NORTH TO SOUTH CAMBODIA (8 DAYS)


Tour Style: Cambodia Beach Holiday
Nights: 7 nights
Destination: Cambodia
Departs: Daily
Start: Siem Reap
End: Phnom Penh
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NORTH TO SOUTH CAMBODIA

8 Days / 7 Nights

DESCRIPTION:
This is one of our most popular tours – and why not? 3 action-packed days of adventures in Siem Reap followed by 3 chill-out days on a Cambodia beach holiday by the ocean on Cambodia’s beautiful coastline. We start with the world’s number one, must-visit attraction; the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument followed by a night at the thrilling Phare Circus. This tour also includes a half-day quad-bike adventure into the stunning Cambodian countryside, off the beaten track and with few other tourists to be seen anywhere. With the added visits to the key temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, and a lively Food Tour, you will be ready to relax for a while.

You can’t beat relaxing by the sea and the next part of the trip is based on the beach at your resort in Sihanoukville. You will have just over 2 days to do your own thing, be it relaxing or exploring. It’s up to you. Finally we manage to squeeze in a brief tour of the sights of the capital city, Phnom Penh, on the way home. All in all this tour is great fun, and great value.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Angkor Wat
Angkor Archaeological Park
Phare Cambodian Circus
Quad bike adventure
Ox Cart Trip
Food Tour
Floating Village
Beach Resort
S21 Museum
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda 


BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour – Phare Circus
Day 02: Siem Reap – Angkor temples
Day 03: Siem Reap – Quad Bikes – Cambodia Food Tour
Day 04: Siem Reap – Floating Village – Ox Cart - Sihanoukville
Day 05: Sihanoukville - Cambodia Beach Holiday
Day 06: Sihanoukville - Cambodia Beach Holiday
Day 07: Phnom Penh – Royal Palace – S21
Day 08: Depart

TRIP DETAILS
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Tour type: Cultural, adventure, beach
Destinations: Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh
Departs: Daily
Starts: Siem Reap
Ends: Phnom Penh


DETAILED ITINERARY:
 
 
DAY 01: ARRIVING SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT - PHARE CAMBODIA CIRCUS

Welcome to Cambodia! 

Your local English-speaking guide will meet and greet you on arrival in Siem Reap, then transfer you to your hotel for check in. (Official check in is at 14:00, early check in may be possible but depends on room availability). Along the way your tour guide will tell you a little about the history and culture of Cambodia.


After settling in, you will set out for an excursion to the amazing and awe inspiring temples of Angkor Wat, surrounded by a manmade moat. It is no surprise this monument was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Here you will also enjoy a truly memorable sunset with a panorama view of the amazing landscape from Pre Rup temple.

 
Tonight you will be enthralled by the Phare Cambodia Circus; a troupe of young Cambodians offering a spectacular and exciting blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed as a story about Cambodian life and society. You will enjoy a welcome dinner before heading to Phare Cambodia Circus.

Meals: Dinner included
Accommodation in Siem Reap.

 
DAY 02: SIEM REAP - KHMER TEMPLES

You begin today’s tour early, after breakfast at the hotel and head off to explore the ancient Khmer capital city of Angkor Thom. You will walk along the ramparts from the South Gate to see Prasat Chrung and stop at the Death Gate for some fruit and snacks before continuing to the main temple of Bayon. You will also visit several small temples nearby, such as Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Next on the agenda is a visit to the well-known jungle temple of Ta Prohm, for centuries overgrown by balsa wood trees and vines. This temple reeks of mystery and was also used in the movie Tomb Raider.

Enjoy your packed lunch near Siem Reap River then have a rest in the hammock for a short nap just as the local Khmer people do, before starting your afternoon tour.

You will spend the afternoon visiting Banteay Srei temple, also known as the ‘Women’s Temple'. It was associated with the training of female soldiers to fight against the enemies of the Khmer empire, and is fairly unique in that it is constructed of beautiful pink sandstone and decorated with intricate stone carvings. On the return journey you'll visit the impressive Cambodia Landmine Museum, which has collected thousands of landmines since the days of the war. What is even more impressive is the story of the one Khmer man, Mr. Aki Ra, who disarmed the majority of these landmines alone. If time permits, you will explore the ruin of Preah Khan sitting right in the middle of the jungle. You will enter from the eastern entrance walking along the causeway while listening to the sound of birds and gibbons making for a very pleasant walk.

 
Tonight you will enjoy a dinner accompanied by a Khmer traditional Apsara dance performance depicting the unique Khmer culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Overnight in Siem Reap.


DAY 03: SIEM REAP - ATV RIDE - CAMBODIA FOOD TOUR

Today is special. After an early rise at around 5 AM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in a tuk tuk.  You will then transfer to the Quad Bike Center for a quick briefing and safety training on how to use the gears, clutch and brake before starting your adventure. You begin with a drive on your ATV through the small village of “Chreav” in the south to catch the beautiful sunrise over the green paddy fields. This is a great time for some unforgettable photographs. You will love the breeze while you drive, a great feeling to start the day, especially on a bright and fresh morning. On the way back, you will stop at the local market where the farming life starts very early. You’ll also see local people having their quick breakfast by the side of the road before heading to work. After you’ve completed your quad bike adventure you return by tuk tuk to have a quick breakfast at one of the most popular local restaurants before you transfer back to your hotel.

