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16 Days, THE CAMBODIA DIFFERENCE

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Phnom Penh main capital city
  • National Museum, The Silver pagoday
  • Royal Palace, Wat Phnom
  • Monton Khmer
  • Bambo train
  • Provincial museum
  • Bantey Chmar temple
  • Preah Khan temple
  • Sunset drink on the moat of Angkor Thom
  • 3 temmples in Roluos group (Bakong, Preah Ko & Lo Lei temples)
  • Wat Athvea & Wat Preahinkosey
  • Prek Toal bird sanctury
  • Angkor Wat sunrise
  • 4 faces – Bayon in Angkor Thom
  • Tom Raider, Jungle temple of Ta Prom
  • Beng Mealea & Koh Ker temple
  • Preah Vihea temple
  • Kompon Thom Provicial town
  • Udong Mountain

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

  • 5 Star Hotels
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • 3 Star Hotels
  • 5 STAR HOTEL OPTIONS

     

    Phnom Penh: White Mansion Hotel

    Battambang: Bambu Hotel

    Siem Reap: Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort

    Preah Vihea: Preah Vihea Boutique

    Kompong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel

    Phnom Penh: White Mansion Hotel

     

    High Season: $4,187 per person

    01 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

     

    Low Season$3,735 per person

    01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

     

    Peak Season surcharges may apply

     

    Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room.

     

     

     

  • 4 STAR HOTEL OPTIONS

     

    Phnom Penh: Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel

    Battambang: Classy Hotel

    Siem Reap: Chateau d’Angkor La Residence

    Preah Vihea: Preah Vihea Boutique

    Kompong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel

    Phnom Penh: Diamond Palace Resort & Sky Bar

     

    High Season: $3,036 per person

    01 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

     

    Low Season$2,786 per person

    01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

     

    Peak Season surcharges may apply

     

    Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

     

  • 3 STAR HOTEL OPTIONS

     

    Phnom Penh: Cardamom Hotel

    Battambang: Classy Hotel
    Siem Reap: MotherHome Boutique/ Ombra Angkor Hotel
    Preah Vihea: TBA
    Kompong Thom: Glorious Hotel & Spa
    Phnom Penh: Diamond Palace Resort & Sky Bar

     

    High Season: $2,664 per person

    01 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

     

    Low Season: $2,579 per person

    01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

     

    Peak Season surcharges may apply

     

    Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

     

     

     

THE CAMBODIA DIFFERENCE

PRIVATE TOUR

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

 

Day 1

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh where you will be met by your expert tour guide and transfer to your confirmed hotel. The rest of the day is at own leisure.

 

Day 2

Today, visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites by tuk tuk, including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emeral Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine, Wat Phnom. Then visit The Psar Thmei before driving back to the hotel. (Breakfast)

 

Day 3

After breakfast, drive to Oudong Mountain – Cambodia’s former Capital with its royal bombs situated at Royal Fortune Hill before proceeding to glance at the fishing village to see how the local people catching the fish for daily life then we head to Battambang province – Cambodia’s second largest cities founded in the 11th century. The province is the former capital of Monton Khmer and lies in the heart of the northwest of Cambodia. Until the war years when almost every infrastructure was destroyed, it was the leading rice-producing province of the country. Until recently, the province houses the most extensive and best-preserved collection of 19th and 20th century architecture in Cambodia, the protection area is characterized by a coherent ensemble of 800 building dating from the Thai, French colonial and Sangkum Restr Niyum period. Strolling along picturesque Sangker River to witness authentic lively hood of people and enjoy sunset over there. (Breakfast)

 

Day 4

After breakfast, transfer to the Bamboo train station. The Bamboo train has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of both goods and people, the train is very basic, one platform on 4 wheels activated by a small motor and sitting on the platform ( TRAILTOAngkor Tours & Travel will provide some cushion for your comfort) you will travel 7Km to the next station through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies. On arrival, visit the village and discover the daily life of the Cambodian countryside. Then, we continue to visit Phnom Sampov and The Provincial museum and drive along the picturesque Sangker River to visit Wat Ek Phnom (11th century-Suryavarman I). In the afternoon, we visit Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on the top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains. Return to Battambang for a walk through the town to discover its beautiful Colonial architecture and along the Sangke River. (Breakfast)

 

Day 5

After breakfast, we drive northwest to Banteay Mean Chey province ( Sisophon) and Banteay Chhmar temple, one of the capitals of Jayavarman II. It was rebuilt by Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his sons and four generals who were killed in battle repelling a Cham invasion in 1177. The 11th century sandstone structure is dedicated to the god Avalokiteshvara and suffered significant damage during repeated Thai invasion, although many of its huge bas-reliefs, which are said to be comparable of those of the Bayon and Angkor Wat, still remain.  A picnic lunch will be provided on the site. Later in the day we also see Bantey Torp temple before arriving at Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 6

In the morning, free at own leisure. In the afternoon you will visit Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities. End the afternoon with a visit to the mountain temple of Pre Rub and see the beautiful sunset over the temple before returning your hotel. (Breakfast)

