Cambodia Itinerary

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4 Days in Cambodia

A former ancient kingdom reinventing itself as a hub of art and culture! 🎭. Cambodia is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage-inscribed Angkor Wat Complex. 🇰🇭 Get lost with its emerging art and performance scene and fascinating ancient and modern history, made all the more inviting by the gentle nature and genuine hospitality of the Cambodian people. 😊



Day 1 Highlights

Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat Sunrise

Witness sunrise along with a breathtaking view of an ancient Cambodian complex, Angkor Wat. Tucked deep inside the tropical forest of the country, Angkor Wat is the former capital of the expansive Khmer Empire. You will be energized by the refreshing morning breeze and lifting fogs as it blows through the complex as you witness how the sunrise transforms the surroundings into a dramatic landscape.

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Monk Blessing

One very personal way to experience Cambodia in even more depth is to participate in a blessing ceremony at a wat, or temple. A monk blessing is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years in Cambodia, and is performed for special occasions and auspicious dates, as well as any average day and for any person who would like to be blessed.

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Ta Prohm Temple

The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider. Although the film took visual liberties with other Angkorian temples, its scenes of Ta Prohm were quite faithful to the temple's actual appearance, and made use of its eerie qualities.

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Angkor Thom Complex

An easy mistake made by many visitors to Cambodia, is that Angkor Thom is “another temple”. It’s not, it’s a whole city. “Angkor” means “city” and “Thom” means big – so the clue is in the name: Angkor Thom refers to what once was a great Khmer city and includes a whole host of temples and sites of historical interest.

Interestingly, there are 216 faces on the Bayon temple.

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Phnom Bakheng

A pyramid shaped temple consisting of 7 levels, symbolizing the sacred Mount Meru and the 7 Hindu heavens. 108 towers were arranged on the ground and upper levels of the temple, symbolizing the 4 lunar phases of each 27 days long. Unfortunately, most of these towers collapsed.

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ArtBox Trick Art Museum

With a hundred different trick eye art pieces which are 2D pictures carefully prepared to create a special visual effect that allows you to be a part of the artwork itself, explore different parts of the world, all without having to deal with the scorching sun, bad weather, or even the hassles of transportation, by posing against the trick eye paintings and taking photos that are sure to impress just about anyone. Whether it's exploring lush rainforests filled with wild animals, exploring the pyramids and tombs of Egypt, or playing in freshly-fallen snow, ArtBox Trick Eye Museum will have it all set up for you. The museum can be enjoyed both alone and in groups, which makes it a great place to explore with your family and your closest friends, where you can have a blast as you try to pose together! A complimentary shuttle service is also available between the museum and the center of Siem Reap Town.

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The Great Escape

A real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. Escape games are the newest craze sweeping the world - a fun, team-building, brain-busting experience! After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. And we promise you this: you’re in for an absorbing, engaging experience. But it won’t be easy.

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus

This traditional Cambodian performance is a phenomenon not to miss! You'll be left in absolute awe at the talents of these brilliant young performers. An amazing blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion all beautifully choreographed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Though performed in Khmer with English subtitles on a screen, the story is easy to follow without words and you'll probably be too enthralled by the performers to keep up with the narrative anyway! If you're still not convinced, the thousands of five star reviews online should be enough to persuade you. The show is a project of the PPS Association, a non-profit organization founded by eight young Cambodian ex-refugees of the Khmer Rouge regime, committed to reviving the Cambodian arts.

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Embassy Khmer Gastronomy

Local culinary legends the ‘Kimsan Twins’ – executive chef team Kimsan Pol and Kimsan Sok – are behind the gourmet Khmer offering at Embassy, which pays homage to ancient Cambodian recipes and cooking methods. A bright, plant-filled dining room is the setting for a multiple-course set menu inspired by seasonal ingredients: for the main, perhaps stir-fried Pouk village chicken, lemongrass and baby galangal, and a melt-in-the-mouth steamed coconut cream cake for dessert. English-speaking staff are well versed in all aspects of the cuisine, from the tangy red tree ant sauce to the Paris-worthy macarons served with coffee.

