Wonders of Cambodia

Experience an explosion of colour, flavour and ancient intrigue in Cambodia. Unpeel the enthralling layers of Phnom Penh. Spark your creativity in dynamic Siem Reap.

Journey Overview

Experience an explosion of colour, flavour and ancient intrigue in Cambodia. Unpeel the enthralling layers of Phnom Penh. Spark your creativity in dynamic Siem Reap. Marvel at intricate Angkor temples. And savour the tranquillity of a tropical private island.

 Journey Highlights

  • Explore unseen Phnom Penh with a resident linguist and anthropologist 
  • Watch the day dawn over the mystifying temple of Angkor Wat
  • Indulge in Cambodia's finest culinary creations by tuk tuk
  • See where tradition meets modern craftsmanship on a private tour of Siem Reap's best boutiques, ateliers and galleries
  • Savour the tranquillity and comforts of Six Senses Krabey Island
  • Witness the best of Cambodian dance and acrobatics
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh.

Welcome to the Cambodian capital, a city alive with glistening temples, backstreet bars and an epic history. This afternoon get your first taste of Cambodia on a guided walking tour. Meander along the tree-lined boulevards to the National Museum of Khmer Art and Archaeology, one of the finest museums of classical Cambodian art. Continue to the Royal Palace and navigate the complex of sacred buildings, palaces and throne halls that still serve as the King and Queen's residential quarter. Within the walls of the Palace, venture inside the Silver Pagoda, where 5,000 silver tiles that line its exquisite glistening floor will take your breath away.
Rosewood Phnom Penh Hotel (Executive Room)

Day 2: Phnom Penh

This morning join your private guide to uncover the secrets of this intriguing city. Let linguist and anthropologist Dr Jean-Michel Filippi share his passion and expertise as you wander through the bustling city and unpeel layers of stories. Later, a visit to the thought provoking Tuol Sleng Museum, a former school, promises a deeply moving experience that’s essential to understanding Cambodia’s recent history. Step into the cells of “Security Prison 21” as they were before the Khmer Rouge fell in 1979, after a four-year reign of terror.
Rosewood Phnom Penh Hotel (Executive Room) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and a lively hub of creativity. This afternoon visit the Angkor National Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the rich history of the golden era of the Khmer kingdom. Utilising technology and multimedia to great effect, the museum focuses on historical and cultural artefacts from the Angkor period. Learn about great kings of the past and discover exciting legends and folk tales that have been carried down through generations as well as stories of ancient wars that ravaged this once great civilisation.

This evening treat your tastebuds to a culinary adventure on a private tuk tuk tour. Sample fine Khmer dining at three restaurants led by the country’s best chefs.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: BD

Day 4: Siem Reap.

Rise early this morning and join a professional archaeologist for an exclusive tour of legendary Angkor Wat – one of the final vestiges of the Khmer Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said by some to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating bas reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dancers decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindu mythology.

Your archaeologist will take you to a serene viewpoint where you can experience the dramatic sunrise as the first rays of the day kiss the magnificent temple good morning. Your archaeologist will then take you on an hour-long tour of the beautifully decorated temple.

Afterwards, toast the day with a champagne picnic breakfast on the banks of the ancient reservoir at Srah Srang Baray, Next, climb through the snake-like roots that engulf the temple of Ta Prohm to discover an intriguing history hidden amongst strangler figs and kapok trees. Marvel at towers etched with bodhisattva faces and bas-reliefs revealing ordinary Khmer life. A photographer’s paradise, the temple seems to be held together by the thick roots in places; your guide will show you the most popular photo opportunities. Afternoon at leisure or choose an exhilarating aerial adventure by helicopter (additional cost) to the far-flung temples of Koh Ker, buried deep in the jungle and rarely seen. Breathe in spectacular views from above as you soar over Siem Reap province. Wander around the 10th century pyramid-shaped Koh Ker temple.  and discover Beng Mealea, hidden in a forest nearby, which dates to the early 12th century and was once one of the largest temple complexes of the Khmer empire.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: BL

Day 5: Siem Reap.

Take a morning trip to the former capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. Embark on your guided discovery at the glorious Bayon in the heart of the ancient city. Take in the 37 stone faces of this elaborate temple built by and for King Jayavarman VII. Wander through the perfectly square, walled city and stop awhile at the sanctuary of Baphuon. See where kings once worshipped at Phimeanakas Temple. Imagine life in the Royal Palace and picture the performances that once regaled royal crowds on the impressive Terrace of the Elephants. The Terrace of the Leper King, with its fascinating bas-reliefs, promises the perfect finale. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

In the late afternoon, experience a wonderfully serene moment, drifting along the moat of the ancient walled city of Angkor in a traditional Khmer gondola at sunset. Sip a glass of wine or two and enjoy a selection of canapés while you soak up the peace and quiet. You may like to stop and walk to Prasat Chrung temple where you are rewarded with magical views at twilight.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: B

Day 6: Siem Reap.

Discover Siem Reap’s creative vibe with your local guide and arts curator, Robina Hanley. Visit the Golden Silk Farm to witness the time-honoured process of cultivating silkworms to create delicate fabrics. Continue to Theam’s House and Gallery where Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage comes to life through a collection of recovered artefacts and handmade pieces. Step inside the studio of internationally acclaimed fashion designer Eric Raisina, whose modern designs are heavily inspired by Cambodia's ancient culture and crafts. Recharge with coffee in the peaceful city-centre enclave of Kandal Village, where colonial buildings now house upscale interior design shops and art galleries. Then, head to One Eleven Gallery to peruse contemporary works by international artists. Return to your hotel to relax and explore the city, your way.

This evening a mesmerising and exhilarating performance of theatre, dance, contortion and acrobatics is in store. Set to a musical score that transcends traditional and contemporary Cambodian music, Phare (which translates to ‘Brightness of Art”) was established by the Phare Ponleu Selpak Association, an NGO founded by eight refugees from a village in Battambang. A big promoter of maintaining Khmer culture, the non-profit organisation gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop careers in the arts.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: B

Day 7: Siem Reap - Sihanoukville.

Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight south to the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Board your boat for the short ride to the island of Krabey and the Six Senses resort. Settle into your pool villa tucked into secluded tropical surrounds on the naturally landscaped 30-acre island.
Six Senses Koh Krabey (Hideaway Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Days 8-9: Krabey Island

Enjoy the resort, your way. Try your hand at creating Indochine-inspired cuisine in a cooking masterclass. Seek out underwater treasures while snorkelling. Kayak into secret coves. Or simply indulge in the serenity of your own plunge pool and deck. Later, unwind with Cambodian healing treatments in the Six Senses Spa. As night falls, don’t miss the chance to discover the universe in the sky observatory (resort activities at additional cost).
Six Senses Koh Krabey (Hideaway Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh.

Return by boat to the mainland and transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Rosewood Phnom Penh Hotel

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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Six Senses Koh Krabey

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

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