Cambodia Tour

October 20 – 31, 2019

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Cambodia 2019
Cambodia 2019
Cambodia 2019
Discover Cambodia
What to Expect
With a legacy that spans across thousands of years, Cambodia will both inspire and captivate you with its diverse history and rich traditions. Here bustling street life gives way to colourful rice paddies. Remote fishing villages and tropical wilderness spill out to meet the picturesque turquoise seas.

Everywhere you turn, the unbreakable spirit of the Khmer people provides inspiration and heartfelt kindness. Cambodia leaves you under a spell. You’ll fall in love with its breathtaking natural beauty and the pure magnificence of it all.

Tour Highlights

  • Welcome dinner in Siem Reap
  • Jeep Sunrise tour at Angkor Wat
  • Beng Mealea & Banteay Srey Temples
  • Mekong Island Tour
  • Cambodian silk weaving tour
  • Floating Village tour and private dinner at the rice fields
  • Evening food tour in Siem Reap
  • Khmer Cooking Class & lunch in Siem Reap
  • Farewell dinner in Phnom Penh
Cambodia 2019

Cambodia Tour Itinerary*:

Day 1 - Siem Reap

Sou S’dey! Welcome to Cambodia!

This amazing adventure begins as soon as you touch down in Siem Reap where you’ll be met be our private transfer to escort you to your gorgeous hotel set amongst lush tropical gardens in the centre of Siem Reap City.

Siem Reap is nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the small provincial capital of Siem Reap Town serves as the gateway to the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srey and the legendary Angkor Wat.

At 4pm we meet in the hotel reception and it’s time to get to know your fellow Voyage girlfriends a little better before heading out for an orientation walk around the mystical Siem Reap. Our first stop is at Artisan d’Angkor, an arts and crafts school where we’ll see the different training and production workshops.

We then head to Wat Preah Prom Rath to see the colourful wall paintings and to the riverbank to stop at the McDermott Gallery with its images of the vanishing temples lost in the hidden realms of the jungle. We make a stop at the Spiritual House of Ang Jeak Ang Jong, to learn about the spiritual beliefs of the holy statues.

All this is hungry work and next we head for a pre dinner cocktail lesson followed by a delicious dinner served in a traditional Khmer wooden house restaurant. 100% of the profits from our meal is reinvested into the education of the students in training within the different social projects.

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Siem Reap
Our first stop this morning is to a local market where you’ll see the locals busy with their honed bartering skills as we get to taste exotic fruits, vegetables and tasty home made cookies.

Our next stop is a Buddhist pagoda (temple) to learn more about a monks life and how the locals incorporate Buddhism into their daily life. We experience a sacred water blessing for good luck and prosperity and have a red band tied around our wrist to keep us safe in all of our travels.

Passing through the local village we head to an inlet where we board our wooden boat to embark on an exciting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and officially designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering an area of around 250,000 hectares in the dry season. Due to a unique phenomenon, when the monsoon begins, the swollen waters of the Mekong River force the Tonle Sap River to reverse its flow northwards, feeding the Great Lake and spreading over the surrounding floodplain. We paddle downstream and get a close look at the submerged forest and breathtaking views of the seemingly endless of water stopping at the floating village to experience the hardships the locals face on daily basis, a window into the reality of living on the lake. We have a delicious picnic lunch in a local stile house where we can watch the precision in how people go about their daily lives.

Mid-afternoon, you visit Angkor Thom-the ‘Great Royal City’, the temple is famous for its series of colossal 4 human faces carved in stone. Of all the temples we visit today, Bayon temple is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 gothic towers. Our next stop is the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, both famous for their intricate haut-reliefs.

We return to the hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or to wander around the energetic city.

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - Siem Reap
An early start this morning to witness a spectacular sunrise over the legendary Angkor Wat – a memorable experience observing the first rays creeping across the five iconic towers.

Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas- reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple, and the construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour.

We return to the hotel for breakfast and then mid afternoon we have a meorable experience at the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus skills workshop, a non profit organisation helping to improve the lives of children, young adults, and their families.

We have the opportunity to learn some new skills, chat to the performers and get a glimpse behind the magic of one of the greatest, most enduring shows you’ll see in Cambodia.

After an early dinner we are ready to enjoy a spectacular show from these talented and energetic young performers and not only will you be left awe of these inspiring acrobats but you’ll get to know about Khmer culture!

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Siem Reap
After breakfast we visit a local farming community and take a walk through the rice fields to learn about life in a typical farming village then have the opportunity to see an artisan at work making bags out of recycled products.

Cambodia has some delicious dishes to try and this morning we have a hands on cooking experience to learn a few tips and secrets. (note: your home curries will never taste the same again after this!). We begin preparing our lunch with fresh herbs and vegetables we have collected and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of our tasty home cooked meal.

After digesting our food with some herbal teas, we join a Hatha Yoga class for both self-realisation, balance, strength, flexibility and flow.

Late afternoon, once we are completely rejuvenated we visit Theam’s House, a hub for artists displaying colourful Khmer artworks. The studio itself serves as a work of art where you can observe the artists, whilst they are creating lacquerware paintings, wood and stones sculptures. Enjoy a glass of Champagne & canapés as we stroll through the gorgeous tropical gardens.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure with your Voyage girlfriends.

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Champagne & Canapés

Day 5 - Siem Reap
An early start to avoid the crowds as we take a scenic walk to explore the beautiful temple of Ta Prohm. This is the jungle overgrown temple which has been featured in several Hollywood movies such as Angelina Jolie’s movie Lara Croft the Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones and Two Brothers. The large fig trees have merged with the ancient stones and have been left untouched by conservationist. It is truly an awe inspiring site to see how the vegetation keeps the walls ‘glued’ together.

