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Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia
Highlights of Cambodia

Highlights of Cambodia

8 days
4.7 (9)
300+ booked
Start Siem Reap
Destination +9 Destinations
End Phnom Penh

Tour Overview

With a budget of 8 days, you can immerse in the rich history and culture of Cambodia on this Highlights of Cambodia Tour

This adventure hits all the must-sees, from the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom to the unique floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. Explore the charming colonial town of Battambang and delve into Phnom Penh's fascinating past, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and Khmer Rouge historical sites. Perfect for first-time visitors and history buffs alike, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Cambodia's captivating sights.

Ready to discover the Kingdom of Wonder? Join Asia Links Travel on this customizable Historical Tour! See the full itinerary for details!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Angkor Temple Complex and Angkor Thom
  • Experience the local life on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Admire the beautiful colonial buildings in Battambang
  • Have an interesting sightseeing in Phnom Penh including a visit to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and historical evidence of Khmer Rouge

Itinerary

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival - Ta Prohm

Upon you arrival at the airport, our driver will take you to your hotel. Checking in at 14:00, you are free to rest. Meals are on your own account. Stay one night at the hotel before going on the tour tomorrow.

Day 2: Explore The Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm (B)

The magnificent of Angkor Wat Temple was built in 12th century under King Suryavarman II time. In order to show respect to Vishnu, he had ordered to construct the building as typical Hindu temple. With many sculptured statues and carved lines of religious teaching all over the place from walls, stairs, posts, monuments, temples, roof top, there is nothing to discuss that this is a piece of art of the Khmer civilization. Up to the present, it is now approved as the World Heritage by UNESCO and be a symbol that stands for Cambodia.

Next, meet the Banteay Srei - one of the smallest temples in Angkor, but it doesn’t mean it is not attractive. With beautifully in detail carved and being made of pink sandstone, the temple had won the reward of Khmer gem art.

The gigantic Ta Prohm Temple is the place you must visit in Angkor complex. It was built in 1186 for King Jayavarman VII’s mother and thanks for its size, the place had been resident of over 12.500 people, 18 priests, 80.000 Khmer people. Although it had lost its charm since Khmer Empire fell down and hasn’t been took care of. It is now covered by the forest and home for creatures, but in change, the combination just makes it even more seductive.

Meals are on your own account. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Preah Khan – Neak Pean – Thommanon And Chau Say Tevoda – Angkor Thom (B)

Preah Khan scores point as it is the biggest complexes in Angkor. Built under King Jayavarman VII’s ruling  as a short-term home while waiting for Angkor Thom completion. Then, we will keep moving to Neak Pean, one of the kinds in Angkor that was built in an isolated island. It is used to show gratefulness to the legendary horse-Bahala that saved the sinking boat.

Thmanon and Chau Say Tevoda impress tourist by their charming look as usual. Being the survivors since King Jayavarman II time in 12th century, they still maintain the unique carving that show the respect to Shiva and Vishnu.

Meet another masterpiece of 12th century- the Angkor Thom (“Great City”), you will be amazed by the time you observe it from far distance. It used to be the capital of Khmer Empire and owns an area of 9 square kms, which provided more than enough space for numerous stupas. Through time, Angkor Thom was developed by both previous and later ages of Jayavarman.

Those historical evidences are scattered everywhere. Right in the center of Angkor Thom, you will meet the National Temple of Jayavarman. The surrounding of Victoria Plaza, you can see the Bayon Temple and other stupas as well. Visiting the place will provide you best experience of ancient remains.

Meals are on your own account. Overnnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake – Lotus Farm – Smok Village (B,L)

Enjoy the fresh day beginning by walking around the village of stilt houses and its dreamy view, then get ready for a trip on boat and spend your time flowing on the canal to the part of Tonle Sap lake, where Vietnamese settled down. After you had a good time there, let’s turn back to the village and have a lovely delicious meal at local home.

We have a break and in the afternoon, you will keep going to Lotus farm, where you can observe the process of making lotus fiber, all the stages are made by hand.

Afterwards, you will have chance to get to know the art of leaf handicraft in Smok Village. Smok is a traditional box of Cambodia, which made from palm leaf and be versatile used, such as lunch box, traditional cake frame, souvenir box. Especially, it is recyclable.

Overnnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap - Battambang (B)

Even when leaving Siem Reap, you can find that it is also an interesting journey. Along the way to Sisophon in Banteay Meanchey province, enjoy the scenic landscape passing by as well as many silk farm and stone carving factories. It can turn to be more fascinating as we drop down and observe in details of how they do the things.

At 13:00, you shall arrive in Battambang. Rest well at the hotel and later, you will be taken on the local Tuk -Tuk ride exploring Battambang gorgeous town. First you will visit the lovely colonial French-houses alongside the river. Then, a short visit to provincial museum and to the 11th century pagoda- Wat Ek Phnom would relax you. By chance, you can join the local family and help them with the rice pancake. Late in the afternoon, come back to the hotel and have meals by yourself. Overnight at the hotel.

To be noted that, Tourism services in Battambang are still at the local standard. 

