Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat is an unforgettable moment, but Cambodia offers so much more beyond the famous temple with unexpected delights throughout the country.
With weekly departure dates to choose from throughout 2016, Insider Journeys’ Highlights of Cambodia with Battambang small group journey, starting from $2725 per person twin share, is an ideal way to experience this beautiful and incredibly welcoming nation.
Beyond the highlights of Phnom Penh lies countryside filled with rice paddies en route to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. Visit the ancient temples of Sambour Prei Kuk and float on a remote section of Tonle Sap Lake. By torchlight, creep through the little-used eastern gate in a jungle immersed in darkness to come upon dawn’s first rays shining down upon the amazing Angkor Wat. In Battambang, discover more of Cambodia’s history and some of the country’s best preserved colonial architecture.
DAYS 1-2: PHNOM PENH
Phnom Penh offers up an array of adventures; from discovering Phnom Penh’s rich French colonial past from the unique front-seat perspective of a traditional cyclo ride to exploring its majestic Royal character at the Royal Palace and the ornate Silver Pagoda.
Highlights include visiting the fascinating and confronting National Museum, experiencing the colourful Central Market and enjoying a relaxing sunset cruise on the Mekong River.
DAY 3: KAMPONG THOM
Travelling north provides views of the colourful Cambodian countryside and traditional rural scenes of farmers driving oxen through paddy fields.
Highlights include braving the local delicacy of fried spiders at Skuon and exploring the ancient ruins of Sambour Prei Kuk.
DAYS 4-6: TONLE SAP LAKE, SIEM REAP & ANGKOR WAT
Uncover a remote section of Tonle Sap Lake on a remarkable boat trip before reaching Siem Reap. Rise before dawn to witness the iconic spires of Angkor Wat emerge from the surrounding darkness as the sky turns pink above – an enduring memory.
Highlights included receiving a water blessing from a Buddhist monk at the peaceful Tep Pranam Pagoda and venturing to the remote temples of Boeng Mealea and Banteay Srei
DAYS 7-10: BATTAMBANG & SIEM REAP
The drive to Battambang brings the chance to visit Ek Phnom, built in the 11th century and mostly reduced to ruins today.
Highlights in Battambang include the charming French-colonial architecture, a pagoda where there may be the opportunity to chat with the monks and the Banan temple.