Through Discover Cambodia Adventure Tour you will enjoy the combination of city tour; Khmer pottery products, Natural Mekong Dolphin, Eco-Tourism, cultural and historical of Cambodia. You would see how different life of Cambodian between modern life style in capital city and the classic living style of people in country side. The point is to show you how they can make profit to support their daily livelihood.
Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, you are picked up by our tour guide and transferred to your selected hotel. After your short refresh at hotel, we embark on a city tour by cyclo, visiting the spectacular Royal Palace complex, including Wat Preah Keo Morokat with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, decorated with a floor made up of 5,000 silver tiles, the National Museum which houses the world’s finest collection of sculptures from the Angkor period, Wat Phnom, the city’s landmark then the notorious Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. In the evening we enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on the Mekong and overnight.
Afterf breakfast, departure to Kampong Chhnang province but your first stop today is the former capital of Udong. There are a number of stupas on the top of nearby Phnom Udong, where former kings and queens are buried. We enjoy the magnificent views over the plains below as our guide provides us with information about the historical and cultural significance of this sacred hill. Upon arrival in Kampong Chhnang, you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant before continue for countryside tour around Kampong Chhnang and learn more about the traditional techniques of making Khmer pottery and palm wine on the way. Before returning to Kampong Chhnang for the night we visit Wat Touch and Phnom Touch. A short climb up the hill will bring us to an interesting rock formation that overlooks Kampong Chhnang province and offers excellent views over the un-spoilt countryside and Tonle Sap Lake in the distance. Wat Touch is an interesting pagoda that is worth exploring. We head back to Kampong Chhnang and check into our hotel where we have dinner, overnight in Kampong Chhnang Province.
Today, you will enjoy a local breakfast in Kampong Chhnang Town before transfer to Kampong Chhnang port. A private boat will takes you for a tour of the nearby floating village. Every aspect of life takes place on water, and there are floating schools, floating petrol stations and even pigs are kept on rafts. We stop at one of the floating restaurants and enjoy a drink. We cross the river to Kampong Loeung, a remote and picturesque area which we explore by motorbike taxi. On our tour we pass several pagodas, villages and the ancient temple ruins of Samrong Sen and Prasat Prah Srei. We have a picnic lunch at a scenic country pagoda before we head back to our boat which brings us back to Kampong Chhnang, from where we continue overland to Battambang and overnight.
After breakfast, we start to experience the ancient 12th century hilltop temple of Wat Banan, from where we enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. We then continue to Phnom Sampeu, another sacred mountain which hosts a number of interesting pagodas and stupas as well as a moving memorial to the Khmer Rouge victims that were murdered in one of the killing caves in the mountain. Perhaps the highlight of the day comes in the form of a Bamboo train ride. As the Cambodian railway railways is largely disused, small rail trolleys are used by locals to transport people and goods. We board a train and are driven through the picturesque countryside before returning back to Battambang, overnight.
Today, after an early breakfast you will transfer to the pier by boat for one of the most scenic boat journeys in Cambodia. Following the Sanker River, then crossing the Tonle Sap Lake we pass floating villages, glide through protected wetlands, catching a glimpse of the spectacular wilderness and getting an insight into the lives of the local fisherman before we reach Siem Reap in the afternoon and overnight.
Today we start cycling exploration around the temples of Angkor. First, we ride to the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom which also houses the Bayon with its mysterious four-faced towers, the royal palace and the terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. In the afternoon we explore Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building and national symbol of Cambodia. With its perfect layout and unsurpassed bas-reliefs that depict tales from Hindu mythology, Angkor Wat is considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Lunch near site of temple, then continue to Ta Prohm which has been left to the forces of nature by archaeologists as it was rediscovered, many parts of its structure being embraced by the roots of gigantic trees, giving the ruin a special atmosphere, as well other structures on the Small and Grand Circuit. In the evening we witness the scenic sunset over one of the temples, overnight.
