CAMBODIA OVERLAND

 

 

Cambodia Overland

A Select Journey to discover the best of new destinations hosted by an expert LUXPERIA Tour Director. 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Meet in Saigon and transfer deep into the Mekong for the former colonial town of Chau Doc. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and freshen for the evening’s welcome dinner. 

Hotel: Victoria Chau Doc - Superior Room

Day 2

We rise early this morning and armed with boxed breakfast; we board the Victoria Chau Doc’s private speed boat as we continue to cross the border via the Mekong River. The journey is approximately 5 hours as you speed through local villages to enjoy the views from the boat. 

After the border and immigration process is complete, we arrive shortly in Phnom Penh. Arriving at Phnom Penh port, where our representative waits and transfers you to the hotel for checking in and straightening your legs before starting the explore with the guide. 

At around 3PM, a visit to The Royal Palace which was built by the French in 1866 on the site of the old town. The main building on the compound is the Throne Room. It was built in 1917 in the traditional Khmer style and has a tiered roof and a 59-meter tower, which is influenced by Angkor Thom’s Bayon Temple. On the compounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The Pagoda’s steps are of Italian marble. On the inside the floor is composed of more than 5000 silver tiles, which together weigh nearly 6 tons. The pagoda houses a magnificent 17th century Emerald Buddha statue and a 90kg gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. 

Later in the afternoon pass by the lively boulevard and observe how thousands of locals prepare themselves for a total workout through aerobics along the riverside. Afterward, enjoy your dinner in a local restaurant and enjoy the riverside nightscape of Phnom Penh at leisure. 

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel - Royal Deluxe Room

Day 3

Meet your guide and tuktuk driver at 9AM and ride to the Independence Monument. The monument was built in 1958 and represents Cambodia’s independence from France, which they gained in 1953. 

Continue with a walk through the Independence Park and observe the Statue of the King’s Father and the Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument. Hop back onto the tuktuk and head for the Central Market. The market was constructed in 1937 by the French and recently renovated. The art deco building is a unique landmark of the city. Nearby, one of Monivong Boulevard’s oldest buildings hosts an excellent view point over the capital’s busiest district and most famous street: Monivong Boulevard. Visit the Railway Station afterwards, which was built in 1932. A short walk away is the National Library. This beautiful building is home to impressive historical documents. Sit down at the library and learn more about Phnom Penh’s history. Lunch is served in a nearby local restaurant that serves many local favorites. 

Continue to the nearby Wat Phnom, which is considered to be the birthplace of the city of Phnom Penh. Also the near Old Quarters is an interesting visit with the Post Office being the center of attention. Opt to climb on top of the old abandoned hotel (own risk*) for a great view of the “Colonial Square”. Ride further north and explore the little alleys that make up the old Chinese and Vietnamese Quarters. The alleys are so narrow at times that it feels like we walk through people’s living rooms. 

Enjoy a drink at the Chinese House, one of Phnom Penh’s most iconic restaurants before the ride continues south along the River Boulevard. Visit Wat Ounalom at the end of the afternoon. The Wat is beautifully located on the river side and is possibly the city’s most esthetically famed pagoda. The last walk of the day brings you to the Conference Hall Building, designed by Cambodia’s most famed architect. The building is located at Chaktomuk, where the four rivers that bypass Phnom Penh all meet together.

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel - Royal Deluxe Room

After the border and immigration process is complete, we arrive shortly in Phnom Penh. Arriving at Phnom Penh port, where our representative waits and transfers you to the hotel for checking in and straightening your legs before starting the explore with the guide. 

At around 3PM, a visit to The Royal Palace which was built by the French in 1866 on the site of the old town. The main building on the compound is the Throne Room. It was built in 1917 in the traditional Khmer style and has a tiered roof and a 59-meter tower, which is influenced by Angkor Thom’s Bayon Temple. On the compounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The Pagoda’s steps are of Italian marble. On the inside the floor is composed of more than 5000 silver tiles, which together weigh nearly 6 tons. The pagoda houses a magnificent 17th century Emerald Buddha statue and a 90kg gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. 

Later in the afternoon pass by the lively boulevard and observe how thousands of locals prepare themselves for a total workout through aerobics along the riverside. Afterward, enjoy your dinner in a local restaurant and enjoy the riverside nightscape of Phnom Penh at leisure. 

Hotel: Palace Gate Hotel - Royal Deluxe Room

Day 4

Today leave Phnom Penh behind, take a journey to your next destination, Battambang - capital of Battambang Province, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia. Until the war years, in which almost every infrastructure was destroyed, it was the leading rice-producing province of the country. Make a stop along the way to enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant. Arriving in Battambang, check in the hotel and the remainder of the day is free at your leisure.

