When to Travel

The ‘Green Season’ extends from May until October and is an extremely good time to travel. The rain tends to come in short sharp down pours and at this time the country is probably at its most beautiful. The sights are also a lot less crowded and Angkor is surrounded by lush foliage and the moats are all full of water, perfect for that picture postcard photograph.

Cambodia has 4 Seasons

- December to February (cool / dry)
- March to May (hot / dry)
- June to August (hot / wet)
- September to November (cool / wet)
*However during the wetter months the rain is in the early evening and will not affect you holiday.



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Cambodian Honeymoon

Cambodia is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in South East Asia - and with good reason.  With an unparalleled exotic allure, Cambodia is a wonderful destination for a unique honeymoon with a difference. In addition to the genuine hospitality of its people, to its beautiful islands, beaches and lakes, Cambodia has an undeniable charm and captivating quality that will make it hard for you to leave.

Highlights

  1. Angkor Wat, Tha Prohm & Bayon Temples

  2. Tatai Waterfall

  3. Stay at the scenic coastal spots of Kep & Sihanoukville

  4. Visit the picturesque “Rabbit Island”

  5. Stay in a luxury floating ecolodge

This tour can be modified to match your budget.

Day 1 – Siem Reap

Guests arrive in Siem Reap @ TBC. On arrival in Cambodia at Siem Reap International Airport, you will clear customs, immigration and visa control. You will need to ask for a ‘Tourist Visa at a cost of $20 - be sure to bring two passport photos. Exiting to baggage claim, you will be met by our representative, holding a welcome sign with your name on it.

Transfer to Hotel with the rest of the day to be enjoyed at your leisure.

Day 2 – Siem Reap

We depart the city for an unspoiled floating community called Kampong Phluk, which is astonishing due to its stilted-house villages and flooded forest.

Stop on the way for the Rolous Market tour. This is a great chance for you to take the photos of locals selling indigenously grown vegetables, different fish species and other local produce. Have a glimpse of one of the bridges built by the French colony and overlook at the Rolous River, whose waters flow into the Great Lake Tonle Sap. After this market tour we’ll all have a boat trip to the floating community of Kampong Phluk, visit an island pagoda with a school and houses standing on 8 or 10m high stilts, fish farms and learn about the village life.

Stop and have lunch in a family’s house before getting into a row boat and venturing beyond the villages into the flooded forest, the habitat to some water-bird species. Eventually we jump back into the big boat and set off for the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap, before returning to your hotel at around 3:30pm.

Day 3 – Siem Reap

Rising early, we journey after breakfast out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We begin by unravelling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art.

Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before us, we then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.

Also this morning, we continue to Ta Prohm temple, which has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones; man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

In the afternoon, we visit the immense walled city of Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which devas (gods) and asuras (devils) play tug of war with a naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality.

We begin our visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing.

Our climax is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire. Before clambering upwards, we unravel the mysteries of the bas-reliefs, with their intricate scenes of ancient battles against the Chams and their snapshot of daily life during the Angkor period.

Day 4 – Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

We leave after breakfast towards the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, pausing at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We then arrive in Phnom Penh and check into your hotel before being taken to the waterfront for lunch.

After lunch you are then free to spend the afternoon visiting the Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda under your own steam. As an alternative you can visit Wat Phnom before spending time for a bit of shopping at the Russian and central markets.

Day 5 – Phnom Penh

We start the day by discovering the streets of Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of the city. A popular form of transport throughout Southeast Asia, the cyclo is still widely used in the Cambodian capital and is a comfortable way to see the sights. We start at Wat Phnom, a symbol of the city, before heading west past the National Library. We pass Phnom Penh train station before winding our way down to Psar Thmei, the leading market in the city. We then snake through some of the smaller back streets, including 178 St, brimming with art shops, and Bohemian 240 St with its cafes and boutiques. We pass Independence Monument, modelled on the central tower of Angkor Wat and continue stopping to visit the infamous Tuol Sleng museum (S-21) before returning to the elegant riverfront. We pass the glittering Royal Palace compound and the stunning National Museum before winding up back at your hotel or by the water front for lunch.