Early morning, head to the temple mountain of Pre Rup, before driving further north to Kbal Spean, a carved riverbed in the Kulen Hills. A twenty minute walk up a jungle path brings us to the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, as Kbal Spean is often referred to in English. The thousands of lingams (phallic symbols) in the riverbed symbolize the creative powers of Vishnu and were believed by the Khmers to lend the river water magical power. The area is also dotted with numerous detailed carvings of Hindu deities. Back at the foot of the hill, we continue by car to Banteay Srei. Compared to other structures, this Hindu temple almost seems petite, but is magnificently decorated with countless elaborate carvings which are the finest found in Cambodia. The name translates as “Citadel of the Women”, due to its intricate decoration. From Banteay Srei, you will see the palm products along the way back and the last visit is Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the same king who built Angkor Wat, the structure with its high temple tower has undergone extensive restoration, back to town and overnight.
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer overland to the Mekong town of Kratie. Along the way, rubber tree field is a point of visit and you will learn more about how rubber is produced and harvested. Then picnic lunch at local restaurant and continue east to the west bank of the Mekong which cross with a small ferry and continue overland to Kratie, where we enjoy the scenic sunset, overnight in Kratie.
Your breakfast will included in hotel, then travel upriver to the natural dolphin pool of Kampi, one of the places where the critically endangered Mekong dolphins (Irrawaddy dolphins) can be encountered. Boarding a traditional fishing boat we cruise to their habitat and have a chance to observe the gentle creatures from close range. After lunch we take a ferry to the scenic Mekong island of Koh Trong, a peaceful retreat where the typical rural life in Cambodia can be experienced. We rent bicycles for this purpose, and our local guide will take us along narrow paths as we pass traditional wooden Khmer houses and pagodas. On the way we make several stops to taste some of the local produce and fruit. Late in the afternoon we are welcomed by our homestay family. We have the opportunity to learn more about their life as we enjoy dinner together before we settle in for the night.
Today after a typical Cambodian breakfast, cross Mekong back to Kratie and departure to Mondulkiri through Snoul Wildlife Sanctuary to Sen Monorom, the small provincial capital. If we have time we finish the day with a quick excursion to Sen Monorom waterfall for a refreshing swim before dinner in Sen Monorom and dinner.
After breakfast we transfer to the village of Putang, from where we continue on elephant back along a jungle path to a scenic river. We have the opportunity to wash and feed the elephants and enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in the river before the elephants bring us back to the village. Just before sunset we walk up to Phnom Dak Reimon, a hill from where we admire what the locals call the ‘Sea Forest’, because of the countless hills that look like the waves in the sea in the sunset light, overnight at hotel.
This is special times for cycling today with a 20 km mountain bike ride along scenic forest and hill path to Romnear waterfall, where we have the opportunity to swim and enjoy our picnic lunch in one of the wooden huts along the river. We head back to town by car and onwards to the spectacular double drop waterfall of Bou Sraa, where once again we have time to relax and swim in one of the natural pools at the bottom of the falls before heading back to Sen Monorom in the late afternoon and overnight.
Today after breakfast, head back to Phnom Penh. Along the way, stop at Kampong Cham for visit Phnom Hanchey and Wat Nokor. Wat Hanchey is a beautifully situated hilltop pagoda that overlooks the Mekong, affording magnificent views of the mighty river. The brick structures of Wat Hanchey date back to the 8th century. It was an important religious center during the period of the pre-Angkorian Chenla Empire. 11th century Wat Nokor is a temple within a temple. The original complex is a Buddhist shrine made of sandstone and laterite which has been extended with a contemporary Theravada Wat. We continue to Phnom Penh, where we arrive in the early evening, check in hotel and overnight.
After your breakfast at hotel, you will be free leisure at your own arrangement till times check out and transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your next travel destination, end services.
Guest Name: Mr. Mac
N.of Person: 2 pax
Booked: Best Cambodia and Vietnam Highlight Trip
Tour Style: Classic Highlight Tours
Duration: 10 Days