Romantic Getaway Tour to Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville

A 9 day trip to Cambodia 
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From its ancient monuments to pristine golden beaches, you will experience the romance that emanates from temples surrounded by jungle on this custom tailored tour. Indulge in the charm of secluded beaches and crystal-clear sea. The wonders of history are carved into the walls and the elegance of French Colonial architecture brings the romance of street side cafes to you. From private islands to ancient cities, newly uncovered artifacts to candlelit dinners, when you come to Cambodia you discover desire.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Adoring History

Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient city of Angkor. The city’s historic center is vivacious with French architecture. The upper-story windows are long and graceful, topped with arching glass, and decorated with wooden shutters. The scent of fresh baguettes and pressed coffee are exhilarating. Away from the central market you find the township alongside the Siem Reap River. Cows draw large carts often filled with produce, from lettuce to bananas. The combination of traditional culture and modern luxury abounds.

Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your gorgeous hotel. After you check-in your private guide will escort you to the Small Circuit of temples that will introduce you to the famous Khmer Empire. Ta Prohm reached cinematic fame in the move Tomb Raider, with Angelina Jolie. The space continues to enthrall with its romantic display of nature overtaking manmade structures. The 12th century temple sits in the jungle, surrounded by fertile grass, towering ficus, and silk trees.

You find private niches and hidden corners that make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon your own romantic temple. At the eastern entrance pavilion you find tree roots wrapping around the stone and almost covering the rotunda. The tree stands tall on the support of the edifice as the forest reclaims the structure. Thirty-nine separate towers continue to rise above the jungle. Jayavarman faces decorate the entrance gates; the slight smiles have intrigued archeologists for centuries. The balance of nature and civilization is stunning. The image is nothing less than romantic.   

What’s Included: lunch, transfer, tour, accommodation

Day 2: A Delicate Collection   

Banteay Srei is a sensational complex of temples filled with treasures of Angkorian art. The area is known as the “Citadel of Women,” due to the intricate relief carvings that tell scenes of ancient and mythological Hindu stories. The temples were constructed in the 10th century and continue to mystify and captivate people with its beauty. The central tower was devoted to Shiva but the northern towers were devoted to Vishnu. You traverse portions of the jungle before you arrive at the citadel. Suddenly the trees drift apart and you come to a clearing. Small niches are carved into the walls and contain carvings of devatas, deities, and dvarapalas, a gate guardian. A causeway almost 220 feet connects two separate corridors. The more you explore the complex the more detail you find in each edifice. The romance of each detailed image charms and delights you.

What’s Included: breakfast, dinner, tour, accommodation

Day 3: Passionate Sunrise

The dawn air is cool and still. You cuddle up to one another as you journey to the western entrance gate of the celebrated Angkor Wat. The bridge crosses the 190 foot moat and the gate is more of a looming tower. The moat encompasses a three-mile perimeter around the complex. The dark corridor opens up to a courtyard. The walkway continues to the entrance of one of the largest religious monuments in the world. The 12th century temple is adorned with five towers that symbolize the home of the Hindu gods, Mount Meru. The central spire is 213 feet tall. The majesty of Angkor Wat is its golden shine in the sunrise. The colors of first light begin to layer over the sky and you can see the sandstone glisten.

Enter the edifice and find the aroma of sandalwood. Monks maintain shrines around the entire complex, accepting alms and lighting incense. In the central tower you can find paintings that were once hidden by time. One chamber depicts a scene of a traditional musical ensemble of gongs, xylophones, and wind instruments. Although the temple is famous and popular, as you explore the site you feel like you have a secluded tour, rarely seeing anyone else. Other than a handful of monks dressed in saffron robes you feel as though the entire complex is yours to discover. 

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

Day 4: Countryside to City-side

The morning is filled with the aromas of fresh baked pastries and rich, decadent coffee emanating from a collection of cafes. When you indulge in the scent of the croissants and baguettes beneath the graceful windows and awnings, you are transported to a charming French boulevard. You combine the rich history of the Khmer Empire with the delicate flavors of French Colonialism, embracing the evolution of the country’s unique culture. After breakfast you wave goodbye to Siem Reap and make your way to the capital city of Phnom Penh. The landscape is plush with towering trees that open up to vast paddy fields. The fertile land creates verdant grasslands. Life slows down for an enjoyable moment.

