Cambodia has some of the most unspoiled golden beaches in the Far East. Learn about the history and culture of Cambodia from the capital Phnom Penh, then travel south to your final destination where you can relax and spoil yourself on the beach paradise of Sihanoukville. After all, you deserve it!
Depart the UK with international economy flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.
Arrive in Phnom Penh International Airport with afternoon flight. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Late afternoon, Visit to Wat Phnom, where the city was founded on a small hilltop, the city’s first pagoda was erected here in 1373 at the behest of the city’s founder, Madame Daun Penh, then enjoy one hour Sunset cruise on Mekong River before dinner.
In the morning we have a city tour, beginning with a visit to The Royal Palace – Silver Pagoda, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. Seeing the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Then visit the National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. Have lunch at City Restaurant
Afternoon, learn about Champey Academy of Arts, it is one of the local professional and non-profit schools in Phnom Penh working on Cambodian traditional performing art training and art instruction. Then visit the Genocide Museum “Tuol Sleng“. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. This place provides an insight into the recent sad and shocking history of Cambodia. Finally, visit the Russian Market before returning to your hotel.
After breakfast we transfer to Takeo Province south of Phnom Penh, then visit Tonle Bati (Ta Prohm temple). Tonle Bati Temple is an Angkorian-style temple and remains largely intact and the pretty garden enhances the atmosphere.
Next continue to Kep. On the way visit Kampong Trach which is set amidst beautiful limestone rock formations. Kampong Trach’s caves are housing small Buddhist shrines dating back centuries. Towards the end of the afternoon, continue your road to Kep.
After breakfast, spend a morning walking through the lush jungles of Cambodia, one of the most remarkable experiences. Kep National Park provides one of the best accessible and most ambivalent options to do so. Covering 50 square kilometres in the centre of Kep Province, it is classified as low land tropical forest and consists of three main Phnoms (Khmer for mountains) – Krasaing, KepToch, and Kep Thom. Offering beautiful views of the nearby sea and surrounding countryside, the park is a great place to go for a hike and enjoy this natural and currently undeveloped oasis.
Afternoon, take some time to admire the charming landscape and absolute bygone era atmosphere of this coastal city, get tanned on the beach with refreshing drinks at your fingertips, swim or sunbathe on the beach.
After Breakfast we depart by road to Kampot province and visit Kampot Pepper farm. Kapot Pepper is one of the best peppers in the world used in many famous gastronomic restaurants in the world! Kampot Pepper comes in 3 flavours: white, black and red.
Then continue to SihanoukVille. After your installation at the hotel, you have free time to enjoy and relax on the white sandy beach of SihanoukVille.
Two whole days to relax in this natural beauty spot or you can opt to explore more of your surroundings with an optional tour.
After breakfast transfer by car (without guide) to Phnom Pen international airport (takes around 4:00 hours). Upon arrival check-in at airport for departure flight.
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