Day 2The legacy of the protectorate era
In a tuk-tuk equipped with a digital tablet and headphones, discover the heritage of the capital city Phnom Penh inherited from the French protectorate era.
In the late afternoon, embark on a boat for a trip on the Mekong and the Tonle Sap river to enjoy an amazing view of Phnom Penh and a beautiful sunset.
Day 3On the way to Kratie
Phnom Penh - Kratie - Koh Trong
Transfer without guide to Kratie, peaceful city on the edge of the Mekong river with beautiful rural landscapes.
At the intersection of the national roads N6 and N7, brace yourselves to fully enjoy a "culinary" pit stop in the small town of Skun, renowned for its grilled spiders and insects.
Back in Kratie, explore the Koh Trong Island conveniently sitting in the middle of the Mekong River. Check the Khmer traditional village, observe the villagers' daily lifestyle, and visit the nice pagoda and the floating village.
Day 4In search of the Irrawaddy dolphins
Kratie - Kampong Thom
In the morning, hop on a small boat to look for the Irrawaddy dolphins, one of the rare species of fresh water dolphins.
Then, take the road to Kampong Thom.
Transfer without guide to Kampong Thom, halfway between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. It's the perfect stopover to visit Sambor Prei Kuk temples and discover the authentic countryside. Upon your arrival, check-in, rest and free time.
Day 5Khmer countryside by scooter
On a scooter, discover the surroundings of Kampong Thom. Countryside, handicraft, field and stone work… an authentic experience in the heart of Cambodia and off the beaten path!
Day 6Visit of the Sambor Prei Kuk temples
Kampong Thom - Siem Reap
Transfer without guide to Siem Reap, essential step of your stay in Cambodia. This city-province is known for the extraordinary Angkor temples and the huge Tonle Sap lake. On your arrival, check-in, rest and free time.
On the edge of Kampong Thom, discover of the astounding pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. This archaeological site has been part of UNESCO World Heritage since July 2017.
A stop in the center of Isanbores will let you enjoy and observe the local handicraft.
Day 7The pink sandstone citadel
Siem Reap - Banteay Srey
Continue with the visit of Banteay Srey temple, smaller than the gigantic Angkor Wat or Bayon. This pink sandstone temple nicknamed "The Citadel of Women" is known for the refinement of bas-reliefs and sculptures that adorn its walls and columns.
Then, discover the Banteay Samre temple.
On the road to Banteay Srey, villagers will show you how they produce their local palm wine.
Banteay Srey - Siem Reap
Continue with the visit of 3 temples located north of Angkor Thom, standing apart from the crowd : Preah Khan, Pre Rup and Neak Pean. These temples are somehow unusual: Neak Pean is a little island in the middle of a lake, Preah Khan is more of a city than an actual temple, and Pre Rup offers one of the most beautiful views at sunset.
Day 8The majestic Angkor temples
Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
In a tuk-tuk, with your guide, discover the Angkor temples in and around Angkor Thom area : Angkor Wat, the symbol of the apogee of the Khmer Empire ; Bayon and its towers with gigantic faces ; Ta Prohm known for its huge trees with tremendous roots.
Day 9Transfer to Battambang
Siem Reap - Battambang
Transfer with your guide to Battambang. On your arrival, check-in, rest and free time.
15 km west of Siem Reap, discover the silk factory of Pouk and the process of the silk production : from the plantation of the mulberry trees and the farming of the silkworms, to weaving and finished products available for sale.
Arrived at Battambang, go for a walk through the many villages around the city. It is the chance to observe the locals producing the typical cambodian prahoc (very odorous fish paste).
Visit one of the last traditional houses of Battambang with a Khmer architecture. Made of wood, it still houses period utensils.
Visit the Battambang Provincial Museum. On the small side, this museum will surprise you with the unlikely interest of its collection, not to mention the charm of the building itself.
Day 10Battambang, post-colonial architecture city
Discover the local life of Battambang : Wat Kor village, rice fields, knives manufacturing, typical dishes preparation like prahok or rice cakes, Ek Phnom temple...
Visit the Banon vineyard, a testimony of the country’s wine production in its infancy. Wine tasting is possible for a mere $1 fee (non-included).
Discover the Phnom Sampov temple. Stay there until sunset to watch the flight of the bats an their incredible show in the air.
Day 11Stop in Phnom Penh
Battambang - Phnom Penh
Transfer back to Phnom Penh without guide. Take the opportunity to make a last session of shopping, eat in one of the many Khmer or international restaurants (ask for any recommendations!) or visit the monuments you didn't have time to see before.
In Pursat, discover the stonemasons, marble workers and cabinetmakers. Visit the workshops to admire their talent and buy souvenirs at the shops.
About 10 kilometers from Kampong Chhnang, discover the know-how of the potters. The traditional village has been famous for centuries for its clay pots sold throughout the whole country. The tools have been modernized but the know-how still remains, from generation to generation.
Day 12Kampot, peaceful city on the riverside
Phnom Penh - Kampot
Transfer by local bus to the peaceful town of Kampot. Transfer from the terminal of the Giant Ibis bus company to your Kampot accommodation is at your expense ($5-$10 by tuk-tuk depending on your hotel’s location).
Day 13Leisure time in Kampot
Free day at your convenience. Suggestions (non-included) : visit one of the pepper fields, the salt marshes, the Kampong Trach caves and the Bokor hill station. Nearby, don’t miss Kep, its crab market and the Rabbit Island.
Day 14Back in Phnom Penh by bus
Kampot - Phnom Penh
Transfer by local bus to Phnom Penh. Transfer from your Kampot accommodation to the departure of the Giant Ibis bus is at your expense ($5-$10 by tuk-tuk depending on your hotel’s location).