Cambodia Round Trip in 13 Days.

13 Days 12 Nights

Kampot, Cambodia
It will be an ideal journey for visitors that want to spend 2 weeks experiencing the charming country’s outstanding spots. Culture mixes with coastal relaxation, rural area, history and architecture to give the chance to access this country.

Brief: Phnom Penh / Kompot / Sihanoukville / Siem Reap / Battambang / Tonle Sap Lake 
  • Itinerary detail
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The first day: reaching Phnom Penh (with dinner).

You will take the fight to the capital city of Cambodia which still maintains the features of Khmer tradition and the appeal of colonial time. Phnom Penh was regarded as the Southeast Asia’s pearl with French villas alongside tree-edged avenues. Currently, the transformation in the politics leads to the rapid development of economy with the appearance of nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and pubs. You will have a chance to join the boat trip watching the sun going down at the convergence of Tonle Sap River and 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.
 
Romdeng Restaurant - a French colonial architectures in the center of Phnom Penh.
Romdeng Restaurant - a French colonial architectures in the center of Phnom Penh.
 

The second day: Capital city in the past and today (with breakfast and lunch).

The first destination is Royal Palace which is a complex constructed by Norodom King’s Predecessors in the year 1866. It is the most outstanding, vivid and splendid palace in 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.
 
Royal Palace - a highlight of "must-go" list in Cambodian Capital.
Royal Palace - a highlight of "must-go" list in Cambodian Capital.
 
The next spot is PSE NGO where we give our hand to support Cambodian kids. It helps to teach infants here freely. These kids are very friendly to welcome you and introduce you around this spot by English and French. At noon, you will relish a meal at Le Lotus Blanc PSE restaurant.
You are going to acquire the knowledge of the Cambodian gloom including the distressing tempestuous history. At first, you will call on Toul Sleng Genocide Museum which is called S21 also situated in a tranquil outskirt of the capital city. Specially, the museum which was once a school turned into a notorious jail of Khmer Rouge. After learning more about the cruelty of this regime, we move to drop in on Killing Fields which are located 15 kilometers far from the capital. These fields that were the massacre sites of Toul Sleng prisoners are a memorial spot situated in a charming quiet background.
Alongside the river bank, we will ride the cycle and experience the distinctive view of Phnom Penh. We begin from the icon of the capital with the same name Wat Phrom heading to National Library, passing by Hotel Le Royal and then paying a visit to Psar Thmei and French styled railway station. The last destination is the graceful riverside. We will stay the night in the capital.
 
Toul Sleng & S21 Prison - the dark tourism of Cambodia.
Toul Sleng & S21 Prison - the dark tourism of Cambodia.
 

The third day: from the capital to Takeo and to Kompot (with breakfast).

We will depart from this city in the morning towards Tonle Bati in the south. We will have a chance to visit the charming small Ta Prohm temple of Angkor. On the riverbank, there is a row of hammock-equipped huts where you can take a rest and enjoy a drink. We will continue the trip to Takeo – a tranquil town and then join a boat trip towards Angkor Borei Town which is situated quite close to the boundary with Vietnam. From some relics and ruins from 4th century located nearby, the small museum where we visit after Borei Town exhibits many carvings’ reproductions. 
 
Ta Prohm - the most beguiling and mysterious temple in Angkor Complex.
Ta Prohm - the most beguiling and mysterious temple in Angkor Complex.
 
 
Next, we travel to Asram Maharosie temple near Phnom Da temple which has the architecture style of previous Angkor. The special thing that makes this temple distinguished from others is precipitous route on the enormous stones. We head to south passing gorgeous sceneries to reach Kep which has the boundary with Vietnam. It is the city that is located in the Cambodian southern coastline was a sumptuous beach resort served French colonists during 1900s. Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep where there are large tree-lined routes alongside the beach, sumptuous villas, a palace viewing Thailand gulf, casinos and big images, are the reminders of the Riviera cities of France on the Mediterranean coastline. We spend the night in Kompot.
 

 

The forth day: from Kompot to Rabbit Island (with breakfast).

We are going to pass by the charming sugar palm trees, paddy fields, karst limestone formation and ligneous traditional houses towards Phnom Chhnork cave where we explore the brick temple’s relics from 7th century before heading to Phnom Sla’ang caves. In case that you want to join an adventure, you have a chance to walk through the cave toward the hill peak where you can enjoy the sunshine and overlook the stunning Cambodian sceneries with islands and rural areas spreading to Thailand Gulf. If you want to experience softer, you may go out of this hill to get the similar scene. Kampot was well-known worldwide for the scented pepper. We will drop in on the native pepper garden and then take a boat trip to Koh Tonsay. Also known as Rabbit Island, it is very private and beautiful. Lined with coconut palm trees, its primary beach is also the place of bamboo shack. You should be noticed that freshwater and electricity is not available here. The stunning starry night sky, melodious sound of waves and gorgeous secluded sunset will be your compensation. You will stay the night in Kompot.
 
Phnom Chhnork in Kampot, Cambodia.
 

The fifth day: from Kep to Ream National Park and then to Sihinoukville (with breakfast and lunch).

