Cambodia's forgotten temples

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
15 days
From: $ 6,101 $ 407 / day
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Overview

Short Description

Visit the bustling capital city of Phnom Penh. Explore the charming countryside around Battambang. Wander around the stunning temples of Angkor. Embark on a true adventure through the Cambodian jungle. Visit the spectacular and previously off limits Preah Vihear temple.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Phnom Penh
End City Phnom Penh

Destinations

Cambodia

Attractions & Cities Visited

Phnom Penh Preah Khan Siem Reap

Activities & Interests

Culture History

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Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Phnom Penh.

Day 2 : Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh you will be collected by an Audley representative and taken to your hotel.This evening you will enjoy a sunset cyclo tour along Phnom Penh's waterfront.

Day 3 : Phnom Penh

This morning you have a tour of the modern aspects of the city. This includes the Khmer Rouge memorials which give a stark but fascinating insight into Cambodia's recent history. The afternoon is spent exploring the city through its architectural history, including the French Colonial legacy and the New Khmer Architecture of the 50s and 60s.

Day 4 : Phnom Penh

This morning you get to enjoy a traditional Khmer pastime - eating picnics! Your guide will take you to a popular picnic spot outside of the city, on the banks of the river and you will enjoy this simple pastime in Khmer style. The guide will help you select food from the local vendors.

Day 5 : Battambang

You head out of the capital today, travelling northwest to Battambang, the sleepy second city of Cambodia. You stop en route at Kompong Chhnang, on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake.

Day 6 : Battambang

Spend the day exploring the charming town of Battambang.

Day 7 : Siem Reap

You continue on to Siem Reap by road today and on arrival check in to your hotel. You are then free to relax for a few hours before heading out in the evening to witness Cambodia's version of the Cirque Du Soleil. A fantastic local initiative this is not to be missed!

Day 8 : Siem Reap

Today you discover the magnificent temples that stood at the heart of the Khmer Empire and still remain an impressive and awe inspiring testament to the power and ingenuity of the Khmer people.

Day 9 : Siem Reap

A very early start for what will likely be a highlight of your trip. Experience the magical atmosphere of Ta Prohm temple as it emerges from the pre dawn mists! After breakfast you then head out into the countryside to explore the sleeping giant that is Beng Melea, followed by the small and exquisitely carved Banteay Srei. While in the area you can stop in at the excellent Landmine Museum.

Day 10 : Phnom Kulen

The adventure steps up a level today as you are driven into Kulen National Park, from where independence was declared from the Cham people in the 9th century. Spend the afternoon walking through the jungle and visiting uncharted temple ruins. You camp for the evening in a clearing at the top of the plateau overlooking the park and plains below.

Day 11 : Preah Vihear

Today you are driven up into the far north of the country, still a Khmer Rouge stronghold in the 90s, and take the incredibly steep road up into the Dangrek Mountain range. You reach Preah Vihear temple, sitting atop a 500 metre high promontory and spend the afternoon exploring. You return down the mountain to a local guest house for the night.

Day 12 : Preah Khan

Rise early to make the most of the early morning tranquillity before other tourists arrive and then you will head down to the plains to Preah Khan, a little visited giant of Khmer temples. Camp overnight again in the grounds of the temple.

Day 13 : Phnom Penh

You will head back to the capital today, taking in the early Khmer period temple complex at Sambor Prei Kuk en route. Check in to the wonderful Raffles for some well earned R&R at the end of the day.

Day 14 : International return flight

Day at leisure: we suggest you spend the day further exploring the city or simply relax before your flight home.This evening you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 15 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Cambodia's forgotten temples

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I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

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Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

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Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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