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NOTHERN CAMBODIA EXPLORER 14DAYS-13NIGHTS

Temples, Citie, Nature, Hill Tribes


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Itinerary in Brief


Day 1
Siem Reap (SR) - Roluos Temples
Day 2
SR - Angkor Thom, A.Wat, Ta Prohm
Day 3
SR - Koh Ker - Banteay Srei
Day 4
Siem Reap to Kampong Thom (Sambor Prei Kuk)
Day 5
Kampong Thom to Khmer village homestay
Day 6
Khmer village homestay to Kompong Cham
Days 7
K.Cham to Mondulkiri
Days 8-9
Mondulkiri
Days 10
Mondulkiri to Kratie
Day 11
Kratie to PP
Day 12
PP - Udong - PP
Day 13
PP - city tour
Day 14
Phnom Penh

Group Size
Maximum of 10 persons per tour.
Transport
Tuk-tuk, local boat, local bus, walking
Accommodation
8 nights simple hotels, 5 nights homestay
Meals
13 breakfasts, 5 lunch, 7 dinners
Allow approx US$70-100 for meals not included
Drinks
Not included, allow approx $5 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 – Siem Reap – Arrival day (L)
You can arrive anytime at the hotel during the morning before the group meeting at Noon, followed by a welcome lunch. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and we will have three days to enjoy the town and its surroundings. In the afternoon, we will drive about 15 km southeast of Siem Reap to reach the temples of the Roluos group, a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. We will visit the three main temples of this site, Prasat Bakong, the oldest temple mountain of the Angkor-era, Prasat Preah Ko, with beautiful preserved carvings and Prasat Lolei, 4 tours built in the middle of a now dry baray.
Overnight in Siem Reap at Side Walk Villa or similar

Day 2 – Siem Reap (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 and Angkor Wat. 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. Then, we will visit Angkor Wat, 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 Side Walk Villa or similar

Day 3 – Siem Reap (B)
Today we will drive to Koh Ker, the most remote ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire. Koh Ker was the capital city of the Khmer Empire during hardly two decades (928-944). The main ruins at Koh Ker consist of an impressive seven-storey sandstone pyramid (Prasat Thom). On the way back, we will stop at the magnificent Banteay Srei temple – the Citadel of women, decorated with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities, carved from pink sandstone contrasting with the main walls made of laterite. Then, we will visit the Cambodian Landmine museum and Rehabilitation Centre which promotes mine awareness and education for both tourists and Cambodian people.
Our last stop will be the temple of Pre Rup. The upper levels of the pyramid of Pre Rup offer a brilliant panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and is a popular spot to enjoy the sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap at Side Walk Villa or similar

Day 4 – 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 anywhere in Cambodia. There are 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.
Accommodation in homestay, Kampong Thom

Day 5 – Kampong Thom – Baray Village (B / L / D)
After breakfast we will drive to Khmer Village Homestay, located in the heartland of Cambodia in Baray, off the National Road number 6, between Kompong Thom and Phnom Penh. This community based homestay, surrounded by green rice fields, traditional village houses and Palm Trees, is a perfect place to experience the real Cambodia. We will spend the day at this place where you will be able to enjoy village tour by ox-cart or pony-cart, see a traditional khmer dancing show, visit a weaving and woodcarving workshop or taste some delicious fresh fruit. Lunch and Dinner will be served at the homestay centre and we will sleep in bamboo huts and wooden houses.
Overnight at Baray, in homestay.

Day 6 – Baray Village – Kampong Cham (B)
After breakfast at the homestay centre, we will drive to Kampong Cham, the third largest town of Cambodia, located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, North of Phnom Penh. We will visit Wat Nokor. a temple built from sandstone and laterite in the 11th century as well as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (“Man and Woman Hill”).
We will have lunch at Hao An restaurant after check in at Mekong hotel. In the afternoon we will ride bicycles to the Koh Pean Island to meet children of these poor villages and give them some school supplies, toothbrushes, food and little joy. On the way, you will be able to see the activities of the locals at the paddy field and inside the village. This type of real life experience in Cambodia will allow you to share some vibrant moments with people. During the dry season, we will reach the island by crossing the bamboo bridge (which is rebuilt every year) and during the wet season, a ferry will take us to other side.
Overnight in Kampong Cham at Mekong Hotel

Day 7 – Kampong Cham - Mondulkiri (B / D)
We will have an early breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the province of Mondulkiri. The journey will take around five hours. We will pass along many rubber plantations including the biggest one of the country at Chhup. Our journey will continue to the village of Snoul, which is famous for its fruits cultivation. This town has a rather large market where we will stop for lunch and to taste some of their delicious fruits.
On arrival at Sen Monorom, the quite provincial captial city of Mondulkiri, we will meet our host family and have a rest in their house, then we will help the farmer to cook our dinner before sharing a friendly meal all together.
Overnight in homestay, Mondulkiri province

Day 8 – Mondulkiri (B / L / D)
Mondul Kiri mean “meeting of the hills” a suitable name for such a hilly province. At an elevation of 800m, it is chilly at night, almost half the 30,000 inhabitants are from the Phnong minority group with the Chunchiet people making up most of the remaining population. Today we will enjoy an elephant trek from one of the minority ethnic villages. It will give you the opportunity to explore surrounding jungle, habitat and ethnic minority villages and will be for sure a memorable experience. These trekking are an important income base for the villagers. Tonight, we will join our hosts for another friendly dinner and evening.
Overnight at homestay, Mondulkiri province.

