A Country Reborn

11 days from £1,995pp

This is your chance to uncover Cambodia's history and follow the people's journey as they rebuild their country. You’ll spend 12 days going off the beaten track and breakfasting with rural villagers to hear their stories, taking ox cart rides, exploring the Angkor temples in detail, learning about Khmer architecture, learning about Cambodia's recent tragic history and then collapsing on a beach to reflect on what you’ve learnt (and to get some TLC!). 

You’ll begin in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, where you’ll visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. You’ll explore Angkor Wat, an archaeological masterpiece built in the 12th century modelled around Mount Meru. You’ll then make your way to arty Battambang, once closed off to travellers, then onto Phnom Penh where you’ll see the Jade Buddha and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields, before finishing your trip on the Cambodian Coast

Highlights

  • Learn about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge and see the Killing Fields first-hand for a sombre insight into the strength of the Cambodian people

  • Enjoy a performance by Phare Circus and see Cambodian stories brought to life with music and performances

  • Visit rural villages to learn about traditional customs, including going to a village with preserved Khmer buildings

  • Explore the Angkor temples in complete detail, going off the usual tourist trail to see some lesser known temples

Itinerary

This insightful trip to Cambodia includes international flights, transfers, selected excursions and selected meals.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-4

Siem Reap

City

On day one, you’ll be giddy with excitement and telling Facebook you’re at the airport. You’ll fly to Siem Reap via Bangkok, spending your time here exploring the ancient city of Angkor Thom, seeing the temples at the famous Angkor Wat in detail and visiting rural villages where you'll learn about ancient customs. You’ll go off the usual tourist path and see temples many people don’t see. You’ll also get to see the Phare circus, founded by ex-refugees from Battambang. Their performances are a mix of modern and traditional theatre and is a delightful insight into the Cambodian art scene.

Places to Stay

Things to do

5-6

Battambang

Countryside town

Spend the first half of Day 5 visiting villages near Siem Reap. You’ll have breakfast with a local family and then take an ox cart ride to the market. Before you leave the village, the local monks will give you a blessing, wishing you good luck and success. In the afternoon, say goodbye to Siem Reap and head to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city, once off-limits to travellers. Spend your time learning about the city’s artistic heritage, praying with monks, and visiting a village known for its many Khmer heritage houses built a thousand years ago.

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Things to do

7-8

Phnom Penh

Capital city

You’ll leave in the early hours of day 7 for Phnom Penh, visiting Kampong Chhnang village (known for its pottery), picnicking near Oudong Mountain and meditating in the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre. Spend your time in Phnom Penh checking out the Jade Buddha (there’s an epic Sanskrit poem decorating the pagodas), going on a tour to see Khmer Architecture and visiting the top sights like the Royal Palace and the National Museum.

Places to Stay

Things to do

9-12

The Cambodian Coast

Beach

Leave the city lights behind for the beach and spend your days relaxing on Cambodia's coastline. Kep, Cambodia’s prestigious beach resort in the 1960s, is slowly returning to its former glory. We can book a few optional tours for you like a tour of the island and a visit to the local pepper farms.

On Day 12 you'll head home. You’ll be brimming with spellbinding stories of your Cambodia trip to share with your friends and family. On the flight home, you’ll dream of the charming villagers you met, the architectural masterpiece that is Angkor Wat, Khmer architecture and the beautiful Cambodian coastline.

Places to Stay

Things to do

Map of your trip

Things to do on this trip

Here are some of the fun and exciting things you'll do on your trip to Cambodia. Call us now to learn more: 01483 319 333

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