Ghosts of Cambodia – Lost Kingdoms, Colonialism & The Khmer Rouge

9 days from $2555 *
  • Explore King Sihanouk's old palace on a mountain biking tour.
  • Visit the Bayon Temple complex on the back of an elephant.
  • With your private guide, explore the cave at Kampong Trach.
  • Sail along the tree lined passages of Tonle Sap Lake with private guide.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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The peaceful, welcoming smiles of the Cambodian people have survived a challenging past that makes for a rich, vibrant and deeply touching travel experience that will change your perspective.

This is a land that has survived centuries of Vietnamese and Siamese occupation, French colonization, the devastation of the Vietnam War, and the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge. The deep scars are still evident in the jungle ruins of Preah National Park, haunting deserted temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, eerie serenity of the flooded forests of Tonle Sap Lake, and crumbling colonial city of Kep. Other highlights include elephant rides through the ancient temple complex at Angkor Wat; tasting seasonal fruit at Seam Reap’s vibrant outdoor markets; discovering a protected eco park aboard a traditional ox cart; and a humbling experience at the Killing Fields Museum.

This is a confronting but ultimately up-lifting travel experience. Knowledgeable guides reveal the tragic stories of the past as you journey deeper into this mysterious land than most tourists dare. But it’s the interactions with the remarkable local people that will lift your spirits. From playing with the children at one of the country’s many orphanages and meeting the Chan people of the floating islands of Tonle Sap Lake, to touring Phnom Penh with a Khmer professor of architecture, you’ll meet a kind, spirited and optimistic people. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private - Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum & School Visit with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private - 1/2 Day Mechrey Eco Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day South Gate & Bayon by Tuk Tuk - Tuk Tuk/Guide
    • Elephant Ride - Elephant
  • Day 4 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
    Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
    • Siem Reap - Phnom Penh [Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex with Lunch] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour: Wat Phnom & Mekong River (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & National Museum (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Phnom Penh to Kep
    Phnom Penh to Kep
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Phnom Penh - Kep [via Kampong Trach (3hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Kep
    Kep
    • Private - Bokor Jungle Trekking & Historical Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Kep
    Kep
    • Self-Guided - King Sihanouk's Palace & Colonial Seaside by Bicycle - Self Guided
  • Day 9 Kep
    Kep
    • Kep - Phnom Penh [(2.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Siem Reap

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Heritage Suites Hotel (5*)

At Heritage Suite Hotel, guests will stay in a sumptuous colonial villa where bamboos, lotuses and white water lilies exhale the perfumes of meditation. This sophisticated boutique retreat is nestled in tropical gardens within what is called the village, a few paces from the peaceful Siem Reap River. Some suites are up to 150 sq. m with private Jacuzzi - bath time is a memorable experience in an oversized bathtub with a view of the gardens. A “temple” of rest in one of the world’s most stunning archaeological sites. The hotel is only 6 kilometers from the renowned Angkor temples and 15 minutes from Siem Reap international airport. It takes a gratifying 4 minutes tuk tuk ride to reach the Old Market, the new fascinating National Museum and lively Pub Street. The architecture, the beautifully spacious suites, the unequalled kindness and efficiency of the staff and its culinary delights make Heritage unique as a luxurious sanctuary.

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Heritage Suite Hotel
Heritage Suite Hotel

Day 2: Siem Reap

Today, you will get up at 4 AM to head to the temples and enjoy sunrise at Angkor Wat, then return back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will transfer about half an hour outside the city to visit one of the more remote temples, Banteay Srei. After touring around this temple with your guide, you will head back towards Siem Reap, and en route you will stop for a quick visit to the Landmine Museum. This museum was opened in 1997 by Aki Ra, a former child soldier, and proceeds go toward clearing landmines across Cambodia. It's a safe and educational place to learn about the impact that these devices have had on Cambodia, and what is being done to rid the country of their threat. Transfer back to the city for lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, head to one of Siem Reap's lively local markets where you can buy small gifts to bring along to one of the schools for local orphaned children near Wat Bo. Play with the children, tour the facilities, sit in on a lesson, and interact with the local community along with your guide. Later in the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Siem Reap. ***A portion of the tour cost will be donated to both the Landmine Museum and Orphanage, of course, further donations are welcome!

