16 Days Cambodia Overland Tour

Cambodia has the endless Indochina charm and timeless spirituality enough for the second-to-none travel. The 16 days Cambodia Overland Tour is just perfect for somebody who has more days off and truly feels interested in the enigmatic land. During the grand overland tour, travelers get authentic opportunities to discover what is unique about Phnom Penh City Tour (with numerous highlights to see on the way), Siem Reap, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Battambang, Tonle Sap, Udong, and Sihanoukville. It’s taken for granted that this grand tour is full of memory, excitement, and knowledge to enrich your physical or abstract album about the beautiful Cambodia. Want to see the heart of this mysterious land? The country’s food, history, temple, market, beach, village, architecture, etc., await your discovery. Take your time to explore this 2-week Cambodia itinerary package!

Destinations: Phnom Penh – Kroche – Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap – Battambang – Udong – Sihanoukville

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16 Days Cambodia Overland Tour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL – PHNOM PENH

Upon arrival to Phnom Penh airport, you will meet your guide and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, start your 16-day Cambodia itinerary by visit to the Central Market of Phnom Penh (locally known as PhsarThmei in Khmer and a ‘New Market’ in English). We then continue to visit Wat Phnom (or Hill Temple), the most famous temple in the city. A small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh.

After that, we take 1 hour sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap & Mekong River, getting the picturesque view of the Royal Palace, National Museum, parks and the floating fishing villages.

Meals: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 2: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

Morning visit Royal Palace, This graceful structure is very much a focus of the city. Standing on the site of the former citadel, it was built for King Norodom in front of the Mekong. Inside its walls are the Throne Hall, the Chan ChayaPavillion, the Napoleon III Pavillion, and the King’s and Queen’s residential quarters. Today, only the Silver Pagoda is open. The Silver Pagoda is a gilltering chamber of royal treasures, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha.  Inside, its floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country’s most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of WatPreahKeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with ancient frescoes depicting episodes from the Ramayana. Lunch at Khmer Surin restaurant.

Afternoon transfer to 12 Km from Siem Reap to visit Killing Fields. Most of the 17,000 people detained at TuolSleng were eventually transported to ChoeungEk, a mass grave site located 15km outside Phnom Penh. Known to locals as the Killing Fields, ChoeungEk serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmer Rouge rule. An old Chinese cemetery, ChoeungEk was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. Back to your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH – KROCHE

In the morning we will transfer by road to Kroche. Arrive to the hotel and free time for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Kampi to take a boat up the Mekong to see the freshwater dolphins. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Kroche

DAY 4: KROCHE – KAMPONG CHAM

Transfer by road to Kampong Cham. Arrive at the hotel and free time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the temple of Wat Nokor and the hills of Phnom Pross and Phnom Srei. Back to the town. The rest of the day is free time to explore this small city rich in colonial buildings.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Cham

DAY 5: KAMPONG CHAM – KAMPONG THOM

In the morning, transfer to Kampong Thom with a brief stop in Skun – the impressive and well-known insect market. In here, you can try the deep fried spider or other insects such as silk worm, locust, cricket, or water betel. If you are brave enough to taste one of them, you will find that it does not taste terrible as it looked. The market also selling many of tropical fruits, so you can try the fruit in case you are not interest of insects. Arrive at the hotel and free time for lunch. Afternoon visit of the magnificent temples of SamborPreiKuk – an accumulation of impressive temples and ruins. It was the centre of a pre-Angkorian regional kingdom, located not far from the Tonlé Sap (the Great Lake), 35 km north of modern Kampong Thom.There are three major temple complexes and seven further groups of temples, mostly built from the late 6th to early 7th centuries. Sambor PreiKuk means “The City of Shiva in the Forest of Towers”. The place is also called Isanapura, “The City of King Ishanavarman”. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Thom

DAY 6: KAMPONG THOM – SIEM REAP

Transfer by road to Siem Reap visiting en route the Angkorian Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 7: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TOUR

In the morning, we will visit Angkor Thom (Big Angkor), is a 3 km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces. The South Gate is often the first stop on a tour.

After visiting Bayon, stop to have the quick visit of Terrace of the Elephants – an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace area at the heart of Angkor Thom. Then transfer to visit Ta Prohm – the jungle temple. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere. Ta Prohm is well worth an extended exploration of its dark corridors and open plazas. The temple was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of control over 3000 villages, thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold. This is also the place where the movie Tomb raider had been filmed. Enjoy lunch at have Cafe Angkor restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat. This temple is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2000 distinctively rendered Apsara carvings adorn the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.

