BEAUTIFUL CAMBODIA EXPLORER. 4D/3N

Duration: 4Days / 3Nights

Hight Light

    Explore the main temples in Roluos Group( Lolei Bakong and Preak Ko temples) and Angkor, Angkor Wat , Angkor Thom city, Bayon, Banteay Srei- Preah Khan- Neak Pean. Excurse Tonle Sap lake-Art School and Workshop. Tour to War Museum- Killing Field- and city attractions. 
     

 

Itinerary

DAY1 SIEM REAP ARRIVAL AND TEMPLE TOURS - ROLUOS GROUP AND ANGKOR THOM CITY

Arrive in Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to your hotel this morning for check in.
Siem Reap is the base for exploring the awesome temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Empire.
We’ll start our visit with the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group.
Roluos is a Cambodian modern small town and an archeological site about 13 km east of Siem Reap along NH6. Once it was the seat of Hariharalaya, the first capital of Khmer Empire north of Tonlé Sap.
It comprises of three major temples Preah Ko (Sacred Ox), the completely restored Ba Kong and Lo Lei, all of which venerate the Hindu gods and date back to the 9th century
Among the "Roluos Group" of temples there are some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer. They mark the beginning of classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone
Afternoon, explore the huge fortified Buddhist city Angkor Thom City. The capital of Angkor Thom was founded in the late 12 century when the Cham fleets shacked Angkor city. It is said that it was built by Jayavarman VII to serve a million of people and valuable materials which were used in Angkor. Surrounded by 8 meters height solid wall, 25 meters in width and 2,50 miles long. Each entrance of the capital decorated with the guardians holding the Naga snake, the huge moat filled with crocodiles to guard the city. Every tower contained four gigantic smiling faces of the city founder and Buddha symbolizing the divine’s state of mind. From here continue Bayon temple. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom city, the huge temple of Bayon consists of more than 200 carved stone faces looking out four directions and showing different expressions. The faces represent the emotional turmoil under the Cham attack. The carving faces depict the king’s expression and concern about his country politics, economies and education. The rough smiling faces are full of sorrow and concern, and the gentle smiling faces show the promising future and peace of the founder in the ancient Khmer history.
Then resume your visit to an artificial Pyramid Hindu temple the Bapuon, this monument found just before Angkor Wat temple symbolizing Mount Meru dedicated to Shiva god, a god of destroyer. Heading out to explore Royal enclosure and former Royal Palace from 9th to 15th century and visit the nearby attractions including Terrace of Elephants, Royal Stage for performances and foreign services meeting. And finally visit Terrace of Leper King, once was used as the Royal Crematorium.
Overnight in Siem Reap. All meals on your own today.

DAY2. SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT- SMALL TOUR- TA PROHM 

In the morning, we focus our attention on an extensive visit of the magnificent Angkor. Begin your short trek from the back of this monument across the tropical jungle, slowly but surely, you see the magnificent ruin with its shrines emerge from the green forest as you imagine, it is only secrete building rises in the mid of comic world.
The most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.
Constructed in early 12th century as a model of temple Mountain and it is said to have taken nearly 40years to build and huge numbers of entire labor. You are amazed with its beautiful Bas Relief (carvings) on the smooth wall, the best architectural design during the golden age of the Khmer empire dating from 9th-15th. Today Angkor is a symbol of the Kingdom Cambodia and its towers appeared on the national flags of the country.

Afternoon discover the fabulous jewel in the jungle Ta Prohm temple. Found in the late twelve century by the Buddhist king in the dedication to Buddha and memorial of his mother, was used as the Buddhist University, school of Art. The fabulous Ta prom gives an upscale value to foreign visitors as well as Cambodian citizens and especially the intellectuals. It is one of the most impressive temples in Angkor because of the overgrown trees with their entwined roots that make this ruin one of the most attractive in the orient. This awesome site was chosen to be filmed named Tomb Raider, performed by Angelina Julie in 2000, just before she became a Good Will Ambassador of the United Nations to Cambodia. Then visit to Banteay Kdei, where Buddha images were recently found buried, if time allows explore the small twin temples of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Overnight in Siem Reap Angkor

DAY3. SIEM REAP- BATNEAY SREI- GRAND TOUR - PREAH KHAN- NEAK PEAN AND EAST MEBON 

After breakfast, travel to the countryside to explore the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey Srei. The remarkable temple so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. This ruin is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
We’ll also see Banteay Samre, which is one of the most complete temples and has interior moats that are filled during the rainy season.

