Temples and Jungles of Cambodia

The ultimate discovery holiday of Cambodia

14

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Discovery

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Tour the ancient Angkor Wat complex
  • Visit the charismatic capital of Phnom Penh
  • Experience a traditional Cambodian homestay
  • Relax on Cambodia`s Koh Rong Samleom island

Angkor Wat and its stunning temples provide an unforgettable introduction to this Cambodian adventure holiday. One of the world's most impressive archaeological sites, Angkor Wat is the ultimate blend of creativity, spiritual devotion and moreover the focal point of every visit to Cambodia. Beginning this tour of Cambodia, we acquaint ourselves with the ancient Khmer empire by way of an extensive exploration of the Angkor Wat Complex. The following day, we take a leisurely bike ride to the dock of Tonle Sap Lake and navigate our way to the floating fisherman's village of Kompong Phluk and gain a fascinating insight into this unique way of life. Departing Siem Reap for a more modern-era of Cambodian history, we arrive into the charming French-colonial town of Battambang and enjoy the laid-back pace of life before departing for Phnom Penh where we visit the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. With a rural traditional home stay from our Cambodian hosts, we round this trip off with the beaches of Koh Rong Island. The perfect conclusion to this Cambodian discovery holiday!

Is this holiday for you?

This is primarily a discovery adventure holiday, which covers the highlights of Cambodia. To cover the ground necessary to include everything this itinerary involves your holiday encompasses overland travel in private vehicles, boat tours, point to point boat journeys, bicycle excursions and cyclo-rickshaws. During the tour of Cambodia there are several excursions on foot, such as the day spent exploring Angkor Wat and the day walk on Koh Rong Island. Such walks are accompanied by a guide and will be paced to suit the needs of the group. There will be ample time for the local leader to interpret the culture and history of Cambodia. This is an active tour, perfect for those who have an adventurous nature.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Siem Reap. Transfers from Siem Reap Airport. Afternoon at Angkor Wat.
  • Full day at Angkor Wat.
  • Short bike ride to Tonle Sap Lake, boat over the lake to a stilt village. Return to Siem Reap.
  • Boat across the lake and down the river to Battambang.
  • Motorbike rickshaw to Phnom Sampeu mountain, return to Battambang.
  • Transfer to Phnom Penh. Visit the Killing Fields.
  • Cyclo-rickshaw tour of Phnom Penh.
  • Transfer to Kirrom National Park. Afternoon walk. Overnight with local family.
  • Drive to Sihanoukville on the coast.
  • Boat ride to Koh Rong Samleom Island. Jungle fringed white sandy beach paradise!
  • Day on Koh Rong Samleom Island. Optional walk.
  • Free day on Koh Rong Samleom Island.
  • Transfer by boat and vehicle back to Phnom Penh.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Phnom Penh Airport is provided.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Siem Reap. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Siem Reap International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Refer to the Joining Arrangements and Transfers section of the trip dossier for further details. Please note that this trip finishes in Phnom Penh.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


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The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Siem Reap. Transfers from Siem Reap Airport. Afternoon at Angkor Wat.

    A single timed complementary transfer to the group hotel is provided for clients arriving on this day. Siem Reap is located a few kilometres south of Angkor Wat and extends along the banks of the Siem Reap River. As the gateway to the Angkor complex, the town is a popular tourist destination, with colonial and Chinese style architecture in the old French Quarter and some colourful and bustling markets. In the afternoon we begin our introduction to the historic complex of Angkor Wat, making our way to the 9th century hilltop Hindu temple of Phnom Bakheng, which provides the perfect location to watch sunset before returning to our group hotel for dinner.

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  • Full day at Angkor Wat.

    Covering approximately 400sqkm, the temples of Angkor Wat stretch from Tonle Sap Lake to the Khulen Mountains. Either consumed by the jungle or sitting in amongst the rice paddies this spectacular site, Cambodia’s national emblem is the largest religious monument in the world. Beginning our tour, we visit the site of Ta Promh. Built in the Bayon style, around the late 12th century the site has been deliberately left as French explorers found the site in the late 19th century. Continuing to discover well-preserved temples and countless intricate carvings we visit a number a famous sites within this Khmer Kingdom including The Elephant Terrace, The Terrace of the Leper King before finishing at a series of perfect symmetrical healing pools at Neak Pean.

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  • Short bike ride to Tonle Sap Lake, boat over the lake to a stilt village. Return to Siem Reap.

