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Koh Rong / Sihanoukville / Phnom Penh / Tonle Sap Lake / Siem Reap

Experience Cambodia’s sophisticated side. Expert-led cultural tours are punctuated by exclusive, indulgent experiences that embrace the country’s rich heritage and showcase its natural landscapes. Soar over the Angkor temples by helicopter, cruise the Mekong in style and bask in the sun on a quiet, tropical island.  

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Tour Highlights for Ultimate Cambodian Luxury
Fly above the Angkor Temples

Fly above the Angkor Temples

Get a unique perspective on the ancient wonders of Cambodia with an unforgettable helicopter flight to remote Angkorian temples. 

Cruise the Mekong River in Style

Cruise the Mekong River in Style

Explore the waterways of Cambodia aboard ‘Aqua Mekong’, an elegant ship built for the discerning traveller. 

Enjoy exclusive excursions

Enjoy exclusive excursions

Explore Angkor with a famous photographer, enjoy a private temple-side dinner, stay at a lush seaside villa and more!

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ITINERARY

Ultimate Cambodian Luxury - 14 Days / 13 Nights

DAY 1 - Siem Reap arrivalMealsMEALS [B|D]

Exo TravelSiem Reap Airport - Siem Reap (8 km): 15 mins Siem Reap – Temples (6 km): 10 mins

On arrival into Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city, your local English speaking guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel by BMW 7 Series, along with an official VIP Traffic Police motorcycle escort, for check in.

The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy your astonishing hotel or to independently explore the local town (your guide and driver will be at your disposal). If time allows, Siem Reap has some incredible and unique shopping opportunities including:

Theam’s House. Lim Muy Theam is a Cambodian artist and designer who draws on inspiration from both Khmer and contemporary international design. For more than 10 years Theam has trained a team of artisan apprentices who work either at the studio or in their home villages. Explore the art studio and observe various works being created such as lacquerware, painting and fine sculptures.

The Eric Raisina workshop. Renowned designer Eric Raisina brings a unique cocktail of influences to his couture. Born in Madagascar, raised in France and resident in Cambodia, he offers a striking collection of clothing and accessories.

Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created.

Later in the afternoon, Angkor Decoded is the perfect introduction for first-time travellers to the temples of Cambodia. This private Angkor Decoded show features the use of a large model to build Angkorian temples right in front of your eyes–as well as with your participation! Complemented by captivating storytelling, live drawing, projections, and music, Angkor Decoded provides a rich story that’s fun, interactive and engaging. An essential experience for those wishing to gain important insight on Khmer temples prior to visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park.

In the early evening you will be taken into the Angkor temple complex and jungle surrounds for a private gala dinner at Prasat Thommanon, one of the small and attractive temples built at the same time as Angkor Wat. Note: Temple gala dinner is subject to authorization from the Apsara Authority

Stay overnight in Siem Reap at the Amansara in a Pool Suite.

Overnight in Siem Reap at Phum Baitang 6* (Resort)

in Pool Villa with ABF for 03 nights from Day 1 to Day 3

DAY 2 - Siem ReapMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelSiem Reap – Temples (6 km): 10 mins

After breakfast, return to Angkor Wat with your personal archaeologist guide. Ambling through this sprawling temple, it is easy to see why it has become the symbol of Cambodia. The massive 12th-century structure resembles Mount Meru, mythical home of the gods, and is filled with carvings everywhere. Be awe-inspired by the sheer scale of Angkor Wat, which took nearly 40 years to build, and learn it’s secrets from an expert in Khmer archaeology. With a treasure trove of photos and memories, return to town for lunch.

Lunch will be taken at the incredible Mahob at a time of your choosing.  Mahob is the Cambodian word for ‘food,’ this culinary hotspot takes traditional Khmer cuisine to a new level, using only the freshest local ingredients to tantalize your taste-buds. Located in a cosy garden setting surrounded by trees, flowers and a lotus pond away from the hustle and bustle of Pub Street, Mahob is set in a traditional wooden house just a few minutes from the centre of town, and five minutes from Angkor Wat.

After lunch, travel by helicopter to Koh Ker, located 110km and a 30 minutes flight from Siem Reap. Along the way you have the chance to see the stunning rural Cambodian landscape and local villages before landing at the remote temple complex. Koh Ker was once an ancient capital of Cambodia, built by King Jayavaraman IV (AD 928-942). His state tower, Prasat Thom, which was built to worship Treypuvanesvara, the god of happiness, is 35 meters high and resembles a seven-stepped stupa, something completely unique of all the Angkorian temples.

Evening at leisure, with the option to take in the world famous Phare circus performance.

