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JOURNEY THROUGH CAMBODIA 15DAYS / 14NIGHTS

Bangkok to Saigon


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  • DETAIL ITINERARY
  • TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS
Itinerary in Brief

Day 1
Bangkok - arrival day
Day 2
Bangkok to Siem Reap
Day 3
Siem Reap - Angkor temples
Day 4
Siem Reap - boat trip onto the Tonle Sap lake
Day 5
Siem Reap to Kompong Thom -
Visit of Sambor Prei Kuk, homestay
Day 6
K.Thom to Phnom Penh
Day 7
Phnom Penh - city tour
Day 8
PP to Kirirom NP
Day 9
Kirirom NP to Sihanoukville
Day 10
Sihanoukville - boat trip to the islands
Day 11
Sihanoukville to PP
Day 12
PP to Chau Doc (VN)
Day 13
Chau Doc (city tour), Can Tho (homestay)
Day 14
Can Tho (floating market), Saigon
Day 15
Saigon - departure day

Group Size (Scheduled Tours)
Minimum 2 people, Maximum 10 people
Transport
Private car/minibus/pick-up truck, tuk-tuk, local boat, public bus, walking, biking
Accommodation
11 nights budget hotels or guesthouses, 3 nights homestay
Meals
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Allow approx US$100-200 for meals not included
Drinks
Not included, allow approx $5 per day for water & sodas (it is advisable to drink about 2 litres of soft drinks per day).
Tips
Allow approx $5 per day


Day 1 - SAT - Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok! On your first day in Indochina there are no planned activities and you will be free to fill in time the way you want. Bangkok is a huge city with plenty of possibilities of entertainment, such as massage centres, animated bars, boat trips along the canal system, magnificent temples, flea markets, unless you are just dreaming for a good reparative sleep after your long journey. In the evening, you will have a first group meeting with your tour leader before going to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. Please check the hotel notice board for the time and place of this meeting as well as ideas of what to do in and around Bangkok.
Accommodation at New world lodge hotel, Bangkok

Day 2 - SUN - Bangkok – Siem Reap (CAMBODIA) (B / D)
Today, we will have an early breakfast before driving to the border at Aranya Pratet/Poipet, the oldest border crossing point for foreigners between Thailand and Cambodia, which opened in early 1998. From Bangkok to the Poipet border crossing takes four to five hours by aircon vehicle. After having gone through the custom, we will take a pick-up truck or a minibus to continue our journey to Siem Reap, passing by the city of Sisophon. This journey takes approximately 4-5 hours. The road, formerly in very bad condition, is now under fixing and this journey is already much shorter than before. We will arrive in Siem Reap at the end of the afternoon or in the evening for dinner. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and we will have two full days to enjoy the town and its surrounds.
Overnight in Siem Reap at Fresh Air Guest House or similar

Day 3 - MON – Siem Reap (Angkor) (B)
After breakfast, we will drive to the Angkor site. We will begin to explore the complex of Angkor Thom. Our visit will begin with the South Gate, a beautiful introduction to Angkor Thom with well-restored statues of asuras (demons) and gods lining the bridge. Inside the complex, we will stop at the famous Bayon, a pyramid temple decorated by about 200 gigantic carved heads. We will also visit the Royal Enclosure, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the morning, we will also visit Preah Khan, a labyrinth of pavilions, halls and chapels in a vast area encloses by four walls before to go to eat at a local restaurant and in the afternoon we will visit Ta Phrom, Angkor Wat and Phnom Bakheng. Ta Phrom has been largely consumed by the jungle and as you will climb through the dilapidated stone structures you will see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. At every turn you will expect to see Indiana Jones or Lara Croft step out from behind a fallen pillar. Ta Phrom looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them. Angkor Wat is the largest and most impressive of all the temples. It is the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking, the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world is 200 meters wide. This amazing temple homes the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls. As the end of the day will approach, we will proceed to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng, climb the imposing remains and meet the crowd for a truly memorable sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap at Fresh Air Guest House or similar

Day 4 - TUE – Siem Reap (B)
Today, we will organize a countryside tours by ox-cart. Following the picturesque road along the Siem Reap river, we will pass traditional Khmer houses, pagodas, water wheels, water buffalo and many more. The slow move of the cart will give you all the opportunity to observe the daily life in the villages and rice paddies. Then, we will go by tuktuk to the lake for a boat trip onto the Tonle Sap, the biggest lake of Southeast Asia, to visit the floating village of Chong Kneas. For lunch, we will go to our homestay to enjoy a family meal prepared by our hosts and spend a friendly moment with them. On the way back we will stop at the orphanage Krou Sa Richreay, which means "Happy Family", to bring them some basic requirement. Afterwards, you will have some free time to explore a local market, visit a traditional handicraft workshop or just relax with a drink or a blind massage. This excursion is not included on the price. If you prefer to spend another day into the temples, your guide will be pleased to help you to arrange your visit. Tonight we will be able to enjoy an optional buffet dinner with a traditional dancing show at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.
Accomodation in Siem Reap at Fresh Air Guest House or similar.

