Classic Cambodia

Experience all the excitement and culture Cambodia has to offer. Undoubtedly this journey takes you to the most iconic spots in ten days. Explore the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh and ancient Siem Reap, home to the incredible religious complex of Angkor. Subsequently you will venture through the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and see some of the country’s most beautiful hidden temples.

At a GlanceCambodia elephant terrace
Day 1     Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel

Day 2    Historical Tour of Phnom Penh
Day 3    Travel to Battambang with visits enroute
Day 4    Tour Battambang; journey on the Bamboo train
Day 5    Banteay Chmar Temple before reaching Siem Riep
Day 6    Tour the Angkor Highlighted Temples
Day 7    Enjoy a Floating Village tour
Day 8    Highlights of the trip, visit the Beng Mealea Temple
Day 9    Tour the Kulen Mountain – Waterfall & 1000 Lingas
Day 10  Last day in Cambodia. Depart Siem Reap

We combine the magnificence of the Khmer Empire with lively Phnom Penh. Consequently this tour is the perfect way to get acquainted with this captivating nation. Witness the grandeur of ancient Angkor Wat. See the enigmatic faces of the Bayon. Confront the tragedy of the recent past and delight in the hopes for better future during this classic Cambodian adventure.

Tour highlights

Phnom Penh: City tour to the Royal Palace, National Museum and cycle ride along the Mekong Valley
Battambang:  Hilltop Pagoda of Phnom Sampeau, 11th century Prasat Phnom Banan & Museum
Siem Reap:     Angkor Highlighted Temples, Floating Village & Beng Mealea hidden in the jungle

Most travelers take a Cambodian tour for the sprawling ruins of Angkor Wat. Hidden deep in the jungle, one walks through the towering, intricate stonework and to find the crumbling temples of Angkor’s and its overgrown palaces. This tour is a sublime experience — well worth the trip itself.

Additional information

Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star

Day 1

Phnom Penh – Arrival (D)
* Upon arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in.
* We will then set out on a city tour to visit the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; the 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.
* The National Museum which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century; but some date from as early as the 4th century.
* In the very late afternoon; we will experience a Cyclo ride along the Mekong River to refresh yourself with the fresh air. Cyclo is the iconic vehicle; first introduced in 1936; and remains one of the best and most economical ways to see the city. Cyclo drivers; however; are among the poorest of the urban poor in Cambodia.
* Welcome dinner at a nice local restaurant.
* Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 2

Phnom Penh – Historical Tour (B)
* Breakfast at hotel.
* After breakfast we will visit the peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek; these may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place there in the past.
* Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town; Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”.
* Nowadays; a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17;000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader; Pol Pot.
* The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. It will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.
* We then continue on to Toul Sleng; this was a high school prior to 1975; an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and today it as a genocide museum.
* It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds.
* Walking through the narrow corridors and former classrooms of the buildings will give you an eerie feeling of being part of Cambodia’s turbulent past.
* The stories of the victims are documented and some torture devices are on display for visitors to learn about the suffering the people endured.
* Photographs were taken of each prisoner passing through the prison and hundreds of the haunting black and white photos are now on display in the museum.
* While this experience may be depressing; it is recommended to visit in order to truly understand the cruel methods of control the Khmer Rouge implemented over the country.
* Back to hotel for overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3

Phnom Penh – Battambang (B)
* We have an early start today for the nearly five hour drive to Battambang.
* We leave the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh behind as you head north to Kampong Luong which is a silversmith village.
* Observe silversmiths creating ornate and fashionable silver objects.
* Continue with a visit to Oudong; which functioned as the former capital of Cambodia between the early 17th century and late 19th century. Nowadays Oudong still holds great significance as the three hills are home to various stupas containing the remains of several former Khmer Kings.
* The main stairway (over 500 steps) leads to the newest of the temples and is home to a Buddha relic.
* The views from the summit of the surrounding countryside are impressive and worth the climb.
* Continue to the small riverside town of Kampong Chhnang.
* Lunch en route (own account).
* It is famous for its beautiful landscape and local villages which produce pottery in the midst of the rice fields. Learn how the community makes pottery the traditional way and observe how sugar is collected from the sugar palm trees.
* Let your guide assist you with translating if you are interested to learn more about village life.
* We continue on to Battambang where you will check into your hotel in the late afternoon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Battambang.

Day 4

Battambang (B)
* This morning; we visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau.
* This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves with some containing unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history.
* Walk around the premises with your guide and continue to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River; which is home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes and tropical fruit farms.
* This is a great opportunity to taste juicy oranges; sweet pineapples; and many other fruits available in the region.
* Lunch is taken on the way in a local restaurant (own account).
* Not far from Ksach Puoy is Cambodia’s first vineyard. If wine is what you are after; pop in and learn about producing wine in the tropics and a tasting if you are interested.
* Continue to the well preserved 11th century Prasat Phnom Banan; located on top of a hill bearing the same name.
* After climbing the 350 steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside. Small villages are dotted in and around the endless rice paddies; punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees a wonderful location to catch the sunset on the Bamboo Train before returning to Battambang town.
* Overnight at your hotel in Battambang.