The temple interior is not as densely carved as the first level exterior, but still sports hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras and scenes from Hindu mythology. At the upper-most of your tour of the temple, the central tower on the third level houses four Buddha images, each facing a different cardinal point, highlighting the fact that though Angkor Wat was constructed as a Hindu temple, it has served as a Buddhist temple since Buddhism became Cambodia’s dominant religion in the 14th century. Some say that it is good luck to pay homage to all four Buddha images before departing Angkor. This is also the best place in Siem Reap for viewing and enjoy the sunset. Return to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 8: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – BANTEAY SREI

Morning boat trip to Chong Knies village, the floating village on Tonle Sap. On the way you can stop to experience the Ox Cart ride along the typical scenery of rural area in Siem Reap along rice field and local villages. The highlight of the tour will be the villages, the enjoyable off road track, the people and the wonderful smile of the children. Drive to boat station then take the boat trip along the canal leading too Tonle Sap – the biggest fresh water lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the rural scenery as well as activities of local people along the ride before getting to the floating village of Chong Knies. In here, people living in the floating house that can be moved based on the water level of the lake, so the village is much closer in the rainy season then the dry season. You also can see the local school, Buddhist Monastery and fishing boat along your boat ride. The boat also will stop at the local crocodile farm for you to visit before getting back to Siem Reap for lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will take the beautiful drive along then beautiful scenery of rural area in Siem Reap with green rice field and sugar palm trees to visit Banteay Srei. Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple’s relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM, but there are fewer tourists in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 9: SIEM REAP – BENG MEALEA – KOH KER

Today we will take the tour to Beng Melea. Located 63km east of town, this sprawling jungle temple is covering over one square kilometer. The temple is largely overrun by vegetation and is not a touristy destination that giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. The trees growing from the broken towers and galleries offer some of the best ‘tree in temple’ shots aside from Ta Prohm. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style under the same king that built Angkor Wat, BengMelea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat.

We continue to discover the temple complex at Koh Ker, northeast of Siem Reap (120kms away from Siem Reap town), the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD. – 944 A.D, under the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II. We visit the premier ruin of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex. (Get to the top for viewing the nice landscape).We visit to several nicely preserved ruins sit just off the road, impressive prasats and small temple complexes. There are lingas still in place in some monuments such as PrasatBalang and PrasatThneng. For the enthusiast, there are also dozens of other, more remote ruins in the area. Late afternoon, return to hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 10: SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG

Transfer to Phnom Krom to take a boat, sailing through the flooded areas of the Tonle Sap lake and the Sanker river to arrive to Battambang. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city which is rich in colonial buildings. 

Note: If the water level of the Tonle Sap Lake does not allow navigation, this part of the trip will be done by road. This change is subject to a supplement which will be indicated at the time of the booking.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

DAY 11: BATTAMBANG

In the morning, travel by car to visit two ancient houses (more than 100 years old). Continue to the “Bamboo Train station”. This curious form of transport was “invented” by local people to carry objects and people. It is a platform with 4 wheels attached to a rudimentary and small motor. Passengers sit on the platform and we travel on it 8 Km to arrive to the next railway station. We will cross beautiful scenery of rice fields. Arrive at the next station and we will take the car to go to the restaurant. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the temples of Wat Banan and Phnom Sampeu. Return to the hotel. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 12: BATTAMBANG – UDONG – PHNOM PENH

Transfer by road to Phnom Penh and visit en route of the two hills of Udong, which was the ancient capital of Cambodia. Lunch  at local restaurant en-route. Upon arrival to Phnompenh, transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 13: PHNOM PENH – SIHANOUKVILLE

In the morning, transfer by road to Sihanoukville. Arrive at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax on the beach.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanoukville

DAY 14: SIHANOUKVILLE

Depart at 9:00am by shared vehicle from your hotel to the Park Ranger’s Office (about 30 mins. from Sihanoukville). From here, take a boat trip to Ream National Park along mangrove forests beside a small lake in order to see the park’s wildlife. There is a chance that you will see spot-billed pelicans or the rare freshwater dolphins (November-May). The ranger boat will drop you off at a small fishing village that will give you insight into the local lifestyle. Continue on foot for a 3km trekking tour that will lead you from the village through the jungle clad mountains to the beautiful natural beach of KohSampouch, where a Seafood BBQ lunch awaits you. Return to Sihanoukville by boat and shared vehicle and arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanoukville

DAY 15: SIHANOUKVILLE – PHNOM PENH

Morning is free at leisure. Early in the afternoon, return to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 16: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE

Morning is free at leisure till your departure to the airport for the flight home. End of Cambodia Itinerary 2 weeks.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Services

Services included:

  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver;
  • Domestic flight Siem Reap – Sihanloukville;
  • Accommodation in shared twin/double room at 3 and 4-star hotels;
  • Meals as indicated;
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights;

Services excluded:

  • Entry visa to Cambodia
  • Air travel from and to Cambodia.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Generally everything that comprises not specifically detailed in “Included Services.”
  • Tipping and personal expenses
  • Single supplements.

Remarks:

  • The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)
16-day Cambodia tour package  – Price per person in US$
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3-6 participants  1884  1838
7-10 participants  1508  1462
11-14 participants  1400  1354
15-19 participants  1278  1232
20 participants and above  1189  1143
Single Supplement  447  397
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