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Images of Cambodia (extended)

Our fully accompanied Cambodia photographic tour, takes in wonderful landscapes; the awe inspiring jungle-clad temples and ruined cities of Angkor, street life, local markets and much more...

Escorted Cambodia photographic tour

This exciting Cambodia tour, accompanied by one of our experienced, professional travel photographers, Gary Latham or Jeff Perigois, includes the wonderful opportunity of a leisurely, but comprehensive, tour of one of most stimulating photographic environments in the world; the ruined jungle temples of Angkor. Our photographers have extensive local knowledge of the country, sites and people allowing you photographic opportunities not available to the casual visitor. Furthermore Gary and Jeff will encourage participants to engage with the local people and everyday life as much as shooting views of the stunning temples and landscapes themselves.

An exciting round trip, combining Cambodia’s Angkor temples and best known sites, with some of the more off the beaten track ones, in a road and river adventure through this fascinating and little known country. From the charming riverside capital Phnom Penh we’ll travel overland through picturesque countryside to the mysterious and dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor before crossing the scenic Tonle Sap Lake and travelling by boat through the floating villages of the Sangkar River to Battambang.  After a tour of surrounding villages to take in cottage industries and local life we’ll return to Phnom Penh via the bustling river-port of Kompong Chnang.

 

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Phnom Penh - arrival and an introductory walking tour

Arrival in Phnom Penh and check-in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to relax before stretching your legs with an introductory city walking tour giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street-life and taking in the old French Quarter and riverfront before perhaps sundowners at the famous FCC – Foreign Correspondents Club?

Photographic themes: – Phnom Penh street scenes, historic buildings; French colonial style and Buddhist temples

Extra nights in Phnom Penh prior to, or after your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Phnom Penh - city tour

Day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city: the infamous Killing Fields site and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng help to explain the country’s recent tragic history, the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda will provide plenty of photo opportunities whilst the Central Market offers some ‘retail therapy’ and a chance for a local style lunch.

Photographic themes: – street scenes, markets, people, architecture, historical sites

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, 

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Day 3 - Phnom Penh - a visit to 'Silk Island'

In the morning we’ll visit Wat Phnom and the old French Quarter including a detour to Psa Chas – the Old Market – and one of central Phnom Penh’s most bustling before heading off in the afternoon to nearby Koh Dach, or ‘Silk Island’. Lying just a short ride from the city it’s nonetheless a world away and will allow you to experience local village life as well as an opportunity to discover the traditional silk weaving methods still employed on this picturesque Mekong River island.

Photographic themes: – markets and street-life, villages and handicrafts

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - up country

Up country through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the small provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia – our base for the next few days and jumping off point for the nearby Angkor Temple complex. Stops on the way include the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, (tasting not compulsory), the rarely visited but well preserved 10th century temple of Kuhananokor & lunch by a scenic lake. A dusk visit to the atmospheric ruins of Banteay Kdei completes our day.

Photographic themes: – landscapes – countryside, villages, rural life, ‘on the road’

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 5 - Siem Reap - dawn at Angkor Wat

Angkor – an unforgettable two-day tour of this fabulous site – its vast jungle clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. Our programme begins with dawn at Angkor Wat followed by a comprehensive morning tour of the temple itself. Then late morning return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat and for some lunch, siesta or relaxation time before an afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Preah Palilay, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon & last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone!), the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous ‘faces’.

Photographic themes: – architecture, historical sites, ruined temples, dawn at Angkor Wat, landscapes, flora and fauna

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Siem Reap - jungle temples

We’ll begin with a forest hike up Bahkeng Hill to visit the spectacular Phnom Bahkeng Temple and check out the views before moving on to the huge jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and trees and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites. After a midday break in Siem Reap Town- the afternoon programme continues with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to the famous Ta Prom ruins – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple continues our jungle theme and concludes our day’s visit.

