Cambodia Getaway

Day 1: Arrival – Phnom Penh (L)
Warmly welcomed at Phnom Penh International airport and you are met by our Tour guide and led to your hotel.Firstly, visit to the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Visit to Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony, continuing.

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Tonle Bati – Chiso – Phnom Penh (B/L)
Morning departure by A/C car from Phnom Penh direct to Phnom Chiso on National Road Number 2, climb up the top of the hill for visiting a fine Angkorian-era temple, visit weaving village nearby – Lunch en route. On the way back to Phnom Penh, visit Prasat Neang Khmau (the black lady), Ta Prohm and Yeay Peou at Tonle Bati. Depart to Phnom Penh in late afternoon. We will enjoy a cruise for view sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River (1 hour). Situated at the “Four Arms” where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into tow branches, Phnom Penh offers the ideal location to discover the mighty Mekong. Board a nicely restored wooden boat for a day cruise, enjoy the unspoiled landscapes along each bank and visit the traditional villages with their old pagodas on the islands.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Udong Stupas – Phnom Penh (B/L)
Depart from Phnom Penh. En route, visit a Cham Muslim village.. Arrive at Phnom Baset. Visit the pre-Angkorian temple (8th century) and the pagoda to view the reclining Buddha. Enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding plains and rice-fields from the hilltop. Drive to Udong where a picnic lunch will be served. Then, visit the various temples and the three large stupas where the ashes of three former Kings are preserved. Next, visit the most impressive structure of the site, the “Vihara of the 18-Cubit Buddha”. En route to Phnom Penh, stop to visit a silver craft village. Visit Tuol Sleng prison (Genocide Museum) was the most secret organ of the Khmer Rouge regime. S-21 stands for “Security Office 21.” was Angkar’s premier security institution, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti Angkar elements. Continue to visit Choeung Ek museum, between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek.

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville (B)
Transfer with guide by the beautiful national road toward Sihanouk Ville (or Kompong Som), sea resort to 230 km of Phnom Penh through the villages, the markets, the cultures of pineapple. Sihanouk Ville is a beautiful and charming city bordered to the seaside where there are 7 beautiful tropical beaches to the clear waters and to the white sand, ornamented of superb rocky formations. With their waters to the hot and calm currents, these beaches are ideal for the bathing, the sunbaths or to take a rest well deserved after the visits of the temples. It is an international and local tourist place. On the way we stop and visit Pepper and Durian Farms.

Day 5: Sihanouk Ville – REAM National Park (B/L)
Morning we will continue to REAM National park. Full day excursion to the natural park at Ream, promenade by boat visiting Mangrove Forest, the Bird Sanctuaries, and relax on the beach of this protected area – Lunch box will be provided during tours. Boat trip through mangrove channel and boat trekking inside the mangrove forest by a small lake to see the park’s life.
Hike from fishing village through the mountain channel to the natural white sandy beachThe boat can trek in side a park’s small lake when water in the park getting high). For further trekking more then 01 hours up, please ask the park rangers who is guiding you. For Dolphin watching can be seen mainly from November to May

Day 6: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh (B)
To day we have a half day free for relaxation. Off the beach you can rent a boat to explore the nearby coastal islands or the Ream national park which is well known for the mangrove forest and the eco-system. These optional activities are not included, however our guide will be on hand to advise you with valuable information. In the early afternoon we depart Sihanouk Ville for Phnom Penh and traverse the spectacular rural landscape.

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Kompong Cham – Kratie (B/L/D)
Driving to Kampong Cham, soak in the scenery of rural Cambodia and pass through a cashew nut plantations, rice fields, and traditional villages, the town centre of Kampong Cham, a former French trading post on the banks of the Mekong, Wat Nokor, an evocative 11th century sandstone Buddhist shrine. Arrive in Kratie and check in at hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of this small provincial town with its good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. This tiny town on the Mekong is an unexpected delight, with a relaxing, indolent atmosphere. The journey begins along the Mekong River basin through the villages of Sambok, Sre Sbov and Phumi Prek Preah. The Mekong River, which rises in Tibet, flows 315 km through Cambodia before continuing on through Vietnam to the sea. Further north stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawady dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon. Then, drive back to Kratie. Overnight at UDOM SAMBATH or similar.

Day 8: Kratie – Kompong Cham – Kompong Thom (B/L)
Visit Kratie pagoda and market. Continue to Chhlong, a small and peaceful village on the Mekong River bank with both, typical Khmer and Colonial architecture. One unique and beautiful wooden house is called 100 columns house for its many columns supporting the house, dating from 19th century. Before arriving in Kompong Cham, visit Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire Maker Michelin. Visit Wat Nokor Pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century) and then drive to Kompong Thom. Overnight in Kompong Thom province.

Day 9: Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (BL)
Today is a day to discover Kampong Thom – new hot tourism destination in Cambodia:Sambor Prei Kuk, 30 kms north of town, is a jungle-enclosed temple complex that receives very few tourists due to its remote location. Pre-Angkorian with the melding of architecture and nature, as the brick structures here blend seemlessly with the nature surrounding them. We continue our journey to Siem Reap to the massive jungle temple of Beng Mealea, the size and scale of Angkor Wat but utterly swallowed by the jungle.

Day 10: Siem Reap Exploration (B/L)
Visit Roluos Group include with Lolei, Preah Kô, Bakong – Located in the center of the first large scale Baray constructed by a Khmer King, that is an island temple consisting of four brick towers on a double late rite platform. We continue to the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about these enemies within. This museum has eye-opening displays on the curse of land mines in Cambodia. The collection includes a mock minefield so that visitors can attempt to locate the deactivated mines. Banteay Srei: nearly everyone’s favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.

Day 11: Siem Reap Exploration (B/L)
After breakfast and continue to visit: Visit Eastern Mebon used to be in the middle the waters of the large Oriental Baray that is presently filled with rice-fields
Neak Poan was supposed to be a symbol of the Universe. Preah Khan built in 1191 according to the tradition on a spot where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.. Banteay Kdei: surrounded by four concentric walls, Srah Srang: The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing Ta Prohm: has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologists to show how nature can destroy man’s work.

Day 12: Siem Reap Exploration (B/L)
We start on our bike and cycle to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist. The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) See the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas. The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill. Enjoy 1 hour foot massage before transfer to your hotel.

Day 13: Siem Reap – Kayaking (Our new program) (B/L/D)
Experience a unique Eurasie Travel day kayaking on the Tonle Sap. You will set out with the rest of the group around 8am and drive for about an hour before boarding a boat for a 40 minute ride to one of the lake villages. Here the homes are built on stilts because, while in the dry season the surrounding area is dry, in the rainy season it is flooded and so they rise above the water level. You will arrive at the local home that stores our canoes and after a short safety briefing head off with your guide who will lead you thru waterways, flooded forests and out into the Tonle Sap lake where you can take a dip if you wish. Then back to wind thru the village experiencing how the locals live in this watery environment before returning to the home for lunch and a leisurely boat and car ride back to town. Farewell dinner at local restaurant with Apsara Dance show.

Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure to next destination. Say goodbye to your Cambodian driver. Goodbye Cambodia!!!!

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