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14 Days / 13 Nights - Tour
Great Cambodia Discovery
Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Rattanakiri,
Kompong Thom & Siem Reap
Kingdom of Cambodia

Day 1 Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Morning arrival at Phnom Penh Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch at Chao Praya Restaurant.

This afternoon visit Phnom Penh - situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, Cambodia's capital city resembles a country town. French colonial influences can still be seen, with many impressive old buildings restored to their former glory. We will first climb steps up a small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, from where we can enjoy views over the tree lined avenues of Phnom Penh. According to legend, this temple on a hill (Phnom in Cambodian language) was built by a lady called Penh - hence the city name of Phnom Penh. Then we will "board" cyclos (3 wheeled bicycle taxis) and enjoy a ride in this unique mode of transport along the riverfront to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, although it was built as recently as 1866. We will see the Throne Hall and the charming Napoleon III Pavilion. The Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world - it has a magnificent floor made up of over 5,000 solid silver tiles and is home to two priceless Buddha statues. We will continue by cyclo to the National Museum, housed in a traditional red pavilion, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th Century), but some date from as early as the 4th Century. Please note that in case of bad weather sightseeing will be done by car only. Late afternoon we will take a walk along Phnom Penh's riverfront promenade - a popular evening gathering place for the city's residents and enjoy a refreshing drink at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Cambodia from where we have a nice view over the Mekong and Tonle Sap River. Dinner at Topaz Restaurant. Accommodation at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 2 Phnom Penh - Takeo - Kampot
American breakfast. We depart Phnom Penh early in the morning. We drive south out of Phnom Penh and our first stop will be at Phnom Chisor Temple Mountain, which dates from the 11th Century. About 500 steps lead to the top of the hill - a steep 20 minutes climb. Once at the top, we can enjoy fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and there are several well-preserved lintels carved in sandstone. From Phnom Chisor, we continue south to the quiet town of Takeo. This was quite an important place in French times and several old colonial-style buildings remain. We will board a speedboat for the 30 minutes trip to Angkor Borei (please note that the speedboat does not have a cover or any shade - hat and sun-tan cream are essential). We will first stop at Angkor Borei town, located just a few kilometers by boat from the Vietnam border. We will visit a small museum with several reproductions of sculptures and inscriptions from the nearby ruins. Artifacts have been carbon-dated as far back as the 4th Century and extensive excavations have been done by a University of Hawaii team trying to find out more about the Funan era. The museum has a shady garden and is a pleasant place to stop and have our picnic lunch.

After lunch, continue by speedboat to Phnom Da Temple, built on the 6th Century site of a Funan Empire era temple. The existing Phnom Da Temple dates from the 11th Century - the climb up is easy as this particular Phnom (hill) is not very high. From Phnom Da, we can walk round the hill, through a tiny (and poor) fishing village to see Asram Maharosei Temple. The path up to the temple is steep, over some big rocks. This is the only temple of its kind in Cambodia, built in Indian style, and well preserved. Return to Takeo by boat and then drive further south to Kampot. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Borey Bokor Hotel, Kampot.

Day 3 Kampot - Bokor - Sihanoukville
Breakfast. An early morning walk around Kampot before leaving town to visit Bokor (Phnom Popok) Hill Station. The steep road to Bokor starts a short distance from Kampot and it takes about 1 hour to drive up to the top. This mountain has now been declared a National Park - it was formerly a hill resort, playground for the French during their occupation of Cambodia. Sadly, the Khmer Rouge destroyed most of the old buildings but a few ruins remain, including the former casino and a church. The mountain rises more than 1000 m above sea level and, although sometimes shrouded in mist, it offers dramatic views out to sea. We will take a rest in this beautiful area and enjoy our picnic lunch.

On the way down, we will stop at the ruins of the former residence of King Sihanouk. Then, continue our journey to Sihanoukville (formerly known as Kompong Som). The drive along the coast takes approximately 3 hours, depending on the road condition. This beach resort has long been a place of relaxation for residents of Phnom Penh. There are some 10 km of beach along the mainland and dozens of small islands a short boat ride away. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Seaside Hotel, Sihanoukville.