You will than have some time to rest at your hotel, maybe have a swim or pay a visit to the local market on your own. Or have a nap!

Around 4:30 PM your tuk tuk will meet you again at your hotel to start the afternoon Food Tour. You begin your food tasting experience at some local restaurants near the market where you can also try a lot of different food. As well as eating, you will learn about some of the local herbs and ingredients available at the market. Do not miss some of the street food stalls or fruit shakes along the walking section of the tour; they are delicious!
Khmer cuisine is fresh, adventurous, and now in several places, organic; the food is filled with so many wonderful flavors and textures. We’ll demonstrate to you exactly what we are saying by taking you to the best places.

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner via food tour inlcuded
Accommodation in Siem Reap. 

DAY 04: SIEM REAP - FLOATING VILLAGE - OX CART - SIHANOUKVILLE (BY AIR)
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you will drive southeast to see the great annual flood of Tonle Sap Lake where you’ll take a boat excursion to explore the stilted village of Kompong Phluk. You will explore this great ecosystem by canoe, listening to the calls of the birds and macaque monkeys while marveling at the forest beneath the lake’s surface. You will visit a Buddhist temple standing alone on an island, and inside you will see some beautiful Buddhist life paintings on the celling. You also will visit the wet market “Phsar Leu” where the locals buy and sell fish, meat and vegetables as well as enjoying a ride through a village on an ox cart. Lunch is hosted by a friendly, local family.

You then return to the hotel to check out (by 12:00 noon) then transfer to the airport for your fight to Sihanoukville to start your Cambodia beach holiday. On arrival your English-speaking driver who will transfer you to your hotel to check in will meet you. You will have free time to swim in the blue ocean or just relax on the lovely beaches, or explore by yourself. Overnight in hotel

Meals: Breakfast inlcuded
Accommodation in Sihanoukville. 

DAY 05 - 06: SIHANOUKVILLE - FREE DAYS
You will have breakfast at the hotel, after which these two days are yours to do your own thing. You can swim, relax or explore further afield by arranging your own excursions. 

Meals: Breakfast inlcuded
Accommodation in Sihanoukville.

DAY 07: SIHANOUKVILLE - PHNOM PENH
After breakfast at the hotel you will depart by private vehicle to Phnom Penh, the journey taking around 3.5 hours passing through the scenic Cardamom Mountain range. We hope you enjoyed your Cambodia Beach Holiday, but the tour is not quite over yet.

On arrival at the hotel you will check in after which your English-speaking guide will be ready and waiting to introduce you to the capital city of Cambodia. The tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The Royal Palace contains some spectacular buildings such as the Throne Hall, the Royal Treasury Hall and the Napoleon II villa. The steps of the Silver pagoda (also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha) are crafted from Italian marble, and within the throne room the regal floor consists of more than 500 solid silver blocks, weighing about six tons. The current monarch resides in a separate hall.

Next you continue on to visit the Toul Sleng Museum (S21), a school converted to an interrogation centre during the Pol Pot regime. From this and other torture centres, millions were taken to the outskirts of the city to be exterminated. If time permits, you will enjoy some time for souvenir shopping for family and friends at the famous Russian Market.

Meals: Breakfast inlcuded
Accommodation in Phnom Penh. 
 

DAY 08: DEPART PHNOM PENH
After breakfast at your hotel, you are free to relax or enjoy to explore Phnom Penh on your owned arragment. You should spend your last moment at the Mekong reverfront for food and cold beer until your airport transfer time.

Meals: Breakfast inlcuded
 

 

EJOYABLE TIME WITH TRAVELLOOPADVENTURE! 

 


Lyle B
"Always memorable!"

I consider myself very lucky to have known Mr Kun (Travelloops General Manager) since 2007. Many unforgettable fond memories have been attributed to the well constructed and customised itineraries Mr Kun and his team have thoughtfully put together for myself and the many friends I have travelled Cambodia (and neighbouring SEA countries) with over the years. Mr Kun and his team have always proven to be extremely knowledgable, accommodating and of course lots of fun to be around with many friendships forged over the years! Our short visit in June certainly didn't dissappoint. Although short on time (2 days) we managed to squeeze in a half day Angkor tour (in the comfort of an air conditioned car), sampled wonderful local cuisine and also got a taste of the local nightlife thanks to the amazing Mr Kun! Don't know when I'll be back but Travelloops will always be my first point of contact. Thank you Mr Kun for another memorable time in Siem Reap!

Visited June 2016


KenandDi
B.C
"Cycle touring Camboia and Laos, multi-day tours"

From 2010 to 2016, we have toured with Travelloops several times on very memorable trips. Our initial tour was 3 weeks from Siem reap to the Mekong which we followed from Pakse, Laos to Southern Cambodia. It was a tremendous trip due to the experience and wonderful Travelloops folks led by Chanra , chanra@travelloops.com. We have since done 2 more multi weeks tours and several 1 day trips, all of them tremendous experiences.
I can enthusiastically recommend Travelloops as a tours company for cycling, hiking, or motor tours in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia and Laos.
KenandDi

Visited February 2016

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