Sihanoukville Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 278

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap

Today you will be at leisure to relax or explore the city of Siem Reap.

Day 3: Siem Reap

Travel by boat to the floating villages on Tonle Sap. Return to Siem Reap and visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre before climbing to the summit of Pre Rup in time for sunset.

Day 4: Siem Reap

Drive to the lesser visited temple of Beng Mealea. Explore the local markets and visit Artisans Angkor where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian handicrafts. This evening enjoy dinner with an Apsara dance performance.

Battambang street life by Greg Headley

Day 5: Siem Reap - Battambang

Leave Siem Reap today and travel to Battambang, stopping at the Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre.

Giant Buddha at Wat Ek Temple in Battambang

Day 6: Battambang

This morning travel on a bamboo train, set up by villagers for the transportation of goods and people, to visit local villages and La Maison de Coco. This afternoon take in the views of the Prasat Banan Temple from Phnom Banan Hill.

A temple in Battambang

Day 7: Battambang - Phnom Penh

Drive to the town of Phnom Penh, stopping at the 17th-century capital of Udong en route. You will also visit Kampong Chhnang Province to see traditional handmade pottery and climb Touch Hill to admire the scenery.

Fisherman on the Sanker River in Battambang

Day 8: Phnom Penh

Today you will explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. The museum is housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre. Continue to the infamous ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. This will also provide you an insight of the brutality of the regime. Later today return to your hotel, the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 9: Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville

After breakfast, you will be picked up from you Phnom Penh hotel and transferred to Sihanoukville (approx. four hours drive) and check in to your hotel. The south coast of Cambodia offers pristine and unspoiled beaches. The most famous town is Sihanoukville, a perfect place to relax on the white beaches, swim in the blue water, enjoy the tropical climate and fresh seafood.

Day 10: Sihanoukville

This morning at approximately 0900, you will be transferred to the pier where you will meet Ron, an American sailor who has made Cambodia his home for many years. Ron is an experienced sailor and has a small sailing yacht that is perfect for day trips in the Gulf of Thailand. Climb on board and let Ron take you to Cambodia's most beautiful archipelago Koh Rong. Enjoy fishing, swimming, and snorkelling or help Ron out sailing the boat while his wife prepares a delicious meal for you. The sailing time to Koh Rong is about 2 hours and upon arrival you are free to explore the magnificent island. It is a large island with countless white sand beaches. Ron knows where the best beaches are and will without a doubt give you the best tips on where to snorkel. Return to the mainland this afternoon and be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 11: Sihanoukville

The day is free at your leisure to relax and further explore Sihanoukville.

Day 12: Sihanoukville

The day is free at your leisure to relax and further explore Sihanoukville.

Day 13: Sihanoukville

The day is free at your leisure to relax and further explore Sihanoukville.

Day 14: Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh

Today you will travel to the city of Phnom Penh, where you will visit the cave temple of Phnom Chhnork. At night when the sunlight fades and the neon lights appear along the river banks, a small cruise boat will take you out onto the river to take in the city from a different perspective. Witness the sun set over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River while enjoying a drink. A catered dinner from one of Phnom Penh’s well established restaurants is served shortly after sundown. Enjoy a leisurely cruise while enjoying dinner and taking in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socialising. Cruise back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 15: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is nowadays a bustling city and its ochre-coloured colonial buildings, bustling squares, trendy cafés, and frangipani-lined boulevards create an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in Southeast Asia. Set out on a city tour to visit the National Museum, which houses Khmer art and sculptures and visit the Royal Palace. Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees). The palace was built in 1866 by the French for King Norodom and is also home to the Silver Pagoda, which received its name because its floor is made up of 5,329 silver tiles. The palace has been inhabited by kings at all times with the exception of the period when the radical Khmer Rouge party took control in 1975. Under its leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge seized power and declared ‘year zero’.

Day 16: Phnom Penh

Linna’s Cooking School - Visit the Local Market - 9:30 – 10:30 We guide you through the local market located about 10 minutes away from school. Local markets are filled with unknown ingredients. Please feel the energy. Cooking Explanation - 10:30 – 11:00 Prepare the cooking. After receiving the lecture recipes, ingredients and seasonings to measure Cooking Practice - 11:00 – 12:30 Actual cooking by all participants. Do not worry if you are not good at cooking. We will guide you through Cooking is done. Now let’s eat! Enjoy the food - 12:30 – 13:30

Day 17: Phnom Penh

After breakfast it is time to bid you farewell.