 

Day 7

Today visit the large temple of Ta Prom. This is in a natural state, due to the fact that it has been left untouched rather than being restored. The jungle has reclaimed the temple, with huge tree trunks and vines snaking around the centuries-old stonework. You will end the tour at the north part of this temple. You will be walking on path experiencing the bird singing and being part of a very rare temple tour visited by only a few, The Ta Nei temple. You will have breakfast provided on the trip. In the afternoon, you will visit the South gate of Angkor Thom with your choice to walk on eight meters high wall of Angkor Thom compound from the south to north-east. your driver will be standing by for you for continued exploration of Bayon, Baphoun, Pimeanakhas, Elephant and The Leper King Terrace. (Breakfast)

 

Day 8

Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th century, including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temple. In the afternoon, view the Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang. and our last tour visit today is Wat Athvea and Wat PreahInkosey. (Breakfast)

 

Day 9

In the morning, drive to Kbal Spean where we will take a soft jungle trek to the River of Thousand Lingas. The ancient Khmer civilization used the waters for canals and irrigation. Numerous bas-reliefs remain as do the thousand lingas carved in to the riverbed to bless the water before it flowed downhill to the royal city. In the afternoon, we proceed to visit the graceful Khmer Temple of Shiva - Banteay Srei - that dates back to the 11th century. Banteay Srei means "Citadel of Women". The site has some of Angkor’s best preserved sandstone decorations, friezes, and lintels. (Breakfast)

 

Day 10

This morning, transfer to the pier then the journey begins on a wooden boat, gliding through floating village and a flooded forest. Arrive at the Prek Toal Bird Sanctury to view both indigenous and migrating birds, we have the chance to observe birds on the brink of extinction, such as local marabous, ibis, storks, and pelicans. A conservation project in underway and observation posts are being established for bird watchers. Picnic lunch included on site. ( Accessible from September to March and the best season to see, november to January) – We return to Siem Reap pier and transfer back to town. (Breakfast)

 

Day 11

Early morning enjoy sunrise at Angkor Wat then explore in those early hours a bit after the sunrise, your personal tour guide will assist with best shot. In the afternoon, take a tour of the countryside around Siem Reap. Just a short distance from the archaeological wonders of Angkor, there is a different, living history. Lifestyles in the countryside around Siem Reap have changed little since the temples were built over 1,000 years ago, but with new roads opening up the countryside this way of life may soon be gone forever. The tour today will explore this disappearing way of life, taking you to rice paddies, woodlands and gardens outside the city travelling on foot, and Ox-cart, enabling you to reach places where mass tourism has not encroached. Along the way you will be able to buy seasonal fruits, try sticky rice in bamboo tubes, and get hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the Rice harvest, Thatching, Fishing and Cooking simple meals over a open fire.  The afternoon will end in a quiet spot to watch local children wash their buffalo, playing and laughing as they jump from bridges into the stream. With a cold drink in hand you can relax and watch the sun set over the rice paddies, As the evening draws in you will be taken to visit the house of a local family for A home-cooked dinner including one bottle of beer or soft drink and one bottle of water. Enjoy the meal together with your host family. This is a memorable experience!. (Breakfast)

 

Day 12

A free day at own leisure to relax. (Breakfast)

 

Day 13

We have an early morning departure for Tbeng Meanchey, the provincial town of Preah Vihea. We drive through typical Khmer countryside to the remote Beng Mealea temple (60Kms) to visit the log-abandoned 11th century temple, shrouded by jungle. We then proceed to the Capital of King Jajavarman IV at Koh Ker temple. here the statues and relief are built on a large scale culminating in a 30 meter-high pyramid conveying a sense of power and grandeur which is unusual in Khmer art. The “temple –mountain” risesto considerable height, with long halls, and would originally have had timber roofs. A picnic lunch is arranged on site before proceeding to Preah Vihear. (Breakfast,Lunch)

 

Day 14

After breakfast a local restaurant we have a long drive north to the hilltop temple of Preah Vihear and also view the Dangrek Mountain which forms a natural border between Cambodia and Thailand. A picnic lunch box will be arranged on site. Then we drive directly to Kompong Thom, upon arrival, check in to hotel. The reminder of the day is free at leisure. (Breakfast,Lunch)

 

Day 15

In the morning, we drive to the 7th century temple of Sambor Prei Kuk. En route enjoy scenes of traditional life of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient Pre-Angkor capital of Chenla with its 100 temples. The complex at Ishanapura is composed for groups of temples that are among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. Most of these temples date from the 7th century, 600 years before Angkor Wat, This complex contains at least 176 monuments. Three complexes dedicated to Shiva have surrounding walls; they are brick towers in carious shapes: square, oblong and octagonal. The brickwork has finely sculptured relief reminiscent of these found in India and then moving on to visit Phnom Santuk. After lunch (Own expense), we drive to Phnom Penh. En-route, visit Wat Kuhear Nokor. (Breakfast)

 

Day 16

This morning is free for shopping. Transfer to airport for departure flight. End service. (Breakfast)

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