of Chong Kneas to the more genuine stilted villages – Kompong Khleang or Kompong Phluk for an understanding of contemporary lake life.

Take the opportunity to pause at the stilted houses to learn how a subsistence fishing family lives, before continuing by boat along the lakeshore. While you explore life on the water we will have prepared a picnic lunch for you to enjoy on-board while absorbing the atmosphere of this unique location.

Continuing from the lake you will drive on to explore the more remote temple of Beng Mealea, often described as the blueprint for Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of Suryavarman II, this 12th century temple, overgrown with roots and vines, is in a much-collapsed state retaining a very atmospheric feel. Venture into darkened doorways skirting crumbling pillars and walk down the long promenades lined by naga balustrades. Take advantage of the walkways to traverse the ruins and scramble over tumbled stones in the less-explored courtyards.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04 : Angkor Wat

A sunrise tour starts pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of Angkor Wat temple, the best place for photography. Explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat [A.D. 1113], one of travel’s remaining great adventures before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast.

Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape that is little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. To depart Siem Reap having seen only the temple ruins is to miss contemporary Khmer culture and a living history of rice and fishing subsistence lifestyles.  As infrastructure and technology encroach upon the countryside this opportunity will soon be lost forever.

Join us on a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow. Today we will lead you between rice paddies, through woodland and back gardens on foot, by ox-cart and boat to experience the very best of the countryside. Few get to see this side of the real Cambodia.  

After a short drive from Siem Reap, stop at a colorful contemporary pagoda to learn more about the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. We will buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have specialized in baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.

 Take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by a 20-minute easy walk to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system that you will voyage by boat. This will be both educational and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel.

We reach our villa, Chandara, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. The tempo of the Cambodian countryside is truly meditation in motion.

While our chef prepares your dinner you can wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before being seated for your evening meal.

We recommend wearing comfortable, practical footwear suitable for walking and clothing appropriate for entering a pagoda, covering your shoulders and knees to show respect.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 05 : Phnom Penh

Arrival in Phnom Penh.

We meet you on arrival with private transfer to your hotel.

Visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

This former high school was converted by the Khmer Rouge into an interrogation center and prison in 1975 during the genocide. More than 17,000 people were tortured there before being murdered at the killing fields outside of the city. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease.

Visit the Killing Fields Memorial at Choueng Ek.

The killing fields are mass gravesites from the genocide (1975 -1979) and are found all over Cambodia. After the genocide ended, Cambodia had a civil war that lasted almost 20 years. Today, the country is finally at peace and in the process of recovery.

Accommodation: Raffles Le Royal

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 06 : Phnom Penh

Weaving through Phnom Penh’s colorful city streets bustling with activity and the whizzing of motors, today a local architecture student will reveal some of our favorite hidden gems of this multifaceted capital by traditional transportation method, the cyclo.

 Pedal power affords a gentler pace to soak up the modern architectural heritage of this bustling capital. Architectural highlights showcase the city’s fusion of past and present and its juxtaposition of old and new. Most of these buildings reflect three basic groups, the Chinese shop-house style, the late 19th and early 20th century French colonial buildings – with an eclectic mix of influences and the “New Khmer Architecture” of the late 1950’s – 1960’s, built in the post-independent Golden era.

 As brand new apartment blocks spring up from the charming chaos, discover there’s more than what first meets the eye to Cambodia’s capital.

Explore the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles.  We then head to the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of Khmer art. If you have time, you can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in the Street 240 area or visit the small hill within the city, Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name.

Accommodation: Raffles Le Royal

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 07 : Phnom Penh to Kep

You will be met at your hotel for a private road transfer to the quaint seaside town of Kep, the centre of the Cambodian Crab fishing industry and former French colonial retreal.

Explore the quiet riverside towns of Kep and neighbouring Kampot with your guide, offering a blend of colonial French and local architecture, just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand.

These two villages make a great base for visiting the surrounding pepper plantations, for which Kampot is best known.  Additionally, a visit to the salt fields is also of interest.

Accommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 08 : Koh Ton Say

Koh Ton Say tropical island - Rabbit Island- is a great day trip from the mainland reached by a short private 20-minute ride in one of the bright green long tail boats that line the shore in Kep.  Feel the sand between your toes as you explore and walk around the inviting undeveloped island. Relax on its un-crowded beaches, snorkel in the shallow waters or just laze the day away in a hammock along the beach front as your chef whips up a sumptuous BBQ feast of fresh seafood served on the beach.

Acccommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09 : Kep

Enjoy the day at leisure to relax at your hotel pool. Or, take a self-guided walk up Kep Hill with views over the Gulf of Thailand. We recommend you round off your day with the chink of cocktail glasses at the pier of Knai Bang Chatt Sailing club as the sunset casts its reflection on the calm sea of this charming former French colonial retreat. 

Acoommodation: Knai Bang Chatt

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 : Departure from Kep

You will be met at your hotel for a private transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Oct to Mar $ 3,853 $ 385 per day
Low Season Apr to Sep$ 3,454 $ 345 per day
Cost Includes
  • Transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with dedicated driver or remorques (tuk-tuks) as noted
  • Private boat tours (as applicable)
  • Domestic flight Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • (one-way)
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass: US$40 (3 Day) per person
  • (Children under12 years old free entry)
  • Meal includes as shown - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • Accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
  • Expert local guide in language specified
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
Cost Excludes
  • Visa and Immigration Fees
  • International air tickets to/from Cambodia
  • Insurance of all kinds
  • Meals aside from those specifically included
  • Additional touring required beside above sights
  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses 
Climate

Dry Season (November-April): From the beginning of November until mid April, you can be sure of clear skies and almost no rain. The countryside dries out under the cloudless skies and the level of the Tonle Sap lake drops to its minimum.

Green Season (May-October): May and June bring moisture-laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region's countryside.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

Carry your own personal medication.

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