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CAMBODIA – Family – 10 Days / 9 Nights

 

Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh
Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, your guide will welcome you at the airport and an air-conditioned vehicle will take you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day will be free at your leisure.

Meals included: Meals on your own account
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Note: Hotel rooms will be available from 14:00

 

Day 2: Phnom Penh
Your discovery of the city will start at the National Museum, a fascinating introduction to Angkor and a superb example of Khmer architecture. The museum displays a range of sculptures dating from different periods of Cambodia’s history. Continue with a visit to the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and comprising different structures grouped together in one enclosure. There you will find the Silver Pagoda whose key works include a 90-kilo golden Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystal dating from the 17th century. Then enjoy some free time at your leisure.
In the late afternoon, you will take part in a street food tour with Mr. Nara. By local tuk-tuk, proceed to the bustling riverside area. The tour will start right in front of the magnificent Royal Palace, where numerous people gather to enjoy the various street food options. Nara will explain more to you about this culture and let you taste different specialties like fresh pomelos and local snacks. Your next stop will be the fondly named ‘Diamond Island’, a famous spot among young locals to meet up. Here you can be adventurous and try deep fried insects like tarantulas, bugs or even snakes. Then proceed to the local style Kandal market where you will share a typical street food meal with your host. If you want, Nara will show you around the market. Then set off to the famous old market of Phnom Penh. Around the market, you can see a lot of BBQ meat being offered. Feel free to ask your host if you want to try some. You will end this memorable and unique tour in a local restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Relax, enjoy a cold drink and share your experience with your kind host. Afterwards, return to your hotel to spend the rest of your evening free at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Notes:
– Visits to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda will be led by guides on site as our guides are not authorized to conduct tours there.
– The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are sometimes closed without notice for official ceremonies. The visit will be replaced with another if possible.
– During the street food tour, quite a lot of things can be tried, so dinner afterwards might not be necessary.

 

Day 3: Phnom Penh
In the morning, you will embark on a 1h 30min cruise aboard a local wooden boat to reach the small island of Koh Dach. Situated on the Mekong and sufficiently isolated from the capital Phnom Penh, Koh Dach is renowned throughout the country for the quality of its silk. You will discover the real Cambodia and especially the art of silk weaving by hand. Upon arrival at Koh Dach, you will start cycling along small roads to meet the weavers, the local people and take in the lush countryside. All along the trails you will be accompanied by the clatter of the looms.
In the afternoon, you will take the boat back to Phnom Penh (a 1h 30min journey). Round off your day with a walk around the Russian market built in 1937 and featuring a splendid colonial architectural style.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch served by a Khmer family
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Kompong Chhnang – Battambang
Today, you will see magnificent scenery of rice fields with large sugar palms and many traditional wooden stilt houses. After about two hours traveling time, you will arrive in Kompong Chhnang, a provincial town where you can walk through traditional potting villages and see local artisans at work making braziers for domestic cooking as well as many other utensils and decorative pieces for the home. An hour later, back on the road, you will stop at Kompong Luong village where a traditional boat will motor around the lake allowing you to view the community life of a real floating village and all its unique characteristics. You will arrive in Battambang at the end of the day and check into your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 5: Battambang
Discover the real Cambodia as a responsible traveler who respects the environment. The Battambang cycling tour is a unique off-the-beaten-track way to experience the local way of life of the villagers in the hinterland of Cambodia. Along the path, following a small stream, you will have the chance to see typical houses unchanged for generations, rice paddies, local workshops and much more. Take part in the daily activities such as the preparation of sticky rice, the custom of knife making and the creation of the traditional fish paste prahok. An unforgettable experience, as you will ride along seeing the friendly local children waving and shouting “hello”.