After lunch, we’ll continue our tour of the “Big Circuit” temples, including the famous Preah Khan Buddhist temple and former University of Jayavaraman VII, the temple was considered as a largest temple in the reagent and it was for the king’s father memory. From here continue to Prasat Neak Pean, which has a shining pool and human and animal head water spouts and finally explore East Mebon temple, the brick sanctuary building which is located in the center of ancient reservoir.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY4. SIEM REAP-TONLE  SAP LAKE - FLOATING VILLAGE AND ART SCHOOL- WORKSHOP

Breakfast in the hotel. our morning excursion will be at Tonle Sap, the largest permanent freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is the main source of fishing and agriculture to people living on the surrounding plain and has played an important role in Angkor throughout history. A boat trip on the Tonle Sap is a chance to encounter fishermen and their families who live on the water and whose homes form the floating village, Chong Knas. This famous floating village is now extremely popular with visitors wanting a break from the temples and is an easy enough excursion. It is very scenic in the warm light of early morning. The lake is connected to the Mekhong River via the Tonle Sap River at Phnom Penh.

On the way back to city you will stop at Artisan School and Workshop for your next visit to artwork in Cambodia, the school displays an amazing art of the ancient Khmer and bring our imagination to a real art back in time.

The Artisan D’Ángkor has many centers which are created to help young rural people find work near their home village. As the offshoot of an educational project called Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle, aiming at providing professional skills to communities with limited educational opportunities, Artisans Angkor has maintained its commitment to education by developing its own training program. Here you have an opportunity to buy the quality souvenir for family home. And the more things you buy you more you help the poor Cambodian teens……

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Price Included

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.
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
Visit an nold city of Roluos group with its three temples 
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Boat trip on Tonle Sap lake and floating village tour
Explore Banteay Srei temple and village tours
Killing field memorial museum and Buddhist temple
Daily drinking water and cold towels

Exclusive 
 
Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD35/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

Adventurous Asia - Travel by Months

Cambodia as well as Southeast Asia countries, has two main seasons, raining and dry season

1.  The rainy season runs from the end of May through to the first half of October, but even this is still a great time to go! Though wet, the scenery is deep green and the waterfalls and rivers are at their most spectacular. The rain normally falls in the late afternoon or evening but it doesn’t take too long as you expect, and it is usually short and sharp, beautiful sky and nice sunset some day.  Also amazing brilliant lightning and thunder displays around you.

Adventurous Asia recommends you to travel to Asia and journey around the country by private transportation as this time as the scenery is  at its most radiant shade of green almost everywhere, the waterfalls and rivers are at their most spectacular. 

2.   The dry season lasts from October to May the time where the warm northeast monsoon arrives. Blowing like a hair-dryer set to high, the northeast monsoon dries out the country fast.

However, November and February are quite cool (high C20s) by April, the weather is scorching and oh-so-dry it will take your breath away. March and April complexly dry and hot in the Mid- Day travelling can be uncomfortable and hot, while April can be excruciating.

Adventurous Asia suggests our traveler to start the tour pretty early in the morning, have mid-day break and leave again for the activity in the later afternoon to avoid the heat. 

Monthly Average Temperature
 
JAN     FEB    MAR     APR       MAY     JUN      JUL     AUG    SEP      OCT      NOV     DEC

  27      27        32           37         35         28         25        25         25         26          26           26

 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. Ticket bought are safely kept during your visit to Angkor, and carefully checked at every monument.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM, 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.

What to Wear

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.

Notes:  Clothing made from natural fibers is a smart choice. The jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings or in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. Hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sunny and humid when touring.

