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12 days, 11 nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, Battambang , Siem Reap, Sihanouk ville

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Highlights of Cambodia

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Day 1 Arrive PHNOM PENH
Day 2 PHNOM PENH; cycling to island 
Day 3 PHNOM PENH; city highlights  
Day 4 PHNOM PENH, BATTAMBANG 
Day 5 BATTAMBANG; day round 
Day 6 BATTAMBANG, SIEM REAP 
Day 7 ANGKOR EXPLORE 
Day 8 More in SIEM REAP 
Day 9 SIEM REAP, SIHANOUK VILLE 
Day 10 SIHANOUK VILLE 
Day 11 SIHANOUK VILLE 
Day 12 SIHANOUK VILLE ,PHNOM PENH, departure  

Day 1 Arrive PHNOM PENH

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by our person, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. Rest after your long journey.  

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

Day 2 PHNOM PENH; cycling to island 

Enjoy a leisurely ride to the countryside around Phnom Penh by use of public boats and ferries and cycling on small roads with no traffic for most of the time. This is a low environmental-impact tour that will bring you closer to the real Cambodia! Take a boat across Tonle Sap River and cycle north along the far bank of the river, an area mainly populated by Cham communities. Pass coriander gardens and small wooden houses before crossing the peninsula. While waiting for the ferry, visit a Chinese style pagoda. Take a ferry to Koh Otnyahdei, where a gentle ride will take you around this small Island with its fertile farmland and small villages. Stop at a typical modern Khmer Wat and a silk weaving house to see how silk scarves are produced. Continue along small trails to an abandoned zoo and relax in an overgrown resort project before riding back by a different route.
In the evening, enjoy an atmospheric sunset dinner river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening. Enjoy a relaxing 2hours cruise on board as you enjoy watching Phnom Penh from a different angle whilst you dine.

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 PHNOM PENH; city highlights  

After a relaxing break, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 
Afternoon, you’ll be picked up and driven to the so-called ‘Killing Fields’. The term is a misnomer because it implies a single location. In reality, the process of genocide under the Kh’mer Rouge involved a large network of interrogation prisons linked to extermination centres. The most infamous is Phnom Penh’s S-21 Prison and the Choeung Ek extermination centre.

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 PHNOM PENH, BATTAMBANG 

Travel along National Highway 5 today as you head from Phnom Penh to the town of Battambang. The travel time is approximately 5½ hours not including stops. Outside of Phnom Penh traffic is lighter and the whole journey is scenic as you head towards the northwest of the country. Enjoy a packed lunch at one of the local houses and watch the daily activity of the village. 
After that, continue to Kompong Luong from where you will board a simple local boat to visit a series of floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake. Floating factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, fish farms, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station...everything is on the water. Continue to Battambang, you will be taken directly to your hotel for check in. 

Phnom Penh Battambang
Battambang
Breakfast, Lunch
PHNOMPENH -> BATTAMBANG ~ 5 –hour driving 

Day 5 BATTAMBANG; day round 

Today have a fun morning cycling around local villages with Soksa Bike, a social enterprise initiated set up to provide scenic and informative bike rides through the local countryside. During the 30km cycle tour there are plenty of stops where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo) and other Cambodian treats. 
Take lunch at Fresh Eats Cafe, set up by a non-profit NGO operating with orphans and vulnerable children that live on the streets or have been trafficked. The organization helps them to reintegrate into society by giving them a safe family environment, access to education and vocational training as well as health treatment. 
We then head off to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers in order to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons as there are no regular trains running any more. Sitting on the platform, you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies . A true rollercoaster ride without loops!
Continue to Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Your visit at Phnom Sampeau will last until dusk – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – a nightly spectacular show of nature! 

Battambang
Battambang
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 BATTAMBANG, SIEM REAP 

A private vehicle will take you on a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside towards Siem Reap where our person will be waiting to accompany you to the hotel for check in. 

This afternoon travel by remork ‘tuk tuk’ to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. On the way back, at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities.

Battambang Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Breakfast
BATTAMBANG -> SIEMREAP ~ 3 – hour driving 

Day 7 ANGKOR EXPLORE 

After breakfast, start your visits to some other Angkor sites. First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. You will enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.  From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. 

Our next is to visit Ta Prohm temple, that children will probably enjoy the most. The ‘Tomb Raider’ movie was set and filmed here. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. But this temple visit will not be a usual one…think Tomb Raider! 

For lunch, we enjoy dinning at HAVEN, a training restaurant for young adults (orphans, half-orphans and abandoned children), who have to leave orphanages when they come of age. HAVEN serves flavourful Asian and Western food – including some Swiss specialities and many fresh vegetarian tidbits – at the same time you are supporting a training programme and are thereby helping a young adult orphan to achieve a secure and independent future.

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 More in SIEM REAP 

This morning is at leisure with a range of optional activities to suit children and adults alike. Discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in a half-day cooking class at Cassia Restaurant. The tour starts with a guided trip to the market where you will learn everything about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients of which you will later be shown how to prepare these delicious dishes. At lunchtime, indulge yourself in your self-prepared meals.
In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century; it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. 
After a wonderful tour at the temple, enjoy a relaxing cruise in a gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom compound while watching a spectacular sunset at Prasat Chroung temple. Canapes and a soft drink will be available on the boat, as your boat paddles slowly along the ancient moat. 

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 SIEM REAP, SIHANOUK VILLE 

Enjoy some time at leisure to relax at the hotel or to discover Siem Reap town on your own until the transfer to the airport for the short flight heading to to Sihanouk ville. Check in our selected hotel on arrival. The remainder is on your own.

Siem Reap Sihanouk Ville
Sihanouk Ville
Breakfast
SIEMREAP -> SIHANOUK VILLE ~ 50mns flight  

Day 10 SIHANOUK VILLE 

Take a boat trip departing 9am to explore three islands giving you the chance to snorkel, fish or just rest and relax. At the first stop you will see colorful corals and fishes at the island of Koh Chaluh. At Bamboo Island enjoy swimming with in the clear waters or relax on a long yellow sandy beach with a coral reef. Have a seafood BBQ lunch with cool drinks and fruit on the beach. After an easy walk of 10 minutes to the other side of Bamboo Island before departing to either Koh Tres for some snorkeling or Koh Takiev for some more beach (please advise at the start of the tour which option you prefer). In the afternoon return to Sihanoukville to arrive 4-5pm.

Sihanouk Ville
Sihanouk Ville
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 SIHANOUK VILLE 

Stay the day with sunshine or stroll the town on your own. 

Sihanouk Ville
Sihanouk Ville
Breakfast

Day 12 SIHANOUK VILLE ,PHNOM PENH, departure  

Drive back PhnomPenh for your departure .

Sihanouk Ville
Breakfast
SIHANOUK VILLE -> PHNOMPENH ~ 4-hour driving 

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