5-day Travel responsible with Diethelm

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • Take an ox-cart ride through the countryside
  • Enjoy a relaxing massage by a blind masseuse
  • Discover the Angkor temples by tuk tuk
  • Cruise Tonle Sap Lake
  • Explore local fresh produce markets
  • Watch the sunrise from the magnificent Angkor Wat

tour details

Your tour begins with visits to Preah Khan, Neak Pean & Ta Som temples before having lunch at Mie Cafe. Next you’ll visit Banteay Srei temple, Banteay Samre, a local village and a massage parlour run by the blind. Continue with a bike ride through the countryside where you’ll visit a local school and practise your bargaining skills at a local market. The following days include the Wat Bo Pagoda, a monk ‘cleansing’ ceremony, the Cambodian Circus, sunset & sunrise over Angkor Wat and the Ta Prohm jungle temple. You’ll conclude your tour with a tuk tuk ride, a visit to the Angkor complex, an Apsara performance, an ox-cart ride, a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, a floating village visit and a visit to the National Museum. Lastly, you’ll visit an amazing restaurant run by former street children.

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Start your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Visit Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and Ta Som built in the third quarter of the 12th century.
Lunch at Mie Cafe which is owned by a young Khmer man who worked his way up by working in hotels to finally make his dream come true: open his own restaurant. The place offers a mix of Khmer and International cuisine for all palettes.
In the afternoon, continue your temple visits with Banteay Srei temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. After visiting Banteay Srei, stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Visit Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.
OPTIONAL: In the evening, enjoy a relaxing massage by blind people at "Seeing Hands 4". This is the perfect way to get over a jetlag and wind down after sightseeing on a hot day. Blind masseurs have been trained in the art of massage and can relax and refresh your body with an hour of soothing treatment. Without adequate social services, life for the blind in Cambodia is one long struggle. Seeing Hands massage offers blind masseurs an independent sustainable income which helps them to lead a relatively normal life.
Dinner at your own account and accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Bike through villages and country side on an unpaved road to discover the rural life. Stop at a pagoda for a break, interact with locals, watch the thrashing of rice, spend some time at a school (closed on Sunday), buy fresh fruits at the local market, negotiate for a discount and enjoy the beauty of the Cambodian country side.
Lunch at Salabai. This is a hospitality school that offers hotel and catering training to young disadvantaged Cambodians.(Open from November to July for breakfast and lunch on weekdays only)
In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to visit and support Cambolac, a Cambodian social business company designing and manufacturing lacquer ware souvenirs. Cambolac employs vulnerable poor populations from Angkor's Park and hearing impaired young adults to manufacture and sell their original designs and hand paint souvenirs.
Continue to Wat Bo Pagoda, this is one of the oldest pagoda's in town and has a collection of well preserved wall paintings from the late 19th century. You can chat with the Monks to learn more about Buddhism. A monk will perform a 5-minute cleansing ceremony by pouring bowlfuls of water over you, after which you will feel remarkably calm and cleansed.
Visit PHARE, The Cambodian Circus' daily 1hour Show. Enjoy an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, comedy and more, a beautifully choreographed and performed story about Cambodian lives and society. Go back with a memory filled with energy and emotions portrayed by the famous artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center. PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians ex-refugees artists. Be part of non-profit organization efforts to build artists' careers and to bring Cambodian arts to the rest of the world.
Dinner at your own account and accommodation at hotel.
An early bird special:
Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.
Or sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Take a tuk tuk and visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Lunch at Les Jardins des Delices at Paul Dubrule Hotel and Tourism School. This school provides unprivileged young Cambodians with high-quality hospitality training that meets both international standards and the needs of local employers in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry. (Open week days only)
After lunch, continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
Than visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant to have the opportunity to see a Cambodian Classical Dance, which is graceful and alluring.
Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast drive to the country side and take an ox-cart ride through the villages and the rice fields. At the end of your ride, have a fresh coconut drink with the family and do not hesitate to talk with the local people to get to know more about their lives. Than take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and visit a floating village. The village moves with the water level and during wet season houses are anchored around an island pagoda.
Lunch at hotel.
Encourage the revival of traditional Khmer Arts and crafts with a visit to "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles". This centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting.
The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. The program includes extensive training to enable the young artisans to develop a talent to make a successful living. Local materials, natural colors and traditional textures are selected to ensure these exquisite products reflect Cambodia's historical traditions.
Afterwards visit Les Senteurs D'Angkor and experience the authentic scents and tastes of Cambodia through a range of traditional handmade products that help create jobs and incomes for impoverished rural communities. Delicatessen delights include spices, traditional teas, highland coffees and local rice liquors. There are also medical balms and natural massage oils as well as perfumed candles and incense.
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to Phnom Penh.
Meet upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner at Friends Restaurant, this place has become a Phnom Penh landmark, thanks to its eclectic menu from creative tapas to Asian fusion and classic Khmer food. This non-profit restaurant is run by former street youths in training.
Accommodation at hotel.
Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
Lunch at Romdeng Restaurant, this non-profit restaurant provides an authentic journey through country side cuisine. Run by former street children this is the place to sample unusual flavors such as prahoc (fermented fish paste) and deep fried spiders.
After lunch, visit Phnom Penh city by cyclo to discover its beautiful colonial architecture. A time travel through the architectural periods from colonial to modern post -independence . Cyclos are human-powered rickshaws and the drivers are from the poorest urban areas. By using cyclo's, you provide an income to the drivers. The cyclo center provides a place where cyclo drivers can receive basic medical care and livelihood support.
End your afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. End your Cambodian journey with peaceful moments of a sunset at the riverside and join the local people for aerobics (if time permits).
Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for departure to the next destination.


Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles


Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested) Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: REPDSRE1

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