• Less Known Cambodia

    Code: COT06 - Duration: 15 Days
    Start: Phnom Penh | Finish: Siem Reap
  • Cambodia is becoming one of the most favorite destinations in Asia thanks for its natural beauty, amazing heritage sites, and smiling people. Less Known Cambodia will take you to less explored destinations within 15 days.  Start in Phnom Penh with visits to some major sites such as National Museum, the Royal Palace, the famous Silver Pagoda and Choeung Ek Killing Field to understand more its rich historical past and French influence in the ornate Khmer-style temples and the grand colonial buildings and villas. We then head north to the rural areas of Kampong Cham and the remote provinces of Mondulkiri and Rantanakiri which are home to elephants, leopards and the Irrawaddy Dolphins which inhabit the Mekong river between Kratie and Stung Treng near the Lao border. Reaching Siem Riep, we have chance to discover the lost city of Angkor.


    • Discover the history and treasures of Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia
    • Get off the tourist path, to experience Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri areas which are full of natural beauty, with thickly forested mountains, powerful waterfalls and the lush green rolling hills.
    • Try an elephant riding trip  to visit waterfalls and lush forests in Sen Monorom
    • Discover the very small and quite town of  Stung Treng, stretching along the Seikhong River near the Lao border
    • Board a local boat navigating down-stream on the Mekong River to Kratie, a lovely riverside town where we may have chance to watch the Irawarddy dolphin.
    • Visit Sambor Prei Kuk temple in Kampong Thom, which is dotted with hundred pre-angkor styled temples
    • Admire the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat and its jungle temples
    • Explore Bayon Temple at the center of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom
    • Trip to the sophisticated carvings of Banteay Srei temple, the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Less Known Cambodia

    Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Kampong Cham - Snoul - Sen Monorom (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Sen Monorom (Mondolkiri) (B/L/D)
    Day 6: Sen Monorom - Banlung (Rattanariki(B/L/D)
    Day 7: Banlung - Tampolum - Balung (B/L/D)
    Day 8: Banlung - Kroeng Territori- Banlung (B/L/D)
    Day 9: Banlung - Stung Treng (B/L/D)
    Day 10: Stung Treng - Kratie (B/L/D)
    Day 11: Kratie - Kompong Thom (B/L/-)
    Day 12: Kompong Thom - Siem Riep (B/-/-)
    Day 13: Siem Riep - Angkor Temples (B/-/-)
    Day 14: Siem riep - Angkor Temples (B/-/-)
    Day 15: Siem Riep - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Vietnam 


    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"
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    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (-/-/-)

    Phnom Penh - Airport: 12km, ~35min drive

    phnom penh - tonkin travelUpon arrival in Phnom Penh airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time at leisure to recover after the long flight.

    This afternoon, we spend time to discover this capital city which was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the surroundings.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 2: Phnom Penh (B/L/-)

    tuol Sleng prison museum - tonkin travelAfter breakfast, our sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh continues with the Royal University of Fine Arts, where the young Cambodians learn the ancient arts of their ancestors. A view of numerous children practicing the graceful movements of the beautiful national dances is impressive. The next stop of our trip is the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Heading out of town we visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields' of Choeung Ek, which will give us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. We have time this afternoon, exploring Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham: 127km, ~2h30min drive

    kampong cham - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we depart for Kampong Cham, also called "The Garden City" and the main town in the province of that name. After check-in at your hotel we will continue by car to visit a rubber plantation and a rubber factory by crossing Kizona bridge. Return to Kampong Cham for lunch. Visit Phnom Pros (the hill of men) and Phnom Srei (the hill of women) from which you can admire the surrounding panorama. Visit the interesting temples in the area which dated back to 12th and 13th centuries.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Cham

    Day 4: Kampong Cham - Snoul – Sen Monorom (B/L/D)

    Kampong Cham - Sen Monorom: 268km, ~6h drive

    sen monorom - tonkin travelMorning after having breakfast, we depart for Snuol where you will have lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Sen Monorom, the province capital of the Mondolkiri province with scenery and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. Arrival in Sen Monorom in the late afternoon. Check in at guesthouse. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Sen Monorom.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Sen Monorom

    Day 5: Sen Monorom (B/L/D)

    elephant riding - tonkin travelEarly morning after breakfast at a local restaurant, we visit the local market where many of the Phnong people from the nearby villages are coming to trade with their distinctive baskets they carry on their back. Full day visit to the nearby hill tribe’s villages and the pretty waterfalls just a few k.m away from the sleepy capital. There are hundreds of minority villages around Sen Monorom. One of the largest and easiest to access being Phlung village inhabited by Phnong Chunchiets. The curious huts have woven wooden walls and thatched roofs almost to the floor. Three or more families often live in just one hut. You will be lucky to see more than a handful of people during daytime, as they are all out working in the fields. Lunch box will be provided. Elephant riding with the experienced Phnong mahouts to explore the jungle. Dinner and overnight in Sen Monorom.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Sen Monorom