Hotel: Battambang Resort - Garden Room

Day 5

Leave the hotel after breakfast at 8AM and head by tuk tuk to the Central Market (Phsa Nat). On the way observe the colonial houses, the old train station, the old stone bridge, and Government Hall. Make a stop at the statue of Battambang and listen to the myth that surrounds him. Continue by tuk tuk to the Bamboo Train. This small train seats about 4 people on a Bamboo platform and takes a ride of around 45 minutes over an old railway track. Observe local villages and countryside on the way before returning to the station and heading further north of Battambang. 

The real Cambodian life awaits - explore the beautiful countryside by tuk tuk and make stops on the way to learn more about culture, religion, and agriculture. See how Bamboo Sticky Rice is made and visit a fish factory, a banana chips factory and see how Cambodian fresh noodles are made. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. 

 

In the afternoon visit the beautiful green vegetable and fruit plantations. Taste the fruits and learn how the crops are grown here. Not far from the plantations is a winery near the famous Cable Bridge (referred to as the Cambodian Mini San Francisco Bridge). At the end of the afternoon make your way to the Bat Cave. Surrounded by rice fields, at around 6PM, the bats fly out, millions of them, in search of food. It is an incredible sight to behold! After sunset, return to the hotel where you arrive around 7PM.

Day 6

Today leave Battambang behind, take a journey to your next destination, Siem Reap Province is considered as the 10th province of Cambodia with Siem Reap as its capital. The province covers a total area of 10.299 square kilometers. In the south Siem Reap province is also connected with Tonle Sap which is the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Siem Reap town itself is the 4th biggest city in Cambodia, behind Battambang, Kampong Cham and the capital Phnom Penh.

Arriving in Siem Reap, checking in the hotel and remaining of the day stay free at your own leisure.

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 7

Rise before the sun comes up and enjoy a marvelous experience at sunrise at Angkor Wat. The temple dates back to the first half of the 12th century. King Suryavarman II constructed this magnificent masterpiece and built it to become the largest religious monument in the world. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, reliefs and sculptures make it one of the finest in the world. This temple is an expression of Khmer art at its highest point of development. It took in its entirety roughly 30 years to construct Angkor Wat. After the visit you return to the hotel for a proper breakfast and recharge your batteries for the next exploration in the afternoon. 

In the afternoon, continue with the guide visit to visit Ta Prohm, which is considered to be the most photographed temple within the Angkor complex. Constructed in the Bayon style between the late 12th and early 13th century, Ta Prohm was left pretty much untouched by archaeologists. The trees that grow out of the ruins allow for a mysterious feeling filled with photogenic opportunities.  King Jayavarman VII constructed the temple as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university and it is estimated that close to 80.000 people resided at the temple. Then continued to the former capital of the Khmer Empire Angkor Thom, which translates to “Great City”. Under the reign of King Jayavarman VII the city was established as the capital in the late 12th century. The Victory Gate grants access on the East side, leaving the East Gate, which is also known as the Gate of the Death, beautifully untouched in a very quiet part of the complex. The centerpiece of the city is the Bayon, which served as a Mahayana shrine dedicated to Buddha. Its most distinctive features are the 216 serene stone faces that seemingly face all directions. Other notable structures in the city are the Baphuon and Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. 

End of the day, hiking up to the top of Phnom Bakheng, where there is a temple mountain in honor of the Hindu god Shiva and one of the oldest temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Thanks to its location on about 65-meter high hill, Phnom Bakheng became a very popular tourist spot for its magnificent sunset before returning to the hotel.

Day 8

Free day at leisure. Enjoy the historical city, hotel facilities or you could explore the surroundings of the city on your own. 

In the evening at round 05:30pm, you will be transferred to Phare Ponleu Selpak, which is a social center and arts school in Battambang. The organization offers Cambodian youth a way out of poverty through arts. One of these projects is the Circus. Transfer to the circus tent and enjoy a stroll over the terrain to read and learn more about the projects. The show starts and will entertain you for an hour with comedy and acrobatic acts performed by the local youth. An entertaining evening is guaranteed and afterwards you can meet and chat with the wonderful young people of the show and learn more about their backgrounds. 

*Phare Circus perform only Friday and Saturday.Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 9

Enjoy your free time and pack your belongings in the luggage before bid farewell from Siem Reap, then your driver will be transferred to Siem Reap airport for your departure.

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