Day 3: Tonle Sap – The Floating Village (B, L)
After having breakfast at your hotel, we will go and see the great landscape of Tonle Sap lake. This is a unique experience offering a great outdoor adventure into Siem Reap’s countryside by exploring a floating village and seeing first hand the livelihoods of the Cambodian people.
We will take you out to the Siem Reap countryside in order to explore the local ways of life in Siem Reap. You will be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives and traditions. The journey will end at the Tonle Sap lake, where you will experience the lifestyle of Cambodian people living in the floating villages, offering you the opportunity to see how families adapt their life to be able to live on the water.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure on your own. (Hotel: Central Corner d’Angkor)
Day 4: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh – Evening Food Tour (B, L, D)
Today we depart for Phnom Penh by private vehicle, passing through provincial towns, villages, and roadside hamlets offering an insight into life away from the cities. There’ll be an opportunity to stop at Skun village, famous for its deep-fried tarantulas, which you can snack on if you so wish! There will also be a stop to stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee in Kampong Thom.
Once you reach Phnom Penh, your afternoon is at your own leisure until 5 PM when your guide will arrive in a tuk-tuk for a food-focused tour of the city. The first stop of the evening is a lively bar on Sisowath Quay. Find a spot on the balcony and your guide will leave you to enjoy a cocktail with views across the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers as the sunsets.
Rejoin your guide for a rather different experience – head down to the river, where roadside stalls sell a variety of edible bugs, which you will have the opportunity to try. Your guide will be on hand to decipher the surprisingly tasty offerings. Continue by tuk-tuk to the Russian Market, where the food stalls draw local diners with typical Khmer food such as Banh Chheu, and beef skewers. Choose what you fancy, pull up a plastic stool alongside the locals, and soak up the atmosphere. Your final food stop for the evening will be freshly barbecued seafood, then you will return to your hotel. (Hotel: Frangipani Palace Hotel)
Day 5: Phnom Penh – City Tour (B, L)
After a great breakfast and coffee at your hotel, we go-ahead to the Royal Palace. This king palace dates back to 1866 and houses a silver pagoda for over 5000 heavy silver pieces. The locals always called this Wat Prakeo, meaning the temple of Emerald Buddha. The building is also regarded as the museum storing room of Buddha status. Your next destination is to stop at the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It is the houses of the collected ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the early 4th -12th century. Head out south of the main center of the tourist side to Tuol Sleng. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that was used as Security Prison 21 or (S21) under the control of Khmer Rouge, from 1975 till 1979. The school was converted into a prison during the victory of the Khmer Rouge fighting against the government. After this, in the afternoon, you will be treated to a relaxed lunch at a local Khmer styled restaurant where you have a chance to test a traditional Khmer cuisine. After the lunch break, continue your tour to the most memorable Killing.
Field, Genocide Museum. Spend 1hour to take a tour into the complex, before returning to your hotel to relax at the pool. (Hotel: Frangipani Palace Hotel)
Day 6: VisIt Free the Bears Center (B, L)
This morning, we will head outside of hustle and bustle of the city and spend the day with rescued bears. It is probably the best possible way to learn about Pol Pot, so today you’ll visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, a sanctuary for over 100 bears. You will get access as you help to prepare the bear’s food and treats, and – yes – you will get an opportunity to meet the residents. Afterward, there’ll be more time to relax back in Phnom Penh. (Hotel: Frangipani Palace Hotel)
Day 7: Phnom Penh to Kampot (B, L)
Today, we depart from the capital for the journey to the riverside town of Kampot with the optional sightseeing route. Kampot supplied most French restaurants with this vital spice for many years during colonial rule, Kampot pepper. Today, the region is well-known for its plantations of durian – a spiky, pungent fruit that has its lovers, and haters! In your free time this afternoon, you might choose to stroll along the riverside and observe the French colonial architecture, or have a cup of coffee on the veranda of one of the riverside restaurants and admire the view of Bokor Mountain Range.
In the evening, we will enjoy a ride on the firefly cruise on the river – watch the sunset behind Bokor Mountain as you chug upstream, then look out for trees full of the little glowing bugs as you return in the dark. (Hotel: Bamboo Bungalow)
Day 8: Kampot to Kep (B, L)
After breakfast this morning you will depart Kampot and travel towards the old French seaside resort of Kep. We head to the roundabout in the center of the town where a giant durian statue sits smack in the middle and perhaps browse for goodies at the covered market. The nearby countryside is also a delight to explore – among fields of Kampot pepper and rice, there’s also a salt field and a limestone cave with a small seventh-century brick temple inside called Phnom Chhnork. After all crawling, we will hang out in Kep’s crab market. It is one of our favorite things to do in Kep. (Hotel: Kep Bungalows)
Day 9: Day at Leisure in Kep (B)
Today your time is your own to relax at the hotel or explore independently. Optional day trips include visits to Rabbit Island. If you like the rustic beachcomber lifestyle, Rabbit Island’s 250m-long main beach is for you. This is a place you could stay for hours or days doing little but lazing on the beach, napping, reading, sipping cocktails, eating seafood, and stargazing. (Hotel: Kep Bungalows)
Day 10: Depart Kep (B)
Our tour concludes today with a transfer to the Phnom Penh airport for your onward flight.