4 Days Self Drive jeep: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
Day 1: Siem Reap – Kampong Thom
We leave Siem Reap town with our vintage jeep and set out to the beautiful countryside. It is going to be a nice and peaceful ride which is flat all throughout. We will stop by the local fish market on the way where you can observe traditional Khmer fish trade, a daily event. After cycling, we take a small break for some cool refreshment before continuing on to the next part of the trip.
We then resume our journey with the visit of one of the most impressive floating villages in Cambodia, Kampong Kleang. When we arrive at the village, we will board a boat and head out in exploration of the floating village. At lunch time, we will take you to a stilt house in the village to share a typical Khmer lunch with very friendly locals. In the afternoon we continue our way to Kampong Thom. We will have a stop in Kampong Kdei and you visit an ancient Angkor bridge. In the late afternoon you will check in your hotel.
Day 2: Kampong Thom – Chloung: The Mighty Mekong River
After a delicious breakfast, we will drive our jeeps through the beautiful Cambodian. From huge blocks of stone, sometimes up to 8 meters tall, the stonemason chisels and carves some extremely impressive sculptures. The sheer amount of detail that goes into some of his work is extraordinary and you will have plenty of time to admire his work. We continue our scenic drive to our second stop for the day and visit a local rubber plantation. Here you will learn more about the workings of the local rubber industry, how the latex is collected, cleaned and dried before being shipped to an outside rubber factory.
After this excursion, we will take a ferry north of Stung Trong and cross the mighty Mekong River. It is the twelfth longest river in the world and flows from the heights of the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, some 4,500 km from its source. It is the lifeblood of many people, and its impressive size and power can only be experienced firsthand. On the east side of the Mekong is the old French colonial town of Chloung. In this peaceful and traditional town, we will spend the night in the former governor’s mansion built in 1916, where we can experience Cambodia’s colonial past first hand.
Day 3: Chloung – Kratie – Chloung: Spot the dolphins
We drive our jeeps along the banks of the Mekong River and pass some of the Muslim Cham villages. These were formed when the Cham fled the Vietnamese conquest and stayed in their new homeland, adding a new dimension to the area. At Kampi, 12 km north of Kratie, we board the boat to try to spot the Irrawaddy Dolphins. These rare, endangered freshwater dolphins live in a beautiful section of the Mekong River near a small rapids. The chance of seeing them playing in the rapids is very high, so have your camera ready. After Kampi, we will head back to Kratie where we will take a ferry to Koh Trong Island. With a local guide, you will explore this island paradise by bike and get explanations about the way of life of the inhabitants and the products that are grown there. Back on the mainland we drive back to Chloung with our jeeps.
Day 4: Who pays the ferryman
Your final day on the self-drive jeep tour promises a scenic farewell along the mighty Mekong River. Wind through verdant Cambodian countryside, the sun glinting off the water as you trace the river’s path. In Kampong Cham, a unique treat awaits: a traditional bamboo bridge. While your jeeps may rest for the moment, your feet can take center stage for a stroll across this remarkable feat of local ingenuity.
Leaving the town behind, immerse yourself in the tapestry of rural life. Lush rice paddies unfurl as far as the eye can see, punctuated by the serene presence of a pagoda. Here, time seems to gently bend, with an old French colonial building standing as a testament to the region’s rich history.
As Phnom Penh draws near, bid farewell to the Mekong one last time with a ferry ride across its broad expanse. Stepping onto the opposite bank, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the bustling Cambodian capital. From here, it’s a short hop to your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the unforgettable memories woven into your jeep tour adventure.
Being able to drive a jeep through Cambodia for 4 days is quite an experience and an adventure to remember.
4 Days Self Drive jeep Adventure Siem Reap – Phnom Penh includes:
- Vintage jeep with petrol (self drive
- Support team with mechanic, spare parts and tools
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation: Sambor Village resort, 2 nights Le Relais du Chloung, included breakfast
- 4 x lunch, drinking water, snacks and fruit
- Boat tour in Kampong Khleang, Kampi and entrance fee
- Sambor Prei kuk temples tour included local guide and entrance fee
- Entrance fee Hancey Pagoda
- Bicycle tour Koh Trong, Ferry boat, Dolphin tour
- This self drive tour can also be driven in the opposite direction. So start in Phnom Penh and finish in Siem Reap.
It is also possible to customise or extend this tour. For example, to Koh Ker temple, Kratie or other places. If you require more information about this 3 Days Self Drive Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, please contact us.
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