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Gain an intimate insight into the local way of life in Cambodia as we trek through villages of thatched, stilted houses and sleep in community homestays. Cambodia is one of the friendliest countries, and we will get plenty of smiles and waves on our way!
We follow tracks past dazzling green rice-paddies and through jungle dotted with temples and ruins, climbing the sacred Phnom Kulen mountain – the highest point for miles offering incredible views across the plains.
Our incredible finish point is Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and Cambodia’s most awe-inspiring temple.
Day 1: UK - Cambodia
Depart London for Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap
We arrive in Siem Reap and can take some time to explore this busy, fascinating town.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Pagoda (Trek approx. 5-6 hours)
We begin our trek, heading southeast across dazzling green rice-paddies and farmland. We pause to explore a couple of the many temples and pagodas that we pass.
Day 4: Pagoda – Wat Preash Bat Bun Tham (Trek approx. 8-9 hours)
We trek along small dirt roads before turning off into scrub and brushland, gradually winding our way north.
Day 5: Wat Preash Bat Bun Tham – Beng Mealea – Svay Leu (Trek approx. 7-8 hours)
We head out across the paddy-fields, with fabulous views of the Phnom Kulen mountain in the distance. Following cow-cart tracks, we hike to Beng Mealea and explore the fascinating ruins of this little-visited temple. A short transfer takes us to Svay Leu Pagoda, where there is often a lively local market giving a real insight into the way of life in this remote area.
Day 6: Svay Leu – Phnom Kulen (Trek approx. 7-8 hours)
It’s a challenging haul to the top of Cambodia’s sacred mountain, Phnom Kulen, but we’re rewarded with fabulous views across the forests and fields below. Continuing on undulating tracks, we stop for lunch in Anlong Thom, a small village of stilted thatched houses. We reach the ‘Big Buddha’, which overlooks the central plain, and a very picturesque waterfall. We may bathe in the ‘River of 1000 Lingas’, admiring the elaborate carvings in the riverbed itself.
Day 7: Phnom Kulen – School Village (Trek approx. 6-7 hours)
A jungle trail takes us down the mountain. On hot, flat plains, we pass a few villages, local schools and an abundance of pagodas.
Day 8: School Village – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (Trek approx. 2-3 hours)
Our last day of trekking leads us to the Angkor temple complex. We trek to Prasat Ta Som, the first of our Angkor temples, and then colourful tuk tuks take to the spectacular walled city of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon, adorned with fabulous wall carvings and mysterious giant faces. At Angkor Wat, climb to central spire for unparalleled views over the whole temple. Explore until sunset, when we celebrate our achievements with dinner and a traditional dance show.
Day 9: Siem Reap; Flight departs
Explore Siem Reap and visit more Temples of Angkor, before transferring to the airport for our flights home.
Day 10: Arrive UK