Cultural Discovery Cambodia (8 Days)

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The Cultural Discovery Cambodia

In colourful Cambodia the past is always present. From the scars left behind by the Khmer Rouge regime, to the ancient relics from the height of the Khmer Empire that scatter across the country; Cambodia’s culture is vast, rich and detailed. The majestic temples of Angkor are the country’s world famous masterpiece and definitely a sight you should have seen for yourself. The complex was build in the first half of the 12th century and is nowadays regarded as one of the most breathtaking wonders of the world. But Carpe Diem will show you that there is more to explore – a lot more!

The cultural discovery Cambodia takes you off the beaten track through the refreshingly untouched, rural Cambodia. You will take a private car or boat, or hop on the back of a motorbike to discover some of the country’s most ravishing hidden gems. Floating villages, panoramic views, charming towns, bustling markets and little villages: we take you to places tourists are hardly ever seen. Carpe Diem gives you the opportunity to meet the warm and welcoming people of Cambodia and indulge yourself in the Khmer way of life.

Uncover the Kingdom of Wonder with this 8-day tour, handcrafted by Carpe Diem in a way that you have enough time to really get to know the extraordinary Cambodian culture. Soak up the sun and the friendly smiles and learn all you need to know about the country’s beautiful culture and customs and it’s rich history – both ancient and more recent. Make the most of your holiday with this meticulously composed trip!

Do you want to know more? Read the day to day itinerary:

  • Read day to day itinerary

    Day 1
    You arrive at Siem Reap airport, where our representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. After you check in and fresh up, we take you to some of the main temples of Angkor, including Angkor Thom (site of the famous heads of the Bayon), Ta Phrom (still largely claimed by the jungle) and Angkor Wat itself. A local guide who knows everything there is to know about Angkor’s majestic temples, will guide you and tell you about the historical evolution of the Khmer kingdom and the building of the temples. There will be plenty of time at each site for you to explore at your own pace. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, a good moment to escape the heat of the midday sun! Just before sunset you’ll climb to the top of Angkor Wat for a sight you really don’t want to miss: the sun setting behind the historic complex. You return to your hotel by early evening.

    Day 2
    Today you visit some more temples within the Angkor complex, including Banteay Srei, with amazingly intricate detail carved in red sandstone. The day is unhurried, without the pressure and rush of typical guided tours. You return to your hotel by early evening.

    Day 3
    Today you visit the ancient stone carvings of Kbal Spein, which are reached by a scenic short trek through the jungle. The afternoon is free for you to explore some more temples, to wander around charming Seam Riep on your own pace, go for a swim or just relax.

    Day 4
    The morning will be spend on the water. You take a private boat across a beautiful lake and along a winding river to Battambang, passing through a floating village and past many small fishing villages on your way. This gives you a the chance to have a look at local people going about their daily lives (except when they all stop doing what they do to wave at you!). In the afternoon you’ll hop on the back of a motorbike to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Battambang. We take you to see some local places of interest and a voluntary organisation that cooperates with the Cambodian people to develop the country.

    Day 5
    Today you truly get off the beaten track with your motorbike driver. You will visit some hilltop temples to enjoy spectacular views and drive along tiny winding roads into small villages where tourists are hardly ever seen. Visit the caves where many people were tortured and executed by the Khmer Rouge – an important part of Cambodia’s tragic history. You return to your hotel by early evening.

    Day 6
    Travel to Phnom Penh by private car, on your way you pass through many small towns and villages and there will be plenty of time to stop over, take some pictures, enjoy a cup of coffee at a roadside cafe of just admire the scenery. After arrival in the afternoon, you take a guided tour to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, where many Angkorian era relics are displayed.

    Day 7
    Today 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. The afternoon will be spent at one of the bustling local markets, where you can buy authentic handicrafts at very reasonable prices.

    Day 8
    Transfer to the airport.

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The investment for this private trip will be Eur € 945 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 transfers
  • All tourtransportations (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.

I’ve had a fantastic experience of Cambodia and really feel I had the opportunity of understanding the culture in the country.
Sue Barrett, Belgium