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13 Days, Big Cambodia

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • 4 faces – Bayon at Angkor Thom
  • Tom Raider, Jungle temple of Ta Prom
  • Great lake of Tonle Sap
  • Khmer rouge site in Phnom Penh
  • Local market & handicraft center
  • A cyclo riding through the modern capital

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

  • 5 Star Hotels
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • 5 STAR HOTEL OPTIONS

     

    Siem Reap: Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort

    Kompong Thom: Glorious Hotel & Spa
    Kratie: Le Relias De Chhlong
    Rattanakiri: Terres Rouge Lodge
    Phnom Penh: White Mansion Boutique Hotel

     

    High Season: $3,343 per person

    01 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

     

    Low Season: $3,131 per person

    01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

     

    Peak Season surcharges may apply

     

    Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

     

     

     

     

  • 4 STAR HOTEL OPTIONS

     

    Siem Reap: Chateau d’Angkor La Residence/ Damrei Angkor Hotel

    Kompong Thom: Glorious Hotel & Spa
    Kratie: Le Relias de Chhlong
    Rattanakiri: Terres Rouge Lodge
    Phnom Penh: Diamond Palace Resort & Sky Bar

     

    High Season: $2,782 per person

    01 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

     

    Low Season: $2,620per person

    01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

     

    Peak Season surcharges may apply

     

    Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

     

     

     

Big Cambodia

PRIVATE TOUR

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

 

Day 1

Upon arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by your personal tour guide. You will then be transferred to your confirmed hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities. End the afternoon with a visit to the mountain temple of Pre Rub and see the beautiful sunset over the temple before returning your hotel.

 

Day 2

Today visit the large temple of Ta Prom. This is in a natural state, due to the fact that it has been left untouched rather than being restored. The jungle has reclaimed the temple, with huge tree trunks and vines snaking around the centuries-old stonework. You will end the tour at the north part of this temple. You will be walking on path experiencing the bird singing and being part of a very rare temple tour visited by only a few, The Ta Nei temple. You will have breakfast provided on the trip. In the afternoon, you will visit the South gate of Angkor Thom with your choice to walk on eight meters high wall of Angkor Thom compound from the south to north-east. your driver will be stand by for you for continued exploration of Bayon, Baphoun, Pimeanakhas, Elephant and The Leper King Terrace. (Breakfast)

 

Day 3

One day tour you will be driven to Tonle Sap lake, The largest lake in South-east Asia and also the world’s top fresh water fishery, you will visit one of the authentic stilled village and the largest populated floating villages ( Kompong Kleang or Kompong Pluk). A picnic lunch is included. In the afternoon you will head to Beng Mealea temple which used to be a huge trade city but now remains in the remote countryside (Breakfast,Lunch)

 

Day 4

Early morning enjoy sunrise at Angkor Wat then explore in those early hours a bit after the sunrise, your personal tour guide will assist with best shot. In the afternoon, take a tour of the countryside around Siem Reap. Just a short distance from the archaeological wonders of Angkor, there is a different, living history. Lifestyles in the countryside around Siem Reap have changed little since the temples were built over 1,000 years ago, but with new roads opening up the countryside this way of life may soon be gone forever. The tour today will explore this disappearing way of life, taking you to rice paddies, woodlands and gardens outside the city travelling on foot, and Ox-cart, enabling you to reach places where mass tourism has not encroached. Along the way you will be able to buy seasonal fruits, try sticky rice in bamboo tubes, and get hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the Rice harvest, Thatching, Fishing and Cooking simple meals over a open fire.  The afternoon will end in a quiet spot to watch local children wash their buffalo, playing and laughing as they jump from bridges into the stream. With a cold drink in hand you can relax and watch the sun set over the rice paddies, As the evening draws in you will be taken to visit the house of a local family for A home-cooked dinner including one bottle of beer or soft drink and one bottle of water. Enjoy the meal together with your host family. This is a memorable experience!. (Breakfast)

 

Day 5

After breakfast, we leave Siem Reap and travel southeast on National Highway 6. This was an old Angkor road and we stop in Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that were built to span the rivers. Spean Praptos or the Praptos Bridge has more than 20 arches and is a spectacular sight, reinforcing the impression that the Khmers were like the Romans of Southeast Asia. Once in Kompong Thom province, we take a short detour to explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. The first major temple city in South-East Asia, the brick temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. Visiting these ancient structures before our pilgrimage to Angkor offers a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire. We explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries. We continue to the provincial capital of Kompong Thom, where we stop for lunch. We leave the afternoon free to enjoy the atmosphere of this real Cambodian country town. We stay the night in a comfortable local hotel in Kompong Thom. (Breakfast)

