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Cambodia Essentials with Kep


FROM £$ 4765

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get a view of the amazing temples of Angkor Wat
  • Sample some of Kep’s world renowned crab
  • Explore the vogue riverfront area of Phnom Penh
  • Marvel at the unique floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Journey along the undeveloped beaches of Rabbit Island
  • Unwind on the beaches of Kep
  • See all that remains of ancient Khmer ruins
  • Tour the countryside of Battambang
  • Stop at the famous Kep Crab market to experience the bustling activity and local interaction
  • Explore Rabbit Island and its lovely beaches at leisure with available Snorkeling equipment
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Tour Overview

Discover Cambodia Essentials and the coastal town of Kep. With the jaw dropping temples of Angkor Wat, the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake and Phnom Penh’s museums, markets and vogue riverfront, this tour includes Cambodia’s most popular destinations. After visiting these highlights, enjoy the coastal town of Kep. In recent years, Kep has been re-invigorated and remains famous for its fresh seafood and its absolute must try Kep Krab, a dish straight from the ocean to your plate! Just a short boat ride from the town, explore Rabbit Island, a great destination to see some of the local fishing villages and stroll along its undeveloped beaches.

Lose yourself in remote temples and ruins of Angkor Wat in the jungle before embarking by boat to experience an innovative but challenging way of life through a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake. The highlight of this tour, and perhaps any tour to all of Cambodia, is the spectacular Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world that boasts a volume of stone equaling that of Khufu’s Pyramid in Egypt. Beyond the archaeological attractions, lush green countryside rich with culture and tradition and shy but friendly locals welcome you with their warm smiles

Phnom Penh has plenty of attractions to visit, beginning with a tour of the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Aspara Arts Association and the local market, where one can find hand woven silks, silver, gems and antiques. Phnom Penh is also the site of some more somber attractions, including the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, which is essential to understanding the pain of Cambodia’s recent past. On the other hand, the city’s waterfront has been the site of many recent renovations and now boasts several al fresco restaurants and bars that have nice views across the Mekong, making the area one of region’s “places to be.”

For secluded white sandy beaches and no development except for a few rustic bungalows, Rabbit Island is just a 30 minute boat ride from Kep and worth a day trip for those seeking some serenity. Kep is surrounded by picturesque, jungle covered mountains and beautiful views to Phu Quoc and Rabbit Islands. The drive to Kep, from Phnom Penh, also offers beautiful countryside vistas, as well as some charming attractions like 12th century temples, cave temples and aromatic pepper farms.

Price Includes:
One way domestic airfare from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Private transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Private guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Bottled water and cool towels provided for transfers and sightseeing, Cambodian government tax and service charge, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Siem Reap Optional Excursions:
Siem Reap Pagoda Tour
Religion is closely linked to Khmer life and pagodas are very important in the country. Visit Wat Inkosei built on the site of an ancient temple, the remains of which can still be seen. Next, visit a workshop where traditional shadow play puppets are made before continuing to Wat Bo pagoda to view its well-preserved paintings. You will also observe monks making the various moldings, which adorn the pagodas. Drive from Siem Reap to the district of Puok to the Silk Farm. Learn the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk, including the growing of the mulberry trees, silk worm breeding, and training in the ancient craft of silk dyeing and weaving.

Siem Reap School Tour
Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to a local village school. During your visit, you will have time to interact with students, teach a short English lesson and learn how the education system in Cambodia works. Due to a lack of resources and minimum government funding for schools in Cambodia, there is a shortage of teaching material and school facilities. Donations of books, study materials and sports equipment are welcomed.

Cooking Class and Visit to Local Home
Khmer cuisine is one of the major national identities that reflect the ways of life, thought and mind of the Cambodian people which are hidden in the taste of consumption of meat dishes and sweet food. Start the day enjoying tea and coffee with the Chef before heading to the Siem Reap morning market (Old Market). The Chef will guide you through the market and introduce you to the Cambodian fruits, vegetables, fish, multi-color spices and herbs that are used in traditional Khmer cooking. After picking up fresh ingredients at the market, you’ll head to the restaurant where refreshing drinks and cold towels are waiting for you. Next, head to the kitchen and begin cooking! You will create a full, three courses Khmer menu, all under professional guidance by skilled Cambodian Chefs. Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor! Afterward, transfer to a local home to learn more about Cambodian daily life.

* Due to the low water levels at Tonle Sap Lake between March and June, an alternate excursion will be provided for Day 5.

* Additional supplements may apply between 19 December – 8 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th

* Additional supplements may apply for mandatory Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners.
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Package Price: From £$ 4765

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


International flight to Siem Reap

Overnight international flight to Siem Reap.

Overnight international flight to Siem Reap.


Arrival in Siem Reap

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel for the evening.

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel for the evening.


Exploring the temples of Siem Reap

The morning is free to explore Siem Reap. In the afternoon, explore Khmer temples from the early Angkorian period. Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, including the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. These temples are the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. After the tour, return to the hotel. Lunch at a nice local restaurant is included.

