Phnom Penh - Kratie (L)
In the morning, take the journey by the road along National Road #7 to Kratie. Arrive at Kratie around noon time. Have a hotel check-in and lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the 100 column pagoda in Phnom Sambok district. After the first 9km, you will pass Thema Kreme, a village particularly famous for its sticky rice in bamboo or Carolan. Nearby, Phnom Sambok is a tall hill with a pagoda on top. We will climb up the hill (steep, but with stairs) and take a look at the interesting variety of sculptures and paintings. We will also take in the beautiful views of the lands and waters that surround the hill. On the way back, observe the rare Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins at Kampi (by chance only). This is one of the many deep pools where the rare river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle mammals. As the boat drivers turn off their engines in the feeding area so as not to scare the dolphins, this trip is not only an encounter with rare creatures but also a very pleasant, quiet float along the river. Overnight stayed in Kratie.
Kratie - Kampong Thom (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel, farewell Kratie and drive southward. En-route visit Chhlong, a small town with many French colonial houses that are among the most beautiful in Cambodia. Drive further to Kampong Cham. Lunch at a local restaurant and explore this provincial town of Kampong Cham and its market.
Continue to Kampong Thom and enjoy seeing the countryside of Cambodia. Overnight stayed at Kampong Thom.
Kampong Thom - Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at your hotel, visit one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites - the Sambor Prei Kuk, built during the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th centuries with over 100 well-preserved temples scattered throughout the forest. The seven villages around the temples still practice ancient craftsmanship of bamboo and rattan making. Enjoy your tasty lunch, prepared by the local community. Continue further to Siem Reap and check-in at your hotel for a short break.
In the late afternoon, experience a unique opportunity to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat on a typical Cambodian Tuk Tuk. Built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is one of the major highlights of Southeast Asia and constructed following the design of the Hindu temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods. The walls inside the temple are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the battle Suryavarman II fought during his reign. There are over 2,000 beautiful Apsara dancers decorating the temple. You will be at the Angkor Wat during the sunset. End of the services.