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Cambodia

Angkor Wat: Wonder of the World - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 13 DAYS

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Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. A beautiful day is guaranteed! | Cambodia

Sambor Prei Kuk

Phonm Penh

Phonm Penh

Visit Phonm Phen and don't miss out on the palace! The beautiful golden palace is absolutely worth a visit.| Cambodia

Kampot

Kampot

Kampot is a small town where the French architecture is still visible and where the famous Kampot black pepper comes from. In Kampot you can enjoy delicious fresh fish off the BBQ in one of the many restaurants on the boulevard. | Cambodia

Koh Rong

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Siem Reap Siem Reap
2 Siem Reap / Angkor Siem Reap
3 Siem Reap / Angkor Siem Reap
4 Bus Siem Reap - Sambor Prei Kuk Sambor Prei Kuk
5 Bus Sambor Prei Kuk - Phnom Penh Phnom Penh
6 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh
7 Bus Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati - Phnom Chisor - Kampot Kampot
8 Kampot Kampot
9 Boat, Bus Kampot - Sihanoukville - Koh Rong Koh Rong
10 Koh Rong Koh Rong
11 Koh Rong Koh Rong
12 Boat, Bus Koh Rong - Sihanoukville - Pich Nil - Phnom Penh Phnom Penh
13 Phnom Penh End of tour

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Your tour starts in Siem Reap, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Your travel companions will also arrive today, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 12.00 hrs noon on day 1 in the lobby of your hotel.

The rest of the day you have free. Siem Reap is the base for exploration of Angkor, one of the largest and most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. Siem Reap itself is a pleasant place where tourists from all over the world meet. You’ll find the teeming 'Bar Street', souvenir shops and street stalls. Choose a nice restaurant and try a delicious fish amok or chicken curry, both typical Khmer dishes.

Day 2: Siem Reap / Angkor

Free day. You can visit the world famous, UNESCO listed, Khmer complex of Angkor. From the 10th century, Angkor was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire. The complex consists of more than 110 temples and is considered one of the architectural wonders of the world. Built up over hundreds of years by various Khmer rulers, there are many temples to see but Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Phrom are all musts.

Note: To visit the temples of Angkor, you have to buy a ticket at the entrance. A ticket for one day costs 20 USD and for 2/3 days it is 40 USD (price is subject to change). From 31 Jan 2017 the prices will increase to 37 USD for one day and 62 USD for 2/3 days.

Day 3: Siem Reap / Angkor

Free day and you have time to explore another part of the giant Angkor complex. The mystical Preah Kahn temple is almost fully restored and you can see how the beautiful nature has grown in and around the structures. Ta Som and Pre Rup are well worth a visit as well.

If you want to visit the magnificent carved Banteay Srei complex, you have to journey for 30 kilometers through the rice fields. The temple itself is perhaps not the most impressive but the variety of reliefs and sculptures in the complex are among the most sophisticated of Angkor. If you have had enough culture for now then perhaps a massage in the 'Angkor Massage Institute', is a welcome option. There is also the bird sanctuary of Preak Tuol where you can observe traditional fishing villages and the strange ‘flooded forests’.

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Day 4: Siem Reap - Sambor Prei Kuk

You travel to Sambor Prei Kuk, once the capital of the Chenla kingdom and predating the Angkorian monuments. Most temples in the complex are dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The Prasat Yeah Puon temple is photogenic, standing there in the forest, in the shade of the ancient trees. Some branches are intertwined with the temple. Sambor Prei Kuk was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. You can enjoy a traditional Khmer picnic lunch at one of the temples.

After lunch you go to Isanborei where you will stay for one night in a homestay, literally "in people's homes". This is a very special part of your Cambodia itinerary! A local guide from the community will take you to visit the village, an excellent opportunity to meet with the people and experience the local life! This is a "Community Based Tourism" project and all proceeds go directly to the local population.

Day 5: Sambor Prei Kuk - Phnom Penh

After breakfast you will travel to Phnom Penh, situated where the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River converge. You will recognise some typical French town planning dating back to the colonial era when the French ruled here.

