Cambodia Beneath the Surface

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Cambodia Beneath the Surface

Highlights Include:

  • Discover the life-changing work local NGO’s are doing to make a difference
  • Understanding Cambodia’s modern and ancient history
  • Exploring the vibrant art scene in Battanbong
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Temples in Siem Reap
Tour Details

From: $1,400 per person | Single supplement on request

7 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

The Angkor Temples are the highlight of any Cambodian trip, but this beautiful country is far more than that. This comprehensive tour, which begins in Phnom Penh and ends in Siem Reap, will introduce you to the historical and cultural essence in Phnom Penh, the growing art scene in Battambang, and the friendliness and optimism of the Khmer people. You will be exposed to the life and challenges of the people of Cambodia by visiting NGO (non-government organization) projects helping children and communities improve their quality of life.

This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Arrive at Phnom Penh airport, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum, known as the Museum of Genocidal Crimes, used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention and torture center in the late 70s. Today the building houses exhibits, paintings, and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the torture devices used to extract confessions. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2Local NGO Projects & Exploring Phnom Penh | Meals: B L

This morning tour is by cyclo, one of the best ways to see the city. The Cyclo Center in Phnom Penh is a local NGO providing basic support to cyclo drivers, who are among the poorest people in the city. After experiencing the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum, lunch will be at Friend’s Restaurant, a training restaurant offering a future to homeless children and marginalized youth. Visit the Champey Academy of Arts (CAA), one of local professional and non-profit schools in Phnom Penh offering Cambodian traditional performing arts training programs. While most children attend school, some children are still working under extremely hard and dangerous conditions. To help them, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) provides access to education and basic needs. One of the students will introduce you to the school and explain the projects. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 3Traveling to Battambang | Meals: B L

Depart Phnom Penh and transfer by car to Battambang, driving through the countryside visiting villages along the way, including Kampong Chhnang, famous for pottery. Arrive in Battambang and discover the city center with its beautiful Colonial architecture. Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, though it is much smaller and quieter than Phnom Penh. Overnight in Battambang

Day 4Art, School Visit & Khmer Cuisine | Meals: B L D

Battambang is home to a vibrant contemporary art scene. This morning you will meet some of these artisans in their homes and workshops. After lunch visit PHARE School, an NGO aiming to support community development providing social and cultural services to children and their families. Continue to explore Battambang’s art and shopping venues in the old Colonial-era shop-houses of the picturesque Walking District. Tonight, embark on a culinary journey in the old colonial quarter and along the banks of the Sangker River. Sampling local Khmer dishes along the way, stop at several food stalls with your guide to try the local delicacies. Overnight in Battambang

Day 5Cooking Class at an Organic Farm | Meals: B D

Depart Battambang and transfer to Mahob Organic Farm. The farm specializes in heirloom varieties of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a cooking class learning about Cambodian cuisine and culture with an enthusiastic and talented local chef. Transfer to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 6The Glorious Temples of Angkor | Meals: B L

This morning, visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, “Great City,” containing the famous Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces, Baphuon, Terrace of Elephants, and Leper King Temples. In the afternoon, explore the spectacular Angkor Wat, considered the world’s largest single religious monument. Bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, each telling a story. Conclude the day with a panoramic sunset view of the area from the summit of one of the temples. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7The Citadel of Women & Depart Siem Reap, Cambodia | Meals: B

Travel to Banteay Srei temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art, known as Citadel of Women or the Pink Temple. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight – or extend your stay in Asia!

  • Six nights’ accommodation 
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Transfers as indicated
  • English-speaking local tour guides
  • Tours and Sightseeing:  Toul Sleng Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Champey Academy of Arts, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), Kampong Chhnang, PHARE School, artisan’s workshops, Maob Organic Farm, Agnkor Thom, Bayou, Ta Phrom, Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing and visits as mentioned itinerary
  • Luggage handling at hotels
Not Included
  • Round trip flights US-Asia, including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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