Cambodia Family Explorer
12 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £2,900

Enjoy the best of Cambodia on this whistle – stop tour of its highlights. On the way, enjoy a taste of city life, become a park ranger for a day, rival Tomb Raider adventures at the temples of Angkor Wat and finally flop in luxury on the beaches of Koh Rong to recover from the excitement of it all.

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

2 nights Phnom Penh, 5 nights Siem Reap and a 5 night luxury beach stay on Koh Rong £2,900 per adult and £1,450 per child under 12 sharing including flights, transfers and excursions.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

As direct flights to Cambodia don’t currently operate from the UK, how about spending a few contrasting nights in Singapore on your way home?

Best Time to Travel

There are two distinct seasons – dry (October to late April) and wet (May to late September). This itinerary is popular year round however, as wet season can mean fewer crowds at the temples.

Tips for Families

The key to enjoying the temples is to load up with snacks and drinks and build in plenty of time by the pool either side of the visit.  Your could also swap the bike for horseback when visiting Angkor Wat!

Highlights

  • Discover the delights of Phnom Penh
  • Become a park ranger and feed the Sun Bears
  • Ride the Angkor Eye for a birds eye view of the temples of Siem Reap
  • Tick off your ‘bucket-list’ by cycling the extraordinary temples of Angkor Wat
  • Marvel at the daring circus performers of Phare Circus
  • Enjoy a taste of tropical island living and snorkel on pristine reefs

Itinerary

Day 1 | Overnight Flight to Phnom Penh

Depart London overnight to Phnom Penh (approx 14 hrs) on a non direct service (generally changing in Asia eg Bangkok or Singapore).

Day 2 | Arrival in to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and despite its turbulent history and more recent (and rapid) development, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap, is at once bustling and laid back. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days of old and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

On arrival into Phnom Penh you will be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel for check in.

Day 3 | Free the Bears Sanctuary

Early this morning, travel by private vehicle to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, located an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh and the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears. The sanctuary has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing their wild bear populations.

On arrival meet the staff at Free The Bears, located within Phnom Tamao. Free The Bears is a registered charity that was set up by an Australian woman, Mary Hutton to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. The 100+ bears that you will see at Phnom Tamao may have faced death or a torturous life in order to provide medicinal benefits or exotic food to the Asian market. Twenty one forested enclosures have been built over 7 hectares to house a mixture of Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of different ages and personalities.

After visiting the various different bear houses take part in a fun activity of preparing enrichment toys. There will also be time to visit some of the other endangered species kept at Phnom Tamao. Lunch will be taken at a simple local picnic hut ‘Khmer style’. In the afternoon it is time to hide the food in the bear’s forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labour – incredibly heart-warming.

Leaving Phnom Tamao drive the short distance to visit Tonle Bati Temple, an Angkorian-style temple which remains largely intact and the pretty garden enhances the atmosphere. Whilst being very small in size the temple is one of the best preserved and picturesque you can visit in Cambodia.  On the way back to Phnom Penh stop to try some local seasonal fruits before returning to your hotel.

 

Day 4 | Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your internal flight to Siem Reap. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel and can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 | Art and Angkor Eye

This morning get to know Siem Reap’s artistic side to the town’s best workshops and galleries including a visit to Senteurs d’Angkor, where training and job opportunities are offered to disadvantaged young people and women who specialize in preserving traditional Khmer local handcraft including Smok and Candle making. You will then return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Early evening take a ride on the Angkor Eye, an 85 metre-high Ferris Wheel that features views of the surrounding countryside, including Angkor Wat and the West Baray in the distance. The Japanese-built Ferris Wheel, the third highest in Asia, runs from 8am to 8pm, with the 18-minute sunset ride offering the most spectacular views.

Day 6 | The Temples!

Set out to explore Angkor Wat via bicycle this morning, pedalling through dense jungles of the magnificent temples of Angkor.

Begin with a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries in dedication to Jayavarman VII’s mother. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines making it one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

From Ta Prohm pedal through hidden passages to the ruins of Ta Nei (Grandfather Nei) and Preah Khan (dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s father) before heading to Angkor Thom. Enter through the ancient East Gate;on each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore. *Please note if the family agrees, then you can ask the guide to cycle longer.  Also know you can hop in the air-conditioned support vehicle at any time during your ride.

From the walls of Angkor Thom, head inward for Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Before exploring further, return to town for a traditional lunch at a Khmer House.

This afternoon, come back to Angkor Thom to the famous Angkor Wat by Tuk-Tuk, the largest religious monument in the world. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat symbolizes Mount Meru, the home of the Gods, and is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour and it’s even featured on Cambodia’s national flag, symbolising the soul of the Khmer people.

Tonight, you will have dinner at HAVEN, a social enterprise and a training restaurant for vulnerable and underprivileged young adults from shelters and very poor rural areas. By teaching quality skills, these young people are prepared for employment but they are also supported in their personal development to create a safe and independent future for them.

Day 7 | Quad Biking through local villages

A tuk-tuk will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the Cambodia Quad Bike office. After a short safety briefing and familiarisation training ride you will follow the professional guides on motorbikes to the farming communities surrounding Siem Reap.

Prepare to enjoy stunning scenery: rice fields, country roads, palm trees and fresh water springs. During the ride you will make several stops. There are plenty of things to see in the villages: rice wine production, local farms, temples and pagodas. If you wish, we can stop at one of the local schools. There you can help kids to practice their English, and maybe even learn one or two new words in Khmer!

Day 8 | Kayaking Tonle Sap and Phare Circus

Take advantage of the cool morning and wake early to head out for the famous Tonle Sap; South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

Explore this magnificent natural marvel by kayak. These two seater, inflatable kayaks are one of the best ways to see the lakes, as they can go where the noisy, long tailed boats cannot. Paddle through sunken fields and floating forests to the village of Kampong Kleang. Stop there for lunch at a stilted house or on one of the local boats, out on the lake (depending on the season).

This evening attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’.  Professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps, who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.

Day 9 | Siem Reap - Koh Rong

Free at leisure until your transfer to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Sihanoukville. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the boat station for your shared speedboat to Koh Rong, a journey of approximtely 45 minutes.

Day | 10 -13 Koh Rong Island

Enjoy days at leisure on your chosen white-sand beach on Koh Rong!  There are lots of lovely locations to choose from on this delightful island with powder soft white sands.

Day 14 | Departure back to the UK

This morning you will return to the mainland for your transfer to Phnom Penh then connecting with your international flight home.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Koh Rong, Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia

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