GO WEST CAMBODIA (12 DAYS)


Tour Style: Cambodia Classic Tour
Nights: 11 nights
Destination: Cambodia
Departs: Daily
Start: Phnom Penh
End: Phnom Penh
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GO WEST CAMBODIA
12 Days / 11 Nights

With this Cambodia and beach holiday, starting in the vibrant capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, you will visit all of the key sights of this fascinating city; the wide boulevards and the colonial architecture give the place some of the old charm of the pre-war days when it was the most popular destination in SE Asia. You will enjoy a comprehensive city tour including an exciting, nostalgic cyclo ride around the streets, before moving on to Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang. After Battambang it’s off to the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, the town of Siem Reap, home of the world’s largest religious monument, the 1000-year-old Angkor Wat.

You will experience an amazing sunset as well as several of the most mysterious and fascinating temples, still standing for many centuries. Siem Reap is not only about temples; you will also see the unique floating village where the entire community lives on the lake, as well as enjoying a spectacular performance under the big top of the Phare Cambodian Circus. After all this exploring, it’s time to chill and so a short flight later, you will find yourself relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Cambodian south cost resort of Sihanoukville. A perfect ending to a perfect holiday.

HIGHTLIGHTS:  
Living Art Performance
S21 Museum & Killing Fields
Royal Palace and Museum
Cyclo Tour
Bamboo Train
Angkor Wat
Angkor Archaeological Park
Landmine Museum
Floating Village
Phare Cambodian Circus
Beach Resort

BRIEF ITINERARY: 
Day 01: Phnom Penh – Living Art Performance
Day 02: Phnom Penh - S21 Museum – Killing Fields – Royal Palace
Day 03: Phnom Penh - Battambang Day 04: Battambang – Siem Reap
Day 05: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
Day 06: Siem Reap – Floating Village – Angkor Wat
Day 07: Siem Reap – Free day
Day 08: Siem Reap - Sihanoukville
Day 09, 10 & 11: Sihanoukville – free days
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Departure

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Tour type: Cultural, adventure
Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap & Sihanoukville
Departs: Daily by arrangement
Starts: Phnom Penh
Ends: Phnom Penh


DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVING PHNOM PENH

On arrival at Phnom Penh, the bustling capital city of Cambodia, your local English-speaking guide will be on hand to meet you personally, and will transfer you to your hotel for check in. After checking in you will have the rest of the day free to explore or relax.

Phnom Penh is known as the "Pearl of Asia", it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s with many old colonial buildings. Many of these still survive and you can explore many French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards. Being the capital, Phnom Penh is the political and commercial centre of Cambodia.

Tonight you will enjoy a Cambodian Living Art performance at the Cambodia National Museum that starts around 07:00 pm and depicts past and present Cambodian life. You will have a traditional Khmer dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh hotel.

Meals: Dinner included
Accommodation in phnom Penh


DAY 02: PHNOM PENH - CITY TOUR

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, your tour guide will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby and drive you about 15 Km out of Phnom Penh to see Beoung Cheoung Ek Memorial Monument (Killing Fields), and then back to Phnom Penh to the Tuol Sleng Museum (S21). While tis can be a bit harrowing, it’s important to know the darker side of recent Cambodian history, when under the tyranny of Pol Pot’s regime, millions of innocents were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison (Tuol Sleng Museum), before ultimately being transported to the killing fields to be exterminated in barbaric ways. After the war the Cambodian Government constructed a massive Stupa (Memorial Monument) to keep some of those victim’s skulls, bones and pieces of clothing, and hold a yearly ceremony to bring peace to the spirits of the deceased. A dark time in Cambodia’s past.

After lunch, you will have a guided tour of the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. The Royal Palace compound contains some spectacular buildings such as the Throne Hall, the Royal Treasury Hall and the Napoleon II villa. The steps of the Silver Pagoda (Pagoda of Emerald Buddha) are crafted from Italian marble, and within the throne room the regal floor consists of more than 500 solid silver blocks, weighing around 6 tones. The current king's living quarters are in a separate hall.

In the evening you will have a unique experience, namely a Cyclo excursion along the Mekong Riverfront, passing Wat Phnom, an iconic symbol of the city.

Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation in Phnom Penh

 

DAY 03: PHNOM PENH - BATTAMBANG

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll depart Phnom Penh for Battambang Province, an area known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Cambodia’, heading for the provincial capital, Battambang city. Battambang lies along the Sagkae River and is flanked by some well-preserved colonial architecture. It is popular because of it's blend of modern city, small-town friendliness, and famous for its crops of fresh fruit, which works together to give the town a unique and friendly charm.

