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Travel around the country from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on this Classic Cambodia trip. Starting in the riverside capital Phnom Penh, long considered the most beautiful French-built city of the Orient, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the haunting Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Wander the abandoned colonial villas of Kep, stroll the riverside of the beautiful provincial town of Kampot and relax on the beaches of Sihanoukville. Travel to Siem Reap and the fabled city of Angkor, eighth wonder of the world and spectacular ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Dynasty. Discover temples such as Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Beng Melea and the breathtaking Angkor Wat.
Our Classic itineraries cover the key attractions with carefully selected experiences to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Classic itineraries include time for relaxation or for adding extra activities. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Phnom Penh, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
The riverside capital of Phnom Penh, once known as “The Pearl of Asia” and long considered the most beautiful French-built city of the Orient, is a charming and captivating city. The old French ochre-coloured colonial buildings are now being filled with trendy cafes, boutiques and art galleries and many traditional ornate temples still remain. The bustling squares and frangipani-lined boulevards create an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in South East Asia. Rich in history, Phnom Penh has a number of cultural and historical sites including the National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and offers an insight into its darker past with the haunting Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.
Phnom Penh has many great restaurants and bars including the rooftop bar of the iconic Correspondent’s Club, an ideal spot to sit and watch the sun descending over the Tonle and Mekong rivers. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Phnom Penh in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Set out with your guide to visit the National Museum, designed in traditional Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. Next visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, built in 1866 by the French for King Norodom, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and amongst the finest examples of Khmer architecture. The Royal Palace stands on the site of the former citadel dating back to 1813 and is home to the current King Sihamoni. The Silver Pagoda owes its name to its floor made up of 5,329 solid silver tiles. The building houses many gold and jewelled Buddha statues including the 17th century Baccarat crystal Emerald Buddha. Other important buildings found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat where Royal ceremonies are performed, and the King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. The palace has been inhabited by kings at all times with the exception of the period when the radical Khmer Rouge party took control in 1975.
Learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge on your visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum. Tuol Sleng, a high school prior to 1975, became an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and today it is a genocide museum. It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds. Walk the narrow corridors and former classrooms as you read the stories of the victims and witness the torture devices on display. Photographs were taken of each prisoner passing through the prison and hundreds of the black and white photos are now on display in the museum. Although a haunting experience, the museum is a sobering reminder of the Khmer Rouge’s brutality and a testament to their crimes.
Return to your hotel or to one of the riverside cafes or bars to watch the sunset over the Tonle and Mekong rivers.
Situated 17 kilometres (11 miles) from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. The seemingly peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek does not allude to the horrors that took place here. A large memorial commemorates the 17,000 men, women and children, who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The skulls and bones inside the memorial stupa and the mass graves that dot the area are a reminder of the terrible suffering that occurred here. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background to the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. Besides the tragic past, 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.
This afternoon travel from Phnom Penh to Kep. On arrival in Kep you'll meet your guide for introductions and check-in to your hotel. Your guide will provide you with a quick introduction to Kep and provide you with restaurant recommendations. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day either exploring the area or lying on the beach.
The fishing village of Kep is located on a small headland on the Gulf of Thailand and is a former retreat for the French elite living in Phnom Penh during the colonial days. Abandoned villas dot the area and a former palace of King Sihanouk sits on a hill near the beach as testament to Kep's former glory. Slowly Kep is re-emerging and now offers resort accommodation and recreational activities.
Itinerary Option: Note that the transfer from Phnom Penh to Kep does not include a tour guide, although a guide can be included at an additional cost.
Enjoy free time in Kep. There are an abundance of short walks in Kep that wind through the hills with views across the Gulf of Thailand, or simply enjoy swimming or relaxing at the beach.
Itinerary Option: Spend the day on Koh Tonsai, also known as Rabbit Island, with superior snorkelling and swimming opportunities than the Kep beaches.
This morning depart from Kep to Sihanoukville stopping en route at Kampot. Kampot is regarded as one of Cambodia’s most beautiful provincial towns. Stroll along the riverfront, which is lined with frangipani trees that blend harmoniously with the well preserved French colonial buildings. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the river, and then continue the journey to Sihanoukville. Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Damrei (Elephant) Mountains on the way.
Located on the south west peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville was founded as a port town half a century ago, and today is Cambodia’s premier beach destination. Sihanoukville is surrounded by palm fringed white sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters. Nearby islands and coral reefs teem with colourful fish and offer excellent snorkelling opportunities. For seafood lovers the local specialities are crab and shrimp.
On arrival in Sihanoukville you'll meet your guide for introductions and check-in to your hotel. Your guide will provide you with a quick introduction to Sihanoukville and make plans for your trip tomorrow. Your guide can also provide you with restaurant recommendations. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day either exploring the area or lying on the beach or besides your pool.
Itinerary Option: Note that the transfer from Kep to Sihanoukville does not include a tour guide, although a guide can be included at an additional cost.
Option 1 : Sihanoukville city tour
After breakfast, follow your local guide, enjoy a day wandering around the city visiting the highlights and also the life of the local people.
Drive to the local Fishing Village where the fisherman catch fish, prawns, squid and lobster and pack for delivery to the local market and other provinces in Cambodia. You will also see the lifestyle of people living in their floating house.
Continue to the Kbal Chhay Waterfalls. Until 1963 Kbal Chhay was a source for providing clean-water to Sihanoukville, but the arrangement ended when it became a hiding place for the Khmer Rouge. In 1998 Kbal Chhay was developed by the Kok An Company who in constructing a road in the area developed the site for local and international tourists. Today the Royal Government of Cambodia has regained control of the site and once again uses it as a clean water source for the nearby city. Wat Leu Pagoda are 5 Wats ( Buddhist temples ). It is commonly known as “Upper Wat”. It is surrounded by forest and overlooks the town, ocean and nearby islands.The Wat Leu monks maintain the Khmer Buddhist traditions. On special days many people will prepare food and fruit to offer to the monk at the pagoda. In return the monks will bless them and wish them good luck and happiness in their lives.
Get back to city for included light lunch at local restaurant, and then you will have chance to visit central main market Phsar Le. It is a typically busy Khmer market. A wide range of goods are offered from a bewildering number of market stalls in close proximity. Visitors will enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant market. An experience not to be missed.
The last stop can be Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) which was constructed in 1985 to mark Cambodia’s Independence form foreign rule as well as commemorating the war dead. It is situated in a small park on Ekareach Street ( meaning Independence street ). The adjacent shrine is also used as a meeting hall for religious festivals.
Option 2: Boat cruise tour to Koh Rong island & zip-line (Suitable for the active adventure lover)
This morning, you will be transferred to boat pier and take a speedboat (share boat) to Koh Rong with your guide (Departure time is 08:00AM). It is about 45 minutes cruise to the island.
Koh Rong is the second largest island of Cambodia. It’s about 25 kilometers off the Sihanoukville's coast in the Gulf of Thailand. The Island is nearly 70 sq. kilometers in size, that’s almost the size of Hong Kong! However, unlike the great H.K, Koh Rong has no skyscrapers, no cars, no concrete streets, it’s just beach, and jungle, lots and lots of jungle. In fact almost all 70 sq kilometers of this incredible island is covered in jungle, or damp rain forest. There are 28 beaches on the island almost all of them snow white sands and one that is close to 7 kilometers long with just a tiny few huts along it and a beautiful small local village at one end. A must see when you come to the island.
Upon arrival, you have chance to walk up to the High Point Adventure Park (Open at 10:00AM). It is the first and the best zip-line canopy tour in Cambodia, which is located in the rain forest of a beautiful island Koh Rong. Include: safety equipment, High Point T-shirt, water, bandana and a lot of fun.
Enjoy simple picnic lunch. After that, free at leisure time for swimming and relaxation on Kaoh Touch Beach with your tour guide or you can enjoy zip line as much as you can.
Then around 14:30PM, transfer back to boat pier and take a speedboat (share boat) to Sihanouk Ville and to hotel.
Relax on the beaches or by the pool of your hotel on your free day in Sihanoukville.
This morning fly to Siem Reap and meet your guide on arrival. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Siem Reap and answer any questions you have.
Accompanied by your guide start exploring the stunning temples this afternoon by tuk-tuk. Visit Angkor Thom, the ancient fortified royal city and former capital of the Khmer Empire. The city has five monumental gates and consists of several temples including the Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Enter Angkor Thom through the impressive South Gate and drive towards the centre piece, the Bayon Temple. At first glance the temple may seem like a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking in every direction. There are over 200 huge carved faces that stare down from fifty four gothic towers. Continue your exploration with a visit to the 350 metre (1155 feet) long Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King viewed the victorious return of his army. Then visit the Terrace of the Leper King with detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage that leads to the Baphuon, a pyramidal representation of mythical Mt Meru.
After your afternoon tour you will be driven to your hotel and your guide will assist you with checking in. Before leaving you at your hotel, your guide will make arrangements for the following day and can also provide restaurant recommendations for tonight dinner.
Siem Reap, situated in the north west of the country, is an enchanting town with Chinese-style shop houses, French colonial architecture and tree lined boulevards. It is the gateway to the World Heritage ancient temple ruins of Angkor, eighth wonder of the world and spectacular ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Dynasty. As well as the myriad of awe-inspiring temples and Khmer relics to explore, Siem Reap and its rural outskirts offers craft villages, silk farms, Khmer cuisine cooking classes, traditional Cambodian “apsara” dance performances and the floating villages on the tranquil waters of Tonle Sap Lake.
Explore temples of the World Heritage Angkor complex with your guide. Start with a visit to the picturesque and atmospheric Ta Prohm, built in 1186. This fascinating jungle-clad temple is one of Angkor’s most impressive and most beautiful structures. Over centuries the fig tree roots have engulfed the temple’s huge stone blocks, crumbling towers and walls. The living jungle is reclaiming this Buddhist temple, shrouding the courtyards and corridors in dappled sunlight, and creating a haunting and exotic atmosphere.
In the afternoon, visit one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites, the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. The largest and most breathtaking of Angkor’s monuments, this vast temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries and is the largest Hindu structure in the world. Angkor Wat is orientated towards the west, symbolically the direction of death. It is home to hundreds of beautiful carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology and boasts some of the most well preserved carvings in the region. As you stroll the massive hallways you discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Return to one of the grass terraces in front of the five massive towers of Angkor Wat to watch the sun setting over the temple complex. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap.
Depart with your guide and drive through the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, located in the beautiful rural hinterlands of Siem Reap. Beng Mealea is a sprawling jungle temple built by King Suyavarman II in the early 12th century and thought to have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. The temple is enclosed by a huge moat and largely reclaimed by jungle with its stone walls crumbling, adding to the atmosphere and charm of the site.
Enjoy a simple lunch in a traditional Cambodian wooden house before heading to Banteay Srei temple, the jewel of Khmer art, built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. The temple walls are covered in elaborate and well preserved carvings that provide an insight into the Angkor people and their beliefs. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Siem Reap.
On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Sihanoukville - Siem Reap) which retails at about 200AUD.
Visas for Cambodia
It is possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siam Reap international airports or any border crossing for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change) - you will need 2 passport photos.
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"Far too many wonderful experiences to single out one, but Angkor Watt & Ta Promh would certainly be near the top. Cambodia has breathtaking temples & wonderful people. Thanks to your recommendations we visited places off the beaten track, which really made it feel like an adventure rather than just a holiday. Many thanks - we'll definitely be booking our return trip with GetAboutAsia! " — Nigel & Annie Dale, Berkshire UK, April, 2016
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"Our highlights of Siem Reap was watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat with our Guide who had lived through the rule of the Khmer Rouge and grew up living amongst the temples with his grandmother... Attending the inspiring Dr Beat Richter's free concert at the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital on the Saturday night was an eye opener and highly recommended. Dinner and drinks on the so called "pub street" was a stark contrast from the Children's Hospital... " — Bennett Family, Woronora Heights, NSW, September 2013