Cambodia 6 Days Itinerary

Cambodia 6 Days Itinerary is a classic tour that offers the opportunity to visit important attractions of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia. The trip starts in Phnom Penh and finishes in Siem Reap.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

Cambodia 6 Days Itinerary is a classic tour that offers the opportunity to visit important attractions of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia. The trip starts in Phnom Penh and finishes in Siem Reap.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE PHNOM PENH – CAMBODIA NATIONAL MUSEUM

Upon our afternoon arrival, we’ll proceed directly to the National Museum, where we’ll view its collection of Khmer art, featuring more than 5,000 objects, including statuary and other artifacts from Angkor Wat. Afterwards, we’ll check into our hotel and set out on an orientation walk to familiarize ourselves with the area.

DAY 2: ROYAL PALACE – KILLING FIELDS – RUSSIAN MARKET

Following breakfast at our hotel, we set out for a visit to the Royal Palace, current residence of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and several other historic buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is home to numerous Buddhist artifacts and draws its name from the more than 5,000 silver tiles that cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine—no monks currently reside here—than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other priceless objects. Then we visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek—a grim reminder of Cambodia’s bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek commemorates the estimated 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot genocide—and this execution site is just one of many throughout Cambodia. After lunch, we visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. This former high school was utilized by the Khmer Rouge as a place to torture prisoners throughout the years from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Then, we enjoy a more uplifting experience during a visit to the Russian Market. Named for its popularity among Russian expats during the 1980s, this bustling local market is teeming with vendors selling traditional handcrafts, antiques, and everyday goods. Afterwards, we visit Wat Phnom, a 14th-century Buddhist temple that also represents the tallest religious structure in Phnom Penh. Dinner is on our own this evening in Phnom Penh.

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH -> SIEM REAP

After breakfast this morning, we’ll board a coach for our trip to Siem Reap, a town within the boundaries of the ancient city of Angkor. We travel through Cambodia’s Kampong Thom Province, stopping en route to visit a local market and stonecarvers’ village. After lunch, we’ll continue to Siem Reap, arriving in the early afternoon. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll embark on a brief orientation walk before heading out to a restaurant in Siem Reap for an included dinner.

DAY 4: ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE

Today represents the highlight of our trip, as we journey into the heart of ancient Angkor, a holy city that took centuries to build and whose scale is still breathtaking today—it sprawls across an area of roughly six by 16 miles. The Khmer aristocrats who built the temples and monuments here—between AD 800 and 1200—were motivated by their Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. We begin at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the capital city of Khmer rulers. We’ll see the Bayon, pass four other temples, and make brief stops at Baphoun and the Elephants Terrace, where amazing bas-reliefs depict the huge beasts almost life-size. At the nearby Terrace of the Leper King, equally intricate wall carvings depict rank after rank of court attendants to mystical rulers. We conclude our explorations of Angkor’s most notable features with a tour to the Ta Prohm. After our exploration of Angkor, we’ll journey to a nearby village to enjoy a taste of genuine Cambodian hospitality during a Home-Hosted Lunch. Then we return to Angkor Wat (whose name means simply “Angkor’s main temple”) where we wait for the sunset, the most opportune moment for seeing this masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is a large pyramid temple, built between 1113 and 1150, surrounded by a great moat 570 feet wide. Note the bas-relief carving throughout the temple. Who knows what you might feel as you stand in the courtyard of this temple whose towers represent Mount Meru, the center of the universe.

DAY 5: TONLE SAP LAKE & BATEAY SREI TEMPLE

This morning, we enjoy a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, where we can glimpse a bit of life and the daily rituals of Cambodia’s river people. Floating fishing villages sprawl across the lakefront and everything is gliding by on the water—thatched-roof houses on hollow bamboo poles, small markets, jewelry shops, even a beauty parlor floats by. Commerce goes on all across the water—women selling fruits and vegetables from sampans, skiffs full of firewood, and fishermen selling their catch. The people who live on the water have tied their lives to the lake’s cycles, and are constantly on the move as the water level rises or recedes throughout the year. Tonle Sap means “Great Freshwater Lake,” and indeed this is one of the world’s geographical wonders, as well as the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. When the rains begin here in June and July, the Mekong River begins to rise, but instead of flooding its own banks, it begins to push the waters of the Tonle Sap at Phnom Penh northward, reversing the river’s flow. The waters of the Tonle Sap River then flood the lake, increasing its size tenfold and flooding the surrounding forests and fields, leaving behind fertile silt for rice cultivation. In October, after the monsoon season has passed, the lake drains and the river returns to its southern flow. If you are a birder, this is a world-renowned habitat for shorebirds. We conclude our tour with a visit to one of the floating villages and then return to our hotel for an included lunch. Afternoon visit the ancient temple of Banteay Srei, one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved temple sites in Cambodia. Built in AD 967, Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women,” and is recognized as a tribute to the beauty of women. The structures here have been carved in painstaking detail out of sandstone. Amazingly, the detail is as intricate as a woven tapestry, a testament to the craft of the original artisans and to the devoted conservation of generations of Cambodians to this site.

DAY 6: DEPARTURE

After breakfast this morning, we check out of our hotel and transfer to visit the Khmer Handicraft Center call Artisan D’Angkor where you also can fine some souvenirs. Then we transfer to the airport for our flight back.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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