The morning is free to explore Siem Reap. In the afternoon, explore Khmer temples from the early Angkorian period. Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, including the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. These temples are the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. After the tour, return to the hotel. Lunch at a nice local restaurant is included.


Visit to Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Rise early to make the most of this exciting day. The guide will lead a visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. Visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very center of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs, but the main features are the towers, each with 3 or 4 gently smiling faces, over 200 in total. Continue to visit Preah Khan. This extensive monastic complex, which covers over 130 acres, was built by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a monastery and teaching complex. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a nice local restaurant.

Then transfer by Tuk Tuk to Angkor Wat with a private guide. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, each telling a story, but the most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Sea Milk, located on the east wing. The guide will explain the fascinating mystical tale behind it. At the end of the day, enjoy an hour long Khmer massage. less


Architecture of Angkor Wat & Tonle Sap

In the morning, visit Banteay Srei (The Women's Citadel) a tiny, enchanting temple which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, this is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, "a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest."

Continue to Banteay Samre, another Hindu temple, before visiting Ta Prohm, a temple that has been left largely in its natural state since its re-discovery by the French. Surrounded by jungle, it remains a labyrinth of stone hallways that have become overgrown with roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelope the stone like tentacles. Continue to Pre Rup Temple. Built in 961, the boldness of the architectural design is superb and gives the temple fine balance, scale and proportion. The temple is close in style to the East Mabon, although it was built several years later. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterward transfer to the famous Tonle Sap, the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. Then take a memorable boat cruise to a nearby floating village for a glimpse of the everyday life of the local people who dwell in floating shacks. For most of the year the lake is fairly small, approximately only one meter deep with an area of 2,700 square km. However, during the monsoon season, the water is pushed up from the Mekong River into the lake, resulting in an increased area of 16,000 square km and a depth of up to nine meters, ultimately flooding nearby fields and forests. The floodplain provides a perfect breeding ground for fish. The livelihood of most of the local community depends largely on fishing and Tonle Sap accounts for 75 percent of Cambodia’s annual inland fish catch.

Note: if the Siem Reap Pagoda Tour, Siem Reap School Tour, or Cooking Class and Visit to Local Home are preferred instead of taking the Boat Ride on Tonle Sap Lake, please contact a travel consultant. less


Angkor Wat – Phnom Penh

Transfer

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Phnom Penh.

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Embark on an afternoon cyclo tour to visit the Royal Palace, which was built in 1866 and is comprised of numerous structures, one of which is the popular Silver Pagoda. Constructed with over 5,000 silver tiles, this building also houses a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha that is decorated with 9,584 diamonds and is one of Cambodia’s national treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant (included) continue on a boat along the Mekong River, which offers magnificent views of the Phnom Penh Riverfront, the Royal Palace, Wat Ounalom and the ever-changing skyline. Cruise to the point where the Tonle Sap meets the Mekong and be sure to have a camera on hand for the spectacular sunset. less


Cultural tour of Phnom Penh

Morning

Morning visit to the Apsara Arts Association, a local non-governmental organization whose aim is to see Cambodian arts and culture become more valued and popular in Cambodia after having been destroyed by the ravages of war. Continue to visit the National Museum, A Khmer temple inspired building that houses the world's largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes. Although the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition on post-Angkorian Buddha figures.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, which is essential for first time visitors to Cambodia. During the Pol Pot regime, Toul Sleng, formerly a high school, was converted to a detention center known for interrogation and torture of prisoners before being transferred to the "Killing Fields." Enjoy a bit of local shopping at the Toul Tom Pong Market, before visiting the fields at Cheung Ek. Today, the site is a memorial for Cambodians and visitors to pay their respect for those lost. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5,000 human skulls, bones and clothes of the victims. This visit is a profoundly harrowing experience of Cambodia's recent past. less


Phnom Penh – Kep

Morning

Morning departure for Kep (if spending the last few days relaxing at the beach is preferred, a travel consultant can arrange an alternate itinerary ending in Sihanoukville). Drive along National Highway 3 to Takeo Province. On the way, stop at Tonle Bati, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peou Temples before visiting Prasat Neang Khmau. Continue to Chiso Mountain to visit the 11th century Khmer Brahmanic mountaintop temple. Boxed lunches will be provided on site before proceeding to Kampong Trach to visit limestone caves and passages that shelter Wat Kirisan. The various stalactites and stalagmites in the shapes of dragon heads, monkeys, whales and mushrooms.

