Angkor Wat and Colonial Battambang

15DAYs -> Siem Reap -> Battambang -> Preah Vihear -> O'Svay Ecotourism -> Kratie -> Phnom Penh

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Overview

Experience a 8 day package with the astounding temples of Angkor are a monumental experience, a sight to witness at least once in your life. On this short journey, enter via the lesser used eastern gate and watch the sun coming up over the majestic temples. Further afield, uncover the ruins of tree covered Ta Prohm and imposing Bayon, as well as the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. In Battambang, take a stroll along the banks of the Sangker River to admire some of the best colonial architecture in Cambodia.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Siem Reap Arrival
Day 2 Full Day Angkor Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Oxcart Ride & Kompong Phluk Village of Tonle Sap Lake Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Waterfall & Apsara Performance Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Siem Reap – City Orientation, Silk Farm & Overland to Battambang Breakfast
Day 6 Battambang – Bamboo Train & The Surroundings Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Battambang to Preah Vihear & Khmer Rouge House Breakfast
Day 8 Preah Vihear & Koh Ker Temples Breakfast
Day 9 Preah Vihear to Steung Treng & Sopheak Mitt Waterfall Breakfast
Day 10 O’Svay Ecotourism, Koh Ksach, Mekong Island Breakfast
Day 11 Steung Treng to Kratie & Irrawaddy Dolphin breakfast
Day 12 Krati to Phnom Penh Breakfast
Day 13 Phnom Penh – Tuol Sleng, Killing Field, National Museum & Sunset Cruise Breakfast
Day 14 Phnom Penh – Royal Palace & Market Tour By Rickshaw (Cyclo) breakfast
Day 15 Phnom Penh – Free Time & Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Siem Reap Arrival

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our escort guide and driver then they transfer you directly to hotel for check in. Simply enjoy your own free time at hotel’s poolside.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals:

Day 2

Full Day Angkor Tour

Breakfast is at hotel. We’re journeying out by car to the South Gate of Angkor Thom atop 4 giant faces that religiously represents compassion, sympathy, equanimity and charity. Stroll around Bayon temple consisting of more than 200 smiling faces in stone, admired by interesting temples including Baphuon, Phimeanakas, terrace of leper king and terrace of elephant. Resume the journey to visit Ta Prohm temple adorned with the stunning, amazing tree roots where Lara Croft Tomb Raider was filmed. Enjoy Khmer set lunch at a selected local restaurant.

Afternoon, continue to witness the marvelous Angkor Wat - the world’s heritage listed by UNESCO in 1992 and the largest unrivaled monument in the world. Built by Suryavarman II in 12th Century, Angkor Wat is considered as one of the top destinations in Asia and is a must-see in your lifetime. Learning from your tour guide the amazing history, its ancestral incredible, architectural masterpieces and the finest carvings dates back to the Khmer Empire when it dominated the largest parts of Southeast Asia.

Watch beautiful sunset from Pre Rup Temple

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Oxcart Ride & Kompong Phluk Village of Tonle Sap Lake

After having breakfast, we head out of hotel at 8.00am for countryside sightseeing. At the same time, we grab the opportunity by taking ox cart ride venturing through home gardens overlooking rice fields, interact the local people and come across animals, and stilt houses. Continue heading to Kampong Phluk village of Tonle Sap Lake. We stroll around Rolous market to see trading activities before taking a boat trip along canal toward the centre of Kampong Phluk. Once we arrive, the boat begins to slow down to let you enjoy the surrounding admired by amazing houses atop high poles, come across the highlight of fishing activities as well as see people selling fruits/vegetable/meats on their boats, you sometimes see kids in student uniforms coming back from their classes. Witness how life works on the water and how people make the lake as home then we resume take canoe to explore the pleasant mangroves, enjoy the serenity while taking picturesque photos and you may see a few waterbirds. Continue by our boat to see the great lake of Tonle Sap, learn from your tour guide about ecosystem and its rich biosphere reserve. Return hotel for free time at poolside.

Evening, enjoy Street Food Tour at Siem Reap Famous Pub Streets, including Dinner and 1 local beer

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Waterfall & Apsara Performance

Breakfast is at hotel. We’re journeying out at 8.00am to visit one of Cambodia’s national parks - popularly known as “Phnom Kulen” where you see the famous, beautiful waterfall in Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen (Mountain of Lychee) situates about 57km with approx. 1 hour drive, the site is regarded as the holy mountain for religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists and was the significant home of the ancient Khmer Empire when King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 804 CE. The journey provides nice views of rice paddies, countryside dotting with palm trees and cattle. We will have a short visit at Preah Dak market to witness daily life of people selling their vegetables, meat and exchange the trades.

