Cambodia Discovery – The Road Less Travelled – 10 days

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Tour Level: High Level

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 10 Days

tour details

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Lunch not included
Afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel
FULL DAY BIKING TOUR 2: BANTEAY SREI & GRAND CIRCUIT
(cycling distance 52 km)

Morning: Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Grand Circuit (riding distance 31 kilometers).
Start your day with a bicycle ride from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Visit the temple.
Lunch.
Afternoon: Neak Pean - Banteay Kdei - Siem Reap (riding distance 21 kilometers).
Ride on secondary and mainly unpaved roads or transfer until Preah Khan. Visit the temple, built by King Jayavarman VII. Continue to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool, and ride to Banteay Kdei, which is surrounded by 4 concentric walls. Cycle back to Siem Reap town on the small circuit road and countryside trails.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart from your hotel and drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60 km from Siem Reap). Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle.
Lunch not included
A further 1-hour drive brings you to Koh Ker, situated in the northeast of Siem Reap. Discover the long abandoned temples in the forests of northern Cambodia. Also known as Chok Gargyar, it served as the capital of Jayavarman IV (reigned 928-42). His son and successor Harshavarman I moved the capital back to Angkor in 944. There are a remarkable number of religious buildings in the Koh Ker region, considering the short space of time that it was the capital of the empire. There are more than 30 major structures and experts believe there may have been as many as 100 minor sacred buildings in the region. It was also a prolific period for gigantic sculpture and several of the most impressive pieces in the National Museum in Phnom Penh come from Koh Ker, including a huge garuda (half-man, half-bird creature). Visit the vast Prasat Thom, a seven-storey step pyramid, more Mayan than Khmer, with commanding views over the surrounding forest. Nearby is Prasat Krahom or Red Temple, named after the pinkish Banteay Srei-style stone from which it is built. There are many more temples in the area, including the five towers of Prasat Ling, each enclosing a giant linga or fertility symbol, the biggest and best found in situ anywhere in Cambodia.
Continue to Sro Em (1.5 hrs, 100km) where you can visit the local museum or enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
This morning drive further north to Preah Vihear (25km).
At the foot of the mountain, change to a pickup truck which will bring you to the mountain top to the most breathtaking temple of Prasat Preah Vihear.
The temple, an important pilgrim place during the Angkorian period, was built by a succession of seven Khmer Monarchs. Like other mountain temples, it was designed to represent Mount Meru and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Breath in the astounding views from the cliff stretches as far as the eye can see.
Lunch not included
After lunch, drive to Kompong Thom (3hrs drive). Arrive in Kompong Thom and check-in at hotel.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Sambor Village Resort.
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35 km northeast of Kompong Thom. En route, visit traditional villages. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period.
Lunch not included
Depart from Kompong Thom to Kratie, the small town has a population of about 38,215 and lies on the banks of the Mekong River. The city is dominated by a central marketplace surrounded by old, French colonial buildings.
Arrive in Kratie and take a small ferry boat to the island of Koh Trong situated in the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie town. Check-in at hotel.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Rajabori Villas.
Breakfast at hotel.
A 9 km loop around the islands provides opportunities to leisurely cycle by local bicycle through traditional Khmer villages, fruits orchards and rice fields while observing the daily rituals and routines of the traditional village life. Participate in environmental activity by planting a tree at the tree planting site.
Lunch not included
Return to hotel for refresh. Then take a ferry to Kratie town and drive North of Kratie. Visit Wat Phnom Sambok to see the Buddhist monasteries and to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the hilltop. Further north along picturesque countryside roads stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawady River Dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon.
Return to hotel for overnight.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Rajabori Villas.
Breakfast at hotel.
Take a ferry ride to Kratie and depart by road to Kompong Cham. On the way to Kompong Cham stop at Chhup, a rubber plantation first established in the region by the French tire maker Michelin.
Lunch not included
Visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century)and tour of Kampong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture. Make a stop in Skuon to taste Cambodia's more exotic culinary delights, the deep-fried spider. Continue to Phnom Penh. Arrive in Phnom Penh and check-in at hotel.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Double Leaf Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Independence Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - from throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Visit the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.
Lunch not included
Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S 21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Time at leisure at the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong).
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Double Leaf Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.
Breakfast at hotel

includes

All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned van/coach as detailed in our itinerary
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles

    excludes

    Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
    International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
    Optional tours
    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
    Drinks with meals
    Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
    Visa fees
    Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
      Tour code: REPDSDIS
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