8 Days of Enchantment in Cambodia

Awaken your inner empire as you stand in awe of the sacred site of Angkor Wat.

DAY 1

   ARRIVE PHNOM PENH

Sua s’dei! Welcome to Cambodia. A Kingdom of Wonder.

You’ll be picked up upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport by your Little Voyage local guide for transfer to your hotel, the “White Mansion” for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure, so either relax at the fabulous hotel and recover your energy levels, or explore your surroundings. We recommend stepping out onto the streets of the Cambodian capital, once known as the “Pearl of Asia” during its French colonial-era. Set at the meeting point of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, much of the city life centres around the lively river-front areas where the locals meet. The city still retains much of its original charm with the exotic rooflines of Khmer temples contrasting with classic European architecture from its colonial days.

Included Experiences
  • Arrival Transfer
Accommodation

White Mansion, Twin / Double

DAY 2

    PHNOM PENH

Today’s tour shows you a truly unique side of the city. After breakfast at the hotel, you will be greeted by your Cyclo driver who will pick you up for a tour of both well-known sights and hidden spots of the city in a fun way. Cyclos are three-wheeler bikes, introduced to Phnom Penh streets in 1936. First stop is at Wat Phnom (Mountain Pagoda), set on top of a small tree covered hill and built in 1372 as the founding place of the city.

Second stop is the fascinating Royal Palace, the official residence of the King built in 1866 and is a fine example of Khmer architecture with slight French features. The palace complex has four main compounds, of which two open for the public: the Throne Hall for the king’s ceremonies and the Silver Pagoda, housing national treasures.

[1] Note: For the Royal Palace, visitors are advised not to wear knee-short skirts/shorts, and cover their shoulders.

Lunch is at Romdeng restaurant (Social cause). Set in a beautiful colonial building with indoor and attractive outdoor dining and serving tasty authentic Khmer cuisine. By having a meal here, you will not only enjoy a unique dining experience, but help support the futures for Cambodia’s future chefs in training, with 100% of the profits reinvested into Mith Samlanh’s social programmes.

[2] Note: Romdeng closes during public holiday, alternative local restaurant will be recommended.

The tour ends as you glide back into port, the rest of the day is at leisure for you explore the city or head back to the hotel to relax by the pool.

Optional – visit the National Museum: Built by the French in a semi-traditional Khmer style with its inviting courtyard, it hosts the world’s largest collection of Khmer art, including sculptures, ceramics, bronzes and wooden objects. With over 14,000 items on display, it showcases the Kingdom’s cultural wealth from prehistoric to post Khmer Empire times.

Included Experiences
  • 1 hour Cyclo tour
  • Wat Phnom
  • Royal Palace Mandalay
Optional Experiences
  • National Museum
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

White Mansion, Twin / Double

DAY 3

    PHNOM PENH

The morning is free at leisure for you to relax or explore Phnom Penh.

In the afternoon, visit “Champey Academy of Art” a non-profit school offering the disadvantaged youth of Phnom Penh free training in Cambodian traditional arts including dance, music, drawing and painting. Champey’s mission is to inspire young people to preserve, protect and promote their nation’s culture.

Dinner at Malis Restaurant, in a lovely outdoors setting (or indoor seating). It is one of the most famous restaurants, serving contemporary and traditional Khmer cuisine.

[1] Note: CAA closes on Sundays and Public Holidays

Included Experiences
  • Champey Academy of Art
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

White Mansion, Twin / Double

DAY 4

    PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP

Today there are no activities planned in Phnom Penh. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. For many of today’s travellers the incredible architectural legacy left from this period of history, the temples of Angkor are without doubt the main reason for visiting Cambodia.

Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you for transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of the day, free at leisure.

The once mighty Khmer Empire flourished during the Angkorian period between the 9th and 14th centuries when it was the cultural centre of the region and exerted its influence over Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Today Angkor Wat is featured on Cambodia’s national flag as it symbolises the heart and soul of the Khmer people.

