Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Cambodia 7 Day Itinerary is one of our classic tour that includes all the major travel highlights of Cambodia. Start the trip in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, you visit the city, Koh Dach Islands then you move up to Siem Reap.
DAY 1: ARRIVE PHNOM PENH – TOUL SLENG MUSEUM – ROYAL PALACE
Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant and bustling capital city. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. Upon arrival, Tour guide and driver of Lotussia Travel will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in(*). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then set out on a city tour to acquaint yourself with Phnom Penh’s major sites. Start your visit learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Our cultural exploration continues as we visit the National Museum, an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art and civilization, and the Royal Palace, home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda.
DAY 2: MEKONG BOAT TRIP – PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR
Today we travel to two nearby islands (Mekong and Koh Dach), known for their weaving and vegetable farming. Spend half a day touring these villages and learning about local life. Return to Phnom Penh for lunch. In the late afternoon we enjoy a cyclo ride along Sihanouk Boulevard and visit the grand Independence Monument.
DAY 3: PHNOM PENH -> SIEM REAP
After breakfast our driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on the 5 hour drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including the Khmer favorite: fried spiders! Up on arrival, check in and then visit Angkor Nation Museum.
DAY 4: TA PROHM – ANGKOR WAT – ANGKOR THOM
Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm, at sunrise. Dawn is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded gold by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back out on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture. Lunch with home host family at Srah Srang village and then we proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset with local wine toasting in front of Angkor Wat Temple.
DAY 5: ROLOUS GROUP – TONLE SAP LAKE
Today we visit some of the oldest temples in the Angkor complex. After breakfast drive out of town to the ancient capital of King Indravarman I (877-889), now referred to as the Rolous Group and known as the birthplace of classical Khmer art and architecture. In the afternoon, head out of town and embark on a short cruise along Tonle Sap Lake to visit the local floating villages.
DAY 6: BENG MEALEA – BANTEAY SREI – PREAH KHAN
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then set off to the tranquil countryside and visit Beng Mealea Temple. Here we will visit ancient temples. After lunch drive to Banteay Srei, home to Angkor’s finest stone carvings, followed by Preah Khan (Sacred Sword): one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. In the evening, enjoy the dinner and Apsara dance performace at local restaurant.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, explore the Khmer Handicraft & Fine Arts at Artisan D’Angkor & Psar Chass, also known as the “Old Market,” for some last minute souvenir shopping, before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. Bon voyage!