From Ancient Shrines to White-Sand ShoresUnderstand the life of the Buddhist population.
Before exploring the temples of Angkor in a different way, you cycle the area that surrounds Siem Reap and get to understand the life of the Buddhist population. Monks will bless your journey, explain about Buddhism and you picnic amidst the waterfall of Kulen.
Cycle through the paddy fields to the floating village and kayak through the small waterways alongside the floating houses. At Banteay Chhmar you experience Cambodian hospitality at its best and stay over at a homestay. Visit Cambodia’s most mysterious temple: Banteay Chhmar.
You continue your journey to Battambang and explore the countryside by tuktuk or bicycle. Meet with local villagers who show you how noodles, rice paper and sticky rice is being made. When the journey continues to Phnom Penh, stops are made in Kampong Chhnang and Oudong where you explore the roots of the Khmer Empire.
In Phnom Penh you visit all the places not mentioned in the guide books and dive deep into the alleyways of 1960’s Phnom Penh. From the capital of the country you head south, to Kep. Visit the very enjoyable Tonle Bati temple where you light incense with an elderly nun. After arrival in Kep you an either hike through the national park of Kep to find the best sunset view or cycle the area dotted with lime stone karst formations and caves.
Enjoy a cooking class at one of the best resorts in the south of Cambodia and bring home something more than just pictures and stories. The journey ends off the coast of Sihanoukville. The Koh Rong archipelago is Cambodia’s most pristine and home to wonderful beaches, still hidden away from the crowds. It is the perfect place to regroup after a culturally filled journey. The white sand, palm trees and blue ocean are the perfect final image you need before you travel back home.
Length of Tour: 15 days If you are seeking to also add in more natural elements into this tour you may consider extending the program with 3 days in the Cardamom Mountains. This can be perfectly added between Kep and Koh Rong.
Outline of the tour
Arrive in Siem Reap and enjoy a free afternoon
Cycle along rural roads from pagoda to pagoda and village to village, through paddy fields where you enjoy a private picnic
Visit Angkor in a special way and use a 1960’s military jeep
Cycle to the Tonle Sap Lake and kayak at the lake before transferring to Banteay Chhmar
Visit the very special temple of Banteay Chhmar and the surrounding villages for a cultural highlight and transfer to Battambang in the afternoon
Visit with a local guide the villages surrounding Battambang and learn how different types of food are made and processed
Transfer to Phnom Penh and enjoy a tuktuk trip through the paddy fields of Kampong Chhnang and learn about Cambodia’s early history at Oudong
Explore the alleys of Phnom Penh and meet the people that migrated to the city
Transfer to Kep and visit Tonle Bati temple. Catch sunset from the hills of Kep National Park
Cycle from cave to cave and through Kampot town and learn more about the French occupancy
Enjoy a cooking class and get to know why Kampot pepper is known to be one of the best in the world
Transfer to Sihanoukville and get on a boat for the Koh Rong archipelago
Enjoy a day on your own at an island resort
Chose to visit more islands, go snorkeling or hiking over the island
Return to the mainland and transfer to the airport of Phnom Penh for your flight home
The unique aspects of this tour
- Culturally significant with visits to out of the ordinary temples
- Lots of historical importance about the Khmer Empire, French occupancy and Khmer Rouge
- Highlights mixed with adventure activities to avoid the crowds
- A homestay at one of Cambodia’s most likeable community projects
- Up-close and personal with monks and learning about Buddhism
- See the capital of Cambodia from a different perspective
- Deep understanding of the Cambodian way of life
- Ending at a bounty island in the Gulf of Thailand
What does our expert say about this tour?
“People who are more culturally motivated to travel will meet their wishes perfectly in this sample tour. What we want to accomplish with this tour is that people during their travels through Cambodia get a deep sense the local culture and way of life. The past, present and future are well balanced during this tour and show the development of the country. The rich past of the Khmer empire will be on display in its best form. Temples usually left out of any tour program are visited. This allows you to really connect with the local people and learn about their way of life by actively partaking into their daily activities. This tour is perfect for families traveling younger or older children. The activities can be adjusted to any type of fitness level or replaced with more convenient ways of travel. To be able to end at a bounty island that is not yet overrun by tourism is a great end of a journey well taken!”
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