Optional: Phare Ponleu Selpak in Siem Reap – (evening)

This evening attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 8pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Student performances can still be seen twice weekly in Battambang but now the circus has arrived in Siem Reap!

Overnight in Siem Reap at Phum Baitang 6* (Resort)

in Pool Villa with ABF for 03 nights from Day 1 to Day 3

DAY 3 - Siem ReapMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

This morning travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Onwards, visit the Golden Silk Pheach Farm, one of the 3 best silk producers in the world who brought back to life the forgotten ancient technics after 14 years of work and study, and is now the official supplier of the Royal Family.  Golden Silk Pheach Farm provides job opportunities to more than 100 local staff. The farm area, mulberry trees and weaving ateliers can be seen as part of the private guided tour led by the owner. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm which is unique to Cambodia. Some of the silk products are months, or even years, in the making and each one is unique. This is one for the connoisseurs of high quality craftwork.

Lunch will be served at Devata Restaurant.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to Preah Khan, originally known as “the city of victorious royal fortune,” and now named after The Sacred Sword that some believe may have once been housed here. Built in the late-12th century in honor of the great King Jayavarman VII’s father, this massive temple complex originally had a population of 97,840 in its service. Less frequently visited than its counterpart Ta Prohm (which was built for the king’s mother), Preah Khan is similar in design but is larger and more complex, and featuring numerous unique structures and carvings. Enter from the east with the early morning light to your back and enjoy the sounds of exotic wildlife that now make the forested compound their home. Venture into the crumbling corridors of the labyrinthian complex in search of hidden features: while Ta Prohm was once the setting of the Angelina Jolie film, Preah Khan offers more of a “Tomb Raider” experience for those willing to explore.

Finally, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its multitude of towers with enigmatic faces representing the Buddha.

Return to your hotel to freshen up before being taken to dinner at the Embassy Restaurant, an exclusive fine dining experience unparalleled in Siem Reap and headed by executive chefs Pol & Sok: the “Kimsan Twins”. Their experience has taken them to different continents and under the mentoring of Michelin starred chefs they have created one of the most unique five-star quality cuisines that can be experienced in Siem Reap. With a constantly changing menu based around seasonality, guests can savour skilfully prepared masterpieces from multiple-course set menus, paired with a selection of fine wines.

Overnight in Siem Reap at Phum Baitang 6* (Resort)

in Pool Villa with ABF for 03 nights from Day 1 to Day 3    

DAY 4 - Siem Reap - Tonle SapMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

After a leisurely morning and check out you will be transferred to the meeting point of the luxurious Aqua Mekong for a 4-night cruise down to Phnom Penh.

Your guides will greet you and our porters will collect your luggage for delivery to your Design Suite on board the Aqua Mekong. After which you will board their air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Settle into your elegantly appointed, river facing suite as the vessel begins to cruise and thus begins one of life’s most memorable and photogenic adventures. Ascend to the Observation Deck if you wish, to take in the view of the southern end of the Tonle Sap Lake, among the most fascinating ecosystems on Earth. Often called the “heart of Cambodia” because millions of Cambodians depend on its waters.

Begin your cruise today along the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. This great lake covers an area of around 250,000 hectares in the dry season. Your expert guides explain the unique hydrological phenomenon of the Tonle Sap: when the monsoon begins, the swollen waters of the Mekong River force the Tonle Sap River to reverse its flow northwards, feeding the lake and submerging the surrounding floodplains under up to ten meters of Mekong waters for several months every year.

The vast wetland area resulting from this cycle is home to an extraordinarily high biodiversity, both in terms of variety and abundance of species. Year round as well, the Tonle Sap is rich in bird life, including Brahminy kites, pied kingfishers and blue-tailed bee-eaters. The Lake is also one of the most productive captive fisheries in the world, providing around 60% of the protein intake for the entire population of Cambodia.

Overnight on Aqua Mekong Cruise 5* (Cruise)

in 2nd Deck suite with full board for 4 nights from Day 4 to Day 7

DAY 5 - Tonle Sap Lake - Prek Toal - Moat KhlaMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Today you will board Aqua Expeditions’ comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Head off after breakfast into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve on Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot.

You may be surprised to see that although most communities on the Tonle Sap are quite isolated, even ones like Moat Khla boast floating ‘convenience’ stores stocked with fishing tackle, cooking utensils, rice, beer, candy, fruits and vegetables. Along the water, there are also small merchants like fresh egg vendors, women selling bamboo stalks stuffed with sticky rice and even divers hired to search for lost objects.

Moat Khla is the last village in Siem Reap Province on the southeastern end of the lake and is accessible only by water. The community is largely of Vietnamese descent, owing to its settlement long before the nuances of international borders.

