This is a very good itinerary for family and celebrities to see Cambodian culture and lifestyle and learn about the living relic of the country’s past struggles and successes. From your arrival in Phnom Penh capital city of Cambodia and learn about the country’s past struggles and successes, the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge and spectacular side including Royal Palace, National Museum, move away from the rush city to the calm town where you can visit so gorgeous island by crossing the world’s famous bamboo bridge. Wondering to the northeast of Cambodia to see Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin and the natural resource gem-mine digging surrounding by ethnic villages and the secret of ethnic minority cemetery. Be at the biggest waterfall next to the rainforest where is the lover’s moment unforgettable. Explore ancient temples and UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites on the top of the hill, visit the temples of Angkor, discover the unique lifestyle on Tonle Sap Lake, visit silk farm and local stone carving, communications with the local people to their traditional house and see the way of their living. Drive through the beautiful landscape and local industry and get different experiences such as typical local transport Bamboo-train and see the beauty of French colonial building and spectacular millions of bats fly out of the cave. Stop at a village for visit the special technical red-pottery, head south to Kep, Cambodia’s most popular and prestigious beach town from the early 1900s until the 1960s, visit the beautiful cave with the temple inside, visit pepper farm, salt field, famous crab market, and Bokor National Park. The end of the holiday with relaxation by the paradise beaches and try fresh seafood before going to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight.
Day 1: Phnom Penh Tour
Welcome you to the Kingdom of Wonder with smile. The historical architecture of the city may be divided into three broad categories: Visit the ubiquitous Chinese Shophouse-style structures from the late 19th century. Explore late 19th century French colonial buildings encompassing a range of influences and styles. Take a look at New Khmer Architecture of the late 1950s, Chaktomuk Theatre and Independence Monument. Take a short river cruise along the riverfront to take fresh-air and see sunset.
Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour
Visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is very charming building with lots of different decorations and colourful and there are such many beautiful plants and official residence of King Sihamoni. Afternoon, explore Central Market, this distinctive building is a city landmarks – a unique Art Deco interpretation of a traditional market. The Russian market became the foreigner’s market in the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name.
Day 3: Phnom Penh tour
Visit National Museum is the most important repository of Khmer artefacts in the country, head to Wat Phnom is the unique hillock in the city, is crowned by at active Buddhist Wat and marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. Afternoon visit Toul Sleng genocide museum, calls S-21 prison compound now serves as a museum, a memorial, and a testament to the madness of the regime, drive to Choeung Ek Memoria, giant Killing Field which is a biggest killing field in Cambodia, mass graves, killing areas and a memorial stupa containing thousands of human skulls and bones.
Day 4: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham
Drive to Kampong Cham, stop at Skun, local people call Spider Village, taste the fresh deep-fried spiders and seasonal fruit, head to Cambodia’s famous monastery men-women hills and learn Khmer Traditional Wedding Legendary, watch sunset time by Mekong river.
Day 5: Kampong Cham Tour
Visit Wat Maha Leap, it is the last working wooden pagoda of its kind. Inside, each pillar required a whole tree. The cool tiles are spattered with bat guano, indicating that the pagoda is not regularly used. But the beautifully painted pillars are glorious with the light spilling in from the shuttered windows to the side, and once you stand in the middle and look up, the rich blue ceiling gleams down, by far one of the loveliest we’ve seen for a while. Then we continue to Prey Chung Kran weaving village, the source of some of the best kramas in Cambodia. The village itself is so exciting, almost every stilted house in it has a loom in the shade beneath, where the women weave colourful scarves and fabrics. It’s a typical Khmer woman work in the deep history. Afternoon, cycling to the Island Koh Pen by Bamboo bridge. Kampong Cham Koh Pen Bamboo bridge is the last crossing of the World’s Longest Bamboo Bridge.
Day 6: Kampong Cham to Kratie
We drive to Kratie by the riverside road where we will visit attractions such as tobacco building, seasonal crops, rural villages, Buddhist temples, Cham Muslim villages. See the dolphin in the afternoon.
Day 7: Kratie Tour
Visit mushroom-farm where the local families earn well their living by selling mushroom at the local market, drive to pagoda on the banks of the Mekong river is among the oldest still standing in Cambodia. Built in the early 19th century, Wat Roka Kandal is a restored pagoda with an ancient Lao style stupa, head to the famous 100 pillars pagoda and learn its fascinating history and as a place of pilgrimage for residents of Kratie. It was first built in the 16th century by King Chann Reachea. The pagoda included 100 wooden columns to commemorate the memory of his daughter, Vorakpheak who was killed by Mekong crocodile. Afterwards we encounter the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center, see one of the most endangered Mekong softshell turtle. The project looks after baby turtle until they become big enough to protect themselves from big fish, snack, etc.
Day 8: Kratie to Mondulkiri
Visit Kratie market, fish-market, vegetable-market, fruit-market, watch sunset and see the Senmonorm city on the hill.
Day 9: Mondulkiri Tour
Jungle trekking tours with the friendliest wild animal Elephant. Walk nicely with elephants, feed them with banana and help to wash them at a waterfall in the jungle.
Day 10: Mondulkiri to Ratanakiri
Drive to Ratanakiri, on the way visit cassava farm, cashew farm, rubber plantation. Visit volcanic lake Boeng Yeak Loam and water is clean for swimming.
