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Cambodia-Highlights

Cambodia highlights

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Cambodia highlights

  1. Day 1 Phnom Penh arrival (Own tickets)

    Upon arrival Phnom Penh International Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by Trails of Indochina representative carrying Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. If you are unable to locate the representative, please call our Customer Care Manager for immediate assistance on (855) 12 330 432. If an emergency, please contact Ms. Hannah General Manager (855) 12 373 047. Transfer from the airport to your hotel with the guide.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: In Phnom Penh

  2. Day 2: Phnom Penh Day 2: Phnom Penh

    ANCIENT, ROYAL AND RECENT HISTORY OF PHNOM PENH

    Home to about 1.5 million people, Phnom Penh, has been Cambodia’s capital since French colonization of the country. Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. Spend a full day exploring this charming city which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and colonial architecture. In the morning, explore Wat Phnom and discover the legend of Lady Penh, the founder of the city, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Also visit the National Museum, designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. Enjoy lunch at Friends Restaurant, a leading social enterprise and training restaurant serving up tasty, creative Khmer cuisine. In the afternoon, learn more about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years with visits to Tuol Sleng, a high school turned interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and now a genocide museum; and Cheung Ek, a large memorial commemorating the 17,000 victims who died there under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. While somber reminders of the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime, these visits will also provide an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation. Return to your hotel.

    NOTES:

    • Suggested departure time: 08:00
    • Tour duration: 6-8 hours
    • The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are open from 08:00 to 10:30 and 14:00 to 17:00 but are subject to closure at short notice in the event of official ceremonies. If the sites are closed, the guide will make changes to the itinerary on the day.
    • Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees.
    • A respectful and humble demeanor is requested when visiting the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: In Phnom Penh

  3. Day 3: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap (Flight, eco  TOI books) Day 3: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap (Flight, eco  TOI books)

    Transfer from your accommodation to the airport (with guide).

    Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by Trails of Indochina representative carrying Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. If you are unable to locate the representative, please call our Customer Care Manager for immediate assistance on (855) 12 330 432. If an emergency, please contact Ms. Hannah General Manager (855) 12 373 047. Transfer from the airport to your hotel with the guide.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: In Siem Reap

  4. Day 4: Siem Reap Day 4: Siem Reap

    TEMPLES AT LEISURE – FULL DAY TOUR

    Transfer by private vehicle to Ta Prohm, this beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. One of the most significant temple sites in Angkor it took almost 80,000 people to maintain the temple. Drive a short distance to Ta Keo, which would have been one of the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. Continue to Angkor Thom, not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9 square kilometers and the royal Capital from 1181. With a population of 1 million, it was far bigger than any city in Europe at the time. The centerpiece is Bayon temple crowned with 216 giants, smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII. Also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, which houses almost perfectly preserved carvings. Return to your hotel to relax and have lunch (on your own). After a leisurely break your exploration continues as you enter the rear gate of Angkor Wat (early 12th century). Surrounded by a 190-meter-wide moat 1.5 kilometers by 1.3 kilometers it is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. The temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labors of 300,000 workers was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its’ central tower symbolizing Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the center of the Universe. Later, return to your hotel late afternoon.

    NOTES:

    • Suggested time: 07:00
    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Sun protection is recommended
    • Insect repellent is advised

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: In Siem Reap

  5. Day 5: Siem Reap Day 5: Siem Reap

    BANTEAY SREI AND KBAL SPEAN HALF DAY TOUR

    Depart for Banteay Srei, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god – Shiva. Banteay Srei translates to “Citadel of the Women” and is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. Continue a short drive to Kbal Spean, which translates to “Bridge Head”. From the entrance it is an easy 3 kilometre hike up to the hill passing through a thick forest offering beautiful views over the surrounding plains. On top you will find a river with many rocks under the surface holding inscriptions and Hindu statues referred to as lingas which date back to the 11th century. There is also a waterfall on top that drops significant amounts of water during the wet season but dries up entirely during the height of the dry season (March/April). Drive on for lunch in a traditional Cambodian Restaurant before returning back to Siem Reap mid-afternoon. In the rainy season the route may be slippery and good footwear is advised.

