- Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap
Later, you go upstream along the Mekong River to observe the freshwater dolphins in Kratie and a real ''off the beaten track'' tour through the Ratanakiri region in the northeastern part of Cambodia (3 days).
Go to the embarkation point on the Tonle Se San river and discover the most remote ethnic minority of Cambodia. You will go deep into the unusual Koh Peak village well-known for its traditional funeral totems.
Depart towards the Taveng village by four-wheel drive car. We will cross respectively the Norng Lek village, the Rumplan, the lava field and finally the Torng Kampoul village. Returning to the city, you will explore the gemstone mines in a surprising lunar landscape.
You will continue your visit at the forgotten temples of Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and discover the Preah Vihear temple which is situated atop a 525 meters cliff in the beautiful Dangrek mountains. 3 days in Siem Reap, you will discover the most important city of Cambodia where Khmer king had reigned over 500 years. In the ruin of archeological park, you will also explore numerous sites and the must-see temples: Angkor Wat, Angkor-Thom and Banteay Srei.
On the 12th day, you leave Siem Reap for former French colonial city of Battambang and take a private boat into Tonle Sap (the biggest natural lake in southeast Asia). You can only reach Battambang through Sangker river, a small body of water that flows through the province by following the upstream to the peaceful and pleasant town. On both the river bank, you will go deep into the Khmer rural life which is not changed since Angkor period. This city is also considered as the best French colonial architecture site in the country. It was once controlled by Siamese Army before handing over French in 1902. Its situation is the perfect base for visiting the Wat Phnom Banon, Ek Phnom temples and the nearby villages, the Angkorian period museum and possibly, the famous Bamboo Train.
On last day, you spend the entire morning on Silk Island before your return via flight. You will be transferred to the airport.
On your arrival, our guide greets you with your name on a signboard. We bring you to your hotel and brief you on important information, especially about the trip progress. Check in at the hotel. Free time at your hotel.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
After a relaxing night, wake up early at 8:00 a.m., you will get ready for an enjoyable trip in Phnom Penh city. You will visit the Royal Palace, the royal residence moved from the former capital Oudong in 1863. Then, visit the Silver Pagoda ("Temple of the Emerald-Crystal Buddha").
Next, continue with the Central Market which was recently renovated by France.
Around noon: enjoy an authentic meal in a restaurant at the edge of the Mekong. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum, the Ounalom Pagoda (the most important pagoda in Phnom Penh), the Colonial District (if time permits) and finally the Wat Phnom (Pagoda on the Hill). Return to your hotel and have your own free time
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
At 8:00 a.m., Your guide and your private vehicle will pick you from the hotel and move to Kratie. One hour later, stops at Skun and Kampong Cham: burn incense sticks in the legendary hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei. Visit the Chup rubber plantation (around 30mn). Go on to Kratie via Chlong, the former district of the timber trade.
At noon, our car stops on the road for lunch at Preah Theat village. On arrival at afternoon, take a unique moment in a boat on the Mekong river to observe freshwater dolphins. This endangered species suffers from an inexplicable high mortality rate of the pup, inbreeding, diseases and habitat destruction, especially fishing nets. Possibility to climb the Sambok hill for a panoramic view of the region. Return to your hotel and have your own free time
Overnight in Kratie.
At 8:00 a.m., road to Banlung, the provincial city of Ratanakiri for about 4 hours drive.
Afternoon: follow the tracks through the rainforest and get to the Kachanh and Chaong waterfalls. Carry your swimsuit with you. Possibility of riding an elephant at your own account. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and have your own free time
Overnight in Banlung.
At 7:00 a.m., tour in Banlung's market where people are selling crops. After breakfast, you will continue by 4WD vehicle on the dusty path towards the village of Taveng. We cross respectively the village Norng Lek, the lava field Veal Rumplan and the village of Torng Kampoul. Visit Kroeung village: Kala, Kres.
At noon, you have lunch with your packed lunch box as there are no restaurants on site.
On the way back to the town, you pass through the gem mines in Borkeo district.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and have your own free time
Overnight in Banlung.
At 8:00 a.m., Departure to Veun Sai district. Run through the bamboo forest to the regional district and its minority population. Pass by the local market. Boat trip on the Tonle Se San to visit the Koh Peak village, renowned for its funeral totems. Then visit a Laotian pagoda and its surroundings.
There is a small local restaurant on the bank of the river for your lunch.
On the way back, visit Yeak Lom, a volcanic lake; trekking and swimming is possible in the crystal clear water. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and have your own free time
Overnight in Banlung.
At 8:00 a.m., road to Preah Vihear, the "holy sanctuary". Stop on the road and discover the border town of Stung Treng. Cross the Mekong by the new bridge inaugurated in 2015. You have a short break in the Sraem village where you check in the hotel.
In the afternoon, drive to the Preah Vihear, a temple built and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Drive by 4WD heading to the temple's entrance and then continue on foot. On the peak, explore the wonderful panoramic view of a Cambodian plain. Return back to Sraem village.