Photographic themes: – architecture, historical sites, ruined temples, landscapes, jungle flora and fauna

 

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 7 - Siem Reap - Beng Melea, a remote site

Morning trip to one of the remoter, less visited but most photogenic temple sites, the truly spectacular Beng Melea. A huge, partially ruined temple complex, overgrown by jungle, lying to the west of Siem Reap this is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, visit the National Museum, explore the markets or even take a Khmer cookery lesson?

Photographic themes: – rural markets and villages, landscapes, historical sites, rarely photographed temples

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 8 - Siem Reap to Battambang - scenic river journey

Spectacular boat journey across the Tonle Sap Lake, past the ‘flooded forest’ and Prek Toal bird sanctuary and on down the Sangkar River and its floating and stilt-house fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop off on the way to visit the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project. Time of arrival will depend upon water levels.

Photographic themes: – river-life, country-life, landscapes, wildlife, Tonle Sap

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Battambang - village life

Morning ride through the paddy-fields on Battambang’s famous ‘bamboo train’, (we’ll explain later!), followed by some leisure time to explore the friendly provincial town or just chill-out in one of the many coffee shops. After lunch we’ll head out to the surrounding villages to check out the area’s traditional cottage industries and handicrafts either by bicycle or tuk-tuk for the less energetic.

Photographic themes: – architecture, village life, cottage industries, landscapes

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 10 - Battambang to Phnom Penh - overland to the capital

Travelling east our first stop will be the lively and colourful local market in Pursat Town for a chance to stretch our legs, check out the weird and wonderful produce on display, meet the friendly locals plus of course plenty of photo opportunities. Moving on we’ll stop at the fascinating river port town of Kompong Chnang where half the town is actually floating on the Tonle Sap River and explore the bustling river front area before continuing to our day’s final destination, Phnom Penh.

Photographic themes: – markets, landscapes, river-life

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning ‘de-briefing’ session with Gary or Jeff and an opportunity to look at some important editing and post-production techniques. Afternoon end of tour.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Phnom Penh sites, street-life and local markets; Cambodian countryside and villages by road and river, the fabulous temples of Angkor including dawn and dusk visits make for some truly spectacular photographic subjects

  • Hands on photographic assistance, tips and advice by a hugely experienced professional travel photographer
  • Discover the timeless and picturesque Cambodian countryside; emerald rice paddies, traditional stilt houses, ox carts and village life
  • Travel by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery; 'like being on a Nat Geo programme'!
  • Explore the jungle clad ruined cities of Angkor - certainly one of Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Meet the exceptionally friendly and welcoming local people ...and sample the sumptuous and varied local cuisine
  • Village life and cottage industries of Battambang's countryside

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 15 August 17 2,350 GBP
  • 10 November 17 2,350 GBP
  • 24 December 17 2,550 GBP
  • 5 February 18 2,350 GBP

Land Departures

  • 16 August 17 1,450 GBP
  • 11 November 17 1,450 GBP
  • 25 December 17 1,450 GBP
  • 6 February 18 1,450 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Phnom Penh

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view

  • Lush garden setting with pool
  • Very convenient central but quiet location
  • Helpful, friendly and efficient staff

Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh view

  • Central but peaceful location in bustling Phnom Penh
  • Small, family run hotel
  • Garden setting, pool and in-house cafe/bar/restaurant

City River Hotel, Siem Reap view

  • City River is out first choice in Cambodia's Siem Reap.
  • Rooftop pool; spa, riverside location, super friendly staff
  • Only a 5 minute walk from the bustling Old Market district

King Fy Hotel, Battambang view

  • Central riverside location in Battambang Town
  • Great roof-top 'Sky Bar' for sundowners
  • Suoer friendly staff, comfortable rooms, cracking breakfast

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Cambodia: No visa in advance is required. A 30 day visa is issued on arrival at Phnom Penh airport ($30 plus passport photo). E-visas are available at this link

Further info: more details and photos of ‘Images of Cambodia‘ tour here and suggested reading and viewing on Cambodia at this link

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