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10 days, 9 nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Cambodia with Spice

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive SIEMREAP
Day 2 SIEMREAP; Angkor Temples with “tuktuk” , “Kindness Restauraut”
Day 3 SIEMREAP; Village explorer                  
Day 4 SIEMREAP, PHNOMPENH; Street Food tour  
Day 5 PHNOMPENH; highlights      
Day 6 PHNOMPENH, TAKEO, TONLE BATI, DAEM PO village, homestay  
Day 7 DAEM PO village, KEP  
Day 8 KEP, KAMPOT; cooking class & Phnom Chngouk 
Day 9 KEP; Rabit island 
Day 10 KEP, PHNOMPENH, departure 

Day 1 Arrive SIEMREAP

Upon arrival in SiemReap, you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Day 2 SIEMREAP; Angkor Temples with “tuktuk” , “Kindness Restauraut”

Having met with your guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples. Whilst some wish to explore as many temples as they can during their stay, others like to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace. 

The temples in focus in a day
Angkor Wat – certainly the most famous of all the Angkor temples and, some would argue the most impressive. The temple, built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II contains three storeys of libraries, galleries and towers surrounded by a thick retaining wall and an imposing moat. Many visitors aim to visit the temple at sunrise to capture one of the most iconic Angkor photos. 
Ta Prohm - a temple left in much the same condition as when it was found - creating one of the most photogenic and atmospheric temples of the entire Angkor site. The tree roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers can be seen breaking through the walls and stone carvings. Any visit is truly an adventure. 
The Bayon - built in the 13th century as the state temple of King Jayavarman VII, standing at the centre of his capital - Angkor Thom. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of huge faces carved into large towers which rise up to form the central peak. The Bayon sits at the exact centre of Angkor Thom and roads lead to it from each of the city's cardinal points. 
Banteay Srei - one of the most unusual and widely recognisable temples of Angkor. Built largely of red sandstone, it is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. All the buildings are miniature in scale and it is this, along with the beautiful carvings, that have made it such a popular temple.

For lunch, we are returning to Siem Reap in time for dining at Sala Bai, a ‘kindness restaurant’ where orphans and children from disadvantaged families aged between 17 and 23, benefit from a formal education programme whilst being trained in a range of hotel and restaurant vocational skills, helping them to find employment in one of Siem Reap Province’s most dynamic sectors.

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 SIEMREAP; Village explorer                  

Today provides the perfect opportunity to gain a better understanding of Cambodian rural life, along with an insight into traditional Khmer culture; something which few visitors are lucky enough to experience. Departing after breakfast, you’ll spend the day travelling through a number of relatively un-touched villages and learning about the day-to-day lives of the local people. This is a world away from Siem Reap, and provides you with the perfect opportunity to get ‘off the beaten track’.
Your first stop is the village of Krabei Real, where there is time to explore the local market and to purchase some supplies for your lunch. Continue on, this time without the benefit of air-conditioning, using a more typical method of transportation for this region. The (almost!) pollution free ox and cart is still widely used throughout Cambodia, and allows you to travel at a gentle, almost hypnotic pace along the narrow, sandy, village roads. 
After around an hour, arrive at the home of a local family. Having been welcomed by your hosts, there will be plenty of time to relax and chat with the family as they are preparing the  typical Khmer cuisine for lunch. 
Having enjoyed your lunch, there is plenty of time to relax and explore the village before returning to Siem Reap. En route, stop to visit the workshops of the Artisans d’Angkor, and explore Siem Reap’s market before arriving back at your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. 

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 SIEMREAP, PHNOMPENH; Street Food tour  

Morning transfer to Siem Reap Airport in time for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Late afternoon, you will be met by your guide in a tuk-tuk, your transportation for this evening, for a unique and memorable dining experience. First stop is the Russian Market, where you can try some typical Khmer snacks. Back in the tuk-tuk, head downtown to a spot popular in the evening with locals, where grilled seafood stalls are prevalent. Enjoy some BBQ seafood tasters, being sure to save some room for your final dining destination. Travelling over the Japanese Bridge your final stop for the evening is a lakeside Khmer restaurant that foreign visitors would rarely discover. As you work your way through a menu of local specialities, a Khmer music band provide some typically local entertainment! With you appetite fully satisfied return to your hotel, again by tuk tuk.

