Amazing Cambodia Tour in 7 Days
7 Days 6 Nights
The amazing Cambodia is an ideal mix of the most stunning spots in this country with the combination of urban visit, culture immersion and historical temple exploration. On the way from the capital city to Siem Reap, we will have a chance to admire the beauty of the nature here with the Khmer culture delicacy.
Brief: Phnom Penh / Koh Trong Village / Siem Reap / Angkor Temples.
Brief: Phnom Penh / Koh Trong Village / Siem Reap / Angkor Temples.
- Itinerary detail
- Traveler's notes
The first day: reaching the capital city (with dinner)
We take the morning flight to come to the capital city of Cambodia – Phnom Penh which still maintains the appeal of colonial time and tradition of Khmer. Alongside the tree-edged avenues, French villas call the memory of travelers that this capital city was regarded as the Southeast Asian pearl in the past. Currently, the transformation in politics motivates the economy to develop significantly with the appearance of modern restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in every corner of Phnom Penh. We will travel to Royal Palace which was constructed by King Norodom’s predecessors in the year 1866. This can be regarded as the most outstanding and vividly stunning palace of Khmer style.
Close to this palace, Silver Pagoda which is also known as The Emerald Buddha is a place that shows adorned Buddha images with silver, jade, gold and diamond. You keep traveling to the Independence Monument built in the year 1954 when this country was taken back from French colonists and under the control of Cambodian again. After that, you are going to drop in on the National Museum constructed in 1917, which is red and stunning with gorgeous architecture style of Khmer and consists of over 5 thousands artistic wooden, sand-stoned, silvered, bronzed and coppered items. We have a chance to take beautiful photos in the park of River Front before heading to the sole hill of the city to visit Wat Phnom. To admire the charming scenery of the river and the gorgeous capital city at night, we stroll alongside the bank of Mekong river.
In the evening, at a non-profit restaurant served by trained street children named Romdeng Restaurant, you will enjoy a welcomed meal with tasty food. Then you take a rest at the hotel in this city.
The second day: from the capital city to Kompong Cham and to Kratie (with breakfast and lunch)
It is time to travel to Kratie then reach Kampi to join a cruise of traditional fishermen. We will spend about one hour to explore the Kampi’s dolphin pool which is the shelter of Mekong dolphins – the endangered animal also called Irrawaddy dolphin and the biggest one of Mekong River. We are going to drop in on Koh Trong Island that is located opposite Kratie City and in the midst of Mekong River by a ferry. We stay the night here.
The third day: from Kratie to Kompong Thom (with breakfast and lunch)
We travel to the north from the native community around the island by cycle. We will cycle leisurely about 9 kilometers, passing several traditional stilt houses of Khmer people. It is suggested that you should pay attention to the décor in the rooftop because its age is based on the numbers on the rooftop. We have a chance to do cycling on beautiful small roads and travel through houses of natives with no interference in their private life. You will have a further understanding about the ordinary life of Koh Trong people. Except for those who are a little bit timid, the rest of them including adults and kids are friendly to welcome you.
Next, we pass through Kompong Cham toward Kompong Thom and then have a break at the ancient temple named Wat Rokakandal which was constructed in the late 18th or the early 19th century. In Vihear, we can buy handmade woven wicker items. Entering this site, we can admire the wooden adorned poles, a charming ancient sculptured rock on the Wat’s riverside and the wooden residence of the monks. On the way traveling, we drop in on Chhlong village where we can contemplate one of the most ancient Cambodian timber houses. When we reach Kompong Cham, we are going to call on Wat Nokor (or Nokor Bachey Pagoda). It is a laterite sandstone Mahayana Buddhist pagoda built in 11th century along with several Buddha images on the recesses and a big leaning-back Buddha monument. The following destination is Wat Andri which is a modern temple and also a vigorous cloister. We go up to the Phnom Santuk Mountain by 980 steps and admire the vibrant extensive temple in the highest point. It is a good time to have the overlook to the landscape around. We stay the night in Kompong Thom.
