Get to know Cambodia from top to both on this 12-day journey. From the Angkorian ruins in Siem Reap in the north, travel all the way down to the warm tropical waters of the southern islands. In between, pass through rural countryside, diversity-rich wilderness, colonial remnants, and modern city. Cambodia is a complete package destination and this journey reveals its quintessential Khmer gems.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Arrive in Siem Reap, a budding city in the north known for its Angkorian temples that has steadily grown into a destination itself. You will be expedited through the airport and chauffered to your hotel. Check in, relax, and freshen up. In the late afternoon when you are ready, get your first glimpse of ancient Angkor aboard a private gondola. Cruise on the moat around the fortified city of Angkor Thom with canapés in-hand as the sunset makes the ruins glow.
Rise early this morning to arrive on the grounds of Angkor Wat while it is still dark. A private entrance and path illuminated by moonlight allows you an intimate and quiet moment at this revered site before arriving at the West Gate just in time to witness the grand sunrise spectacle. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angkor Wat and other famed temples. At Ta Phrom, an archaeologist will personally escort you through the ruins for added insight into its history and conservation efforts. In the evening, if you wish to discover the local flavors of Siem Reap, embark on a food tour via tuk tuk with an expert.
Attend a private performance of Khmer classical dance at a conservatoire which teaches disadvantaged youth, followed by a visit to two nearby hidden gem temples and the Landmine Museum. This afternoon, head out to the countryside to spend time at a local village. Meet the community which includes the village doctor, a family that specializes in handicrafts, a family that makes banana snacks grilled in coconut, and more. Learn about their daily lives and livelihoods, gaining true insight into the realities of rural life in Cambodia. If you wish, hop on ATVs and explore more of the countryside scenery. Tonight, we recommend you take advantage of the Angkorian splendors and opt for an unforgettable private dinner set, exclusively set on ancient temple grounds.
As you would have learned yesterday at the Landmine Museum about the devastating remnants of war still embedded in the land, today you will meet the 'Hero Rats' who uncover those mines. Afterwards, get to know Siem Reap's budding handicrafts and boutiques scene in Kandal Village where you can pick up handmade homeware, silky textiles, locally-forged jewelry, and breezy tropical accessories and decor. In the afternoon, take a quick flight south to the capital of Phnom Penh and settle in.
This morning is reserved for an important lesson in the country's recent history. Learn firsthand about the atrocities and cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime who ruled the country 1975-1979: meet with a survivor and hear his stories, survey the mass burial plots in the Killing Fields, and walk the haunting halls of Tuol Sleng where prisoners were kept. Trade the somber mood for the bustling atmosphere at Central Market and Russian Markets where locals and visitors alike converge over food, clothes, and goods. See the gleaming Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, awesome royal sites sitting along the river.
Travel out of the city and into the wilderness. A three-hour road journey takes you to the cross-section of three national parks where lies Shinta Mani Wild, a boutique collecion of opulent tents that is a luxury glamping getaway fused with conservation-minded practices and adventures. Crash-land elegantly into the hotel via zipline and be greeted with a cold towel and drink. From there, your needs and whims are fully taken care of by your personal butler and crew.
The day is truly yours to enjoy as you wish at this all-inclusive jungle retreat. Lounge by the pool, create cocktails at the bar, be pampered at the spa, chat with the house naturalist, zipline over treetops and rivers, or head out for a jungle adventure in a 1960s-era army jeep or motorbike.
Pack your day with as many - or as little - activities as you could want: foraging and cooking class, hiking, an anti-poaching patrol, mountain biking, tenkara fishing, picnic at a waterfall, take an expedition boat down the river, birdwatching, camera trapping, and more.
Depart the jungles for the sea as you travel south towards the coast. At the pier, take a speedboat to a private island resort of your choice, your new retreat for the next few days. Unwind in your villa and dine on fresh seafood tonight.
Spend the day relaxing by your private pool or the main pool, go for walks along the shore or board walk, and enjoying the resort's many water sports.
While away one last day in paradise, an idyllic cap to your Khmer journey. If you're inclined, splash out with a private snorkelling cruise and end the day with a private dinner on the beach under the stars.
After breakfast and one last dip in your pool, be ready for a speedboat back to the mainland. From there you will be transferred to the airport for your flight onward.
