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Siem Reap - Cambodia
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KHMER ODYSSEY PART II 7DAYS-6NIGHTS

Remote temples of the North


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  • DETAIL ITINERARY
  • TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS
Itinerary in Brief

Day 1
Siem Reap - arrival day
Day 2
Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen (the river of thousand lingas)
and Anlong Veng
Day 3
Anlong Veng (Ta Mok house), Preah Vihear
Day 4
Preah Vihear to Preah Khan (Prasat Bakan),
night at Tbeng Meanchey
Day 5
Tbeng Meanchey (visit of Silk farm), Koh Ker and
Beng Melea (jungle's temples), homestay
Day 6
Kompong Kdei old bridge, Kompong Thom &
visit of Sambor Prei Kuk temples
Day 7
K.Thom to Phnom Penh - visit of the National Museum

Group Size (Green Card)
Maximum of 8 persons per tour.
Transport
Tuk-tuk, private A/C 4WD car, walking
Accommodation
4 nights guesthouses, 1 night dormitory (Preah Vihear), 1 night homestay (Beng Melea)
Meals
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow approx US$80-100 for meals not included
Drinks
Not included, allow approx $4 per day for water & sodas (it is advisable to drink about 2 liters of soft drinks per day).
Tips
Allow approx $4 per day

 

Day 1 - SUN - Siem Reap - Arrival day
On your first day in Cambodia, wonderfull holiday in Cambodia, according to your arrival time, we will be pleased to give you some suggestions on what to do with your first day or afternoon in Cambodia. There is plenty of possibilities, such as a relaxing “blind massage”, a refreshing drink in a beautiful garden, a visit of an NGO (non governmental organization) providing beautiful craft industry, or even a foretaste of the temples of Angkor with the visit of the Roluos group, 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 local tour leader before going to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.
Overnight in Siem Reap at Side Walk Villa or similar
Dinner included

Day 2 – Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen – Anlong Veng
We will take you at your hotel at 8:00 am and drive 48 km northeast of Siem Reap to the Phnom Kulen (Lychee Mountain), a sandstone plateau considered sacred by the Khmers. Our vehicle will bring us by a steep dirt road near the top of the mountain; on the way up you will be able to admire dramatic scenery. There, you will see the ancient sculptures on the riverbed by crossing the bridge, then a stair will take you to a pagoda which homes the biggest reclining Buddha of the country, carved in the rock. Enjoy the view of the countryside from there. The hike will continue towards the 30 meters high waterfalls where you will have a picnic lunch. This is a very popular place for Khmer people to come and enjoy their weekend with a picnic. More carvings stand in the riverbed above the waterfall. After a good and refreshing swim with the locals, (don’t forget your swimsuits), we will continue our drive to the north on a countryside road. During the 4 hour trip through the jungle we will meet few signs of civilization until we will arrive at Anlong Veng, sadly famous for having been the last Khmer Rouge stronghold. We will arrive in Anlong Veng in the late afternoon and check-in at our guesthouse before going to dinner.
Overnight in Anlong Veng at Moronom Villa or similar

Day 3 – Anlong Veng – Preah Vihear (B / L)
After breakfast, we will have some time to explore Anlong Veng and its most popular destination, Oh Chit, an artificial lake initially built as a moat by Ta Mok for his house.
At 10am, we will resume our journey and drive about 4 hours to Preah Vihear. The temple dominates the plain from its prominent position in the Dangrek Mountains, which straddle the Thai border, at an altitude of more than 700 m. The way to the top is very steep on the Cambodian side while it slopes gently towards Thailand. Be that as it may, the stunning view onto the surrounding which, on a clear day, reach all the way to Phnom Kulen to the west and the intersection of the Lao, Thai and Cambodian borders to the east, will reward us for our effort. We will have plenty of time to visit the temple and the area and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the top of the hill before having dinner and spend the night in one of the guesthouses near the temple.
Overnight in Preah Vihear at Environment House or similar

Day 4 – Preah Vihear – Preah Khan – Tbeng Meanchey (B)
If you wish you will be able to get up early in the hope to catch the sunrise from the top. We will have breakfast and spend some more time to visit the temple with the morning light before to leave this magical place. Then, a very long drive will take us to our next destination. We will pass through the deciduous dipterocarp forest and grassland mosaic of the Northern Plains of Cambodia, home of some of the rarest bird species of South-east Asia, such as some Ibis (like the Giant Ibis, the Cambodia’s national bird), Vultures and Ducks; most of them are endangered. We will stop en route for lunch. In the beginning of the afternoon, we will arrive at our destination, the temples of Preah Khan, also know as Prasat Bakan. This is one of the most remote temple of Cambodia and when exploring the temples you will have a real feel of being lost in the middle of nowhere.
Then, we will drive back to the small provincial city of Tbeng Meancheay where we will arrive in the evening.
Overnight in Tbeng Meanchey at Phrum Meas Guesthouse or similar

Day 5 - Tbeng Meanchey – Koh Ker – Beng Melea (B / D)
In the morning, we will have time to visit the Joom Noon Silk Project before leaving Tbeng Meanchey. The Joom Noon Silk project is a local initiative to help rehabilitate people with disabilities and which produce some of the country’s finest silk.
At about 10am, we will leave the city to Koh Ker where we will have lunch. Koh Ker was the capital city of the Khmer Empire during hardly two decades (928-944) during the reign of Jayavarman IV. The main ruins at Koh Ker consist of an impressive seven-storey sandstone pyramid (Prasat Thom). It is believed that over 80 ruins lie in this area.
Then, a one-hour drive will take us to Beng Melea. Beng Melea was built during the 12th century, at about the same time as Angkor Wat of which its layout and style closely mirror. However, Beng Melea is completely ruined and largely overrun by vegetation. This temple is very lightly touristed and offers plenty picturesque pictures’ opportunities.
Later, we will drive to our homestay in a nearby village in the evening and we will share a friendly meal with our hosts.
Overnight at Homestay

Day 6 – Beng Melea – Sambor Prei Kuk – Kompong Thom (B)
After breakfast we will say goodbye to our hosts and leave our homestay at 9am and follow the national road number 6. After about one and a half hour drive, we will stop near the village of Kompong Kdei to see Phra Phutthos, an old bridge of the Angkorean Era. Then, we will continue to Kompong Thom where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive about 45 minutes to Sambor Prei Kuk, the setting of the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments anywhere in Cambodia. There are more than 100 small temples, scattered through the forest. In the end of the afternoon, we will drive 45 min to the city of Kompong Thom for a well-deserved rest in a nice hotel and a good dinner.
Overnight in Kompong Thom at Arunras hotel or similar

Day 7 – Kompong Thom – Phnom Penh (B / L)
After breakfast, we will leave Kompong Thom and drive about 2 hours to Phnom Penh. We will arrive in the capital city of Cambodia at about 10 am and we will visit the National Museum – near the Royal Palace - which offers a charming setting for the display of a stunning collection of Khmer art. Predominantly worked in stone, the sculptures date from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras, complimented by more recent examples of Cambodian art. Then, we will go for our farewell lunch 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. Afternoon will be at leisure and you will be free to leave any time. Explore Cambodia holiday travel


TOUR PRICE QUOTED IN US DOLLARS
Group size
1
2
3
4
5 - 7
8 - 12
Tour cost per person
$1,579
$929
$729
$719
$699
$679
Single Supplement
Included
$49
  • 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 4WD cars or pick-up truck
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • The services of a local guide at the National Museum (Phnom Penh)

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
  • Personal Expenditure, such as souvenir, laundry, postage, and phone calls, etc…
  • Drinks & tips
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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