Day 5 - WED – Siem Reap – Kampong Thom (B / L / D)
Today, after breakfast, we will drive to Kampong Thom Province, East of Siem Reap. A two hours drive by public bus through a beautiful countryside will take us to the central city. Then we will continue to a rural village by local transport where we will meet our host family. We will have lunch at the homestay, then we will ride bicycles to go to Sambor Prei Kuk. This is the setting of the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with more than 100 small temples, scattered through the forest.
In the evening, we will help the farmer to cook our dinner before sharing a friendly meal all together.
Overnight in Kampong Thom at Steung Sen Hotel or similar

Day 6 - THU – Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast with our hosts, we will spend some time at the village area. You will be able to test your ability as a farmer by helping villagers in the rice paddies, or learn how some traditional handicrafts are produced as Krama scarves, wood carving or basketry. The area boasts the centuries old tradition of craft making using traditional materials such as bamboo and rattan. As these villages are very poor, we will bring some school supplies and toothbrushes to the children, and we will offer them a nice and healthy snack during the school break. Then, we will go back to the city of Kompong Thom to have lunch at Arunras restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to Phnom Penh by public bus. On the way, we will stop at the village Skun. If you are still hungry and looking for a dessert, you will get the chance to taste the local speciality, the delicious famous fried spiders (Tarantula called A ping in Khmer). Never try, never know, that’s our motto! When arriving in Phnom Penh, we will check in at our hotel and then you will have free time to relax before dinner. Tonight we will first enjoyed a drink on the roof top of FCC restaurant, a nice spot to enjoy a whole view of Phnom Penh. Dinner at the restaurant Friends which is a non-profit restaurant run by street youth in training. All proceeds go to the organisation Mith Samlanh and the food is delicious.
Overnight at Phnom Penh. Accommodation at Town View hotel or similar.

Day 7 - FRI – Phnom Penh (B / D)
In the morning, we will visit the Royal Palace situated on the site of the former citadel. Besides the Royal Residence (closed to the public), the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple (the place where kings are enthroned) and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place), it includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda. This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal. In front stands a 90 kg golden Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Built around a central courtyard, the galleries, arranged chronologically, present a collection of Khmer art, mostly sculptures. In the afternoon, we will drive about 16 kilometers to the Choeng Ek killing fields and the Tuol Sleng genocide Museum - a mass gravesite and a former high school converted to a detention and torture centre by the Khmers Rouges when they came to power in 1975. Choeung Ek also serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmers Rouges rule. We will have dinner in the nice garden of the restaurant Le Rit’s owned by the NGO Nyemo which assists vulnerable women and helpless children in their reintegration into workforce and society. Then we will enjoy a theatre performance at the Sovanna Phum Theatre.
Accommodation at Town view hotel or similar, Phnom Penh.

Day 8 - SAT – Phnom Penhh – Kirirom National Park (B / L / D)
Today, we will take the bus to Chambok Community-based Ecotourism Site.
This place lies at the border of Kirirom National Park. It boasts a beautiful 40-meters high waterfall, which can be reached via a 3 km nature trail. The site serves as a model for best practice in community-based ecotourism in Cambodia. Trained local guides are available to share their knowledge of the nature, history and cultural aspects of the area. The site also has a visitor centre and a restaurant where the local youth stage dance performances and Khmer food is served. The site offers a wide range of outdoor activities and attractions such as trekking, hiking, bird watching, animal tracking or visiting a bat cave. You can also swimming in the stream, riding a bicycle or experiencing Khmer rural lifestyle on an ox-cart ride. We will spend the night at a homestay which benefit the local community. We will stay at a traditionally fashioned Khmer house of a local farmer’s family and have dinner with the owners. Members of the homestay families have participated in a food preparation training and can prepare delicious Khmer meals.
Overnight in homestay, Chambok.

Day 9 - SUN – Kirirom National Park – Sihanouk Ville (B)
After breakfast with our hosts, we will spend some time at the village area before to resume our journey to Sihanoukville. Sihanoukville town is Cambodia’s leading beach resort. There are white-sand beaches around the headland, unspoilt islands off the coast and the popular Khal Chhay waterfall near town. Upon arrival , you will have time to relax before going for lunch at the Starfish Bakery Café from the Starfish Project which assists disabled families and individuals to becoming independent through housing, community and water projects, and medical assistance. Starfish Project will also be able to provide for you a relaxing moment with their experienced blind masseurs, or give you the opportunity to keep in touch with your family and friends with their Internet Centre. Then you will have a half day to unwind and enjoy the beautiful tropical environment. No activities are planned, but there are many sights around the city which are interesting to explore.
Overnight at Sihanoukville. Accommodation at Santepheap Guesthouse or similar.

