Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) January 19, 2013
Now easily accessible from Phnom Penh by road, Kep possesses some of Southeast Asia’s most idyllic scenery and is the perfect setting for a tropical vacation having resisted large-scale development. Backyard Travel’s nine-day, eight night tailor-made tour begins in Siem Reap, and provides the chance to fully explore the majestic Angkor Wat and the other magnificent Khmer temples that still grace the historic city.
The insider tour continues the cultural exploration with a move to Wat Amphil and the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, before moving on to Cambodia’s current capital, Phnom Penh on the third day.
Staying for two nights in the bustling capital, travelers will be able to take a Cambodian cooking class to learn how to prepare some tasty regional dishes, soak up the atmosphere and shop for some treasures in the lively local markets, as well as observe the colonial-era charm of the vibrant city.
While in Phnom Penh, travelers will also have the opportunity to visit the infamous ‘S-21’, a school that became a detention center during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the building is a daunting reminder of Cambodia’s turbulent history. On the last night in Cambodia’s capital before departing for Kep, travelers will be treated to a luxurious dinner cruise aboard the Phocea Mekong boat.
On the morning of the fifth day, travelers are taken to the sleepy, serene beachside town, Kep. A famous resort in the 1960’s, Kep recently underwent a revival – a resurgence that thankfully didn’t bring over-development with it. Whilst enjoying the southern coast, travelers will have the option to unwind and relax, enjoying the beautiful scenery while basking in the sweet tranquility that this region proffers.
While travelers are free to do as little or much as they like, Backyard Travel’s insider tour also provides a unique opportunity to take a guided boat trip through the mangrove forests down the Prek Toeuk Sap River, where they might be lucky enough to spot a rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin. The ride comes to rest in the Ream National Park, a 210-sq-km area of flora and fauna where travelers will be able to visit Koh Sampuch, an undeveloped, isolated beach, for a secluded swim.
The tailored tour then moves to another of Cambodia’s coastline towns, Sihanoukville, for one night before transferring to Koh Kong where travelers will stay at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge – a unique sanctuary with floating, tented bungalows with private terraces and panoramic views of the river and the Cardamom Mountain range, before making the trip back to Phnom Penh to complete the adventure.
“Cambodia doesn’t always spring to the mind of travelers when they consider taking a seaside getaway,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “Most come to visit the magnificent temples of Angkor. So, with that in mind, we have specifically designed this tailor-made tour to highlight this diverse area of Southeast Asia.”
About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BackyardTravel.