Cambodia - Tomb Raider Adventure
Cambodia, Family, 14 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,495 (land only) - from $2,090 (land only)
Day 1: Arriving in Siem Reap, we are met by our guide who will organise the transfer to our hotel. If time permits, we can go out to watch the sunset light up the top of the golden Pre Rup temple, before sitting down to a 'Welcome' dinner, our first chance to sample some of the excellent Cambodian cuisine. Overnight in the group hotel.
Day 2: In the morning, we explore Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of the Khmer period, riding on an elephant to the South Gate. In the afternoon we travel to Angkor Wat, a World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world. With its soaring towers and its extraordinary bas-reliefs, Angkor Wat is like no other place and a visit here is a lifetime experience. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: This morning we have a bike ride (a level 15 km) to a Pottery & Weaving Training Centre where we can try our hand at these crafts. We then enjoy an oxcart ride through the village to our lunch spot near a temple. In the afternoon we take a boat through the mangroves and visit the local fishermen's village of Kompong Phluk which is built on stilts. We then return to Siem Reap for our third night.
Day 4: We drive for approximately 1 hour through the delightful palm-fringed Cambodian countryside up into the hills of Phnom Kulen where we trek through the jungle to a 16th century monastery famous for its 16-metre-long reclining Buddha. We continue to waterfalls where depending on the flow rate, we can have a swim and relax before returning to Siem Reap.
Day 5: In the morning we will visit a Puok silk farm, which was created to help young people to develop cottage industries in their home villages. We can see the silk worms in action and learn about silk-making. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the hotel pool or to wander around Siem Reap.
Day 6: We transfer to Battambang, Cambodia's second largest city with a riverside charm and quaint French colonial architecture. In the dry season from February to July we will make this transfer by road. For our October and December departures we will travel by boat along the Stung Sang Ker River. (5 - 6 hours). After checking into our hotel we can experience a ride on the famous Bamboo train.
Day 7: Today we have a cooking lesson with a difference, starting with a trip to the local market to buy the ingredients. We are taught how to prepare Kymer food and make a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we take a tuk tuk to the Phnom Sampeu hills where the Khmer Rouge had a headquarters and climb the 337 steps to reach the top of Phnom Bannon Hill. Overnight in Battambang.
Day 8: From Battambang we continue south, driving for approximately 4 hours to Phnom Penh. After checking in to the hotel and some free time for lunch we will make a trip out of town approximately 16km to the infamous Choeng Ek 'killing fields'. On the return we stop to visit a former high school which has been converted to the Tuol Sleng Museum giving the history of the Kymer Rouge period.
Day 9: We have a day of sightseeing in the capital. A tour of the incredible Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda where floor is made up of five thousand silver blocks, is a must while in Phnom Penh. We will also visit the National Museum and the Russian Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 10: For our last few days in Cambodia we head for the coast, driving for approximately 3 hours to Kep, a former colonial retreat for the French. On the way we will stop at the former Capital of Oudong which contains many huge stupas situated at the top of surrounding hills. Kep is situated on a small headland of a palm-fringed coast, a perfect place to relax.
Day 11: We have a free morning at the very pleasant and relaxing resort hotel with swimming pool. In the afternoon, we visit the salt plains around Kampot/Kep and the local pepper farms that are famous in Kampot. Overnight in Kep.
Day 12: We enjoy a day at the beach after first taking a boat from the harbour at Kep across to Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay), which has two white-sand beaches with coconut trees and crystal clear shallow waters. We can swim and snorkel and also take a walk along the beach or inland through the forest. Afterwards we return to our own resort in Kep.
Day 13: This morning we take an easy guided walk through the hills above Kep with stunning views along the Phu Quoc coastline and to the Bokor Range where we walked a couple of days ago. To the east we can see across several islands. After our walk we return to the resort and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the pool and other facilities.
Day 14: After breakfast we have a transfer (3 hours) to Phnom Penh Airport where KE Land Only Package services end.