The Essence of The Khmer Kingdom- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Kim Nou (host at Maison Wat Kor)
Has been in the travel business for over 25 years, is in love with his country and passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of Khmer culture and unique places with guests and give them memorable experience to bring back home.
Highlights of the Journey:
The best of Cambodia
- Angkor Archeological Site
- Lake Tonle Sap
- Phnom Penh
- Optional extension to Kep seaside resort
Exploring Cambodia is also discovering the Cambodians and their wonderful smile. The Khmer Kingdom offers its visitors truly a wonder of the world in the archeological site of Angkor, a place of breathtaking splendor - with the perfection of Angkor Wat, the mystery of Bayon and the abundance of vegetation in Ta Prohm – and a warm and welcoming people with an ancient culture.
You will reach Battambang by overland, a charming colonial town built along the banks of the Sangker River. A day later you will visit Phnom Penh, long known as the "Pearl of Asia" with its many buildings with European and colonial architecture.
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Your Journey Day by Day
based on two people sharing a room
For dinner, on your own, maybe at the hotel for the first night
At 15:00, you will continue your temple visits to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake, and visit Ta Prohm until the sunset, one of the most beautiful temples in the area, as it has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle, and looks very much the ways most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorer first stumbled upon them.
Sunset at Pre Rup temple.
By 18:30, we return to your hotel.
For dinner, we will recommend you, some nice restaurants for you to pick.
Return to your hotel to refresh.
At 19h30, we will book a table for your dinner at Mie Café restaurant, a member of Secret Tables, where the very creative and dynamic Chef Pola will serve you a unique and exciting menu of Khmer ingredients with Western techniques.
We return to your hotel in evening.
No arrangement for dinner.
- visit the seamstresses of Kramas,
- visit a traditional incense making workshop
- meet a lady of Battambang to learn how she makes traditional cigarettes
- visit to traditional wood carvers
- visit an artisan kitchen that specializes in rice noodles
- visit a traditional rice wine factory
During the excursion, we will stop for lunch in a local restaurant and continue the visits with:
- a stop in a house that is famed for a Battambang speciality, rice cakes.
- and another one famed for sticky rice cooked in bamboo
- followed by a visit to the market to see Prahoc (fish paste)an essential ingrediant in Khmer cuisine, being made.
- finally a stroll through the city to see the colonial old town, the Governor's House, the Provincial Museum (closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays) and the Psar Natt market.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a dinner (own account).
If you end the program in Phnom Penh, the driver will drop you at the airport.
The Essence of The Khmer Kingdom
based on two people sharing a room
The total price includes:
Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis in the hotels detailed in the itinerary.
All meals (lunch and dinner) when mentioned in the program.
All transportation by Air Conditioned car or tuk-tuk for some of the tours.
Entrance fees to all sites and museums mentioned in the program.
Local English-speaking guide (other languages possible when required) for all tours in Siemp Reapand Phnom Penh (English speaking driver only for Battambang - we can also arrange a guide with a supplement)
The total price does not include:
VISA - A valid visa for Cambodia is required (USD30 per person + 1photo). Visas are issued on arrival for certain countries or please enquire and apply with the Cambodian Embassy in your country of residence well in advance or your travel dates (Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date).
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
No guide in Battambang
Options and other activities not included in the program.
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