Day 6: Battambang – Kompong Luong – Phnom Penh (B,L)

Early in the morning, we will drive through the rural region to reach to Phnom Penh. On your way, you can many times catch the site of lovely countryside view of paddy fields and stilt houses. After a while, the vehicle will stop a Kompong Luong, from there, you will travel by boat and enjoy the picture of local floating villages on the river. Get off the boat, you shall keep on the road to Kompong Chhnang.  Stroll around through those lovely villages, you will have lunch at a medium quality local restaurant.

By the time you arrive in Phnom Penh, you will check in at the hotel and enjoy your dinner (on your expense). Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh Sightseeing (B)

In the capital of Cambodia, you can find many wonders, architecture of the ancient time and also enjoy the city of modern life. You will start a day with a visit to the Royal Palace - the outstanding construction of Khmer. Which was built in 1866 by King Norodom and consists of smaller stupas. Next, you will head to Silver Pagoda, which stand out for its amazing structure and a 90kg golden Buddha, which was covered with 9584 diamonds, emeralds and Baccarat crystal of 17th century.

Heading to the south of the city where you will encounter what called the darkest part of Cambodian history: the regime of Khmer Rouge. When visiting the Tuol Sleng, the genocide museum you are standing on, used to be a secondary school that was turned to a prison by the Khmer Rouge. Keep flowing back to the history, you will travel 15 away from Phnom Penh to the mass burial region of Killing Field, Choeng Ek.

Afterwards, you are about to reach the Russian market, where you can find diverse merchandise of food and souvenirs.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account. Overnight at the hotel.

NOTES:

  • Our guides don’t take on the tour to Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the guides on sites will responsible for this visit.
  • The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda sometime close for ceremonies without a former announcement. Other spots will be replaced 
  • The Russian Markets won’t open on public holidays.
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

Grab your package up because this is the last day of the tour. After being satisfied with the gifts you bought, you will be taken to the airport. Meals are on your own account. The tour ends here.

What's included

Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Local English speaking guide
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
Entrance fees
Water for activities (1 bottle per person per day)
International flight tickets
Cambodia visa
Single supplement surcharge
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
Drinks, other than water on activity days
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
Travel insurance

Trip Notes

Time travel: Possible to travel all year around.

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day, room supplement charge will be added for request of early/late check in/out.

Price for infants and children will be quoted as follow:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) 
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 12 years: 100% of the regular fare will be applied

During Peak Season and special occasions, surcharges may be added to the price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you will stay overnight.
  • Cambodia New Year: 12 April – 18 April: Extra fee will be applied during holiday.

Visa requirements:

For Cambodia: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or visa on arrival) to enter Cambodia. Our consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank page for each visa stamp.

Customer Reviews (9)

Relaxation in every moment

(4.5)
“The pace of this tour was perfect, allowing us to explore each location without feeling rushed. We had plenty of time to relax and soak in the scenery, from the majestic temples to the beautiful Cambodian countryside.”
Review Relaxation in every moment
Ludwig Hartmann
Germany

Exceeding expectations

(4.5)
“This tour exceeded our expectations. We were impressed by the professionalism of the tour company, the knowledge of the guides, and the diversity of experiences offered. We highly recommend Highlights of Cambodia”
Review Exceeding expectations
Benedict
United Kingdom

Solo traveler paradise

(5.0)
“I travelled on this tour as a solo traveller and felt very welcome. The guide and other tourists were friendly, and I never felt alone. The tour was well-organized, and I felt safe and taken care of throughout.  A great option for independent explorers.”
Review Solo traveler paradise
Wang Li
China

Family-friendly fun in Cambodia

(4.5)
“We took our family on this tour and had a wonderful time. The itinerary was well-paced, with a good mix of activities to keep everyone entertained. The kids loved exploring the temples, riding the boat on Tonle Sap, and learning about traditional crafts. Our guide was patient and great at explaining things to them.”
Review Family-friendly fun in Cambodia
Lefebvre
Canada

The historical beauty of Cambodia

(4.5)
“Phnom Penh's mix of royal palaces and harrowing genocide sites was a powerful reminder of Cambodia's complex history. The tour guides were respectful and helped us understand the weight of the past.”
Review The historical beauty of Cambodia
Schmidt
Germany

Relaxation & Exploration

(5.0)
“This tour had a great balance of sightseeing and free time. We had plenty of opportunities to relax at the hotel or explore on our own, allowing us to personalize the experience.”
Review Relaxation & Exploration
Michael Lee
United States

Floating villages & rural charm

(5.0)
“The boat trip through the floating villages on Kompong Luong was unforgettable. Seeing the houses on stilts and the daily life on the river was a unique experience. The countryside drive offered stunning views of rice paddies.”
Review Floating villages & rural charm
Maria Garcia
Spain

Tuk-Tuk Through Time

(4.5)
“Cruising through Battambang on a tuk-tuk was an adventure! We saw French colonial buildings, and beautiful pagodas, and even tried making rice pancakes with a local family. It was a fun and authentic way to explore the town.”
Review Tuk-Tuk Through Time
Luc Perrin
France

Temple overload (in a good way!)

(5.0)
“If you're obsessed with ancient temples, this tour is for you! From Angkor Wat to Banteay Srei and beyond, each day brought a new architectural marvel. The guides were experts and helped us understand the stories behind the stones.”
Review Temple overload (in a good way!)
Sarah Jones
Australia
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