    NOTES:

    • Availability: Morning
    • Suggested time: 08:00
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • If you wish to swim in the waterfall swimming gear is advised
    • Sun Protection is recommended

     

    AFTERNOON TONLE SAP LAKE CRUISE (2 hours)
    In early afternoon, be ready for your transfer to Chhong Kneas, trading port of agricultural products on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake, also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia. Embark on a private local boat, and set out on a Tonle Sap Lake adventure to discover the floating villages and some unique wildlife along the way. Enjoy a selection of beer and soft drinks during the cruise. Find out how communities live and work on the lake; see the floating schools, markets, and police stations, among other structures and observe their daily lives. Later, head back to Siem Reap later in the afternoon.

    NOTES:

    • Availability: Afternoon
    • Suggested time: 13:00
    • Duration: 2-3 hours
    • Suggested visit period is between mid-August until mid-February, outside of this water levels can be too low

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: In Siem Reap

  6. Day 6: Siem Reap / Sihanoukville (Flight, eco  TOI books) Day 6: Siem Reap / Sihanoukville (Flight, eco  TOI books)

    Transfer from your accommodation to the airport (with guide). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

     

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: In Sihanoukville

     

    Day 7-8: Sihanoukville                                                                                                       

    Free at leisure

     

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: In Sihanoukville

  7. Day 9: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh departure (Own tickets) Day 9: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh departure (Own tickets)

    Free at leisure until departure and transfer 4-hour back Phnom Penh for departure.

     

    Meals: Breakfast 

Accomodations
City STANDARD SUPERIOR DELUXE
Phnom Penh Almond Hotel / Deluxe

https://www.almondhotel.com.kh/en/

Villa Langka Hotel / Deluxe

http://villalangka.com/en/

La Rose Suites / La Rose Junior Suite

http://www.larosesuites.com/hotel.php

Siem Reap Le Jardin D’ Angkor Hotel / Deluxe

http://www.lejardindangkor.com/

Tara Angkor Hotel / Deluxe

https://www.taraangkorhotel.com/

Le Meridien Angkor Hotel / Superior

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/repmd-le-meridien-angkor/

Sihanoukville White Beach Hotel / Deluxe Sea View

http://www.hotelwhitebeach.com/

Tamu Cambodia Hotel / Standard

https://tamucambodia.com/

Sokha Beach Resort / Ocean Wing Deluxe

http://sokhahotels.com/sihanoukville/

Inclusions

• Overnight accommodation is inclusive of hotel tax, hotel service charges and includes daily breakfast
• Private transfers and transportation on tour
• Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (Changed, not throughout)
• Entrance fees
• Meals as specified (meals only, drinks/ water at own account)
• Airfares: PNH/REP/KOS (Economy class with airport tax)
• Cold towels and water on sightseeing days

VISAS

Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures, taking note that some South East Asian countries take up a full page for the visa sticker and need yet more space on a separate page for entry & exist stamps.

 

Kindly note that visa service is not included in our proposal. Please contact Trails of Indochina for any visa service or guidance. Please note the following general information is subject to change concerning visas from our part of the world.

 

Cambodia: Visa available on arrival at the Airport with 1 passport photo. Cost: US$ 30 per person – US$ 37 per person in cash. Please refer to the details from Cambodia Visa Information

The tour price does not include personal insurance. Travelers are highly recommended to purchase Trip Insurance & Travel Insurance upon commitment of the booking in case of force majeure. Trip Insurance covers the cost of your trip should you be forced to cancel your trip before you start the trip. Travel Insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc which could possibly happen during the trip. If you would like Trails of Indochina to have a copy of your Trip Insurance & Travel Insurance information in case of emergency, please forward these details to your agent who will in turn forward to our office.

  • CAMBODIA: The dates of travel for this booking fall during Chaul Chnam Thmey, the Cambodian New Year (Apr 14 – 17, 2019). In Cambodia, many shops, restaurants & businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule. Departing Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by road may be difficult during this period since many locals will travel over the holiday as well. Flying between cities should be fine, although please allow for some delays and more traffic than usual. Local attractions in the countryside and around Phnom Penh will be crowded with domestic visitors, who usually travel with their entire family. It is recommended that during the Khmer New Year period, smaller local attractions like streams, waterfalls and parks are avoided as they will be very overcrowded with locals on holiday.
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