Colonial Phnom Penh was once called the ‘Pearl of Asia’—the most beautiful city in all of French Indochina. The city is organized around Parisian traffic roundabouts and wide, tree-lined boulevards redolent of jasmine. Tour Phnom Penh’s rich colonial architecture from the comfort and leisurely pace of a traditional cyclo.
Start your day with a visit to Kep’s teeming crab market, known for the sweetest crabmeat in all of Cambodia. Hop on a local boat for the 30-minute journey to Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay), where secluded white sand beaches and coconut trees await. Return to Kep in the evening as the sun sets over the Gulf of Thailand.
Few visitors have explored the pre-Angkorian ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk, hidden within the lush Cambodian jungle north of the town of Kampong Thom. Spend the day cycling among these serene, mysterious ruins; return in the evening to a village homestay and interact with locals.
Experience Cambodia’s cool, northeastern forests from your perch in an elephant chair. Khiri will arrange for an expert mahout to guide you by elephant through dense jungle. Listen to birdcalls from the forest canopy and be on the lookout for abundant wildlife, scenic waterfalls, and hilltribe peoples. And don’t forget to bring a sweater—Mondulkiri is the coolest spot in Cambodia and has crystal-clear skies for stargazing.