Classic Cambodia

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11 days, from £1289
Tucan Travel
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Description

For the ultimate introduction to this wonderful country, with its rich culture and history as well as a difficult recent pass, this tour will lift the veil on the real Cambodia. After visiting the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, as well as the darker yet important Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, delve into Hindu mythology and Khmer architecture at Cambodia's dramatic Angkor Wat, where scores of temples make up this intriguing complex. There is also the chance to relax on sun-kissed beaches as you head to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier destination for paradise islands.Please note: This is a sample itinerary and can be tailored to suit your own personal needs and budget. Click here for more information on our Tailor-made Tours.

What you need to know:

What's included:

Accommodation:
10 night(s) in hotels

Meals:
10 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Excursions:
Phnom Penh City Tour, S-21 Prison, Killing Fields, Kampot, Ream National Park, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Beng Mealea, Banteay SreiWhat's excluded:
Visas and travel insuranceInternational flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes International and regional flights and any applicable airport taxesSpending money - budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras

Itinerary


 Day 1 Arrive Phnom Penh

The riverside capital of Phnom Penh, once known as 'The Pearl of Asia' and long considered the most beautiful French-built city of the Orient, is a charming and captivating city. The old French colonial buildings are now being filled with trendy cafes, boutiques and art galleries although many traditional ornate temples still remain. The bustling squares and frangipani-lined boulevards create an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in South East Asia.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 2 Phnom Penh

Today you will enjoy a guided tour of Phnom Penh, stopping first at the National Museum, where over 5000 Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history are housed. You will then visit the Royal Palace complex which dates from 1866. This complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 silver tiles that cover its floors. The temple contains a collection of gold, silver, crystal and bronze Buddha representations. Your final stop will be at Toul Sleng Museum, also known as S-21, a prison during the time of the Khmer Rouge, where around 20,000 people were tortured and killed. Today it serves as a genocide museum and a reminder of the brutality of the Khmer Rouge.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 3 Phnom Penh to Kep

This morning you will visit Choeung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields, the site of a mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Here, you will learn about the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime and the terrible atrocities committed against the Cambodian people.
This afternoon you will travel to Kep, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to further explore the area or relax on the beach. The fishing village of Kep is located on a small headland on the Gulf of Thailand and is a former retreat for the French elite living in Phnom Penh during the colonial days. Abandoned villas dot the area and a former palace of King Sihanouk sits on a hill near the beach as testament to Kep's former glory. Slowly Kep is re-emerging as a holiday destination full of recreational activities.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 4 Kep

Today is yours to spend as you please. There are an abundance of short walks in Kep that wind through the hills with views across the Gulf of Thailand, or you can simply enjoy swimming or relaxing on the beach.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 5 Kep to Sihanoukville

Today you will travel to Sihanoukville stopping en route at Kampot, one of Cambodia's most beautiful provincial towns, with tree-lined streets and well-preserved French colonial buildings.
Once you have checked into your hotel in Sihanoukville, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Sihanoukville was founded as a port town half a century ago and today is Cambodia's premier beach destination. It is surrounded by palm-fringed white-sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters. Nearby islands and coral reefs teem with colourful fish and offer excellent snorkelling opportunities. For seafood lovers, the local specialities are crab and prawns.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 6 Ream National Park

Today you will spend a relaxing day in Ream National Park on a guided tour. The park offers secluded beaches, mangrove forests, rivers, tropical jungles and varied wildlife ranging from sun bears to the endangered elongated tortoise. The park is also home to macaques, dolphins, mouse deer, pangolins and over a hundred species of birds. You will have the opportunity to board a local boat to explore the mangrove forests then climb the watch tower for spectacular views over the park.
You will enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy island beach before having the afternoon to relax on the beach, snorkel, or trek back through the forest.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 7 Sihanoukville

Today is a free day for you to enjoy this magnificent setting. The hardest part will be deciding whether to relax on the beach or by the pool!
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 8 Sihanoukville to Siem Reap

This morning you will have a few more hours to relax on the beach or by the pool before heading to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the World Heritage-listed temple ruins of Angkor. Once you have checked into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 9 Angkor Wat

Today you will enjoy a full-day guided visit to the Angkor complex, starting at Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. The city has five monumental gates and consists of several temples, including Bayon Temple, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, all of which you will visit.
This afternoon you will visit Ta Prohm, built in 1186, the incredible jungle-clad temple and one of Angkor's most picturesque and impressive structures. Over centuries, fig tree roots have engulfed the temple's huge stone blocks, towers and walls. From there, you will visit Angkor Wat, the largest and most breathtaking of Angkor's monuments. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu structure in the world. Here you can marvel at some of the most well-preserved carvings in the region, before watching the sun set over Angkor Wat from one of the grass terraces nearby.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 10 Siem Reap Visit

Today you will leave the city behind and drive through the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple built in the early 12th century that is thought to have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. From here, you will visit Banteay Srei temple, one of the region's most significant structures. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, and the walls are covered in elaborate and well-preserved carvings that provide an insight into the Angkor people and their beliefs.
1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.


 Day 11 Depart Siem Reap

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Today you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the airport to board your flight.
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.