You pass villages where houses are raised on stilts. Farmers sit on carts pulled by ox and cow. They haul produce and sacks of rice. The villagers wave emphatically; their smiles are large and gregarious. Arrive in Phnom Penh and find a city that maintains its historic grace. The Sisowath Quay is a pleasant brick promenade that runs alongside the river. The French architecture looks out over the water, palm trees, and grass. In the evening you can enjoy a dinner at the Foreign Correspondence Club. The restaurant looks over the Tonle Sap River and offers a romantic view within the drifting aroma of traditional Cambodian and western cuisine, including an incredible grilled beef rump accompanied by a chili palm sugar dipping sauce.   

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, transfer, accommodation 

Day 5: Illustrious Stones 

The streets of Phnom Penh begin to bustle in the morning light. Fishing trolleys and longtail boats weigh anchor and cruise along the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. The current drifts onward towards Vietnam. After breakfast your private guide meets you at your hotel. The city is filled with history, from the French Colonial era to the 14th century temple of the capital’s namesake, Wat Phnom. You arrive at the Royal Palace and find the complex glistening with gilded frames. The palace was constructed in the 19th century over an old citadel.

The Silver Pagoda has an immaculate white façade and a roof built in the traditional Khmer style, tiered and steeply angled. Inside the pagoda is the treasured Emerald Buddha, cast in the 17th century using baccarat crystal. The gallery captures the luster of mythology and devotion. You can’t help but be mesmerized by the glistening colors, not to mention the near life-sized golden Buddha statue decorated with 9,584 diamonds. The latter statue is dressed in royal regalia. 5,000 silver tiles pave the gallery. The opulence of the entire room shows the passion of the past and the continued persistence of devotion.   

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

Day 6: The Past Informs the Future

The morning is calm around the riverbanks. Locals gather around Sisowath Quay and exercise in collective groups. The music is energetic and jovial. The city and the country continue to feel the effects of the totalitarian government of the 1970s but their attitudes are always jovial and optimistic. They wave their arms in the air as they exercise. The sunlight bounces off of the river. The city comes to life and you awaken with it. After breakfast your private guide meets you at your hotel. You make your way to the tranquil Choeung Ek Memorial to visit the country’s indescribable history.

A Buddhist stupa now stands as a 203 foot memorial to the victims of the Pol Pot regime. The Khmer architecture offers more than just a display of the people’s historic strength but the reminder of it. The fields are serene. The trees rustle in the dwindling breeze. You return to the city for lunch at the Lotus Blanc Restaurant, an organization that helps underprivileged children learn the hospitality trade. In the afternoon you will journey to Sihanoukville and indulge in the quiet, romantic atmosphere of Cambodia’s premier beach destination. 

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, transfer, accommodation

Day 7: The Warmth of Gold

The sun casts a gentle glow over the golden sand. The crystal water brushes against the shore. The scent of the sweet sea drifts in from the water. You can press your toes into the powdery golden beach and feel the warmth wrap around your skin. The day is yours to indulge in the beauty of Sihanoukville, from relaxing alongside the lapping water to venturing out onto the sea on a kayak. When the tide is low on Independence Beach the sandy shore extends over a third of a mile. You can see the towering stories of the elegant Independence Hotel rising above the tree line.

Grass umbrellas offer shade at the far end of the beach and rhesus monkeys often come down to the golden sand and mingle among the people. The water is cool on your skin and rejuvenates you. The coastal breeze swirls the scent of fresh seafood. Local restaurants grill fish and squid caught fresh that morning. The scent rises from the coal barbecue and lingers in the air. The garden adjacent to the beach is lush, the beach is pristine, and the beauty is intoxicating.  

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, accommodation

Day 8: Paradise Found

The morning feels like a dream in the surrounding elegance of the beach. The day is yours to experience and enjoy the exceptional water and culture around Sihanoukville. Islands spot the horizon. Fishing villages can be found hugging the foothills of forested outcroppings. You could even search the seafloor on a snorkel tour. In the hills outside of the city you will find the Kbal Chhay Waterfall. The Prek Tuk Sap River meanders through the trees. In the wet season the river has created a collection of falls that cascade to the pools 16 feet below. The rushing water is tranquil. You can picnic on flat, smooth rocks that sit alongside the river and listen to the rushing falls. The trees are verdant and still. The sky is a perfect clear blue. In the luxuries of Cambodia you have found the romance of the beach and its surrounding natural comforts.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 9: A Returning Sensation

Embrace the morning once more. The sunlight rises over the jungle-studded mountains. The greenery shimmers against the rising blue sky. Savor the flavors of breakfast and the view of the immaculate golden sand. The sea breeze sweeps through the trees. The water is peaceful as it laps against the shore. After breakfast you will return to Phnom Penh to make your flight home. Cambodia has taken you from witnessing history to making history, all along its hidden treasures and private wonders. You have found romance and memories, and can’t wait for more.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer

Price

Starting Price 

$1,615
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.