DAY 1 – depart the uk
Depart the UK.
DAY 2 – siem reap
You will be met by your guide when you arrive at the airport. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure, but if interested, you can begin your exploration of the temples of Angkor at Banteay Kdei followed by sunset at a crematorium temple surrounded by stunning countryside.
Day 3 – Siem Reap
Today you will start your exploration of the Temples of Angkor. Start the day early (around 6am) at Ta Prohm, built as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university by King Jayavarman VII. Then head to Banteay Srey where you can have a picnic-style breakfast before exploring the temple famous for the stunning pink hue of its red sandstone. If interested you can stop at the small but lovely Banteay Samre temple and a Land Mine Museum before heading back to your hotel to relax. In the afternoon visit Angkor Thom, which translates to "Great City" in Khmer.
Day 4 – Siem Reap
This morning you will have the option to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat for sunrise. The earlier you rise the better - the complex can get quite busy at sunrise so to arrive when the moon and the stars are still out is ideal, where you will essentially have the temples to yourselves in the most magical of settings. Return to your hotel to relax and have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the Roluos temples, some of the earliest permanent structures built by the Khmer. In the afternoon take a boat ride out onto the Tonle Sap lake to visit some undiscovered floating villages.
day 5 - BATTAMBANG
After lunch you will be transferred to Cambodia’s second city of Battambang, where you will stay at the stylish colonial style La Villa hotel. Upon you arrival you will settle in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
day 6 - battambang
Explore Battambang with your guide, awash with French era colonial villas and with the unmistakable buzz that only Cambodia can provide. Sample fresh and exciting street food at the local market, visit a disused Pepsi factory and then after lunch head out of the town to Phnom Banan, a small hill temple providing a wonderful vista of the plains below and still showing the scars from the civil war years. The tour will end with a sunset ride on the wonderfully imaginative and quirky bamboo train – unique to Battambang.
day 7 – phnom penh
Transfer by road to Phnom Penh, which will take about 4 hours. Check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
day 8 – phnom penh
Enjoy a full day tour of Phnom Penh, starting at Security Prison 21 (Tuol Sleng), the former high school infamously used as an execution centre during the Khmer Rouge regime. A visit to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields is a very disturbing experience for many, and guests should be forewarned as to the extent and graphic nature of such a visit. You will then continue on to the Killing Fields, and if desired you can take an audio guide of the area with fascinating facts, personal accounts and true stories about the Cambodian genocide. After lunch head back to the city, stopping en route at the Russian market. In the downtown area, visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and Noradom Boulevard followed by a cyclo tour of the busy central area. Finish the day with a drink on a stylish river-front rooftop.
DAY 9 – cardamom mountains
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred into the Cardamom Mountains. You will then board a small boat and head to the 4 Rivers Floating Resort, where you will be based for the next 3 nights.
Day 10 – Cardamom Mountains
Spend two full days at leisure at the 4 Rivers Floating Resort. For those who do not wish to simply relax by or in the river and would like to explore the beautiful wildlife and scenery of the surrounding rainforest, the hotel provides a wide range of daily activities and experiences. These inclue boat trip to nearby waterfalls, a trek through the forest, a visit to local villages, a tour of a Mangrove forest and various local nature trails.
Day 11 – Cardamom Mountains
Today is at leisure for your to relax and unwind or take advantage of the exciting activities offered at the 4 Rivers Resort.
Day 12 – Kep
After breakfast take a small boat to the jetty, where your guide will meet you and take you to the seaside town of Kep. The journey will take about 5 hours in total. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 13, 14 & 15 – Kep
Enjoy three full days at leisure in the charming colonial seaside town of Kep. Explore the local crab market, walk along the waterfront amidst colonial buildings or simply relax at your stylish seafront hotel – Knai Bang Chatt.
Day 16 – Fly home
Transfer by road to Phnom Penh airport to catch your flight home.