Experience Cambodia with Seven Senses
10 Days / 9 Nights
Experience off-the-beaten-track Cambodia on this unique tour of the country. After an exciting exploration in and around Angkor, head to the remote Beng Mealea, a prototype of Angkor Wat fully overgrown by vegetation. Explore Koh Ker, once the capital of the Khmer Empire, then head to Preah Vihear, by far Cambodia’s most dramatically located temple on the Thai border. Continue to O'Svay on the Lao border and spend overnight in a homestay at a small village. See the Mekong Dolphins. Explore remote villages and pagodas by motorbike, finally explore the hidden backstreets of Phnom Penh and experience the real life of the locals.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Cambodia with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive Siem Reap, the Gateway to Angkor (-/-/-)
Meet with a local monk and receive a traditional monk blessing and learn more about Buddhism.
Continue afterwards with a short tuktuk ride to the local home of Sombai where you can taste the Infused
Rice Wine and learn how this is being created.
Day 2. Angkor Highlights by Jeep/Tuk-tuk or Bike (B/L/-)
Ride a 1960’s Military Jeep to Ta Prohm, left pretty much untouched by archaeologists. Hike to the back entrance of Banteay Kdei, visit some more temples, then pass through a typical Khmer village with its wooden houses on stilts and observe the daily activities of its people. An early lunch is served nearby at a local home. Continue by jeep to Angkor Wat, and visit some of the most important and lesser known temples.
Day 3. Kampong Phluk - Banteay Srei - Kbal Spean (B/L/-)
Depart to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of stilted houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife. Enjoy an intriguing boat trip through the village and its mangroves then continue to a local monastery, where a special lunch arrangement awaits. Visit one of the jewels in the Angkor area, Banteay Srei. End the day in to Kbal Spean. Explore the stunning carvings in the sandstone river bed and river banks. A small waterfall and the serene environment invites for a refreshing shower.
Day 4. Siem Reap - Beng Mealea - Koh Ker - Preah Vihear (B/L/-)
Visit Beng Mealea, overgrown with vegetation, allowing a real “wilderness experience”. Continue to Koh Ker, left to the jungle for nearly a millennium and mostly un-restored, this great archaeological site has been rarely visited until very recently. The ancient Khmer city is in a distant jungle location with up to a hundred ruined temples. Koh Ker is a paradise for those who want to witness how forceful the elements of nature can reclaim manmade structures.
Day 5. Preah Vihear Temple - Community Adventure in O'Svay (B/L/-)
Visit the majestically located Preah Vihear. Transfer to O’Svay, located on the border with Lao, to board a local boat. The trip takes about 1 hour and passes unimaginable beauty. Different kinds of birds, some being endangered, beautiful river flora and fauna and untouched nature can be observed on the way. Observe the Mekong Dolphins that swim in this deep pool. Hike to a waterfall then check in with the local community for a wonderful homestay.
Day 6. O'Svay - The Mekong Dolphins in Kampi - Kratie - Koh Trong (B/-/-)
Leave O’Svay in the morning and drive to Kampi. The Mekong is home to a number of deep pools in which fresh water dolphins live. Kampi is home to the largest amount of dolphins, which are critically endangered. Board a local boat and float around the waters of the Mekong. Continue afterwards to Kratie where you will board a local ferry to Koh Trong. This 9km long island is situated in the Mekong and is a true gem.
Day 7. A Countryside Adventure on Motorbike (B/L/-)
Choose to drive a motorbike yourself or hop on the back of one for an unforgettable rural experience. Drive to a beautifully restored pagoda. Take a ferry to cross the Mekong River. Villages beautifully located on the banks of the river are connected with shady dirt roads and paths. Pagodas are the community institutions and small schools with hundreds of kids welcome you warmly to their community. Visit The 100 Pillar Pagoda, one of the largest in Cambodia.
Day 8. Transfer to Phnom Penh (B/-/-)
Leave Koh Trong in the morning and cross the Mekong by ferry to Kratie. On our way to Phnom Penh, we will visit several places. Our first stop will be at Wat Nokor temple, followed by the hills. One is called the men’s hill and the other one the women’s hill. Let your guide explain you the funny story behind it.
Day 9. Phnom Penh Walking Tour (B/L/-)
Explore the real Phnom Penh on foot, hop onto a tuktuk and head for the Central Market. See Wat Phnom, which is considered to be the birthplace of the city of Phnom Penh. Opt to climb on top of an old abandoned hotel (at your own risk) for a great view of the “Colonial Square”. Explore the little alleys that make up the old Chinese and Vietnamese Quarters. The alleys are so narrow at times that it feels like we walk through people’s living rooms. Small markets, chicken farms and all kinds of activities take place here. It is a real treat to explore!
End the day with a sunset cocktail and a view of the city unrivaled by any other sky bar.
Day 10. Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to your next destination.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
Projects you support while traveling this program:
A local family: As part of our commitment to help the local community, we always pay a small contribution when we visit a local home, have a lunch at a family’s home or when the family allows us to make use of any service or equipment they are able to offer us.
The Pagoda: A Pagoda is a community institution. If you had lunch on the grounds of a pagoda, or visited a pagoda and met with a local monk, we donate to that pagoda. The Pagoda usually uses the money for development of its grounds, which benefits the entire community they are located in as everyone is allowed to make use of the pagoda, its facilities and its guidance.
Kok Dong Community School: Even if you haven’t visited the Kok Dong Community School, we still support the school with materials, computers, and donations and any other materials and advice needed for the school to continue to develop the young minds of Cambodia.
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS FROM £1,450 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
9 nights medium range hotel accommodation in twin/double rooms:
Air conditioned private vehicle with driver for the full duration of the tour as described in the itinerary
All tours mentioned in the itinerary with private English speaking guide
Meals: breakfast in the hotels, lunches according to the program
All entrance fees and permissions to the sites visited
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Cambodia
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for Cambodia
Tips to the guide and driver
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
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