Cambodia Cultural Discovery
Duration: 13 nights escorted tour
Price from: £3299pp
Phnom Penh 2 nights
Kratie 1 night
Mondulkiri 2 nights
Kompong 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. Afternoon at leisure before enjoying a traditional Khmer massage and relaxing treatment at La Rose Boutique Spa.
Day 3 Phnom Penh: Visit some of the capital's 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: Drive to 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 (particularly 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. Check-in to your hotel before visiting the 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: Visit the Elephant Valley Project, spending the morning with the elephants and in the afternoon get your hands dirty helping out with a variety of tasks, including gardening, farming or small building projects.
Day 7 Mondulkiri/Kompong Thom: Drive to Kompong Cham on the banks of the Mekong River. See French colonial houses, nearby Chup rubber plantations and visit the unique Angkorian Temple of Wat Nokor. Later, stop at the hilltop temples of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill) before visiting 11th century Wat Kohear Nokor to meet local monks and villagers. Continue to Kompong Thom.
Day 8 Kompong Thom/Siem Reap: Drive to 7th century Sambor Prei Kuk temple observing everyday rural life as you travel. 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. 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 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 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 hidden and perched on the Dgrêk hilltop above the jungle plain, enjoy breathtaking views and the outstanding Khmer architecture.
Day 13 Preah Vihear/Kompong Thom: Early departure for 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 Bayon-style of Prasat Preah Stung and the central temple. Continue to Kompong Thom.
Day 14 Kompong Thom/Phnom Penh: Morning departure back to Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit Champey Academy of Arts for a variety of activities, including classical dance and music.
Day 15 Phnom Penh: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
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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.
Elephant Valley Project open Tue-Fri only.
5* hotels are also available at a supplement.