If you are looking to discover Cambodia off the tourist path, this tour is made for you! After visiting Phnom Penh on a bike, you will visit Oudong and it's Royal Stupas. There, you will meet monks and follow a meditation course. Then, you will travel to Battambang, where you will visit local villages and understand local culture. Finally, you will reach Siem Reap and visit Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom away from the crowds. Welcome to Cambodia!
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed to Cambodia by your local guide and transferred to the hotel. In the late afternoon, we take to the streets of Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of the city river front area, as the sun begins to set and the city comes alive with locals exercising or families out for a stroll.
We begin at the corner of Koh Pich Island, before moving to Chaktomuk Theatre and taking a break on the riverbank. Then, we continue along bustling Sisowath Quay, before ending our journey with the exercising work-out groups and colourful fountain lights at the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Park.
This morning, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, before entering the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king's coronation took place. We will also visit the Napoleon III Pavilion and the Silver Pagoda.
Continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. We travel to visit the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) a French NGO supporting children from the garbage dump, where we also have lunch.
In the afternoon, we come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation and torture. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia.
Breakfast and lunch included
This morning we visit Wat Botum in Phnom Penh to learn more about the traditions of the city’s Royalist pagoda that has been connected with the Royal family for hundreds of years. As well as touring the compound, we have the chance to meet the English-speaking monks at the Wat.
After lunch we depart for Oudong to visit the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Center at the foot of Oudong Mountain, the largest Buddhist teaching center in the country. Here we will remain for meditation instruction by the English-speaking monks as well as undertaking a class of yoga instruction from a teacher from Phnom Penh.
We will enjoy a community dinner at the temple and our overnight accommodation will be in rooms at the Centre, which will be clean and simple.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
After breakfast at the pagoda, we will visit the Royal stupas of Oudong Mountain, some of the most revered shrines in the country, containing the remains of former kings and the bones of Buddha himself.
We then continue to the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang where we stop to enjoy a local lunch. There may also be the opportunity to visit a local pottery village, as Kompong Chhnang is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian home.
We travel northwest through Pursat province, passing through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless ricefields dotted with sugar palms. We arrive in Battambang late afternoon and check into our hotel. We leave the rest of the day free to soak up the charm of this historic riverside city.
Breakfast, lunch included
After breakfast, we travel to Wat Koh district to visit a local village and learn about rural life in Cambodia. We learn about the rice harvest, fruit farming and how the sugar palm is used.
After our village visit, we board the bamboo train to travel back towards Battambang.
After lunch in town, we travel to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. The winding road follows the Sangker River and passes by many traditional wooden homes, offering an authentic glimpse of rural Cambodia.
Arriving at the temple, we ascend to the summit and are rewarded with striking views of the surrounding plains.
We continue to Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas. We then return to Battambang town for the night.
We leave Battambang after breakfast and travel north towards the trading town of Svay Sisophon. We reach Siem Reap, the atmospheric gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor.
We depart Siem Reap for the local village of Preah Dak where we sample a local speciality, nam ben chuk rice noodles. We then continue to the Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre where it is possible to see the lifecycle of these arthropods from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Stop at a traditional sugar palm village to learn about the production of palm sugar and palm wine.
We then head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture.
Enjoy lunch near Banteay Srei temple before walking to a beautiful baray or reservoir where we can take a short boat trip as a passenger in a dugout canoe.
Continue to Kbal Teuk Community Forest for a short trek to learn more about the varied flora and fauna, including the carnivorous pitcher plants that are found here.
Later in the afternoon, we continue to Tbaeng Village for our local homestay experience. We meet the host family and settle into our temporary home before enjoying a local dinner.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included
After waking early in Tbaeng Village, we take a short village walk to learn about local life and agriculture.
Join the morning wildlife tour at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a rescue center for wildlife, which includes a range of monkey species, pangolin, civets, leopard cats and a giant ibis.
Close by is Kbal Spean, the original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle only discovered in 1969. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area.
We enjoy lunch at Borey Sovann Restaurant near Kbal Spean before travelling to the 12th century temple Banteay Samre temple.
We finish with a trip to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bok, which offers stunning views across the Cambodian countryside and is a quiet place for sunset, far from the crowds at the main Angkor temples. We then return to Siem Reap for the night.
Breakfast, lunch included
Today, you will discover Angkor Thom by bike, an amazing experience away from the tourist crowds! Leaving Siem Reap early, we use a forest path to avoid the traffic and wind our way past the walls of Banteay Kdei to the North Gate of Ta Prohm.
We then cycle on to Ta Nei, a small temple that has been forgotten in the jungle and sees few visitors.
We have to carry the bikes across an old French dam to cross the Siem Reap River. In Angkor Thom, we ride around the southeast quadrant to stop at atmospheric Prasat Chrung, a seldom-visited temple overlooking the vast moat of Angkor Thom.
Explore the main temples of Angkor Thom. Bayon temple is famous for its enigmatic faces of Lokesvara, the Buddha of Compassion, said to bear an uncanny resemblance to the great King Jayavarman VII himself.
Cycling along the back paths to the lesser known temples of Angkor Thom such as Preah Palilay and Preah Pithu is a rewarding experience. Later we head back to town.
Breakfast, lunch included
Rising at the crack of dawn, we journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Breakfast at lovely Sala Kdei which is an excellent spot to enjoy great Khmer food.
Then, we travel to one of the pagodas in the grounds of Angkor Wat. We will arrange a blessing from one of the monks, to offer you good fortune on your travels for the rest of your visit to Cambodia. We begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire.
Continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. Finally, the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.
If you are keen, Angkor Zipline Tou is a unique way to enjoy an adrenaline adventure around Angkor. Family‐friendly, fun and safe, flying through the air above the jungle canopy is an exhilarating experience.
Lunch is included. The afternoon is free at leisure before your evening departure. You will be collected from the your hotel and transferred to Phnom Penh airport for your flight.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|Price per person||£1,510|