Kingdom of the Khmer - 16 day trip

 

The Kingdom of the Khmer trip is your must-do tour of Cambodia with a VIVID twist. You’ll experience the best this fascinating country has to offer, starting with discovering colonial architecture and sampling tasty Cambodian dishes in Phnom Penh, where you'll also learn about Cambodia’s recent history at the sombre Killing Fields. Then it's onto the Cambodian Coast for some down-time on the beach, and snorkelling in the tropical waters. You'll head inland to the mighty Mekong Delta for a luxurious cruise from Phnom Penh to your final stop, Siem Reap, passing riverside markets and visiting local villages, before rounding off your trip with tours of the magnificent Angkor complex and its many temples - including lesser-visited gems. 

 

16 days from £2,795pp

Highlights

  • Explore the mysterious temples of Angkor

  • Cruise the Mekong river and experience local river life

  • Check out the food scene in Phnom Penh

  • Relax on golden sand beaches

  • Learn about Cambodia’s recent tragic history

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Cambodia includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and some experiences. We’ll take care of the boring bits, leaving you to make the most of your holiday. Want to go through the details? Give our Travel Designers a call: 01483 319 333 

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You’ll be giddy with excitement today, ready for your big adventure, rushing around, saying goodbye to everyone and telling Facebook you’re at the airport. You’ll fly to Phnom Penh via Bangkok. Your English speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel to check-in. Spend the next few days touring this beautiful city, browsing local markets, visiting ancient temples and learning about Cambodia’s recent history.

Places to Stay

Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort

This uber-cool resort is in a prime location for exploring Phnom Penh.

Key Facilities

  • Rooftop pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant and bar

La Rose Suites

An under-the-radar gem tucked away in the heart of Phnom Penh.

Key Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Restaurant and bar

Things to do

Phnom Penh cyclo tour

Half-day experience

Delve into Phnom Penh’s rich heritage and see the contrast between old and new on this half-day tour.

Phnom Penh street food tour

Half-day experience

Explore Phnom Penh’s street food scene & visit the famous Russian Market.

Killing fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Half-day experience

Explore Cambodia’s tragic history with a tour of the S-21 Prison & the Killing Fields.

Leave Phnom Penh behind and head into the countryside for a visit to Phnom Chisor temple where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and amazing views over the province. Continue onto the seaside town of Kep and spend your time here at your own leisure. We’ve also got a few optional tours if you fancy exploring with an experienced guide.

Places to Stay

Knai Bang Chatt

A stylish, modern bolthole that’s right on the beach in the fishing village of Kep.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Restaurant and bar

Things to do

Boat tour to Rabbit Island

Full-day experience

Relax on the pristine beach & enjoy a BBQ on Koh Tonsay, known locally as 'Rabbit Island'.

After breakfast, you'll transfer from Kep to Phnom Penh where you'll spend another night exploring the city.

Places to Stay

Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort

This uber-cool resort is in a prime location for exploring Phnom Penh.

Key Facilities

  • Rooftop pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant and bar

You’ll spend the next few days cruising along the Mekong river to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh on the luxurious Mekong Pandaw ship. With only 24 cabins, the beautiful ship will transport you past beautiful scenery and has plenty of on board activities to keep you busy, from cookery demonstrations to a spa. You'll also enjoy excursions including searching for the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins and stopping off to see temples along the way. Visit local communities and learn about the traditional crafts they make, stopping at charming Kratie and Kampong Thom.

 

Places to Stay

Mekong Pandaw Cruise

Experience life afloat the Mekong Delta on a luxury cruise ship.

Key Facilities

  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Library

You’ll arrive at Siem Reap in the late afternoon. Spend your days here visiting the magical Angkor complex and getting to know Siem Reap at your own pace. You might want to try a cookery class and brush up on your skills, or venture into the countryside to the majestic Tonlé Sap Lake. Then it's time to fly home. You’ll be bursting with spellbinding stories of your Kingdom of the Khmers trip to share with your friends and family.

Places to Stay

Shinta Mani Shack

This edgy little number is a cool-yet-comfortable place to base yourself in Siem Reap.

Key Facilities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Interconnecting rooms

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa

This all-suite hotel will have you feeling truly pampered.

Key Facilities

  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Gym
  • Cookery school

Phum Baitang Resort

Understated stilted villas in the Cambodian countryside with a luxury spa.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Kids club
  • Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Bar

Things to do

Angkor complex by tuk tuk

Full-day experience

Be entranced on this discovery of the Angkor Archaeological Park with an expert guide.

Culinary Cambodia cookery class

Half-day experience

Uncover the secrets of Khmer cuisine with a hands-on cooking class in Siem Reap.

Authentic Tonlé Sap Lake

Full-day experience

Sample life on southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake with a boat trip and lunch with a local family.

Day in rural Cambodia

Full-day experience

Spend a day in countryside villages, experiencing life as a local in rural Cambodia.

When to go to Cambodia

The most ideal time to visit Cambodia is from December to March, when the weather will be dry and the heat will be pleasant. If you want the best of Cambodia, then the months after the rainy seasons may be better: from August to November.

January

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Good weather conditions throughout Cambodia with little to no rain  

February

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Good weather throughout Cambodia with temperatures gradually rising throughout the month, with lunchtime shade most welcome.  

March

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32°

Hot weather generally across the region, with cooler temperatures in the North east. Keep day tours short and enjoy the sun fully on the beach.  

April

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Very hot generally across the region, although the beaches will feel pleasant in the heat.  

May

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Dry and hot with sporadic spells of rain. Angkor temples will see less crowds and the rainfall will bring the humidity down.  

June

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Wet throughout most of the region, especially in the North East where the rains will make travelling around difficult.  

July

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Very wet, but with some dry days. Thunder clouds will create some spectacular views during this time as well.  

August

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Rainfall will reach its peak but it will be a good time to visit Tonle Sap, with water levels will be high enough to see the floating villages by boat.  

September

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Wet and warm with lots of rain, making it a good time to visit floating villages and flooded forests. The moat and pools around Angkor temples will be full of water.  

October

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Warm with less rainy days. Tonle Sap Lake will be at its fullest and the waterfalls in the Northeast will be full of flowing water.  

November

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Start of the dry season with a few short showers early in the month. Now is the perfect time to visit Tonle Sap, with warm weather but a lake full of water.  

December

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30°

One of the best times to visit with dry sunny weather and relatively low humidity.  

Why choose VIVID Travel?

Unrivalled destination knowledge

We’ve been to Cambodia lots of times and only recommend areas we’re passionate about.

Genuine travel design expertise

All our VIVID Travel Designers have many years experience creating bespoke itineraries that perfectly match the individual preferences of you and your party.

Best price guarantee

If you can find the same trip for a lower price, whether that’s as a package or as separate components, we’ll not only match that price but we’ll give you a further £100 towards your next VIVID holiday.

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Things to do on this trip

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