Included Experiences
  • Airport transfers
  • Flight to Siem Reap
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor (Junior Suite)

DAY 5

    ANGKOR WAT

An early start at sunrise to catch the gentle light of the morning at Angkor Wat.

In the early hours of the morning when the sun splashes its golden rays across the temples, the interplay of shadows and light reflecting off the sculptures is a marvel of this world not to be missed. Angkor Wat was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign.

Start at Pre Rup temple-was built in the year 961 and served as the state temple. Explore the amazing temples of around the complex, and the Bakan towers, then transfer back to the hotel for breakfast and refreshment.

Back to Angkor Wat for a walk through the promenade around the ancient jungle trees and contemplate at the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by the massive roots of the trees and vines, giving the peaceful temple its unique character.

In the mid-afternoon, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant nearby the temple site, then head to Thom, the ‘Great Royal City’, a temple famous for its colossal human faces carved in stone. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon temple is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 iconic towers. Following that, we head to the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, both famous for their intricate carvings and reliefs.

In the late afternoon, after the tour around wonderful temples, get on a charming gondola boat around the calm moat surrounding the Angkor Thom wall. Stop at the little known temple of Prasat Chrung, worth a climb to enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the complex and the temples. Enjoy some delicious canapés and soft drink on board while paddling gently around the moat before going back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure to relax.

Optional: Dinner at Embassy Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant serving Khmer gastronomy and western style in an evolving menu that changes with the seasons. This is Khmer cuisine at its most creative.

Included Experiences
  • Sunrise at Pre Rup temple
  • One day Angkor Wat temples fee
  • Sunset Gondola paddle boat with canapé and soft drink
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor (Junior Suite)

DAY 6

    SIEM REAP

Today, there are no planned activities. The day is free at leisure in Siem Reap to explore the town, relax at your hotel or explore more of Angkor Wat at your own pace. After all not everyday one gets to marvel at the architectural and artistic brilliance of this ancient city as you enter into the same structures frequented by its million inhabitants hundreds of years ago at the height of the Khmer Empire.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor (Junior Suite)

DAY 7

    SIEM REAP

Today, the day is free at leisure in Siem Reap to explore the town or relax at your hotel.

Morning – Optional: Day trip to Kulen National Park & Banteay Srey temple: Phnom Kulen (mountain of Lychees) has been the holiest mountain in Cambodia from ancient time and from this mountain, sandstone was quarried to build Angkor Wat temples. Start with a drive of about 55km through beautiful countryside to visit this fascinating National park sanctuary famous for its waterfalls, reclining Buddha and also the ruins of many temples strangled by jungle vegetation.

Find your inspiration in nature by swimming under the refreshing breathtaking waterfalls and enjoy a fresh picnic lunch prepared for you by the river before heading back to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.

Evening: Phare Ponleu Selpak Show, today’s social cause meaning: Brightness of the Arts. This is a special performance of the Cambodian circus, started in 1994 in Battambang by the young group returning from refugee camps during the Cambodian civil war. It is an NGO working to improve the lives of children, young adults, and their families with art schools, educational programmes, and social support. The show features a talented troupe of performers, filled with awe inspiring acrobatics and music. A truly spectacular experience.

Note: 1 hour show starting at 8pm

Evening – Optional: Farewell dinner at Madame Butterfly restaurant, in a Khmer traditional wooden house with a beautiful small garden to enjoy delicious Khmer or French flavours of Cambodia, made with fresh ingredients, locally sourced in authentic local recipes.

Included Experiences
  • Ticket Phare Ponleu Selpak Show
Optional Experiences
  • Daytrip to Kulen National Park & Banteay Srey temple with lunch
  • Dinner at Madame Butterfly restaurant
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor (Junior Suite)

DAY 8

    SIEM REAP TO PHNOM PENH

There are no activities planned for the final day. Free at leisure ready for departure back to the airport for a flight to Phnom Penh. From Phnom Penh airport you could connect to your onward destination.

Included Experiences
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Flight back to Phnom Penh
Included Meals
  • Breakfast

Experience the exotic land of the Angkor Kings. All waiting to be explored.