Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh – City Tour (L, D)
Upon your arrival at the airport, around noon, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel for check-in.
After a good meal, you will visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, and Riverside Garden Park.
Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kratié – Sambok – Kratié (B, L, D)
You will start the day with an excursion by boat that will lead you upstream of the Mekong River until reaching Kratié. During this trip, you will be stunned by the wonderful scenery of the river and floating villages.
After a good lunch at a local restaurant, you will go to Sambok province and discover a dolphin preservation area located near the Mekong River.
Later, return to Kratié for dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Kratié – Stung Treng (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will visit Kratié town and the local market.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be transported to the harbor and continue your excursion aboard a boat that will take you to Strung Treng. You will reach your destination in late afternoon.
Check-in at the hotel, have dinner at a local restaurant, and spend a night in Strung Treng.
Day 4: Stung Treng – Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will go through Ratanakiri Province. You might catch a glimpse of the wild animals populating the thick jungle. You will stop at Kon-Mon Lake for rest. You will finally reach the hotel around noon for check-in.
After lunch break, you will visit Vat Svay Pagoda, Kachanh and Katieng Waterfalls, and finish the day with a walk to Yak Lorm Lake.
Overnight at your hotel in Banlung, Ratanakiri Province.
Day 5: Ratanakiri – Highlands (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will trek to Trapeang-Kakor Village to visit ruby mines and admiring the beautiful landscape made of tropical forests. You will go to meet the Charay and Tompuon ethnic minorities. You will have lunch on the way.
In the afternoon, you will go back to the city and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Banlung, Ratanakiri Province.
Day 6: Ratanakiri – Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
Wake up to have a nice breakfast before departing for Banlung Market. If you want, you will be able to take part in the selling & buying activities of the minority groups gathered there while also shopping on your own.
Then, you will have free time until heading to Banlung airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon your arrival in the capital, you will be taken to the hotel and checked into your room, before having lunch.
The afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Choeung Ek Killing fields, to learn more about Cambodia’s trouble past.
Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat (B, L, D)
After having breakfast, you will board the express boat to Siem Reap early in the morning. You will witness scenic landscapes while going on Tonlé Sap Lake. You will pass through floating fishing villages. In this area, people are used to moving their homes depending on the water level of the lake, which varies between the rainy season and the dry season. Disembark, then head to your hotel. Check-in and lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy one of the highlights of this trip: a visit to the famed Angkor Wat. Considered the largest religious edification ever built, this gigantic temple is a model of symbolism and symmetry, and the pride of an entire population. Erected in the 12th century under King Suryavarman II’s reign, it is widely recognized by experts as the eighth wonder of the world, and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.
Later, before leaving Angkor Wat, you will go to the top of Phnom Bakheng hill to admire the sunset.
Dinner at a restaurant in Siem Reap and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Ta Prohm – Preah Khan (B, L, D)
Today, you will visit Angkor Thom: this vast complex is accessible by five huge gates and houses the Bayon temple – famous for its towers with Avalokitesvara faces – at its center. You will then stroll in the old Royal Palace where the Phimeanakas sanctuary is located. Next, you will discover the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, before going to Ta Prohm temple – a fascinating site where the monument is entangled in large tree roots.
You will return to Siem Reap for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will continue to explore the wonders of this region with visits to Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Tam Som, Pre Rup, and East Mebon.
Finally, you will enjoy yourself tasting local dishes during a fabulous dinner while attending a traditional Aspara dance show.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will go to Banteay Srei, a jewel of Khmer art. This small pink sandstone temple is the expression of refinement of the sculptural Angkorian art. The delicacy of its sculptures makes it one of the most remarkable site in all Angkor. Its name, which means “Citadel of Women”, derives from its delicate engravings, considered too subtle to have been made by men.
Originally believed to be dating from the latest period of the Angkorian era, the inscriptions found on this site suggest that this temple was built by a Brahman in 967. However, architects and historians agree that these inscriptions may actually date from a former structure that already existed on this same location during the construction of Banteay Srei.
In the afternoon, you will visit Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, and Srah Srang temples.
Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
Have a good breakfast at your hotel before enjoying your free time. Later, you will be picked up and driven to the airport for your departure flight.