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Cambodia Cultural Discovery

Phnom Penh 2 nights
Kratie 1 night
Mondulkiri 2 nights
Kg. Thom 1 night
Siem Reap 3 nights
Preah Vihear 2 nights
Kompong Thom 1 night
Phnom Penh 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Phnom Penh.

Day 2 Phnom Penh: On arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon is at lesiure before enjoying a traditional Khmer massage and relaxing spa treatment at La Rose Boutique Spa.

Day 3 Phnom Penh: This morning visit some of the capitalís most impressive sights including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom. This afternoon visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields (may cause distress)..

Day 4 Phnom Penh/Kratie: Depart by road this morning and stop to see Chhlong, a small town dotted with elegant French buildings. Continue to Kratie, which retains its colonial-era charm and is known as the best location to spot the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins (the best time to see dolphins is during the dry season from January-August).

Day 5 Kratie/Mondulkiri: Drive eastward to the elevated capital of Mondulkiri Province, Sen Monorom where unique flora and fauna are abundant. After checking-in to your hotel depart for the nearby impressive Bou Sraa waterfall, which boasts an unusual double drop into the jungle below. En route back to Mondulkiri visit the weaving village of Busra.

Day 6 Mondulkiri: Today you will visit the Elephant Valley Project, spending the morning with the elephants and in the afternoon you will help out with a variety of tasks, including gardening, farming or small building projects.

Day 7 Mondulkiri/Kg. Thom: Drive to Kompong Cham, one of Cambodiaís largest towns, located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. See French colonial houses, nearby Chup rubber plantations and visit the unique Angkorian Temple of Wat Nokor. Later, pay a visit to the hilltop temples of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill) before stopping to visit the 11th century Wat Kohear Nokor to meet local monks and villagers. Continue to Kg. Thom.

Day 8 Thom/Siem Reap: This morning drive to the 7th century Sambor Prei Kuk temple and along the way observe everyday life of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the pre-Angkor period. The complex at Ishanapura is composed of four groups of temples that are among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. Continue to Siem Reap.

Day 9 Siem Reap: Enter Angkor Thom and explore the ancient city before proceeding to the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. This afternoon visit the Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang and the impressive Ta Prohm Temple mystically enveloped by the jungle. Visit the Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada and Thommanon Temples before returning to the hotel.

Day 10 Siem Reap: Drive to the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva and the Banteay Samre Temple. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat and explore its extraordinary architecture before enjoying the spectacular sunset over the monuments.

Day 11 Siem Reap/Preah Vihear: Depart early for Tbeng Meanchey, the provincial capital of Preah Vihear. Enjoy the Khmer countryside before you reach the remote Beng Mealea Temple, which has been partially reclaimed by the jungle. Proceed to Koh Ker Temple where the statues and reliefs convey a sense of power and grandeur which is rarely found in Khmer art. Proceed to Preah Vihear province.

Day 12 Preah Vihear: Travel deep into the Cambodian heartland to Preah Vihear, a 9th century temple dedicated to Shiva. Magically concealed and perched on the D‚ngrÍk hilltop above the jungle plain, it offers breathtaking views and is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture.

Day 13 Preah Vihear/Kompong Thom: Travel very early this morning to the small town of Stung to visit the jungle temple of Preah Khan of Kampong Svay. Explore the most important temples at this massive monastic complex, including the four faces Bayonstyle of Prasat Preah Stung and the central temple. Drive onwards to Kompong Thom.

Day 14 Kompong Thom/Phnom Penh:: Morning departure back to Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit Champey Academy of Arts and enjoy a variety of activities, including classical dance, music, drawing and painting.

Day 15 Phnom Penh: Tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

Accommodation: La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa, Phnom Penh; Rajabori Villas Resort, Kratie; Mayura Hill Hotel & Resort, Mondulkiri; Glorious Hotel & Spa, Kompong Thom; Tara Angkor, Siem Reap; Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel, Preah Vihear.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 3, 6,11, 12 & 13; dinner is also included on day 2.

Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, private transfers between your hotels, accommodation as outlined, sightseeing as outlined, private services of an English speaking guide and entrance fees.

5* hotels are also available at a supplement.

13 nights privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car £2999pp