Siem Reap > Battambang > Kep > Phnom Penh
Take a magical journey through Cambodia and discover its culture, history and stunning landscapes. From the majestic temples of Angkor Wat to a historic coastal town and its nearby tropical island there is so much to see and do.
This 7 day private package includes your own guide to make your holiday truly memorable and gives you a look at the diverse landscapes, people and culture that is Cambodia.
We take a ride on the famous Bamboo train in Battambang, visit floating villages and enjoy a sunset cruise and dinner on the mighty Mekong River. While in Phnom Penh we take time to visit the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields which reflect and honour those lost to the brutal Khmer Rouge period. On this day we also take part in a cleansing ceremony in honour of those who lost their lives.
We also visit the Royal Palace and majestic Silver Pagoda which is the home of the King and Royal Family. Cambodian Essentials lets you see the rich and diverse nature of this country and we think you will love this unique itinerary.
This package will introduce you to Cambodian people, their history, culture, unforgettable landscapes and memories for a lifetime.
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|TRAVEL STYLE||Private getaway perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.|
|SERVICE LEVEL||Superior level of accommodation and your Green Cultural Guide will ensure your holiday is worry free and your tours unforgettable.|
|PHYSICAL RATING||Great for people of all ages and levels of fitness. From ancient temples of Angkor Wat, to bustling markets and the world famous Killing Fields and Genocide Museum there is something for everyone.|
|TRIP TYPE||Private Package|
What’s Included ?
• Six night’s accommodation in double/twin shared room
• Breakfast at your overnight hotel
• Private guide
• All transfers in private A/C vehicle
• Apsara dance performance and dinner
• Traditional boat and canapes
• 1 Day Angkor Wat pass
• Bamboo train ride
• Private boat tour for snorkelling and island exploration
• Entry to Genocide Museum, Killing Fields and Cleansing Ceremony
• Entry to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda
• Morning tea on all private tours
• Chilled water during your transfers
• All government taxes excluding Visa.
• All packages booked within the Peak season includes a gala dinner either on Christmas Day or New Tears Eve at your Hotel or if you package does not include these dates on a night of the guests choosing.
• Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
• Private local boat for snorkelling and island exploration
- Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
- Private local boat for snorkelling and island exploration
Your Selection of Hotels
If the hotel shown is not available we reserve the right to provide an alternative comparable hotel. If you are not satisfied with the available alternative the Guests may cancel their booking and receive a full refund,
Pricing Per Guest (USD)
Excluding triple share, where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room.
Day 1: Siem Reap
Arrival Siem Reap (Markets, Khmer Cuisine Dinning and Aspara Dance)
Welcome to Siem Reap - the Kingdom of Wonder. You will be warmly greeted by your Green Cultural Travel guide who will ensure your hotel transfer and check in goes smoothly. After time to settle in your guide will take you to explore the town including its markets and the must see Artisan D’ Angkor, a school of Fine Art. You will then have time to enjoy the hotel facilities before your Guide escorts you to a welcome dinner sampling the unique Khmer cuisine while enjoying a performance of the world famous Apsara dance. With dancers, singers and musicians this cultural experience set in a unique Khmer wooden theatre is a great way to start your holiday.
Overnight Siem Reap
Day 2: Siem Reap
Siem Reap > Small Circuit > Unique Khmer Traditional boat (B)
After breakfast your guide will take you on the start of a magical journey for your first glimpse of the kingdom of Angkor at the legendary Angkor Wat Temple Complex. Moving on to Kravan Temple and Ta Phrom Temple, an ancient temple with trees growing out of the ruins against the jungle backdrop. Then we finish at the Bayon Temple which includes the Leper King and Elephant Terraces and the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple.
As a magical way to end your first day of exploring Angkor Wat, guests will enjoy Canapes on a unique Khmer traditional boat. Enjoy the later afternoon sampling a wide selection of finger food, soft drinks, and local beer. Guests can then choose to relax at the hotel or head out into bustling Siem Reap and discover Pub Street with its many fine restaurants, bars and markets.
Overnight Siem Reap
Day 3: Battambang
Siem Reap > Battambang (B)
Following a leisurely breakfast your guide will accompany you to Battambang, the fifth largest province of Cambodia. The province is home to the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. If the level of the Tonle Sap is not enough for transportation by boat during the dry-season (from February to October) we will travel by private vehicle.
By road we will take time to visit Banteay Chhmar Temples. A notable feature of this temple (currently been considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status) is the magnificent bas reliefs on the outside of the inner sanctuary walls. Almost every step within this vast ruin gives another fabulous picture of stone being consumed by nature. It is a spectacular sight with its Bayon Style towers, walls, and enclosures cloaked with vegetation.
If guests elect to travel by boat on the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake (usually from November to January), you will witness the life-style of the Cambodian people living on the banks and the traditional fishing methods they employ and have done for generations.
After checking into your hotel your Guide will accompany you to the famous Bamboo Train station which is a unique activity run by the local villagers. The Bamboo Train was built after the preexisting train was discontinued. The “train” itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels, activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform (cushions provided), travel around 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies.