Accommodation: Heritage Suites Hotel (5*)
Landmine Museum
Landmine Museum

Day 3: Siem Reap

Today, along with your guide you will travel privately to Tonle Sap Lake. Each year the lake floods causing a seasonal phenomenon that inundates the 6 provinces with water and is a big resource for local fishermen. Travel through the lake by boat. Experience the wide open marshes and also the tight tree lined passageways that make up the body of this great lake. With its magnificent flooded forests, experience a new untraveled destination named Mechrey Eco tourism community situated just 9 kilometers west of Siem Reap. Waiting for you to explore the community is an old means of Cambodian transportation: the ox cart. Along the journey through the Eco park you can see sugar palm trees, local wildlife, and fauna and feel totally relaxed as your guide takes you through the beautiful rural Cambodian countryside. After the tour concludes you will be transferred back to your hotel.

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a sightseeing tour. Enjoy a half day tour visiting the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon temple complex by Tuk Tuk. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

As part of your temple touring today, you will ride between South Gate and Bayon by elephant!

Accommodation: Heritage Suites Hotel (5*)
Elephant
Elephant
Gate of Angkor Thom
Gate of Angkor Thom

Day 4: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Transfer from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Along the way, you will stop by Naga Bridge and then visit Sambor Prei Kuk Temple complex. Sambo Prei Kuk is a collection of 7th century temple ruins located in Kompong Thom Province. It consists of dozens of impressive brick prasats in semi-cleared jungle, many displaying excellent examples of early Khmer art. You will visit Prasat Tor, Prasat Yeah Puon, and Prasat Sambor. Spend 3 hours visiting these temples, which date to the pre-Angkor period, and are some of the oldest remaining in Cambodia. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch you will stop at rice field and a local seasonal fruit market before continuing to Phnom Penh.

You will be picked up from your hotel by an English speaking guide by private vehicle and taken to visit Wat Phnom (Mountain in the middle of the City). Next, you will continue on to the river bank for an excursion onboard a boat on the Mekong River. Enjoy the beauty of the majestic river and experience the charm of local villages. Stop in at the island and visit a traditional Silk Weaving Village while enjoying the sunset.

Accommodation: Raffles Hotel Le Royal (5*)

Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is only 30 minutes' drive from Pochentong International Airport and within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artefacts Museum. Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, a hotel with those rare attributes of history and style. First established in 1929 and later reopened in 1997. After a careful restoration and refurbishment program by Raffles International, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is Phnom Penh’s premier hotel with historical style and charm. The grand hotel fulfils all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with its facilities and amenities, but imparts an old-world charm through its style and decor, which is elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual. Ideally located, it is within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artifacts Museum. Come experience this magnificent hotel in the vibrant city of Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Day 5: Phnom Penh

Start this tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered to be some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. Also visit the impressive National Museum, and the tallest religious structure in the city, Wat Phnom.

Accommodation: Raffles Hotel Le Royal (5*)
Silver Pagoda
Silver Pagoda

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Kep

A high school prior to 1975, turned into an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer rouge era, today it serves as a museum. It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds. Spend some time visiting the site with your local guide, and learn about the prison itself, as well as the greater genocide that occurred throughout Cambodia. Afterwards, you will travel outside of town to the Killing Fields Museum. Continue onward to see the Independence Monument and take a stroll along the Mekong River. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Transfer from Phnom Penh to Kep with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. On the way to Kep, you will visit a cave at Kampong Trach that you can go through to the La Ang Viel Sre 100 and La Ang Thmar Dos. At these natural wells, there is some evidence that proves that the wells were the main filming place before the 70th decade. You will also see Chinese and Vietnamese pagodas, which are maintained by the local community.

Accommodation: Veranda Natural Resort (3*)

Veranda Natural Resort is a great retreat to get away from all the hustle and bustle. The resort is dedicated to offering the finer things of life, beauty, tranquility and great food. It is hidden below Kep National Park that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam Island and Bokor Mountain. Here, just a few hours from Phnom Penh airport you feel light years away from the crowds, ready to experience the true Kep in its entire splendor. The retreat presents a unique concept featuring raised wooden walkways made of stones, wood and is connected through all the private bungalows in the resort.  Visit some of the island’s most iconic attractions or find your own hidden gems. Or maybe just lounge by one of the biggest salted pool in Kep whilst enjoying the natural surroundings like uncounted exotic fruit trees and the tropical breezes. Veranda Natural Resort represents a light and unobtrusive feeling. It is about personalized comfort and design combined with natural, pure interior style inspired by its natural surroundings. Each guest’s bungalow has its own individual beauty, which agrees with people who care enormously about little things.