    Leaving Siem Reap we head out into the countryside by bicycle. Our well-paced bike ride follows quiet backroads, passing through traditional villages as we head for Tonle Sap Lake, South East Asia's largest freshwater lake. Taking a boat tour of the lake we navigate our way to the village of Kompong Phluk, which sits entirely on stilts. Almost exclusively of Khmer origin, the Kompong community move from house to house during the rainy season and continue to fish by way of traditional method as their ancestors have before them. Enjoying a traditional Khmer fish lunch, our boats takes us back through the densely flooded forest and return to Siem Reap by bus where we round the day off with a visit to the oldest and most significant Ankorian-era Khmer Empire temples of Prasat Bakong, Prasat Preah Ko and Prasat Lolei.

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  • Boat across the lake and down the river to Battambang.

    Depending on the season, our day voyage to Battambang crosses Tonle Sap Lake before merging with the Stung Sang Ker River as we enjoy passing by the floating village and greet passing water traffic. Arriving into Battambang mid-afternoon, we check-into our group hotel before enjoying free time to explore this French colonial town, set against the backdrop of fertile hills. Throughout the city, beautiful Wats are an expression of the city’s religious heritage and contribute to the Battambang's unique character and beauty. Reconvening early evening, we take a bamboo train sunset journey into the countryside to view Battambang from afar.

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  • Motorbike rickshaw to Phnom Sampeu mountain, return to Battambang.

    Founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, Battambang was once the leading rice producing province in Cambodia and over the centuries, Battambang has continued to be a thriving hub of Cambodia's North West, linking Phnom Penh with Thailand. Despite the bustling character of modern-day Battambang, the hill-top temples and colonial buildings blend perfectly to create a friendly atmosphere. In the morning we take a local motorbike rickshaw to Phnom Sampeu Mountain, which served as the frontline between government forces and the Khmer Rouge. Continuing Phnom Bannon Hill we ascend the 337 steps to reach a magnificent panoramic view of Battambang below. Returning to the colourful riverfront, we have time to freshen-up before visiting the evening Phare Ponleu circus, a charity which offers young people in poverty the opportunity to train as professional artists and performers

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  • Transfer to Phnom Penh. Visit the Killing Fields.

    A scenic morning drive to Cambodia's colourful capital takes us to lunchtime, where we can enjoy a number of culinary delights in this thriving capital. In the afternoon we drive to Choeung Ek and visit the infamous Killing Fields where over a 3-year period from 1975-1978 it is estimated 17,000 men, women and children were sent to this extermination camp. Accompanied by our guide, visiting the Killing Fields is an emotional experience, as we visit the mass graves and large memorial stupa where 8000 skulls of the victims have been laid out. In the early evening we return to the group hotel and enjoy an evening out in the capital.

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  • Cyclo-rickshaw tour of Phnom Penh.

    Situated along the banks of the Mekong, Phnom Penh was said to be the 'Pearl of Asia'. Despite recent troubles, Phnom Penh is vibrant, lively and a wonderful assault on the senses. Taking a more traditional mode of transport, we embark upon a cyclo-rickshaw tour of the city, heading for extravagant Silver Pagoda, which as the name would suggest, is covered with several tons of gleaming silver. With time to meander the Russian markets, we head out to the hilltop temple of Wat Phnom. Founded by a wealthy Khmer lady by the name of Penh this treasured Wat is a wonderful vantage point to view one of Asia’s most up and coming cities. Returning to the vibrancy of the waterfront, we enjoy sunset on one of the many rooftop bars.

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  • Transfer to Kirrom National Park. Afternoon walk. Overnight with local family.

    Leaving after breakfast we take a 3-hour transfer and head south to the Kirrom National Park. Clad in lush forest, Kirrom is famed for the friendly people of Chambok whom will be our guides and hosts for our overnight traditional homestay. Exploring Kirrom on foot we can expect to have views across to the eastern side of the Cardamom Mountains as our local guide takes on an afternoon hike to hidden waterfalls. Returning to our host community by way of Ox-Cart we hope to spot one of the many resident monkeys, deer and if we’re lucky, Asian leopard. Spending the evening with the community we can expect to learn traditional methods of cooking and possibly a local dance or two before enjoying traditional Khmer fayre.

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  • Drive to Sihanoukville on the coast.

    Experiencing breakfast with our host family, we depart the tranquillity of the hills and take a 4-hour drive to Cambodia’s coastline. Arriving at our beach resort hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and soak up Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. Hard to believe that Sihanoukville was hacked out of the jungle in the 1950’s, this port proved to be of significant importance as trade could directly enter Cambodia rather than arriving from neighbouring Vietnam.

