Trip reference number: CX11
Trip Operator: All Points East
Cambodia Overland: an exciting round trip, combining the famous temples of Angkor and best known sites, with some of the more off the beaten track ones, in a road and river adventure through this fascinating yet little known country. Visit the hectic yet charming riverside capital Phnom Penh, the mysterious and dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor, the scenic Tonle Sap Lake and Battambang before returning to Phnom Penh via the photogenic ‘floating town’ of Kompong Chnang.
Day 1 Depart from UK.
Day 2 Arrival in Phnom Penh. An introductory walking tour, taking in the historic French Quarter, Wat Phnom and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street-life before finishing perhaps, with sundowners at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club?
Day 3 Day tour including the infamous Killing Fields and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng to explain the country’s recent tragic history, the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda the Russian Market.
Day 4 Up country through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the small provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia – jumping off point for the nearby Angkor Temple complex. On the way visit the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, the rarely visited but well preserved 10th century temple of Kuhananokor and lunch by a scenic lake. A dusk visit to the atmospheric ruins of Banteay Kdei Temple completes our day.
Day 5 Angkor – an unforgettable two-day tour of this fabulous site – its vast jungle clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. Beginning with dawn at Angkor Wat followed by a comprehensive morning tour of the temple itself. Then late morning return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat and for some lunch, siesta or relaxation time before an afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Preah Palilay, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone!), the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous ‘faces’.
Day 6 We’ll begin with a forest hike up Bahkeng Hill to visit the spectacular Phnom Bahkeng Temple and check out the views before moving on to the huge jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and trees and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.
After a middaybreak, continue with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to the famous Ta Prom ruins – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple continues our jungle theme .
Day 7 Morning trip to one of the remoter, less visited temple sites, the truly spectacular Beng Melea. A huge, partially ruined temple complex, overgrown by jungle, lying to the west of Siem Reap this is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, visit the National Museum explore the markets or even take a Khmer cookery lesson?
Day 8 Spectacular boat journey across the Tonle Sap Lake, past the ‘flooded forest’ and Prek Toal bird sanctuary and on down the Sangkar River and its floating and stilt-house fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop off on the way to visit the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project. Time of arrival will depend upon water levels.
Day 9 Morning ride through the paddy-fields on Battambang’s famous ‘bamboo train’. After lunch we’ll head out to the surrounding villages to check out the area’s traditional cottage industries and handicrafts by bicycle or tuk-tuk.
Day 10 Travelling east visiting the lively and colourful local market in Pursat Town and on to the river port town of Kompong Chnang where half the town is actually floating on the Tonle Sap River. Explore the bustling river front before continuing to Phnom Penh.
Day 11 Morning transfer to Phnom Penh for a return flight to London and evening arrival.
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