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Hidden Cambodian Charms
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ATA-CAM- HCC 13 DAYS

13 days to explore the hidden charms of Cambodia. Kratie is a small town on the banks of the mighty Mekong River with some of the best sunsets in Cambodia. The river north of here is home to the unique Irrawaddy Dolphin, one of the rarest creatures in the region and viewing is possible throughout the year. Opposite Kratie lies Koh Trong, a pretty and peaceful island to explore by bicycle. Kompong Thom is busy town located midway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and is a popular lunchstop for foreign visitors. About 35km north of Kompong Thom, Sambor Prei Kuk served as the capital of Chenla during the 7th Century reign of Isanavarman. Also known as Isanapura, this was the first significant temple city constructed in Southeast Asia and represents the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments found anywhere in Cambodia. Of course, we will never miss out Angkor Wat – the most famous destination that put Cambodia in the list of must-see nations in the world.

 

Tour summary

Itinerary

DayActivitiesLocation
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Day 01: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)

You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel to check in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh
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Day 02: Phnom Penh – Royal Palace – ToulSleng Prison Museum – Killing Fields  (B/L)

After breakfast your tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (WatPreahKeoMorokat) is one of the city’s most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name from the more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine,no monks currently reside here, and more as depository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues. You will also visit ToulSleng Prison Museum (also known as S21), the “Killing Fields” of ChouengEk. Complete your tour of Phnom Penh with a visit to the Russian market. Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace - ToulSleng Prison Museum - Killing Fields
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Day 03: Phnom Penh – Kratie (B/L)

Breakfast at your hotel and travel by car from Phnom Penh to Kratie.Kratie is a little town at the edge of the Mekong River. To go from Phnom Penh, the best way is by boat and to leave for a journey from 5 to 6 hours among which a big part on the Mekong river, to arrive in this town at the edge of the river. Very beautiful landscapes crossed during the journey. Kratie is famous for its Dolphins Irrawaddy, which number about sixty specimens . The road which follows the river is lined with traditional Khmers houses rather old, and to walk is there very pleasant. Overnight at hotel in Kratie

Phnom Penh - Kratie
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Day 04: Kratie – Banlung, Rattankiri (B/L)

Breakfast is at the hotel. Leave this morning by car from Kratie and proceed to Banlung. Banlung City is the provincial capital of Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia’s mountainous northeastern corner. Heavily jungled and home to 12 different ‘Khmer Loeu’ ethnic minority groups, Ratanakiri province has a real “edge-of-the-world” feel to it.  The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the town. Overnight is at your hotel in Balung.

 

Kratie - Rattankiri
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Day 05: Banlung – AndoungMeas – Taing Se – Bar Kaev (B/L)

Today, your tour proceeds to visit the local market at Bar Kaev and continue on for sightseeing around Banlung taking a trip to AndoungMeas (Golden wells) district and continuing by boat to Taing Se commune along the Sre San River. Visit a Charay hill tribe, gem mines and digging wells at Bar Kaev. On the way back, you will visit rubber and coffee plantations. Overnight at hotel in Banlung

Banlung - AndoungMeas - Taing Se - Bar Kaev
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Day 06: Rattankiri –  Ta Vaeng – Khmer Loeu (B/L)

Proceed today for an excursion to Ta Vaeng and visit minority villages in the area. The people of these villages are known as Khmer Loeu (upper Khmer). They number approximately 70,000 and the majority are located in the northeastern provinces such as Rattanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, and Kratie. Groups include the Jorai, Tumpoun, Krung, KraChok and Kavet. Overnight at your hotel in Banlung.

Rattankiri - Ta Vaeng - Khmer Loeu
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Day 07: Rattankiri – CealRumplan – Kachoun village – Norng Kabat (B/L)

This morning, you will be taken for an excursion to VuenSai. Visit CealRumplan (stone field) enroute and continue to VeunSai district. Take a boat trip on theSre San river and  stop at Kachoun village for a close look at the village life. Also visit Tumpoun village, Ou’lalay and Kavet, a minority Chinese village. At Banphang village, you will be able to experience the ritual of“cotton yarn wish” and “water spray” from the elders of the village.Visit Norng Kabat forest before returning  to  Banlung. Overnight at your hotel in Banlung.

