Cambodia in 9 Days

9 Days / 8 Nights

  Siem Reap - Battambang - Phnom Penh

9 Days / 8 Nights

Cambodia in 9 Days

  Siem Reap - Battambang - Phnom Penh

See the glorious sights of Siem Reap, Battambang, and Phnom Penh in this nine-day tour. Spend an entire day visiting the famous Angkor temples complex and take in one the finest religious monuments in the world. Experience local life and enjoy boat rides and walking or cycle tours of rural villages where locals will happily talk about their way of life. Take a cookery class at one of the finest cooking schools in Cambodia and visit a charitable circus that is run to help the local Khmer youth. Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Mekong as you make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend the day in the Angkor complex and see this world wonder in all its glory
  • Visit rural villages and speak to locals about their way of life
  • Enjoy a cookery class and learn how to make traditional Cambodian cuisine
  • Enjoy a sunset tour down the Mekong and witness local children splash happily in the river
  • Visit a local NGO-supported circus and see tight rope walkers, body contortionists and more

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers and tours by air-conditioned vehicle (Jeep tour is not airconditioned)
  • English speaking guide during guided time throughout
  • Permissions and sightseeing fees
  • Drinking water during day tour
  • Sunset cruise
  • Cyclo tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Circus show
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Phnom Penh

DAY 1 - Phnom Penh

Touch down into the colourful Siem Reap and be met by a welcoming Buffalo Tours guide. Travel to the hotel for an evening of relaxation before the fun begins!

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Full Day Tour by Jeep

Spend a full day at the stunning Angkor complex. The morning will begin with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where rows of statues thought to represent good and evil await. These fascinating pieces make the perfect entryway to this world-renowned site. Head next to Bayon, an area rich with intrigue, take in the looming towers adorned with serene, smiling faces. The towers also boast a series of bas-reliefs, shallow stone carvings that depict great battles fought between the Khmers and the ancient Thais.

Next, take in the Phimeanakas, a beautiful Hindu temple with two large pools once used for religious ritual but now a swimming hotspot for local Khmer kids. This small pyramid temple boasts great views of the complex, so climb to the top to take in the panorama.
Next on the list of awe-inspiring sights at Angkor Wat is the beguiling Terrace of the Elephants. Row upon row of carved elephants with trunks that stretch to the floor make up the platform from where King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Another notable sight is the fairy-tale like Ta Prohm, a crumbling ancient temple that is held together by the roots of the trees that have grown around it - expect a truly magical air to this stunning slice of history and nature.

Enjoy a delicious lunch during the hottest part of the day and then head back for an afternoon at Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This three-tiered pyramid is a source of much national pride and even appears on the country’s flag and, after a visit, it’s easy to see why. Climb to the top of this 65-metre structure and look at the huge lotus flowers that crown it before turning your attention to the stunning sunset over this magical place.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Siem Reap – Local life at Community Full Day Tour

Travel by boat to visit the remote Khmer community of Kompong Phluk, a collection of three local villages that have around 3,000 inhabitants in total, most of whom live in charming stilted homes and earn their living from fishing and farming. Keep eyes open for the multitude of local wildlife (including crab-eating macaques) that make the mangrove trees their home.

Travel on to the village of Chansar to take a fun-filled, ox cart ride through lush fields before meeting a local family who will explain the native process of broom making, which forms the livelihood for many of the inhabitants. Have chance to try the process before a guided tour around the village to witness the traditional fishing and farming processes that still exist in the village.

Enjoy an authentic lunch before travelling on to a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from one of the enchanting monks – a unique experience. Head back to Siem Reap for an evening of rest and relaxation.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Siem Reap – Cooking Class – Phare Circus Show

Enjoy a morning of culinary excellence as local chefs from one of Siem Reap’s best known cookery schools share their insider knowledge for creating delicious Cambodian cuisine. Start the morning with a trip to the vibrant local food market to choose the perfect herbs, spices and vegetables to create a delicious meal.

Spend a few hours whipping up tasty, authentic cuisines such as spring rolls and Khmer amok (steam cooked curry made in a banana leaf and one of the most typical dishes in Cambodia) before sampling the creations.

In the evening, visit Phare, an energetic circus featuring tight rope walking, juggling, unbelievable feats of contortion and more. The circus exists to support the future of Khmer youth and is run by an NGO.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Siem Reap – Battambang – Banan Temple – Sampeau Temple

Visit the bustling city of Battambang and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the finest local restaurants before heading to Wat Phnom Banan, this 11th Century crumbling mountain top temple claims to be a smaller Angkor Wat and is a serene and tranquil spot to visit. Next head to the “killing caves” of Phnom Sampea. These stunning caves and rock formations boast a fascinating history as a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge as well as breath-taking views. As the sun begins to set look out for the “Bat Cave” a crevice in the rock that sees streams of bats heading out to catch prey every evening – stunning!

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Battambang – Wat Kor Cultural Village – Local Street Food

Visit the local village of Wat Kor and talk to the locals about their daily way of life. This walking tour will take in fascinating French Colonial buildings as well as the former governor’s residence; the friendly locals will be happy to chat and answer questions.

In the evening enjoy a guided street food tour. Visit the finest marketplaces and restaurants and enjoy authentic and traditional cuisines as the locals do.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Battambang – Phnom Penh – Sunset Cruise

After an early breakfast - you will depart from Battambang at 8 in the morning to Phnom Penh for an evening involving a picturesque sunset cruise. The journey would take approximately 5-hours overland where we will enroute for a short visit at a local pottery village.

Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, you will have some free time to refresh and relax at your hotel. We will meet you at the hotel lobby at approximately half past four in the evening. 

Watch as locals’ life unfolds on this wonderful boat tour. See children splashing happily in the river alongside fishermen hauling in their nets and villagers washing clothes and doing household chores. Gaze at glorious, historic sites from the beauty of the river, see the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Ounalom as the sun sets in the distance. A memory that won’t be forgotten.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Phnom Penh – Cyclo Tour - Architecture Tour Full Day Tour

Embark a cyclo - traditional bicycle taxi - to tour of some of Cambodia’s finest architecture. Ride past the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum and hear about the history and cultural intrigue of each from a knowledgeable local guide.

In the afternoon, explore the architectural landmarks designed by Cambodia’s most famous architect. Visit some of the finest examples of modern Cambodia and see the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Vann Molyvann's 100 Houses Social Housing project, and the Olympic Stadium.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Departure

A friendly local guide will be waiting in the hotel lobby for transportation to the airport.

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