Angkor Temples & Sihanoukville Beach

Battambang, Cambodia

Close  Sihanoukville is Cambodia's premier island and beach resort.

Angkor Temples & Sihanoukville Beach

Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach destination, facing the Gulf of Thailand, lies in the country's south-west. Located on an elevated peninsula, Sihanoukville, also called Kompong Som, is ringed by white-sand beaches and small attractive islands. The popular Ochheuteal beach in the south, is lined with food stalls. Further to the south, Otres Beach with its whitish sand, calm tides and fewer shops is more tempting. Closer to town, Sokha Beach, offers a radiant stretch of almost white sand and clear shallow waters.

Begin with a comprehensive tour of Angkor temples, once known as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’ The huge complex includes Angkor Thom, and its Bayon temple with smiling faces carved in stone. To its south, Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, is known for its waterbirds. Transfer to Phnom Penh, and visit its Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, embedded with Baccarat crystal, gold and diamonds. End your tour in Sihanoukville, home to Cambodia's finest beaches.

We Love
  • This tour combines some of the best hotels including Rafles in Phnom Penh
  • Sihanoukville beach is one of the best in Vietnam and still hidden from tourist hordes
  • The Phnom Penh cyclo ride is the best way to discover its beautiful colonial architecture
  • The National Museum in Phnom Penh, with the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts was interesting
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • There is a lot of walking and in some places even climbing involved. So plan accordingly and wear good shoes
  • Avoid temple fatigue. You need to pace yourself at the Angkor temples. Take the time out to get coffee and relax. Remember, sometimes less is more
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Angkor Temples & Sihanoukville Beach Journey to Cambodia to see the most breathtaking pieces of history in the world
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Angkor), Sihanoukville
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Cambodia
Siem Reap You will be received at the Siem Reap International Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 5 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.   
Sokha Angkor Resort (Nil)

Day 2 – Temple Tour
Siem Reap Begin your comprehensive tour of Angkor temples with a visit to Ta Keo, one of the first temples to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva, it was known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’

Then check out the temples of Chau Say Tevoda andthe small, attractive temple Thommanon, whose intricate carvings are still in excellent condition.  Next visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic complex, partially unrestored offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere.

After lunch, continue your temple visits with Banteay Kdei, the sprawling, largely unrestored monastic complex, the Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation), and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset.
Sokha Angkor Resort (B)

Day 3 – Temple Tour
Siem Reap With your private guide, begin your exploration of the Angkor temples with Angkor Thom, a former capital believed to have once housed a population of approximates one million people. We enter the complex from the South Gate, with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk. You will see the temples of Bayon, whose 54 towers are decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, along with Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

After lunch, visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone and comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Its five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset.  
Sokha Angkor Resort (B)

Day 4 – Explore
Siem Reap Visit Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia with critical habitats of Sarus cranes, storks and other waterbirds. This sprawling “sea of sweet water” is one of the world’s natural wonders – a reversible reservoir-lake.

Drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.

After lunch, visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89) and are among the earliest permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. It comprises of three temples; the Preah Ko erected in the late 9th century, the Bakong the largest and most interesting with an active Buddhist monastery and Lolei, built on an islet in the centre of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor.
Sokha Angkor Resort (B)

Day 5 – Explore
Siem Reap Drive through the countryside to the popular Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”), a petite temple with elaborate carvings in pinkish sandstone and regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Nearby is Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. Stop at the serene Preah Khan, “The Sacred Sword”, an extensive complex built as a monastery and teaching complex. But the outstanding example is Ta Prohm, which has been left largely in the natural state, as if allowing the massive banyan trees to consume the temple.
Sokha Angkor Resort (B)

Day 6 – Tour
Phnom Penh Spend time at leisure exploring local market or visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles”, this centre is working with young artisans and creating a unique collection of ornamental sculptures, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting products. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. Later transfer to the airport for your onward journey to Phnom Penh. A warm reception on arrival and you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal (B)

Day 7 – Tour
Phnom Penh Begin your private tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, see a Buddha made of Baccarat crystal and another of gold and diamonds. At the National Museum, view the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts. Explore the city’s markets and shop for local textiles and silver. Take a cyclo ride to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and stop at Phnom Penh’s vibrant cafés and have a drink at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal (B)

Day 8 – Transfer
Sihanoukville Today we head towards the popular resort of Sihanoukville, home to Cambodia's finest beaches. We pass through the charming riverside town of Kampot where we may stop for some refreshments.  From here, the pretty road passes under the shadow of Bokor Mountain and hugs the coastline for much of its length.  At Sihanoukville we check into our hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches and warm waters, scuba diving or sailing.
Sokha Beach Resort (B)

Day 9 – Relax
Sihanoukville At leisure
Sokha Beach Resort (B)

Day 10 – Depart
Cambodia Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Angkor Temples & Sihanoukville Beach Battambang, Cambodia

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.

When to go The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace.