Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

Map

Route map for Ultimate Cambodian Adventure (ATUC)

Day 1 Bangkok

You can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned. Meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travelers around 6pm for a welcome meeting. Please check at reception for a notice detailing the actual time and place. Head out afterwards for an optional local Thai meal.

Bangkok is a fantastic city and there is endless sightseeing to be done.
Undoubtedly the best way to get around Bangkok is by water taxi, as the streets are often crazy with traffic. From the Chao Phraya River you have an excellent view of this vast metropolis. Perhaps take a longtail boat to explore the canals. The life that goes on along these canals seems like a different world. We also recommend visiting Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha. You can have a traditional Thai massage either here at a school that teaches massage within the temple, or choose somewhere near the hotel - this is highly recommended!

Day 2 Battambang (1B)

This morning after breakfast we head to the Cambodian Border by private minivan,a journey of approximately 4 hours through the heart of Thailand. Upon arrival at the Poipet border we cross by foot through immigration. Please be aware that this can sometimes take up to 1.5hrs to complete formalities.

Once in Cambodia we board our private bus and continue to Battambang (2 hours). Upon arrival we check into our hotel and have a few hours to explore this riverside city before dinner.

Battambang is considered the 'rice bowl' of Cambodia. 90% of the population of this province lives an agrarian lifestyle and in the rich sedimentary soil grows everything from delicious tropical fruits to unique Khmer herbs and vegetables. Cambodia's 2nd largest city was originally founded in the 11th Century by the Angkorian Empire, was a major Siamese commercial center for 500 years and is also renowned for its rich colonial French architecture.

Approximate Distance: 130km
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 3-5 Siem Reap (3B,1D)

The morning of Day 3 is free for an optional motorcycle tour of the countryside visiting temples, local cottage industries and the unique experience of the Bamboo Train. You may also like to try your hand at Khmer cuisine with a cooking class then enjoy the results over a leisurely lunch. This afternoon we head off on our private bus around Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap, a trip of roughly 3 hours.

Trips departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will enjoy a meal in a nearby village at the Planeterra-supported New Hope project on Day 5. Trips departing on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays will visit a local home in a nearby village for traditional meal. With so many travellers coming through these areas, alternating experiences helps to allow both small businesses to flourish. Both experiences are truly unique and memorable.

Siem Reap in the North West of Cambodia is your portal to the remains of the once great Angkorian Empire. This welcoming city is adorned with myriad markets, artisans, bars and restaurants and is very accessible to the casual wanderer along it's colorful streets and lane ways.

Ruling much of South East Asia for over 500 years from the 8th to the 14th Centuries, the Khmer Emperors built successively more magnificent temples and cities. Throughout Days 4 and 5 your knowledgeable, licensed, local Khmer guide will lead you through the pages of history as you explore these amazing edifices, explaining the stories, examining the intricate carvings and the towering monoliths that time forgot. From the awe inspiring Angkor Wat as the sun rises over the worlds biggest religious building, to the 'Tomb Raider Temple', Prum Bayon, swallowed by the jungle over the aeons that it remained undiscovered, you will be captivated by these archeological wonders.

Approximate Distance: 175km
Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 6 Kampong Cham (1B,1D)

Travel to the 3rd largest city in Cambodia, Kampong Cham. With lots of free time today why not rent a bike and cruise along the river exploring the countryside to meet friendly locals or visit the 11th Century Vat Nokor temple. A very traditional Cambodian experience awaits you in this remarkably rural City. Enjoy an included local dinner tonight.

Approximate Distance: 310km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs

Day 7 Kratie (1B)

Early this morning we commence our 7 hour drive from the North West to the North East of Cambodia passing through villages, negotiating roaming herds of water buffalo and eventually arriving at Kratie on the banks of the mighty Mekong River.

This afternoon we head out on this massive waterway with local boatmen to try and spot the endangered Irrawaddy Freshwater Dolphin. As the golden late afternoon sun warms your face, the feeling as one of these wonderful creatures breaks through the surface nearby is truly inspiring and will lift your heart.

Approximate Distance: 160km
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 8-9 Phnom Penh (2B)

After breakfast we will travel by private bus to Phnom Penh (approx. 5 hours). Enjoy an included 1 hour cyclo tour to see the city sights. Cyclo drivers are some of the poorest urban dwellers. Most come from rural areas moving to Phnom Penh in search of work. Our drivers are sourced through the Cyclo Center, an NGO set up in 2004 which provides health programs, micro-finance, language lessons, home comforts and a cyclo workshop for the drivers. This is a fantastic way to see the city and provides some amazing photo opportunities while supporting a very worthy cause.

After breakfast on Day 9, we meet our local guide and witness the dark side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. In the afternoon there is free time to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Opt to visit the huge Russian Market packed with silver, souvenirs and all the necessities of daily life. Late afternoon is a great time to visit Wat Phnom. It is a Buddhist shrine, although a Taoist goddess, numerous monkeys and, occasionally, an elephant also reside here. A drink in one of the many riverside café’s watching the sunset is a fitting finale to the day.

Approximate Distance: 340km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs

Day 10 Kampot

Drifting eastward along the coast, a 3 hour drive brings us to Kampot, home of Bokor National Park and world-famous for Kampot peppers. You may wish to visit Rabbit Island or spend some time at the beachside town of Kep, famous for its fresh crabs. Opt for activities like visiting a cave, a pepper plantation or a fish farm. Take a cycle tour to a waterfall or enjoy a sunset cruise.

Approximate Distance: 150km
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 11-12 Sihanoukville (2B)

Today we head to the beachside town of Sihanoukville. Named for the former King, Sihanoukville's coastline is bedecked with sandy beaches and sprinkled with picture perfect tropical islands fringed with swaying coconut trees. Feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip snorkelling the coral reefs and exploring the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves wash gently at your feet. It doesn't get much better than this.

Approximate Distance: 100km
Estimated Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 13 Bangkok (1B)

Today we drive to Phnom Penh airport to return to Bangkok. It's a relatively short flight but the hustle and bustle of this modern city will feel like a world away from laid back Cambodia. You will have plenty of time today to catch up on last minute shopping or visit the sights on your list before we meet for our final night dinner (optional).

Approximate Distance: 220km (Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh Airport)
Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs driving, then 1hr flight to Bangkok

Day 14 Departure Day (1B)

Depart at any time.