After lunch you are then free to spend the afternoon visiting the Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda under your own steam. As an alternative you can visit Wat Phnom before spending time for a bit of shopping at the Russian and central markets.

Day 6 – Phnom Penh to Kep

We begin the day with a visit to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) which is located about 17km southwest of Phnom Penh, and is the best known of the various Killing Field sites in Cambodia. After some time for reflection we leave Phnom Penh and travel south on National Highway 2 towards the south coast, journeying to the old Frenchera seaside resort of Kep.

On the way to Kep we stop off for a brief stroll along Kampot’s river front and stop for lunch at Rikitikitavi. After lunch you will be met by our local guide who will take you on a fabulous sunset boat trip. At 4pm you will be welcomed aboard DIVA - a 42 foot river boat - once belonging to King Norodom Sihanouk. She was once referred to as the “Royal Vessel”. You depart to enjoy a leisurely cruise out towards the mouth of the South China Sea, enjoy a glass or two of icy-cold “Laughing Lizard” Sauvignon Blanc and camembert and crackers as the scenery slowly rolls by. Children frantically wave as they sit on the veranda of their Muslim Cham, you pass mosques, mangroves and the salt fields with a view of Phu Quoc Island in the distance. After the sunset melts into the horizon you return back to Kampot at 6pm. Returning from the boat trip you will continue to Kep where you have the evening to enjoy at the hotel or wander across to the crab market to try some of the local delicacy.

Day 7 – Kep

We travel to the boat pier to board a local boat for the journey to Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island. We journey across calm waters to this beautiful palm-fringed island, home to a small community of fisherfolk and farmers. We have the whole day to enjoy the white-sand beaches along the circumference of the island, the sun, sea and sand before we travel back to Kep by boat.

Day 8, 9 & 10 – Kep to Honeymoon Beach Destination

We leave behind the beaches of Kep and head west towards your honeymoon beach destination of choice; Nataya Round House Coral Bay Resort & Spa, Lazy beach on Koh Rong Samloem Island or the premier private island of Song Saa.

Koh Rong Samloem – Lazy Beach

Lazy Beach is a private tropical hideaway on the island of Koh Rong Saloem off the coast of Sihanoukville. Offering beautiful beach side bungalows set on a golden sandy beach with clear blue waters overlooked by a stunning restaurant and bar. The charming wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering water’s edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Lazy beach is a long stretch of squeaky clean sand set in a beautiful bay surrounded by tropical jungle. The calm sea offers safe swimming and fantastic snorkelling straight off the beach in two of Cambodia’s great dive sites either ends of our bay. The Lazy Beach bar is designed for your comfort, whether it’s lying in the Octagon Bar on the cushions or hammocks reading a book, sitting at the table’s playing cards, relaxing on the fantastic sun deck or simply lazing back on one our many sofas. You can enjoy awesome sunset views; the perfect way to unwind after a hard day on the beach. Enjoy one of the few remaining truly private beaches left in the world here at Lazy Beach.

Nataya Round House Coral Bay Resort & Spa

Nataya Roundhouse Coral Bay Resort and Spa is located at beautiful Prek Ampil, Kampot with the graciousness of the old world hospitality blending harmoniously with the contemporary comforts of boutique styled rooms and up to date facilities.

Comprising of 8 beachfront Superior Bungalows (2 rooms), 9 Deluxe Bungalows (18 rooms) and 3 Pavilion Suites, the Resort provides the perfect escape for people seeking rest and relaxation in a quiet, sunny and tranquil environment. Located 16 km from Kampot and nestled at the foothills of Bokor Mountain, Nataya Roundhouse Coral Bay Resort and Spa provides something unique to fulfil every traveller’s dreams and desires. It has become a popular retreat for romantic escapes and destination weddings.

Song Saa Island

Song Saa Island is two pristine islands lying side by side, known locally as Song Saa, Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’. The private island is as seductive as the name implies, think intimate, think luxurious the islands are a very special place. The island features 27 luxury overwater, jungle and ocean view villas built with sustainable materials and the deepest respect for the natural environment. At the resorts heart is a worldclass restaurant and lounge, spectacularly positioned just off the islands shore line and surrounded by the sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in the dramatic sunsets, seascapes and tarry nights.

