GRAND TOUR CAMBODIA

Length

21 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL/NATURE

Type of Service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

A long journey discovering the best of Cambodia sightseeing, from Angkor complex, to the remote provinces of Cambodia, to the tropical beaches of Koh Rong island. Experience the diverse beautiful landscapes and authentic culture. Immerse yourself in this adventure through remote areas inhabited by ethnic tribes who live in balance with the environment and are little exposed to tourism.

Soak up the magic atmosphere in ancient temples of Angkor archeological site with an historical expert and venture into the countryside areas to learn about the rich local culture and daily life.

Glide on the Mekong to the Irrawaddy Dolphins Sanctuary where you will spot a very rare river species that exist in just few places in the world. Trek in the tropical jungle and discover a hidden corner of Cambodia where a local ethnic group still practice animal sacrifices for funeral rites.

Visiting these provinces requires, more than in other places, adequate ethical behaviour in order to guarantee due respect.

This itinerary can be customised based on your actual travel needs and can be combined with other tours. 

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Length : 21D 20N
From : PHNOM PENH
To : PHNOM PENH
Destinations  : Phnom Penh, Kratie, Sen Monorom, Banlung, Stung Treng, Sra Em, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kep, Kampot, Bokor, Koh Rong

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN PHNOM PENH

Welcome by our staff upon your arrival at Phnom Penh international airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Included : Private pick up at the airport, accommodation

02. TRANSFER TO KRATIE

Wat Nokor Temple © Gabriele StoiaWat Nokor Temple

We begin this long journey travelling east towards Kratie city. Along the way stop in Skuon market known for its curious food amenities, especially fried spiders. Continue through a rural landscape along rice crops and rubber tree plantations.

In Kompong Cham visit Wat Nokor temple, a modern Theravada Buddhist Pagoda built inside the walls of an Angkorian Mahayana Buddhist temple. The striking contrast of the two architectures is of great impact. Stop by at the rubber factory to observe the interesting production.

Arrive in Kratie in the afternoon on Koh Trong island in middle of the Mekong.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

03. KRATIE

Irrawaddy dolphin Kratie © Gabriele StoiaIrrawaddy dolphin – Kratie

Spend the day exploring this less known part of Cambodia.

Jump on a bicycle and roam around Koh Trong island. Enjoy the simple rural life of the countryside, the peaceful scenari of  the floating house in the Mekong. Meet the local farmers and visit the grapefruit plantations.

Continue to Kampi village on the local transportation “tuk tuk”  for a private boat ride in the Mekong to spot the famous “Irrawaddy black dolphins“: a unique experience to see these rare mammals as close as possible.

Enjoy the sunset from the top of Phnom Sambok the hill covered by several type of trees and home to a small temple and cottages that serve as residencies for Buddhist monks, clergymen, and nuns. 

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

04. TRANSFER TO MONDULKIRI

Mondulkiri Waterfall © Gabriele StoiaMondulkiri Waterfall

Continue the journey pushing towards the Vietnam border. We reach Sen Monorom in Mondulkiri province, among the most remote of Cambodia and with the lowest population density, known for its rich vegetation and the mighty waterfalls.

In the afternoon we visit Bou Sra waterfall, considered among the most beautiful in the Country. Afterwards, stop at the Doh Kromom Hilltop Pagoda, from which you can enjoy an incredible panorama of the dense surrounding forest. We continue to Samot Cheur, or “Ocean of trees”, another well-known panoramic viewpoint for an incredible sunset.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

05. JUNGLE TREKKING

Elephant Trekking © Gabriele StoiaElephant Trekking in Mondulkiri

Spend the day in the tropical jungle of Mondulkiri and experience the trekking led by a real tribal guide from local minority. Learn about their daily life, village stories, religion and culture.

After a short hike reach the elephants camp where the tribal guide will give you insights about the life of the Mondulkiri elephants by providing you with information on the correct behaviour in respect of these magnificent animals and how to feed them.

In respect of the elephants and in order not to cause them stress deriving from the exploitation for tourist purposes, there are no elephant rides.

At lunch time we reach Leng Truk waterfall where you can take the opportunity to relax in the magnificent natural setting. Join the elephants for the “afternoon swim” for an unforgettable moment.

We end the day by greeting the elephants and their mahut and returning to the village on foot surrounded by spectacular nature.

[Different length of trekking available]

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

06. TRANSFER TO RATANAKIRI

Gem mines Banlung © Gabriele StoiaMiniere di gemme – Banlung

After breakfast we continue to Banlung town, in Ratanakiri. Visit the Gem Mines at the remote village of Bokeo, known for the extraction of zircons famous in the world for the unique blue color. Along the way we will also stop at some rubber tree plantations. 

Visit the famous Yeak Laom Lake: perfectly round, with an exceptional diameter of 720 meters occupies a 4000-year-old volcanic crater and reaches a maximum depth of about 50 meters. The particularly clean water with excellent visibility offers the possibility of a refreshing bath. The perimeter is totally practicable following the path that winds through a dense rainforest that hosts many species of exotic birds and parrots.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

07. VISIT TRIBAL VILLAGE

Tribal cemetery © Gabriele StoiaCimitero tribale – Kachok

A unique and extraordinary experience awaits us today: a visit to Kachok village and to the tribal cemetery. From Banlung we head north for about 1.5 hours to Vernsai where we embark on a small boat on Tonle San river for about 1 hour. Once at the tribal village, accompanied by a local tribal guide, we continue into the forest to the animist cemetery, still a place of rituals and funeral ceremonies. 

In the afternoon on the way back to town we stop to an authentic village to observe the day life of the community. Continue to the beautiful Kachanh waterfall where we can enjoy a refreshing swim.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

08. TRANSFER TO SRA EM

Sopeakmith waterfall © Gabriele StoiaSopeakmith waterfall

After breakfast visit Banlung tribal market where is not difficult to stop some quite interesting amenities.

Later we leave the remote province of Ratanakiri to move further north to Stung Treng, near Laos border. Following a detour of 50 km on a dirt road in an uninhabited area we reach Sopeakmith waterfall, the astonishing Mekong cataracts at the point of greatest flow and vigor with multiple jumps of different heights.

In the late afternoon we reach Sra Em, in Preah Viher province. 

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

09. PREAH VIHEAR AND KO KER

Prasat Thom - Koh Ker © Gabriele StoiaPrasat Thom – Koh Ker

We continue north till Preah Vihear temple, the incredible Khmer temple off the beaten track, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, situated on the edge of Dangrek Mountains atop 525 mt. cliff that dominates the plain of Cambodia. At the base of the mountain we board a pickup truck to reach the top due to the extreme slope of the path.

Continue to Koh Ker archeological siteone of the ancient cities of the Khmer Empire, located in the middle of the jungle. Climb the 7 levels pyramid-shaped sanctuary 35 meters high Prasat Thom, the most impressive and iconic sanctuary of the site. Transfer to Siem Reap.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

10. ANGKOR ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE

Preah Khan Temple © Gabriele StoiaPreah Khan Temple

We begin the journey with the visit to Angkor archaeological site. Our selection of the most important temples certainly includes the oldest sanctuaries such as the Prasad Kravan, the Pre Rup mountain temple, the fascinating “citadel of women” Banteay Srei known for its delicate bas-reliefs.

Visit the Buddhist temples Ta Som, modest in size but extremely fascinating, Neak Pean, the representation of Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness, and Preah Khan, “The Great Sword”, built on the field of the last battle of Jayavrarman VII for the reconquest of the Kingdom invaded by the Champa Empire.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

11. ANGKOR ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE

Angkor Wat, Siem ReapEast gate Angkor Wat

After breakfast we continue the visits to the archaeological site at the best known Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious building in the world, the most picturesque Ta Phrom wrapped in the huge roots of centennial trees, and the group of temples of “The Great City” Angkor Thom where stands out the Bayon temple known for the 216 giant stone faces that overhang the 54 towers.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

12. FLOATING VILLAGE AND BEANG MELEA TEMPLE

Villaggio galleggiante Kompong Kleang, Siem ReapKompong Kleang floating village

Today an extraordinary visit to one of Cambodia’s most authentic and least touristy floating villages awaits us to observe the authentic lifestyle and traditions of the fishermen on Tonle Sap lake. We reach Kompong Kleang village and embark for an excursion in the canal lined with houses on stilts and houseboats. A unique experience that takes us back in time.

In the afternoon we enter the fascinating and adventurous ruins of the Beng Melea temple completely surrounded by the forest

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

13. TRANSFER TO BATTAMBANG

Banteay Chhmar temple (© Gabriele Stoia)Banteay Chhmar temple

Early in the morning we leave Siem Reap province in the direction of Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia. During the transfer you cannot miss a visit to another unmissable masterpiece of Khmer architecture, the temple of Banteay Chhmar.

