Discovery Journeys | 11 nights
Phnom Penh, Battambang, Sihanoukville & Siem Reap
A chance to go back in time when visiting the Royal Palace; explore the Angkor Wat complex; slip along quiet waterways through bamboo groves and busy floating markets; blend in with faded colonial charm of Battambang; enjoy Sihanoukville’s beaches and sunshine.
This 12 day trip is ideal for families that wish to get to know a country in more depth and don’t wish to be jumping on a flight every few days. Multiple options are offered to suit all ages. A leisurely start in the atmospheric capital of Phnom Penh which serves as a great introduction to Cambodia before continuing to the slow paced town of Battambang. No Cambodian tour would be complete without a visit to the wonderful Temples of Angkor which is fun for children and adults alike. Last but not least, there are a few days to relax on the idyllic South Coast in Sihanoukville before heading home.
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.
First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Next head along the riverside area of Phnom Penh, a pleasant French style promenade that is great for people viewing. In the early evening (and morning) various activities take place include exercise classes, Khmer dancing and plenty of snacking on local food.
This evening is free at leisure and we are happy to recommend family friendly restaurants for you to enjoy.
Families | Visit All-Year
Head from Phnom Penh to the town of Battambang. Travel first to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. In a village near Kampong Chhnang stop to see the different aspects of pottery making in one of the most scenic locations in Cambodia.
Board a simple local boat to visit a series of floating villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake.
Overnight in Battambang.
Have a fun morning cycling around local villages with Soksa Bike, a social enterprise initiated set up to provide scenic and informative bike rides through the local countryside.
Spend a couple of hours exploring the town of Battambang on foot
Overnight in Battambang.
Enjoy your ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside towards Siem Reap.
This afternoon travel by remork (similar to the Thai ‘tuk tuk’) to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
You can choose to relax and pick your own points of interest to visits.
First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
After that visit the Ta Prohm temple,children will probably enjoy that the most. The ‘Tomb Raider’ movie was movie was set and filmed here. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.
Return to your hotel in time for midday/early afternoon. In the afternoon you can take a break to enjoy the hotel swimming pool or exploring the town of Siem Reap on your own accord.
This morning is at leisure.
In the afternoon you will visit the famous Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.
After a wonderful tour at the temple, enjoy a relaxing cruise in a gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom compound while watching a spectacular sunset at Prasat Chroung temple.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Enjoy some time at leisure to relax at the hotel or to discover Siem Reap town on your own until the transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Sihanoukville (1 hr).
Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Enjoy your day at leisure
Take a boat trip departing 9am to explore three islands giving you the chance to snorkel, fish or just rest and relax. At the first stop you will see colorful corals and fishes at the island of Koh Chaluh. At Bamboo Island enjoy swimming with in the clear waters or relax on a long yellow sandy beach with a coral reef. Have a seafood BBQ lunch with cool drinks and fruit on the beach. After an easy walk of 10 minutes to the other side of Bamboo Island before departing to either Koh Tres for some snorkeling or Koh Takiev for some more beach.
Final day at leisure. Relax
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until midday transfer back with driver only to Phnom Penh.