Day 2Phnom Penh, booming capital
Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, true gems of the Khmer architecture built in the middle of the 19th century.
Visit the National Museum, and discover one of the largest collections of Khmer art: 14,000 sculptures and ethnographic items, gathered for the most part from the Angkor temples.
Discover the famous Wat Phnom which gave its name to the capital. The "hill pagoda" is the highest point of Phnom Penh.
In the afternoon, discover the Champey Academy of Arts (CAA), a non-profit school that allows young people in Phnom Penh to have free training in traditional Khmer arts such as dance, music, drawing or painting. You will have the opportunity to try these little-known arts, including traditional Khmer dance with young children.
Visit Phnom Penh's Central Market and/or Russian Market if there's enough time after the previous visits (markets close rather early)
In the late afternoon, embark on a boat for a trip on the Tonle Sap to enjoy an amazing view of Phnom Penh and a beautiful sunset.
Day 3On the way to Kampong Thom
Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom
Transfer without guide to Kampong Thom.
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.
On your arrival at the guesthouse, take some rest.
In the afternoon, join your host to learn how to cook a typical Khmer dessert: cakes rolled with rice, with pork or banana.
Day 4Khmer gastronomy
In the morning, discover the Cambodian countryside by scooter. First, go for a stroll in the local market and then discover the daily life of Khmer people who still have their traditional way of life.
During the visit, observe the manufacture of palm sugar and the method used to separate the white rice grains from the glume. Continue to the Thoimaneat pagoda located in the heart of the village. There, help to plant Khmer trees with precious wood.
In the afternoon, drive to visit Phnom Santuk Mountain, its temples, pagodas and the large sculpture of the reclining Buddha.
In the late afternoon, if you want, you can attend en French class given to the children of the village.
Day 5Sambor Prei Kuk, « the temple of the lush forest »
Kampong Thom - Siem Reap
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 6The majestic Angkor temples
Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
In a tuk-tuk, with your guide, discover the Angkor temples in and around Angkor Thom area.
Discover Angkor Wat, the symbol of the apogee of the Khmer Empire ; Bayon and its towers with gigantic faces ; Baphuon and its huge 40-meter reclining Buddha statue, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants and its great diversity of sculptures but also the Terrace of the Leper King.
Then, visit Ta Prohm known for its huge trees with tremendous roots.
Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Ascend in a hot air balloon to enjoy a breathtaking view of the archeological park of Angkor and its surroundings. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the temples and the Cambodian countryside.
Note : possible rescheduling depending on weather conditions
Day 7Banteay Srei (the pink sandstone citadel), Preah Khan, Ta Som et Neak Pean
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.
Banteay Srey - Siem Reap
Visit 3 temples located north of Angkor Thom, standing apart from the crowd : Preah Khan, Ta Som and Neak Pean. These temples are somehow unusual: Neak Pean is a little island in the middle of a lake and Preah Khan is more of a city than an actual temple.
Attend an incredible circus show with very talented artists. Note: Seat B
Day 8The immensity of the Tonle Sap lake
Siem Reap - Kampong Pluk
Transfer to Kampong Pluk village located on the Tonle Sap lake, about 1h from Siem Reap by car. You will embark on a private boat to discover and visit floating villages.
Note: During the dry season, the excursion may be replaced by another visit depending on the water level.
Kampong Pluk - Siem Reap
In Siem Reap, visit the workshop of souvenirs made of lacquer. Observe each step of their making and take the opportunity to buy some at the end of the visit.
Cambolac is a Cambodian handicraft company which designs lacquered products. The company employs poor people and partially deaf young adults to make and sell original handmade paintings and artifacts.
The aim is to reduce poverty in Cambodia and to help vulnerable communities to find work in order to benefit from tourism.
Start the day with the visit of the Chreav village : discover the local market, observe the traditional way of life and the garden where the vegetables are farmed. Take the opportunity to talk with the locals.
In the evening, embark on a boat and go to see the sunset and a lot of rare birds.
Day 9Immersion in the rural community of Banteay Chhmar
Siem Reap - Banteay Chhmar
Transfer with your guide to Banteay Chmar community.
You are welcomed in the Banteay Chhmar community where you will stay in homestay. After the lunch cooked by the women of the village, take a digestive walk to the Banteay Chhmar and Ta Prohm temples. The day continues with a nice oxcart ride to a silk factory. On the way, you can observe the rural way of life. In the evening, let be captivated by a magical atmosphere of a bivouac lit with torches in a temple with traditional music concert. Unforgettable !
Day 10On the road to Battambang
Banteay Chhmar - Battambang
Breakfast with the locals then stroll to the market near Banteay Chhmar for a little while. Hop on a kuyon (half tractor, half trailer) to the Banteay Torp temple. Observe rice work and local activities. At the end of the visit, picnic at the Banteay Torp temple before heading to another destination.
Transfer with your guide to Battambang. On your arrival, check-in, rest and free time.
Visit one of the last traditional houses of Battambang with a Khmer architecture. Made of wood, it still houses period utensils.
Discover the Phnom Sampov temple. Stay there until sunset to watch the flight of the bats an their incredible show in the air.
Note : dinner not included by default.
Day 11The charm of Battambang
Discover the local life of Battambang : Wat Kor village, traditional house, rice fields, knives manufacturing, typical dishes preparation like prahok or rice cakes, Ek Phnom temple, Phsar Nat market…
Discover Wat Slaket pagoda and Ek Phnom, a Brahmanic sandstone temple from the 11th century.
In the afternoon, visit the Banon temple on the top of a hill which offers a wonderful view over the Khmer countryside. Through the traditional villages along the road, you can observe the locals cooking rice wrappers and talk with them about their daily life.
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).
Day 12Back in Phnom Penh
Battambang - Phnom Penh
In the morning, 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.
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.
On your arrival, check-in, rest and free time.
Day 13Have a nice journey home !
Leisure time before your transfer to Phnom Penh Airport (included, we will organize the transfer according to the time of your flight).