Enjoy the walking tour to see the giant reclining Buddha statue on the hilltop along with breathtaking, spectacular views and learn from your tour guide about historical site. Resume walking within the jungle to witness religious Hindu of the riverbed of 1000 linga carvings, next we move to observe the sacred ground-pool before we head to relax near the waterfall. From then, it is your own free time for cooling down, bathing, swimming and enjoying local lunch and fresh coconut juice nearby (own account). On the way back, we have a short visit at palm sugar village and other various local handicrafts.

Evening, transfer to have Khmer set dinner followed by traditional Apsara dance performance at a selected local restaurant.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Siem Reap – City Orientation, Silk Farm & Overland to Battambang

Breakfast is at hotel. 

We go for guided orientation at the finest Artisan Angkor wood/stone carving center which displays various defined handicrafts and silk products, continue to stroll around old market to see interesting daily trade as well as bargaining for local handmade products, paintings, lacquers, carvings, clothes, traditional crafts and so on.

Return hotel for refreshment and check out. We drive (3 hours) to Battambang Province, we will stop at Angkor Silk Farm and its famous workshop where you can observe local people produce the finest silk products, weaving activities, learn how they feed and take care the worms, and you will see various excellent silk woven items which you can purchase for family or friends when you fly back home. Check in at hotel in Battambang and have free time.

Overnight in Battambang.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Battambang – Bamboo Train & The Surroundings

Breakfast is at hotel. We set off to experience some fun on the famous bamboo train in Battambang, cruising on the track of the train rail while enjoying the highlight of rural landscape. Continue to wander around the infamous Prohoc market “Fermented Fish Market”, observe rice paper making, have chances to try the taste of Cambodian rice wine and learn how it is made before drive to visit ancient temple of Wat Ek Phnom – an Angkorain temple built in the 11th century.

Afternoon, continue our journey to visit traditional wooden house which was built a century ago during French Era and have a short tour that reveals a very interesting background regarding to its history. If time permits, we will stroll at Battambang winery before heading to Phnom Sampov where you enjoy the active walking up to the mountain to see the spectacular sunset, witness the killing caves and watch thousands of bats flying back to their homes.

Evening, enjoy dinner at a selected local restaurant.

Overnight in Battambang.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Battambang to Preah Vihear & Khmer Rouge House

Breakfast is at hotel. We make the journey with 6.30 hours to Preah Vihear Province, drive passing beautiful countryside dotting with palm trees. On the way, we visit Ta Mok House – the historical site and a house who owned by the former Khmer Rouge Commander named “Ta Mok”. Witness tragic history and learn how Khmer Rouge organized their rebels to struggle against the government. Check in and simply have free time at hotel.

Overnight in Preah Vihear.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Preah Vihear & Koh Ker Temples

Breakfast is at hotel. Today we start our adventure tour to visit Preah Vihear temple atop a cliff in Dangrek Mountain. Once we arrived at the foot of the mountain, we process to take a 4 wheel-drive car going up directly to Preah Vihear Temple. Have the guided tour to unlock the mysterious history of this ancient Hindu temple which was built during the Angkor Time. Wander around to see the surroundings, take some photos of spectacular views. Return to our car, continue to visit an archaeological site of Pre-Angkorian temple - the very less touristy temple that Koh Ker has attracted more and more tourists to discover its ruins among the wilderness. Koh Ker temple was probably served as state temple of Khmer King Jayavarman IV, vertically arises in Pyramid shape with 7 tiers enhanced by impressive shrines. Learn from your tour guide about the significant city of Khmer Empire. Return hotel with free time.