Day 5

Battambang – Banteay Chmar Temple – Siem Reap (B/L)
* Today we pay a visit to the Battambang Museum; which houses some interesting lintels and artifacts from the region.
* We bid farewell to Battambang and drive 2.5 hours further northwest to the seldom visited north western province of Banteay Meanchey.
* This province is home to the ancient temple of Banteay Chhmar; which is also referred to as the Fortress of the Cat.
* This large temple is rarely visited by tourists due to its remoteness; thus it makes a refreshing change from the crowds at Angkor Wat.
* Severe looting has prevented archaeologists from understanding the temple and its function in detail; leaving its use to speculation.
* A low key community tourism project has recently been established in the village to help the poor people taking care of the temple to supplement their incomes.
* Upon arrival; the local community will welcome you and members will join you to visit the temple explaining its history.
* Continue your journey to Siem Reap; arriving mid afternoon.
* Lunch en route.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 6

Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B)
* Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
* The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you will remember forever.
* Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
* Lunch is for your own account.
* In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
* Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terrace; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Place area.
* Also visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 7

Siem Reap – Floating Village (B/L)
* In the morning we transfer out of Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside.
* You will start with a walk through the village houses; witness the different activities from the locals for their daily life. Some examples are how the locals wash vehicles; selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets.
* On the way; you can pick some fruit from the plants; enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village.
* You will take a 30-minute ride on an ox-cart through the rice paddies to reach a local house to see how this family does their daily work; such as making rice wine and handicrafts.
* Meanwhile the member of the family will offer you of fresh coconut and some man made rice wine to taste.
* Afterwards hop into your van for our drive onward to the next destination; a floating community; Mechrey village.
* Here you will take a Kayak and paddle through houses; schools and even shops all bobbing on the water – though not in the dry season – as locals paddle around in traditional wooden boats. (Recommended from October – February).
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 8

Siem Reap – Beng Mealea Temple (B):
* After breakfast at hotel; today is one of the highlights of the trip with a visit to the famous temple built by King Soryavarman II in the early of 12th century; it is well hidden in the jungle and in ruins; called Beng Mealea.
* Return to Siem Reap town.
* Wat Damnak is one of the most beautiful pagodas in town with French colonial architecture reflecting its history and a large garden filled with statues.
* Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony; performed by local monks that reside at the temple.
* Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a tradition which is believed pass on the good luck of the gods.
* Afterwards; a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This will protect you from any evil spirits or accidents.
* Before you continue on your journey; you will receive a small keepsake from the monks to remind you of this special moment.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 9

Siem Reap – Kulen Mountain – Waterfall & 1000 Lingas (B/L)
* Located 40 km north of Angkor Wat; the Phnom Kulen mountain range provides Siem Reap with water and dominates the skyline of the flat plains surrounding it.
* Although the highest peak of the mountain range lies at only 487m; Phnom Kulen has much to offer visitors.
* The Cambodian people regard the site as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman II claimed independence from Java there in 802 A.D.
* Travel in the morning by car through the countryside to Phnom Kulen and start the rather steep climb by car.
* On top of the mountain you will visit a modern style pagoda that offers stunning views over the Angkor area.
* Visit the eight meter long statue of a reclining Buddha and wash your hands at the Linga statue to purify your mind and body.
* Continue to visit the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall close to it.
* Take a refreshing swim in the stream and pool of the waterfall.
* Lunch for your own account.
* Afterwards; visit the jewel of Khmer art; Banteay Srei Temple. Its red sand stone walls are decorated with elaborate carvings in an amazing state of preservation.
* Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 10

Siem Reap – Departure (B)
* After breakfast you have free time at your leisure until we depart for the airport.
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Siem reap airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Cambodia experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double room with daily breakfast
* Meals as mentioned
* All entrance fees
* Water & tissue during the tour
* 24/7 support 

* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Visa fee to Cambodia of USD 30 per person
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Cambodia elephant terrace
Cambodia street with shops in Siem reap
Cambodia reclining Buddah at Phnom Kulen
Cambodia ruins of Beng Mealea temple overgrown by the jungle
Cambodia floating village church on lake
Cambodia elephant terrace
Cambodia Banteay Chhmar Temple ruin in the jungle
Cambodia Phnom Sampeu Shrine with man sitting on mat
Cambodia view on the top of Phnom Udong
Cambodia Choeung Ek temple with gardens in front
Cambodia external view of Royal palace throne room