From the history and seductive elegance of Phnom Penh to the phenomenal temples of Angkor Wat, discover the ancient and modern history and beauty of Cambodia on this classic Phnom Penh and Siem Reap tour. Take an Angkor Wat Mekong River cruise to experience the Khymer culture, traditional life and rural villages.
This classic Angkor Wat Mekong river cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap begins in Cambodia’s capital city where you can learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former site of the Security Prison S-21 established by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visiting the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek is not a warm experience but it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. Admire the stately columns of the Royal Palace, visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, and enjoy a “cyclo” ride along the bustling streets. Later, relish a private evening tuk-tuk tour to discover some of the city’s coolest hidden bars and some of the best local food.
Your Mekong Cruise
Board a luxurious, art-inspired colonial styled riverboat for an upriver cruise along the mighty Mekong. Visit a local school and travel by ox-cart through the countryside, rice fields, and Cambodian backroads. Explore a Khmer pottery village. Learn about the process of making palm sugar. On the island of Koh Oknha Tey, witness the fascinating methods involved in the making of silk. Step back in time at the small village of Angkor Ban, famous for its traditional houses. Visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey and observe the daily activities of the young, novice monks. See the Koh Paen Bamboo Bridge.
Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor
Be amazed by the Phare Circus show, during which you’ll be entertained with dance, theater, original live music, juggling, gymnastics, and breath-taking circus arts that are used to tell Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore and modern society.
Explore the largest religious monument in the world at the 400-acre Angkor Wat complex, deep in the jungles of Cambodia. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways and take your time to see every part of this incredible complex. See the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. You’ll also visit a Buddhist monastery, witness the ancient tradition of alms giving at sunrise, and receive a blessing from the monks. Later, visit Banteay Srei − the “Citadel of the Women,” as well as a butterfly center and an artisans center.
Please note all of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations on this classic tour can be tailored to suit your taste, budget, and time availability in accordance with your personal wishes. All are private tours and transport with a private guide, with the exception of the cruise portion, which is on a shared basis with other passengers.