 

Day 6

After breakfast, we leave Kompong Thom and travel southeast to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spidervillage', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and visit the sacred hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (man and woman hill). Later we see the 'fusion' temple of Wat Nokor, an 11th century sandstone temple with a colourful modern Wat set in its central courtyard. After lunch, we leave Kompong Cham and we continue to north to Chhlong. We pass through Cambodai’s rubber country on the way, vast plantations that were originally established by the French and are the once again being redeveloped. There may be the opportunity to stop along the way and learn about how the rubber is tapped. We arrive at Chhlong and check in to the hotel. (Breakfast)

 

Day 7

After breakfast in Kratie, we travel to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle creatures. Viewing is commonplace, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season. After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we then continue north on the new National High way 7 towards Stung Treng. We stop for a local lunch along the way, before veering east towards the red earth of Ratanakiri. We cross the Srepok River along the way, the river depicted in the seminal war film Apocalypse Now, where Martin Sheen travels upriver into Cambodia in search of renegade Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando.We arrive in Banlung in time to enjoy the refreshing waters of the beautiful crater lake of Yeak Loam, set amid a pocket of lush jungle. The crystal clear water is cool and refreshing after the short walk and there may be some local children cooling off. We then return to Banlung and spend the night in a comfortable local hotel. (Breakfast)

 

Day 8

Today, we travel east to Bokheo district to visit some villages of the Jarai and Tompuon people. We see their traditional architecture and learn some more about their everyday lives. Later we continue to the lovely Lumkut Lake, what was once a volcanic crater. A beautiful natural spot like its more famous counterpart of Yeak Loam, Lumkut is still a natural paradise that receives far fewer visitors. We ensure plenty of time to enjoy this pristine place before travelling back to Banlung at our own pace. (Breakfast,Lunch box should be arranged)

 

Day 9

In the morning, we journey by road to the small town of Voen Sai on the banks of the San River, passing through some pristine stretches of forest along the way. We take a local boat across the river to a Lao village on the other side. We follow the riverbank to a unique Chinese village that has been located here for more than one hundred years. Chinese is still the language of choice among residents and in places it looks like a slice of rural China. From here we continue on foot to another Lao village with a wooden pagoda. We then take a boat up the river to the Tompuon village of Kachon, passing some beautiful sections of river along the way. Kachon is home to a traditional Tompuon burial ground complete with carved effigies of the deceased. Family groups are buried side by side and elaborate ceremonies held after a period of mourning. We return to Banlung by road. In the afternoon, we travel by road to a small Brov village that still breeds working elephants. We saddle up and take a leisurely ride through the rubber plantations of Ratanakiri. We follow the course of a small river which our elephants eventually wade across and we descend to the base of the waterfall at Kaa Tien. A superb horseshoe shaped waterfall set in the jungle, it is possible to clamber behind the falls and swim in the huge splash pool below. Some of the jungle vines hanging down from the gorge are strong enough for a swing and this is a great way to relax. We walk back to the Kreung village and return to Banlung by vehicle. (Breakfast,Lunch box should be arranged)

 

Day 10

We travel to Pnhom Penh for whole day. (Breakfast)

 

Day 11

In the morning, we then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. In the afternoon, we take a boat along the Mekong River to visit Koh Dach, also known as ‘Silk Island’. And we travel to a small village where silk weaving is their livelihood and where there is a loom under every house. We can see the weaving techniques first-hand and experience the realities of village life up close and personal. In the evening, we travel back to the Tonle Sap River which famously reverses direction each year, acting as the world's largest natural flood barrier for the Mekong River for seeing a sunset cruise. We cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River. We cruise past small villages and see fishing boats preparing their catch. We return to Phnom Penh after dark. (Breakfast)

 

Day 12

In the morning, We travel to the Russian Market, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Cambodian capital. Known as Psar Tuol Tom Pong, it earned its nickname in the 1980s, when Russians were the only tourists in Cambodia. A rambling place, it is bursting with bargains, including handicrafts, carvings, silk and textiles, clothing and footwear, and lots of pirated software, CDs and DVDs, not forgetting enough motorcycle parts to assemble a homemade moped. After some time here to browse or buy, we travel to the impressive Central Market, one of the city landmarks. Originally completed by the French in 1937, this striking structure is known as Psar Thmei in Khmer or New Market. The huge dome is wonderfully ventilated, a testament to the design, and this market is loaded with anything and everything available in Cambodia. Buy with caution, as this market has a reputation for overcharging or 'shaving your head' as Cambodians like to call it. (Breakfast)

 

Day 13

Private transfer for the departure airport transfer out. (Breakfast)

 

 

 

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