• Kimberley Sims

Cambodia, Jungle Wildlife And Temples

Updated: Jan 22

This tailor made tour takes you on a journey through Cambodia to explore jungle-clad ruins of the Khmer Empire in the ancient city of Angkor.

A 'day in the life' experience with friendly locals in Ta Brak village and includes a stay in an Eco-Lodge to visit critically endangered species and other exotic wildlife at the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the work they are doing.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

Starts: Siem Reap

Ends: Siem Reap

Cost from: £770 per per person

With flights from: £1285 per person


Day 1: Siem Reap (3 nights)

Welcome to Siem Reap - located at the northwest of the country. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by the local guide who will take you to your boutique 4* hotel for check in.

Siem Reap is known for its proximity to the 8th Wonder of the World: the Angkor Complex. Ideal to start an exploration of Cambodia, Siem Reap will give you the opportunity to explore Tonlé Sap, the 50th largest freshwater lake in the world, enjoy the countryside or even discover more remote temples of Beng Mealea, Phnom Kulen and Kbal Spean.

In the afternoon, you will visit the most famous temple: Angkor Wat by tuk tuk. The architectural achievement is artistic, you will admire with wonder the tall structure but also the little details all over it.

On Day 2 you will depart early in the morning from your hotel after breakfast to begin a special sightseeing journey to discover some of the hidden treasures of Jayavarman VII, one of the most remarkable Kings of the Khmer Empire.

You will reach your starting point by vehicle and start to walk on a tiny jungle trail to reach the first temple: Phreah Khan. The Preah Khan temple, translated as ''Sacred Sword," is an imposing monastery built by the King, who dedicated it to his father. After the visit, enjoy a view point on the Jayatataka Baray and continue your journey crossing through the Angkor forest.

You will continue to visit other magical temples built during Jayavarman VII's reign, such as Ta Nie, Takeo, and Ta Prom, the temple dedicated to the King's mother, famous for its role in the movie "Tomb Raider," and for its impressive design that melts into the forest.

On Day 3 you will leave the hotel to meet the Angkorian civilization from their source. Around 30 kilometres from the north of Angkor runs a beautiful river named Kbal Spean, or “the river of thousand lingas” which was sculpted in the 11th century by some hermits.

After a walk of 45 minutes, in the middle of the jungle, you will see the first lingas, phallic and fertility symbols, which give the name of the river. On your way back to Siem Reap, visit Banteay Srei (“The Women’s Citadel ”), a smaller temple in the Angkor complex.

You will then participate in the local village life by discovering and helping in the different stages to make rice noodles. Enjoy your noodles together with the local family. Then continue to another village specialising in bamboo sticky rice production and harvesting coconut fruits. Assist in the preparation of this bamboo filling while tasting this delicious Cambodian snack and a fresh coconut. The villagers will explain to you how they process the fruits in many different ways. The next and last stop will lead you to a house where a family creates palm leaf handicrafts as a source of income. The villagers will teach you to make one. You can take this opportunity to bring back your own craft as souvenir!

Day 4: Sra Aem (1 night)

Wait for your pick up from your hotel in Siem Reap at 5am and drive to Preah Vihear Temple where you will arrive at approximately 9:30am. Continue to climb up to the temple on the mountain that takes approximately 40 minutes. A packed breakfast and lunch is included in the tour. Enjoy temple sightseeing until climbing down around 4:30pm.

Day 5: Tmatboey Eco Lodge (2 nights)

After breakfast at the hotel, start your 2 hour journey to Tmatbeoy Eco-lodge, a sustainable lodge design that assists local villagers protecting natural areas by attracting local and foreign tourists, to see critically endangered species. This creates local income that is not based on selling forest products. Enjoy lunch, and then in the afternoon go bird watching, checking for the white-shouldered ibis until your return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

On Day 6 wake up early to search for the Giant Ibis followed by a full day of bird watching.

SVC coordinates a scheme where the local people are paid to protect the nests of the two critically endangered birds, giant and white-shouldered Ibis.

The bird watching and the guides are excellent. They have made a special effort to locate the day roosts of nocturnal species such as spotted wood owl and brown fish owl.

Tmatboey also supports an incredible 16 species of woodpecker and the guides know where to find these. All of the dry forest species, such as the recently recognised Indian spotted eagle, white-rumped pygmy falcon, collared falconet, rufous-winged buzzard, Indochinese bushlark, brown prinia, neglected nuthatch and white-browed fantail are at this or nearby sites.

Prepared breakfast and lunch will be provided at the bird watching sites and hot dinner at the ecolodge.

Day 7: Siem Reap (1 night)

Enjoy your breakfast and leave the lodge, continue your drive to look for Bengal florican and by noon have your lunch, that is included, and then take the 3 hour journey back to Siem Reap and stay for one night.

Day 8: Depart Siem Reap. The transfer from your hotel to the airport is included.

The tours are tailor made by me and can be changed to suit your needs. This tour is based on 2 people sharing and includes all accommodation, transfers, touring and food where mentioned. The price is based on low season and is subject to change based on availability.


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