Tranquility in the Temples

10 days from £1,595pp

A fabulous adventure in magnificent Cambodia. This small Southeast Asian nation is often overlooked by visitors in favour of its larger neighbours, Thailand and Vietnam. But those who come here find a unique and fascinating culture, and a people who, in spite of the hardships of the past century, are as warm and friendly as any traveller could hope to find.

Arriving in the capital Phnom Penh, you'll begin to discover Cambodian history and culture. Then, take a few days relaxing on the sandy white beaches of Kep overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, before heading off to Siem Reap to explore the ancient and mysterious temples of Angkor Wat, the jewel in Cambodia's heritage crown. Finish with a boating adventure on the massive Tonlé Sap, where you'll meet the local communities and unique wildlife that call this big lake home.

Highlights

  • Take a relaxing boat tour of Tonle Sap Lake

  • Explore the ancient and enigmatic temples of Angkor

  • Enjoy sun and sand in the beautiful village of Kep

  • Discover Phnom Penh, once called the "Pearl of Asia"

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Cambodia includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

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

1-3

Phnom Penh

City

Upon stepping off the plane at Phnom Penh airport, the Cambodian warmth will be your first reminder of the exciting and exotic adventures that await you in this wonderful country. You'll be met at the arrivals gate by your guide, who will whisk you away to La Rose Suites, your hotel for the next 48 hours.

During your time in the capital you'll explore this charming city, with its mix of Khmer and French colonial buildings, through a full-day tour that takes in the best the city has to offer. Discover Wat Phnom and learn about the legend of the city's creator, Lady Penh. You'll also see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the finest examples of Khmer architecture, as well as the National Museum, which houses art and sculpture from various periods of Cambodian history. After lunch, a more sombre itinerary awaits in the form of a tour of the infamous Tuol Sleng. This former high school was used as an "interrogation centre" by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. While it may not be a happy tour, it serves as an incredible insight into the struggle from which the Cambodian people have emerged, and stands as a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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Experiences

4-6

The Cambodian Coast

Beach

After breakfast in Phnom Penh, you'll be driven to the seaside resort of Kep. Once you've checked in to your suite at the Knai Bang Chatt Hotel, you'll have the day to wander around this quaint fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand. The town was formerly a favourite amongst the Phnom Penh dwelling French elite, back when Cambodia was part of French Indochina. It's easy to go around on foot here, admiring some of the stunning, and sometimes crumbling, colonial buildings that are littered around and soaking up some local culture.

On day 5, you'll be taken on a boat tour to nearby Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island) where you can find a spot on the main beach to lounge and sunbathe, drinking fruit shakes, cocktails or whatever takes your fancy, enjoying a dip in the sultry warm waters, and generally making the most of the day spent as a rustic beachcomber. If you're feeling more adventurous, the island is easy to explore and there are plenty of more secluded beaches to discover.

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Experiences

7-10

Siem Reap

Tour

On Day 7, you'll transfer from Kep to Siem Reap, via Phnom Penh. Your driver will take you to the airport where you'll get on a short haul flight to Siem Reap International Airport. Again, you'll be met at the arrivals gate by one of our representatives, who will drive you to Shinta Mani Shak, your hotel in the main town. Once you've settled in, you'll have the rest of the day to explore. With plenty of bars, restaurants, boutiques and markets, there's lots to keep you occupied. If you feel like relaxing after the flight, why not go for a massage? Some of the best in town are offered by companies that employ and train local blind people. It's a good cause and a great way to unwind.

On Day 8, your second day in Siem Reap, you'll be taken on a tour of the famous temples of Angkor. Here, you can explore the many Khmer temples, some of which date back to the 12th century and have a real Indiana Jones atmosphere about them (minus the rolling boulders), with massive tree roots breaking up ancient stonework and incredible engravings on the walls. The most famous of these is Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by an enormous moat that took more than 30 years and 300,000 workers to build. It's said to be the largest religious building in the world and was built to stand as an earthly representation of the universe. The central tower acts as a symbol for Mount Meru which, according to Hindu belief, lies at the centre of the universe.

On Day 9, your last full day in Siem Reap, you'll take a tour of the Great Lake of Cambodia, Tonlé Sap. You can sit back and relax with a drink on your private boat tour, which will take you to discover the floating villages and unique wildlife. Discover floating churches, schools, police stations and markets, and get a feel for how local people live together in harmony on this enormous lake that connects to the Mekong River.

On Day 10, your guide will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the journey back, you can enjoy the memories you made over the previous ten days in this majestic and utterly captivating country.

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