Day 11: Ratanakiri Tour
Drive to Borkeo district 29 km away from the city to Gem mining centre where the locals everyday work digs the large pit in the ground and then tunnel horizontally in their search for amethyst and zircon. In the afternoon we visit the way of living life of Tumpuon ethnic group village, and Jarai ethnic minority cemetery. If there is still time then we can visit of the famous water in Ratanakiri calls Ka Chanh waterfall.
Day 12: Ratanakiri to Preah Vihear
Journey stop at the biggest waterfall along the Mekong river in Cambodia calls, Sopheakmit water. It is very rare to see the amazing view like that waterfall in Cambodia, it as a truly hidden gem. Head to Sra Aem by the red road and pass through the peaceful tropical rainforest by the border of Cambodia-Thailand.
Day 13: Preah Vihear to Siem Reap
Visit Preah Vihear temple, one of the best Khmer temples, and it’s really hard to imagine how they carried up the heavy stones to build this huge building. You will be rewarded with fabulous views over Cambodia’s and Thailand’s fertile plains from the impressive ruins which stretch for 500 meters up. The temple is known to have been dedicated to the god Shiva and thought to have been constructed in the reign of Suryavarman I (1002-50), with further significant additions by Suryavarman II (1113-50). The spectacular location paired with a unique temple design are the reason UNESCO enlisted Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site. Journey stop at Anglong Veng, the first and last Khmer Rouge town. For almost a decade this was the ultimate Khmer Rouge stronghold, home to notorious leaders of Democratic Kampuchea, including Pol Pot. Anlong Veng fell to government forces in April 1998 and about the same time Pol Pot died mysteriously nearby.
Day 14: Siem Reap – Temple Angkor sunrise
Visit the temple in the small circuit + sunrise – Angkor Wat Sunrise – Ta Prohm – South Gate of Angkor Thom – Angkor Thom City – Bayon Temple – Baphoun Temple – Terrace of the Elephants – Terrace of the Leper King – Takeo Temple – Sras Srang.
Day 15: Siem Reap – Temple Angkor
Visit the temple in the grand circuit + Lady temple Banteay Srie – Pre Rup Temple – Banteay Samre Temple – Banteay Srei Temple – East Mebon Temple – Ta Som Temple – Neak Pean Temple – Preah Khan Temple – Phnom Bakheng sunset.
Day 16: Siem Reap – Beng Mealea, Floating Village Tour
Discover the temple in a remote area Beng Mealea built in middle of the 12th century by Suryavarman II, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Visit the local market, go to get different experience the famous flooded/floating village on Tonle Sap Lake of Kampong Pleang.
Day 17: Siem Reap to Battambang
We travel to Battambang where there are many interesting spots, villages monasteries and especially rice paddy-filed. We say Battambang is a unique Cambodian rice storeroom because there are very high number of farmers plant rice. Visit on the way, Angkor Silk farm, Stone Carving, watch greatest spectacular 7 million bats fly out of the cave at Phnom Sampov. Wrinkle-lipped bats fly up to 50km from their roosts each night to hunt insects. Bats eat 50-100% of its own weight every night before they return home.
Day 18: Battambang Tour
Visit the French colonial buildings in the heart of Battambang town. Battambang is home to some of Indochina’s best preserved colonial era architecture, visit Traditional Khmer house, Phnom Banan and get an experience with Bamboo Train, local people call Norrie, villager’s transportation, it made its first appearance in the early 1980s inspired by the small rail vehicles used by the railway workers to carryout repairs, visit some Buddhist pagoda and local industry.
Day 19: Battambang to Kampong Chhnang
Drive to Kampong Chhnang, stop Kompong Luong to see living-style on the great lake. Here, is one of the largest floating villages in the beautiful backdrop of Tonle Sap and a unique Cambodian tourist attraction, floating market and shops, floating school and houses of fish men. Continue to Ondong Rossey village in Kampong Chhnang to visit the area’s famous red pottery. The villagers make pottery under every stilted house as home-business to earn their living. They use their technical and typical ways to decorate their own products.
Day 20: Kampong Chhnang to Kampot
We leave Kampong Chhnang after breakfast and drive to Kampot. Vist local and evening time, the most romantic and relaxed thing to do in Kampot is a firefly cruise on the river watch the sunset from the river then look out for trees full of the little glowing bugs.
Day 21: Kampot Tour
Learn about the traditional organic pepper farm in Kampot, the world’s best pepper acknowledged by international chefs. Visit Kampot salt field, the only salt field in Cambodia. Wonder around a 7th-century brick temple in the cave of Phnom Chhnork, the only cave temple in Cambodia, is a real must-see. Built in the Funan style, this complex hidden in a cave has a history of more than 1,300 years. Visit butterfly farm, crab market, enjoy fresh seafood, explore old buildings and take a walk along Kep beach.
Day 22: Kampot to Sihanoukville
This morning we make an easy day drive to visit Bokor National Park then to Sihanoukville to catch the ferry to Koh Rong
Days 23-24: Sihanoukville – Koh Rong Samloem Relaxation
Koh Rong Samloem offers four completely different atmospheres on four different beaches on what many might describe as the archetypal paradise island. Time to chill-out coast, after long day visit places around Cambodia.
Day 25: Sihanoukville Tour
Take the ferry back to spend a night in Sihanoukville, visit Otres Beach and Kbal Chhay Waterfalls and if you like we can go to see seafood market.
Day 26: Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh International Airport
Today, I will pick you up from the ferry port and drive you to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight. The journey from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh takes between 4 to 5 hours.
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