You can explore the bustling Cambodian capital. Central Market (Psar Thmay) is the largest and busiest market in Phnom Penh. All types of goods are traded here, from fruit and vegetables to jewellery, electronics and fabrics. You also see fried crickets and tarantulas! Phnom Penh is a charming place with a wide promenade on the Tonle Sap, full of restaurants and cafes. The promenade is a nice place to walk and in the side streets you will find cosy markets full of fruit and vegetables. The nightlife is vibrant; you'll find everything from discotheques to nightclubs.

Day 6: Phnom Penh

Free day. In recent years Phnom Penh has become a thriving, fashionable place with most cultural attractions within easy walking distance. The National Museum has a wonderful Khmer Arts collection and the Silver temple on the grounds of the Royal Palace, is a beautiful complex.

You can also take an excursion to include the Tuol Sleng-prison and the Choung Ek, better known as 'the Killing Fields', which bear testament to the cities’ tragic past.

Go for a massage from the blind masseurs known as the 'Seeing Hands', and make sure to take in a traditional dance performance on the grounds of the National Museum.

Day 7: Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati - Phnom Chisor - Kampot

In the morning you leave Phnom Penh and head towards Kampot, in the south of Cambodia. Along the way you can stop at several recommended sights, such as the Ta Prohm temple at Tonle Bati, built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. You can also visit the hilltop pagoda of Phnom Chisor. Then you go on to Kampot, where you will stay. It is a typical Cambodian town with a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by rice fields and the Elephant Mountains. There are also a large number of pepper plantations. The pepper here is known for its excellent quality and is used in many a top restaurant in France.

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Day 8: Kampot

Free day. The sleepy town of Kampot is easily seen on foot. Walk through the streets with French colonial buildings, visit a pepper plantation and wander about the colourful marketplace. As well as all the fruit and vegetables, you can buy almost any kind of meat. Sacks of rice are there of course but also dried fish and shrimp, live fish and many household necessities. You can taste a number of things among the mini-restaurants found here. You can also walk along the Kampot River (Teuk Chhou) and then cool off with a tropical drink or a beer at one of the cafes.

Fancy something more active? Opt for a kayak trip through the mangroves, take a bicycle or motorbike across the countryside or explore Bokor Mountain. Bokor is an old, former French colonial village, with its own casino and even an old church. The remains of which are still visible today.

Day 9: Kampot - Sihanoukville - Koh Rong

In the morning you travel to Sihanoukville, often referred to as 'Kompong Som' by the Khmers. Sihanoukville was named after the Cambodian monarch Sihanouk. After arriving in the harbour, take the public speedboat to Koh Rong (Koh = island). Sandy white beaches, unspoiled nature, coral reefs, refreshing waterfalls and a buzzing nightlife are all to be found off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Day 10: Koh Rong

Free day. These islands were only (relatively) recently discovered by tourism. This is a real mystery because the islands are ideal for snorkelling, diving, fishing, going out or simply relaxing. There is little infrastructure on Koh Rong other than the paths from the beaches and hiking trails leading through the hills. To see a different part of the island you have to go by boat. Electricity is limited and often only at fixed times.

Day 11: Koh Rong

Free day. Koh Rong has an area of ​​78 km², making it the second largest island of Cambodia (after Koh Kong). It has a total coastline of 61 km, including 43 km of accessible sandy beaches. The island is wooded and hilly; the highest point is 316 meters.

Spend the day at leisure on and about the island. A refreshing splash in the sea, boating, snorkelling above the fish-filled coral or just reading your book in a hammock ... The beautiful tropical setting and fine seafood (which you can feast on here for almost nothing) makes a stay on the island of Koh Rong well worth it.

Day 12: Koh Rong - Sihanoukville - Pich Nil - Phnom Penh

Your Cambodia trip takes you back to Phnom Penh. On the way you stop at Pich Nil, with its "ghost houses" and shrines dedicated to the mythical heroine Yeay Mao (Mao Lady), the goddess who guards the coast of Cambodia. Many Cambodian travellers stop there to pray to Yeay Mao and to sacrifice some fruit and a little money for a safe onward journey.

You reach Phnom Penh in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day free. Those wanting to buy some souvenirs should not miss a visit to the Russian market. Here you will find absolutely everything from earthenware bowls to hammocks, silks and silverware.

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Day 13: Phnom Penh

The last day of your trip where you can spend some more time exploring Phnom Penh before your group tour concludes. 

We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Cambodia.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 13) is not included.

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