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 Essential  
Pearl of Cambodia

8 days / 7 nights

You will love...

  • Discovery of Phnom penh

  • Visit of Koh Dach, the silk island

  • Oudong, the old capital

  • Floating village of Kampong Luong

  • Stroll in the Battambang countryside

  • Visit the main temples of the Angkor complex

  • NGO Krousar Thmey

  • Manufacture of Artisans d’Angkor

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh​
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Day 3: Phnom Penh - Koh Dach Island

Day 4: Phnom Penh > Battambang
Day 5: Battambang
Day​ 6: Battambang > Siem Reap
Day 7: Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap

Day 1

Phnom Penh

Arrival in Phnom Penh and welcome by your guide. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. 

Visit the oldest temple in the city, Wat Phnom. Located north of the city center, Wat Phnom (Khmer temple of the hill) dates from the 14th century. The locals walk and relax in their gardens during the weekend.

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Day 2

Phnom Penh

At the opening, visit the Royal Palace which is the residence of kings since 1860 and the reign of Norodom I. Real gem, the buildings offer superb examples of traditional Khmer architecture. 

Visit the National Museum in one of the finest buildings in the city dating back to 1917, inspired by the architecture of ancientatemples and palaces. 

Museum of Genocide Tuol Sleng S-21 prison, a former high school turned into a deadly prison during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. This visit will be the hardest part of your trip but it will offer you a glimpse of the most difficult, painful and obscure period of the country. By late afternoon, stroll in the Russian market, which is one of the most important and popular markets in the city.

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Day 3

Phnom Penh - Koh Dach Island

Half-day tour on the small island of Koh Dach which is called "island of silk." 

A few miles from Phnom Penh, you will take a small ferry to cross the Mekong River. Tuk-tuk ride into the countryside. Let yourself be charmed by the singing of birds and roosters. On the sides of the road, you can admire the different traditional Khmer houses overflowing with loom. 

Discover these artisans of the silk from generation to generation transmit this ancient tradition. Visit of the Wat Samaki temple. 

Free time to enjoy the Riverside area which is very lively in the evening.

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Day 4

Phnom Penh > Battambang

Visit the hills of Oudong, the ancient capital of Cambodia for more than 250 years. 

On the road, visit the temple of Wat Kampong Tralach. Continue to Kampong Chhnang who is located on the river Tonle Sap. The region is registered UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Visit the local market to admire the pottery. 

Ride in small boat to discover the floating village of Kampong Luong. This village is less touristy than those around Siem Reap. Real little floating city, the change of scenery will be total. The village being floating, it drifts according to the level of the water and the seasons. 

Arrival in Battambang at the end of the day.

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Day 5

Battambang

Bicycle ride to meet the Cham and Vietnamese villages. 

Discovery of rural life with a visit to a factory of rice leaves, dried bananas, rice wine or even Prahok. Visit the village Wat Kor and its traditional houses dating back more than a century. Tour of Battambang with the governor's house, the courthouse and the market. These monuments from colonialism kept their French architecture. 

To end the day, visit the Phnom Sampov hill and its Killing Cave. Today Phnom Sampov is one of the most important religious sites of the country. The name Killing Cave was given to him after the period of the Khmer Rouge who used it to throw the bodies of the victims. At sunset, you will witness a natural spectacle out of the ordinary with the exit of the cave thousands of bats go hunting insects.

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Day 6

Battambang > Siem Reap

Road to Siem Reap.

Visit the pagoda of Wat Sa Damrei built in the early 20th century and survived the Khmer Rouge. Discovery of "Artisans d'Angkor" field school where young Cambodians learn traditional crafts.

Visit of the factory "Senteurs d'Angkor".

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Day 7

Siem Reap

First discovery of the temples of Angkor (UNESCO) in tuk-tuk.

Visit the temples of Angkor Thom, which means "the great city", it is the largest site of the archaeological park and the last capital of the Angkorian Empire.Visit the Bayon and its mystical faces, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants and the Leper King.

Visit the 8th wonder of the world, Angkor Wat: One of the most splendid human achievement to have ever emerged, Angkor Wat is the most famous monument of Angkor. It is a 12th century temple dedicated to Vishnu, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II. The heart of the temple is surrounded by a series of galleries covered with carved bas-reliefs.

Visit Ta Prohm, made famous by the film Tomb Raider, this temple nestled in the jungle is the perfect example of nature taking its rights! Indeed, the great roots and ficus pushed inside the ruins and today sublimate the stones.

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Day 8

Siem Reap

Visit of a local NGO, Krousar Thmey. She offers a wide range of interconnected programs covering the different stages of children's lives. The Foundation provides education, personal and professional support to more than 2,000 children, according to their needs and in respect of their traditions and beliefs. 

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your return flight.

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Comfort for everyone

What's Included


  • Hotel, accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast

  • All transfers and ground transportations by private air-conditioned vehicle.

  • Entrance fees, excursions and sight-seeing tours are as indicated in the itinerary.

  • Tour guide and driver

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of drinking water and 2 towels per person per day during the tour.




What's Not Included


  • International and Domestic air tickets.

  • All international and domestic airport taxes.

  • VISA fee & VISA arrangement fee to Cambodia.

  • Personal expenses which are not indicated in the program.

  • Tips to guides and drivers.

  • Other optional tours and meal are not specified in the itinerary.