Other features include:

  1. -Large infinity edge swimming pool (one on both sides of the island)

  2. -Spa and wellness centre suspended among the rainforest

  3. -Yoga and meditation centre on the eastern shore, ideal at sunrise

  4. -Beachside water-sports centre offering sailing, diving, kayaking and snorkelling

  5. -Fascinating ecological program to experience the area’s flora and fauna

  6. -A perfect honeymoon destination


Day 11 – Sihanoukville to Koh Kong

We leave behind the beaches of Sihanoukville and head back in land and then along route 48 which cuts straight through the jungle, with dramatic views of the magnificent Cardamom Mountains. The resort is situated in Tatai, near Koh Kong and you embark at the steps of the bridge in the village of Tatai at 2pm. You then take a boat trip downstream from the bridge to the resort, which takes about 25 minutes in a cruising boat. Once at the floating resort you have the remainder of the day to get settled in to your luxury floating safari tent and to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

Day 12 – Koh Kong

One of the must-sees of the region is a day trip to the Tatai Waterfall. Away from the tranquillity of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power as it drops 6 meters to the rocks below. Your day, depending on the tide, starts at around 10am for the 45-minute boat ride past Tatai village to the falls. Turning on to a tributary you head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle to the far-off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife.

Within minutes you are at journey’s end, gazing down into the turbulent waters of the falls. Soon it’s time for lunch, maybe a few moments hydro-massage and a refreshing drink as you find some shade for a picnic and open your senses to the sights and sounds of the jungle. We will also arrange to transport some kayaks for your added fun and adventure. After leaving the falls, we stop at the mouth of a small river where you can paddle your kayak to a traditional Cambodian farm; you will see rice fields and some fruit trees depending of the season.

Day 13 – Koh Kong

Today you have to decide what you would like to do on the last day of you holiday. You can just completely unwind and relax on your private pontoon, take out the lodge’s kayaks and explore the surrounding mangroves. Alternatively you can decide to take one of the day trips, such as the source of life tour which allows you to discover the forest of the surrounding areas or a short excursion to a nearby local village where you will get an insight into a local Khmer village. Or finish the day with a short kayak trip to see the beautiful flickering light of the river fireflies in the evening.

Day 14 – Koh Kong to Phnom Penh

After breakfast we leave the river behind and transfer back to Phnom Penh, in plenty of time to the airport for their departing flight. We will arrange for you to take a sandwich packed lunch with you for the journey. (Please note that the $25 per person departure tax should now be included in your plane ticket)

* You may either choose to stay an extra night in Phnom Penh or spend a night in Bangkok before your flight home




Tour Includes:

  1. All transfers as per itinerary

  2. All sightseeing as per itinerary with an English speaking guide.

  3. Excursions as mentioned

  4. Transportation in private A/C vehicle

  5. English speaking guide

  6. Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - excludes drinks)

  7. Public liability insurance

  8. All taxes

  9. Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis throughout the tour.



Tour Excludes:

  1. All International flights & Visa fees, currently $20 per person

  2. International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)

  3. Meals, unless mentioned differently

  4. Optional tours & activities mentioned in the itinerary.

  5. Beverages and personal expenses

  6. Other excursions and entrance fees

  7. Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)



ACCOMMODATION.

3, 4 & 5 Star options available

please get in touch for additional info.



Entry requirements

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities require  visas for Cambodia

It is possible to get visas on arrival at airports in Cambodia, typically these cost $20. Alternatively you can get it  in advance from your nearest embassy. Typically 6 month multiple entry visas are usually sufficient. No vaccinations are mandatory for entry, however it is advisable to a be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and to take malaria prophylactics. Above all, it is essential to consult your GP about your individual requirements as soon as possible before travelling. In addition, the following website “National Travel Health Network and Centre” is useful in preparing for your trip: http://www.nathnac.org/ds/map_world.aspx


Flights

It is possible to fly via hubs such as Bangkok. Bangkok is an excellent hub and the frequency and number of flights means any stopover is usually just a few hours.  Unless you would like an extension in Bangkok, in which case please enquire for details.

Preferred airlines include BA, Thai Airways, Eva Air, Emirates and Quatar for the main international sectors and airlines such as Air Asia are used for flights between countries in Indochina.