OVERVIEW

Discover the treasure of Cambodia from the hustle and colorful city of Phnom Penh to mesmerizing country land of Battambang and crossing the immense Tonle Sap to Siam Reap and the magnificent Angkor. Delve deep into unique local culture, confront the tragedy of the recent past, get up close with nature beauties and immerse yourself in an in-depth look at the marvelous wonder of the ancient Kingdom

Highlights
  • Sightseeing tour through historical sites of Phnom Penh
  • Oudong ancient capital visit
  • Traditional villages and guilds of Kampong Chhnang
  • Fascinating country landsacpes of Battambang
  • Fun bamboo train ride
  • Cruise the across the immense water body of Tonle Sap
  • Buddhist blessing cermony
  • Sunrise and sunset over the impossing Angkor temple
  • Intricate bas-relief at the temple of Banteay Srei
Trip Length: 8 days | Trip Style: Comfort | Trip Theme: Heritage, Local life & culture | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Phnom Penh/Siam Reap
Places visited: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang - Battambang - Tonle Sap - Siam Reap
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Itinerary Details

Welcome to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia!
Met and greeted at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in (check in time is 14.00).

This afternoon, if time permits, we will take an atmospheric sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong River and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront awakens to life.  
Evening is free to explore the town at your own pace.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sunset mekong cruise
Hotel in phnom penh

After breakfast, we start the tour today with our visit to the National Museum that has a great collection of Khmer art with over 5000 objects are on display.
Following is the Royal Palace that contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda which is more like a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds and has its floor paved by silver tiles.
End the morning with visit to the Wat Phnom Temple, one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh, built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Penh from whom the city got its name.
This afternoon we will visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum also called the S-21 Prison, converted from a secondary school,  that used by Khmer during the bloody rule from 1975 to its fall in 1979. There was an estimate of 20,000 people were imprisoned, tortured, coerced to confess what so called “revolutionary reaction crimes” before being taken to be executed at the extermination camp – the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek, located 15 km south of Phnom Penh which we will visit after the Toul Sleng.
This excursion may prove distressing however, it is an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle.

Remainder of the day is free at leisure.  

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing phnom penh
Breakfast
Hotel in phnom penh

Travel by private vehicle over scenic back roads to Cambodia’s former capital, Oudong, about 40km from Phnom Penh. You will pass rural villages, local pagodas, and scenic rice paddies before reaching the main hill of Oudong. Make a climb to the top of the stupa-filled hill of Oudong for great views over the rural plains.

Continue to Battambang with stops to visit silversmith village, pottery manufactories in Kompong Chhnang.
Check in hotel upon arrival in Battambang and remainder of the day is free to wander around explore the charming and relaxed river town full of fine examples of French-colonial architecture. Even though Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, you will find that the atmosphere is very laid-back.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Ou dong ancient capital explore
visit traditional villages
Breakfast
Hotel in battambang

This morning, after breakfast, we will spend time to visit some interesting sights in the town including the Provincial Museum (closed on Saturdays / Sundays), Wat Ek Phnom, a local market where Prahoc - the Cambodian fish paste is made and drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch.
In the afternoon we head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of only few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields, pagodas and sugar palm trees.
Later, we will take a fun ride on the famous bamboo train that, called "norry" by the locals, through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. The bamboo train is a unique and creative form of transport set up by the villagers that consists of a small motorcycle engine-powered bamboo platform riding on the railway tracks that runs through the village.  
Evening is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
local market visit
battambang country discovery
Breakfast
Hotel in battambang

After an early breakfast, embark on a speed boat ride that will take you on a fascinating journey along the Sangker River, across Tonlé Sap Lake to Siem Reap. Ride passing Cheur Khmao Pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, flooded forests of the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve, unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes of floating villages all portraying life on this body of water that forms Cambodia’s heart.

Check in hotel upon arrival and enjoy some time to rest.
Later of the day we will take a fun tuk tuk cruise around the Siem Reap town to catch common scenes of local life and get a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for your journey safety, prosperity and happiness.

Summary of inclusions

Boat cruise
private vehicle
Breakfast
Hotel in siam reap

This morning we will spend time to explore the Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire with visits to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple that consists of 54 towers featured with multitude of Buddha’s serene and mysterious smiling faces, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Following is the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, the famous sights known in the movie ‘Tomb Raider’ by Angelina Jolie, with enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers embracing over stone foundations of the temple’s structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces and make it one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples

In the afternoon we will enjoy our discovery of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monuments in the World, symbol of the Great Khmer Empire, with its five impressive towers representing the 5 holy peaks of the Mount Meru, the home of the Hindu gods. It is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and it is a magical time to see the Apsaras shine in the most beautiful light.  
Evening is at your leisure. 

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing the angkor
Breakfast
Hotel in siam reap

Breakfast is at the hotel then drive out the town to visit to the Banteay Srei that was constructed in the late 10th century and is a masterpiece of religious architecture and carving with its no space left undecorated with unique and wonderful bas-relief on pink sandstone. Along the way there we will make stops to visit the local village of Preah Dak where we have chance to learn something about local life and enjoy local interaction, the Banteay Samre temple which is adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends.

In the afternoon we will explore the Preah Khan temple complex, built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father, right on the site of his victory over the invaders. The name of the temple means ‘Holy Sword’ derived from the meaning of the original ‘the Holy City of Victory’. This huge temple complex was served as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1000 monks.
Continue to Neak Pean, a small island temple located in the middle of the last Baray, representing Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness.

Back to the hotel and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing angkor
Breakfast
Hotel in siam reap

Breakfast is at the hotel.
Free at your leisure to explore the town and enjoy last minute sightseeing, shopping at your own pace. Check out time is 12.00.
Transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Safe travel and see you again!

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Breakfast

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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a twin/double sharing room
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Transportation on tour by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Government taxes & Service charges

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary can be tailored to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

 
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