TEMPLES-PHNOM PENH -NORTHEAST&NORTHWEST.21D

Duration: 21Days/20Nights

Hight Light

    Begin your discovery around the magnificent Angkorian temples when you step into Cambodia's enchanting past and witness both the exterior and the interior of Angkor Wat. Enjoy sunset on Phnom Krom viewing the Tonle Sap lake and floating villages.  Tour by Quard bike Adventure, passing through scenic villages and countryside.

    Take a Jeep tour through the Cambodian countryside to explore the lost treasure of Cambodia., Tuk Tuk adventure and horse cart tour. Have pleasant home stay and Khmer food with the  hosts, learn some useful Cambodian language. Embark on boat ride and observe the lifestyles of those living on the river amid unique flooded forests. Get a unique Monk Blessing Experience, enjoy eco tourism, meet poor and homeless kids, teach English. Meet tribal families and take elephant ride, have a lovely stay in PhnomPenh and visit its attractions including Museum and Horrible Turbulance / Genocide Museum of Khmer Rouge

     

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: SIEM REAP – ARRIVAL

Up on arrival meet with a tour guide and vehicle transfer to the hotel for check in.

Late afternoon visit sunset at Phnom Bakheng view over Angkor Wat or Phnom Krom view the Tonle Sap lake and floating villages.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Option 1: Depart Siem Reap by Quard bike Adventure, passing through scenic villages and countryside. Stop to visit the rural villages before returning home on the same dirt road.

Meeting at the Quad bike office then start the tour to Pre-Angkorian temple in Rolous Group including Preah Ko and Bakong temples. In the afternoon, continue by car or four weel or van on back roads through the village to take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Board a boat and spend the rest of your time at one of the largest villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk and Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Tonle Sap. Enjoy a fun ox cart ride through the countryside for haft hour before taking a car or van back to Siem Reap.

Option 2: By car, four- wheel drive- bike –jeep, Tuk Tuk for visit to Pre-Angkorian temple in Rolous Group including Preah Ko and Bakong temples. Afternoon catch up one of those favorites transportation for the ride on the back road to explore Tonle Sap lake. Board a boat and spend the rest of your time at one of the largest villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk and Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Tonle Sap. Enjoy a fun ox cart ride through the countryside for haft hour before taking a car, four whell, Jeep, van back to Siem Reap.

Note: In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat and ox cart services are provided by local people, and the profit goes directly back to the community.

Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Your Tours on Tuk Tuk to visit the jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm,a Buddhist monastery Bateay Kdei. Next, you will go to the magnificent Angkor Wat.
Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor. In early morning, take a hot air balloon for 10mn to excurse the Angkor Wat and surround.


Afternoon explore the other Buddhist ruin which was used as a university of Medication, social science and Military base of Angkor Preah khan, considered as a Buddhist university and hospital Neak Pean temple.

This evening you pickup from the hotel at 6.30pm for dinner, and Apsara dance and show. This show lasts for an hour from 7.30- 8.30 pm. On the way to the hotel you may stop at the night Market for shopping and exploring the city nightlife.

Stay overnight in Siem Reap.


DAY 4: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR – CAR Or FOUR WEEL Or TUK TUK

Start early in the morning to visit the city of Angkor Thom. Start at the South Gate where you take elephant ride along the statues of God and Demon flanking on both side of the walk way then ride through the ancient city entrance to see the lost temple Bayon, where you will be amazed by gigantic smiling faces of Buddhas and the king. From here continue on foot through jungle to the east gate to see the entrance where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. Stepping on the wall, walking on its peak to Victoria gate. Then continue to twin temples of Chaosay and Tamanon. On the way back just make visits to the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of the Leper King. From here you are transferred to the Buddhist Monastery for Monk Blessing experience for a safe journey in Asia and back home.

After the unique Monk Blessing Experience continue by Westurn Baray to see a huge reservoir.

Stay overnight in Siem Reap.