The forth day: from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap (with breakfast and lunch)
The journey will be Siem Reap in this day. When we are traveling through fascinating cities, stunning sceneries and rural area, we can watch the Cambodian daily life of native people. We move leisurely on the route when the water buffaloes and cows go by. We can see many children cycle or walk to school and horse carriages run on the road. We will pay a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk which is an archeological spot with numerous temples in pre-Angkor style. It belongs to Chenla Kingdom with the area of approximately one thousand acres surrounded by 2-layered walls along with towers and temples. The set-up reveals that it was built before Angkor time many centuries. We have a chance to admire the antique Angkor bridge named Spean Pratos at Kompong Kdei.
Then we drop in on Kampong Khleang before heading to Siem Reap. This spot is the biggest floating village where is still untouched without the approach of several tourists. It is suggested that your experience will vary based on the season you come. From January to July is the parched time when we may pass through 10-meter-high stilt houses. The rest of the time is rainy season. In this period, water raises from 1 to 2m and the reach the apex water level of the lake. We are going to join the cruise led by a native family to explore the stunning beauty of the house here. After that, we move to Siem Reap to stay there.
The fifth day: journey in Siem Reap (with breakfast and lunch).
We will wake up early to admire the magnificent beauty of Ta Prohm which is a deserted memorial that whereas the empires go up or down, the nature power forgets the human history but still continues to booming. In the year 1860, Henri Mouhout – a French explorer discovered this area. The living stones were gradually throttled by the tentacle-like roots of the plants. . The nature was conquered by humans but then it devastated against them. To avoid the crowds, we come to Ta Prohm soon and explore this distinctive temple. Traveling to the rural area, we drop in on Banteay Srei which is a charming temple largely constructed with pink sandstone. It is a kind of hard stone which can survive through the time and be intricately sculptured. We will take a lot of stunning pictures of the obviously elaborate carvings. One of the most complete works of Angkor, Banteay Samre has pink sandstone walls which are adorned with bas-relief and sculpture. The following destination of this late afternoon is the main park of Angkor and Tasom that is a nice place to take photos. You should not miss out the tree-root-covered back gate. The last activity of the day is watching the sun going down from Pre Rup – the royal cremator as well as a typical scene in the rural area of this country over the paddy fields.
At a native restaurant, we will relish dinner and watch the show of Apsara dance. There will be no journey that meets the need of culture-lovers who long for learning about notable feature of this country without admiring the traditional dance of Khmer at least once – the classical Apsara. It is regarded as the drama because its movement implies content.
The sixth day: experience in Siem Reap (with breakfast and lunch)
Take the bicycle and we will travel on solitary roads heading to the world heritage spots. We are going to pass through native villages, store and forests. This day will be an unforgettable memory with the visit to the most charming temples of Angkor. The first stop is at the West Entrance of Angkor Thom which is still untouched. We have a chance to admire Angkor Thom’s ancient capital in the 12th century and then head to the south entry to visit Bayon Temple which has the distinctive feature of 200-smiling-face-of-Avolokitesvara-adorned 54 towers. Just located in the north of the temple above, Banphuon temple is the legendary Mont Meru’s pyramidal representation. Next, we will call on Phimeankas temple as the ancient palace in a large composite used for the king long time ago and then we head to the elephant terrace where officers and king attended the meeting and performance.
Nearby Angkor Thom is the older one - Preah Palilay which is on the back route in the jungle. We will have a chance to watch the monk splashing water. Our next stop is Angkor Wat – the well-known temple which was recognized as the world heritage in the year 1992. It is very gorgeous and magnificent. It owns the unceasing longest alto-relievo worldwide alongside outer walls of the gallery. It recounts Hindu mythology stories. We are going to spend an hour to enjoy foot massage then enter a crowded bar on the street to relish a tasty drink. We can also come to Angkor Night market for shopping.
The last day: leave Siem Reap (with breakfast)
We travel to Siem Reap Airport to take the flight back your home. Thanks for joining with us. We hope that we will meet again. End of Amazing Cambodia Tour in 7 Days.