Overnight in Sraem.
At 8:00 a.m., Departure to Koh Ker, a former belligerent Capital of Angkor at the beginning of 10th century. Lying on the former Royal Road of Khmer Empire, You will discover an impressive and abandoned temple situated at 120 km from Siem Reap.
After a short break in a hammock, you will continue the visit to another forgotten temple of Beng Mealea (Flower in the Pond) built nearby the ancient royal highway. Before arriving in Siem Reap, visit a fantastic and unique village of fishermen in Kampong Pluk, a village bearing 6 months on the water and cut off from the world (only accessible by boat). Arrive in Siem Reap in the late afternoon. Overnight in Siem Reap.
At 8:00 a.m., Start your day by discovering the archaeological park of the ancient Khmer empire. Adjust on-the-spot the visit with the guide according to your desire and curiosity (you can also follow the chronological order of the constructions). Visit Roluos group temples which is one of the first capital built in Siem Reap called Hariharalaya. You will continue visiting Banteay Srei temple (Citadel of the Women). On the way back, let's have a walk in a butterfly farm and make a tour of some small temples (Banteay Samre, Prasat Prei, Prasat Tor) Dinner with Apsara show offered.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
At 8:00 a.m., This whole day is devoted to the visit of the temples located in small and grand circuits: Kravan, Ta Nei, Bat Chum, Srah Srang. Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Pre Roup, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prasat Pithu, Preah Khan, Preah Palilay. You will finish your day with the sunset view from Bakheng temple. These religious temples were built during different periods with a great variety of styles.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
At 8:00 a.m., This whole day is devoted to the famous Angkor Wat temple and the temples in the former capital Angkor Thom: Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace, the Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas, Chau Say Tevada, Thommanon, Tanei and Takeo.
Option: depending on the time left; visit a silk farm (silkworm breeding, traditional weaving, etc.) without extra charge. Overnight in Siem Reap.
At 8:00 a.m., Full day boat trip: start at Chong Kneas Pier, you will be transferred to Battambang by a private boat. Cross the Tonle Sap lake and continue by the Sangker river along Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, and through the flooded forest (6 to 8 hours of motorboat depending on the season).
On the way, you will visit an old wooden pagoda built by the local fisher in 18th-century. Prepare your lunch box or you can taste a local floating restaurant in Bakprea village.
If low water or if you don’t want to spend too much time on the boat, there is the possibility to reach Battambang by the road.
Overnight in Battambang.
At 8:00 a.m., Early morning, on tuk tuk: visit the central market, one of the markets built during the French protectorate in 1935. Along the Sangke river, spend a full morning with the Prohoc Market, Samroung Knong Pagoda and Ek Phnom temple. You will meet local people and find out their way of life.
In the afternoon: drive to Prasat Banon, an attractive 12th-century temple perched on the peak of a hill. You continue your road to Phnom Sampeou. On the top, a set of temples full of monkeys. You will see the “deep canyon of ghosts”, formerly used as mass graves during the Khmer Rouge regime. On the way back to the city, you will enjoy a unique experience on the Bamboo Train, a small platform of bamboo powered by a gasoline motor on the rail.
Overnight in Battambang.
At 8:00 a.m., Leave Battambang city in the early morning. On the way to Phnom Penh. You will pass through the town of Pursat with a stop at Krokor market, famous for its fish products. Visit by riverboat at Kampong Luong village, a surprising floating city of 12,000 inhabitants.
Continue the road through the Kampong Chhnang province, famous for its floating villages and its potteries. Then, see the sight of Oudong, a former Khmer capital. Visit the village of the goldsmiths in another Kampong Luong village. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon. Free time at your hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
At 8:00 a.m., the car will drive you to the Silk Island, a haven of peace at 15 km from Phnom Penh. We have to cross the Mekong by the wooden ferry. In almost all the traditional stilt houses, women are weaving silk and cotton fabrics. Traditional pattern or textures of fabric for Khmer lady can be found on this island. You can buy the finished product from the local seller with an attractive price.
There is an option on the way back: visit the Russian Market; visit the museum S21, the notorious center of torture and interrogation under the Khmer Rouge regime.
By late afternoon: transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
- Accommodation 14 nights in 3 star hotel with daily breakfast
- Government approved English/French speaking guide
- All transportation by Air-conditioner vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Private boat from Siem Reap to Battambang on day 12
- Sunset cruise on day 2
- Lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 9
- Back up support from Khuon Tour office
- 2 bottles of fresh water and refreshment towels per person evryday
- All point indicated in the program
- Local or International flight
- Visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for different language speaking guide
- Bank fees (as charged by intermediate and overseas bank)
- Additional or alternative routing requested by guest
- Tips and gratuities and other personal expenses
- Surcharge for Single room
- Anything which is not mentioned in the above cost includes