DAY5: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR – TREKKING

Then head to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of the Women’ and natural waterfall Kbal Spean. On your way back to Siem Reap visit the Land Mine Museum found by a young child Khmer rouge survivor and Bateay Samre on the way back to Angkor, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Stay overnight in Siem Reap

DAY6: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR- FOUR WHEEL or JEEP TOUR – OFF THE BETTEN TRECK

Today your adventure will be on a jeep or four wheel for almost a day trip to an isolated ruin Beng Mea Lea, this ruin is still left in the jungle and over grown by stranger figs and bushes and Koh Ker in the following and temple, north east of Angkor, the temple of Koh Ker was one of the temples was used as military camp of POL POT armies and battle fields between Pol Pot and Government troops. This whole day tour you are transferred by a private jeep if in a small group with a guide. Now the ruins of Koh Ker and surroundings have been entirely cleaned by Cambodian supports and Princess Dian Hallo Trust Domineers. The dirt roads as access the ruins are paved.


Enjoy lunch at the temple

Overnight in SR

DAY7: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR- HORSE CART

This morning, you are transferred to the ranch for a morning adventure horse cart tour through rural villages to ELMA SCHOOL FOR HILDREN, Elma is a Non- Profit Organization Founded in 2006 to help build school and provide free education to poor and homeless children of Cambodia. You will have a great moment to see the charity work in action, meet the children and spend time to teach English with local teacher. The school starts from 7 am and finishes at 10. 45Am. After this charity tour you continue your adventure by horse cart or vehicle through another village to an Old Pre Angkorian Ancient Island Wat Chedei on the northen shore of Tonle Sap Lake for a haft hour tour before getting back to the city visit the villages.

Afternoon your tour will be at memorial land mine museums or explore the city.

Stay overnight in SR

DAY8: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR- PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE

Drive northeast to visit Preah Vihear, a real temple mountain in 11th century on the hill between Khmer and Thai border and continue to Anlong Veng, a former Khmer Rouge strong hold, Pol Pot camp, military base from 1975- 97 and Tomb of POL Pot. The highlight of the trip today is taking a moment to talk to survivors who have been collected to be killed but finally escaped with the blindfold and hand cuff. This is an experience, and learning and getting to know the life in Khmer Rouge.


Note: If you would like to learn more about Khmer Rouge, you are arranged to meet speak with some former Khmer Rouge armies. Our tour guide will be a general helper and translator to your language.

Today trip accompanied by a psychologist or doctor to help Khmer Rouge survivors during the interview.

Back to Siam Reap for overnight stay


DAY9: SIEM REAP- BANTEAY CHMAR – TEMPLES – HOME STAY

Breakfast in hotel, check out for a drive to Banteay Chmar, a hidden treasure of Cambodia has just been rediscover recently. Found in the late 12th century the Buddhist temple of Banteay Chhmar is said to be the state ruin in the northwest of Cambodia by Jayavaraman the VII for the dedication to his son who was killed by the Cham fleets.
The temple became increasingly rare, finally disappearing completely. This is the most isolated place in Cambodia. Still, however, the more smaller ruins are found there; an imposing array of monuments from an ancient Khmer empire. Among the ruins is not only one of the largest Khmer temples that we know of (including those of the Angkor group), but also one of largest temples in the world.

Overnight in home stay

DAY10: BANTEAY CHHMAR – HOME STAY

Breakfast at home stay, visit surrounding temples near Banteay Chmar- cook in the village with the host- have lunch and dinner with local community. Here is a rare opportunity to excurse former Cambodian Refugee Camps and learn about life of people during Khmer Rouge time.

From 1975- 1997 Khmer Rouge took power and civil war spread out the whole country, the Cambodian survivors fled from Cambodia to find out the place to live regarding the security reason, they escaped to many places around Cambodia. Along the Thai border they found many camps to stay, the camps later were supported by UNHCR.
There were more Cambodian refugees came to the camp waking through the jungle to the camp , most of them were killed by the Khmer Rouge land mine in the mid of jungle.
The low majority of Cambodian survivors in the camps have fortunately been sent to the third countries by UN support, and the rest returned home to Cambodia in 1992.


DAY 11: BANTEAY CHMAR - SIEM REAP

After breakfast drive back to Siem Reap :


Option 1. Explopre the villages around Banteay Chmar and drive through the villages via Odor Meanchey province in the north of Cambodia and straight to Along Veng before getting back to Siem Reap.
Option 2: Explore the villages and drive back on the same way Via Banteay Mean Chey province, Northwest of Siem Reap/ Cambodia and straight to Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap

DAY 12: SIEM REAP – KOMPONG THOM

Breakfast, drive to Kom Pong Thom province to explore Pre Angkorian Hindu temples including Prasat Yeay Pean, Prasat Sombour Prey kuk and Prast Tor, the ruins here were established between 6th-8th century in the north of Tonle Sap / Kongpong Thom city.
Overnight in Komgpong Thom.

Kompong Thom is a home town of Pol Pot, he later grew near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and went to school nearby. Later he won the scholarship by Ministry of Education to study in France. Our tour guide will give you more details about …..
Overnight stay in Kompong Thom

DAY13: KOMGPONG THOM - KRATIE PROVINCE

Early breakfast you will be transferred by a private car and guide with a couple hours drive to Kratie to explore dolphins, monastery with 100pillar, you will stop to a long the way to explore Cambodian life and, you will learn deeply in Khmer culture and tradition before reaching Kratie province.
Overnight stay at Kratie

DAY 14: KRATIE- STUNG TRENG – RATTANKIRY

Breakfast in the hotel, start to drive through the forest and villages to stop at Stung Treng province for lunch, city tour and drive to Rattanakiry province. Explore city and free at leisure
Overnight at Rattanakiry. Rattakiry is the province near Vietnam, it is home of natural resources including ruby, gold, diamond, gem stone, mountains and home of minority group and beautiful waterfall etc, and there are lots of species such as leopards, tigers, bantams, gaur, barking deer and the near-extinct Kouprey the Kingdom’s national animal and the world’s rarest large mammal have been off to the beaten path. And the wild elephants still roam remote pristine forests and monkeys and snakes abound in mountainous areas.

Overnight in Rattanakiry

DAY 15 RATTANAKIRY AND NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast, drive to Fauna: Virachey National Park, Ratanakiri. The study indicates that there can be about 156 vertebrates in the area. The bovines, small carnivores, cats and primates are endangered species. The globally threatened primates include the Pygmy Loris, Slow Loris, Long-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Douc Langur and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon. Species of meticulous concern are elephant, gaur and tiger.
There are 100 bird species of international significance in the Virachey National Park. The Germain’s Peacock Pheasant, a restricted species, is supported here. Other near threatened species includes the Red-collared Woodpecker, Siamese Fireback and Great Hornbill. The aquatic environment comprises freshwater crocodile and tortoise, otters, and fish species.
The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri houses a beautiful pond is located about 23 kilometers to the north of Banlung in Ratanakiri, one of the splendid tourist attractions in Ratanakiri, which is frequented by many birds and animals. It attracts tens of thousands of travelers throughout the year, they can also enjoy the wonderful opportunity of watching the beautiful animals and the unique opportunity of visiting the ethnic villages of the town. A visit to the ethnic villages of Ratanakiri will acquaint tourists with the culture and custom of the local people. You can also know about the festivals celebrated by the ethnic people by traveling these ethnic villages. The traditional dance and music performances of the ethnic villagers are a major draw for the international visitors.
Overnight in Rattanakiri

DAY 16: RATTANAKIRI –ETHNIC VILLAGE- TRANDITONAL LIFE- CULTURE- WATER FALL- PARK

Breakfast and start your tour to see ethnic villages and minority group of Cambodia, these people practice their culture, believe in animism and live on hunting, farming and selling traditional medicine and explore some beautiful waterfalls such as Kachagn, Katieng in the remote sites of the province
DAY 17 RATTANAKIRI- MONDULKIRI

After breakfast drive to Mondulkiri to see rural communities, ethnic villages.

Overnight in Mpodulkiri

DAY 17: MONDULKIRI- ETHNIC VILLAGE- TRANDITONAL LIFE AND CULTURE

Today you have a great moment to see ethnic group performances, dances, their unique lifestyle, traditional believe, culture, work and take the elephant ride, and test local wine and rare food. You also visit waterfall and have a bath.

DAY 18: MONDULKIRY AND PHNOM PENH

Take along drive through tropical forest in the Northeast of Cambodia for almost one day. Reach Phnom Penh in the late afternoon, check in the hotel and free at leisure.

Phnom Penh is head quarter of Cambodia, center of economic, education, medical schools and universities cte. This city found just by the bank of four rivers.
Overnight in PP

DAY19: PHNOM PENH

Morning enjoy a city tour in a cyclo with visits to the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Afternoon free at leisure

Stay overnight in Phnom Penh


DAY 20: PHNOM PENH

This morning, you will visit the genocide museum known as Toul Sleng and the Killing Fields. In the afternoon, visit the Sovann Phum office for a taste of traditional Khmer culture or visit Document Center of Cambodia.

Free at leisure till ending your day with a boat trip as the sun sets over the capital.

Stay overnight in Phnom Penh


DAY21: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE

Breakfast in the hotel, free at leisure until airport transfer for your onward departure flight… 

Price Included

 TOUR DURATION:  21Days / 20 Nights

TOUR OPERATES: Year Round / On Demand

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Our services include:

Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double shared room with daily breakfast

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)

Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise

Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Daily drinking water and cold towels

Our services do not include:

Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)

Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice

International and domestic flights
Meals other than mentioned above
Camera/video entrance fees

Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc…….)

Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation for Cambodia)

Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

 
 
 

Travel Information

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all participants of our Exploration Tours.

A travel insurance policy to cover illness and injury, cancellation and curtailment of your journey, theft, loss of personal items like baggage and tickets, etc. is a necessity.

The insurance policy should also cover ambulance rides, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of a body.

Some insurance policies exclude "dangerous" activities which can include motorcycling, scuba diving, rock climbing, or any extreme adventure etc. If you are planning to do any of these "dangerous" activities while traveling, check the small print to see if you are covered.

Make sure that family or friends at home know the address and telephone number of your insurance company and your insurance policy number.

Find out in advance if your insurance policy will make payments to the providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenses. If you have to make a claim, you should keep all receipts (in English if possible) for medicines and medical treatment.

If you have anything stolen and you want to make an insurance claim you must obtain an official statement from the police.

For more information and to purchase travel insurance contacts a travel agent of travel insurer. Online information and purchase.

Health Advice

Drink lots of water. Never drink tap water purified, bottled water is available everywhere.

Use an insect repellent against mosquitoes. It is the only way to be sure of protection against mosquito borne diseases. Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and light-weight clothing is best. Clothing made from natural fibers is the best option. A jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings or in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.

When visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts (shoulder covered) are acceptable. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts.

Standard film, (such as Kodak, FUJI or Konica 100, ), slide and digital camera memory are widely available. Photos are inexpensive to process in the country. Any specialized photo equipment should be brought with you. Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.

Health Requirements

Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.

What to bring

A. Before you travel, Adventurous Asia gives you more scenes of understanding once you just search for information on its pages. Because many countries do not have waste collection services, try to pack as little as possible. When buying toiletries,  use only biodegradable products.  Asian countries have modest dress codes. Local woman and men cover a great part of their body. Revealing too much "flesh" is considered very rude and offensive in many cultures. And prevent you from real contact with local people. Leave high cut shorts, sleeveless tops and revealing swimming suits at home. Instead pack loose clothes that cover your arms and legs. This way you will be more readily accepted by local people, and also be protected against the sun and insects. Modest dress will also minimize the risk of sexual harassment; local men won't assume that you are "available". Leave expensive jewelry, watches and unimportant  items at home. You do not need them while traveling and there is no need to show off your wealth to local people. We are rich in the west, but there is no need to remind the local people of our wealth.

 B. What to Bring and How Long to Stay in Siem Reap Angkor

Passes are sold at the Check point Counter, on the way to the Angkor Archaeological Park.  Free photos taken are provided at the main entrance. Tickets bought are safely kept during your visit to Angkor, and carefully- strictly checked at every monument entrance gate.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 5h.30PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. For further visit, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and Phnom Kulen are required to have the new passes.

Weather

Due to the weather condition in Cambodia, hot and dry and rain sometime in the rainy season, wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes. The sun can be intense so bring a hat, sunglasses and perhaps sunscreen. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf (krama) to keep the sun off your neck. Carry a raincoat during the wet season, though you will probably only need it in the afternoon. You should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours. Wear practical shoes for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces. For serious temple explorers, a flashlight, notebook and compass can come in handy. Books, refreshments, trinkets, postcards and film are available from small vendors throughout the temple complex. 

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