We can’t always take you to some of the least explored parts of the world, so in 2018 YPT is heading back to one of our favourite destinations in Southeast Asia – Cambodia!
We spend 7 days and 6 nights travelling from Siem Reap to the capital city of Phnom Penh taking in the must see sights like Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields. What we will also do is get you off the beaten track and visit Anlong Veng – the last hideout and retirement home of the Khmer Rouge.
Being YPT we couldn’t ignore the North Korean art gallery and restaurant in Siem Reap, which makes for a surreal ending to a day at Angkor Wat.
We also take you through the 18th Century Khmer stronghold of Udong near Kampong Chhnang, where you can hike to the mountain top pagoda, and to Cambodia’s second city, Battambang, where we ride the bamboo train and visit the Phnom Sampeu bat cave.
Our Cambodia tour is all based on single room accommodation, with half board – all breakfasts and lunches included!
This is a separate tour in its own right, but it can also be done as a combo tour with the Liberation Day Tour in North Korea, special discounts for booking the combo apply!
Arrival in Siem Reap by own transport and meet your guide at our centrally located hotel at 2pm
Explore the old French town and visit the night market before meeting again for a group dinner in one of many great restaurants on Pub street – there will be Angkor beers and for anyone daring enough to try fried tarantula it will be on the menu!
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Monday 6th August
Sunrise at Angkor Wat. We rise before 5am for a truly memorable experience and spend the rest of the morning/early afternoon walking around Angkor archaeological park. Bring plenty of sun cream and water for a trip to this UNESCO heritage site
Visit Siem Reap War Museum which houses a vast outdoor collection of soviet helicopters, tanks and small weapons, all of which can be handled so it makes for a pretty good photo op!
The Landmine Museum and Relief Centre houses abandoned children who attend the school next to the museum, it gives an interesting insight to the still present effects of the Vietnam War.
A visit to the Angkor Panorama Museum Built and funded by North Korea. This Museum boasts a 360° mural made by the North Korean painters of Mansudae Art Studio depicting the history of the Angkor era.
Dinner in Siem Reap’s very own North Korea run and staffed restaurant
Drinks on Pub Street.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Tuesday 7th August
After breakfast we head to the Angkor National museum to learn about the art, culture and architecture of the Khmer Kingdom
Head off on the 2 hour drive to Anlong Veng – the last hideout and retirement home of the Khmer Rouge
On arrival we grab a local lunch of noodle soup and check into our hotel
Visit Pol Pot’s and Tok Mok’s graves and former houses in an area still littered with landmines
Check out the museum where will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and their influence on this area
Dinner and drinks in Along Veng
Overnight in hotel amongst the beautiful mountainous scenery
Wednesday 8th August
After breakfast we take a 3-4 hour drive to Battambang – Cambodia’s second largest city.
Khmer dumplings lunch and check in to hotel
Ride the famous bamboo train! This is literally a train built of bamboo sitting on wheels; it’s still used by the locals to transport rice on abandoned train tracks. We’ll ride a couple of stops and then visit a brick factory at the end of the line
Visit Phnom Sampeu cave, this was one of the killing caves of the Khmer Rouge. We climb to the top and watch as hundreds of thousands of bats exit the cave every evening at dusk
Go to the Battambang circus for some world class performances! All performers are students from an NGO arts school that helps people out of poverty
Head for dinner and out to see what the Battambang nightlife is like!
Overnight in Battambang
Thursday 9th August
Quick breakfast and then a 3 hour drive to Kampong Chhnang
On arrival we check into hotel and go for lunch
Visit the bustling market and floating village – Kampong Chhnang is one of the main rice production areas of Cambodia and fishing
Head out to the Khmer Rouge forced labour airport and mass grave
In the late afternoon we visit the 18th Century Khmer fortress of Udong, where we can climb to the top for stunning 360 degree views or enjoy a Khmer BBQ and some cold beers at the bottom!
Overnight in Kampong Chhnang
Friday 10th August
After an early breakfast we head out on the 3 hour drive to Phnom Penh – the largest city and capital of Cambodia
Check into hotel and quick lunch
Stop by the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s kings since the 1860s. You’ll also be able to see the Silver Pagoda, made with over 5,000 silver tiles.
Visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – the largest mass grave in the country and a cruel reminder of the atrocities inflicted upon people during the Khmer Rouge period. This is one of the most haunting places in the world and the history is still recent
Tuol Sleng (S21) genocide museum where there is an opportunity to meet one of the last survivors of the prison. Prisoners tortured here were mostly transferred to Choeung Ek
Wander around the Boeung kak region of Phnom Penh. This used to be a bustling region of the central city, however the residents were all evicted to make way for property developments. Now the area is left barren, as the ground is too soft to build anything on. 4000 residents were evicted from this area and protests sometimes still occur.
Make a stop to see the outside of the house of the prime minister, which is located at right next to the independence monument in the very centre of Phnom Penh.
We recover from the long day with dinner and a pub crawl in Phnom Penh to party Cambodia style
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Saturday 11th August
End of tour and airport transfer
Why not catch a flight to Beijing and join us in North Korea for Liberation Day? Special discounts for multiple bookings!