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  • Boat ride to Koh Rong Samleom Island. Jungle fringed white sandy beach paradise!

    Taking a 3-hour boat journey we head out into the Gulf of Thailand for Koh Rong Samleom Island. Still largely undeveloped, we spend the next 3-nights on the island to unwind and discover a different side to Cambodian culture. Although tourism is developing, the fishing village in the north of the island is the main source of income for much of the island population. With much of the island covered in dense jungle, fringing white beaches with all-year warm water make for a pleasant opportunity to relax and recharge over the following two days.

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  • Day on Koh Rong Samleom Island. Optional walk.

    Offering more than just beach life, the interior of Koh Rong Samleom makes for wonderful jungle exploration. Our day hike across the island involves passing through dense jungle which is intermittently parted by beautiful waterfalls where we will have time to stop and take an optional swim. Learning more of island life as we pass through small settlements, we arrive at a secluded cove where we have free-time before enjoying a shoreline boat ride to return to our accommodation.

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  • Free day on Koh Rong Samleom Island.

    On your free day you may wish to continue your exploration of the island, or make the most of the optional snorkelling and swimming opportunities. Sightings of angel fish, parrot fish, rays, barracuda and yellow goatfish are common in the shallow and inviting waters of this island paradise. Alternatively, this is an excellent opportunity to find your own corner of paradise and relax for the day

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  • Transfer by boat and vehicle back to Phnom Penh.

    Taking a day to travel back to Phnom Penh via Sihanoukville, we arrive back into city life and with time permitting we may be able to enjoy a last minute spot of shopping or sightseeing before enjoying a celebratory dinner together.

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Phnom Penh Airport is provided.

    KE Land only packages services end after breakfast. Phnom Penh Airport transfers are included in this day.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Airport transfer as described
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport as described in the itinerary
  • National park entrance fees
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfer
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure
Wherever we travel in Cambodia, we will find a wide variety of cuisine is available including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. In smaller towns and villages, local food such as ‘charcoal chicken’, ‘sticky rice’ and ‘fried fish’ will commonly be offered. Cambodian food tends not to be as hot or spicy as Thai. The most popular fast food in Cambodia, often served from street stalls, is the Chinese noodle soup or `pho`.
All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners are included in the holiday price. Eating out in Cambodia is generally inexpensive especially if you use the local eateries, but there are also plenty of international restaurants. You should budget between US$5 and $15, per meal depending on your choice.
Transfers are included for clients travelling on the group flight that arrives into Siem Reap airport. If you are arranging your own flight and arrive outside of the arrival time, we can arrange an airport transfer at an additional cost. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flight. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 13 nights in comfortable hotels and beach resort bungalows (some of which have swimming pools). We also spend 1 night with the Chambok community where we experience a traditional home stay. Additional nights in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local tour leader.
We suggest that $300 should be sufficient to cover your personal and incidental expenses, as well as the cost of your Cambodian Visa ($20) which you will pay for on arrival at Siem Reap Airport. This amount will also allow you to pay reasonable tips to your local guide, drivers and other local staff (allow approximately $70). And, should also cover refreshments, optional tours and other miscellaneous expenses. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of US dollars cash as this is most easily exchanged. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs or considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should budget accordingly. You can withdraw cash from ATM's (using a debit or credit card) in Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh.
Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guide and other local staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We suggest that you allow a total of $50 (per group member) for tipping your local staff.
There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do politely ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag weighing around 12-15kgs and one small daypack per person.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Comfortable/sturdy walking shoes
  • Daypack 20 litres / 1200 cu in.
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swimwear
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Lightweight fleece top or jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Travel clothes
  • Sunhat
  • Scarf or neck buff
  • Sheet sleeping bag (for the village homestay)
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries (in case of power failure and for visiting tunnels, temples etc)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart)
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Shorts (should not be worn in temples etc)
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

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The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in regular exercise to your weekly routine to ensure that you are physically capable of taking part in this trip. Running, walking, cycling and swimming are all good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Cambodia has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from June to September. The hottest months are just before the monsoon, in April and May. From October through to April there is little rain and from December through to March is the `cool` season although it rarely gets cold. Daytime temperatures will hover around a humid 30 degrees centigrade, falling to the low 20's at night.
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  • Laos and Cambodia.
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  • Travels in Siam, Cambodia & Laos (Henry Mouhot )
  • Angkor An Introduction to the Temples (D. Rooney)
  • A Guide to the Angkor Monuments (Maurice Glaize)
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