Cambodia Adventure - 12 Days/11 Nights
Venture deep into remote parts of Cambodia for a full adventure with wild life and rural villages. From the bustling city of Phnom Penh, you will drive overland to the highlands of Mondulkiri and mingle with rescued elephants at the Elephant Valley Project. See the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the upper reaches of the Mekong River and visit a turtle conservation center. Experience the lifestyle of farmers and learn techniques of local food production. Clamber through the vast ruins of Angkor's lost temples in the forests and explore majestic sites.
Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions.
Choose your own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
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- Explore historical architecture of Phnom Penh
- "Walking with the Herd" at the Elephant Valley Project
- Fresh water Irrawaddy dolphins
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat
- Floating village of Kompong Pluk
Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh
After breakfast, visit the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields before heading to Wat Phnom, the symbol of the city. Explore the stunning Royal Palace then the Silver Pagoda before continuing on to the National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. In the evening, board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri
This morning, depart Phnom Penh for Mondulkiri on a 6.5 hours drive over 323 miles. There is an optional stop at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. Arrive in Kompong Cham at mid-morning and visit the 'fusion' temple of Wat Nokor, an 11th century sandstone temple. See some intricate carvings and the contrast between the Hindu past and the Buddhist present. After a local lunch in Kompong Cham, continue east towards the small town of Snuol. The first half of the journey is flat, passing through patches of lush forest, areas of cultivation and plantations. After Khau Si Ma district, the road snakes up through the mountains that give Mondulkiri its name of 'where the mountains meet'. Nearing Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, the scenery changes again, jungle giving way to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands. The scenery is unique for Cambodia and dotted with traditional Pnong villages, the main minority group in Mondulkiri. On arrival in Sen Monorom, check-in at the Lodge at Elephant Valley Project. Overnight in Mondulkiri. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Mondulkiri
After breakfast, visit Elephant Valley Project (available only on weekdays). With the support of the Bunong villagers, this camp rescues and treats domestic elephants who have suffered injury and abuse. Today, you will experience ‘Walking with the Herd for a day’. Be introduced to a herd of elephants and learn more about their history, character, behavior and body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment. You will be able to feed the elephants buckets of bananas and bathe them before watching them cover in mud again. After lunch, you will enjoy a walking trek with the elephants through the stunning Mondulkiri countryside to a waterfall for a refreshing swim and elephant bath. Return to your Lodge at Elephant Valley Project. Overnight in Mondulkiri. (All meals)
Day 5: Mondulkiri to Kratie to Koh Trong
Today you leave the pine-clad hills of Mondulkiri and drive 120 miles over 4.5 hours towards the river port of Kratie. Here is your gateway to encounter the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the upper reaches of the Mekong in Cambodia. Arriving in Kratie, enjoy a local lunch before exploring this charming town and its colonial architecture. Then take a short ferry ride across the river to the island of Koh Trong and travel by ox-cart to your guesthouse. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the island on your own. Overnight in Koh Trong. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Koh Trong
This morning, you will cross the river and drive 30 minutes to Kampi where you will take a local boat to see the famous river dolphins. Spend about an hour around one of the deep pools where the dolphins gather to feed. After, head to the Turtle Conservation center at Wat Sasar Muoy Roy Pagoda. In the afternoon, meet a rural Cambodian family, sample traditional home-cooked Khmer food, find out more about the fruits and vegetables they grow and enjoy time at the local pagoda to find out more about the local folklore associated with the Mekong River. Learn about rice-harvesting, palm sugar production, tobacco production and Khmer noodle making. Overnight in Koh Trong. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7: Koh Trong to Kampong Thom
After breakfast, drive about 3 hours south to Kompong Cham. Passing through Cambodia’s vast rubber plantations, these were originally established by the French and redeveloped now by the locals. There may be an opportunity to stop along the way and learn how rubber is tapped. After lunch in Kompong Cham, continue another 2.5 hours drive to the provincial capital of Kompong Thom. On arrival, you will check-in at your hotel and rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Kompong Thom. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
This morning you will explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. The first major temple city in South-East Asia, the brick temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. Visiting these ancient structures before our pilgrimage to Angkor offers a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire. You will explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries. After lunch, continue northwest on an old Angkor road with stopover in Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that were built to span the rivers. Spean Praptos has more than 20 arches and is a spectacular sight. Continue with a 3 hour drive to Siem Reap where you will check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Siem Reap
This morning, visit the temple of Beng Mealea, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. Here it is possible to enjoy an Indiana Jones experience clambering about the vast ruin. There is also a sturdy wooden walkway running right into the heart of the temple. An optional visit to a nearby Angkor-era quarry from where stone was cut to build these massive monuments. Afternoon, drive to Tonle Sap Lake and board a small wooden boat to Kompong Pluk. Visit a local village where houses stand atop stilts as much as seven meters above the water. Explore a local temple before boarding a small row boat through the flooded forest. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 10: Siem Reap
Rise early to view Ta Prohm in dawn light. This temple is known as the “jungle temple” for the tentacle-like roots slowly strangling the surviving stones. Continue to Banteay Srei, a petite pink temple with elaborate and intricate carvings. Then, visit Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. After lunch, journey north to Kbal Spean, the original “River of a Thousand Lingas” and do a short hike to see intricate river carvings. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 11: Siem Reap
Take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to beat the crowds and heat of the day. Stop for a special moment where you will receive a blessing from a monk at a pagoda near Angkor Wat. In the afternoon visit the highlights of Angkor Thom by bike, including the enigmatic faces of the Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 12: Depart from Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)
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Per Person Rates (based on double occupancy)
start from: $2,600
Contact Us for advice on hotels and a quote based on your choice.
Please note that peak season supplements for stays over Christmas and New Years may apply.
- All airport transfers to and from hotel by private car
- All private tours and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
- All surface transportation as per the itinerary by air conditioned car with bottled water
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast including taxes and service charges
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to indicated sites
- Boat trips
- Services of a local English speaking guide for all visits and excursions
Rates Do Not Include
- International airfare
- Visa fees
- Airport departure taxes
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Supplements for stays on Christmas and New Year's Eve and mandatory gala dinners if applicable at the hotels on those dates
To Book This Tour
Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you would like to book this tour. Then follow these instructions:
- Download, print, and fill out the Reservation Form for each person.
- Fax the form to us at 206-529-4803, or mail it to:
Red Lantern Journeys
1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite H
Seattle, WA 98103
- Pay a non-refundable $500 per person deposit and we will initiate your reservations.
- Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 4 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation package containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
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- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.