Our fully customisable, private 18-day Cambodia tour has been designed for families travelling with teenagers. Your tour starts and ends in Phnom Penh, where you'll enjoy an unforgettable sunset cruise along the Mekong River before setting off the explore Cambodia's most unforgettable sites.
Teens will love...
• Walking with a herd of elephants at the Elephant Valley Projet
• Meeting rescued sun bears at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
• Kayaking with river dolphins in the Mekong River
Parents will love...
• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time
• The presence of English-speaking guides throughout the tour
• The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
After arriving at Phnom Penh you will be welcomed to Cambodia by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Once you've settled in enjoy a sunset boat cruise. Set off on the Tonle Sap River and cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River. Catch a glimpse of small villages and see fishing boats preparing their catch. After sunset, return to Phnom Penh after dark.
This morning, explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation.
Continue on to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats.Continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period.
Go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to look after more than 100 rescued Sun bears at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. Join the bear keepers in preparing food and enrichment toys which keep the bears happy and healthy in their forested sanctuary, as well as taking a look at the other endangered species at the Centre.
Leave Phnom Penh and travel northeast to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where the brave members of the family can sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham mid-morning and visit the interesting temple of Wat Nokor, an 11th century sandstone temple with a colourful modern wat set in its central courtyard. Continue east towards the small junction town of Snuol, our gateway to the wilds of Mondulkiri, passing through patches of lush forest. After Khau Si Ma district, the road snakes up, with thick jungle hugging the road. Closer to Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, the scenery changes again, jungle giving way to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands. The scenery dotted with traditional Pnong villages. Once you arrive in Sen Monorom, check into a local hotel for the night.
Today you will travel to the nearby Elephant Valley Project which, with the support of the Bunong villagers, rescues and rehabilitates captive elephants who have suffered injury and mistreatment. Enjoy a unique ‘Walking with the Herd for a day’ experience. You will be introduced to two herds of elephants and get to know more about their history, character, behaviour and body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment; the stunning Mondulkiri countryside. Head back to Sen Monorom around 17.00.
Start your adventure in the Seima Protected Forest, which covers 2000 square kilometres. The tented Jahoo Gibbon Camp will be our base as we wind our way through mixed evergreen forest and waterfalls trying to spot black-shanked Doucs and yellow-cheeked crested gibbons as well as macaques and langurs. The forest is also home to elephants, wild cats and other large mammals. There is an enormous diversity of birdlife, including the spectacular giant hornbill, which we will identify with the expert help of our experienced local guides. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Leave behind the wilds of Mondulkiri, travelling back through the jungle to the lowlands of Cambodia. We are making for the charming Mekong port of Kratie, home to rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the upper reaches of the Mekong in Cambodia. Once you arrive at Kratie check in to our hotel and relax.
Today, head to the small town of Sandan where you will begin your kayaking adventure. Paddle downstream via sandbars and flooded forest floors, where you can stop for a short dip and spot river bird life like darters and egrets before emerging on the dolphin pool of Kampi. This is the largest single concentration of rare river dolphins on the Mekong River. (NB: This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon and is only available from November to June only.)
If you are travelling outside of the specified period why not explore Koh Trong Island by bike. Koh Trong is a quiet island in the Mekong River facing Kratie Town. The peaceful island is a perfect place to get a slice of rural life in Cambodia. The locals here are very friendly, and you can visit a local community house, where you can assist in a community tree-planting program, and enjoy lunch at the community home. After lunch you will be returned to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings.
After breakfast in Kratie, travel south to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham, nestled on the banks of the Mekong. Explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura and see the brick temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. Explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries.
Continue on to Siem Reap where we check into our hotel.
Travel north today, to visit Kbal Spean; an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle, only discovered in 1969. The Khmers covered the limestone riverbed with carvings.
After lunch visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, a rescue center for wildlife, which includes a range of monkey species, pangolin, civets, leopard cats and a boar. Now head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man.We also take the opportunity to visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the history of war here.
Wake up early to visit Ta Prohm Temple, which has been abandoned and left to the elements. You'll also get the chance to go on the breath-taking Angkor Zipline, which is a unique way to enjoy Angkor and a family-friendly, adrenaline-fueled adventure. The course includes 10 zip lines, including a ‘honeymoon’ tandem line, rope bridges, a tree house and an abseil descent. There is also a nature trail here where you will be able to look out for families of wild gibbons.
In the afternoon, head to the floating village of Chong Kneas, nestled under the hill of Phnom Krom. Everything floats on water in this fishing community. There are floating schools, floating shops, floating petrol stations, even floating karaoke bars.
Prepare yourself for a challenge today, with the Angkor Thom Photographic Scavenger Hunt! Some of the challenges will require a photograph of a specific statue or carving, and others will require some interactivity. The scavenger hunt begins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom before you transfer by road to The Bayon. The hunt then continues on foot through Angkor Thom before finishing at Preah Pithu temple. Jump back into the vehicle and drive down to the atmospheric East Gate for a group photo.
Get ready for an early start and journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this is most famous temple at Angkor. Enjoy a well-deserved picnic breakfast at Angkor as you watch the sun rise over the temples before heading into the ancient city to explore. Eventually, you will reach the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all for those who fancy a challenge, before you reach the sacred heart of Angkor Wat. This evening, head of on a sunset quad bike ride around Siem Reap, through the ricefields, pagodas, ancient temples and a series of backroads through the countryside and rural villages around Siem Reap. The late afternoon sunset ride will take you into the ‘real’ Cambodia.
Today your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Sihanouk Ville. Upon arrival in Sihanouk Ville you will be transferred to Trapeang Rung. Fresh up at the lodge’s lounge in Trapeang Rung before setting off by boat over the Preak Tachan River to Cardamom Tented Camp. Settle into your comfortable safari-style tent, before going on an exploratory hike in the jungle around the camp where the diversity of the fauna will amaze you.
After early breakfast, Wildlife Alliance Rangers will meet you and together with an English-speaking guide, you will embark on a patrol over a network of abandoned poaching and logging trails through the dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. This half-day hike will stop off at the Ranger Station, where confiscated snares, traps and improvised hunting rifles are on display. Use one of our kayaks, or hike back to the camp where you will spend another night.
Have breakfast at your leisure before boarding a boat back and continuing to Ta Tai, where you will check into your hotel, a river eco-lodge.
Free day at the river eco-lodge.
Head east towards Sre Ambel, passing through mountainous stretches and extensive forest.
Join The National Highway and head north, back to the capital. The road passes between the national parks of Bokor and Kirirom where it is possible to stop at the Pech Nil Pass for refreshments. Many Cambodians stop here to pray for luck and you will see shrines on the roadside. Once you arrive back in Phnom Penh, catch you departure flight home.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|Price per person|
|Based on a family of 3||$3,380|