Explore the main highlights of Cambodia on this active 6 day tour. Bike through temples in Angkor Wat, take a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh, and kayak past the stilt houses on Tonle Sap Lake as you explore the culture and historic treasures of Cambodia. This short yet active Cambodia tour is perfect for combining with a week long tour in neighboring Laos or Vietnam.
Bike past the temples of Angkor Wat
Visit a family in the village of Kampong Kleng
Kayak Tonle Sap Lake and explore the fishing villages
Explore the streets of Phnom Penh on a cyclo city tour.
Rise early this morning and hop on your bike for ride along quiet trails of the temples of Angkor today. Bike just about 18 miles today (30 km) as you explore the magnificent temples of the Khmer Empire including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and the Elephant terrace. Leave your bikes out front to wander through the temples on foot as you go. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near Angkor Wat. Ride next to Ta Prohm, commonly known as 'the jungle temple' whose massive tree roots are attempting to reclaim the ancient ruins. Return to Siem Reap early afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Get an early start today to visit Banteay Srey ruins, which was off limits for many years due to its remote location and Khmer Rouge activity in the region. Built in the late 10th century, its pink limestone have preserved some of the best bas-reliefs in Siem Reap.
During high water season, set out on kayaks and paddle upstream over flooded paddy fields in Tonle Sap Lake toward Kampong Khleang village. Here the houses sit on 8m high stilts above the ground and floodplain during high water. The community here are predominantly fisherman and have invented a variety of ways to catch fish. On any given day you may learn about local village life, visit a school, see catfish being smoked, or speak to a fisherman while they are preparing their nets. Enjoy lunch on a wooden verandah as you watch fishing boats return to unload their catch. If the water is low, take a motor boat instead out to the mouth of the channel where you launch kayaks for another village on the open lake. Return to your hotel in early evening.
Enjoy a relaxing morning before transferring to the airport for your flight south to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Settle in to your new hotel and in the afternoon set out for a cruise on the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac Rivers. Enjoy a glimpse at the contract of the bustling and modern city and the traditional homes and villages on the other side of the river. Witness a breathtaking sunset before returning to your hotel early evening.
Set out on a traditional cyclo tour of Phnom Penh, riding in a carriage attached to the back of a bike provides a new perspective on the city. First visit Wat Phnom, a 14th century stupa and the tallest religious structure in the city. Continue to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, whose remains from its destruction under Pol Pot are still very impressive and the site contains many objects which embody the brilliance of the Khmer civilization. Continue to the National Museum to see the huge collection of Khmer sculpture and artifacts from Angkor. Enjoy lunch at the Friends Restaurant, which provides under-privileged street children the opportunity to gain experience in the hospitality industry.
This afternoon takes a more somber turn with a visit to Tuol Sleng Prison, an old high school that was transformed into a site for torture. Get a glimpse at the devastating horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia's recent past. While not a particularly uplifting excursion, this important visit provides travelers with some context for Cambodia's very raw and recent history. Next visit Choeng Ek, also known as the “Killing Fields” which are located just outside the city and were the site of the ongoing genocide of the Khmer people.
Return to your hotel this evening and enjoy your last night in Phnom Penh. Perhaps take a visit to the charming riverside area which is bustling with activity and offers many restaurant options.
Day 6: Return Home
Rise in time to transfer to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
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