Immerse yourself in Cambodia on this custom tailored tour that will show you the giving spirit of the ruins, cities, and countryside. The sunrise casts light over historic Angkor Wat and brings the sandstone to a golden shimmer. Monks light incense and offer you blessing. Stroll alongside ornate French colonial buildings in the historic center of Battambang. Feel the cool breeze on an open platform as you travel on the bamboo train. From the ancient customs of distinct villages to classic markets...
Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia, a city that sits on the banks of the Siem Reap River and is known as the gateway to Angkor. The streets around Psar Chaa, the Old Market, are lively and energetic. The restaurants emanate aromas of traditional and western cuisine. Tuk tuks wind through the streets and carry tourists to and from the Angkor complex. Large cows pull large carts around the wide boulevards and away from the city center. The city is small and mixed with lavish hotels and boutique guesthouses. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to Journeys Within, a celebrated bed and breakfast found outside of the bustling city streets. The grounds feel like a jungle oasis.
The breeze blows quietly through the surrounding trees. The greenery is endless and bright. The pool is cool and refreshing. You are greeted inside the French Colonial building that, in itself, speaks volumes to the history of Cambodia. In the evening you will return to the city to watch a fabulous rendition of a traditional dinner and Khmer performance. The dance-drama conveys classical scenes from folklore. The costumes are vibrant and characteristic of the culture. Women flex their fingers and arch their backs in exaggerated poses. They wear gilded crowns and long dangling earrings. Their movements are graceful and refined, each step telling another element of the story.
Understanding Storied Pasts
A Different Representation
The New History
The French Givings
The Bamboo Culture
The Countryside of Battambang
- Explore the incredible Angkor complex, from the famous Angkor Wat to the ancient capital of Angkor Thom
- Discover the traditions and historic culture on the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia at Tonle Sap
- Visit pre-Angkorian temples that date back to the 8th and 9th centuries
- Witness the charming French Colonial architecture of Battambang
- Immerse yourself in the magnificent culture of Cambodia, from the cuisine to the traditions, such as a visit to the cultural theater
- Ride through the immense countryside on the unique Bamboo Train
Paddy fields offer endless greenery to the expansive landscape. Temples are overrun with winding roots that form towering trees. Dancers tell ancient stories as they move their hands in specific, detailed motion. On this 9-day tour through Cambodia you will immerse yourself in the past and present culture of the country. The people are gregarious and curious. The ancient citadels continue to stand despite the persistent efforts of time. You will be given the chance to make magnificent memories, filled with temples and myths, landscapes and monks.
Your journey begins with your arrival in Siem Reap. The city is filled with music and smiles on the edge of the Angkor complex. In the evening you will arrive and partake in a traditional dinner and dance show to witness the evolution of the story form. The following morning you will make your way to Angkor Wat to explore the exceptional renowned temple. In the afternoon you will venture to Angkor Thom and see the Khmer Empire’s capital city. The next day travel to Banteay Srei where the 10th century temples display tremendous carved reliefs. A tour on Tonle Sap Lake will take you to see the floating villages and traditional fish farms that have spanned the body of water for centuries.
Discover the Rolous Group, a collection of 8th and 9th century temples that predate Angkor Wat. Later in the day you will visit the Old Market and once forgotten citadel of Ta Prohm. The next morning you will arrive at Beng Mealea, a temple that has been fabulously overtaken by nature. Transfer to Battambang, where the French Colonial architecture adds a touch of the western world to the city streets. The Bamboo Train sits on the outskirts of the city and takes you on a unique tour of the countryside on the antique French railroad tracks. Explore the surrounding lush landscape where the greenery is unparalleled. On your final day you will be taken to the airport to make your flight home.
$1,615 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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