SIEM REAP-HELICOPTER - BOAT TRIP AND FLOATING VILLAGE. 4D

Duration: 4Days

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    This journey is one of discovery as you explore the splendor of Cambodia.  With specialist guides, remarkable hotels, and unique excursions, Adventurous Asia's ‘Culture and Cuisine’ tour is a memorable adventure. From the temples the lake, Tonle Sap, the journey is one of discovery as you explore the splendor of Cambodia. At Angkor Wat you are amazed with the most significant example of Khmer architecture and interacted  wiht the life and activites of people at the floating village, Tonle Sap.

 

Itinerary

DAY1. SIEM REAP ARRIVAL

Up on arrival at Siem Reap International Airport you are welcomed by local guide and driver and transferred to hotel for check in.

Siem Reap, the gateway city and ancient capital of Angkor, Cambodia and the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor.  It is housed to thousands of monuments of Angkor.

Afternoon begin your visit to to Angkor Thom. This afternoon your tour starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you stop at the Southgate of this  city to excurse the beautiful 54 statues of Gods and Demons flanked each side of walk way leading to the entry gate,  and nice shots at the impressive faces of Buddhistatva Lokesvara ( future of Buddha). From here drive to Bayon temple for your next visit, the most attractive among the ruins in Angkor Thom containing 54 gigantic smiling faces of Buddha and the builder, King Jayavaraman the 7th, here your unique travel experience is seeing amazing base relief around the Bayon temple, then tour to the ruin of  Baphoun, a temple mountain with remarkably steep stairway to its peak, continue to the nearby  Royal Palace, Phimean Akas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The remarkable temple complexes offer a startling insight into the beauty and power of the Angkorian era.

Later Afternoon you will take a private Condola boat cruise with your guide to visit the beautiful sunset on the Angkor Thom city canal and the same you will enjoy some soft drinks, champagne and snack provided by our travel partner. Back to the city

DAY2. SIEM REAP COOKING CLASS- BANTEAY SREI

Breakfast in hotel. This morning you will begin at approximately 08.30AM (Cooking Class). You start with a visit to the local market, where the chefs introduce you to the ingredients which you will be using today. All of the necessary equipment will be set up in a peaceful spot of local restaurant. The expert chefs will first demonstrate how to prepare authentic Khmer dishes. Then it’s your turn to try your hand at cooking local Khmer cuisine. Slice and pound your way through the ingredients before cooking each dish in the traditional way. You will be given a recipe book and apron which you can take home to practice your newly learnt cooking skills and relive your time in Cambodia!

After a few hours of concentration and smelling all of the wonderful flavors, you are sure to enjoy tucking in to your creations for a memorable lunch.

Afternoon 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.

Next, we’ll visit the Golden Silk Farm where we’ll witness the entire process of silk creation. On the way back to Siem Reap, we’ll have a chance to stop at communities where our guide will help us all interact with the locals to learn about their way of life. Seize the opportunity to taste palm wine, palm sugar and other popular local produce. Back to city

Overnight stay in Siem Reap
DAY3. SIEM REAP- SUNSET AND BOAT TRIP

Rise early in the morning, you are picked up from the hotel at 5.30AM to catch the cool morning weather and beautiful view of Ta Prohm, you have a great experience to discover the fabulous jewel in the jungle with crowds. Erected in the late twelve century by the Buddhist king in the dedication to Buddha and memorial of his mother, Ta Prohm was also 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 Jolie in 2000, just before she became a Good Will Ambassador of the United Nations to Cambodia. From here continue your visit to Angkor Wat temple. 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.  

Your next tour tour starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you stop at the Southgate of this  city to excurse the beautiful 54 statues of Gods and Demons flanked each side of walk way leading to the entry gate,  and nice shots at the impressive faces of Buddhistatva Lokesvara ( future of Buddha). From here drive to Bayon temple for your next visit, the most attractive among the ruins in Angkor Thom containing 54 gigantic smiling faces of Buddha and the builder, King Jayavaraman the 7th, here your unique travel experience is seeing amazing base relief around the Bayon temple, then tour to the ruin of  Baphoun, a temple mountain with remarkably steep stairway to its peak, continue to the nearby  Royal Palace, Phimean Akas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The remarkable temple complexes offer a startling insight into the beauty and power of the Angkorian era.

At around 4 PM, you will be picked up by our guide and transferred to the Tonle Sap Lake. Not far from the impressive Angkor Complex lies the huge Tonle Sap Lake. It is one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake swells to 12,000 km². During the dry half of the year, the lake on the contrary shrinks to as small as 2500 km², draining into the Tonle Sap River. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water. This ecosystem has been classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.

You will be driven 15 km South of Siem Reap where you will take a private boat and discover the floating village of Chong Khneas as well as the wildlife of the lake. Champagne and fruits on board for a unique sunset on the Lake.

This evening, you will enjoy a dinner at the best restaurant

DAY4. SIEM REAP – ART SCHOOL AND WORKSHOP- CITY TOUR- DEPARTURE

On your last day of the tour, spend the morning exploring Siem Reap’s colorful markets. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992, in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts and to help young people find work in their local villages. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding and silk paintings are created. We’ll visit a number of artists’ studios including those of expat and Cambodian artists who are keeping traditional arts and crafts alive (such as painting, lacquer ware and fine sculptures) in the country. You’ll then return to Siem Reap where you can enjoy some time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight to…

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Price Included

 TOUR DURATION:  4Days /  3Nights

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)

Helicopter tour over Angkor temple and Tonle Sap lake

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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