Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Get-off-the-beaten track in Cambodia to explore lesser known provincial areas. Starting at Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh before venturing to the long abandoned French colonial outpost of Kratie to see the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Continue on to the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then end the trip clambering through the vast ruins of Angkor’s lost temples in the jungle like the early explorers.

Private, Local Guides!

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Choose Your Dates!

This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.


Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Killing Fields and Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Charming colonial era outpost by Upper Mekong
  • Endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Sambor Prei Kuk, a UNESCO Heritage Site dating to pre-Angkor era
  • Sample a local delicacy at Skoun Spider Village
  • Angkor Temples & Beng Mealea, a spectacular “jungle temple”
Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Get-off-the-beaten track in Cambodia to explore lesser known provincial areas. Starting at Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh before venturing to the long abandoned French colonial outpost of Kratie to see the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Continue on to the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then end the trip clambering through the vast ruins of Angkor’s lost temples in the jungle like the early explorers.

  • Day 1Arrive Phnom Penh

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

  • Day 2Phnom Penh

    Explore this morning the iconic highlights in the city including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculptures from the Angkor period.

    After enjoy a meaningful lunch stop at a restaurant supported by PSE, a local non-profit that provides training and employment to disadvantaged youth.

    Then head out to Toul Seng Prison Camp and the Killing Fields to learn about the grueling era of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, known commonly as the Khmer Rouge regime who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

  • Day 3Drive about 4.5h from Phnom Penh to Chhlong

    Today you will journey to the former colonial outpost of Chhlong, a small rural town by the Mekong River. This off beaten path area hardly sees any visitors, making it a charming area to see the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins and explore crumbling colonial era architecture. You can make several interesting and optional stops along the drive, most are located about 2 to 2.5h drive out from Phnom Penh.

    Fascinating stops include Skoun Spider Village, about 1.5h drive from Phnom Penh, this small provincial town is famous for a local delicacy, tarantula spiders. Continue another hour to Cheung Kok Village, a charming rural village to see traditional crafts like making of Khmer Krama scarves, traditional weaving, palm sugar harvesting and utensils from locally grown trees like coconut and bamboo.

    Other stops include Phnom Srey and Phnom Pros Temples located on two separate small hill tops with a good view of Kampong Cham province. Phnom Pros hill was a big detention center during the Khmer Rouge era, accessible by a short drive up. Phnom Srey is accessible by only by climbing 308 stairs without the crowds and monkeys.

    At Chhlong, check-in at your boutique hotel built originally in 1916. This charming colonial villa was lovingly restored in 2018 with just 10 rooms, a restaurant and swimming pool. Take a stroll around the small town to see local life in a small rural town, old architecture and a 100 Pillar House built in 1884.

    Overnight in Chhlong

  • Day 4Day trip to Kampi & Koh Trong Island

    Depart early this morning for about an hour’s drive to Kampi where you would board a private local boat for possible sightings of the endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphins. Spend about an hour around one of the deep pools where the dolphins are best sighted early morning or late afternoon. A kayaking option is available too if you are interested.

    Later, explore some old colonial architecture around the former French outpost at Kratie. Take a short local ferry ride to go across the Mekong River to Koh Trong, a small island. Explore by bicycles, visiting local farms and learn about typical rural life out here. Meet a rural Cambodian family, learn about the fruits and vegetables they grow, sample seasonal fresh fruits in season. You can also visit a floating Vietnamese fishing village at the southern tip of the island.

    Overnight in Chhlong

  • Day 5Drive about 4h from Chhlong to Kampong Thom

    Depart this morning for Kampong Thom, the second largest province in Cambodia by area.

    About 3h drive from Chhlong, stop at Santuk Silk Farm, a social enterprise for traditional silk weaving. Started by an American war vet and his Khmer wife, the workshop hires local weavers from impoverished villages to produce high quality silk products at better prices than city shops. From here, it’s just about 20min drive to your hotel in Kampong Thom.

