- Code: SO03
- Tour Duration: 03 Days
- Language: English, other languages with supplement
- Service: Private Basis
Phnom Penh – Takeo – Angkor Borei (or Phnom Chisor – Tonle Bati) – Kampot / Kep B, L
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave Phnom Penh heading towards Vietnam. As soon as the outskirts of the city are left behind, a completely different dimension is immediately noticed, among green landscapes and roadside villages. The provincial capital of Takeo is reached after about seventy kilometers and from nearby board small boats and experience interesting browsing through canals, rice paddies, homes and several farms until the approach of the hill temple of Phnom Da.
The archaeological site used to be a holy place during the reign of Funan, dating from the seventh century. The main temple was built here in the area that was also called Angkor Borei, for some time capital of the kingdom of Funan itself.
When in the months from January – February to August – September the water level does not allow the navigation by boat of the water ways between the rice paddies, as an alternative the following program will be provided.
Leave Phnom Penh by following the Route N.2 towards the provincial capital of Takeo. As soon as the outskirts of the city are left behind, a completely different dimension is immediately noticed, among green landscapes and roadside villages. Through side roads arrive then to the temple of Phnom Chisor, dating from the XI century. and visit the ruins, rising on its long stairway. From the top admire the beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
After seeing a nearby pagoda stop shortly to visit some local houses fitted with hand-crafted frames used for silk processing.
Drive then again the road towards the capital and stop at Tonle Bati temple, dating from the XI century.
Time to relax in one of the wooden terraces built on the edge of the small lake behind the temple.
Then continue to Kampot province. This province is located in the Southwest of the country with eighty kilometers coastal strip.
Kampot town shows some of Indochina’s best preserved colonial era shop houses creating a lovely old world feel that can’t be easy found elsewhere in Cambodia.
Enjoy a small boat cruise on the Kampot River. The riverside is lined with turn of the century buildings languishing in stately decay. their strong simple geometrical forms, high ceilings, hardwood floors and mustard yellow walls symbolized both the simple orderliness and foreign grandeur of French administration.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Overnight in Kep.
Kampot / Kep and surrounding area B, L
Breakfast at hotel.
Kep city is a very small city located at the South West of Phnom Penh of Cambodia. Kep city is majorly a tourist attractions having lots of beaches, parks, resorts, islands, natural mountains, mangroves, evergreen tropical forests and finally very famous for its classical sea food.
Departure to Phnom Chhnork a limestone mountain which rises above the flat plateau outside charming Kampot town. A 203 steps stairway leads up to a cave with a pre-Angkor (7th-century) temple inside. It is build in bricks and dedicated to Shiva with a stalagmite inside acting as a phallic altar. Phnom Sidaoun, which lies on the same dirt road but a bit before Phnom Chhnork, is a small cave complex next to a working stone quarry. There is a recent image of Buddha and some cave passages. Phnom Sorsia is a small mountain rising from the flat farmland outside Kampot. There is a monastery at the foot and a small colorful temple on the top along with stupas. The mountain also have some cool caves passages where you can see bats. The great thing about this place compared to Phnom Sidaoun, Phnom Chhnork and Wat Kiri Sela is that it is an active monastery, so there will be young novice monks hanging around.
Visit one of the many pepper plantations.
Pepper has a long history in Kampot and has always been one of the main industries of the region. Its flavor made it one of the best peppers in the world –Unfortunately the events that took place in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime destroyed the majority of the production
Despite pepper cultivation being adversely affected by events in Cambodia’s recent history, small farmers in the region are using their traditional skills and knowledge to once again make Kampot pepper a valuable product.
Pepper is a vine that grows along standards consisting of vertical poles. This vine originating from the tropical forests requires a hot and humid climate.
Kampot is also famous for its Salt.
The salt fields are close to the sea, and water is let in. The fields are then closed and the water is allowed to evaporate, leaving salt crystals.
The raw salt is then collected and it is extremely pure. Then, it’s delivered to the salt factory, where it is cleaned and packaged for shipment.
Salt fields may be found on the road from Kampot to Kep, just outside of town.
Lunch at restaurant.
Overnight in Kep.
Kampot / Kep – Phnom Bokor – Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh B, L
Breakfast at hotel.
Departure to Phnom Bokor National Park.
It is 1,075 meters high above sea level and about 11 kilometers from kampot town to the foot of the mountain and 32 kilometers from the foot to the peak itself. Bokor Mountain was discovered by the French in 1917 and developed into a climatic health resort in 1921. It was a famous summer escape from the heat of the plains and Phnom Penh for the French elites and royal family.
The park offers a breathtaking view from the hill top overlooking Cambodian coastal line of both Kampot and Sihanoukville together with many beautiful offshore islands.
The highlight is the old Bokor village, Cambodia’s twice abandoned town.
Bokor Hill Station is very much a symbol of the country’s recent history. The buildings, virtually ripped and completely empty, remain standing in a totally surreal ghostly atmosphere.
At about 10 km from the hill station there are the ruins of The Black Palace or “Damnak Sla Khmao” which was King Sihanouk‘s residence built by brick and black wood in 1936.
Le Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino.
This large building was a historical colonial hotel built by French and opened in 1925. The hotel was a retreat from the strong heat of the plains and Phnom Penh. Now, the building is under reconstruction and will be restored to its original splendor to enable to experience the hotel’s past glory. The building will be a colonial architecture museum
The name of the pagoda” Wat Sampov Pram” or “5 boats Wat” came from the five oddly-sculpted rocks nearby resembled boats that recall to the beautiful legend of the boats. Wat Sampov Pram was built in 1924 by King Monivong. Behind the temple is breath-taking amazing view of the sapphire blue sea and green deep jungle.
The Old Catholic Church was built by the French in the early 1920s as part of the French village on Bokor Mountain . The building’s interior is surprisingly well kept. By the cliff behind the church the view is very impressive.
Spend some time to enjoy the incredibly surrealistic atmosphere of this abandoned town and it beautiful views on the gulf below.
Departure then to head to either Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville.
Lunch at restaurant.
End of services.
Transfers and excursions by air conditioned private vehicles as per program, except where open line boats are provided.
Private English speaking guides, other languages with supplement.
Assistance, availability and by dedicated and resident staff.
Accommodation as per requested hotels.
Meals as per program.
New taxes and entrance fees.
- Any kind of insurances
- Drinks at meals (if any) and extras in general