ITINERARY IN DETAIL
DAY 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport. Meet with your guide outside arrival terminal and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour to the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Khmer Art. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 2: Phnom Penh (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields. In the afternoon explore the colorful Russian and Central markets. In the late afternoon, take a sunset cruise on the Mekong. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 3: Phnom Penh – Banlung (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer for domestic flight to Banlung, capital of Rattanakiri Province, nicknamed “the Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Transfer to lodge. Drive by jeep on rough roads to explore the surrounding waterfalls at Teuk Cha Ong and Okachang. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight in Banlung.
DAY 4: Banlung- Kroeung Territory – Banlung (B, L)
Drive north towards Laos and the village of Taveng. Cross the volcanic lava field of Veyrum Plang. Travelling north the landscape changes from primary forest to cleared forest, bamboo and bush. Stop to visit some Kroeung villages en route. The Kroeung people have the curious custom of erecting bachelor houses standing on long bamboo poles. These houses will remain so until the young man finds a wife. Only then will the unusual bachelor pad be destroyed. The time of year to see them is usually from February to August. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Banlung.
DAY 5: Banlung- Tapoun Totems – Banlung (B, L)
Leave Banlung heading northwest through bamboo forests to reach the village of Voeune Sai. This village is a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory with most villagers not speaking Khmer. Upstream are the Tampoun villages, known for their funeral statuary or totems. Some of the best of totems are in the village of Ka Choan, reached by boat or jeep. Return to Banlung for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: Banlung- Stung Treng (B, L)
This is time for early morning shopping at the Banlung market before a short trip to the volcanic lake of Yak Lom, in a superb location surrounded by pristine rainforest. Swim or take a stroll around the lake before transferring to Stung Treng. Un arrival, check in at the hotel. Late afternoon, explore this charming little town, its market and pagodas. Overnight in Stung Treng.
DAY 7: Stung Treng – Kratie (B, L)
In the morning transfer by private vehicle to Kratie. On arrival in Kratie, stroll through town to check in at the hotel. In the afternoon travel 9km to visit Phnom Sombok and Kampi 12km north of town. The other reason for visiting this area is to try to catch a glimpse of the endangered Irrwaddy Dolphin. Overnight in Kratie.
DAY 8: Kratie – Kampong Chham (B, L)
Transfer by private vehicle to Kampong Cham. On arrival visit Wat Nokor, an 11 century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite and explore the town to see old colonial buildings and the life of the residents. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
DAY 9: Kampong Chham – Kampong Thom (B, L)
In the morning, drive across the new bride to a rubber plantation in Chup. On the way to Kompong Thom, stop to visit Phnom Pros (Man Hill) & Phnom Srei (Woman Hill), each with its own temple on the top. In the afternoon, climb the 980 steps of Phnom Santuk for a sunset view. Overnight in Kampong Thom.
DAY 10: Kampong Thom – Siem Reap (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, 30km to the north, a pre-Angkorian complex temples built between 616-635 AD. The road from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap is a long but interesting journey of 146km. Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 11: Siem Reap (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit pre-Angkorian temple in Rolous Group including Preah Ko, Bakong, Lo Lei. Afternoon, carry on with the tour to Small Circuit including Ta Phrom, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Keo, Thommanon, and Chausay Tevoda.
Day 12: Siem Reap (B)
Early morning, watch the picturesque sunrise at Angkor Wat, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants & Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat, and see the sunset view at Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 13: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean(River of Thousand Lingas). Afternoon, visit to Grand Circuit including East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Preah Khan. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Depart Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake to visit the floating village before transfer to the airport for your departure flight.