Cambodia Panorama

Cambodia Panorama

Rich history, genuine hospitality, and an abundance of awe-inspiring temples make Cambodia a destination like no other. This nine-day itinerary explores the cultural legacy of the Khmer Empire in the Angkor Wat, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the untouched rural villages awaiting discovery along the Mekong River.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Phnom Penh / Raffles Hotel le Royal

  • Day 2:

    Phnom Penh / Raffles Hotel le Royal (B)

  • Day 3:

    Mekong River / Jayavarman Cruise (B,L,D)

  • Day 4:

    Mekong River / Jayavarman Cruise (B,L,D)

  • Day 5:

    Mekong River / Jayavarman Cruise (B,L,D)

  • Day 6:

    Siem Reap / Amansara (B,D)

  • Day 7:

    Siem Reap / Amansara (B)

  • Day 8:

    Siem Reap / Amansara (B)

  • Day 9:

    Siem Reap / Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

The journey begins in Phnom Penh, the charming capital once known as “The Pearl of the Orient” for its attractive French colonial buildings and wide frangipani-lined boulevards. At the exquisite Raffles Hotel Le Royal it’s easy to find yourself transported to a mystical Khmer world of centuries past. You are welcomed with a traditional apsara dance performance on your first night in Cambodia. Explore the history of the region at the Royal Palace and National Museum, where thousands of Khmer treasures and artifacts are on display. Meet a survivor of the cruel Khmer Rouge regime and scratch beneath the surface of this now peaceful country.

Next, board the multi-level Jayavarman Cruise Ship and set sail along the Mekong River for three days of tours, philanthropy, and relaxation. Split your time between the floating boutique-style hotel and the rural villages along the Mekong. Visit silk weavers and silversmiths, watch fishermen ply their trade at dawn and practice English with Cambodian school children.

Your final stop is Siem Reap, a pleasant town serving as a gateway to the ancient capital of Angkor. A former guest house of the King of Cambodia, the opulent Amansara is just a short 10-minute drive from the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Tour the ancient temples by foot and bike, enjoying the splendor of the historic city. Siem Reap has been revitalized to accommodate modern times without losing its historic past, with impressive shopping and nightlife available.

On your final day in Cambodia, receive a farewell blessing from local monks and embark on a thrilling hot air balloon ride to take in the lovely country one final time before heading home.

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