Rattankiri - CealRumplan - Kachoun village - Norng Kabat
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Day 08: Rattankiri – Komung Cham (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Kompung Cham following the same route to Phnom Penh. Before approaching Kompung Cham provincial capital, you will stop to visit a rubber plantation.  Continue to the town of Kompung Cham. Overnight in your hotel in Kompung Cham.

Rattankiri - Kompung Cham
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Day 09: Kompung Cham – Kompung Thom – Sambo Prey Kub (B/L)

Breakfast is at thehotel. This morning you will visit WatNorkor followed by Phnom Prous and Phnom Srei on the way to Kompung Thom. In the afternoon, explore the remote temple of Kompung Thom called Sambo Prey Kub. Overnight at the hotel in Kompung Thom.

Kompung Cham - Kompung Thom - Sambo Prey Kub
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Day 10: Kompung Thom – Naga Bridge – Ta Prohm – Preah Khan – Siem Reap (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel followed by the drive to Siem Reap. On the way, stop at the ancient Naga Bridge before proceeding  to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a Tuk Tuk drive to visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm. It  is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Explore Preah Khan temple and other surrounding temples. Thenon  to Preah Rup until the sunsets. Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap

Kompung Thom - Naga Bridge - Ta Prohm - Preah Khan - Siem Reap
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Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B/L)

After breakfast, you will start your full day visit. First, the sightseeing tour of Angkor area. You spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. You can stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat
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Day 12: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Kbal Spien – Banteay Samre (B/L)

In the morning you will visit the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are unique. You will continue from here by car to a little chain of hills. After one hour, we will arrive in a place near Kbal Spien and continue the journey on foot, following a white sand path which heads into the jungle. This very pleasant walk takes you through the beautiful forest. Please note that there are several narrow and steep passages on the way. After approximately 40 minutes walking, you will hear the sound of a waterfall.   Discover that the riverbed and the rocks around us are covered with carvings representing the gods of the Brahma religion dating back as far as the 11th century. This is the “Thousand Lingas Rivers”. The water runs over the sculptures of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Rama and many Lingas, which were carved in stone in the past to sanctify the water and to thank the gods for their gift. After this visit, we will go to Banteay Samre, with elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings. Visit a local village and view Baray Oriental sites, built by Rajendravarman: Banteay Kdey, Pré Rup, Preasat Khleang, Mébon Oriental. On the return journey to Siem Reap, you visit a Pagoda-Monastery, where young Monks study.

Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Kbal Spien - Banteay Samre
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Day 13: Siem Reap –  Choueng Kneas – Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Choueng Kneas village, where you will take the boat to visit the way of life the Cambodian poor people. Along the way you will see  schools, restaurants, hospitals and much more all of these floating on the great lake of Tonle Sap. Transfer to the airport for your flight departure.

Siem Reap - Choueng Kneas

Tour details

HOTEL LIST STANDARD OR SIMILAR

DestinationsSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
Phnom PenhKing Grand boutiqueSunway HotelSokha Phnom Penh
KratieMekong DolphineMekong DolphineMekong Dolphine
RattanakiriTerrace RougesTerrace RougesTerrace Rouges
Kompung ChamLBN Asian HotelLBN Asian HotelLBN Asian Hotel
Kompung ThomSambo VillageGlorious Hotel & SpaGlorious Hotel & Spa
Siem ReapSokha Roth HotelSaem Siem Reap hotelSomadevi Boutique hotel

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON (USD)

Package price 2 pax 3 -6 pax7-9 pax
Rate on High season (Oct 2017 – Mar 2018)
Superior$1565$1325$1038
Deluxe$1660$1418$1132
Luxury$1814$1574$1288

*** Luxury rate not applied for peak season: : 27 Dec 17 – 04 Jan 18 & 14 – 20 Feb 18, please contact us for more detail

TRIP INCLUDED

  • Private tours with Local English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation as mentioned
  • A/C transport throughout the tours
  • All transfers with our A/C transport
  • Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L= Lunch, D=dinner)
  • Cold water and towel during the trip
  • Government tax & Service charge

TRIP EXCLUDED

  • International flight ticket
  • Visa stamps upon arrival of $30.00 per person
  • Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Other not stated above
  • Travel insurance

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