Kampot, Kep & Koh Tonsay Discovery

  • Tour Code & Duration: KKK-5D
  • Price: 05 Days / 04 Nights
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After exploring some ancient temples, head south to Kampot and visit salt flats, traditional villages, interesting caves, and the famous Kampot pepper plantages. Discover the former elites 'get-a-way' Kep, a secluded tropical island, a lively crab market, and unforgettable sunsets!

Salt & Pepper with seafood and some unusual fruit for dessert, no we are not describing a menu but Kampot and the surrounding area which is any gastronome's dream. Many people believe Kampot is the most picturesque province in Cambodia and during this 5 day Kampot, Kep & Koh Tonsay Tour you will be left most probably agreeing with them.

Kampot Koh Tonsay and Kep Discovery 5D4N

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh, Ancient Temples & Kampot
This morning you leave Phnom Penh and head south. After about 35 kilometers (22 miles) you will turn off the main road and visit Tonle Bati where you can explore the small yet picturesque Angkorian temple of Ta Prohm. On the banks of the nearby river are a line of bamboo shacks with hammocks, a great place to relax and have a refreshing drink. Further on, you can see the large hill of Phnom Chisor, when you arrive and have climbed up the 500+ steps you will be rewarded with nicely preserved 11th century temple ruins, as well as a fabulous panorama of the surrounding rice fields. Continue south following the charming drive to Kampot. Kampot has an undeniable charm; it is a sleepy place with a tranquil ambience and friendly locals, many French colonial and Chinese buildings and a wonderful riverfront with a small collection of cafes. After checking-in to your hotel, you will take a short drive through traditional Cham villages to the salt flats and learn more about the salt making processes. Back in Kampot you will be taken to a riverside restaurant where you will enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner.

Meals included: D

Day 2: Explore Bokor Mountain & enjoy a relaxing river cruise
Today you visit Bokor National Park where you will drive up the winding 35 kilometers (22 miles) road through lush jungle scenery to the cooler summit hill station. After 25 kilometers (16 miles) there is an opportunity to take a break and stretch your legs as your reach the deserted Black Palace, one of the Kings former mountain top residences, which has stunning views out over the sea. From here the road flattens out for the final few kilometers and you begin to pass more abandoned villas before the main hilltop clearing, with its UFO-esque water tower, is finally visible. The Bokor Hill Station was originally developed as a playground for the colonial and Khmer elite in the early 20th century, it's cooler climate and lush scenery provided a welcome relief from the lowland heat. Afterwards you will stop at the nearby Popokvil waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim. On the way back to Kampot you will visit a durian plantation and the river rapids Tuk Chou. Catch a boat for a relaxing and delightful sunset cruise back to Kampot, where you are free at leisure for the rest of the evening.

Meals included: B, L

Day 3: Visit pepper plantation & Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) 
Bid farewell to Kampot as you pass through some delightful scenery of rice paddies, sugar palm trees, traditional wooden houses, and kart limestone outcrops on the way to the cave of Phnom Chhnork. Inside the cave you will discover the remains of a 7th century brick temple. After this you will visit the caves of Phnom Sla'ang, if you are feeling adventurous you can scramble through this cave until you magically appear into the sunlight on the top of the hill, being rewarded with some of the most beautiful views in Cambodia, with the traditional countryside stretching off into the Gulf of Thailand and its many islands (you also can follow the track up outside of the hill). Next stop is a local pepper plantation, a great opportunity to buy some fiery and delicious spices. On arrival in Kep you will head to the jetty to catch your boat for the short 20 minute journey to the lovely and secluded Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island. The main beach is lined with coconut palms and this is where you will find your bamboo beach hut. This is a back-to-basics experience as there is no electricity and no running water. However, the beautiful sunset, incredibly starry night, and falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking, will make your stay unforgettable.

Meals included: B, D

Day 4: Koh Tonsay & Kep
Awake to the sound of singing birds and take a refreshing dip in the sea. If you wish you may follow the 6 kilometers (4 miles) trail around the island discovering a few deserted beaches and some friendly local fishermen. The more adventurous may wish to search out the hilltop for an American anti aircraft gun bunker, a relic of the Vietnam War. In the late morning you will return to the mainland and check-in to your hotel. Then you are free at leisure to explore Kep which was a popular seaside resort of Cambodia's elite in the 1940s-60s. Kep is famous for its seafood so for lunch and dinner you may choose to experience this at the beachside restaurants.

Meals included: B

Day 5: Bid farewell to Kep, welcome to Phnom Penh 
Witness the lively crab market where women bring their crustacean laden baskets ashore and haggle with the local restaurateurs. On arrival in Kompong Trach you can gaze at the pagoda of Wat Kirisehla, which is set in the shadows of a karst limestone formation. Local children, armed with burning torches, excitedly guide you into the cave, and you soon discover it is a tunnel that opens out into a circular hidden natural cavity surrounded by towering craggy cliffs with the sunlight streaming down. There are various Buddhist icons in the cliffs surrounding caves including a large reclining Buddha. After this you will enjoy the scenic drive back to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you are free to continue your travel plans, having experienced a varied and action packed side of Cambodia and you will have some truly wonderful memories.

Meals included: B


Inclusions:
• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation as detailed
• Private air conditioned vehicles
• English speaking local guides
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• All boat trips
• Daily drinking water and cool face towels whilst sightseeing
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

Exclusions:
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to / from Cambodia
• Cambodian Visa fees
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary Tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

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