The ultimate highlights of Cambodia
Cambodia's cultural highlights, historic temples of Angkor Wat and vibrant city of Phnom Penh
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- Private, expertly guided tours
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- Internal flights to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh
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At a glance
Explore the cultural and historic highlights of Cambodia on this epic adventure that takes in both the capital Phnom Penh and also Siem Reap. Start your trip discovering the vibrant capital and the city’s stunning Khmer architecture palaces and temples. Visit the historic Killing Fields before heading to Siem Reap, which will become your base for discovering the incredible temples of Angkor Wat.
As well as visiting the more famous temples, you’ll discover some of the lesser known ones such as Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and Banteay Srei and head out into the forest on a hidden temple hike. You’ll also get a glimpse of life in rural Cambodia as you head into the countryside outside Siem Reap, and learn how to cook the region’s classic cuisine. A definite highlight of this trip is an unforgettable sunrise tour of Angkor Wat.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to your hotel
Accommodation in Phnom Penh
- 170 rooms and suites
- Five restaurants
- Two pools – one lap pool and one for families
- Butler service
- Fitness Centre
- Hotel shops
The Le Royal has been the most glamourous place to stay in Phnom Penh since its opening in 1929. Set just off a tree-lined avenue in the heart of this re-emerging city, the hotel is grand oasis, with a warm welcome awaiting you. Colonial in style and impossibly elegant, 170 rooms suites are a distinguished blend of Khmer, French and art deco architecture. The polished wooden floors, overhead fans and white linen are reminiscent of a bygone era with balconies overlooking the tropical garden or to the wonderful central swimming pool a perfect finishing touch. A choice of dining options, the favourite and finest restaurant in Phnom Penh is Restaurant Le Royal which serves Royal Cambodian and modern French cuisine. The iconic Elephant Bar is something of an institution in its own right and the place for an afternoon tea that blends into an extended happy hour.
- 175 rooms
- Five dining venues
- Spectacular sky bar
- Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
The Rosewood Phnom Penh takes up residence in the top 14 floors of the Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia, soaring some 188m above the heart of the city 175 rooms, including 37 suites, all have incredible views. Interiors blend traditional refinement with sophisticated technology to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces. There are five distinct dining venues, from casual to fine dining, and a range of cuisines including Cambodian, French and Japanese. Crowning it all is one of the most spectacular sky bars and entertainment space in the city, if not the region. Back inside, on level 33, find a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre and an indoor lap swimming pool.
Discover this charming city with a wealth of history and unique architecture. We will arrange specialist guides and unique excursions so you see the best of Phnom Penh.
Cruise along Sisowath Quay on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. A river view gives possibly the best view of Phnom Penh and its ever evolving skyline, lit up in the twilight sky.
The peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek, known as 'The Killing Fields', 17km (11 miles) from Phnom Penh, may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place there. A large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. It will give an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.
Phnom Penh is an increasingly cosmopolitan city and its ochre-colored colonial buildings, bustling squares, trendy cafs, and frangipani-lined boulevards create an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in Southeast Asia. Discover the city in more detail with a tour led by our local guide who has studied Phnom Penh for many years. The tour will follow the city’s history through five distinct periods: French Protectorate, Norodom Sihanouk years, The Khmer Republic, Democratic Kampuchea, and the People’s Republic of Kampuchea and pay a visit to the following sites: Post Office square, the Hainan temple, the station square, the official buildings surrounding Vat Phnom, the former Cantonese temple, the providence church, the Chinese district, Vat Unnalom, and several important monuments around town.
Private transfer to Phnom Penh Airport
Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Private transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap
Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Accommodation in Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
- 119 rooms and suites
- Five restaurants
- Lap pool
- Butler service
Close to Angkor Wat and a short drive into Siem Reap, Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor is ideal for those seeking a luxury retreat whilst visiting the Khmer temples of the region. Set in lush gardens, the generously sized pool (the largest in Siem Reap) is framed by fragrant Frangipani trees and a beautiful place to unwind. Colonial in style, the 119 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished with polished wood floors and sumptuous linens; butler service is available 24/7. With a choice of restaurants and bars, Restaurant Le Grand is considered one of the best in Siem Reap offering Royal Khmer cuisine and western fine dining.
