Discovering Cambodia - 13 days & 12 nights

You will discover throughout this Dayney diversified landscapes, an exceptional architectural heritage, animated cities and, of course, the Cambodians who will welcome you with natural kindness. You will visit the fabulous temples of Angkor. You will cruise on the lake Tonle Sap. A floating fishing village will welcome you for a picnic. Phnom Phen will astonish you with its effervescence while the island of Koh Dach in the middle of the Mekong will unveil the traditions of the authentic Cambodian culture.

Luang Prabang Travel Exclusive offers only tailored tours for individuals.
At each request we make a personalized proposal and a quotation depending on:
your interests, the duration and the period of the trip, the number of participants and the category of hotels.
The circuit below is given only as an example.

Welcome by your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Visit of the National Museum exclusively dedicated to Khmer arts. The museum houses magnificent original sculptures: an indispensable introduction before the visit of Angkor.
Then, you will continue with the visit of the Royal Palace and the splendid Silver Pagoda.
Eventually, we will propose to tell you the origins of the city of Phnom Penh while visiting Vat Phnom.
In the morning, you will embark on a local boat to reach, in the middle of the Mekong, Koh Dach island. Visit by bike or afoot this small island which preserves the rich traditions of the authentic Cambodian culture.
Lunch at inhabitant's then return to Phnom Penh.
In the afternoon you will go to Tuol Tumpoung market (also known as the Russian market), which offers a fine example of art-deco architecture. You will find textiles, jewelry, dishes and local crafts.
Drive to Kampong Cham. Upon arrival you will visit the pre-Angkorian temples of Han Chey, situed on a hill on the banks of the Mekong. Then you will stroll in the colonial district and visit Wat Nokhor temple (12th century).
Finally, you will visit a Cham weavers village.
After lunch you will take the road to Kompong Thom where you will arrive in the late afternoon.
In the morning departure for Sambor Prei Kuk, pre-Angkorian temples.
Then you will leave to Kompong Khleang, a floating village saved from the mass tourism. Upon arrival you will share your lunch with a Cambodian family.
In the afternoon, a walk to meet the locals and a halt in a crocodile farm.
Then you will go by boat on the canals to the lake where people move their houses according to the seasons.
Finally you will take the road to reach Siem Reap at the end of the day.
The morning is devoted to the visit of the temples of the first Angkorian capital: Roluos (9th century). The mountain-temple (Bakong), the temples to the ancestors (Preah Ko, Lolei) and a vast reservoir (Baray) are the constituent elements of the Khmer city. This visit is an ideal introduction to Angkor because it allows to understand the Khmer town planning.
In the afternoon, you will meet the gods in the temples of Prasat Kravan, Pr? Rup, M?bon Oriental and Ta K?o.
Beng Melea (12th century) lends itself to reverie and meditation. Inhabited by the Apsaras (celestial dancers), the temple offers a symbiosis between vegetal and mineral components. The roots of the trees have delicately enveloped this temple and seem to adopt the forms.
In the afternoon you will visit Banteay Srei, a finely carved pink sandstone jewel. This small temple (10th century), whose name means 'the citadel of women', is a summit of Khmer art.
On the way back, visit of the ancient monastery Ta Prohm, where the cheese trees took root in the stones. There you will find splendid Devatas carved during the reign of Jayavarman VII.
Visit of Angkor only by tuk-tuk.
You will discover the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat with its slender towers and magnificent bas-reliefs. It is one of the most extraordinary monuments ever conceived by the human spirit, erected in the 12th century in honor of Vishnu.

Picnic-lunch in a lost temple. The only people you may encounter are the Khmers, working in the surrounding rice fields.
In the afternoon, visit of Angkor Thom (the Great City), with its famous Bayon (12th and 13th centuries) dedicated to Buddhism, and composed of 54 gigantic towers with 216 faces.
Then your guide will take you on the Terrace of the Elephants, 350m long, which welcomed the pomp of royal audiences and public ceremonies.
Finally the terrace of the Leper King will offer you several figures of Apsaras, beautifully carved.
Free day. You can visit Siem Reap and the site of Angkor at your leisure.
This day you will meet local people and visit different craft workshops.
You will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as the making of palm leaf boxes or Khmer cooking classes.
At the end of the day, you can relax during a massage session by blind masseurs in a professional institute.
Program during the rainy season (August to February): Transfer to Chong Khneas pier for a private cruise on Tonl? Sap lake to Prek Toal at the mouth of the Sangke River. There you will see floating schools and pagodas, fish tanks and crocodile farms.
Picnic on board.
You will continue your cruise on the Sangke River, with a thousand discoveries on the way: the Chheu Khamu Pagoda, the floating fisher village of Bak Prea, the houses on stilts.

Arrival to Battambang by the end of the day.

Program during the dry season (from March to July): Morning departure to Mechrey, a small floating village located about 20 kilometers from Siem Reap.
Continuation of the drive to Battambang through rice field landscapes and Cambodian countryside with its traditional houses.
A stop is planned to meet the stone carvers and observe their know-how. Lunch break in a local restaurant.

You will arrive to Battambang in the mid-afternoon. We will suggest you a city tour, (market, colonial houses along the river) to soak yourself in the atmosphere of Battambang.

Vous arriverez à Battambang en milieu de l’après-midi. Nous vous proposerons un tour de ville, (marché, maisons de style colonial le long de la rivière) pour vous imprégner de l’atmosphère de Battambang.
Discovering true Cambodia by bike, off the beaten paths. You will discover the local life of the hinterland people. Along the way and small creeks, you will have the opportunity to see typical houses, unchanged for generations, rice fields, craftsmen's work, but also to take part in activities of everyday life such as preparing "glutinous rice", making knives or the secret recipe of "Prahok", a fish paste used in Cambodian cuisine.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Battambang Provincial Museum, the Prasat Banon temple (13th century) which stands on the top of a mound. From there you will have a panoramic view over the villages, the plain and the pagodas .
Departure to Phnom Penh. You will admire the magnificent rice field landscapes, the immense sugar palm trees and the traditional wooden houses on stilts. Stop at Pursat, a pretty town along a river, and visit of the workshops of Buddha marble sculptures.
Lunch in a local restaurant before a drive to the provincial town of Kompong Chhnang where we will have a walk around the traditional potters' quarter.
Eventually, you will take the road to Phnom Penh.
Free time and transfer to Phnom Penh airport.