Luxury Cambodia Honeymoon
If you are looking for somewhere different to spend that special time as newlyweds then consider this 11-night Luxury Cambodia Honeymoon put together by Pope&Sons Travel Consultants and supported by our people on the ground in Cambodia.
Here is a brief overview of your Luxury Cambodia Honeymoon itinerary which is of course flexible and can be extended before , during or after.
Day 1 – Phnom Penh arrival
Upon your arrival, your guide will welcome you at the airport and then transfer to your hotel for check in. Your hotel room is available from 2.00pm onward. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at The Chinese House restaurant . You will begin your luxury Cambodia honeymoon at Raffles Le Royal in Phnom Penh in a state room
Today, you will take a city tour of Phnom Penh, you will visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and comprising different structures grouped together in one enclosure. These house a remarkable collection of Khmer art. Here you’ll find the Silver Pagoda whose key works include a golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystal dating from the 17th century.
Then you will experience Phnom Penh in a truly exceptional way. Witness places rarely visited by tourists and have the chance to indulge into this ambivalent city, its culture, history and its colourful daily life. During the excursion, you will visit places like the French Quarter, local restaurants, hidden temples and monuments, vibrant markets, architectural highlights and cultural institutes with private short movie screenings. After the sightseeing, we invite you to Cambodian Living Arts workshop – a magnificent organization helping to preserve traditional arts throughout all of Cambodia. Their beautiful dance performances are renowned throughout the country and whether you are an experienced traveler or visiting Cambodia for the first time, this private interactive dance workshop will offer you an opportunity unlike any other. Dress up like a local dance artist and let your friendly hosts invite you to see, learn, participate and share a fun and interactive experience. Return to the hotel for a leisure evening
Day 3 – Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap
After being warmly welcomed by your local guide, travel to your hotel for check in. Later on transfer to The Baray occidental lake made in the 11th century thanks to the construction of huge dams (2.3km by 8km) around it. It perfectly illustrates the magnitude of the work undertaken to irrigate the land around Angkor. We suggest you to stop to relax with tasty canapés and signature cocktails under our elegant canopy setting. Far from the tumult of the temples, the quietness and enchantment of the site are a wonderful way to end the day. Back to the hotel. You will be staying at the Raffles Grand in Siem Reap in a state pool view room.
Day 4 – Siem Reap – picnic lunch at temple
This morning, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom beginning at the south gate and the famous Bayon temple of the 12th and 13th centuries. Dedicated to Buddhism, Bayon consists of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then, cross to the Elephant Terrace which, at 350m long, used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. After, move to the raised terrace of the Leper King, from the 12th century, which bears many beautifully sculptured Apsara statues. This observance will allow you to experience a remarkable Buddhist ceremony, in one of Siem Reap’s pagodas or temples. Before the ceremony, your guide will reveal some interesting facts about Buddhism in Cambodia, the daily life of the monks, and the disciplines they observe. Then the ceremony will begin and you will be blessed by the monks who will chant in their holy language and sprinkle you with their holy water. ( This really is something special on your luxury Cambodia honeymoon ) After giving a donation to the monks, a piece of red Cambodian string will be tied around your right wrist to represent the fading away of negative thoughts and deeds from your life and to bring luck, health and protection in return! After the ceremony is complete, you’ll have a chance to chat with the monks and exchange some thoughts and ideas with the help of your tour guide as translator. From the temple, transfer by private vehicle (or possibly by cow carts) to a remote, untouched temple where your private picnic lunch is set up and waiting for you. After a delicious lunch, relax under the trees with a soothing foot massage. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei where one of the most impressive jewels of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. It houses some remarkably well conserved sculptured lintels and was made famous by Andre Malraux in the early 20th century when, in 1923, he returned the Apsara heads that he had previously removed.
Day 5 – Siem Reap
We hope you are enjoying your luxury Cambodia honeymoon so far – There is more to come. Meet your guide again this morning to set off for the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site featuring the most extraordinary towers . This is one of the most astonishing monuments ever conceived by mankind, and was erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu. Then, pay a visit to the ancient Ta Prohm monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones. Beyond the impressive vegetation you will find some splendid sculptured Devatas and an atmosphere that is unique and completely befitting this temple and those built during the reign of Jayavarman VII in general.
In the afternoon, visit Eric Raisina. He produces his creations in silk with amazing, subtle and flaming colors. He was commissioned to create unique textiles for the fashion houses of Yves Saint-Laurent and Christian Lacroix. Spend time discussing with him about Cambodia textile while sipping the fresh and cold drink. Back to the hotel for a free evening.
Day 6 – Siem Reap
In the morning, transfer to the pier at Chong Khneas where you will board your boat for the Tonle Sap Lake. You will have a chance to get to know the floating villages and theirs hospitable communities. Enjoy some snacks and champagne while cruising. Return to your hotel in Siem Reap early in the middle afternoon with the remainder of day is free at your leisure. Picnic lunch on boat.
Day 7 – Siem Reap – Sihanoukville
Spend the day on your own pace until taking your flight to Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, travel by boat to Song Saa Private Island for the relaxing part of your luxury Cambodia honeymoon.
Day 8 – Day 12: Song Saa Private Island
Free time to enjoy the beach and everything that Song Saa has to offer.
Day 12: Sihanoukville departure At a good time, travel by speedboat to the mainland. Then travel to airport for your departure flight to the UK or your next destination.