Once in Battambang visit Wat Kor Cultural Village and get a closer look to many Khmer traditional houses, most of them built in the twenties during the French colonial era. An interesting house that belonged to Mr. Noun Chea, Brother Number 2 of the Pol Pot regime, survives there today. Despite of its age, the original, robust construction still remains intact.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

14. BATTAMBANG

Bamboo Train © Gabriele StoiaBamboo train in Battambang

After breakfast explore Battambang like a local.

Take a ride by bicycle (or tuktuk) to Ek Phnom temple built in the 11th century. Along the way we pass through enchanting rural landscapes. Stop at the local house to learn about the production of “rice discs” used to prepare the delicious spring rolls.

Continue to Prasad Banan, the Angkorian temple on the top of the hill climbing the staircase of 358 steps.

In the afternoon we experience the thrill of the “bamboo train” to immerse ourselves in the Cambodian countryside aboard a motorized bamboo platform on the tracks of the old railway.

We conclude the day with the extraordinary visit to the cave of Phnom Sampeu to observe the incredible spectacle of a thick column of bats that pours from a cave at the top every evening at 17.30 to their feeding areas near Tonlé Sap.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

15. TRANSFER TO PHNOM PENH

Oudong MonasteryOudong Monastery

We continue our journey to the capital Phnom Penh. The long transfer allows us to observe the lifestyle of the Khmer people engaged in traditional activities. We stop in Pursat to visit the sandstone workshops, and in Kompong Chhnang to the village of terracotta works.

In the afternoon we visit Oudong Monastery, the largest in the nation, located in the previous capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. We go up the hill to admire the sacred stupas that preserve the relics of the Buddha and the incredible panorama.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

16. PHNOM PENH

Throne Hall - Royal Palace © Gabriele StoiaThrone Hall – Royal Palace

Lets explore the charming capital Phnom Penh, once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s.

Despite growing urbanization it still retains the spirit of the traditional Khmer lifestyle. We visit the Royal Palace where the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda stand out. Tuol Sleng genocide museum is certainly worth a visit, witnessing the dramatic period of the Khmer Rouge regime.

We conclude the day at the suggestive and colourful local market.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tickets, tour guide and private transportation

17. KEP - KAMPOT

We head south to Tonle Bati a small lake in the vicinity of which some Angkorian buildings can be visited: Ta Phrom and Yeay Peau

Continue to Phnom Chisor “The mountain of the Sun God” the well-preserved Angkorian temple dating back to the 10th-11th century. 412 steps allow you to reach the top from which you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view. 

Transfer to Kep, the quiet town founded in 1908 as a seaside refuge for the French elite and today famous for seafood, especially for the famous “Kep crabs” and the Crab Market.

Proceed to Kampot, the regional center of the French colonial administration in the 19th century. This town it was developed according to classical French colonial architecture. Many buildings are still visible even though, unfortunately, they are in poor condition. The area is renowned for pepper cultivation, in particular for the famous organic certificate Kampot Pepper, a tradition that dates back to the 13th century when the first Chinese growers moved to this area. 

 Included : Accommodation, breakfast, tickets, tour guide and private transportation

18. BOKOR NATIONAL PARK - KOH RONG ISLAND

Koh Rong Island © Gabriele StoiaBeach at Koh Rong Island

In the morning transfer to Bokor National Park in the Damnei Mountains at 1000 mt. above the sea level. The immense national park in Kampot Province is well known for the abandoned Bokor Hill Station, a remote settlement build by the French colonialists in 1921, and for the Catholic church nearby built in 1928, a very rare sight in Cambodia.   

Transfer to Sihanoukville pier and catch the speedboat to Koh Rong Island, the second largest island in Cambodia.

After settled at you resort enjoy a free time to relax along a white-sand beach or explore the area.

Included : Accommodation, breakfast, speedboat and private transportation

19. KOH RONG ISLAND

Koh Rong Island © Gabriele StoiaBeach at Koh Rong Island

Relax or enjoy the island on your own today among several activities such as kayak, snorkelling, diving or trekking through the dense jungle.

Included : Accommodation and breakfast

20. KOH RONG ISLAND

Koh Rong Island © Gabriele StoiaBeach at Koh Rong Island

Relax or enjoy the island on your own today among several activities such as kayak, snorkelling, diving or trekking through the dense jungle.

Included : Accommodation and breakfast

21. DEPARTURE

Board the speedboat from Koh Rong Island and transfer to Phnom Penh international airport in time for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast, speedboat and private transportation

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