Cambodia Explorer - 10 Days/9 Nights
Phnom Penh – Kep – Kompong Thom - Koh Ker - Siem Reap
Get off the beaten track in Cambodia with this comprehensive tour. Start in Cambodia’s modern and vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh, which boasts lovely French-style colonial architecture along the Mekong River. Indulge in the cheap and plentiful seafood of Kep before heading to the pre-Angkorian temple of Sambor Prei Kuk in Kompong Thom. End your tour in Siem Reap where you will explore the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and the other majestic temples of the Khmer people. A special feature of this tour is spending a night in a luxury safari tent in the remote temple complex of Koh Ker.
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
- Rabbit Island and sacred holy caves in Kep
- Camping in a luxury tent in ancient Angkor capital of Koh Ker
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat
- Floating villages of Chong Kneas
Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and taken to your hotel for check in. Afternoon, visit the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields before heading to Wat Phnom, the symbol of the city. In the early evening, board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh to Kep
After breakfast, explore the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. In the afternoon, you will drive about three hours to the southern coastal town of Kep. This city was founded in 1908 during the French colonial era and renovated into a beautiful seaside resort in the 1960s during Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s regime. On arrival, check into your hotel and the rest of your evening is at leisure. Overnight in Kep. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Kep
In the morning, you will board a local boat for the journey to Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island. Cruise to this beautiful palm-fringed island, home to a small community of fishermen and farmers. Enjoy some free time on the white-sand beaches that ring the island. Afternoon, travel back to Kep by boat and visit Phnom Chhnork, a large cave that contains a very sacred 7th century brick temple. Next, you will see another cave complex of Phnom Sorsia, a holy mountain peppered with shrines and grottoes. Stop at the White Elephant Cave and the 100 Ricefields Cave. Overnight in Kep. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Kep to Phnom Penh
After breakfast, you will make the three-hour journey back to Phnom Penh, passing through beautiful rural areas. On arrival, have lunch at the PSE, a French NGO supporting children from the garbage dump. Afternoon, you will check in at your hotel before exploring the historic architecture of Phnom Penh. Starting with Wat Phnom, the city’s first pagoda was erected here in 1373. Then visit some of the iconic buildings, the national library (Le Bibliotheque), the classic Raffles Hotel Le Royal and a quick stop at the deserted Railway Station before heading north along Monivong Boulevard to the French Embassy, the site of the final evacuation of foreigners when the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975. Returning south, we head towards gorgeous French colonial-era buildings and continue along Norodom Boulevard for a visit to Lycee Sisowath, first established in 1873. Stop over at The Building, built in the New Khmer Architecture style of the 60s and find out more about the current living conditions of the city’s residents. Finish the day with a bird’s eye view over the capital and recent renovations of the Central Market in art deco-style. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5: Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom
Today you will drive for three hours to Kompong Cham. There is an optional stop at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. Continue west to the provincial capital of Kompong Thom, where you stop for lunch. After, explore the pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. The first major temple city in South-East Asia, the brick temples here are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. These temples offer a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire. You will explore the main temples, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries. Overnight in Kompong Thom. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Kompong Thom to Koh Ker
After breakfast, drive 100 miles northwest along an old road to Koh Ker. Stop 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. Then head to the remote Angkor capital of Koh Ker where King Jayavarman IV left a legacy of 30 major temples and some gargantuan sculptures that are on display in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Visit Prasat Thom, a seven-storey step pyramid with commanding views over the surrounding forest. Then proceed to Prasat Krahom or Red Temple and other temples, including the five towers of Prasat Ling, each enclosing a giant linga or fertility symbol. Return to your camp for the night, spending the night in a safari tent. (All meals)
Day 7: Koh Ker to Siem Reap
Rise early for sunrise across the temple complex of Koh Ker. After breakfast, travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Here it is possible to enjoy an Indiana Jones experience clambering about the vast ruin. 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 floating village, where houses stand atop stilts as much as seven meters above the water. Explore a local temple before boarding a bigger boat through the flooded forest. Continue to Siem Reap by road. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Siem Reap
Rise early to view Ta Prohm in the dawn light. This temple has been abandoned to the elements and is known as the “jungle temple” for the tentacle-like roots slowly strangling the surviving stones. Continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Then, travel to the mighty temple of Preah Khan, or “Sacred Sword.” Afternoon, you will visit Banteay Srei, a petite pink temple with elaborate and intricate carvings. Later proceed to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Finish your tour by sunset at Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Siem Reap
Take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to beat the crowds and heat of the day. In the afternoon visit the highlights of Angkor Thom, 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 10: 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: $3,200
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 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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Reservation Form with Complete Terms and Conditions
- 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.