    This afternoon, explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura. Known today as Sambor Prei Kuk, it was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2017. The now ruined complex dates back to Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom in the late 6th to 9th century and it was the first major temple city in South-East Asia. Visiting these ancient structures before your pilgrimage to Angkor offers a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire.

    Overnight at Kampong Thom

  • Day 6Drive about 3h from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

    Depart this morning northwest along an old Angkor road with stopover at Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that were built to span the rivers. Spean Praptos has more than 20 arches and is a spectacular sight. Continue about 3 hours drive to Siem Reap.

    Afternoon, visit the mighty temple of Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’, built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sister temple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. End the day with a beautiful sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.

    Overnight at Siem Reap

  • Day 7Siem Reap

    To avoid the crowds, depart this morning by 7:30am for Beng Mealea temple, about 90min drive from town. The jungle temple of Beng Mealea is a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. Built as a Hindu temple, the history of the temple is unknown and dated only by its by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat. This temple is largely un-restored with trees and thick bush thriving amidst its crumbling towers, the spectacular sight ranks among the Khmer empire’s larger temples.

    Then, continue about one-hour drive to Tonle Sap Lake and board a small wooden boat to Kompong Khleang to see a rustic side of Cambodia and floating villages, where houses stand atop stilts as much as seven meters above the water. Your boat trip is organized by a local non-profit and you will be guided by a local resident from this area. During your boat cruise, you will make several stops such as a local home, a rural market, the village temple and the local school that the non-profit supports.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

  • Day 8Siem Reap

    Rise early morning with your guide and visit the majestic temples of Angkor. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. You can ask your hotel to prepare a picnic breakfast box to enjoy by the temples or return to your hotel for breakfast after the sunrise tour.

    Later in the day, visit the highlights of Angkor Thom,  the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. You will visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very center of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur.

    In the evening, you will enjoy an interactive traditional Cambodian puppet performance at an informal outdoor space, along with live music performances incorporating Cambodian rock n roll tunes from the 60s! This is not a just typical performance as you will interact with the performers and have an opportunity to play with the puppets too. We love supporting local artists and this is a meaning way to help local communities preserve this traditional art that is fast vanishing in Asia. A delicious local dinner will be served after the performance.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

  • Day 9Depart Siem Reap

    Transfer to airport for onward journey.


Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • In Country Flights
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees and Application
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Add-Ons to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Laos or Vietnam depending on which city your international flight is routed through. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days to explore UNESCO World Heritage Old Towns in Luang Prabang or Hoi An. Both cities feature charming old architecture from the colonial era, beautiful countryside and delicious local cuisine.

Luang Prabang Stopover

Starting Price : $1150 / Person

Discover the hidden charm of this UNESCO World Heritage town as you explore the back lanes of Luang Prabang. Visit famous old temples, charming French colonial architecture and local villages just outside of Luang Prabang before relaxing in turquoise blue pools surrounded by secluded waterfalls

Hoi An Discovery

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Offering some of the best and unique Vietnamese street eats, Hoi An features two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Old Town and My Son Sanctuary, the former capital of the Cham Kingdom from 7th century. A former trading port, Hoi An has some of the most well restored architecture with Chinese, Japanese and French influence.

Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

The best times to travel in Cambodia are from early November to March when temperatures are cooler and the weather is typically good. It is still possible to travel other times of year, but it is very hot in April and May while June through early October is the monsoon season. However, crowds at places like the ancient Angkor temples will be much sparser during the off season.

Private Tour

Cambodia Explorer - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Customize This Itinerary

Starting From: $3385 / Person
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  • When you want to travel – are your dates fixed or flexible?
  • Destinations of interest – country or countries, plus destinations within a country
  • Activities of interest – like beaches, wildlife, hiking, shopping, art, local culture, adventure, etc.
  • Purpose of trip and Special Occasions – holiday, honeymoons, important birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Approximate budget per person

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