    Day 6: Sen Monorom - Banlung (B/L/D)

    Sen Monorom - Banlung: 198km, ~4h drive

    Ratanakiri - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at a local restaurant, we drive to Banlung , the capital city of Ratanakiri province, check in hotel and lunch. Afternoon take trip to Cha Oug Waterfalls and Yeak Laom Park, a protected area, which is looked after and managed by the regional authority . The main attraction of this area is Yeak Laom Lake, a volcanic crater lake believed to have been created about 700,000 years ago. Surrounded by forest up to the crater rim, the spectacular lake is a beautiful oasis and a great place for a refreshing swim! We will walk along the lake - side and visit the simple visitor center, which exhibits different tools from the various tribes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Banlung

    Day 7: Banlung - Tampolum - Banlung (B/L/D)

    se san River tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. Heading out of the town, we make our way to Voeune Say which is one of the main villages by the Se San River. The road conditions are rough in this region and the travel is somewhat arduous. We arrive at Voeune Say and are sure to attract attention since this part of the country receives very few tourists. After a short walk through this village, we will embark on a traditional wooden long boat navigating on the scenic Se San River which gives us a taste of adventure and an enjoyable visit to the TampounKroeng and Brou minority people. They are very poor but have rich and interesting culture.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Banlung

    Day 8: Banlung - Kroeung Territori - Banlung (B/L/-)

    the village of Kroeung - Tonkin TravelAfter having breakfast, our journey northwards begins as we depart the town and pass various scenic landscapes changing from the volcanic lava field of Veyrum Plang to the village of Kroeung. The Kroeung people have the curious custom of erecting bachelor houses standing on long bamboo poles. These houses will remain so till the young man finds a wife. After a short walk around this seldom visited village we continue driving to the Bai Srogan impressive waterfall with seven levels in the middle of the forest. A swim in the clean and refreshing mountain water is highly recommended.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Banlung

    Day 9: Banlung - Stung Treng (B/L/D)

    Banlung - Stung Treng: 135km, ~3h20min drive

    ban lungBreakfast is served at hotel. The morning market of Balung also attracts a wide array of hill tribe people who converge from the surrounding the mountainsides to trade their goods. After an enjoyable walk around this congregation we set off on a rough but scenic drive to Stung Treng. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Cambodia. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. On arrival in Stung Treng we have time to stroll around this outpost town. There are not many things to see Stung Treng apart from the countryside and few temples.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Stung Treng

    Day 10: Stung Treng - Kratie (B/L/D)

    Stung Treng - Kratie: 116km, ~3h drive

    kratie tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. Upon leaving Stung Treng, we board a local boat navigating down-stream on the Mekong River to Kratie, a lovely riverside town. The pace is very relaxed, a perfect way to observe the rural life close up. After checking into hotel in Kratie we transfer out to explore a complex of temple, containing Phnom Sambok and Kampi, which boast the major sights in this region. A view over the surrounding area from the temple is impressive. The next stop of our trip is Phnom Srey and Phnom Pros. A part of the pleasure of travelling in Kratie is the simple joy of catching a glimpse of the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin and seeing the dramatic sunset over the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie

    Day 11: Kratie - Kampong Thom (B/L/-)

    Kratie - Kampong Thom: 216km, ~5h drive

    Phnom Santuk Mountain - tonkin travelMorning after breakfast, we depart for Kampong Thom passing through lush grasslands- home to a plethora of water birds- and watch out for ox-carts along the road, the main form of local transportation in this region. Although there are almost 1000 steps, climbing up Phnom Santuk Mountain offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding countryside and houses a small pagoda at the top. After soaking in the view, descend the steps and continue by road to Kampong Thom.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Thom

    Day 12: Kampong Thom - Siem Riep (B/-/-)

    Kampong Thom - Siem Riep: 133km, ~2h40min drive

    angkor tour tonkin travelAfter having breakfast, we make early morning departure to the archeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred pre-angkor styled temples. The road conditions are very poor, but the spectacular scenery of this ancient ruin, with a mixture of temples and forest makes the hardship all worthwhile. We then continue our journey to Siem Reap. This town is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire, which is dated from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 13: Siem Riep - Angkor Temples (B/-/-)

    ankor vat tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Templethe Royal EnclosurePhimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 14: Siem Riep - Angkor Temples (B/-/-)

    banteay srei tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of "anastylosis". The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon, you will continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 15: Siem Riep - Departure (B/-/-)

    After having breakfast at hotel, there is free time for you own exploration of the town and strolling around the shopping areas. The trip ends after your transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to next destination. Thank you very much for travelling with us!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.


    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge


    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)


    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.


    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.


    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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