Cambodia Big Three "City" Tour

Explore the ancient wonders

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AUD $2900

9
days

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Prices are PER PERSON based on double / twin share(airfare not included)

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CAMBODIA CITY TOUR

Explore the wonders of Cambodia with this unforgettable 8 day expedition through the country's 3 largest cities. This fascinating journey begins in beautiful Siem Reap with a trip to the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's most popular tourist attractions. From here, you'll visit Battambang, the heart of Cambodia's rice-producing region, before embarking on a harrowing trip to Phnom Penh, where you'll tour Tuol Sleng and the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting Cambodia's Royal Palace.

 

So much more than a mere sightseeing holiday of the Cambodia's most popular tourist destinations, the 'Big Three Tour' gives you a profound insight into the country's legendary ancient history, as well as its tumultuous past decades, all of which have had a dramatic impact on present day life. Although local guides are present throughout all of the cities of the tour, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking host to ensure that nothing about this captivating country is left to interpretation.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

Day 1

Siem Reap

The tour commences with your arrival in Siem Reap, where you'll be greeted and taken on a quick orientation tour as you’re escorted to the Jaya House River Park. 

Meals: None
Overnight: Jaya House River Park – 1 Double Deluxe Room

 

Day 2 

Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

In the morning, you'll travel by air-conditioned car with your tour guide – or if you like, by push bike, to Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Here, you'll observe the magnificent structure and its extraordinary surrounds throughout the morning, when there are smaller crowds and temperatures are more comfortable. Following this, you'll return to your hotel and have lunch, before having a rest or a dip in the gorgeous swimming pool.

In the afternoon, you will travel to Angkor Thom, Cambodia's iconic walled city and observe the many marvellous temples, including the brilliant Bayon temple with its mysterious faces peering out from the wonderfully sculptured stone. There are several special locations within the area from which to witness glorious sunsets. Consult with your guide concerning your desired sunset location before concluding the day back at the temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Jaya House River Park – 1 Double Deluxe Room

 

Day 3

Siem Reap – Banteay Srei & Other Temples

This morning you'll travel to Banteay Srei, the meticulously sculptured temple that dates back to the 10th century, situated 30 kilometres from Angkor Wat. On your trip back to town, you'll visit the local Land Mine Museum, where you'll be given a first-hand look at Cambodia's ongoing land mine problem and the devastating effect it's had on the population, the direct consequence of the decades of war.

Following this, you'll make your way back to the temples and visit two of Cambodia's most picturesque temples, Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm. In the evening, you’ll head out on tuk-tuk with your guide for a taste of the local nightlife, and off to the Road 6 Fun Fair – a favourite for families. Here you’ll be sampling fruits and snacks, enjoying some deep fried beetles (if you dare), and learning about the area. When you’re ready, your tuk-tuk will be waiting to take you back to the hotel for dinner (if you haven’t already filled up on bugs!).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jaya House River Park – 1 Double Deluxe Room

 

Day 4  

Battambang

The day begins with an early morning car trip to Battambang, a charming town on the banks of Tonle Sap. On arrival you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy some lunch, before you'll be treated to a ride on a Cambodian Bamboo Train, a favourite among travellers. From here, you’ll head up to Phnom Sampeau Mountain to visit the somber killing fields and mountaintop temple; and at 5.30pm you’ll visit the Bat Caves, to enjoy the view of a sunset covered in bats as they fly away from the cave to hunt for the night. After sunset, you’ll return to your hotel and have dinner and rest at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: La Villa Hotel – 1 Double Standard Room

 

Day 5  

Battambang Half Day Cycle plus Shopping Adventure

 

Today your guide will pick you up at the hotel early morning and you’ll be taken to the bike shop to choose your transport for the morning. Collect your bike then enjoy a pleasant ride through the village, learning about the lifestyle and meeting local families. Stop by one of the local homes for a fresh home-cooked lunch as your guide translates their stories for you.

After enjoying your meal, your guide will take you to the starting point for your own self-guided shopping adventure through some of the city’s finest (and quirkiest) boutiques. You’ll walk from Psar Nat in the centre of town to the river’s edge. You have the option to then go to the Romchiek 5 Art Space before returning to your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: La Villa Hotel – 1 Double Standard Room

 

Day 6 

Phnom Penh

The day begins with an early trip by air-conditioned car to Phnom Penh. The roads here are quite good and the local scenery is a rich tapestry of quaint villages and vast rice fields. This area is the site of one of the many forced labour camps during the decades of war, imposed upon local civilians by the Khmer Rouge, who were required to "work for the revolution". You’ll check into your hotel before boarding a cyclo for an introductory tour into Cambodia’s architectural history. You’ll cyclo through the streets of the city to explore the astounding elements of the inner core; learning about the history of the buildings and the culture itself. Your guide is an architectural specialist who will gladly answer your questions. Enjoy lunch at your leisure.

In the afternoon, you’ll explore the Royal Palace and National Museum to explore the rich history of the country and into a journey of the past. Pre dinner, you’ll meet a Cambodian Chef who will guide you through the markets to sample some of the delicious local flavours being sold by street vendors, along the way.  For dinner, join the Chef, Mr Nara, at one of his favourite restaurants before you return to rest for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: The Villa Paradiso – 1Double Harmony Suite

 

Day 7 

Phnom Penh – Reminiscing & Moving Forward

 

Still in Phnom Penh, you’ll visit the former Khmer Rouge prison camp S21. This was once a school, however in 1976, the Khmer Rouge turned it into an interrogation, torture and execution centre where thousands of people were killed. In fact, of the 14,000 people who entered, there were just 7 survivors. You’ll have the opportunity to meet 2 of these survivors, both have gone on to write books about their experiences. From there you’ll go to the Killing Fields, where a memorial stupa has been erected to remind visitors of the countless innocent victims that perished under Pol Pot's brutal regime.

You’ll enjoy lunch at the nearby Friends Café, operated in support of a local NGO who works with poor and disadvantaged children to provide them with education and a better life. Then you’ll be collected by the team at MotoGirl to explore the city on the back of a pink motorbike!

Enjoy the afternoon, then return to your hotel to freshen up for dinner. Your guide will collect you at 6pm and take you to see Mr Veasna, a young chef who’ll take you to a private river-front apartment for a gourmet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: The Villa Paradiso – 1Double Harmony Suite

 

Day 8

Phnom Penh - Culture and Culinary

 

Your last day in Phnom Penh will begin with a trip to the markets with Chef Nara, who will take you to purchase the array of ingredients you’re going to need for your next adventure – a cooking class! You’ll spend the morning at the Feelgood Café to create 3 tasty traditional Cambodian dishes. And of course, you get to eat them for lunch! 

With a full stomach, you’ll spend time with one of the country’s largest non-profit organizations, with a primary focus on art and culture. You’ll be guided by expert teachers in traditional dancing – Apsara Dancing.  This is a 3 hour workshop that will help you gain more understanding of the local traditions and art forms. You’ll head riverside for dinner before returning to the National Museum for a Cambodian Living Arts traditional dance show – known to be the best in the country! Back to your hotel for a night’s rest before tomorrow’s departure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: The Villa Paradiso – 1Double Harmony Suite

 

Day 9

Departure

 

You’ll be picked up in the morning and taken to the airport for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

PRICE INCLUDES:
 
  • Boat tickets as Specified  |  Accommodation as specified Air-conditioned car/van with driver Licensed English speaking guides Tours and admission fees as mentioned  |  Meals as specified in itinerary, including water

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Personal expenses | Visa fees Airport tax | Drinks (except water) and meals not mentioned in itinerary  | Tips