Enjoy discovering the lesser known islands around Kep, home to some of Cambodia’s best kept secret locations. Explore uninhabited islands and observe daily life in local fishing communities dotted along the islands. Stop at a deserted beach for a snorkel around the island and explore the fragile marine eco-system around the island. After a well-deserved rest and a snack, indulge in some tasty sparkling wine, before continuing on your island hopping discovery, and returning to the mainland.
See Angkor from a unique perspective – from a tethered balloon providing a bird’s eye views of Angkor Wat and across the plains. After enjoy breakfast with a glass of champagne (sunrise) or some canapes with champagne (sunset).
A kayak tour in search of the rare Irawaddy dolphins, paddling through a picturesque and rarely visited section of the Mekong River. These creatures spend most of their time in ‘dolphin pools’ in the Mekong.
Paddle across the river towards the west bank, then downstream through sand islands and the flooded forest, before crossing back and enjoying the unique perspective of seeing the rare Irrawaddy dolphins from your kayak.
Enjoy SUP on a calm stretch of the Kampot River. Stand Up Paddleboarding is an enjoyable way to experience the beautiful river in a slow but active manner and you normally pass the town, river villages and mangroves. With the backdrop of mountains you will experience the river at its serene best (duration 2.5 hrs on a private basis).
A fascinating morning in the Kampot countryside. Learn about the high quality Kampot pepper with a tour of a plantation. After hop on a buffalo cart to visit the Secret Lake which the buffaloes enjoy cooling down. Later it is time to enjoy lunch at the farm restaurant, naturally served with some fresh peppers.
Enjoy lunch or dinner with a carefully selected local host family. The family will prepare three Khmer dishes for you. You can cook with the locals or just watch, and you will have lunch with the Khmer family after. Each household we use only accepts one booking per meal sitting so you can have an immersive experience with the family.
Spend a morning with the elephants in a forest not far from Kulen Mountain. The Kulen Elephant Forest is a haven where retired elephants can interact freely, and are treated with great care and attention. At the reserve, there is no riding, and the elephants roam and socialize unburdened, within 530 acres of lush forest.
You can walk and observe the elephants in the forest and learn from the expert mahouts about their work.
At noon, retire to base camp and enjoy a traditional meal at the same time as the larger residents before heading back to Siem Reap.
After dinner proceed to a Cocktail class close to the Pub Street area in the heart of the town. Try your hand at a unique cocktail mixing class which you learn how to use traditional Khmer herbs, spices and infused rice spirits to create cocktails. It’s fun and of course you will learn a lot about the ingredients at the same time.
Explore hidden Kampot by bicycle. Guided by knowledgeable student guides, cycle amongst the rice paddies and see rice noodles and rice cakes being made. You can try your hand at making the noodles if you like. Stop to speak with villagers and enjoy the wonderful scenery on this easy cycling tour (approximately 15km).
Explore nature with a cruise amongst the backdrop of mountains, rainforests, and rivers. Take a boat for about 45 minutes into the heart of the Cardamom jungle until you reach the turbulent waters of the Tatai Waterfall. Depending on the season and water levels you can enjoy a natural hydromassage from the waters, kayak in the calmer waters and then enjoy a picnic lunch at the falls.
Kayak through a village built on floating platforms of bamboo and towed near the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake as the waters recede. Paddle through the village and between the houses, fish pens, animal cages moored beside a small hilltop pagoda. This is a great way to explore lake villages from a different angle.
Ride pillion on a motorbike to explore the hidden ruins of Mahendravarpata. After laser scanning technology (LIDAR) was used by helicopters flying over the country the data revealed the extent of 12th century cities all over Cambodia. On a full day tour see the life size stone elephant carvings, ancient carvings and see the location of King Jayavarman II’s consecration ceremony and where the Angkor Empire began.
An exquisite dinner in a beautiful countryside location, approximately one hour’s adventure from Siem Reap. This half day countryside experience by road, via a pagoda, by boat across an ancient reservoir and then on foot is varied and provides a perfect introduction to the best of rural Cambodia away from the influence of tourism. The tour culminates at the villa with cocktails and fine Khmer celebratory dining in elegant surroundings overlooking the rice paddies with entertainment provided by local musicians from the village.
In the late afternoon it is time for a foodie safari using the remork (tuk tuk). As the sun sets Phnom Penh comes to life and food stalls pop up at various popular places for the locals to come and eat. Explore tasting in markets, a cocktail at a Sky Bar with a beautiful view, a local dining venue and finish with some street food dessert.
Experience an exciting boat ride like no other in Cambodia to get to a hidden temple very close to the Vietnamese border. The journey varies according to the time of year and water level and can be across open water or canal and river in order to access the small town of Angkor Borei. Stop to visit the local archaeological museum that features Funan and Chenla-era artefacts that were discovered in the area.
Continue by boat to Phnom Da, a temple that may date as far back as the 6th century. Enjoy an impressive view over rice fields and towards Vietnam. Return by boat to Takeo town where at a local restaurant you will be served some freshwater lobster, the local specialty.
