Classic Cambodia Holidays

Holiday Highlights: Classic Cambodia

Package Price: from US$860 (+/-R11 600) per person sharing


Three nights in Phnom Penh

Included: Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Mekong River, Full day tour – Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
Options: Central & Russian Markets, Hops Craft Brewery, Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Bassac Lanes.

Three nights in Siem Reap

Included – Two-day tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea temples, Tonlé Sap Lake, Kampong Khleang floating village.
Options: Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, quad biking, dirt biking, Siem Reap Brewpub, Vespa Food Tour, Pub Street, hiking, trekking, kayaking, Apsara Dance show, the Cambodian Phare Circus.

Three nights on Koh Rong Samloem

Options: Captain Kem’s Caribbean Adventure, snorkelling, scuba diving.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on foot or by tuk-tuk or cyclo.

Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and, despite its recent turbulent history, still retains its colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap.

In the late afternoon, you will enjoy an atmospheric sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong River and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and take a short walk to the Royal Palace, dating back to 1866 and the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the more than 5 000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, means “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal and bronze.

Continue to the nearby National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological and religious artefacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. More than 5 000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth.

You end the morning at Wat Phnom, a contemporary hilltop pagoda that stands at the founding place of the city. Spend the rest of the day browsing through the colourful markets of Phnom Penh.

After lunch you depart for Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre: named “S-21”. After that, you will visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – a startling memorial to those that were murdered by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh
You will have the day to browse through the colourful markets of Phnom Penh – the Russian Market, is a good example of a traditional Khmer market: hot and cramped with overpowering smells and sights. The Central Market, an art deco landmark and one of the largest markets in the city, if not in all of Cambodia is amazing and should not be missed! Here you will find clothes, footware, souvenirs, jewellery, watches and food – all at unbelievable prices!!

You can visit one of the craft breweries – Hops Craft Brewery, Himawari or Tthe Box Office – if craft beer is for you and Bassac Lanes is a delightful collection of small pubs and restaurants where you can sit in one and order from another! Samai is a local rum distillery near Bassac Lanes. Drinks at the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club overlooking the Mekong River is also well worth it. This venue is less than a hundred meters from your hotel.

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel you head for the airport to catch your flight to Siem Reap (40 minutes). Upon landing you will be transferred to your hotel in the old part of Siem Reap.

You will have the rest of the day to acquaint yourselves with this beautiful city which was once the capital of the Khmer empire. You can easily walk around Siem Reap or hop on one of the multitude of tuk-tuks. If you like craft beer, the Siem Reap Brewpub is a must and there is always a good time to be had in Pub Street which is full of vibey establishments in which to eat and drink.

You could also do a quad bike tour, an evening Vespa food tour or a Khmer cooking class.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap
After an early breakfast, you will spend the day with your English speaking guide and driver on a tour to the temples. This will include the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. It is the most famous of the Angkor temples and is featured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Other temples you will visit will include Ta Prohm – unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines. It was a setting in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie; Bayon (or the “faces” temple) and the exquisite Banteay Srei or “Woman’s Temple”.

In the evening, if you are interested, you could attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 8pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. The hour-long show mixes traditional and modern theatre: music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap
Today you will meet your guide and driver and you will visit Beng Mealea, the oldest capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor where nature has well and truly run riot. It is known as the “Indiana Jones Temple of Doom”!

Thereafter you will go on a fascinating boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake and its size varies enormously depending on the season – rainy or dry!

You will visit the floating village of Kampong Khleang and embark on a boat ride through the village where the fisherman and their families live in stilted houses among the petrified mangrove forests and waterways. Many families live permanently on the lake.

In the evening, if you are interested, you can attend an Apsara Dance show with a buffet dinner.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap – Sihanoukville - Koh Rong Samloem
After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Sihanoukville (55 minutes). Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver to take you to the Serendipity Pier to catch your ferry to the island of Koh Rong Samloem. This trip will take about 40 minutes.

Upon arrival at the island, you will be met by the staff who will escort you to your resort. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the resort or take a walk along the more than two kilometre beach.

Overnight on Koh Rong Samloem.

Days 8&9: Koh Rong Samloem
More of the same on the island!

Lots of relaxing to be done, have a massage or go scuba diving. You can also take a hike out to the lighthouse, visit the waterfall or walk 1,5 kilometres through the jungle to Lazy Beach, on the western side of the island. This beach was voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the world by National Geographic!

You can take a trip with Captain Kem’s Caribbean Tour: you will be picked up outside your resort and motor around to the north side of the island. Here you will spend some time snorkelling in beautifully clear water surrounded by loads of fish. Thereafter, you will head for the nearby local fishing village – watch the sunset over drinks and then have a buffet dinner in a local restaurant. On the way home you will stop and be able to jump back into the sea to experience the bioluminescent plankton.

Overnight on Koh Rong Samloem.

Day 10: Koh Rong Samloem - Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh
After breakfast you will transfer back to the mainland by ferry where you will be met by your transport to take you back to Phnom Penh to meet up with your flight home.

Please note:
  • The above itinerary is subject to the availability of accommodation and flights, as mentioned. Equivalent alternatives will be offered, where necessary, if possible.
  • It excludes optional activities.
  • The itinerary can be changed if required, but new costs may apply.
  • Unless otherwise discussed and stipulated, accommodation quoted in this package includes 3-4 star standard hotels. This can be adjusted as per your specific requirements, if desired.
  • Air-fares to and from Cambodia, are not included as these will vary from airline to airline and be affected by when you fly and when you book your flights.
  • Visas and travel insurance are not included in these costs.
  • The Rand/US$ exchange rate fluctuates and this could have an impact on the final pricing.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% will be required upon confirming a booking and the balance payable 30 days before departure.
  • Booking, change and cancellation conditions apply.
  • All advertised prices are on a per person sharing basis unless otherwise specified.