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

9 days from $3,006 per person*
  • Sail along the tree lined passages of Tonle Sap Lake with private guide.
  • Watch the sun rise over the famed temples of Angkor Wat.
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple complex.
  • With your private guide, explore the Killing Fields Museum to learn the history of genocide in Cambodia.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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The peaceful, welcoming smiles you'll be met with from the people of Cambodia stand in stark contrast to the challenging past that they've endured, making for a rich, vibrant and deeply touching travel experience that will forever change the way you see the world around you.

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. 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, finding interactions with the remarkable local people that will lift your spirits. From playing with the children at one of the country’s many orphanages to meeting the people of the floating islands of Tonle Sap Lake, you’ll meet a kind, spirited and optimistic people.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Enjoy fast-track VISA service on arrival in Siem Reap and relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Fast Track VISA Service - Fast Track VISA Service
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Tour - Private - Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum & School Visit with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Tonle Sap Tour (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day South Gate & Bayon by Tuk Tuk - Tuk Tuk/Guide
  • 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
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour: Wat Phnom & Mekong River (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh
    • Tour - 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
    • Tour - 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
    • Tour - Private - Jungle Trekking at Bokor Mountain with Lunch - 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

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met by an escort who will be holding a signboard with your name. Your escort will assist you with the VISA on arrival application form (VISA cost included). Afterwards, your escort will assist you to pick up your luggage where you will later walk through the arrivals gate to meet your guide who will be waiting for you.

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 bright and early (4AM) to head to the temples and experience sunrise at Angkor Wat, a truly stunning display. After returning to your hotel for 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, you will travel on a private cruise on one of Cambodia's largest lake: Tonle Sap. You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred along with your guide to Phnom Krom to begin your cruise. Along the way you will stop at Chong Khneas, one of the floating villages at the edge of the lake. Your guide will point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households, clinics, and schools and you will stop at the floating markets where you can view and purchase some local produce. After the tour is over you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Today, you'll be picked up from your hotel to set out on a half-day sightseeing tour with private guide, visiting the remarkable South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon temple complex by Tuk Tuk (local 3-wheeled vehicle). Established in the 12th century, this is the longest lasting and final capital city of the Khmer empire. The city was eventually abandoned, and a western visitor in 1609, seeing the scale of the ornate stone architecture wrote the site was "as fantastic as the Atlantis of Plato".

Accommodation: Heritage Suites Hotel (5*)
Tonle Sap Lake
Tonle Sap Lake
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.

Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex
Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex
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 see the beautiful two tiered Popokvil Waterfall. Next, spend 3 hours exploring beautiful and wild Cambodian jungles. You will have 3 hours of unforgettable experiences accompanied by your English Speaking Guide.

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.
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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.
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    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

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    The local guides were very sweet, knowledgeable and accommodating to our itinerary desires.

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    We were very impressed by the quality of the tour. Everything worked as planned - our guides met us on time every time, the hotels were well selected and met our needs precisely, the itinerary was well chosen. We would like to call out the expertise and friendliness of our guides. They added immensely to the success of the trip. All of the guides were great but we want to especially express appreciation for the guides in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat. They helped make us feel like we were speaking with friends about the countries and places they lived in.

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