BANTEAY CHHMA-HOME STAY EXPERIENCE&ANGKOR-6D

Duration: 5NIGHTS/6DAYS. BANTEAY CHHMA-HOME STAY&ANGKOR.

Hight Light

    Discover the magnificent Angkorian temples taking in the deserted Banteay Chhmar, a place of exceptional mystic, visit to the local market in Banteay Chhmar to buy some food for cooking with the family during your home saty and experience some typical Khmer village activities. Visit a local school and see how different school life rural Cambodia is, explore the world famous monument Angkor Wat, remarkable Bayon temple, the attractive ruin with beautiful smiling faces, the overgrown temples of Ta Prohm, the temple known as the location for the Tomb Raider film. Driving through the Cambodian countryside passing green rice paddies  ( seasonal) and typical village houses were built on stilts. Head on to Chong Khneas, a village where you will see floating houses on the water that are submerged within the Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia's biggest freshwater Lake. Embark on boat ride and observe the lifestyles of those living on the river amid unique flooded forests.

 

Itinerary

DAY 01. SIEM REAP- BANTEAY CHHMAR- ARRIVAL- HOME STAY

Breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to Bantteay Chmar via Banteay Meanchey province . It is a hidden treasure of Cambodia has just been rediscovered recently. Erected 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 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

DAY 02: 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.
Overnight at home stay

DAY 03: BANTEAY CHHMAR - SIEM REAP

Breakfast at home stay, 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 handcuffs. This is an experience, and learning and getting to know the life in Khmer Rouge.
Overnight in Siem Reap

DAY 04: 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 – wheel drive, 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 05: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Early start in the morning to beat the crowds at the remarkable jungle temple, Ta Prohm , the "Tomb Raider" fame. Here begin your early cool day from the eastern entrance, working through a very quiet causeway just before seeing the lost treasure right in the middle of the forest. There will be only a couple of tourists wondering around the ruin. You are amazed with the gigantic trees that left in the state as they were founded trekking and scrambling over the building that make this ruin so well known. By stay in state off cool, quiet without crowds you feel that it appreciates the interplay of man and nature. Then your excursion Angkor Wat one of mankind's architectural gems erected in the early twelve century with nearly a million labors and forty years just on the peak of the architectural achievement of the Khmer Empire. Stay just right on the corner of this huge Building before heading to explore the bas-reliefs at the first step.
Lunch breaK

After lunch begin your journey at the ancient fortified capitol Angkor Thom. Enter your visit from east gate of Angkor Thom where you start your soft adventure on foot along the 8m high wall the death gate. Afterward walk on a very quiet path through the forest for more than 1 km straight ahead to the Bayon temple which is in the heart of the activity and resume your trip on foot to explore other treasures including Terrace of the Elephants, Royal Palace and Terrace of Leper king in the flowing.

DAY 06: SIEM REAP- ANGKOR-DEPARTURE

Breakfast in the hotel, city tour and shopping on your own before transferring to the airport for departure flight …..
 

Price Included

TOUR DURATION: 6Days / 5Nights
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:
Homestay at Banteay Chhma and hotel accommodation in Siem Reap 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
Village activities, cooking class, oxen cart tour, jeep tour, vist former stronghold of Khmer Rouge, Community tour and activities as mentioned in the program
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Daily drinking water and cold towels
Our services do not include:
Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD25/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.

C. When on the volunteer activity
Please respect the dress code; shoulder and knees must be covered. This can be a great model of respect and help students pay their attention on education. We recommend the light cool long sleeve shirts and pants and sport shoes for the activities.
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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