Day 2 Highlights

Siem Reap

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Microlight Flight

Fly around the temples of Angkor, lush jungles, floating villages, and flooded forests in a Microlight Aircraft.

Cambodia’s incredible landscape is covered with unspoiled natural beauty, splendid rice fields, palm trees, countryside with mountains in the background, empty beaches, bustling markets, vibrant cities and the largest set of ancient temples in the world forming a harmonious whole. Above all this, its people, their charm and warm-hearted hospitality. Adventure the Ancient Kingdom from the Sky!

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Floating Village Tour

Explore the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake on a half-day guided tour from Siem Reap. The tour is the perfect option if you don't have time to visit Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk.

Your English and Khmer-speaking guide will point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. Pass rice paddies and fields of lotus flowers - a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Please note: the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary depending on the time of year.

Continue to a crocodile and fish farm on the lake (depending on current water levels). Learn about some of the trades of the people on the lake. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, there is a souvenir shop and viewing deck on board where you can purchase souvenirs and take some stunning photographs of the views.

During the boat ride through the floating village, watch the locals going about their daily life. Briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free drinks. After lunch, take a seat on the viewing deck and watch the world go by.

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Herb Garden Cooking Class

Taking a cooking class is an unmissable experience when in Siem Reap. Memories of those mouthwatering Cambodian flavors will stay with you long after you return home. These classes held in Herb Garden will start with a nice touch, a visit to a local family. You'll take a stroll through the village, learn about homegrown herbs and vegetables and discover more about cooking in a Khmer household. A gift of rice is provided to the family as thanks for their participation. Then it's time to get stuck in! Together with your local chef and guide, you'll get a hands-on cooking experience with tips and recipe cards so you can reproduce the dishes at home. Mango salad, fresh spring rolls, Cambodian curry and tasty desserts are some of your menu choices. And the best part? You can taste all your creations once the cooking's over!

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Khmer Ceramics Pottery Class

Create masterpieces that embody the true Khmer spirit at a ceramic pottery class held right in the heart of the city! As soon as you enter the studio, you'll find detailed illustrations that take you through the process of ceramic making, from shaping it on the pottery wheel all the way until firing and glazing the finished product. Put on your apron, choose a wheel, and get ready to get your hands dirty! Experienced instructors will guide you as you mold your very own Angkorian bowl. Once you're satisfied with your shape, you can start carving Khmer designs to your creations to make them even more unique. Put on the finishing touches, and choose a piece to turn over to the professionals, who will fire and glaze your pottery until it's ready for pick up the following day. No special skills are required for this activity, and even kids are welcome to partake in this cultural discovery! For an even more comfortable experience, hotel pick up and drop off services are available for your convenience.

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Street Food by Night

Home to one of the world's most ancient cuisines, Khmer food is an integral part of the Cambodia experience. Siem Reap's street food boasts influences stretching from Thailand to Vietnam, China to far-off France; an array of differing influences create a uniquely Cambodian taste. This evening food tour will provide you with the perfect introduction to a number of local favourites and delicacies which feature in everyday Khmer cuisine. Navigate your way through alleyways and local markets off the tourist trail and try an array of unusual foods before ending the night at Siem Reap's famous Pub Street to wash it all down with a local beer or two!

Sample favorite Cambodian snacks such as fried insects and grilled meats and other dishes more suited to a western palette! Visit a local market rarely frequented by foreign visitors.

Tuck in to snacks, dinner and also dessert at one of Siem Reap's best food markets!

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Pub Street

Where everybody is? Pub Street it is! Lined with restaurants and bars selling cheap beer and reasonable food. Later on, the music starts thumping and there's often almost a party atmosphere. People watching is free.

Day 3 Highlights

Phnom Penh

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields Hop On Hop Off Tour

Delve deeper into the darker corners of Cambodian history, this self-guided tour is a must-see. Learn of the chilling events and darkest moments of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia with a visit to the Phnom Penh Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields. The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel, and with audio guides in tow, listen to some facts about Prison S21 before actually visiting it. This location is also home to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and prison survivors may drop by and interact with you as they give their first-hand testimonials about the regime. A tour staff will meet you outside when you're done and then it's off to the Killing Fields. On the way, you can watch an informative documentary about Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot to know more about the mass killings and burials that had happened there. The self-guided tour is a must for history buffs and anyone keen on studying this country's past, as it will give you a far deeper understanding of the shadowy regime in Cambodian heritage.