The Pier in Kep
The Pier in Kep
Veranda Natural Resort Exterior
Veranda Natural Resort Exterior

Day 7: Kep

Start the tour with a visit to Wat Sampov Pram where there are five oddly-sculpted rocks nearby resembling boats. Then continue to see the beautiful two tiered Popokvil Waterfall. Next, spend 3 hours exploring beautiful and wild Cambodian jungles. In the afternoon, visit the infamous French Palace Casino. This grand and hauntingly beautiful colonial building used to be part of the French resort town for social elites to escape from the humidity and heat of Phnom Penh. The old Catholic Church at Bokor Hill Station looks like the priest locked it up yesterday. Inside, bits of glass still cling to the corners of the windows and the altar remains intact. Next you will see King Monivong Residence and Black Palace. From the top of the mountain, you can see amazing panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. 

Accommodation: Veranda Natural Resort (3*)
Bokor National Park
Bokor National Park

Day 8: Kep

With a rented mountain bike, available at Veranda, you can explore King Sihanouk's old Palace built in the early 1990's, see abandoned colonial villas, and spend time along the historical, and uniquely Cambodian seaside boulevard.

Accommodation: Veranda Natural Resort (3*)
Biking
Biking

Day 9: Kep

Transfer from Kep to Phnom Penh with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2.5 hours.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Heritage Suites Hotel (5*): Siem Reap

At Heritage Suite Hotel, guests will stay in a sumptuous colonial villa where bamboos, lotuses and white water lilies exhale the perfumes of meditation. This sophisticated boutique retreat is nestled in tropical gardens within what is called the village, a few paces from the peaceful Siem Reap River. Some suites are up to 150 sq. m with private Jacuzzi - bath time is a memorable experience in an oversized bathtub with a view of the gardens. A “temple” of rest in one of the world’s most stunning archaeological sites. The hotel is only 6 kilometers from the renowned Angkor temples and 15 minutes from Siem Reap international airport. It takes a gratifying 4 minutes tuk tuk ride to reach the Old Market, the new fascinating National Museum and lively Pub Street. The architecture, the beautifully spacious suites, the unequalled kindness and efficiency of the staff and its culinary delights make Heritage unique as a luxurious sanctuary.

Heritage Suite Hotel
Heritage Suite Hotel
Temple
Temple

Raffles Hotel Le Royal (5*): Phnom Penh

Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is only 30 minutes' drive from Pochentong International Airport and within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artefacts Museum. Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, a hotel with those rare attributes of history and style. First established in 1929 and later reopened in 1997. After a careful restoration and refurbishment program by Raffles International, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is Phnom Penh’s premier hotel with historical style and charm. The grand hotel fulfils all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with its facilities and amenities, but imparts an old-world charm through its style and decor, which is elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual. Ideally located, it is within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artifacts Museum. Come experience this magnificent hotel in the vibrant city of Phnom Penh.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Lobby
Lobby

Veranda Natural Resort (3*): Kep

Veranda Natural Resort is a great retreat to get away from all the hustle and bustle. The resort is dedicated to offering the finer things of life, beauty, tranquility and great food. It is hidden below Kep National Park that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam Island and Bokor Mountain. Here, just a few hours from Phnom Penh airport you feel light years away from the crowds, ready to experience the true Kep in its entire splendor. The retreat presents a unique concept featuring raised wooden walkways made of stones, wood and is connected through all the private bungalows in the resort.  Visit some of the island’s most iconic attractions or find your own hidden gems. Or maybe just lounge by one of the biggest salted pool in Kep whilst enjoying the natural surroundings like uncounted exotic fruit trees and the tropical breezes. Veranda Natural Resort represents a light and unobtrusive feeling. It is about personalized comfort and design combined with natural, pure interior style inspired by its natural surroundings. Each guest’s bungalow has its own individual beauty, which agrees with people who care enormously about little things.

Veranda Natural Resort Exterior
Veranda Natural Resort Exterior
Veranda Natural Resort Dining
Veranda Natural Resort Dining
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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