Special arrangements will be made for you to attend the blessing ceremony conducted at Moat Khla’s Buddhist temple, home to only four monks.

Overnight on Aqua Mekong Cruise 5* (Cruise)

in 2nd Deck suite with full board for 4 nights from day 4 to day 7

DAY 6 - Tonle Sap Lake - Chnok Tru - Kampong ChhnangMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Today continue exploring remote communities around the Tonle Sap River, an ecological hot spot designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. Today we head by skiff to Chhnok Tru, as photogenic as it is remote and thus completely self-sufficient.

Here you will visit an ice factory, the importance of which will be obvious after even just one day in Southeast Asia. As local factory workers explain how they make and use the ice for fish preservation, your expert guides translate and get answers to your questions about this livelihood so different from ours. Also be on the lookout in this lake village for floating schools, riverside churches and pagoda, and even the karaoke bar and police station. Literally everything and everyone in Chnok Tru travels by small boat through the intricate network of canals crisscrossing this tiny town.

Later in the day, continue exploring Khmer riverside life in the floating village of Kampong Chhnang, meaning ‘Port of Pottery’. Archaeological findings here link this now sleepy area as far back as the Dvaravati kingdom, dating to the 6th through 11th centuries when Kampong Chhnang was an important coastal stop on the trade route linking China and India. Colorful shrines with gilded Buddhas, villagers sporting conical hats more often associated with Vietnam and simple houses on bamboo stilts are among today’s striking sights along the waterfront.

Overnight on Aqua Mekong Cruise 5* (Cruise)

in 2nd Deck suite with full board for 4 nights from day 4 to day 7

DAY 7 - Tonle Sap River - Koh Chen - Koh Oknha TeyMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

This morning board the skiffs to visit Koh Chen, or ‘Chinese Island’ in Khmer. The inhabitants of this riverside village are renowned throughout the region as silver and coppersmiths. They purchase the precious metals in Phnom Penh and return here to make ornamental items such as the cups, boxes and delicately engraved tropical fruits used in Buddhist ceremonies and marriage blessings. Each family member carries out an aspect of these ancient methods and the intricate, beautiful workmanship belies its humble origins. Purchase whatever catches your eye before we continue on to the pagoda. If the monks are in residence, we will experience an authentic Buddhist blessing ceremony.

You will also pay a visit to Koh Oknha Tey – a beautiful island on the Mekong. Here we will explore by tuk-tuks, heading to one of the villages where renowned weavers have invited us to wander freely among their looms, admiring their skills as they work at this knotty art form. Witness the entire process, learning how silk starts with the worms, see silk thread being looped and dyed, then admire and purchase, if you wish, the final shimmering Khmer silk accessories. A biking option is also available for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

Overnight on Aqua Mekong Cruise 5* (Cruise)

in 2nd Deck suite with full board for 4 nights from day 4 to day 7

DAY 8 - Phnom Penh arrivalMealsMEALS [B|D]

Shifting gears from the sleepy countryside to this country’s political and economic capital, you will sail into Phnom Penh where Art Deco buildings still stand in the shadows of ever-rising skyscrapers and vintage cyclos cruise alongside imported European sports cars. Buddhist temples, French colonial villas and the Royal Palace provide photogenic backdrop to international business and a new generation of boutique hotels, chic shopping and cosmopolitan nightlife.

Today’s urban adventure by motorized tuk-tuk takes in this historic city’s most important sites including the 1866 Royal Palace that is still home to the reigning monarch and its Silver Pagoda, the royal compound’s most famous attraction, so called because in 1962 then Prince Sihanouk ordered the floor inlaid with 5,329 genuine silver tiles. Today the pavilion houses many jeweled statues and images, including the 17th century Emerald Buddha, made of baccarat crystal, and a life size gold Maitreya Buddha adorned 9,584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats.

Just next door, the National Museum of Cambodia houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art, much of it removed from the Angkor temples to prevent looting. Here we can linger among the linga, representations of the Hindu deity Shiva, and thousands of other artifacts including an imposing 11th century bronze sculpture of a reclining Vishnu that is considered a monumental example of Khmer statuary.

Return to the Aqua Mekong to pack up and disembark where you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by luxury BMW 7 Series.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel pool or perhaps take in a spa treatment, before later in the evening, you will be taken to Malis Restaurant for dinner, one of the best Khmer fine dining restaurants in the capital.

Overnight in Phnom Penh at Rosewood Phnom Penh hotel 5* (Hotel)

in Mekong Suite with ABF for 2 nights from day 8 to day 10

DAY 9 - Phnom PenhMealsMEALS [B]

This morning gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. Further visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The audio headset guide provided is available in 15 different languages and gives some harrowing but informative stories from survivors and liberators of the camp. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.