Day 4: Phnon Penh
Battambang > Pursat > Kampong Chhnang > Phnom Penh (B)
Your guide will take you on an exploration of Battambang to begin the day. Battambang has a unique history (belonging to both Cambodia and Thailand) with an excellent collection of early 20th century French colonial architecture and a visit to the main markets is a must. We will continue to Phnom Sampeau, one of the few hills standing out on the otherwise flat agricultural plains. From its small temple, enjoy fantastic views over the surrounding paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Also you can visit the notorious killing caves, cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. This visit is optional.
Then we continue our journey towards Phnom Penh and we will take in the province of Pursat which is home to a giant floating fishing village. We board a local boat to visit a series of floating villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake. Floating ice factories, churches, pagodas, service stations and even karaoke bars and police stations are on the water here. From young to old, everybody travels by boat through the network of canals that cross this area.
We move on to the province of Kampong Chhnang where you can visit traditional pottery communities with many kilns at work. See the local artisan’s and the different aspects of pottery. The landscapes are beautiful and you can even try your hand at creating a jug or pot with the help of a local artist.
We will arrive in the late afternoon in Phnom Penh and guests are free to relax at their hotel of head out to start to explore this vibrant bustling city.
Overnight Phnom Penh
Day 5: Kep
Phnom Penh > Royal Palace > Tour of Remembrance > Kep (B)
Today we take you on the start of your exploration of this charming city. We start with a visit to the majestic Royal Palace and Silver pagoda which is a complex of buildings which still serves as the residence of the king and royal family.
You will see many fine examples of French colonial architecture along with the unique shop houses. Take in the art deco inspired Central Market with its massive central dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls selling a rich tapestry of goods. This market is a great opportunity for some more bargain hunting and haggling.
Then guests start what is for many a harrowing but unforgettable day in what we call our Tour of Remembrance. Come to understand the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime. We start by visiting the Genocide museum or Toul Sleng (S-21) - the prison where it is estimated more than 15,000 people was tortured.
We then follow the last journey of the victims who were taken after their interrogation and torture to Choeung Eng or Killing Fields, a haunting but peaceful experience in what is now the final resting place for so many. We end our day at a local temple for a cleansing ceremony in which we make an offering to the lost souls of this brutal period.
We then depart for a late afternoon transfer to Kep a unique coastal resort town. Located just a few kilometers from the border with Vietnam it was historically the seaside escape for Kings. Kep had fallen on hard times due to the Khmer Rouge as can be witnessed by many abandoned French colonial buildings. It is now going through a renaissance as visitors are starting to rediscover the charm of this area.
Day 6: Kep
Today we explore Kep with its salt farms, beautiful coastal tropical landscapes and historic architecture. We then take a private boat to Koh Ton Say Resort – a nature resort and sometimes known as Rabbit Island. There are two beaches suitable for swimming with white sand and safe shallow water. Snorkel over coral reefs with
colorful fish, plants and other sea life. A great opportunity to relax on the beach or the natural pool and sample fresh local seafood.
Returning in the afternoon to your hotel you can take time to visit the famous local seafood market and continue to explore Kep.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Kep > Phnom Penh > Departure (B)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel and then you will be free to head out or relax at the hotel until it is time to transfer to the Phnom Penh either to the airport for your departure flight or onto your next Cambodian adventure.
End of services
- Visa fee
- Flights & airport taxes
- Other personal expenses
- Other activities
- Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
- Travel Insurance which is required
|French speaking guide||$20 per day||$30 per day|
|Chinese speaking guide||$20 per day||$30 per day|
|German Speaking guide||$35 per day||$45 per day|
|Spanish speaking guide||$50 per day||$65 per day|
|Russian speaking guide||$50 per day||$65 per day|
|Italian speaking guide||$80 per day||$90 per day|
- Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
- Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
- No refund for any un-utilized Package
- Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
- Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)
- Child under 2: Free of charge
- Child under 12 years old sharing room with adult: 50% of package cost for Adult twin share price
- Child 12 years old and above: 100% of adult cost
FIT (Individual) Travel Arrangement
- Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
- More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
- More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
- Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
- Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
- Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%
GIT (Group – 7 guests or more) – Travel Arrangement
- Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
- More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
- More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
- Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
- Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
- Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%
**Note – Some holidays may be liable to 100% cancellation fees – this will be advised
at the time of booking. You will be notified on your confirmation invoice if different cancellation charges apply.
The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.
There are no flights on this Package
For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.
Emergency contact numbers
Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia
During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791
After hours emergency number
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.
Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.
You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
Please note that visas for entry into Cambodia are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.
CAMBODIA – Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate OR on arrival for $30 USD. Please bring at least two passport photos.
You will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on holiday.
During your holiday, you will use both the Cambodian Riel and US Dollar as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com
The best way to access local currency in Cambodia is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
USD Cash is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible such as a number of islands and remote provinces. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.
If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.
Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.
Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.
Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.
Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.
When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.
During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.
Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our
Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
A Word of Warning
When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Please do not buy gems in Cambodia unless you know what you are doing. Even if they are genuine, you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.
Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs
For every package purchased directly on line through our website, Green Cultural Travel Pte Ltd will donate 2% of the package price excluding the value of any airfares to our affiliated charity Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.
Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.
In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.
Green Cultural Travel Hub
When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This connects you to us and like-minded travellers. Our monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programmes.