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(PRIVATE) Cambodia: The Best Of Cambodia – 8 Days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR (for 2+ people booking together)

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

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Take an overland exploration of Cambodia with a private guide. Visit the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat while discovering the friendly and welcoming people of Cambodia. On this private tour you will visit the amazing countryside of Cambodia, visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, and witness the awe-inspiring temples and ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, all in 3 star comfort.

This is a cutting-edge destination that beckons the true adventurer to explore.


Places Visited:

Siem Reap, Angkor Temples, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Kompong Cham, Kongpong Thom


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Siem Reap
Day 2: Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)
Day 3: Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)
Day 4: Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)
Day 5: Siem Reap - Kompong Thom (B)
Day 6: Kompong Thom - Kompong Cham - Phnom Penh (B)
Day 7: Phnom Penh (B)
Day 8: Trip Ends (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:
Siem Reap

Arrive in Siem Reap and meet at assigned hotel. OR if you purchased airport transfers through us (highly recommended) then you are met and welcomed at the airport and during your transfer to the hotel and you are given a briefing of your upcoming trip. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the charming city.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 2:
Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)

We start by visiting Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most famous landmark and the grandest of all the Angkor temples. Known to be the biggest religious structure in the world, visitors can’t help but be captivated by it as it towers above them, but there is incredible detail in the stone carvings for those who venture up close.

Angkor Wat is entered by crossing a large bridge over the moat which is lined with naga statues and pillars. Into the main temple building and there is a maze of corridors with intricate carvings on the walls and ornately crafted sculptures at every turn. A huge bas relief adorns the outer wall which tells the story of many Angkorian legends.

We enter Angkor Thom at the South gate, which makes for an impressive introduction to Angkor with statues and figurines lining the path. Then we move on to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings where we can admire the impressive bas reliefs that make these sites famous. Then we stop off at Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas on our way to Bayon, one of Angkor’s most revered temples. Bayon is a truly unforgettable sight, with many carved stone faces of all peering down at you from all angles. Then we go to Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple which features a large central pool containing a circular “island” in the middle, which has an impressive statue mounted on it. A series of smaller pools surround the large central, all of which can be walked around and investigated easily.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 3:
Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)

After breakfast, proceed to view Sras Srang - a baray opposite to Banteay Kdei where you observe an islet in the center upon which the stones remain of what used to be a wooden temple. Pre Rup it’s a temple complex built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), the pyramid temple of which has 3 levels, the highest of which has 5 square-shaped shrines positioned in the shape of quincunx. The name of the temple stands for turning the body – a traditional Khmer ceremony of rotating the body during a funeral.

Continue to Banteay Srei, one of the most intricate and best preserved Angkor Temples, and a bit further away from the main group of monuments at Angkor Thom. The stone carvings are exquisite and in immaculate condition, and this small temple is always a big hit with visitors. Continue to Banteay Samre; next on the agenda, an interesting mid-12th century Hindu temple. Next up is the most famous of Angkor’s Jungle Temples, Ta Prohm, where the trees really are taking over and many parts of the temple are covered with twisting tree roots and branches. Ta Prohm is an often one of the favorite temples on the Angkor circuit for visitors.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 4:
Full day exploring Angkor Wat (B)

The Roluos Group Temples resemble the early classical period of Khmer art as these structures are one of the earliest to be built by the Khmer. The site was the capital at the of the ruling of King Indravarman (877-889).

Lolei was built on a small island by King Yasovarman I (889-910) – the founder of Angkor. It is advised to pay special attention to the sandstone wall carvings in the niches and the Sanskrit scripts on the doorposts of the temple.

Preah Ko was constructed by King Indravarman I to honor his ancestors. The name of the temple refers to the white bulls that serve god Shiva.

Bakong is the largest one of the most fascinating temples of the Rolous Group. It was built by King Indravarman in dedication to god Shiva and still has an active Buddhist Monastery to this day.

Spend this afternoon driving further at Puok Silk Farm for the traditional Khmer silk production, planting from mulberry to silk worms and later leads to silk weaving before return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 5:
Siem Reap - Kampong Thom (B)

Depart Siem Reap to Kampong Thom. On the way stop will be made at Sambor Prei Kuk; a great opportunity to discover Cambodia’s early history and architecture. Before we depart toward Siem Reap, we visit the Wat Andri monastery. Proceed to Kampong Thom in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Kampong Thom


Day 6:
Kompong Thom - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh (B)

Depart to Kampong Cham, – a city situated by the Mekong River where we will observe some buildings from the bygone colonial period of Cambodian History as well as visiting an interesting local market. Proceed to visit Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (Man Hill and Woman Hill), where, according to local belief, men were competing against women to build the tallest mountain – women won and Phnom Srei is taller than Phnom Pros.

We proceed to Wat Nakor Bachey, which is a monastery nowadays founded on the spot of an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist temple. Afterwards, stop at Spider Market of Skuon – small local town that is famous for such unusual delicatessen. In the town you can see spider merchants selling various species of large, furry arachnids which are consumed by locals and tourists alike. We continue to the Cambodian capital – Phnom Penh.

Overnight in Phnom Penh


Day 7:
Phnom Penh (B)

Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendor hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start your tour at Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni, the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, and the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.

In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime - at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive.

Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building (Central Market is currently under construction but can be visited as usual), or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.

Overnight in Phnom Penh


Day 8:
Trip Ends - Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport (B)

After breakfast, the trip ends. If you purchased airport transfers through us (highly recommended) then you are picked up at your hotel and transferred to Phnom Penh Airport.



Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club private trip for 2+ people booking together.

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum of 2+ people to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. A single room supplement applies on private trips to those staying in a room on their own.

All Prices are LAND ONLY. You are responsible for making your own international flight arrangements and for arriving at the designated departure location as per the itinerary.

Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only.

Visas are required for Cambodia and can typically be purchased upon arrival for citizens of most countries. Please check the nearest Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry.

It is recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays.

Trip ID: AS1153
PRICING
Departure Dates:

$494.00
Local Fee
$100.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: upgrade to 4* hotels
$379.00
OPTIONAL: Airport Transfers (Highly Recommended)
$35.00

Price Includes
  • Fully guided 8 day tour of Cambodia
  • Tour of the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat
  • Tour the capital city of Phnom Penh
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • 7 nights in excellent 3 star hotels
  • Services of Local English speaking guides
  • Breakfast throughout
  • Entrance fees
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare to and from your home country
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals other then specified
  • Cambodian visas (approximately $30 - obtained on entry)
  • Airport departure taxes and fees (Approximately US$ 25)
  • Local Fee
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Accomodation Included
  • 7 nights in excellent 3star hotels
Meals Included
  • Breakfast daily


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