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Food Tour

Sample the city's most popular dishes! Witness the busy streets and discover the best food stalls and restaurants with the help of your English speaking guide. Taste a variety of different Khmer dishes such as Prahok, some delicious barbecue, and a crushed eggplant. Take a seat on the floor and learn about Cambodia’s history over curry and a banana leaf salad. Enjoy fresh rice noodles topped with traditional sauce and fresh herbs. Cap off the food tour with a visit to a rooftop bar where you can enjoy an unlimited serving of beer and soft drinks.

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One Up Banana Hotel

A nice, quiet hotel tucked away on the busy St. 51, it is very close to Independence monument and a number of wats. Highly rated Khmer run boutique luxury accommodation in Phnom Penh’s sought-after BKK1 area. Located in Phnom Penh, One Up Banana Hotel is in the city center. Independence Monument and Royal Palace are notable landmarks, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit AEON Mall and Central Market. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's going on at Olympic Stadium. Consistently ranked in the top five hotels in Phnom Penh as voted by travellers on Trip Advisor. The Hotel has an excellent service-driven staff with 24 hours security, One Up is equipped to cover all your travel needs and make your experience in the Kingdom carefree and memorable.

Day 4 Highlights

Phnom Penh

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Independence Monument

An Angkorian style tower, the inimitable place in the whole city, located in the heart of the capital. It was built in 1958 to Sybilles Cambodian Independence Day after winning back their independence from the French protectorate on the 9th of November 1953.

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Wat Phnom Temple

Built in 1372, the temple of Wat Phnom stands on the only hill in Phnom Penh, which lent the the Cambodian capital its name. According to legend, the temple was originally built to house four statues of the Buddha found in a tree floating in the nearby river.

Today, the temple is an amalgam of styles and structures from across its more than 600-year history, including gardens built by the French in the late 19th century and shrines that represent Taoist, Confucian, and Hindu beliefs.

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Russian Market

The place to shop for souvenirs and discounted name-brand clothing. We can’t vouch for the authenticity of everything, but, along with plenty of knock-offs, you'll find genuine articles stitched in local factories.

Brands you're likely to see include Banana Republic, Billabong, Calvin Klein, Colombia Sportswear, Gap and Next. The Russian Market, so called by foreigners because the predominantly Russian expat population shopped here in the 1980s, also has a large range of handicrafts and antiquities (many fake), including miniature Buddhas, woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silks, silver jewellery, musical instruments and so on. Bargain hard, as hundreds of tourists pass through here every day. There are some good food stalls in the Russian Market if you are feeling peckish.

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Malis Restaurant

Brings forgotten Cambodian dishes back to life. Under the guidance of Cambodia’s Master Chef, Luu Meng, guests are treated to traditional Khmer cuisine, famous for its delicate blend of herbs and spices, with a modern twist.

Set around a tranquil courtyard with tropical plants, fish pond and calming water feature, it is the perfect place to escape the bustling streets and enjoy the unique and wonderful tastes of Cambodia. A varied wine list features a balanced selection of old and new world wines, carefully selected to match the menu.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the award-winning Malis Restaurant is just minutes from Arunreas Hotel, near Independence Monument.

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Hidden Bars Tour

An exciting hunt for bars as they are located in hidden alleys and obscure streets. For a fun and hassle-free bar-hopping adventure in Phnom Penh, you can join this tour by Lost Plate Food Tours via Klook! You’ll visit four unique locations offering a different picture of the city’s local bar scene. Some of the places included in this tour is a local brewery where you’ll meet the owner and try their locally-crafted beers. You’ll also stop by a trendy Tuktuk Bar and watch your drink be prepared in front of you! All of the drinks you will taste for this night are produced, brewed, distilled, or fermented in Cambodia making it a truly authentic night. Tag your friends along and drink the night away in Cambodia!