Day 9 – Mondulkiri (B / D)
Today no activities are planned so you can choose between the many possibilities offered by the area. You will be able to explore the local market where many of the Phnong people from the nearby villages are coming to trade with the distinctive baskets they carry on their back. You will also be able to visit some of the hill tribes’ villages and assist to a minority cultural show or make an excursion to a waterfall among the 100 present in this area. The most famous is Boos Ra Waterfall, the biggest in Cambodia, 35 km from town.
Tonight, we will join our hosts for another friendly dinner and evening. Overnight at homestay.

Day 10 – Mondulkiri - Kratie (B)
After an early breakfast with our host family, we will say goodbye and travel to the province of Kratie by local transport, such as bus, pick-up truck or van. The journey will take about 6 hours including a break stop for rest and drink at the village of Snoul where you will be able to buy another delicious fruits. We will arrive in Kratie for lunch. This city is quite well-preserved and still has some good examples of shophouse architecture as well as some old Khmer wooden house but is mostly the best place in Cambodia to see the freshwater Irrawady dolphins. After check-in at the hotel, we will have lunch at the local restaurant just next door of the hotel. Then, we will go to the office of the Cambodian Rural Development Team project to learn more about what is being done to support dolphin conservation efforts and see some demonstration activities, before driving 15km north of the town to enjoy a boat trip onto the Mekong to glimpse these rare and timid creatures at sunset. Dinner at a local restaurant in town.
Overnight in Kratie at Sante Pheap hotel

Day 11 – Kratie – Phnom Penh (B)
After an early breakfast, we will leave Kratie for an overland journey of about 7 hours by public bus. On the way we will stop for lunch at the village Skun. If you are still hungry after your meal 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! We will arrive at Phnom Penh in the beginning of the afternoon. After check-in, you will have some free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Phnom Penh at Town View I hotel or similar

Day 12 – Phnom Penh (B / D)
In the morning, we will drive 35 km north of Phnom Penh to Oudong. Oudong was the royal capital between 1618 and 1866 before the capital was moved to Phnom Penh. Several temples and stupas cover three hills.  After lunch in Oudong, we will continue our tour 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. In the evening, we will have dinner at Veiyo Tonle restaurant. 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 at Phnom Penh at Town View I hotel or similar

Day 13 – Phnom Penh (B / L /D)
Today after breakfast, a cyclo tour will take us to the Royal Palace Complex. 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, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates. 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. Before lunch, we will visit the NGO Child’safe close to the restaurant Friends. Created and managed by Friends International since 2004, the ChildSafe project is developing a child protection network aimed at safeguarding children in Cambodia and other countries in the region from all forms of abuse, especially sexual abuse. Then, we will go for 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.
In the afternoon, we will visit the city by cyclo, the traditional way of transportation of Asia. We will see the Independence Monument, Wat Lank Ka, the Prayuvong Buddha factory, the Cambodia-Vietnam Soldiers Monument, Wat Botum, and Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh’s most important Wat founded in 1443 to house a hair of the Buddha. Tonight, we will dine in the garden of Le Rit’s restaurant (owned by the NGO Nyemo) which assists vulnerable women and helpless children in their reintegration into society and the workforce. Then we will enjoy a theatre performance at the Sovanna Phum Theatre.
Overnight at Phnom Penh at Town View I hotel or similar
Please note that the Sovanna Phum Theatre shows are usually on Friday and Saturday only. The itinerary is subject to change according to your starting day.

Day 14 – Phnom Penh (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. Disvery touring in Cambodia.


TOUR PRICE QUOTED IN US DOLLARS
Group size
1
2
3
4
5 - 7
8 - 12
Tour cost per person
$1839
$1119
$949
$849
$789
$729
Single Supplement
Included
$139
  • 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 tuk tuk and private air con vehicles
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • The services of local guides at some sites
  • Sovanna Phum Theatre in Phnom Penh
  • Public bus from Siem Reap to Kompong Thom
  • Transportation from Kompong Thom to Baray village
  • Sambor Prei Kuk entrance fee
  • Royal Palace, Silver pagoda & National Museum entrance fees
  • Tuol Sleng museum & Choeung Ek killing fields in Phnom Penh
  • 3-days Angkor Pass
  • Elephant trek in Mondulkiri
  • Transportation from Baray village to Kompong Cham
  • Transportation from Kompong Cham to Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri)
  • Transportation from Sen Monorom to Kratie
  • Public bus from Kratie to Phnom Penh
  • Boat trip in Kratie

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, phone calls, etc…
  • Drinks & tips
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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