Cambodia Explorer    *alt*

14 days, from £2850
Wild Frontiers
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Description

While Cambodia may be most famous for the Angkor Temples at Siem Reap, there is lots more to explore in this endlessly fascinating country.

This comprehensive tour starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's riverside capital and travels lesser known routes out to the jungles of Mondulkiri to spend time at an elephant rescue project, and then on to Kratie on the mighty Mekong River to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. During the trip we'll take in remote Preah Vihear, off limits for years and easily the most dramatically located temple in Cambodia. And we also visit colonial Battambang, and the ruins of Angkor Wat (of course).

There will be a number of walking opportunities and lots of chances to interact with the wonderful people of Cambodia, all of whom will have their own unique story to tell about life under the Khmer Rouge. This trip offers the best opportunity to get under the skin of this amazing country and see a wide variety of its landscapes, wildlife and ancient monuments, as well as experience daily life and one of Asia's most exotic cuisines.

Highlights:

- Visiting remote Preah Vihear Temple on the Thai border
- The sights of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's riverside capital city
- Visiting the Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri
- Spotting rare Irrawaddy dolphins at Kratie
- Exploring Angkor and its spectacular temples

Tour Includes:

- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout
- All transport included (Minibuses, boats, bicycle & foot)
- 13 nights accommodation (11 in hotels & 2 in resorts)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

Itinerary


 Days 1-2: Tour begins in Phnom Penh


 Day 1: We will meet at our hotel this evening and head out to enjoy dinner in this wonderful riverside capital. Day 2: A full day to explore Cambodia's capital city, including the National Museum and the Royal Palace.



 Days 3-4: Phnom Penh - Sen Monorom


 Day 3: We drive to the remote eastern province of Mondulkiri today, arriving in Sen Monorom where we spend the next 2 nights. Day 4: Today we will visit the Elephant Valley Project and have the opportunity to learn more about the life of a mahout.



 Days 5-6: Sen Monorom - Kratie


 Day 5: Leaving Sen Monorom this morning, we visit the double-drop waterfall of Bou Sraa and enjoy lunch at a coffee plantation. Later we continue on to Kratie for the night. Day 6: Today we take a cycle ride on the Mekong island of Koh Rong, with a chance to meet the locals. This afternoon we'll enjoy a boat trip to spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins before stopping at the hilltop temple of Phnom Sombok to enjoy sunset over the Mekong.



 Day 7: Kratie - Preah Vihear temple - Srah Emm

This morning we head to Preah Vihear. We will explore the temple on foot and climb to the final level, clinging to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains and offering spectacular views.


 Days 8-9: Srah Emm - Banteay Chhmar - Battambang


 Day 8: This morning we head west towards the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar and spend plenty of time exploring the complex. Continuing to Battambang this afternoon, we spend the next 2 nights in this charming colonial town. Day 9: We board the bamboo train today, travelling through the Cambodian countryside. We'll also visit the 11th century temple Wat Ek Phnom. This afternoon we venture up to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan, claimed by some to be the inspiration behind Angkor Wat!



 Days 10-14: Battambang - Siem Reap


 Day 10: We spend the day driving through spectacular countryside to reach our final destination of the trip, Siem Reap, home to the amazing temples of Angkor. Day 11: Today we visit some of the most important temples, including Angkor Wat and the immense walled city of Angkor Thom. Day 12: Heading out to Phnom Kulen today, a mountain plateau once the capital of the Khmer empire, we explore the rock carvings, jungle-clad temples and enjoy spectacular views from the large reclining Buddha. We return to Siem Reap to enjoy our final night. Day 13: Taking to bicycles this morning we explore the Roulos group of temples before visiting Kompong Khleang - one of the least visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake. Day 14: The tour ends after breakfast this morning.