If you are looking for a break from the stressful city life and from technology, this trip to Cambodia, in the land of the Khmer population, is the journey for you. Here life has a slower and calmer pace and thanks to your guides' know-how you'll have the chance to learn more about the locals, approaching their customs and daily life and sharing mutual experiences.

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If you are looking for a break from the stressful city life and from technology, this trip to Cambodia, in the land of the Khmer population, is the journey for you. Here life has a slower and calmer pace and thanks to your guides' know-how you'll have the chance to learn more about the locals, approaching their customs and daily life and sharing mutual experiences.

This tour harmoniously combines the most important cultural attractions of the country with experiences in the nature and among local people. Here are the highlights:

  • Visit to Angkor Wat temples, the most important cultural and historic site in Cambodia and in Asia in general
  • Walking and mountain bike excursions in Phnom Kulen mountains
  • Visit to the great Tonle Sap lake, spending two nights in a floating house

Trip summary

  • Departure Siem Reap
  • End Phnom Penh
  • Countries
    • Cambodia
  • City
    • Siem Reap
    • Roluos
    • Phnom Kulen
    • Tonle Sap
    • Phnom Penh
  • Theme Meeting local people
  • Travel style Group departure
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Siem Reap
    Day 1-2

    Arrival in Siem Reap and, on the second day, visit to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples, a Khmer religious site listed as Unesco's World Heritage.

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  • 2
    Siem Reap - Chao Srei Vibol - Roluos
    Day 3

    Early morning departure for a day of discovery by bike, crossing ricefields and many villages. The path will take you to the ancient Royal Road, in order to reach the lost temple of Chao Srei Vibol, small and hidden in the forest, way off the beaten tracks. A journey out of time, far from the frenzy of the city, to discover the life of the locals.

    Passing through villages, you'll discover the tranquil atmosphere of the rural life in Cambodia and different activities, from the smith to the hairdresser and the sugar palm farmer. In the afternoon you'll reach a local family's house and you'll be welcomed with smiles and the traditional Cambodian hospitality. The landlady will show you how to cook in Cambodian houses.

    In the evening you can stroll around the village, on the banks of a small lake, among ricefields and traditional houses. You'll have dinner with your hosts: it will be your first night in a local household. (20-25 km on a mountain bike, with a support vehicle/ laterite and soil track).

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  • 3
    Roluos - Phnom Kulen
    Day 4

    Thank your hosts for their hospitality before you set off on a road that crosses banana and coconut plantations to Beng Mealea, situated on the foothills of Phnom Kulen mountain range. The atmosphere of the place will allow you to figure the emotion of the first discoverers of Angkor in the late XIX century.

    Beng Mealea is considered one of the most important Khmer temples, so much so that it may have been a model for Angkor Wat. You'll continue on a private vehicle starting the climb to Phnom Kulen, the Khmer holy mountain. Halfway up you'll reach a waterfall.

    In the afternoon, you'll proceed on foot crossing the forest till you reach a small hidden temple. You'll then meet your hosts, with whom you'll spend the night, in a small street in the ricefields. You'll get to a village on top of the mountain. Your hosts will welcome you in their traditional Khmer wooden house where you'll spend two nights (4-5 hrs walk with a 300m climb).

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  • 4
    Phnom Kulen
    Day 5

    Breakfast with your hosts. You'll set off on foot to another village to meet local artisans and farmers, to learn more about their daily life and their work in the fields.

    Your walk will proceed across villages, meeting another family whose main activity is fish farming. You'll stop for a picnic in a village, where you'll visit the local school and meet the little students. In the late afternoon, you'll go back to your hosts and have time to stroll around the village or help the landlady cook dinner. Second night in a local house. (2/3 hrs walk).

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  • 5
    Siem Reap
    Day 6

    Day in Siem Reap. Sightseeing in the city and its main attractions.

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  • 6
    Kampong Thom - Tonle Sap
    Day 8-9

    Today you'll move on to Tonle Sap, a combined system of lake and river which plays an important role in Cambodia. It's the largest sweet water lake in South-East Asia: here you'll spend the next two nights, in the house of a local family in the floating village.
     

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  • 7
    Tonle Sap - Kampong Chnang - Phnom Penh
    Day 10

    Return to Phnom Penh stopping enroute in Kampong Chnang. End of tour.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Khmer meals as per itinerary
    • Transport and transfers as per itinerary
    • French-speaking guide
    • Visits to sites and museums (except Angkor)
    Price does not include
    • Domestic/International flights
    • Meals which are not mentioned in the program
    • Visa
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal insurance
    • Tips
    • Beverages