The remainder of the morning and early afternoon is at your leisure with the option to spend the time browsing through the colourful markets of Phnom Penh including the Central Market, an art deco landmark and one of the largest markets in the city, and also visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs.

Return back to the Raffles early afternoon for High Tea with free flow champagne, a great way to soak in the atmosphere of the Le Royal and the ambience of a bygone era.

Evening at leisure with the option of taking in a traditional performance from the Cambodian Living Arts.

Optional: Cambodian Living Arts Performance

This evening get inspired by Cambodian arts as you watch a traditional dance performance by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA). A rotating program is offering consisting of 3 unique performances: Children of Bassac (Classical and Folk Dance), Mak Therng and Passage of Life (Music and Theatre). Oct-Mar shows daily except Sun, Apr-Sep on Fri/Sat only.

All the shows last one hour and are held in the atmospheric gardens of the National Museum. After many years of gaining recognition for preserving many Cambodian art forms the CLA are today striving towards providing the artists the tools required to make their skills sustainable and also so they can make a competitive income from their work.

Overnight in Phnom Penh at Rosewood Phnom Penh hotel 5* (Hotel)

in Mekong Suite with ABF for 2 nights from day 8 to day 10

DAY 10 - Phnom Penh - Song SaaMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

This morning you will transfer back to Siem Reap airport by BMW 7 Series, where you will board your private helicopter to fly to Song Saa.

You will land on nearby Koh Rong where you will be met by the Song Saa representatives and board the boat across to check into your private villa.

Your stay will include 4 nights accommodation in a Private Overwater Villa, which will include:

  • Daily fully stocked mini bar.
  • Use of bathrobes and Ila spa products.
  • Private plunge pool & day bed.
  • Wi-Fi internet access & Satellite TV.
  • Full use of kayaks, sailing boats, snorkeling gear, kite boards, wind surfers, and speed boat.
  • International phone calls.
  • Daily chefs treats such as freshly made afternoon tapas and a glass of crisp white wine as the sunsets.
  • Sunrise yoga: rise early in the morning and join us at the pool at 7.15am to begin the yoga session as you watch the sunrise. 

Overnight on Song Saa in a Private Overwater Villa.

Overnight in Sihanoukville at Song Saa Private Island Resort 6* (Resort)

in Overwater Villa with full board for 4 nights from Day 10 to Day 13

DAY 11 - Song Saa Private IslandMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Day at leisure.

Overnight in Sihanoukville at Song Saa Private Island Resort 6* (Resort)

in Overwater Villa with full board for 4 nights from Day 10 to Day 13

DAY 12 - Song Saa Private IslandMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Day at leisure.

Overnight in Sihanoukville at Song Saa Private Island Resort 6* (Resort)

in Overwater Villa with full board for 4 nights from Day 10 to Day 13

DAY 13 - Song Saa Private IslandMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Day at leisure.

Overnight in Sihanoukville at Song Saa Private Island Resort 6* (Resort)

in Overwater Villa with full board for 4 nights from Day 10 to Day 13

DAY 14 - Song Saa Private Island – Phnom Penh DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Today you will board the boat back across to Koh Rong where you will take a private helicopter back to Phnom Penh airport, where you will board your onward flight.

Flight info: To be advised.

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HOTELS & Details

Our services include:

  • Accommodation based on a shared Double/Twin room including breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide (for other languages a supplement applies)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned luxury vehicle (2012 BMW 7 Series or similar) unless stated otherwise and subject to availability
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Gala temple dinner (subject to approval by the Apsara authorities)
  • Aqua Mekong Cruise
  • VIP Fast Track & Visa fee to Cambodia
  • Water during tours and transfers 

Our services do not include:

  • Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
  • International flights from/to Cambodia
  • Early check in and late check out
  • Optional tour/service – see separate price
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip…)
  • Compulsory Gala Dinners on 24 Dec 2018  & 31 Dec 2018 and a Peak season
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Cambodia.

CONFIRMATIONS:

  • Please note that all the above services & package tours have not been booked yet, they are proposed for your information only. We will not launch any reservation before we receive your confirmation.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find out other possibility/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid as many important changes as possible.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Please request our “Traveler Info sheets” for each country
  • We recommend the purchase of a travel insurance in your country of departure for trips to South-East-Asia, especially Cambodia.
  • Some countries require a visa for travel. It is ultimately the client’s responsibility to have the correct travel documents and the right visas.
  • A passport must be valid 6 months after departure for many countries in SE Asia
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