Alongside the southern seaboard heading to Sihanoukville where Cambodians often come to relax, we keep going on the routes. We have a chance to leave out the hectic pace of life to visit the Ream National Park. It takes us only half an hour to reach there from Sihanoukville. We will join a cruise passing by a charming mangrove jungle and then to a splendid sandy tropical beach in the area of the park. Before heading to Sihanoukville to stay the night, you are going to take a break here and enjoy the appeal of the nature.
 
swimming and snorkeling in Sihanoukville.
Swimming and snorkeling in Sihanoukville.
 

The sixth day: explore Sihanoukville (with breakfast)

It is an ideal time to relax in the charming coastal city where beaches are among the Southeast Asia’s most untouched ones despite the tourism’s rapid development. The trip will be an ideal one for those who want to leave the hectic pace of city life to join the cruise on the 10-kilometer-long beach alongside the town and numerous islands where you can enjoy scuba diving, free diving and swimming. You are free to spend the day in your own way so that you have a chance to experience the sea and sunlight by immerging yourself in the turquoise water or just laying back on the charming beach. You will stay the night in this town.
 
Let's relax and immerse yourself in the beaches of Sihanoukville.
Let's relax and immerse yourself in the beaches of Sihanoukville.
 

The seventh day: from Sihanoukville to the capital city (with breakfast).

The half part of the day will be free time for you to rest and enjoy other places by taking a boat trip to Ream National Park that is famous for its ecosystem and mangrove forest and islands nearby. Our service does not provide these activities; however, you will be given useful information by our tour guide. We stay the night in the capital city.
 

The eighth day: from capital city to Battambang (wit breakfast).

In the morning, we are going to Kompong Loung in the northwest to drop in on the goldsmith village which is located in the side of Tonle Sap and makes souvenirs. The next destination is Phnom Oudong which is the antique capital of this country in the Khmer Empire’s latter stages. It was also the enthroning spot of several kings.
At the peak of the hill, there are towers where you can have the stunning overlook to the deltas around. Americans and Khmer Rouge bombed and profaned Phnom Oudong. However, it keeps remaining the beauty which can not be taken away by warfare.
 
Coming back to the north of Cambodia, reveal the authentic life in Battambang.
Coming back to the north of Cambodia, reveal the authentic life in Battambang.
 
We head to Kompong Chhang after spending time exploring this area. On the way there, we drop in on a ceramic village and then move to Pursat Province which is well-known for the sculptured marble stone and located in the north.
Next, we will relish a meal at noon and then travel to Battambang where we will stay a couple of days. Battambang which was the fort of the Khmer Rouge has not been familiar with travelers until these days. It is town situated in the riverside where the architecture style of the colonial time in this country is maintained most completely. At present, it develops its roads and facilities to attract more travel lovers. We will spend the night in this town.
 
Battambang is famous with the ancient French architecture building.
Battambang is famous with the ancient French architecture building.
 

The ninth day: experience the native life of Battambang (with breakfast).

Battambang is a large gorgeous town which has the graceful French styled houses alongside of the river. Passing the traditional hamlets on the side of the roads, we have a chance to admire the making process of rice cakes as well as make conversations with local people to learn about their ordinary life. The next destination is the Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard which is the first one in this country. It is the place that we can contemplate the way of making wine and enjoy this kind of delicious drink. We keep going about some kilometers to the south to call on Phnom Banan Angkor temple which has been maintained from 11th century in the peak of the mountain. You will have an overlook of the stunning tranquil view down the rural area surrounding with perpetual paddy fields, small villages, striking sunset view and outstanding sugar palm trees after going up over 350 steps.

 
After that, we move to Bamboo Railway Station which was established by villagers in order to improver the people and goods’ transportation. Its train is simple with a small motor and the 4-wheel platform. It takes us 8 kilometers to reach the following station passing by many paddy fields and charming sceneries. When we arrive, we pay a visit to a hamlet to experience the Cambodian ordinary rural life. We have a chance to drop in on a wooden carving workshop. The next destination is NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak. It is the place that has activities with kids of disabled and poor families. We stay the night in this town.
 

The tenth day: from Battambang to Siem Reap (with breakfast and lunch).

In the morning, we will have breakfast and then move to the native port to take a speed boat trip toward Siem Reap. The trip on Stung Sangker River and then on Tonle Sap Lake which is the South East Asian biggest freshwater one. We will have the opportunity to admire the stunning sceneries and explore the ordinary life alongside the river. The lunch will be on boat due to the fact that this journey will take around 6 or 7 hours. We get off the boat after passing floating villages. Next, we travel to Siem Reap by car and do check-in procedure at the hotel.
 
Stung Sang Ker River - a part of Tonle Sap Lake.
Stung Sang Ker River - a part of Tonle Sap Lake.
 

The eleventh day: contemplate the sunrise and explore Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei (with breakfast).

We are going to wake up early in the morning to take gorgeous pictures of Ta Prohm “Tomb Raider” which is deserted note 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. 
 

 

The twelfth day: from Angkor Thom to Angkor Wat by bike (with breakfast).

We are going to begin cycling on remote routes toward the world heritage. Passing by the forest, native shop and village, we travel to some of the most gorgeous 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.
 

 
After that, we drop in on KILT which is the Siem Reap’s project in order to support the handicapped Khmers. Although they are badly affected by the landmine, they are helped to earn their living on their own through planting organic vegetables, playing music, milling rice, making jewel and so on. 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: from Siem Reap back home (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 Cambodia Round Trip in 13 Days.
 
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