Siem Reap Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Breakfast, Dinner
SIEMREAP -> PHNOMPENH ~ an-hour flight 

Day 5 PHNOMPENH; highlights      

Morning tour of the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen's residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. You will also visit the National Museum, which houses the world’s leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city.
Lunch is at Friends, a ‘kindness restaurant’ where ex-street children are trained in hospitality and restaurant skills, helping them to break away from life on the streets.
The afternoon is spent learning more about the terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again.

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 PHNOMPENH, TAKEO, TONLE BATI, DAEM PO village, homestay  

Departing Phnom Penh, your journey south takes you through Takeo Province, where the earliest remains of the Khmer civilization have been found. En route, visit the Tonle Bati temples, Prasat Ta Prohm, Yeay Peau temple dating from the 12th century, and Phnom Chisor, a Brahman Temple dating back to the 11th century. Arrive in Takeo in perfect time for lunch.
Continue to Daem Po, or Banyan Tree Village, 90 minutes to the south of Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be met by the local villagers who help run the ‘Rice Bank Project’, founded in 1997 with the assistance of an NGO. The aim of the project is to help the poorest farmers with their annual rice harvest through the provision of good quality seeds.… Having met the village committee chief you will be shown around by ox-cart, observing or participating in the daily activities of the farmers, such as rice plantation and harvesting, or join the women in making traditional cakes…The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the village with your guide.…..Your bed for the night will be at the village’s homestay, with dinner prepared by one of the local families.

Phnom Penh Ta Keo
Ta Keo
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 DAEM PO village, KEP  

After breakfast, you will have plenty of time to explore the village further and join in with the villagers as they carry out some of their daily activities. Depending on season, there may be a chance to accompany them into the fields and assist with the rice cultivation and harvest…it can be a muddy business!

At noon, it's time to say goodbye to your hosts and travel an hour towards the coastal of Kep, one of Cambodia’s up-and-coming south coast destinations. En route, you may wish to stop at the Pepper Plantation & Vine Retreat; an ecologically conscientious organic farm nestled at the foot of a small range of jungle entrenched mountains named Phnom Vor….Continue on to Kep, one of Cambodia’s up-and-coming coastal destinations. After checking in to your hotel the remainder of your day is at leisure. 

Ta Keo Kep
Kep
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 KEP, KAMPOT; cooking class & Phnom Chngouk 

Late morning transfer to the nearby town of Kampot, located near the base of Elephant Mountains. Any visit to Kampot is a taste of provincial Cambodia, with its relaxed atmosphere and little riverside cafes and pubs.

Upon arrival, join a cooking class at Jam’s café, a Khmer-owned restaurant that specialises in dishes prepared with local herbs, spices and of course Kampot pepper. The class lasts approximately three hours and includes a visit to Kampot’s lively market to purchase the required ingredients and seafood. 

Return to Kep, stopping at the pre-Angkorian cave temple of Phnom Chngouk. Set in a limestone cave amongst stalagmite and stalactites, the 4th-5th century AD brick structure is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and least visited temples in Cambodia….The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Kep Kampot
Kep
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 KEP; Rabit island 

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Kep Port where you will board a boat for the 30 minute crossing to Koh Tonsay, or Rabbit Island. Just seven fishing families live on the small island, each having now developed a few backpacker-friendly huts and rustic restaurants. Whilst the idyllic island has grown in popularity with the recent increase in visitors to Kep, it still makes for a very special day trip with the quiet sands and exceptional seafood providing sufficient draw for most! 

Upon arrival, disembark and explore the small village before spending the remainder of your day relaxing on the beautiful beach. A BBQ lunch will be served and snorkelling equipment is easily available. Return to Kep by boat in in the late afternoon. 

Kep
Kep
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 KEP, PHNOMPENH, departure 

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your onward flight.

Kep
Breakfast
KEP -> PHNOMPENH ~ 3-hour driving 

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Inclusions
English speaking, local guide 
All accommodation listed in double/twin share with breakfast 
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles 
All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary 
Boat trip wherever it has 
All meals listed 
Government tax 

Exclusions
Visa 
International arrival & departure flight ticket and airport tax 
Domestic flights within Cambodia (on request) 
Peak-season/public holiday surcharge & compulsory meals to be advised at the time of booking 
Any meals not listed in the itinerary 
Drinks, other than water on activity days 
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips…)
Travel insurance  & other services not listed in “inclusive”

Remarks
The itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers 
Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
The confirmation is subject to the availability at the time of booking 

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