- Phnom Penh city tour
- Phnom Da & Phnom Chissor
- Bokor Hillstation
- Pepper farms & Crab market
Start your tour in Cambodia´s Capital Phnom Penh. Dive into the hustling life of Cambodia´s biggest city. Visit all the major sights starting with the National Museum followed by the Royal Palace with its Emerald Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Get also a deep view into Cambodia´s dark side during the Khmer Rouge regime by visiting the S-21 prison and the Killing fields. Continue your journey towards south. Pass the beautiful place of Tonle Bati. Take a boat and visit Phnom Da and Phnom Chissor temple before arriving in Kep. This quiet coastal town, is built like an old French quarter. Visit the surroundings as well as the town of Kampot with its world famous pepper before your tour ends in Phnom Penh.
DAY 1: PHNOM PENH
Arrive in Phnom Penh and meet with your guide and driver. Be transferred to your hotel for check and enjoy some free time before a first introduction to Cambodia and visit Wat Phnom located on a man-made hill of 27m high. It is believed that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, found four Buddha statues in a Koki tree floating in the river. She built a small pagoda in 1373 to house the statues after which in 1437 King Ponhea Yat ordered the construction of Wat Phnom, what eventually lead to the city’s namesake: Phnom Penh.
DAY 2: PHNOM PENH (B,L)
Today we venture into Cambodia’s recent troubled past and learn more about the Khmer Rouge period. When on 17 April 1975 Phnom Penh fell, the Khmer Rouge evacuated the city with force leaving and left the capital as a ghost city. Pol Pot turned the former High School of Chao Ponhea Yat into the S-21 (Tuol Sleng) prison camp where “enemies of the regime” were tortured and later killed. All of its prisoners were registered and photographed and nowadays these pictures deck the narrow halls of the Genocide Museum of Tuol Sleng. It is believed that over 17.000 people were imprisoned at Tuol Sleng, all of them but seven known survivors, eventually found their death. Prisoners who did survive the torture of Tuol Sleng were brought to Choeung Ek, which is known as “The Killing Fields”. This seemingly peaceful area located 17km from Phnom Penh was for everyone entering the site the end of the line. Nowadays it is home to a memorial stupa. In the afternoon you visit The Royal Palace, which was built by the French in 1866. The main buildings on the compound are the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda. The Pagoda’s floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver tiles, which together weigh nearly 6 tons. The pagoda houses a magnificent 17th century Emerald Buddha statue and a 90kg gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. Finally visit the National Museum of Phnom Penh which was designed by French historian George Groslier also following traditional Khmer architecture. The museum itself is a landmark and masterpiece in the capital. It houses some of the most valuable Khmer Art and is home to a permanent display of Post-Angkorian Buddha statues. Original statues from Angkor have a permanent home at the National Museum, while they have been replaced by replicas at Angkor itself.
DAY 3: KEP (B,L)
In the morning transfer to Kep. Kep used to be the main beach retreat for the French and Khmer elite between the 1920’s and 60’s. The town quickly fell in despair after the Khmer Rouge took over power in the mid 1970’s and it was only until very recently that Kep started to attract investors and tourists again, making it a quiet and very peaceful retreat for people seeking a haven away from the crowds. On the way to Kep visit a small but beautiful Angkorian style temple named Tonle Bati. The temple grounds are well taken care of and colourful flowers around the temple give the place a real attractive sight. Continue the transfer to Kep where in the early afternoon you check into your hotel. Enjoy after lunch a boat trip to Rabbit Island, which is home to white sand beaches. Relax on the island and enjoy sunbathing, swimming or ask your boat driver to help you out with snorkelling gear (against a small surcharge). Leave the island just before sunset and enjoy on the boat a real beach-like sunset over the Gulf of Thailand. Once back on the mainland, transfer to the hotel for a free evening in this quiet little town.
DAY 4: KEP/KAMPOT TOUR (B,L)
In the morning depart for Kampot. This laidback provincial capital is a perfect place to absorb the real local life style and take in the beauty of the country. Kampot is famous for its colonial style buildings, the relaxing atmosphere and the beautiful riverside that provides a stunning view of the Elephant Mountains. Visit Kampot town and step into a small local boat to explore the palm fringed canals along the foot of the Elephant Mountains. Pass by local homes and take in the real rural scene. Return to shore for a local lunch at one of the riverside restaurants and continue afterwards to Bokor Hill. This plateau is located on top of the Elephant Mountain Range and provides a stunning view over the Gulf of Thailand. The French colonial rulers build their own retreat on the plateau with villa’s, a church and a casino. The Casino these days has been renovated and is back in business where the church, retreat villa’s and other structures remain untouched, standing mysteriously on the plateau overlooking the forest and sea below. During the day, you also visit a pepper farm. Since the area is famous for its crabs, lunch will be served at the crab market.
DAY 5: DAY AT LEISURE (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure in Kep.
DAY 6: TRANSFER BACK TO PHNOM PENH (B)
Transfer back without guide to Phnom Penh for your flight out.