Useful Information

Cambodia is known as "The Kingdom of Wonder", containing many amazing cultural and architectural splendors which were built during the golden age (between the 9th and 15th centuries).

In recent years, our main centers have seen many new arts & crafts ventures, promoting both ancient and new cultural art types, museums, and a huge number of restaurants offering very tasty local food as well as a huge selection of international cuisine. To cater to the ever expanding type of visitors, we also have an ever increasingly expansive range of hotels and guesthouses, providing for every tourist's style.

Add to all this, the age old beauty of the natural countryside & forests, the temples, monasteries and the people themselves, and you have a truly amazing destination - a country rich in culture and diversity, having something for every traveler, welcomed by a most resilient and kind people.

Religion and Language

The official religion in Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism that also adapt in neighboring countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Seri Lanka Cambodian official language is Khmer, French is still taught at school, English is the major foreign language is mainly practiced in the country for social administration, international -public relation, business, scholarship program and research.

Khmer Culture and Tradition
 

One look back to the antiquities, traditional arts and craft are found everywhere in the market places, art galleries, and museums. The wide range of items such sculptures, painting, and carvings are all done under the great care and workmanship of Cambodian craftsmen. The varieties of Cambodian arts and crafts are abundant in the rage including silver, gold, jewelry, fine hard wood furniture; silk, marble sculptures leather products. Cambodia is recognized the rich cultural tradition ever had, the thousands of ruins were completely found and adorned with the living arts, carving sculptures on the wall that depict the real classical dance, musical instruments etc.  

Arts and Handcrafts

Beside the agriculture which is the back bone of Cambodian economic, people in Cambodia work on arts and handicrafts from ancestors for showing workmanship and exporting to industrial internal markets.

Cambodian handicrafts have been passed down from generation to generations. You can visit silk weavers in various places in Cambodia including Kandal, Prey Veng and Takeo provinces. The colors of traditional Khmer silk are related to the days of the week.

Currency

The official currency is the Cambodian Riel (pronounced ‘real’), although US Dollars are accepted everywhere. ATMs distributing US Dollars are found in the main cities and moneychangers throughout the country. As of Aug 12: 1USD = 4,000 Riel

Language

Cambodia’s national language is Khmer and unlike the other languages of the region is not a tonal language. As in other former French colonies the educated older generation often speaks very good French while the younger generation prefers English. Outside the major centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap most people speak only Khmer, but you will always find somebody who speaks English wherever you go.

Khmer Cuisine

Cambodian cuisine is the traditional for the people of Cambodia.  Average meals typically consists of more than one dish and ideally contrasts flavors, textures and temperatures within the meal using plenty of herbs, leaves, pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers and other garnishes and condiments.

The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Today rice is consumed by most Cambodians daily and with all meals, using a great number of cooking styles and techniques. There are hundreds of varieties of indigenous Khmer rice, from the fragrant jasmine-scented Malis rice to countless types of wild, brown and sticky rice. Sticky rice is most often consumed as a dessert, often with slices of tropical fruit like mango or durian and coconut milk.

Rice is eaten throughout the day in the form of street-side snacks, such as deep-fried rice cakes with chives and spinach, for breakfast, as in Cambodia's famous rice noodle soup Kuyteav or rice porridge, and in many desserts. Plain white rice is served with nearly every family meal, typically served with grilled freshwater fish, a Samlor or soup, and an assortment of seasonal herbs, salad leaves and vegetable.

Water, rice and freshwater fish exert the most profound influences on Khmer cuisine. The Mekong river, the twelfth longest in the world cuts through the very heart of Cambodia. The capital Phnom Penh is on its riverbank, at the junction where two other rivers meet: the Tonle Sap and Bassac. The Tonle Sap River connects the Mekong with the Tonle Sap lake, or Great Lake, which acts as a liquid heart and natural reservoir for the entire Mekong river system, regulating the flow of huge volumes of water, and allowing the safe passage of an astonishing number of freshwater fish. The lake itself is believed to have more fish than any other in the world and ranks second only to the Amazon River in biodiversity.

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. Contact  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.

 

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