The afternoon will be spent discovering the charming town of Battambang. You will be able to see the elegant colonial French-style houses along the river and also visit the provincial museum and the superb 12th -13th century temple Prasat Banon, which towers over the peak of the hill you have just climbed up. From there, you will enjoy the beautiful village countryside scenery, the plains and their pagodas.
In the evening, attend a circus art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak – “the brightness of art” school – an NGO which supports community development through social, educative and cultural services to children and their families.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 6: Battambang – Siem Reap
Leave by road from Battambang heading for Siem Reap through scenic Cambodian countryside featuring rice fields and traditional wooden houses. The road travels through Sisophon in the province of Banteay Meanchey. From there you will arrive in Angkor. On the road you will observe stone sculptors and silk weavers. At a silk farm you will be able to see all the steps of traditional silk production, from raising the worms to making the silk and coloring it.
In the afternoon you will visit Angkor National Museum, which is an important cultural landmark in Siem Reap.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel
Distances:100 kilometers

Note: the road is not always in good condition

 

Day 7: Siem Reap treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a fun and exciting way to discover the wonderful temples of Angkor and also the Cambodian countryside. Your journey will take you on a discovery tour of the ancient Khmer temples through deep jungles, green rice fields and some of the most astonishing ruins you have ever seen. Traveling by tuk-tuk and using the treasure hunter’s book, each team will have to find clues hidden in different places in the Angkor area temples. Games or questions will involve contact with the local people and will be the only way to find the clues to help you find the secret treasure of Angkor. In some places, the guide will wait for the teams to arrive. Divided into 2 small groups, everybody will have a different route and they will compete against each other. Lunch break will be prepared at a remote, untouched temple, providing teams with a chance to compare notes and laugh about what’s been happening on the hunt.
In the afternoon, relax under the trees before continuing your treasure hunting activities for the afternoon. The winners will be the team that finds the treasure! To celebrate the winners and to also congratulate the others, awards will be presented. The evening will be free at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at a temple
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 8: Siem Reap Angkor Park Exploring

Today you will spend more time visiting the remote temples of Angkor Park. The temple of Bang Mealea is set in the jungle and was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, in the middle of the 12th century. Far from the bustle of Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea particularly lends itself to fantasy and meditation, inhabited by celestial dancers (Apsaras), the symbiotic relationship between vegetable and mineral is most surprising. The roots of the trees that have gently wrapped this temple seem to marry the forms of the stones.

Optional: At noon time, enjoy a nice picnic lunch at a lesser known small temple specially set up for you. Continue your lunch break with a relaxed moment by partaking of a foot massage.

In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei where one of the most impressive jewels of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. It houses some remarkably well conserved sculptured lintels and was made famous by Andre Malraux in the early 20th century when, in 1923, he returned the Apsara head that he had previously removed. You will then be taken back to the hotel for a free evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 9: Siem Reap Khmer family day
Your family day will start with a playful and challenging activity: a mini-golf session in a fun setting with miniature imitations of the Angkor temples. When your game is over, you will travel to the surrounding countryside of Siem Reap (approx. 30 minutes by car). From there, you will walk through the rice fields to reach a small temple hidden in the forest. Next will be a short trip to the nearby lake where Khmer families like to spend time at the weekend.
In the afternoon, if you wish, you will be able to swim in the lake. At the end of the day, you will head back to Siem Reap to enjoy a tour in a tethered air-balloon. This 10-minute flight will allow you to admire the beauty and magnificence of the Angkor site, from 100 meters above the ground.
At sunset, you will travel along Road 60, which at that time starts to come alive, the local merchants setting up their small shops and offering their specialties: it’s a great opportunity to taste some uncommon and surprising flavors. It is also a place that is very much appreciated by Khmer families as a small funfair is set up there. Trampoline, a carousel, dart games; there is a true olden-time feel to the funfair with the atmosphere a little outdated but none-the-less charming. For the little ones, whether they’re foreign or Khmer, this is a time to meet each other and share the universal language of play. You will then return to the hotel to relax.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel

Note: Swimming is possible from July to January

 

Day 10: Siem Reap departure
This morning you can rest and relax by the hotel’s pool or spend more time exploring the Old Market of Siem Reap. At the required time your guide and driver will take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Hotel rooms will be available until noon