Hidden Gems of Rural Cambodia
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Hidden Gems of Rural Cambodia

This itinerary offers the more adventurous traveller a fantastic opportunity to explore the hidden gem that is Cambodia’s North East.

 The tour starts with a couple of days touring the spectacular Angkor temples. From there you get completely off the tourist trail, spending visiting the remote market town of Ban Lung in the forests of Ratanakiri before taking a two night trip into the remote jungle to get up close and personal with Cambodia’s rare northern yellow-cheeked gibbons.

Visit pre-Angkorian ruins in Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham, and take a boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River before finishing up with two nights in Phnom Penh.

Pricing & Inclusions

Price per person: £3524  inclusive of flights from the UK.

This price is based on a tour price of £2734pp and international flights from the UK from £790 pp = £3524pp


- International Flights

- All accommodation and meals as stated.

- Privately guided transfers and tours.

For those who have already visited Angkor, this itinerary can be reduced by removing Angkor. Anyone with a few extra days to spare can extend the tour to include a stay on the south coast or a trip down the Mekong River and into Vietnam.


Day-to-Day Itinerary : Hidden Gems of Rural Cambodia

Day 1 - depart the uk

Depart the UK

Day 2 - siem reap

Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by your guide and driver who transfer you to your hotel.

Day 3 -  siem reap

This morning your guide will meet you and you’ll begin your exploration of the Angkor region. First up is a visit to Ta Prohm which has been largely consumed by the jungle. As you climb through the dilapidated stone structures you see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself.

You’ll visit other highlights of the Angkor complex such as Preah Khan and Neak Poan, a delicate temple surrounded by fountains and pond and Ta Som with its famous strangler fig tree.

The day ends at Pre Rup, built in the 10th Century; this is a great place to watch the sun set over the Cambodian rice fields.

Day 4 - siem reap

You rise early today to catch the sunrise over the mother of all temples, the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat. After breakfast back at the hotel you will have time to explore Angkor Wat in more detail.

Later today you visit Angkor Thom which is a Royal “city” first built in the 11th Century, you visit many of the key parts of the city such asthe Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

You’ll enjoy lunch at Home Stay Restaurant in Banteay Srei Village before exploring  Banteay Srei temple, the famous pink sandstone structure bears a series of beautiful sculpture and it is said they must have been carved by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man.

Day 5 - kampong thom

Transfer to Kampong Thom with your guide and driver to discover Cambodia village life. Enroute discover Sambor Prei Kuk, some of the most striking and remarkable examples of 7th century Pre-Angkorian art(615-650AC) and explore Kampong Thom town itself.

Day 6 - stung treng

Leave Kampong Thom and drive along the banks of the Mekong stopping to Stung Treng. Spend the afternoon exploring this border town which sits along the banks of the San River and the Mekong Rivers as they converge and cross from Laos into Cambodia. Stung Treng was historically an important base for Viet Cong guerrillas during the 1970s and was bombed heavily during this time although many areas have been extensively re-built since.

Day 7 - ratanakiri

After a morning boat trip to see villages along the Mekong, you head into the ethnically diverse and remote border province of Ratanakiri. Check in to Terres Rouge, a beautifully converted colonial mansion in Ratanakiri’s capital Ban Lung.

Day 8 - ratanakiri

In the afternoon take a walk through the remote villages with a local tribal guide. Visit the shores of stunning Yeak Loam Lake, a perfect disc-shaped volcanic crater where you can swim in full cool clean water, before heading through the thick forest to visit a “Tompuon” farm and a nearby village.

Day 9 - ratanakiri

Today travel by jeep to the remote district of Andong Meas and continue on foot to nearby Jarai villages to experience the indigenous lifestyle in their isolated forest community, including visiting a Jarai cemetery complete with ancestral tombs.

Day 10 - Veun Sai-Siem Pang gibbon Research Centre

After an early pick up this morning from Terres Rouge begin your foray into the remote Cambodian jungle for a totally unique experience with the wildlife of the region. Northern yellow-cheeked gibbons are an endangered species only discovered in 2010 and Ratanakiri has the largest population in the world.

Arrive at the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Research Centre where you will stay amongst the scientists and researchers as they go about their vital conservation work.

Tonight you take a night time jungle trek to observe some of the other fascinating animals living in this area including the pygmy-loris and the civet and stay overnight at the Research Centre.

Day 11 - Veun Sai-Siem Pang gibbon Research Centre

This morning rise early to hear the dawn chorus of the gibbons singing at sunrise. The different groups start to call (sing) at sunrise with some calls carrying up to 2km. Once the habituated group of gibbons start to sing, the gibbon guide will try to locate them in the forest as fast as possible and he will guide you to the spot so you can watch them as they go about their morning activities in the tree canopy.

Take another afternoon jungle trek after lunch before staying overnight at the Research Centre.

Day 12 - ratanakiri

This morning you will have another opportunity to spot the gibbons in the forest at sunrise. Sometimes the gibbons can be followed for a couple of hours as they move through the jungle gathering fruit to eat and you expert guides will help you to track their movements.

Pack up after breakfast and return back to Ban Lung for a final night at Terres Rouge. Stop off at a number of idyllic countryside villages on the way for another view of rural life in this part of Cambodia.

Day 13 - kratie

This morning transfer from Ratanakiri to Kratie on the banks of the Mekong River. After lunch at a local restaurant you will take a boat trip on the Mekong to see extremely rare Irrawaddy dolphins that call this stretch of the Mekong home.

Day 14 - phnom penh

After an overnight stay in Kratie, transfer on to the capital city, Phnom Penh. Travel via the central Cambodian province of Kampong Cham, visiting the 11th century Kuhak Nokor Temple and Wat Nokor, an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine.

Day 15 - phnom penh

During a full day tour you will visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Emerald Buddha and the National Museum. You'll also have the option of visiting Toul Sleng, formerly used by the Pol Pot regime as a detention centre, and the killing fields. This is a moving example of the difficulties faced by Cambodians between 1975 & 1979Today spend a full day exploring the highlights of Phnom Penh including The Royal Palace, seat of the Cambodian monastery, and the National Museum, home to many precious artefacts from Cambodia’s history that escaped the destruction of the Khmer Rouge era. In the afternoon visit Toul Sleung S-21 and Choeng-Ek, the Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s.

Day 16 - fly home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Hidden Gems of Rural Cambodia Hotels

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