Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh – City Tour (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 the town of Kratié and its 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 the 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 will catch a glimpse of the wild animals populating the thick jungle. You will stop and rest at Kon-Mon Lake. 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 admire the beautiful landscape made of tropical forests. You will 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)
After breakfast, you will depart for Phnom Penh.
Lunch on your own.
Upon your arrival in the capital, you will be driven to your hotel. Check-in and free time for the rest of the day.
Dinner on your own and overnight at the 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 see scenic landscapes while going on Tonlé Sap Lake. You will pass through floating fishing villages. In this area, people move 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 is 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 rejoice 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 – Phnom Penh (B, L)
You will have free time until being taken to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel for check-in.
Later, you will discover the Russian Market, one of the best places to shop in the capital. Known as Tuol Tom Pong Psar, it is also called "Russian Market" since the 1980s, when the Russians were the only tourists in Cambodia. This place is a giant bazaar where everybody bargains and where you can find almost everything you can imagine: local crafts, sculptures, silk and other textiles, clothing, footwear, computer software, music CDs, and DVDs.
After strolling a good time in the narrow alleys of this market, you will head to the impressive Central Market, one of the most famous monuments in Phnom Penh. Built and opened by the French in 1937, this imposing Art-Deco-styled structure is known by the inhabitants as Psar Thmei (or "New Market"). The huge central dome allows the market to be naturally ventilated. There, you will also find an incredible diversity of items. However, don’t shy away from bargaining and try to negotiate good prices, because the merchants in this market have a reputation of giving higher prices to tourists.
Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Departure from Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (B)
After breakfast, you will have free time until boarding an express boat at the harbor that will lead you to Chau Doc, Vietnam.
While on this fast cruise, you will see floating villages and observe local inhabitants in their daily routine.
You will cross the border at Vinh Xuong to get into Vietnam.