Take a boat trip at Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and explore one of the lesser-visited villages on the lake. After reaching the village stop to eat a packed lunch at one of the local houses. This will give you time to relax and watch as the villagers go about their daily business which is all on the lake.
Meet the Wildlife Alliance Rangers and embark on a patrol over a network of abandoned poaching and logging trails through the dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like macaques, gibbons or hornbills. Stop by the ranger station, where confiscated snares, traps and improvised hunting rifles are on display. After enjoying lunch at the station, kayak or hike back to your camp.
Spend the morning in an authentic village outside of Siem Reap. The interaction is natural and not forced and could be the highlight of a visit to Cambodia. Learn about village customs and culture and gain new insights and experience. This involves a walk and talk through the village, meeting local families, assisting in activities and a visit to a community centre to see eco-friendly products being made and to try your hand at making your own reusable cloth bag.
In the evening experience dinner at the end of the Sailing Club private jetty. Enjoy this romantic venue with a specially designed 3 course menu with a candlelit table surrounded by the tranquil sea. This unique and unforgettable dining experience is the ideal way to celebrate a special occasion, or the last night of your stay in Cambodia.
Rise early to see how Phnom Penh comes to life. Leave your hotel before sunset and head to the Riverside promenade in time to catch the sun rising over the river. Take a stroll along the riverside and see a tai chi class, exercise class and the quiet area in front of the Royal Palace. This is Phnom Penh at its most revealing… enjoy a street side coffee before returning to your hotel for breakfast.
Just footsteps away from the temples we take a trail along a scenic village backroad which is often full of activity. You might see a villager washing a buffalo or climbing a palm tree to collect rice toddy. After arriving at the village try a bowl of fresh Cambodian rice noodles.
Take a traditional rickshaw (cyclo) to a local market to explore. Try some traditional Cambodian noodles. After purchase some food which is put into tiffin boxes (plastic free!) to donate to monks at a local pagoda, before being blessed.
An eco-friendly adventure just a few minutes drive from the temples: fly over the forest canopy on ziplines, cross hanging bridges and finish by abseiling 50ft. Suitable for children and adults this is sure to get the adrenalin flowing and is an ideal contrast to cultural options in Siem Reap.
A pre-dawn visit to Kampot Fish Market is an experience that few others will have in Cambodia. The fishing boats head out to sea in the late afternoon and return in the early morning before it gets light. Arrive at around 5.30am when there is enough light to see the action and take some beautiful photos of a market rarely visited by tourists. At around 7am the market is almost finished as the fish and seafood is sold off – time to return to your hotel for breakfast or back to bed…
Enjoy a walk around the ancient walls of Angkor Thom (distance 2-10km depending on your interest) along a sandy, forested path. You might hear local farmers at work or birds singing but you won’t be disturbed by tourist groups. After enjoying sunset at a hidden temple settle into a traditional carved, wooden boat and be rowed on the ‘Angkor Gondola’ back to your pick up. Champagne, wine and soft drinks can be provided to end a memorable day away from the crowds.
Enjoy a new community based initiative supporting local villagers whilst have some quiet moments rowing across Jayatataka, an artificial lake near Preak Khan temple. Arrive at Neak Poan temple for a visit in the same way ancient Khmer once did. Nature fans will appreciate early in the morning with the chance to see local birdlife and feel at one with nature.
Imagine having a candlelight dinner in front of a 12th century temple whilst the sun sets and traditional music plays…your dream can come true at Banteay Chhmar. The meal is a simple affair organized by the local village community and a great way to support their attempts to develop tourism in this rarely visited part of Cambodia.
Experience a special sunrise at Pre Rup, an atmospheric location that beats the crowds often seen at Angkor Wat. The light will change as the sun rises above the forest canopy.
After continue to a local wooden house near the royal bathing pool of Sra Srang and enjoy an energizing traditional breakfast.
An incredible way of seeing Angkor from above. Be amazed at the scale of the ruins and you can also fly over unique floating villages on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake. Flights start from $90 per person for 8 minutes for a flight around Angkor Wat but can be customised to suit your needs.
For those wanting to visit some of the temples located a long way from Siem Reap, a helicopter charter is ideal. Temples such as Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Preah Khan are easily reached by flight instead of long road journeys. A picnic in the jungle combines well on helicopter tours for a memorable day.
Learn about the one of the world’s oldest cuisines in a rural location. With fresh ingredients to create subtle flavours and textures spend a half day (or longer) to learn about Khmer cuisine. The class involves a walk through a village to see typical life beyond cooking at a specially built pavilion.
Receive an initiation into either Classic Dance or Khmer Martial Arts in an hour long private class by a teacher who has performed Apsara dancing for the late King Sihanouk or by a Yutakun Khom (Khmer martial art) teacher who is the son of the most famous master (kru) alive can both be provided.
Truly an unforgettable night…to wine and dine with the backdrop of one of the fabled Angkorian temples whilst an Apsara dance is performed. A dinner can be private or part of a gala group event. Though the cost can be high for this once in a lifetime experience and the rate depends on the temple, set up and permissions.