This afternoon we travel through the countryside to visit Banteay Srei temple, called ‘Citadel of the Women’. Built in 967, the temple has the most intricate deep carvings in a unique pink coloured sandstone, displaying some of the best of Khmer art. Our next stop is Golden Silk Pheach Farm which recreates some of Cambodia’s most ancient motifs in silk. It aims to recreate Angkorian era silk weaving practices in the early centuries. es.

Back at the hotel there’s time to relax, swim or chat to your Voyage girlfriends before our evening street food tour on a tuk tuk. As we’re zipped through the streets, away from the tourist trail, we’re taken straight into local street heaven. Our mission is to uncover as many hidden local street food treasures, snacks fruits and delicacies as possible. We finish at a traditional Khmer restaurant, making sure we leave room for one of the mouth watering fruit desserts.

After dinner, you will have the option to return to your hotel or end our Siem Reap food tour at Pub Street, a popular spot perfect for exploring local bars and café life. Alternatively, our guide can offer us some less touristy recommendations for a great night out. 

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Sihanoukville/Koh Rong island
After breakfast the morning is free to spend as you wish until our transfer to Siem Reap airport and our flight to Sihanoukville. One of our local guides will meet us at the airport and to take the jetty to board our speedboat ride to Koh Rong island.

The rest of day you’re free to relax on this island of paradise. Lush jungle blends into exotic savannah. Stunning beaches next to undiscovered reefs. Such a hard choice!

Hotel: Sokan Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Koh Rong island
After breakfast enjoy the day at your leisure to relax and enjoy your amazing surroundings.

Hotel: Sokan Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Koh Rong island
After breakfast enjoy the day at your leisure to relax and enjoy your amazing surroundings.

Hotel: Sokan Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Phnom Penh
It may be hard to tear yourself away from this paradise but it’s time to take the speedboat back to mainland and onwards to Phnom Penh and your hotel, a restored French colonial styled villa, formerly home to the French colonial government.

Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm as much of its original architecture remains.

Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the charm of the city where Asian traditions meet Western customs in a fascinating way.

Check in and relax and late afternoon we have a Cambodian dance class, which is more of an art than dance as we know. The artistes will demonstrate the various forms of dance then teach us the steps in more detail A complete authentic and different experience… and so much fun!

Now we’ve worked up an appetite, dinner tonight will be served at the Romdeng restaurant where you will not only enjoy a unique dining experience but help build futures for the students in training as 100% of profits are here are reinvested into the Mith Samlanh’s social programs.

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 - Phnom Penh
You will start your visit to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation on three wheels and a fun way to explore this lively city.

We first head to Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop. Then continue along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Our next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artefacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Lunch will be at a local restaurant where the proceeds help to offer food, shelter, medical expenses and education for homeless and abandoned children.

After lunch we visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and learn the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. The site is a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. We gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ’S-21’.

We then, head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial that is made up of around 8,000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng, and standing in this peaceful setting it’s almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9,000 corpses have been exhumed from the area.

Spend the rest of balance afternoon browsing through the colourful Russian Market, the place to shop for discounted brand-name clothing, also the best place in the city for wooden and stoned carvings, jewellery and silk souvenirs.

This evening we watch a special performance at Cambodian Living Arts. The rotating vibrant show presents an array of dances from Khmer and different ethnic minorities. The performance is captivating with their colourful costumes, their beauty and poise.

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11 - Phnom Penh
Spend a day exploring the kaleidoscope of colours and cultures on Cambodia’s waterways during this Cambodian silk island tour. Board a luxury river boat and cast off along the Tonle Sap River, enjoying a light breakfast on the way. Pass by fishing boats laden with the bounty of the early morning catch. See passenger ferries transporting residents, motorbikes and even animals across the river to the capital.

Go ashore at Prek Boeung Kong Island, one of the authentic Cambodian silk island destinations. This typical river island boasts a small silk weaving industry. Visit a local house to see an exhibition of silk development starting from the worm to the final product. This is a great way to understand the traditional skills of the rural Cambodian people. Continue around the island to Boeung Kong Pagoda.

A bbq lunch with refreshments are severed on board the ship as we cruise onwards to Koh Dach, another famous Cambodian silk island. This island’s stretch of beach is popular with locals who come to swim, relax and enjoy picnics with friends and family. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this pristine strip of shoreline; depending on the river currents, there is also an opportunity to swim.

After a day of exploring the rural lifestyles of Cambodia, it’s time to disembark and head back to the hotel to spend the last night with your Voyage girlfriends at leisure.

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 12 - Phnom Penh - Departure Day
It’s been such an adventure but time to say your farewells to these warm and humble people and this magical country.

On our way back to the airport remind yourselves how much you have done and seen. You’ve visited ancient temples, jungles, cruised along waterways, visited floating villages, silk islands, learnt some traditional circus and dance moves, eaten delicious traditional dishes and cyclo driven around the city.

Cambodia will stay in your heart forever.

Meals: Breakfast

*Itineraries and hotels are subject to change. Elle Voyage and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Elle Voyage reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.

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Tour Details:

Dates: 12 Days/11 Nights
October 20 – 31, 2019

Where: Cambodia

Group Size: 12 Guests Maximum

Tour Cost: £1849 Twin Room
Single Supplement: £800

All tours are quoted in British Pounds.

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Space is limited to just 12 guests. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

​To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 of the total tour price is required to secure your reservation.

Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.​​​​​​

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