Cambodia tailor made holiday

Description of Cambodia tailor made holiday

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, visit Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages of Kompong Phluk, enjoy a guided tour of Phnom Penh, then relax on the beaches of Sihanoukville.

This 10-day, guided "Cambodia Explorer" tour offers a perfect combination of history, culture and adventure. Your trip begins in Siem Reap, where we will pick you up at the airport. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkorwith a private guide, then move onto Tonle Sap Lake to explore the floating villages of Kompong Phluk.

Fly to Cambodia’s capital city to visit the opulent Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, as well as the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the killing fields of Choeung Ek, both of which stand as a stark reminder of the tragic Khmer Rouge period.

From Phnom Penh you’ll travel to Chambok, located near Kirirom National Park in southwest Cambodia. Engage in cultural exchange as part of an authentic homestay experience at a wonderful community-based eco-tourism site. Finally, head to the coast to relax on the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Siem Reap - Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you on your Cambodia itinerary and recommend where to go for dinner to try Khmer cuisine, such as fish amok.
Day 2:Explore the Temples of Angkor - Today, you have a full day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor, including the iconic temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom. The complex consists of hundreds of temples and monuments which were built by the Khmer empire between 800AD to 1300AD. After the fall of the Khmer empire, the site was abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle, but many of the temples have now been restored and more than two million tourists visit Angkor Wat each year. Your guide will provide detailed information on how these temples were built and what purpose each one had within the complex.
Day 3:Visit Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap - Travel to Banteay Srei, a temple famed for its intricate carvings depicting battles, scenes of conquest and daily life during the Khmer era. Built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, this temple is one of Angkor’s highlights. Discover Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages of Kompong Phluk next.
Day 4:Fly to Phnom Penh - Today, you’ll transfer back to Siem Reap Airport for a short domestic flight to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring the city.
Day 5:Explore Phnom Penh - Enjoy a guided tour of Phnom Penh, which will include a visit to the Royal Palace, home of the current Cambodian Monarch, King Sihamoni. There’s also the option to visit Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S-21) where prisoners of the Khmer regime were held and killed, as well as the infamous killing fields of Choeung Ek, located just outside the city. These two sites can be difficult to visit and are not suitable for children, however they offer an insight into a dark period of Cambodia's history, which should not be forgotten.
Day 6:Transfer to Kirirom National Park & Homestay Experience - Travel to Chambok, located near Kirirom National Park in southwest Cambodia. This community-based eco-tourism project was established in 2002 to provide an additional income for the local people and help protect the national park. On arrival, you’ll have lunch with a local family and then set out to explore a nature trail. See a natural pool at the base of a spectacular waterfall. You can walk to the top of the 40-metre high waterfall and also have the option to experience an ox-cart ride, rent a bicycle and cycle through the lush paddy fields or learn how to make traditional crafts. Tonight, your accommodation will be in a homestay with a local family, which offers the chance to experience Cambodia's traditional village life, engage in cultural exchange and provide income for the villagers.
Day 7:Transfer to Sihanoukville - Transfer to the coastal town of Sihanoukville, on the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand. Here, you can relax on one of the spectacular beaches such as Otres, Ochheuteal and Serendipity. You also have the option to enjoy activities such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing. or kitesurfing. You might even want to explore Kbal Chhay Waterfall, located 7 kilometres outside of Sihanoukville, or visit the famous Wat Leu Temple. With Sihanoukville as your base, you also have the option of heading out to discover some of the nearby islands.
Day 8:Explore Ream National Park - Visit Ream National Park, located 18 kilometres east of Sihanoukville. The national park offers opportunities to hike through the jungle, take a boat tour through coastal mangroves or simply relax on unspoilt beaches. This spectacular national park covers 210 square kilometres and includes jungles, rivers, waterfalls, mangroves, beautiful beaches, as well as the tropical islands of Koh Thmei and Koh Ses. Ream is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and marine animals, including over 155 species of bird, gibbons, turtles, dolphins, and even dugongs.
Day 9:Return to Phnom Penh - After breakfast, you'll return to Phnom Penh by private car (transfer time is approximately four hours). Spend the final night of your trip in Cambodia's capital at your leisure.
Day 10:Depart from Phnom Penh - Your trip comes to an end. Check out of your accommodation after breakfast and we will drive you to the airport for your flight home, or the next leg of your Southeast Asian adventure.

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Cambodia tailor made holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

All our adventures are privately guided holidays and as such we retain a commitment to working with small group sizes. By travelling in small numbers and using expert local guides we can limit the potential for damaging ancient temples and trails.

You will visit several world heritage sites and national parks on this itinerary, including the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Ream National Park and Kirirom National Park. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter around these environments – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to wildlife.

On your adventure you will also visit an authentic floating village on Tonle Sap Lake to experience a glimpse into a traditional way of life in Cambodia. Some tour companies take travellers to artificially created villages which have been built to be easily accessible all year round. Unfortunately this has also created unnatural effects on local ecosystems and we refuse to be a part of this practice.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener, including encouraging travellers to bring reusable water bottles on their holiday.

Community

On this tailor made Cambodian experience, you’ll spend an incredible night at the Chambok community based eco-tourism site in Kirirom National Park. The project was initiated in 2002 by a local environmental organisation to address the issue of deforestation and improve the livelihoods of villagers who depend on the forests.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about Packing for a Purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Cambodia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


How to decide between so many great moments. It must have been either the cooking class or the circus. But generally, as cliched as it is, the best part were the people. Both our wonderful guides and the others we met. So friendly and releaxed, not as in your face as in other Asian countries I visited.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


When you visit the Killing Fields, also visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The two sites belong together to grasp the history of the country, and can easily be done in one day. If you are interested in the recent history, the Landmine museum, which is on the way to the Banteay Srei temple. And if you see a blue pumpkin cafe, go for the ice cream!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It includes several social projects (Circus, the recommended cooking class, Chambok village ecotourism). It also provides much loved jobs to guides and drivers, something I hadn't considered in my backpacker days. Environmentally, it's as good or bad as any long distance journey involving inland travel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful! I was sceptical that the guide and car would somehow isolate me from the "real" travelling, but instead I found it extremely relaxing and time saving not to have to hunt for guest houses, buses and information. Staying with a guide for over a week, you build up a level of friendship that you may not get otherwise. Maybe it's getting older, but I definitely enjoyed the extra luxuries.

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