Absolute Cambodia

Absolute Cambodia
Starts
Siem Reap
Destinations
+ 4
Ends
Phnom Penh
Siem Reap → Phnom Penh

Highlights

  • Witness the grandeur of the Khmer Empire in the dramatic and sensuously beautiful Angkor Complex.
  • Get an up-close look at authentic Khmer village life and local customs.
  • Experience the thrill of the only zipline inside the UNESCO World Heritage designated Angkor Archaeological Park.
  • Try your luck to see the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie.
  • Teleport yourself to another world in Mondulkiri, meet the ethnic minority groups and nteract with elephants.
  • Immerse in the vibrant and bustling city of Phnom Penh to experience its exotism and contrasts.
  • Trip to Koh Kong - one of the world's biodiversity hotspots and the second largest area of rainforest in mainland Southeast Asia.
Age range
under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, or exploring the Mekong in search of river dolphins, or trekking in Mondulkiri or relax on the beach in south of Cambodia, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land. For more information about our 2 week adventure of Absolute Cambodia, please contact our travel consultant today!

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor Temples. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat.
    Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of time at your leisure.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  2. Day 2: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    Rise up early to pick up the most beautiful, haunting and spiritual moment to visit magnificent Angkor Wat at dawn. This special activity is designed also to help you see “the Temple reflex on the water” when it’s much cooler and less crowded. Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was constructed by Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys and ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
    For your most convenience, a table with hot tea or coffee and breakfast box arranged by Cambodia Travel will be served at a local restaurant nearby Angkor Wat.
    Our journey continues with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, with its majestic doors and artifacts. Then we visit monumental temple of Bayon which is the heart of Angkor Thom. Later, go to the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and Takeo "Jewel of Crystal", which is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century. Leaving Angkor Thom by the North Gate, you travel to Preah Khan (Sacred Sword), one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. You should not miss Ta Prohm Temple, which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty with its giant trees that have grown there for centuries.
    Return to the hotel and spend the rest of time at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast Box.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  3. Day 3: Siem Reap - Kbal Spean - Banteay Srei

    Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Kbal Spean which was the refuge of 11th – 13th century religious hermits and over the centuries they carved lingas stands, animals and sacral friezes into the surrounding rocks and riverbeds. Today, a well-marked path leads up the forested hillside to the central area that contains most of the carvings. The walk takes about 45 minutes. In addition to the carvings there is also a variety of fauna at Kbal Spean and the trees and rock pools attract a colorful array of butterflies.
    After lunch drive to Banteay Srei, also known as “Citadel of the Woman”, which is home to some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Next, explore Banteay Samre. On the way back to town, you will watch the sunset in Pre Rup, considered as Mini Angkor Wat.
    Return to town in the late afternoon, you are free to explore town at your own leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  4. Day 4: Angkor Zipline Silver Eco-Adventure - Tonle Sap Lake

    After having breakfast at hotel, get ready to experience a zipline canopy tour located inside the Angkor Archaeological Park, which is not far from the majestic temples such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Your journey will start at your hotel where you will be picked up in an air-conditioned van. When you arrive at the Operation House, you will be promptly greeted by the team. After the registration is complete, you will be personally fitted in your harness and will be given equipment by the safety rangers.
    Then, you will proceed to a safety demonstration platform, where the safety rangers will perform a safety demonstration. After everyone understands the rules and procedure, you will be accompanied by two highly trained professionals to the adventure in the treetops. You will soar like an eagle through the Angkor Wat Park rain forest, a home to wildlife.
    At the last platform, you'll be abseiling down to the ground before trekking along a nature trail back to the Operation House to return your safety gear. Take your time to enjoy a Khmer-style snack with some bottled water, tea or coffee before your experience ends with return transport to Siem Reap and a drop off at your hotel.
    * Notes:
    - Taking Silver Package of Angkor Zipline, tourists are not required Angkor Pass when using free roundtrip transfer.
    - There are no more 9 guests on a safe journey and this type of adventure is suitable for children from 5 years old.
    - The 1.5-hour jungle canopy tour includes 2 sky bridges, 3 single zip, 1 spiderman bridge and 1 controlled abseil descent.
    In the afternoon, embark on a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluk, a village where houses are built on stilts to combat the rainy season on the lake (a time when Tonle Sap swells to four times its size.)
    * Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. An alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  5. Day 5: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then set out on a 2 hour drive to Kampong Thom (147km), home to Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments. Here you will visit the ancient temple complex, Sambor Prei Kuk, situated just north of Kampong Thom. The main temples are divided into three complexes, all dedicated to Shiva. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you wander through these 7th century brick monuments, artfully scattered about the jungle. Arrive to the town of Kampong Thom in the afternoon and check in at hotel. You will be free on your own afterward.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Thom.

