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Cambodia's Nature and Communities

13 days from £4,670pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Learn to be an elephant keeper with the Wildlife Alliance in Phnom Penh.

  • See the majestic temples of Angkor by bike with an expert guide.

  • Stay in a safari-style tent in the remote Cardamom Mountains.

  • Visit the coastal town of Kep and explore its crab markets.

  • Explore a local community working to preserve Cambodia's wildlife.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Sihanoukville
  • Koh Kong
  • Kep
  • Kampot
  • Kep

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Phnom Penh.

Day 2 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

On arrival after your international flight you will be met by your guide and driver who will transfer you to your accommodation.

Day 3 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Meet your local guide for a walking introduction to Cambodia's bustling capital. Visit the pagoda that gives the city its name before seeing some of Phnom Penh's colonial era architecture. Stop for a coffee break and learn a few Khmer phrases to use for the rest of your journey. Continue on to the Central Market and make your way through back streets to a local charity training restaurant for a delicious lunch.

Day 4 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

This morning transfer to Phnom Tamao, a wildlife rescue outside of Phnom Penh where you will get to work as an elephant keeper for a day. Learn to prepare food, clean the enclosures, and lay out food for them to forage. Enjoy a local lunch before going on a walk with the project's friendliest elephant through the woods.

Day 5 Siem Reap

Phnom Penh , Siem Reap

Private transfer from your hotel to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. You will be met by your guide and driver on arrival for the transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the exquisite Banteay Srei temple with its delicate sandstone carvings, as well as Banteay Samre which was built in the style of Angkor Wat. On the way back to town, stop at a local NGO working to revive the silk industry in Cambodia after it was nearly destroyed during the Khmer Rouge era.

Day 6 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Your guide will accompany you this morning for a cycle tour that takes away from the typical visitor trail. Cycle through the jungle to Ta Phrom, famous for the twisted roots pushing their way through the structure before continuing on to Angkor Thom and the Bayon with its mysterious smiling faces. This afternoon visit the complex's crowning jewel, Angkor Wat, before the sun goes down. Take your lunch break in a traditional Khmer style house, where you'll get a foot massage before heading back in the direction of Siem Reap. En route, stop at Apopo, a project training rats to sniff out land mines and make Cambodia's countryside safer.

Day 7 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Just outside of Siem Reap is the Chreav Community, which works to preserve a traditional way of life as well as the natural wonders of the Tonle Sap Lake. Cycle (or drive, if you prefer) to the lake for a boat ride to see some of the area's bird life and learn about the conservation efforts. Head back to the village where you can enjoy a picnic lunch after a brief exploration and take a break in a hammock before returning to town. This evening head to Phare Ponleu Selpak, a Cambodian acrobatics show put on by a local non-profit that works to support young Cambodians through the arts.

Day 8 Koh Kong

Siem Reap , Sihanoukville , Koh Kong

Private transfer from your hotel to the airport for the flight to Sihanoukville. On arrival your new guide will meet you for the drive into the Cardamom Mountains and your unique safari-style tent.

Day 9 Koh Kong

Koh Kong

Take part in activities at the Cardamom Tented Camp today which include trekking and kayaking.

Day 10 Kep

Koh Kong , Kep

Meet back up with your guide to depart from the tented camp to make your way to the coastal town of Kep for some relaxation.

Day 11 Kep

Kampot , Kep

Head to Kampot today, known during colonial times for producing the 'champagne of pepper', which was exported to French chefs the world over. You'll get the chance to visit a pepper plantation today and learn the process of producing this unique ingredient. Lunch (featuring the pepper, of course) is also included and you are welcome to get some to bring home.

Day 12 Kep

Kep

At leisure on the beach, be sure to visit the local crab market for some of the region's famous Kampot Pepper Crab.

Day 13 International return flight

Kep , International return flight

Depart from Kep for the drive back to Phnom Penh for your international flights home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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