In the Heart of Cambodia

3 Days / 2 Nights

Day 1

Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap
[Battambang to Siem Reap by road]

Phnom Penh to Battambang via Kompong Leave Phnom Penh and travel west towards Battambang province, the rice bowl of Cambodia. We leave the city on National Highway 5 and travel through
the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang. There may also be the opportunity to visit a local pottery village, as Kompong Chhnang is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian home. We come to the small town of Krakor and turn off the main road to visit the incredible floating town of Kompong Luong. The largest floating community on the Tonle Sap Lake, there are almost 10,000 inhabitants living here. Everything floats on water, including the schools,
the clinic, the shops and the petrol station. We explore by boat and experience life in a real floating community untouched by mass tourism. We head to the provincial capital of Pursat for lunch, a
pleasant riverside town in central Cambodia. We continue northwest through Pursat province, passing through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless ricefields dotted with sugar palms. We arrive in Battambang late afternoon and check into our hotel. We leave the rest of the day free to soak up the charm of this historic riverside city.

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Day 2

Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap
[Battambang to Siem Reap by road]

Temples and Lifestyle around Battambang After breakfast, we travel to Wat Koh district to
visit a local village and learn about rural life in Cambodia. We learn about the rice harvest, fruit farming and how the sugar palm is used. After our village visit, we board the bamboo train to travel back towards Battambang. These ‘local trains’ are bamboo platforms with wheels and they fly along the rail tracks offering great views of the surrounding countryside. After lunch in town, we travel to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. The winding road follows the Sangker River and passes by many traditional wooden homes, offering an authentic glimpse of rural Cambodia. Arriving at the temple, we ascend to the summit and are rewarded with striking views of the surrounding plains. There are five towers here, leading some ambitious Battambang residents to claim it may have been the inspiration behind Angkor Wat. We continue to Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas. There is also a moving memorial to Khmer Rouge victims who were thrown into one of the many caves that pepper this holy mountain. We then return to Battambang town for the night

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Day 3

Battambang – Siem Reap

We leave Battambang and travel north towards the trading town of Svay Sisophon. We travel south
through Sisophon before veering east to Siem Reap, the atmospheric gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor.

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