Continue the trip to Kep Province, a coastal city with mountains, evergreen tropical forests, unspoiled islands, coral reefs, sandy beaches and fresh seafood. Founded during the French colonial period, the city was afterwards renovated into a beautiful seaside resort in the 1960s during Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s Sangkum Reastr Niyum Regime. The name Kep is derived from the French words "le cap," or "cape" in English. Overnight in Kep. less


Excursion to Kampot

Take an excursion to visit Kampot, a small provincial town with colonial houses that is widely considered to be the durian plantation of Cambodia. This region is known not only for producing the best durian in all of Southeast Asia, but also for its abundance of other tropical fruits including mangosteen, rambutan, mak prang, pineapple, grapefruit, custard apple and coconut. Additionally, Kampot’s Chamkar Mrich ("pepper plantations") are renowned for producing one of the world’s finest peppers. Visit a farm and Tek Chhou Waterfall and discover the surrounding countryside during stops at different villages where to interact with villagers. Enjoy free time to relax on the beautiful beach of Kep until sunset. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. less


Boat trip to Rabbit Island

Transfer

Transfer to the pier for a short boat ride (20-30 minutes) across the bay to the small, beautiful, and undeveloped island of Koh Tonsai or Rabbit Island. There is a walking track that circumnavigates the island, passing small fishing villages and farm land. There are also some crude trenches and bunkers left from past conflicts. This beautiful walk takes about 2.5 – 3 hours along beaches and flat jungle trails and offers some great photo opportunities.

Alternatively, take this time to ramble and explore the island and its lovely beaches at leisure. Snorkeling equipment will be available for use. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant; there will be time to relax in a hammock, swim or explore before heading back to Kep. In the late afternoon, return to the hotel. less


Kep – International flight home via Phnom Penh

Before departing town this morning, make a stop at the famous Kep Crab market to experience the bustling activity and local interactions. Continue the drive to Phnom Penh, to take a flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Before departing town this morning, make a stop at the famous Kep Crab market to experience the bustling activity and local interactions. Continue the drive to Phnom Penh, to take a flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Battambang, Cambodia

Kep, Cambodia

Places You'll See

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    Siem Reap

    Showcasing colonial Chinese-style architecture, Siem Reap is a cultural and historical gold mine. There are several Buddhist temples scattered throughout the city, including the Wat Preah Prom Rath showcasing its 500-year history. Take a ceramic class at the Angkor Pottery Center, or catch a traditional performance at the Aspara Theater.

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    Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia as well as the country’s largest city, offers beautiful and historic architecture and cultural experiences galore. One can take a Tuk-tuk ride (a motorcycle with a cabin attached for passengers) to the national museum or even the Royal Throne hall to learn about the area and its history.

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    This beautiful seaside city of Kep is a prime destination for beach goers and nature lovers alike. One can take bask in the Sunlight during the day on these beautiful beaches, then witness the astonishing light in the evening glowing from the phosphorescent algae along the shore edges.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Siem Reap : Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa

Siem Reap : La Maison d’Angkor

Siem Reap : Tara Angkor

Phnom Penh : Green Palace Hotel

Phnom Penh : Almond Hotel

Phnom Penh : Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel

Kep : Mealea Resort

4 Star Properties

Siem Reap : Angkor Palace Resort & Spa

Siem Reap : Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Siem Reap : Sokha Angkor Resort

Siem Reap : Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Phnom Penh : Amanjaya Pancam

Phnom Penh : Sunway

Phnom Penh : La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa

Phnom Penh : White Mansion Boutique Hotel

Kep : Veranda Natural Resort

5 Star Properties

Siem Reap : Heritage Suites Hotel

Siem Reap : Le Meridien Angkor

Siem Reap : Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Phnom Penh : Intercontinental

Phnom Penh : Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

Phnom Penh : La Rose Suites

Kep : Knai Bang Chatt (Garden View Room)

Luxury Properties

Siem Reap : Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor

Siem Reap : Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Siem Reap : Belmond La Residence D’Angkor

Phnom Penh : Raffles Le Royal



Traveled June, 2014

Overall I would say my trip to Cambodia was amazing

Overall I would say my trip to Cambodia was amazing! Everyone was really friendly and the temples were beautiful!

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Rich W.

Traveled February, 2014

We had a fun trip to Cambodia, thank you

We had a fun trip to Cambodia, thank you. Both of the guides were good, but Sok Channak, our guide in Phnom Pehn, was especially good. I asked him to spend an extra day with me, and take me to his home village. He happened to have the time available and was excited that I had asked. He said none of his previous clients had ever expressed any interest in going beyond the usual. It was a wonderful day getting to know his family and friends and spending time immersed in everyday Cambodian life. Jill and Mary were ready for a day of relaxation, and didn’t come that day, but we all stopped back by the village on the way back to Phnom Pehn on our last day because they really wanted to meet some of the people. We were so warmly received by everyone and it was a fantastic experience. Channak also remained in touch with us over the remaining days to make sure travel arrangements, etc., were all going smoothly. In fact, all of our arrangements did go very smoothly, and all of our drivers were friendly and capable. All in all, it was a very good trip, and we appreciate your fine service. Should the need arise; we will contact you regarding future travel.

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Daniel and Rosa O

Traveled November, 2012

It was great, we had a good time.

It was great, we had a good time. Vietnam and Cambodia are beautiful countries: people here were friendly, the food was excellent and the places we toured were amazing. Cuchi Tunnel in Vietnam was eye opening to see how these people lived underground during the war. In Cambodia the Angkor Archaeological Park is an amazing site to see, especially Angkor Wat temple is an architectural masterpiece. Thanks to you and your staff we had a great vacation; hotels, tour guides, flight schedules were all excellent. I have attached two pictures of our vacation. Once again thank you!

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