The paths of Cambodia are varied and deep. The jungles conquer ancient temples and the beaches offer golden sands that look like buried treasure. Rivers provide insight into centuries old villages and history always finds a way to inspire and empower those around it. On this 11-day tour you will find the illuminating qualities of Cambodia. From the power of Angkor to the beauty of nature, from the captivating ancient artistry of Banteay Srei to the relaxed ambiance of Sihanoukville, Cambodia is...
Opening Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a city on the fringe of the jungle trees and one which sits adjacent to ancient history. Arrive at the airport and be met by your private guide. Check in to the modern luxuries at your hotel where the rooms have a view of the lush jungle trees and the crisp pool. The lobby is a graceful display of lacquered wooden décor inspired by traditional Khmer design. Soon you will be on the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap where the breeze is cool and refreshing.
The water spritzes into the air. You see local longtail boats cruising on the water. Homes and villages are settled on the shores and grow distant. You arrive at a floating village and immediately notice the stilts that help keep the buildings afloat. The lake’s body undulates dramatically between dry and wet season. Clotheslines are strung between homes. Ladders rise from the water and meet the risen porches. Boats are tied and anchored around the stilts. The image of Cambodia has already been illuminated and possibly even transformed to hold a deeper meaning.
The Illumination of Angkor
Mysteries to Hold
More Contemporary History
Glimpsing the Countryside
Discovery in the Trees
Finding the Seaside
Grasping Golden Sand
The Homecoming Soon
- Visit a village raised on stilts and located above the water on Tonle Sap Lake
- Discover the remarkable complex of Angkor, including the renowned temple of Angkor Wat
- Experience the culture of rural villages around Oudong Mountain
- Witness the impressive power of nature as it wraps around Banteay Chhmar Temple
- Indulge in the gorgeous seaside at Kep and Sihanoukville
- Explore the depths of Cambodia, from ancient to contemporary
When the sun rises over the ancient city of Angkor it’s as if the lights of Cambodia have been turned on. On this custom tailored tour through history you will find treasured temples and sparkling beaches, encompassing jungle and luxurious hotels. From the cities to the countryside you will discover the brilliance of intricate ancient artistry along temple walls and tumultuous history that continues to inspire locals and visitors alike. Whether experiencing a seaside sunset cruise or boating across a freshwater lake, Cambodia’s varied and endless beauty will captivate you.
Your journey begins with your arrival in Siem Reap. The city is a collection of village traditions and French influence. After checking in to your hotel you will cruise along Tonle Sap Lake to visit the villages and the people that call the unique water source home. The following morning you will begin your visit of the Angkor City complex, starting with Angkor Wat. In the morning you will traverse the countryside to find Beng Mealea temple and the Banteay Srei temple complex. The unique reliefs of Banteay Srei have mesmerized visitors since its unearthing.
Depart from Siem Reap and make your way to Banteay Chhmar, an expanse of ruins overrun by the surrounding jungle. Journey to Battambang and find the charm of incredibly preserved French architecture. The following day you will head to the villages and temples around Oudong Mountain. Enjoy the tranquil environment of Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Center en route to Phnom Penh. A full day tour of the city takes you through the imperial history of the Royal Palace and the contemporary history of the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. Venture to Kampot by way of Tonle Bati Temple and Phnom Da. Indulge in a beachside excursion to Kep where a sunset cruise awaits you. Spend the following day on the golden beaches of Sihanoukville before returning to Phnom Penh and making your way home.
$1,975 per person (excluding international flights)
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