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Cambodia & Soneva Kiri: Connecting Ancient Culture with Island Charm

Experience the marvel of Cambodian culture with an enriching visit to Siem Reap, and get swept up in a historical adventure like none other. Often referred to as the “gateway” to the impossibly impressive Angkor temple sites, Siem Reap invites you into a whole other world – whether you are drifting along sunset waters in an Angkor gondola or exploring a breathtaking ancient ruin. Afterwards, return to Thailand’s roots with a four-night stay at the exceptional Soneva Kiri resort, where you can revel in lush rainforests and on sun-drenched beaches, and treat your taste buds to delectable Thai dishes. At Soneva Kiri, get ready to lose yourself in the tropical freedom awaiting you.

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  • Kick off the trip with a mesmerizing sunset boat cruise to Prasat Chrung
  • Admire the majestic ruins of Angkor Wat under the glow of a stunning sunrise
  • Fall in love with the idyllic island magic of Soneva Kiri’s postcard-worthy private beach
  • Sit back and enjoy a one-of-a-kind theatre experience at Soneva Kiri’s Cinema Paradiso
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

The adventure begins in the treasure of northwest Cambodia, the celebrated prelude to the coveted Angkor temples itself – Siem Reap. Upon arrival, a private transfer will whisk you to your hotel. Once you are settled prepare to let the travel stress melt away as you are led into an enchanting evening on the tranquil waters around Angkor Thom. Witness a sunset of profound proportion from one of the four ancient temples, the Prasat Chrung, before gliding home in your traditional Angkor gondola, where you’ll be swept away by the beauty and serenity of the moment.

Day 2

Wake early for an beyond compare sunrise at the majestic Angkor Wat, and start your second day in Siem Reap with once-in-a-lifetime flair. Visit the artistically inspired Hindu temple of Banteay Srei, home to some of the most inimitable stone carvings in the world, before moving onto the equally remarkable Banteay Samre citadel and Landmine Museum for an immersive dose of fascinating history. Next, take part in a unique luncheon at the Conservatoire d’Angkor, dedicated to conserving Cambodian Dance, where you will enjoy the privilege of a private performance by the school’s dance troupe. End the day with an ATV adventure through the beauty of the Cambodian countryside beneath an enviable sunset.

Day 3

After a visit to Angkor Thom, you will explore the captivating ruins of Ta Phrom with an expert archeologist. There is the opportunity to bless a village or family with the donation of a water well; you are welcome to visit this village to witness the miracle of your generosity in action. Enjoy a bike ride in the countryside to enjoy some fresh-air activity and breathtaking views . As an optional experience, you can take a truly phenomenal helicopter journey to the ruined temples of Koh Ker, where an expert guide will fill you in on its history, followed by a lovely picnic lunch at the ruins of Beng Mealea. The evening will be spent enjoying an extraordinary performance, with VIP seats, at the Phare Circus.

Day 4

Savor a leisurely morning until your private car arrives to drive you to the airport. VIP service will be yours to enjoy upon departure; a Cessna 8-seater will fly you from Siem Reap to Trat, where you will then board another plane for a 20-minute flight to Soneva Kiri. After checking in to the hotel, the rest of the day is left in your hands. If you need inspiration for how to conclude the evening, we recommend the Cinema Paradiso; an open-air theatre that gifts you with the chance to watch classic movies under a star-strewn sky, while nibbling delicious treats or sipping on specially made cocktails.

Day 5

An entire day of recreational freedom is at your fingertips. Sprawl out in the sun and relax or seek adventure out on the water – book a snorkel trip, jump aboard a speedboat for a thrilling sea safari to Koh Kradad Island, or go one step further and try your hand at scuba diving! If land adventures are more your style, be sure to book the Mushroom Cave Lunch for a dining experience like no other - you’ll be amazed at the many ways mushrooms can be prepared and enjoyed - visit the local fishing villages tucked into the mangrove forests and discover the alluring Klong Chao waterfall, or cycle the peaceful island roads of Koh Kood on an energizing mountain bike expedition.

Day 6

Another full day of luxurious choices awaits you! If you happened to take advantage of the many activities provided by Soneva Kiri yesterday, change tactics today and while away the hours in blissful relaxation. The on-site spa offers an incredible selection of wellness rituals, from traditional Asian healing therapies to any kind of massage you could desire. Get pampered, and then watch the sweeping sunset from the resort’s private white-sand beach, or appeal to your inner child’s imagination and delight yourself with an incomparable meal treehouse style – where you’ll eat amidst the soaring heights of one of our adored Treepod dining tables in the stunning rainforest.

Day 7

Enjoy your last full day in Soneva Kiri by soaking up the best of Koh Kood’s spectacular nature by embarking on the Yai Ki Trek, which combines hiking and kayaking with a cooling plunge in a refreshing waterfall. Additionally, explore the rainforest by indulging in the Koh Kood Butterfly Quest with a resident expert ecologist or, for the more energetic, by discovering untouched Thai beauty on the Somchai Rainforest Trek. Finish the evening in true island fashion – fall under the spell of the night sky at The Observatory, and allow the passion of our visiting astronomers teach you the secrets of the stars.

Day 8

After one more breathtaking sunrise, a private transfer will take you to the airport, where you will enjoy a Soneva Kiri non-stop flight to Bangkok, before flying onwards to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa

This award-winning five-star hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the Cambodian countryside, just a short drive away from Siem Reap town center as well as the incredible Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and prized tourist attraction of the country. Contemporary Khmer design is a running theme throughout Anantara’s rooms and suites, lush oasis spa, tropical gardens and range of superb dining options, with a generous helping of wooden flooring, rich textiles and locally-made artistic installations. Each one of the 39 rooms and suites is spacious and fully-equipped with all the latest modern conveniences, and the luxurious floor-to-ceiling windows in every room present tranquil garden or pool views. Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa - true to its name - also offers a memorable spa experience set in a tranquil oasis in the middle of a tropical garden – perfect for easing away those aches and pains after exploring the nearby temple complex or plethora of other nearby attractions. Elsewhere, guests can take a dip in the hot tub, relax in the sauna, dine at one of three on-site restaurants or kick back next to the pool with a cocktail in hand.


Park Hyatt Siem Reap

The Park Hyatt is a new addition to Cambodia’s select five-star hotel crowd. The hotel was previously Hotel De La Paix, one of the country’s top properties, and has been rebranded after a complete renovation. This new and exciting hotel is situated in one of Asia’s major emerging cultural destinations, providing ultimate indulgence and impeccable service. Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based interior designer Bill Bensley, Park Hyatt won Cambodia’s No. 1 hotel spot in Travel + Leisure and ranked No. 29 in its World’s Best Hotels 2010 list. Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 107 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.

Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri  is located on the remote but accessible island of Koh Kood in the northeast area of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort was developed using the principles of ecologically sustainable design. The 42 environmentally friendly villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand include private infinity pools and outdoor terraces with lounge chairs. Every room category comes with personal butler service, and several villas also feature private spa suites. The Six Senses Spa features 11 double treatment rooms and four rooms featuring private relaxation areas. The resort has many dining options, including a formal dining room with Thai-inspired organic cuisine, a hut that features an expansive wood-fired rock oven and tandoor, and a Thai and Mediterranean restaurant where guests can opt for traditional kantoke seating (around a short table on cushions). There are also two cocktail lounges, an ice cream parlor, a chocolate room and a gourmet cheese vault. At arrival and departure, guests are escorted by speed boat just over a mile to and from the arrival pier and Soneva Kiri Airport. From there, flights to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) take 60 minutes.

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