The perfect introductory tour, spend two weeks embracing Cambodia's complicated history and fascinating heritage whilst you cover all the highlights of this charming kingdom.
Pay a visit to the extraordinary Angkor Wat, the most iconic structure within the Angkor Complex, as seen on BBC One's Sacred Wonders.
Our Around Cambodia tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Wander the airy boulevards of Cambodia's charming capital city
Discover your adventurous side at Cambodia's most famous temple complex
Cruise the tranquil waters of this great lake
Our Around Cambodia Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
A rip-roaring combination of theatre, music, dance and circus, Phare: the Cambodian Circus, tells tales woven from local folklore, history and modern life in a unique, magical and authentically-Cambodian way.
Pay a visit to the wonderful 'La Maison de Coco', an NGO-run centre where local people are taught traditional arts such as weaving, to give them skills that will help them earn a living.
Learn all about the cultivation and production of Kampot pepper, considered by many to be the world's best, as you tour a peaceful pepper farm in southern Cambodia's lush countryside.
Spend two weeks exploring Cambodia's famous cities, scenic countryside and complex history. Delve into the fascinating heritage of the kingdom, from cooking classes to cultural shows and dinner cruises, and dedicate a full day to exploring the majestic temples of Angkor. You'll also have time to explore some more off the beaten track destinations, like Kampot, home of the famous Kampot pepper, and the coastal town of Kep on the edge of the Thai Gulf.
Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom's centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breath-taking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures.
Enjoy a traditional Cambodian cooking class with a local, learning about the flavours that go into Khmer cuisine. This evening, enjoy the talents of the Phare Cambodian Circus! This rollicking performance is delivered by graduates of a charitable performing arts college. This NGO transforms the lives of disadvantaged local youths through education and vocational training.
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land, visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show.
Begin the journey towards Battambang, stopping in Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre. Learn about the cultivation of silk, from the planting of mulberry trees used to raise the silkworms to the harvesting of silk threads. Observe the artisans using the dyed and treated silk threads to create beautiful products in the workshops. On arrival in Battambang the rest of the day is at leisure.
Head out of town to the 12th century Prasat Banan Temple and admire the breathtaking hilltop views. Return to Battambang and take a stroll through the village of Wat Kor, then explore a local house for a glimpse of traditional Khmer life. Visit a local NGO, La Maison de Coco, where traditional skills such as weaving are taught to locals before a visit to Phnom Sampov to see the bat cave.
Journey south to Phnom Penh, stopping at the former capital city Udong, a potters' village and Touch Hill.
A somewhat European city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, still marked by the events of the Khmer Regime, Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism, making it a pleasurable place to be. Today's visits include a cyclo ride to the magnificent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Sunset at hilltop Wat Phnom rounds off the day.
Today, reflect on Cambodia's tragic past under the Khmer Rouge regime at the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields. Later, visit the city's craft brewery for a tour and tasting, and reflect on how this reinvigorated Asian capital is moving on from the past.
Depart for the beach town of Kampot, and visit a pepper farm to learn about the renowned Kampot pepper. Enjoy a walking tour of the harming riverside town and its colonial architecture.
Enjoy a day trip to the nearby seaside town of Kep, just a little east along the coast, starting with a barbecue lunch at the sailing club before a free afternoon to explore independently. Return to your hotel in Kampot.
Return to Phnom Penh, stopping en route to see the ruins of the former military hill station, 'Bokor Mountain'. Relax in Phnom Penh this afternoon before a farewell dinner cruise on the Mekong River.
Enjoy time at leisure until your transfer to the airport. Board your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving home the following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
This modern, stylish 4* hotel is centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh, a stone’s throw from the Mekong. Facilities include a spa with sauna, Jacuzzi, and private treatment rooms, plus a 24-hour gym. Relax with a cool drink in one of the hotel bars, or enjoy the views from the rooftop infinity pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Perfectly located in central Battambang with an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, the Classy Hotel embraces both French architecture and more traditional styles. Bedrooms are contemporary, light and spacious with an ensuite bathroom with bathtub. The restaurant serves both local and Western food.
Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning.
Boutique Kampot is a comfortable, atmospheric hotel within a modern building inspired by French colonial style. The airy, tiled bedrooms include WiFi access for your convenience. The hotel also features a rooftop terrace where you may enjoy relaxing at sundown after your day exploring this beautiful region.
The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April, during the dry season where you can expect blue skies and little rain.
Places Visited: UK - Siem Reap (4N) - Battambang (2N) - Kampot (2N) - Phnom Penh (4N) - UK
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