  6. Day 6: Kampong Thom - Kratie

    Breakfast at hotel followed by a travel to Kratie, a tranquil riverside town and home to the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. On the way, visit the Cham Ka Lour rubber plantation, before crossing the Mekong River by ferry at Stung Trong/Krochmar district of Kampong Cham province.
    Arrive in Kratie in the afternoon and check-in at your hotel. Then drive north of town and take a local boat to view the freshwater dolphins that inhabit this stretch of the Mekong. Enjoy an hour on the river, before returning to the quaint French colonial town for the late afternoon.
    * Note: Dolphin watching is not guaranteed and subjects to availability.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie.

  7. Day 7: Kratie - Mondulkiri

    Today we travel to Cambodia’s eastern province, Mondulkiri. With rolling grassy hills, pine growths and rainforests, this sparsely populated province is unlike anywhere else in Cambodia. Mondulkiri is also home to the majority of country’s tribal minorities, including the Cham and Phnong peoples. Arrive in Sen Monorom, the region’s capital, in the late afternoon. Check in at the hotel in Mondulkiri and enjoy the free evening discovering this small, quirky town - the base from which to explore the surroundings hill tribe villages and cascading waterfalls.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mondulkiri.

  8. Day 8: Mondulkiri - Elephant Adventure

    After breakfast at hotel, the guide and driver will transfer you to Mondulkiri Project where you will join in a fun day in the jungle with Mondulkiri elephants in the protected forest. Here you have chance to live with elephant for a day, and do many activities, such as: feeding and following 4 Mondulkiri elephants through the jungle (no elephant riding), swimming with and washing elephants at the waterfall, learning about elephants and Bunong culture and traditions.
    Have lunch at the Jungle Lodge and relaxing in hammocks. The Lodge has great views over the jungle and is a good place to view wildlife and many species of birds.
    After saying goodbye to the elephants, we walk back out of the jungle to our starting point and take drive back to hotel in town.
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mondulkiri.

  9. Day 9: Mondulkiri - Trekking

    Wake up early and visit the local market frequented by the Phnong people, who travel from the nearby villages to buy and sell their wares. Then we travel to Bou Sra about 40 km northeast from Sen Monorom. This double drop waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in all of Cambodia. Enjoy the natural beauty of the region then discover the Phnong village also named Bou Sra. On the way back to Mondulkiri we will stop at a numbers of hill tribe villages, taking time to appreciate the countryside and scenery.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mondulkiri.

  10. Day 10: Mondulkiri - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh

    Say good bye to Mondulkiri and continue on the tour to Kampong Cham, where we will stop to visit the Wat Nokor Pagoda. This 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine is home to a large reclining Buddha as well as many carved Buddha images.
    In the afternoon we continue on to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel then enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

  11. Day 11: Phnom Penh City Tour

    Phnom Penh was founded in the 14th century and has long been a vital trading hub at the confluence of three rivers: the Mekong, Tonle and Bassac. Start the day on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields” to learn about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history. In the afternoon, try out your best bargaining skills on a walk through the city’s expansive “Russian Market”, where you can find anything from motorcycle parts to valuable gems. Our cultural tour continues as we visit the National Museum - an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art and civilization and the Royal Palace, home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

  12. Day 12: Phnom Penh - Koh Kong - 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

    Today you will be driven to Koh Kong - one of the world's biodiversity hotspots and the second largest area of rainforest in mainland Southeast Asia. The scenic journey through some of Cambodia's less developed and unspoiled regions of the Cardamom Mountains offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close.
    Upon arrival at Koh Kong, transfer by boat to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge to check in and then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Koh Kong.

  13. Day 13: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge - Free Time

    Today is free day at your leisure. You may choose one of the following optional activities (extra charges) to take part or just simply enjoy your time at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. Please contact to your travel consultant in advance for the arrangement.
    •  Tatei Waterfall
    • A visit to the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Santuary
    • A rustic local boat trip to Koh Kong Island, the perfect opportunity to relax on a coconut-palmed lined beach and to swim in the crystal clear waters.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Koh Kong.

  14. Day 14: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge - Koh Kong - Drive to Phnom Penh

    After breakfast, you are free until the driver takes you back to Phnom Penh. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

  15. Day 15: Phnom Penh Departure

    You are free at your leisure until the driver takes you to the Phnom Penh Airport for the departure flight.
    Bon Voyage!
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      As mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotel

    3. Transport

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      Private car/ van with A/C

    • Flights

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