Day 4 Sihanoukville
Breakfast. A full day to relax and enjoy the beach at Sihanoukville. Lunch and dinner are NOT included. Accommodation at Seaside Hotel, Sihanoukville.

Note: Your guide and driver will be staying in Sihanoukville and be at your disposal during your stay. Your guide would also be happy to arrange a boat trip for you, at extra cost.

Day 5 Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh
Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Lunch prior to departure is not included.
In the afternoon we will drive back to Phnom Penh (3 ½ hours). Late afternoon arrival in Phnom Penh. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 6 Phnom Penh - Banlung
American breakfast. Transfer from your hotel to Phnom Penh Airport. Domestic flight from Phnom Penh to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri Province. Flight schedules are subject to change but there is normally a daily morning flight. Transfer to Lodge de Terre Rouge and Lunch.

This afternoon we will start discovering the countryside around Banlung. We will first drive to Wat Phnom Soui from where we have a nice view over the plateau and Banlung. Phnom Soui means Mango Hill and the Wat is located amongst mango trees. We will see some of Ratanakiri Province's beautiful forests and visit Cha Oug Waterfalls (5-6 m wide and about 15 m deep). We will then continue to Yeak Laom Park, a protected area, which is looked after and managed by the provincial government with support from the UN. The main attraction of this area is Yeak Laom Lake, a volcanic crater lake believed to have been created about 700,000 years ago. Surrounded by forest up to the crater rim, the present day lake is about 800 meters across and more than 50 meters deep. A beautiful oasis and a great place for a refreshing swim! We will walk along the lake-side and visit the simple visitor center, which exhibits different tools from the various tribes. Dinner and accommodation at Lodge de Terre Rouge, Banlung.

Day 7 Banlung
Breakfast. Today we will drive to Voeune Say. The drive takes us approximately 1 ½ hours north in the direction of Laos, through hilly countryside and forest. Voeune Say is one of the main villages on the Se San River. After a short stroll through the village we will board a boat and continue our journey in a traditional wooden long boat. We will cruise on this beautiful river and stop on the way to visit several villages of different minorities. We will visit Tampoun, Kroeng and Brou minority villages on our cruise today and observe their way of life. In between the visits we will enjoy our picnic lunch by the river side.

Late afternoon we return to Voeune Say and drive back to Banlung. Dinner and accommodation at Lodge de Terre Rouge, Banlung.

Day 8 Banlung
Breakfast. This morning we will drive northeast of Banlung towards Vietnam. Our ride takes us first through a big rubber tree plantation, which was established by the French after the war. We will then continue through a fascinating Bamboo Forest before arriving in a mining village. We will visit the mining site (watch out for the holes!) and observe the simple way they dig for gems. The whole area is covered with hand-dug holes, which are up to 10 meters deep. Our next stop is the Bai Srog Waterfall. An impressive waterfall with seven levels in the middle of the forest! We will enjoy our picnic lunch in this beautiful spot.

A swim in the clean and refreshing mountain water is highly recommended! On our drive back to Banlung we will visit a traditional Kroeung minority cemetery. Dinner and accommodation at Lodge de Terre Rouge, Banlung.

Day 9 Banlung - Phnom Penh
Breakfast. First thing this morning we will visit the local market. It is the main market of this region and very busy with all the minorities from the surrounding villages selling their goods. We will next visit a coffee and cotton plantation just outside of Banlung. If you wish we can return to Yeak Laom Lake for a last splash. Lunch at Lodge de Terre Rouge. Early afternoon departure with domestic flight from Banlung to Phnom Penh. Flight times subject to change. Arrival transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 10 Phnom Penh - Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom
American breakfast. This morning we depart Phnom Penh and drive northwest to Kompong Cham. The area was famous in French times for its many rubber plantations. First, visit Wat Nokor, located 2 km outside town - the temple dates from the 10th Century and has beautiful old carvings and bas-reliefs. Brightly coloured new Buddhist temples - a strange mixture, surround the old sanctuary, with statues of the Hindu god Shiva! Drive into Kompong Cham and walk around the town and see some of the old colonial architecture. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will continue our journey to Kompong Thom. On the way we will visit Wat Kohear Nokor, dating from the 11th century. The temple and adjacent pagoda are interesting and it's a pleasant place to see something of Khmer village life. Continue north to Phum Prasat, with its single ancient temple. Arrive in Kompong Thom and check into your hotel. Enjoy an early evening walk through town, along the banks of the Sen River. Dinner at local restaurant or hotel. Accommodation at Stung Sen Hotel, Kompong Thom.

