Dive head first into the culture and history of Cambodia on this exclusive and diverse 17-day journey through the fascinating country. Modern artisans, mysterious ancient ruins, expansive nature reserves and more are all on the itinerary culminating in multi-day stays at the new Shinta Mani Wild and remote Koh Krabey.
Meet artists and craftspeople throughout the journey and see how local painters, silversmiths and potters go about their work to preserve the culture of Cambodia. Step into the magical ‘Silver Pagoda’, where the floor shimmers from 5,000 silver tiles. Find out what it’s like to live on a floating village and bird-watch in the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the last Southeast Asian refuges for large water birds.
Naturally, one can’t visit Cambodia without paying respects to Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples and ruins. Thousands of years old, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and Angkor, the temple complex, was named UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. Preserved in time while being devoured by the jungle, these ruins are awash in an air of mystery and spirituality and still revered by the people today.
While the Angkor ruins speak to Cambodia’s illustrious past, its present and future are just as enticing, particularly with new luxury experiences and destinations opening up. From flying by helicopter to the former Khmer capital of Koh Ker and zipping past 12th century temples in a vintage sidecar motorbike, to venturing to the remote Shinta Mani Wild tented camp in the Cardamom Mountains and taking a speedboat to the gorgeous Six Senses Koh Krabey, this 17-day expedition marries adventure and luxury like no other.
17-day itinerary at a glance
day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival Leisure
day 2: Phnom Penh Wat Phnom, National Museum, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda, art gallery visit & more
day 3: Koh Chen – Kampong Chhnang Silversmith village, port of pottery
day 4: Chhnok Tru – Moat Khla Communities of the lake exploration, floating village visit , Buddhist blessing ceremony
day 5: Prek Toal – Siem Reap Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve
day 6: Siem Reap Full-day temple visit in Jeep, Champagne cocktail in an art gallery
day 7: Siem Reap Helicopter tour to visit remote Koh Ker and Preah Vihear, Sacred Dancers of Angkor performance
day 8: Siem Reap Jewel Temples of Jayavarman VII by motorbike sidecars, kayak experience in a quiet floating village, sunset cruise with cocktails
day 9: Siem Reap Exclusive private tour of Artisans d’Angkor Hidden Workshops, romantic sunset dinner over rice fields
day 10: Siem Reap – Cardamom Flight to Sihanoukville, orientation at Shinta Mani Wild
day 11: Cardamom Day at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by Shinta Mani Wild
day 12: Cardamom Day at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by Shinta Mani Wild
day 13: Cardamom – Koh Krabey Transfer to the island and day at leisure
day 14: Koh Krabey Leisure
day 15: Koh Krabey Leisure
day 16: Koh Krabey Leisure
day 17: Koh Krabey – Kep – Phnom Penh Airport Discovery tour of Kep
One of the most anticipated new properties in Asia, Shinta Mani Wild is unlike any other luxury tented camp experience you’ve seen before. Blending world class design from celebrated designer Bill Bensley, impeccable hospitality and progressive conservation efforts, Shinta Mani Wild welcomes discerning travellers for an adventure of a lifetime that also helps create sustainable employment opportunities for the local people.
Perched along 1.5 kilometres of river and waterfalls in the southern Cardamom Mountains, guests zip-line into the property to find 15 100-square-metre luxury tents. Trekking in the hills with experienced guides, gliding down the river in customised safari boats, unlimited spa treatments and toasting Champagne chilled in ice baths are just a few of the luxe adventure activities available.
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