Overnight in Preah Vihear.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Preah Vihear to Steung Treng & Sopheak Mitt Waterfall

Breakfast is at hotel. Today we will travel to Steung Treng Province with a stop for the visit to Sopheak Mitt Waterfall before reaching the hotel

Arrive at Stung Treng, check in at hotel and spend the rest of evening at leisure 

Overnight in Steung Treng.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

O’Svay Ecotourism, Koh Ksach, Mekong Island

Breakfast is at hotel. Today we journey out to Borey O’Svay Community based eco-tourism site, take local boat which slowly cruises along the mighty Mekong River admired by beautiful nature, river, lush forests then we disembark to stroll around the region and explore the pleasant wetland. Come across flocks of birds on the trees and enjoy taking picturesque photos of the stunning mother-nature. Continue the adventure to Koh Ksach where you enjoy the breathtaking, walking on the white sand river-beach and even you can swim around but don’t forget to bring along extra clothes. Return hotel and enjoy free time.

Overnight in Steung Treng.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Steung Treng to Kratie & Irrawaddy Dolphin

Breakfast is at hotel. Check out then drive to Kratie Province with 2.30 hours, en-route to stroll around Wat Sasar Mouyrouy (100 column pagoda) with interesting legendary then resume driving to boat pier, take local boat to Koh Trong Island, disembark then continue by motor through the sandy road, passing local houses toward your hotel. Have free time after check in. We leave Koh Trong at 3.30pm to the mainland, head to Kampi pool where you take a local boat to capture the special glimpses of rare endangered freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins and watch beautiful sunset over The Mekong River. 

Overnight in Kratie 

 

Meals: breakfast

Day 12

Krati to Phnom Penh

Breakfast is at hotel. We check out then drive to Kampong Cham where we visit Angkorian temple “Wat Nokor”. Resume the journey to Skun village – alternatively well-known as “spider village”, this is your chance to experience the taste of crispy bugs. Continue driving to Phnom Penh Capital, check in and simply have free time in the evening.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Phnom Penh – Tuol Sleng, Killing Field, National Museum & Sunset Cruise

Breakfast is at hotel. Today our guide and driver meet you at hotel’s lobby at 8.00am then drive to witness the tragic site of Cheug Ek – the killing field that proceeded more than 20 thousands of civilians and the site is connecting with Tuol Sleng Museum – was the former school that was transformed to Tortured Prison S21. Stroll around Russian market for shopping.

Afternoon, we go for a guided tour at the National Museum, the world’s most important collection of Cambodian antique sculptures and carvings. Next, continue to visit Wat Phnom with interesting legendary of founding place of Phnom Penh Capital. Return hotel refreshment and short break.

Evening, we head to Phnom Penh’s Riverside then get on board with a welcome cocktail from drink menu while the boat is slowly cruising along Mekong & Tonle Sap, watch the sunset fading at horizon before buffet dinner is started to serve, unwind yourself with colorful Phnom Penh nightlights. Disembark and return hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Phnom Penh – Royal Palace & Market Tour By Rickshaw (Cyclo)

Breakfast is at hotel. We leave hotel by car to take a challenge of cyclo ride (rickshaw) along riverfront for fantastic morning highlight of Phnom Penh Capital toward Independent Monument where we stop to capture some beautiful photos before resuming the ride to stroll around central market to see bustling local trades. Finished the cyclo ride at Royal Palace, we walk to visit The Royal Palace – a complex of buildings which are served as the royal residence for the King of Cambodia, admired by impressive Silver Pagoda with over 5000 solid silver tiles and other Royal Stupas, shrines, monuments etc.

Enjoy set lunch at a selected restaurant by the riverside. Return hotel and simply have free time at hotel’s poolside.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: breakfast

Day 15

Phnom Penh – Free Time & Departure

Breakfast is at hotel. Today is reserved as free time for your own leisure. Our escort guide and driver will meet you at hotel’s lobby then transfers to Phnom Penh international airport for your flight back home.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Private tour with local English Speaking Guide 
  • All transfers and land tour with A/C vehicle 
  • All entrance fees as per program 
  • Boat ride as per program 
  • Cold water and towel during the tour 
  • Local bike with helmet
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast 

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • international or Domestic flights
  • Tips and anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Siem Reap

Sokha Roth Hotel

City River Hotel

Saem Siem Reap Hotel

Lynnaya Hotel

Sokha Angkor Resort

Phnom Penh

Le Mont Hotel

V - Hotel

Hamorny Hotel

Dyvith Hotel

Koh Rong Island

The Beach Walk

The Secret Garden

Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Jaya Hotel

Preah Vihear Boutique hotel

Steung Treng

Mekong Bird Resort

Mekong Bird Resort

Kratie

Mekong Dolphin Hotel

Rajbori Resort

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