Cambodia Discovery private trip (14 Days)

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Rivers that cut across the country, tranquil floating villages, bustling cities, secluded white beaches, magical markets and charming towns: Cambodia has it all. In this fascinating country the past is always present, both ancient – be amazed by the fabled temples of Angkor – and modern, as the country still bears the scars of the Khmer Rouge regime. Admire the country’s breathtaking beauty on this trip that takes you deep into its rich culture and history. Carpe Diem handcrafted this unique itinerary that shows you the unknown treasure that is the real Cambodia. Of course we visit the nation’s world famous highlights – nobody should miss out on Angkor Wat and the vibrant city life of capital Phnom Penh. But there is a lot more to explore!

This trip takes you across the country in a mini-van, on a boat, in a tuk tuk and on the back of a motorbike and will show lesser known places to offer you the chance to get up close and personal with this unique and authentic country. Carpe Diem takes you to ancient temples – where foreigners are rarely seen – for dinner by torch light, to charming villages so remote that they are inaccessible by car and to hidden places only locals can find.
Cambodia is officially known as the Kingdom of Wonder, and unofficially as the Land of Thousand Smiles. Indulge yourself in the Khmer way of life and really get to know the country and its warm and welcoming people. Enjoy rustic homestays, experience life in charming villages, learn about farming and local crafts such as pottery and silk weaving, have a taste of the rich cuisine and dare yourself to try exotic delicacies like fried tarantula.

This 14-day tour gives you the chance to truly get to know the refreshingly untouched Cambodia and show you all its hidden gems, while you will still have enough time to swim, stroll and sightsee on your own and at your own pace. Your trip will be guided by local, English speaking tour leaders, who are always ready to give you the best insiders information and recommendations. Come to Cambodia with Carpe Diem for an unforgettable holiday far beyond the tourist trails. It will steal your heart!

The Cambodia Discovery Private Trips

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    Day 1
    You arrive at Phnom Penh Airport. Our representative will meet you there and take you to your hotel to fresh up and relax. Late in the afternoon we take you on a one-hour private boat trip on the Mekong River.

    Day 2
    Today will be spent learning about both ancient and modern Cambodian history. You start the day by visiting the Royal Palace and the National Museum, which stores many relics from Angkor Wat. After lunch we visit the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng. Tuol Sleng was originally a school and became a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. We also take a trip to the Killing Fields, where many people lost their lives during the civil war.

    Day 3
    You travel to Siem Reap by minivan. Along the way you pass through beautiful nature and charming villages. You can ask your tour guide to stop at any point if you’d like to take a picture. You will also get the chance to taste a hairy local delicacy: deep fried tarantula! You arrive in the afternoon, just in time for a trip to watch a magical sunset at the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor.

    Day 4
    You spent the day at the Angkor area, visiting majestic temples like  Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom with its heads of Bayon, and Ta Phrom – the temple that is largely claimed by the jungle. Your English-speaking local guide will tell you all about the historical evolution of the Khmer kingdom and the building of the temples. You will have sufficient time at each site to explore on your own pace, take pictures or just stare in wonder. We will return to the hotel by early evening.

    Day 5
    You visit the Banteay Srei temple and the stone carvings of Kbal Spein. The latter is reached by a scenic short trek through the jungle. The day is unhurried, without the pressure and rush of typical guided tours.

    Day 6
    You leave Siem Reap to travel by minivan to the remote temple complex of Banteay Chhmar, where visitors are rare. There is a stop at a silk producer and at the beautiful Trapeang Thmo lake. At Banteay Chhmar you explore the jungle temple ruins and visit a Khmer village that offers a real insight in Cambodian life. Dinner is something very special this evening: it is served by torchlight in the temple itself! This night you’ll experience the hospitality of the Cambodian people: you stay in a traditional family homestay (bedding and mosquito nets are supplied). A great way to learn all about the rural life of your hosts!

    Day 7
    You will be woken up early – as is a village custom – and have breakfast with your host family. Afterwards you’ll be a passenger on a Kuyon (a Khmer two-wheeled tractor) to the Banteay Top temple, where you will enjoy a picnic. Upon return in the village you have the opportunity to explore and interact with the local people. After lunch you travel by minivan to Battambang – officially Cambodia’s second largest city but in reality just a sleepy town – where you can spend the evening relaxing.

    Day 8
    After breakfast you hop on the back of a motorbike into the beautiful countryside of Battambang. You will explore some caves, enjoy spectaculair views form a hilltop temple, drive along winding roads into villages that are inaccessible by car en learn about the Khmer Rouge history. You’ll return to the hotel by early evening.

    Day 9
    Today you’ll hop on the back of the motorbike again, to explore some more of the beautiful surroundings of Battambang. The program includes a visit to a Cambodian cheese factory and to an organisation teaching local children. You get to be your own chef for lunch today, as you get a cooking lessons showing you how to prepare a traditional Khmer dish. After lunch you’ll visit an NGO teaching circus skills to the local youth. The evening is free to relax, but you can also ask your tour guide about circus show schedules if you’d like to see more of the acrobatic tricks you saw in the afternoon.

    Day 10
    After breakfast you will drive by minivan to the fisherman’s village of Kampong Luong. A winding boat trip will take you to picturesque floating houses, markets and shops. The journey will continue to sleepy Kampong Chhnang, where lunch is served and you can check into your hotel. In the afternoon a tuk tuk will take you to a secret Khmer Rouge cave, which was carved into the solid mountain rock by their unfortunate prisoners. Kampong Chhang means ‘pottery village’ in Khmer and on your way back you will visit a small village where traditional clay pots are made.

    Day 11
    Today you travel to the peaceful colonial town of Kampot. You will stop en-route to visit Oudong: the former seat of the Khmer throne, where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside. Lunch is served in a small town where you will learn about country life and communal farming. In Kampot you’ll stay in a tranquil Khmer-style house, with amazing views over the Prek Tnout river. You can use the afternoon to swim, take a stroll or just watch the sun slowly sink over the hills from the riverside.

    Day 12
    In the morning your tour guide will take you for a stroll along the river and visitto the market. Afterwards you hop into the minivan for a short journey to the abandoned colonial seaside resort of Kep-Sur-Mer. Explore the empty shells of what were once luxurious villas belonging to Cambodia’s elite, take a walk on the small palm-fringed beach and have a swim in the warm, tropical water. Today one of Cambodia’s best dishes is served: crab in Kampot pepper sauce. The evening is free to relax and have a drink on your guesthouse’s veranda, while enjoying the beautiful coastal views.

    Day 13
    After breakfast you head back to Phnom Penh, where you get the chance to visit the markets to buy some presents and souvenirs. You can also go for a walk around town or take a swim in a local resort pool. In the evening you can enjoy a nice meal in one of the capital’s many fine restaurants. Your tour guide will be able to give you advice and recommendations if needed, of accompany you if you’d like.

    Day 14
    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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The investment for this private trip will be Eur € 1675 per person for 2 people sharing a twin or double room in our personally selected accommodations along the way.
And it includes;

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All tourtransportation (excluding flight)
  • All touradmissions
  • English speaking local guide
  • Service of a representative

As this is a private trip you can start on any day you like, provided there is hotel availability.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here only two weeks. I’ve come to feel really at home, thanks to your well-rounded tour of the country.
Ed Lehman, USA