Day 10 - MON – Sihanouk Ville (B / L)
Today, we will organize a boat trip on the Gulf of Thailand. The boat will stop close to islands with rocky reefs providing a rich marine life for snorkeling before to shore to an island with uninhabited sandy beaches where you will relax while your guide will prepare lunch. Later, you will return to Sihanouk Ville with one or two more snorkeling stops.
Overnight in Sihanouk Ville at Santepheap Guesthouse or similar

Day 11 - TUE – Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh (B / D)
Here, you will have another half day to unwind and enjoy the beautiful tropical environment. Morning will be free to explore the city on your own, spend a relaxing moment on the beach or visit the maritime national park of Ream. In the afternoon, we will return at Phnom Penh by public bus. This bus journey will take us about 4-5 hours. Tonight, we will go to Veiyo Tonle restaurant for our farewell dinner in Cambodia. Veiyo Tonle works as an orphanage and day center for disadvantaged children. They support these children to go to school and train them to traditional Khmer dancing. Sometimes, the kids perform a dancing show in the restaurant.
Overnight in Phnom Penh at Town View I hotel or similar

Day 12 - WED – Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (B)
Morning will be free at leisure. We will have an appointment at 11am at the hotel for check-out before transfer to the boat pier for boarding to Chau Doc by Hang Chau Express boat. The journey along the Mekong river will take about 4 hours, so we will arrive at Chau Doc, in Vietnam, at around 6pm. In this bustling border town, many people live by the river in stilt houses and on it in floating houses. This is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse towns in the Mekong delta.
Dinner and overnight in Chau Doc. Accomodation at Thuan Loi hotel or similar.

Day 13 - THU – Chau Doc – Can Tho (B / D)
After breakfast, we will enjoy a boat trip to the Cham minority village. We will pass along a beautiful floating village which houses have nice balconies in bloom. Then we will visit the Cham village and its traditional stilt houses and mosques. This excursion will take us about 2 hours. Afterwards we will leave Chau Doc by bus to reach the city of Long Xuyen, about 50 km further. There, we will visit the bird Sanctuary of Bang Lang, an about 2 hours excursion before continuing by bus to Can Tho, the largest city on the delta. We will transfer to a small village around Cai Rang district by boat where stand our homestay for the night. You will be able to walk or bike around the village to experience the life style of the Mekong delta people before joining our host family for cooking and having dinner with them.
Overnight in homestay, Can Tho

Day 14 - FRI – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast, we will take a boat to visit the morning market of Cai Rang, the largest of the floating markets around Can Tho. Traders paddle from boat to boat, selling a variety of goods amid a traffic jam of sampans. Then, we will keep cruising through the small channels system to visit a rice noodle making village. The region of Can Tho is a major agricultural centre, with rice milling as its main industry. There, you will learn how the noodles of the traditional Vietnamese soup are made and will be able to challenge yourself by crossing a “Monkey bridge”. Monkey bridges are built with bamboo trunks, one for the feet, one to hold oneself, and so are rickety, but delta people used them for centuries. Then, we will continue our journey to Vinh Long to visit the local snake market before arriving in Ho Chi Minh City in the end of the afternoon where we will go for our farewell dinner after chek-in in our hotel.
Overnight at Hai Long hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 15 - SAT - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This is departure day so no activities are planned. Check-out will be at noon and you are free to leave at any time.


 
 
TOUR DATE
TOUR GROUP SIZE
MIN 2 / MAX 10
Tour starts date (SUN)
Tour finishing date (SUN)
TOUR PRICE ARE NET PER PERSON
US$ 899
05 Sept 10
19 Sept 10
SINGLE SUP.
US$ 79
  • The booking has to be paid at least 42 days before tour starts.
  • The single supplement is the price of one supplementary room for 13 nights (2 single rooms instead of one double/twin room). There is no single room available in homestay. Note that for every odd-number pax, one of the rooms is already a single room.

Price of Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing tours by tuktuk and private aircon vehicles
  • Public bus & private transportation mentionned in the intinerary
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • The services of local guides at some sites
  • Angkor Pass for one day
  • Sambor Prei Kuk entrance fee
  • Royal Palace, Silver pagoda & National Museum entrance fees
  • Sovanna Phum Theatre performance in Phnom Penh
  • Diverses activities at Chambok community-based ecotourism site
  • Boat trip at Sihanoukville
  • Boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc
  • Transportation & entrance fees during guided time in Vietnam

NOT Included in Tour Price:

  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory!)
  • International flight , airport taxes & excess baggage charges
  • Visa & visa fees, passport & vaccination charges
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Departure tax
  • All optional tours & activities during free time
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as souvenir, laundry, postage, phone calls, etc……
  • Drinks & tips
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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