The best of Northern Cambodia: Remote temples, pink Dolphins, waterfalls of the Mekong, and homestays in traditional Cambodian villages (14 or 15 days). This will be a trip for those with an adventurous spirit. Although we’ll be staying in some fantastic hotels, we will also experience homestays and local hotels where we will choose “best available” accommodations.
We start our trip by enjoying the best of Siem Reap and its environs, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prom, traditional weaving, the floating villages of the Tonle Sap, and a visit to Salasusu, an NGO employing Cambodian women who produce products for sale in Siem Reap.
Head to Battambang by private boat, passing through Prek Toal, a bird sanctuary located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve. In Battambang, we ride the bamboo train, visit a working rice mill and witness the evening flight of thousands of bats at Phnom Sampeou all while staying at a beautiful resort in Cambodia’s second-largest city, and home to Cambodia’s best-preserved French architecture.
Explore Banteay Chhmar temple, a remote, seldom visited Angkorian temple complex that is currently on the UNESCO “tentative list”, being considered for UNESCO World Heritage designation. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to do a traditional Cambodian homestay.
Stop to see Pol Pot’s cremation site and his jungle-clad underground bunker on the Thai border as we learn about Cambodia’s dark period of the mid-1970s when millions of Cambodians perished at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
Visit remote Preah Vihear Temple. Preah Vihear is an ancient Khmer temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-meter cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia on the border of Thailand
Photograph the Khon Phapheng waterfalls north of Stung Treng on the Laotian border, Khon Phapheng means “four thousand islands”. This impressive waterfall complex is home to some of the bravest fishermen on the Mekong river.
Take a boat ride to visit the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins near Kratie. About fifteen to twenty of these rare freshwater dolphins make their home on a beautiful stretch of the Mekong River near a small set of rapids. They make upward arches, breaking the surface of the water as they swim about the area.
Enjoy another homestay and a visit to one of the most amazing Angkorian temples in Cambodia. Preah Khan Kompong Svay is also on the UNESCO “tentative list”, Preah Khan Kompong Svay located in the Cambodian jungles in Sangkum Thmei commune.
Finally, we head back to Siem Reap for our last few days when we have the opportunity to rest and relax before ending our tour with a farewell dinner including a private traditional Apsara dancer performance.