- 24 suites
- Restaurant and rooftop bar
- Gallery & shop
- Swimming pool and lap pool
The former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, Amansara is a first class act with its 24 suites sitting in a garden of white lotus blossoms and orchids. Next to a shady pergola the curved swimming pool is an ideal place to relax during the heat of the day. Enjoy Khmer and western cuisine in the Dining Room, elegant with a soaring seven metre ceiling and pretty terrace. Make the journey, by bicycle, to Angkor Wat to arrive as the sun begin to cast its light on the magnificent ruins. Your private guide will ensure the best position for a memorable and magical experience.
- 45 private villas
- Swimming pool
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Spa temple
- Kids club
Meaning ‘green village’ in Khmer, Phum Baitang is set within eight acres of lush gardens and rice paddies away from the bustle of Siem Reap, yet still just minutes from the temples of Angkor. And indeed it does appear as a traditional Cambodian village on first sight, but you’ll soon notice intricate design touches and modern luxuries between the rusticity. There are 45 private stilted and thatched villas, each built in a traditional style with carefully considered contemporary touches, with extensive use of reclaimed wood, expansive terraces, handpicked furniture and wonderfully spacious bathrooms with egg-shaped baths carved from local stone. 20 of the villas have their own outdoor plunge pools. Two restaurants lie in the village, Hang Bay, which serves a fusion of cultural cuisine, and Bay Phsar, which has the feel of a local market and is the venue to try vibrant Cambodian flavours created using freshly picked ingredients including herbs from the organic garden and rice straight from the surrounding paddies. One of the bars sits alongside the scenic 50m infinity pool but our favourite is the cigar and cocktail lounge, housed within a reconstructed century-old farmhouse that has shelves bursting with vintage liqueurs, gin and whisky, surely one of the coolest bars in Southeast Asia. End a day of temple exploration at the spa, an ancient looking temple offering age-old healing techniques and beauty recipes using indigenous ingredients. Aside from temples, Phum Baitang offers a range of activities, including a kids’ club, private dining experiences and cooking classes, cultural excursions, trips to Tonle Sap and vintage jeep drives..
- 108 rooms and suites
- Restaurant, bar and deli
- Two swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Internet access
An elegant hideaway located close to the 12th century UNESCO ruins of Angkor in the heart of Siem Reap. With Khmer-inspired contemporary architecture and design touches, the Park Hyatt is a tranquil urban oasis, with cool, crisp white colonnades leading to the central swimming pool and ancient banyan tree in the main courtyard. There are 108 rooms and suites with custom-made furniture dress and modern luxuries. Some feature courtyard or downtown views plus a separate living room and an indulgent sunken bathtub for two. For further luxury, opt for a suite for your own private outdoor patio, plunge pool, balcony or sun garden. The Dining Room is elegant with black and white marble walls and floors, a cosy venue for intimate dining, while The Living Room bar lounge is a chic place for a cocktail. For comfort food, freshly baked goods and home-made ice cream, head to the Glasshouse Deli.
During your time in Siem Reap we can arrange privately guided specialist tours to show you the best of city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.
Travel by road to Srah Srang and then continue to Ta Prohm, pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance where you will rejoin our driver. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm, walk 15 minutes through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple all to yourself. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks', and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.
Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you'll stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, past Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.
Visit Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world, and watch the sun rise behind this ornate temple. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people.
Explore Siem Reap's rural landscape beyond its temples, which has changed little since the days of Jayavarman VII. After a short drive from Siem Reap, visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to understand more of the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. Buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have been baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.
Then, take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy 20-minute walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system which you will voyage by boat (depending on water level). This will be both an education and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. Then reach the villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm and generous. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. While the chef prepares your dinner, wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before enjoying your evening meal.
This red sand-stone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. Built in the 10th century, it was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. Visit Banteay Samre afterwards, a structure often compared to a mini Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, the temple served as a Hindu temple.
Set within a shaded grove of palm and bamboo trees, late this afternoon enjoy a private Khmer cooking course. Your class includes a short walk in the local village to meet a local family to learn about food and its role in Cambodian life. You will also have the opportunity to learn about traditional beliefs, customs and superstitions regarding indigenous foods, herbs and spices. Savour your Khmer cuisine as you dine on your very own culinary creations in a private stilted pavilion perched over a lily pond.
Private transfer to Siem Reap Airport
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