based on 14 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
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Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public holidays and festive seasons this price will increase.
Please note that due to seasonal water levels, Aqua Mekong will only be able to cross Tonle Sap from mid-August to the end of November and river tours will instead start and finish in Phnom Penh touring the fringes of the lake, Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River.
Explore the world famous Angkorian temples, including Angkor Wat from the comfort of your private remork (Cambodian tuk tuk).
Cruising down the Mekong River on the first boutique style hotel boat is not only an excellent way to see more remote areas of Cambodia, but also is much more fun than flying!
Truly getting under the skin of Cambodia's magical and mystical highlights
Enjoying freshly prepared food on board Aqua Mekong from a top Asian chef
Cambodia is hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.
This glorious journey takes in Cambodia's key sites, staying at the most luxurious properties and travelling between each seamlessly and in effortless style. Beginning in Siem Reap with private tours of the world-famous Angkor temple complex you then head to Phnom Penh on a luxury boat before staying at a luxury wildlife camp and finishing at a private island resort.
Your journey through Cambodia begins with a visit to the magnificent temples of Angkor that pepper the rural and jungle clad landscape surrounding Siem Reap. The Khmer empire was one of Southeast Asia's earliest civilisations and the remains of its towns and temples are one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Their majesty can only be compared with The Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. Spend several days explore these intricate jungle ruins with your specialist guide, avoiding the crowds and getting to the lesser visited corners. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom after the crowds disperse, and marvel at the mysterious faces of Bayon. Finish the day with a relaxing sunset cruise around the moat of Angkor Thom, sipping a cooling drink as the sun disappears into the jungle. Your guide will also ensure that you get a perfect view of the sun rising over Angkor Thom, a hugely popular experience that we nevertheless thoroughly recommend. Stay at the exclusive Shinta Mani Bensley Collection, 10 private luxury villas each tended to by their own Bensley Butler. When not out and about enjoying the town right on your doorstep, why not relax on the sumptuous roof terrace and indulge in a cocktail as the stars come out.
Travel in style between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with a trip on the luxurious Aqua Mekong, easily Indochina’s most high-end river cruising experience. Spend three nights making your way south across Tonle Sap lake and down the river to Phnom Penh. Aqua Mekong has 20 luxurious suites, which have been designed to optimise views with floor to ceiling windows from your day bed in your suite. The en-suite bathrooms are chic and light with walk-in showers and natural bath amenities. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining; the chef on board is one of Asia's top ranked and the produce could not be fresher as the chef shops at local riverside markets which you are encouraged to help with, before he creates inspiring dishes for you to enjoy. You will enjoy stopping en-route as your cruise down the Mekong witnessing changing scenery, fascinating culture, and everyday lifestyles of the locals. During the dry season it is not possible to cross Tonle Sap on a large boat and you will instead fly to Phnom Penh to embark on a three-night cruise up Tonle Sap river to the lake from the south side and explore up the fork of the Mekong, starting and finishing in Phnom Penh.
In Phnom Penh you will be able to stop one night to enjoy some time in Cambodia’s sleepy riverside capital, embarking on a guided tour of the less savoury side of the country’s recent history, starting with the infamous Killing Fields where the Khmer Rouge carried out a terrible genocide in the late 1970s. Cambodia also has a rich culture however, and is recovering well, so you will also be able to visit the Royal Palace and the striking Silver Pagoda, two of the city’s most famous sites. We recommend staying at the Rosewood, soaring high above the heart of Phnom Penh it is the only high-rise hotel in the city with unbeatable views.
Leave museums and tour guides behind and travel three hours south to Shinta Mani Wild, the fabulous wildlife tented camp located near Kirirom National Park. Consisting of 16 gorgeously decorated tents all located around a central river and waterfall, this luxury camp is designed to recall the age of exploration and La Belle Epoque. Spend your days lazing on your open balcony and taking in the panoramic views or trekking into the forest with rangers to check camera traps and study the local wildlife. You can take a cooking lesson after foraging for ingredients, or simply relax at the luxurious Boulders Spa. This is a unique experience to see some areas of Cambodia that have never before been open to tourism.
For your last three nights you will continue 90-minutes south by road, followed by a short speedboat journey to Six Senses Krabey Island, the luxurious Six Senses property on a private island in the almost untouched Koh Rong Archipelago. You can really unwind during the days either on the beach or by the pool. If you are feeling more active you could take a kayak and head around the islands, enjoy a spot of snorkelling or diving and venture off for picnic lunches to local beaches by speedboat, there is truly a plethora of activities on offer at one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Asia.
Experience the majesty of Angkor Wat with a short sunrise tour, the best time to visit this ancient monument and one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.
Late this afternoon / early evening you will be welcomed on board the Aqua Mekong, a luxurious boutique ship that will take you along the mighty Mekong to Siem Reap over 3 nights. Enjoy sundowners and local performances this evening.
This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries.
Continue exploring the remote communities around the Tonle Sap Lake today. Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997, this is one of Asia's largest lakes home to colourful fishing villages.
Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and masked finfoot.
This is one of our favourite half-day experiences from Siem Reap; with specialist guides you'll avoid the crowds and head off by foot into the jungle temples before anyone else.
Experience the highlights of Phnom Penh before heading out to the green fields of Cheung Ek, known as The Killing Fields, to learn about the background and cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. This is a fascinating half-day tour.
Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. Relaxing with gin and tonic in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song, this is a great way to end the day.
This fantastic tour is geared around avoiding the crowds, getting you to Ta Prohm, Ta Nei and Ta Keo at the quietest time of day. Ensconced in jungle, these temples are ideal for adventurous families and couples wanting an Indiana Jones experience!
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