Rural life from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

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Overview

A road-trip for those who prefer to avoid flying and make the most of their journeys. The atmosphere between such emblematic destinations won’t leave us indifferent!

Battambang, one of Cambodia’s largest towns, nestled on the banks of the Sangker River will be our base for two nights. As well as boasting graceful architecture, nearby attractions include the hilltop Angkorian temple of Wat Banan, the sacred mountain of Phnom Sampeau, the riverside temple of Wat Ek Phnom and the ‘bamboo train’ through the lush countryside.


 

Highlights

  • The rural life in the heartland of Cambodia.
  • Kompong Long, the largest floating community on the Tonle Sap Lake.
  • The pleasant atmosphere of riverside towns like Pursat or Battambang. 
  • Breathtaking sceneries like the ones from the secluded sacred mountain of Phnom Sampeau.
Phnom Penh - Kompong Luong – Battambang

Day 1 Phnom Penh - Kompong Luong – Battambang

Meals: local lunch | Accommodation: Superior room, Bambu Hotel (or similar), Battambang

Today we will bid farewell to Phnom Penh and the urban atmosphere while starting our journey to Siem Reap through a very special route. We will travel through the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang, where if we wish, we can visit a local pottery village, since this town is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian homes. 

Afterwards, we will arrive to Kompong Luong, the largest floating community on the Tonle Sap, with its almost 10,000 inhabitants, where everything floats on the water, including the schools, a clinic, the shops and the petrol station. We will explore it by boat and experience life in a real floating community untouched by the mass tourism. 

We will head later to the provincial capital of Pursat for lunch, a pleasant riverside town in Central Cambodia, and continue then through Pursat province, passing through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless rice fields dotted with sugar palms. It will be late afternoon when we arrive in the charming Battambang and check into our hotel.

Soaking the Cambodian rural atmosphere around Battambang

Day 2 Soaking the Cambodian rural atmosphere around Battambang

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: Superior room, Bambu Hotel (or similar), Battambang

Today we will visit in the morning a local village in Wat Koh and learn about farming, rice harvesting and rural life in Cambodia. 

After lunch, we will travel to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. The winding road follows the Sangker River and passes by many traditional wooden homes, offering an authentic glimpse of rural Cambodia. We will also be rewarded with striking views when we ascend to the Temple. 

Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas, will be our next target. There is also a moving memorial to Khmer Rouge victims who were thrown into one of the many caves that pepper this holy mountain. We will return to Battambang town for the night.
 

Battambang - Siem Reap

Day 3 Battambang - Siem Reap

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included

After breakfast, we will leave Battambang and travel North towards Siem Reap, the atmospheric gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor.

It will only take us only a few hours to get there (around 3 ½ - 4 hours). After checking-in in our hotel in Siem Reap, we will count on the rest of the day free till the evening, when we will enjoy a dinner with a classical dance performance, where we will see many of the most popular Cambodian dances, including the graceful Apsara dance, scenes from the Ramayana (known as Reamker in Cambodia), the coconut dance and more. The classical dances include elaborate costumes and date back to the time of Angkor, while the folk dances are connected to the harvest and the cycle of the seasons.  No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance!

Price per person based on group tour

Group Size Price per Person
2 pax 491 USD
3 - 5 pax  404 USD
6 - 8 pax 279 USD

 

* Prices valid till 1st October 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of every destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special prices for groups of more than 5 people and for children, and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina, by contacting us. 

* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.

Included

  • Accommodation in shared double room as mentioned on the program (upgrades possible with a supplement)
  • Transportation with experienced drivers as stated.
  • Meals as specified. 
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program.
  • The services of experienced local English-speaking guides.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Flights and visas.
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Supplements on peak season.

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