Day 11 Kompong Thom - Sambor Prey Kuk - Siem Reap
Breakfast. This morning we will visit Sambor Prey Kuk. These pre-Angkor ruins date from the 6th century and were the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Chenla. Sambor Prey Kuk is said to be the first temple site in South East Asia built according to Indian cosmology. The historical site includes more than 100 temples - many temples have been overgrown by the surrounding lush forest. However, we can still see crumbling temples built of brick, sandstone and laterite, and interesting sculptures remain. It is a privilege to see some of these most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. Late morning we will return to Kompong Thom. Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon we will drive north to Siem Reap. The rather bumpy drive takes about 3-4 hours (depending on the road condition). Late afternoon arrival in Siem Reap. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 12 Siem Reap
Breakfast. From the 9th to 15th Century, Angkor was both the power base of a mighty military and political force, and the heart of a rich and sophisticated civilization. We will see massive stone monuments, wide majestic causeways, imposing gateways and towers - all in a wonderful jungle setting. Our morning is dedicated to a visit of the most famous temple - magnificent Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We will enjoy exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Intricately carved bas reliefs extend the length of the outer walls and corridors, depicting mythological scenes and day to day life at the time of Angkor's construction. Lunch at Angkor Cafe in front of Angkor Wat.

This afternoon we will visit the "Great City" of Angkor Thom, which was probably more opulent than most European cities in the late 12th Century. Visits include the famous Bayon Temple, himeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Dinner at Madame Butterfly Restaurant. Accommodation at Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 13 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will first visit Bakheng Temple. This temple is perched on top of a natural hill with spectacular views over the entire Angkor Complex. We will then visit Thommanon, Takeo - one of Angkor's great temple mountains, Ta Prohm - a favorite amongst visitors because it has become part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei with its very attractive carvings, Srah Srang - a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. Lunch at Chao Praya Restaurant. This afternoon we will visit a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan which features fabulous carved stone lanterns and impressive sculptures, Neak Pean - a shrine built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon with attractive decorations on false doors and lintels. Late afternoon we will enjoy the last daylight at Preah Rup from where we have a great view over the peaceful countryside. Dinner and classical dance show at Apsara Theatre, Angkor Village (if available). Accommodation at Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 14 Siem Reap - Departure
American breakfast. This morning we will drive beyond the main Angkor complex to visit another favorite temple amongst visitors - the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are quite unique. Our second visit will be to Banteay Samre - featuring elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings. Time permitting, visit a local village. Lunch at Bopha Angkor Restaurant.

This afternoon we will first visit the Center of Khmer Studies an independent, international institution dedicated to facilitating the study, research, and teaching of Khmer civilization. A tutor of the center is Professor Chandler, the writer of the most important recent history books about Cambodia. A local employee will guide us through the center and tell us about their current projects in Siem Reap. Time permitting we will then visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers Ecole was founded in 1992 in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and its aim is to revive that ancient art of Khmer workmanships. We will be able to visit the workshops where the students learn their skills and at the end of the visit see the finished products in the shop where they are for sale. Afternoon transfer to Siem Reap Airport. Departure with international flight.

Included

Sightseeing tour & transfer as detailed in the itineraries
Tour Guide as described above
Accommodation in specified hotels or hotels of similar category
Full board as specified throughout the whole tour
Domestic flights with Siem Reap Airways as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic Airport Tax where applicable
All entrance fees
Boat trips as specified
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
International flight To and From Cambodia
Cambodia visa fees (currently US$20 per person if arranged on arrival)
Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenir, etc)
International Airport Tax (currently US$15 from Siem Reap and US$20 from Phnom Penh)

Note

Seat In Coach departures are guaranteed with a minimum booking of two (2) persons.

 

 
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