Located approximately five miles from the famed Angkor Wat, Amansara is sleek, stylish and superbly private. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, the grounds were originally laid out in 1962 and designed to embrace both modern design and the rich artistic legacy of Cambodia. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes a curved slate swimming pool. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese palette of cool gray, pristine white, dark timber and ivory, and all include a private courtyard and soothing water features; 12 suites are equipped with private swimming pools. The Roof Garden, shaded by trees, is the ideal venue for relaxing by candlelight with cocktails, or for invigorating morning yoga sessions. The Spa, which has four treatment rooms, focuses on therapeutic Cambodian techniques using organic products. Every suite has access to its own remork and driver. On the 2007 Zagat Survey list of the world’s best hotels, Amansara was ranked number two for service.
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 104 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.
Situated in the cultural heart of the lively town of Siem Reap, the Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Siem Reap features 10 ultra-luxe villas designed by celebrated architect Bill Bensley to reflect his idea of an idyllic life that is filled with privacy and surrounded by lush gardens. Beneath the cooling shadows of the town’s trees, these intimate compounds offer exceptional comfort in every aspect of a guest’s stay. The softest of beds, baths under stars, and diligent butlers lay the foundation for a rejuvenating experience. The hotel compound also houses a wide array of sleek and stylish dining venues that serve everything from authentic local dishes to tender Wagu steaks. All meals can be delivered to guest’s residences at any hour of the day.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Phnom Penh's premier historic properties. First established in 1929, the hotel hosted an international clientele comprising globetrotters and adventurers, writers and journalists, royalty and dignitaries. Reopened in 1997 after a careful restoration, the grand historic hotel fulfills all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with its facilities and amenities, but imparts an old-world charm through its style and decor. Raffles Hotel Le Royal has 170 guest rooms, suites and executive apartments, which are spread over three separate but interconnecting low-rise wings, set around the garden courtyard and swimming pools. There are five distinctive restaurants and bars, encompassing traditional French and Khmer cuisine at Restaurant Le Royal, Café Monivong and Le Phnom Deli, and the Elephant Bar, the home of the Airavata, a cocktail of secret ingredients. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is only a 20 minutes’ drive from Pochentong International Airport and within easy access of the city’s attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artefacts Museum.
Rosewood Phnom Penh occupies the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower which soars 188 meters above the heart of Phnom Penh’s business district. The property has a total of 175 rooms, including 37 suites, each with unparalleled views of the city and elegantly furnished to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces. Guests can choose amongst a variety of in-house dining options, including continental, Japanese, French and Cambodia fare as well as a steak and seafood grill. Oenophiles and wine connoisseurs can sample wines or enjoy a bottle from the Wine Vault’s extensive range of fine wines. Sense, the Rosewood brand’s signature spa, will offer guests a tranquil haven and wellness getaway, while the fitness center provides wide views of the city skyline and state-of-the-art fitness equipment available 24 hours a day.
Song Saa Private Island spans the pristine golden beaches and lush rainforest of two islands: Koh Quen and Koh Bong. These islands, locally known as “The Sweethearts” (Song Saa), are joined by a sustainably built footbridge, which protects the islands’ natural reefs and exotic marine life Along with the islands’ bucolic vistas, the resort itself offcrs luxurious amenities, including a yoga center bordering the shoreline, spa and wellness sanctuaries among the rainforest, and all the equipment and expertise necessary for kayaking, snorkeling, and boating. When it comes to dining, guests enjoy a choice of exotic cuisine, locally sourced and prepared to reflect the islands’ unique environs while fusing traditional Khner cooking with Western culinary tradition. Stop by the Driftwood Bar for a casual tapas meal by the beach or for a slightly more formal but equally scenic and relaxing dining experience, enjoy the Vista Bar and Restaurant.
Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia – located just a short drive and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport – is comprised of 40 pool villas set against the picturesque and natural landscape of this beautiful island. Employing the best in sustainable and environmentally-responsible building materials alongside cutting edge technology, the villas include a luxurious master bedroom, separate bathroom and tub, and outdoor rain showers, as well as a private plunge pool and outside decking – ideal for sunbathing and al fresco poolside dining. The resort boasts four restaurants and bars, including a deli and ice-cream parlor, as well as Tree Restaurant - the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which also offers cooking classes to guests intrigued to learn some of the finer points of local cuisine. To experience the best this spa resort has to offer, guests should take advantage of the Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga programs, or pay a visit to the Alchemy Bar, where they will find a cornucopia of different treatments by resident experts, in addition to the groundbreaking therapies of visiting practitioners.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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