Cambodia is perhaps the most fascinating of all the countries of South-east Asia. Long associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, it has risen above its blood-tinted history. It now takes its place as one of the region’s pre-eminent tourist destinations. If you only have a few days spare, join us on this Cambodia Compact Explorer tour.
The country is home to a truly rich mix of travel experiences. From ancient monuments and powdery beaches to remote ethnic minority villages and city life. It never fails to excite the senses.
In addition, for most visitors, Cambodia’s tranquil and timeless way of life is its greatest appeal.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Phnom Phenh. Afternoon city tour|
|Day 2||Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour & Sunset dinner|
|Day 3||Flight Phnom Peh to Siem Reap|
|Day 4||Angkor Temples tour|
|Day 5||Village visit with ox-cart ride & floating community|
|Day 6||Transfer to Airport for onward flight|
The Explore Cambodia 6 days 5 nights tour gives an in-depth look at the various sites of Cambodia.
After arriving in the capital Phnom Penh, a city located on the banks of two Rivers, the Mekong and Tongle Sap River. Visit some ancient sites and cruise the river.
Travel to Siem Reap; the home of the Angkor complex. These amazing temples are just jaw-dropping. Round of your tour with an ox-cart ride.
Best time to travel to Cambodia
Tourist season runs from November to March, but Cambodia is warm throughout the year and temperatures do not go below 20C. If you prefer lesser crowds, opt to travel between May to early October
Cambodia Culture and Greetings
Cambodians are a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism. The country’s golden age between the 9th and 14th Century is better known as the Khmer Empire era. During this time Cambodia achieved unparalleled achievements in the arts and architecture and Angkor Wat is your perfect example
When you greet someone, press your hands together in front of your chest.
Drinks & Food
The basic of any Cambodian meal is rice, served either sticky or jasmine rice grown in the many paddy fields.
Noodle soup is very common, and you will find that French food is still readily available. Don’t be surprised to find a coffee and “baguette sandwich” snack option. Roadside street food stalls are fun to try but rather sticks to the busy stalls serving piping hot foods
Discover your environment
Taxi hire is available in all major cities. They are not metered so fix the rate in advance. Tips will be appreciated by the driver. Not to be missed is a ride in a tuk-tuk.
Locals rarely tip, however, tourist like to add 10% which is appropriate especially in restaurants where no service charge is added to the bill
Local interesting meals
Babor: Rice porridge with chicken broth
Kralan: Sticky rice flavoured with sugar, beans and grated coconut steamed inside a Bamboo pole
Mee Katang: Cantonese styled wild rice cooked with meat and vegetables served with an oyster sauce
Ancient Cambodia produced one of the world’s greatest civilizations at Angkor. Renowned Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It is merely one temple lying at the heart of a thousand others.
An enormous and elaborately detailed complex. This ancient temple city has remained the heart and soul of Cambodia for almost two millennia. Despite its popularity with ever-growing throngs of visitors, it remains a historical site that exceeds expectation.
Included in the gargantuan complex lie legions of magical temples that attest to the ability of bygone artisans. From the intricate Banteay Srei, with its detailed carvings to the beaming faces of the Bayon.
Visitors also flock to the jungle-clad Ta Prohm where tentacle-like foliage are entwined around the temple. This site provides an understanding of how it must have looked when Western adventurers first explored it in the 19th century.
The town of Siem Reap has graduated from being Angkor’s service center to become an international hotspot. Teeming with modern restaurants and upmarket hotels.
Fortunately, the settlement retains much of its original charm. With old colonial shop fronts, misty lamp-lit streets and a bustling market area. It also offers access to the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-east Asia.
In the south, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, may not be the most sophisticated metropolis. It is a charming, bustling town, with a good selection of early 20th-century modernist architecture. There is a strong sense of history and delightful restaurants and bars.
What’s more, it offers the sort of cityscape most travelers dream of. A skyline punctuated by royal and religious spires, turrets and pinnacles rather than by office blocks.
The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are the highlights of the capital. These provide a welcome contrast to the unavoidable reminders of Khmer Rouge atrocities.
Phnom Penh – Arrival (D)
- Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel for check-in or dropping off your luggage (Early check-in is NOT included & subject to hotel’s availability).
- Set out on a city tour and visit the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound, and visit Tuol Sleng Museum, a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour – Sunset Dinner (B-D)
- After breakfast, at 8 am we set out for Phnom Penh Architecture Tour by Cyclo
- Starting from your hotel embark on a 3-hour cyclo tour through the streets of Phnom Penh to admire the mix of Khmer and French colonial architecture. A local professional escort will explain the history, structure and style of the buildings such as the Old Post Office, the Railway Station and the Central Market. Some of the buildings you are able to enter and explore the interior in more depth while others can only be observed from the outside. Cambodia’s most famous architect, H.E. Vann Molyvann had a big hand in developing many of the structures you admire today. Lunch is on your own.
- Phnom Penh is situated between two rivers, the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River.
- At night when the sunlight fades and the neon lights appear along the river banks, a small cruise boat will take you out onto the river to look at the city from a different perspective.
- Observe the sunset over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River while enjoying a bottle of red/white wine.
- A BBQ catered dinner from one of Phnom Penh’s well established restaurants is served shortly after sundown. E
- Enjoy a leisurely cruise while enjoying dinner and taking in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socializing. Cruise back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)
- Transferred (without a guide) to Phnom Penh airport for your departure to Siem Reap.
- On arrival, meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check-in.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in selected hotels based on double/twin room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Cambodia Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable