ANGKOR -PHNOM PENH-MOTOR TRAILS-BOAT TRIP-FOODS.5D

Duration: 5D/4N

Hight Light

    Take motor ride  or Tuk Tuk to the majestic and legendary Angkor Wat and balloon ride, for a the stupendous structure from a 120-meter-high tethered helium balloon, drive to Tonlé Sap Lake and visit a small school in a rural village community, stop at the monastery for a monk blessing ceremony, to wish you luck and a safe onwards journey and head on to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake.  Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, continue to Bayon temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Explore Ta Prohm Temple, which you may recognize from the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which was set and filmed here. Receive a relaxing welcome massage at Bodia Spa. stop will be the National Museum, Royal Palace. Take a sunset cruise. See the area come to life whilst enjoying a welcome cocktail, soft drink for your children and snacks on the private boat. 

     

 

Itinerary

DAY1. SIEM REAP ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport you will be welcomed by your local guide and car, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.  Depending on your time of arrival, you’ll have the rest of the morning to take a stroll around the local vicinity or a local market.
 
Welcome to Siem Reap! This charming Cambodian city is the perfect gateway to discovering the ancient temples of Angkor, the countries spiritual home and the most significant site of Khmer architecture in the world.
In the afternoon you will be chauffeured by moto dop (kids will love this mode of transport!) to the majestic and legendary Angkor Wat. Instead of heading directly for the temple however, first you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the stupendous structure from a 120-meter-high tethered helium balloon. This will give you an overview and understanding of the vast layout of the complex, to better comprehend once you investigate by foot.
Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the temple was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Buddhism considered to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. The temple itself is covered with stone carvings and has more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Angkor Wat is so revered by the nation that Cambodia is the only flag in the world with a building on it – and that building is Angkor Wat.
Your visit to the iconic structure will end after sunset, allowing you to see the temple at its most beautiful. As dusk arrives and the sun dips down, its soft rays cascading down the temple creating a magical moment.
The remainder of your evening may be spent at your leisure. Feel free to ask your guide for a local child-friendly restaurant recommendation.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included on this day: None
 
DAY2.SIEM REAP- TONLE SAP- BOAT TRIP 
 
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken on a 30-minute drive to Tonlé Sap Lake. On the way, you’ll stop and visit a small school in a rural village community. While you’re there you’ll be able to see the difference in school life from your home country to that of schools in the Cambodian countryside.
While at the school, if you wish you can take lesson with the school children and perhaps teach them an English children’s song. The joy this will bring both you and the children is immeasurable, and you may even find it hard to leave!
After visiting the school you will head to the village pagoda, where your whole family can take part in a monk blessing ceremony, to wish you luck and a safe onwards journey.
From here, you’ll continue to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. The village is completely built on stilts, and is submerged during the monsoon season.
On arrival, you will take an interesting boat trip around Tonlé Sap Lake, giving you the opportunity to learn about life on the lake and the symbiosis of the local people with the vast water source. Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, though its size varies greatly depending on the season, increasing by approximately 400% during the monsoon season.
On your tour, you’ll pass floating villages, complete with floating hospitals, floating schools and even a floating basketball court!
Please Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However, if this trip is unavailable, a tour of an alternative floating village (Chong Kneas) can be arranged instead).
You will then return to Siem Reap and are then free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Or you can add any of the following four activities to your tour*:
Optional: Ride the Plains of the Wild East on Horseback
See the picturesque plains of Cambodia on horseback! You’ll head to Happy Ranch outside Siem Reap, a western style horse ranch. You will have the chance to get acquainted with your horse, a Cambodian pureblood, and a descendant of the Mongolian wild horses. During the two-hour trail ride you will be able to reach places far outside the tourist areas, through the rice fields and local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea, a truly authentic experience.
Optional: Quad-bike Around Siem Reap
Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you ride a quad bike on the off-road terrain, through the beautiful countryside of the Siem Reap Province. This 12-km guided quad bike tour will take you to see nearby villages, ideal places to learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia. You’ll also have the chance to meet and chat with the friendly locals. The highlight of the two-hour tour is seeing the sun set over the rice fields – a truly magical moment.
Optional: Raider of the Lost Tomb
Take a walking tour around the quiet region of Beng Mealea, located around 80 minutes’ drive from Siem Reap. Once there, you’ll enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like Indiana Jones when you discover the overgrown temple hidden in the lush greenery. Having remained undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and is still unrestored. It is one of the few temples in Cambodia that visitors are actually permitted to climb and explore.
Optional: Smooth as Silk
For something different, why not visit a local silk farm? Your route to the farm will take you through the local countryside, around the Western Baray where you can spot water buffalos relaxing swampy ponds and kids riding to and from school. The Angkor Silk Farm lies 15-km west of Siem Reap, and here you can witness the entire process of silk creation. Starting with the growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silkworms, you’ll also learn about the breeding process and lifecycle of the worms as well as the techniques used to spin the silk, the dying process and finally see how the beautiful silk weavings are crafted by hand on wooden looms. If you wish, you can even feed the silk worms – a fun experience and something you’ve probably never done before!
*Extra activities are available at supplementary charges. Please contact us for more details and price information.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included on this day: Breakfast
 
 DAY3. SIEM REAP- TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
 
Today your family will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire and learn the history of the ancient temples.
The city was established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. Built in the Bayon style, the city is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall, which creates a perfectly square barrier around the 9-kilometer-square city.
You’ll enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone archway with carvings of elephants and four giant faces sculpted into the surface. After passing through the gate you’ll continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is majestic to see up close and is famous for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-see structures and are both known for their intricate stone sculptures.
After meandering around the city grounds you can then give your feet a rest with an elephant ride around Bayon Temple – a truly unforgettable moment, as you see the temple from an elevated perspective.
Next you have the chance to visit and explore Ta Prohm Temple, which you may recognize from the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which was set and filmed here. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was discovered: overgrown and engulfed by trees and vines, with many parts of the temple in a state of disrepair. This character makes the temple one of the most memorable and unique of the Angkor temples.
As an extra treat, and in-keeping with the ‘Tomb Raider’ theme, you will be given a map and a book of clues and set the task to unravel the mystery of Ta Prohm Temple...does your group have the wit and skill required to solve the puzzle?
After (hopefully!) solving the mystery of Ta Prohm you will return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Once again, feel free to ask your guide for their tips of where to go in Siem Reap to experience the local atmosphere, for where to shop for souvenirs or for a delicious restaurant recommendation, or simply relax at your hotel.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included on this day: Breakfast
 
DAY4. SIEM REAP- PHNOM PENH 
 
After breakfast, free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Phnom Penh.
 
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.
Despite its turbulent recent history, the bustling capital of Cambodia retains its colonial-era charm; with wide tree-lined boulevards and parks and a mixture of eastern and western architectural styles.
Option: Receive a relaxing welcome massage at Bodia Spa.
Hop in a cyclo this afternoon to further see the city. Your first stop will be the National Museum, where over 5000 Khmer artifacts are displayed, covering almost 1000 years of the Kingdom’s history.
Next is the 19th century Royal Palace, which houses a collection of Buddha images; as well as the Silver Pagoda, the floor of which is covered entirely in heavy silver tiles.
Head to the lively riverfront area next for a sunset cruise. See the area come to life whilst enjoying a welcome cocktail, soft drink for your children and snacks on the private boat.
 
Dinner this evening will be delicious authentic Khmer cuisine at Malis or Bapha Phnom Penh, one of Phnom Penh’s top restaurants.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meals included on this day: Dinner
 
DAY5. PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE
 
After breakfast, free at leisure untiltime to transfer to airport for your departure flight to
 
Meals included on this day: Breakfast
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Price Included

 TOUR DURATION:  5Days / 4Nights

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 otherwisethe program

Visit to the monuments as mentioned in program

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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