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From £2,905 per person for 9 nights
See the very best of Cambodia on this action-packed extravaganza to incredible temples, cosmopolitan cities, sleepy countryside and paradise beaches.

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From Angkor Wat to Phnom Penh via sleepy villages and knock-out beaches, this holiday takes in the very best of this brilliant country. 

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Fly by helicopter above the vast Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Sample Phnom Penh’s street food with a professional chef
  • Cruise through the villages around Siem Reap in an American Army Jeep
  • Cycle through Battambang’s villages and eat lunch with a local family 
  • Master traditional Cambodian dance moves during a private dance workshop
  • Sail around Tonle Sap lake with a local captain 
  • Castaway on the island of Koh Rong


On your Awesome Experience to Cambodia, you’ll head off-the-beaten track to get a real feel for life in this beautiful country. Travel by bike, ox-cart and army Jeep with your private guide to ensure you access all areas – from intricately-decorated temples to tranquil modern villages and ruins lost in forest. The undoubted highlight is a helicopter ride high above Angkor Wat, during which you’ll grasp the miraculous scale of the ancient Khmer city. Beyond the city, the villages around Battambang and Tonle Sap offer the chance to embrace the peaceful pace of rural Cambodian life. 


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After seeing the country’s sights, it’s time to relax on the blissful castaway island of Koh Rong. This stunning, white sand-fringed dollop has only recently made it onto the holiday map: By day, untouched sands such as Sok San, Coconut Beach and Lonely Beach are ripe for exploration. By night, the sea is filled with bioluminescent plankton and candlelit restaurants on the sand vend fresh fish and Cambodian classics. All our hotels on Koh Rong are set on stunning stretches of sand, offering friendly service, comfortable rooms and excellent restaurants right on the beach. We’ve left the time on Koh Rong free of organised activities, so that your last few days in Cambodia can be as relaxed or as active as you want them to be. 


 


To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Discover Phnom Penh’s thriving contemporary cultural scene shortly after touchdown: you’ll be driven from the airport to your hotel to check-in and relax, before enjoying a welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Classic - Patio Urban Resort

Premium - Vmansion Boutique Hotel

Deluxe - Sofitel Phnom Penh

Meals included: None

Pnom Penh 1


Day Two: Insider’s Cambodia

Get to know Phnom Penh City on a speedy foray by tuk-tuk. You’ll stop off at the Royal Palace (built in 1866 and home to treasures that include a 90-kilo solid gold buddha, encrusted with 9,584 diamonds). Then, you’ll visit a very different landmark, as you take in Tuol Seng, the school that turned torture centre under the horrific Khmer Rouge regime. It’s now a moving museum paying respects to the victims. You’ll follow this with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields, where more than a million people lost their lives during the genocide. Pay your respects, before returning to the city centre. This evening, you’ll get the chance to try traditional Cambodian music or dance during a workshop. Following a short intro from the teacher, you’ll learn gestures, styles and techniques of the craft and try on beautiful costumes: take home a photo as a souvenir. Then, during early evening, the warm and knowledgeable Chef Nara will whisk you off on a journey of street food discovery, tasting some of Phnom Penh’s most unusual dishes.

Overnight in Phnom Penh 

Classic - Patio Urban Resort

Premium - Vmansion Boutique Hotel

Deluxe - Sofitel Phnom Penh

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner 

Pnom Penh 2


Day Three: Journey to Battambang

It’s a long drive (5.5 hours) through rice fields and villages of wooden houses en route to the sleepy town of Battambang. Break the journey in the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, a town on the banks of the vast Tonle Sap lake that’s renowned for its pottery and floating village. You’ll arrive in Battambang in the early afternoon – in time to set off by tuk tuk on a trip past crumbling colonial riverside houses on your way to the 11th-century temple of Wat Ek Phnom. Please note that the hotels and attractions in Battambang are rural and unsophisticated in character, which we feel adds to their charm.