On the way we pass many rice paddies, villages and farming countryside. You'll visit Udong (Phnom Udong), a long-abandoned ancient capital city during 1618-1866. It was home to a succession of kings, deposed from the former capital of Longvek by the invading Thais. You will also visit a pottery factory in Kompong Chang and enjoy a leisurely boat excursion to Kampong Luang floating village. After check in at your hotel you will be free to explore the town on foot and later on, enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous bamboo train through the stunning Cambodian countryside. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included
Accommodation in Battambang

 

DAY 04: BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Phnom Banon and Phnom Sampeau. These hilltop temples on Phnom Banon were originally Hindu temples built to worship the god, Shiva, the same as the temples at Phnom Bakheng, Phnom Bok and Phnom Kom located in Siem Reap. Phnom Sampeau is now a Buddhist temple where, in the past, one of the caves was used as a ‘killing cave’ during the regime of Pol Pot (1975-79).

In the afternoon you say goodbye to Battambang and head for Siem Reap, a drive of around 2.5 hours. You will make a stop on the way at Preah Netr Preah District to visit some local families who produce stone and woodcarvings.

Warm welcome to Siem Reap!

Siem Reap, which translated literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. It’s close to the vast Angkor Archeological Park on the north and Tonle Sap Lake on the south of the city. At the heart of Siem Reap is an attractive area is known as the Old Market are, or Phsar Chas. This part of town is home to a large concentration of restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. After checking in to the hotel, there will be free time to relax, or have a look around the town.

Meals: Breakfast included
Overnight in Siem Reap. 


DAY 05: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR TEMPLES

Today you will get up early to see a spectacular sunrise over the five towers of Angkor Wat, a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next you will return to hotel for breakfast before heading back to the Park to visit the ancient Khmer Empire capital city of "Angkor Thom". This is is perhaps the best preserved of all the temples, and the layout and scale are equally breath-taking. At Angkor Thom you will explore from the South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Finally you will visit the jungle temple, overgrown by balsa wood trees and vines over many years. This is the well-known Ta Prohm Temple with its air of mystery. It came to fame when it was used as one of the locations in the original Tomb Raider movie.

In the afternoon you will be driven drive out into the stunning Cambodian countryside to see Banteay Srei and Banteay Kdei temples. Banteay Srei is known as the ‘Women’s Temple', and is associated with the supposed training of female soldiers to fight against the enemy. It is fairly unique in that it is constructed of beautiful pink sandstone and decorated with intricate stone carvings. On the way back you will visit Cambodia Landmine Museum, with its impressive collection of decommissioned landmines. What is even more impressive is the story of one Khmer man, Mr. Aki Ra, who disarmed the majority of these landmines alone. 

Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation in Siem Reap

DAY 06: SIEM REAP - FLOATING VILLAGE - ANGKOR WAT

In the morning after breakfast in your hotel, you will transfer by road down south to see the great annual flood that is the Tonle Sap Lake. You will take a boat excursion to see the stilted village of Kompong Phluk and explore this great ecosystem by canoe. You will also hear the calls of the birds and macaque monkeys while marveling at the forest beneath the lake’s surface. There is also a small Buddhist temple is standing on one of the islands which has some beautiful Buddhist life paintings on the celling. If time permits, you will visit the Artisan D'Angkor before having lunch.

You will spend an exciting afternoon on a trip to Angkor Archaeological Park to explore more fully the amazing and awe inspiring temple of Angkor Wat with its surrounding man-made moat. It’s no surprise to find this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also enjoy climbing up to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng or Pre Rup temples, both amazing themselves, for a truly memorable sunset complete with a panoramic view.

To complete an amazing day, in the evening you will be spellbound 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: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation in Siem Reap

DAY 07: SIEM REAP - FREE DAY

You can have breakfast at the hotel today, and the rest of the day is free for you to relax by the pool, or go for shopping at the local market.

Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation in Siem Reap


DAY 08: SIEM REAP - SIHANOUKVILLE

After a hotel breakfast you will have some free time to relax or discover Siem Reap town on your own; check out the Old Market or perhaps the Angkor Silk Farm. If time permits, why not enjoy a pampering session and have a traditional Khmer massage.

Your hotel check out is by 12:00 noon, and depending on your departure flight time to Sihanoukville, your guide and driver will be ready for your transfer to the airport. After the short flight, on arrival at Sihanoukville airport, your driver will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel for check in. 

Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation in Sihanoukville. 



DAY 09 - 11: FREE DAY IN SIHANOUKVILLE 

At the end of your Cambodia and beach holiday, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel each day, after which you have free time to relax, swim or organise your own excursions.

Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation in Sihanoukville.


DAY 12: SIHANOUVILLE - PHNOM PENH - DEPARTURE 

After breakfast at your hotel, and depending on your flight time, you may have some time to re-visit Sihanoukville before you transfer to Phnom Penh International airport. Your land journey will take approximately 3.5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast included

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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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