Overnight in Battambang 

Classic - Bambu

Premium - Bambu

Deluxe - Bambu

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch 

Battambang Temple


Day Four: Tonle Sap and Villages

Life is slow in the leafy villages around Battambang, as you’ll find out on a cycling trip which follows a small stream past rice paddies, and wooden houses and workshops. On the way, you’ll see villagers making knives, preparing prahok (traditional fish paste) and cooking sticky rice as children run alongside your bike, shouting their hellos. Arriving in a local house, you’ll enjoy a home-cooked lunch before making the three-hour drive to Siem Reap, heading north of Tonle Sap and through the peaceful town of Sisophon, topped with intricate pagodas and bright market stalls. You’ll stop off to watch stonemasons using traditional techniques passed down from the age of Cambodia’s great temples, arriving in Siem Reap in the afternoon. The evening is free to explore this charming city, where wide streets harbour cosmopolitan cafes, boutiques and spas, and where the pretty river is punctuated by pagodas.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel

Premium -  Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe -  Heritage Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Battambang Lake Homes


Day Five: Angkor Wat and Temples

Most people come to Siem Reap to visit the vast 12th-century temple complex around Angkor – this morning you’ll get the ultimate overview as you fly above it by helicopter, heading towards Tonle Sap and the floating village of Chong Kneas. Back on the ground, you and your guide will make for its most famous temple, Angkor Wat, swathed in exquisite carvings. Then you’ll travel by traditional ox cart to a secret temple far away from the tourist crowds, for a picnic lunch. Post meal, a foot massage will soothe temple-hopping feet. Your final visit of the day is to the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, which once had a starring role in Tomb Raider. This evening, enjoy an action-packed, circus-style performance courtesy of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO founded to give artistic training to poor young Cambodians.

Overnight in Siem Reap 

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel

Premium - Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe - Heritage Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch 

Angkor from Distance


Day Six: Siem Reap by Jeep

Prepare for adventure, as you traverse Siem Reap’s surrounds by American army Jeep. First stop is the romantic sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, surrounded by a moat and covered in stunning carvings. Next, you’ll travel to the villages at Siem Reap’s very edges, to experience everyday life here: start by helping to make rice noodles for your breakfast in one village, then travel to the next (renowned for its coconuts and sticky rice) to assist with the food prep while filling up on local snacks. Lastly, you’ll stop at the house of a family who makes a living from palm leaf handicrafts, and they’ll help you to make your own as a souvenir. Round off the morning with an authentic lunch at a nearby family home. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore more of Angkor’s temples, as your guide leads you to the surreal Bayon Temple, covered in serenely smiling faces. You’ll continue on to the huge, 11th-century Baphuon temple mountain and the intricately carved Terrace of the Leper King. On the final evening of your trip, you’ll travel through the countryside to Villa Chandara, a little known private house that serves delicious dinners by candlelight, surrounded by lily ponds and paddy fields. After a pre-dinner cocktail, you’ll be served an unforgettable feast as you savour your surroundings.

Overnight in Siem Reap 

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel

Premium - Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe - Heritage Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Angkor Close Up


Day Seven : Kompong Khleang

Check out this morning, bound for Tonle Sap. But first, bring good luck for your onward journey with a sacred Monk Blessing Ceremony in a remote temple. After being blessed with water, you’ll have the chance to chat with the monks about life in the temple, before journeying on to Kompong Khleang floating village to board a boat captained by a local, who will criss-cross the waters of Tonle Sap between tiny Khmer and Viet villages (during dry season, you can also walk near the lake to meet the villagers). After a final lunch at a village house, it’s time to transfer to the airport for your onward journey to Koh Rong.

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Kompong Khleang


Koh Rong 

Day Seven: Journey to Koh Rong

After finishing your trip in Siem Reap you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey to Sihanoukville, where you’ll catch a boat to Koh Rong (approx. 2 hours). You’ll have a private transfer to your hotel for check-in and with the rest of the day to relax, you can settle in and take in the jungle paradise around you. 

Days Eight & Nine: Time to relax

The next two days will be spent at your leisure. You could go snorkelling, hike through the jungle to a private beach, kayak over to Koh Toch, charter a private boat for a trip around the island or simply lie on the beach and relax in the sun, it’s completely up to you. In the evenings, be sure to watch the sunset with a cocktail or go swimming with the bioluminescent plankton in the warm, calm waters of a quiet beach. A moonless night is the best time to take in this spectacle.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

After breakfast you can catch the last rays at the pool or on the beach until it’s time to leave for airport for your flight home (Check out 12pm).

Meals Included: Breakfast


Accommodation:

Premium 

Sok San Beach Resort (Pavilion Garden View)

Sok San Beach 1

Sok San Beach 2

Deluxe 

The Royal Sands (Oceanview Villa)

Royal Sands Koh Rong

Royal Sands Koh Rong


GETTING THERE

Your transfer to Koh Rong from Siem Reap is included in the experience price. This includes a flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, boat transfer from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong and transport to your hotel from the port. Your return from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville is included, however international flights home from Sihanoukville are not included. 

Experience start point: Siem Reap (REP). Hotel check in 12pm. 

End point: Sihanoukville (KOS). Hotel check out 12pm.


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information.


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