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A Truly Unique Water Adventure

A Truly Unique Water Adventure

8 days / 7 nights

from Phnom Penh / to Siem Reap

Tour Highlights
• 8 days/7 nights of adventure from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Explore the best of what Cambodia has to offer
• Traverse the Mekong River and visit Stung Treng
• Go further back in time in the pre-Angkorian Sambor Prei Kuk
• Experience Khmer village life
• Daily flights and unlimited number of guests
Explore Cambodia in this journey aboard a water craft. Get a glimpse of the Khmer’s daily life and enjoy a unique visual experience as you go through the country’s ancient places and temples. This eight-day tour is a virtual travel through time as you get to know Cambodia’s ancient past, colonial heritage, and present-day life through its people and historical destinations. Enjoy both land and water scenery as you traverse Cambodia’s magnificent countryside.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham to Stung Treng (L,D)

Your first day will start with a long trip northwards to Stung Treng. Along the way, you will have a brief stop at Wat Nokor in Kampong Cham. This temple is renowned for its elaborate wall paintings. You will also travel around the provincial capital and its marketplace. Along the way, you will stop at one of Cambodia’s many rubber plantations. You will be walked around the area to learn about rubber cultivation and production. Packed lunch will be served during this part of the journey. You are expected to arrive in Stung Treng by afternoon and you will be immediately whisked to your hotel to check in. Later in the evening, dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 2: Stung Treng (B,L)

Your second day begins with breakfast, followed by river crossing aboard a local ferry. From there, you will travel for about an hour to Preah Rumkel for dolphin watching at Anlung Cheuteal dolphin pool. You may get the rare chance of witnessing near-extinct Irrawaddy Dolphins of the Mekong.

Next destination is a three-kilometer trek to Sopheak Mitt Waterfall. This nature’s wonder is situated on the border of Cambodia and Laos. Packed lunch will be served as you enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong threading its way through the landscape.

Last stop for the day is the Mekong Blue at Stung Treng. This shop offers earning opportunities to underprivileged young women through silk weaving. You can have a firsthand look at the workshops and purchase stunning silk products bearing the “UNESCO Seal of Excellence”.

Overnight in Stung Treng.

Note: Mekong Blue is closed on Sundays

Day 3: Stung Treng to Kratie / Koh Trong (B,D)

A local restaurant near Stung Treng market will be your breakfast venue. After you have your fill, your third day journey will bring you southwards to Kratie.

Along the way, you will stop by Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy in Sambo Village. This temple sanctuary known as vihara houses the so-called “100 Pillars Pagoda”. This building has historical and cultural significance among the Khmers and is well-renowned for the legend of the princess and the crocodile.

Within the 100 Pillar Pagoda compound is the Turtle Conservation Center. Managed by Buddhist monks, this small center aims to conserve through nest protection the Cantor, world’s largest and rarest fresh water turtle. This once-thriving creature can only be found now along the Mekong River with very rare sightings in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.

Next on your itinerary is the Wat Rokakandal along the Mekong. It is an awe-inspiring 19th century temple adorned with beautiful wall paintings.

Once you hit Kratie, you will be given ample time to explore the small town on your own. Later in the afternoon, you will take a short 10-minute local boat ride along with tourists and local passengers. Your destination is Koh Trong Island. This tiny island on the Mekong exemplifies the Cambodian village life with its people dependent on farming and fruit tree cultivation. You may want to give its famous pomelo a try. Upon checking in at your hotel, you will have all the time to enjoy the local setting at your own leisure.

Overnight in Koh Trong.

Day 4: Kratie / Koh Trong (B,L)

Your fourth day is reserved for your Kratie island exploration. After breakfast, you can choose to ride a horse-drawn cart or ride a bike around the island. Your first stop is Kratie’s wat where you will join a local farmer in planting a tree. This island was once a densely covered forest. Island residents are now cultivating and planting trees to rejuvenate the island. The tree that you will plant will have your name tag as a symbol of your positive contribution to the locals’ initiative.

A delicious Khmer lunch will be served in one of the local houses along the Mekong.

Continue roaming around the island on top of with your vehicle of choice. Have a taste of local fruits along the way and when you reach the edge of the island, drop by a Vietnamese floating village. Travel back to your Kratie hotel and enjoy the rest of the day watching the sun go down by the mighty Mekong. You will surely enjoy the sight of it!

Overnight in Koh Trong.

Day 5: Koh Trong to Kampong Thong via Chhlong and Kampong Thom (B,L)

Right after your breakfast at your hotel, you will drive south to Kampong Thom. Approximately 45 minutes into your travel, you will pass by Chhlong where you can enjoy the beauty of French colonial residences that are considered as among the most stunning in the whole country.

In about two and half hours, you will find yourself in Kampong Cham where you will savor a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. After which, you will take a brief visit of the provincial capital and its market. Last leg of the journey is a two-hour trip to Kampong Thom.

Spend the rest of your day by the poolside of your hotel or hop around town at your leisure.

Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 6: Kampong Thom to Sambor Prei Kuk to Siem Reap (B,L)

After your breakfast, you will journey towards Sambor Prei Kuk. This seldomly-visited site is considered as one of the most important pre-Angkorian legacies of the country. It is now being prepped to be the next UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cambodia.

Sambor Prei Kuk rose above the ground some time during the 6th and 7th centuries during the Chenla period. Across the vast jungle are over 100 well-preserved ancient temples. You will take pleasure in exploring by foot its three main sites which are connected by narrow and sheltered foot paths.

After your temple tour, visit one of the nearby villages to witness the art of ancient craft-making. Since the earliest recorded time, people of this region have used local materials like rattan and bamboo to create everyday items. You will find the community-managed Isanborei Craft Hut that generates its revenue from selling handcrafted products to tourists. Enjoy a simple lunch prepared by the local residents near the temple.

Continue your two-and-half hour journey to Siem Reap after lunch. Enjoy a relaxing break once you check in at your hotel.

Late in the afternoon, take a ride on a motorcycle-drawn carriage called remork and visit the remarkable Angkor Wat. This Cambodian historical landmark was constructed over a period of 30 years during the time of King Suryayarman II in the 12th century. Its design was patterned from Mount Meru which was considered as the home of the gods. The walls of the structure are adorned with bas-reliefs and stone carvings portraying the war exploits of the king and different stories of the Hindu mythology. It is also known for its 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the walls of the temple. Ankor Wat is the centerpiece of Cambodia’s national flag symbolizing the essence of the Khmers. You will spend time until sunset in this location to enjoy the beauty of the Apsaras as the last drops of sunshine drape over the figures. Find your way back to your hotel as the sun hides below the horizon.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B, L)

Your tour commences right after an early breakfast. You will take a short travel to the eastern passage of Angkor Wat. Like the explorers of the golden days, you will traverse the dense jungle on foot. This 6-kilometer trek will lead you the magnificent temples all over the dense jungle.

A few kilometers more and you will reach Angkor Thom, the last known capital of the Great Cambodian Empire under the rule of Jayavarman VII. This ancient city is enveloped by eight-meter high walls and is situated in a perfect-square compound. You will continue your journey towards the heart of the city, Bayon Temple, where you will be amazed by the grandeur of the structures. This temple is popular for its 54 towers, each one depicting mysterious face and is believed to be a symbol of each province of the Empire.

Your next sojourn is a drive to the Ta Prohm Temple. This ancient structure was erected from the 12th to the 13th century. After it was abandoned, it was covered by vines and jungles and most sections of the temple crumbled to the ground. Part of its appeal today is the fact that most of it is still covered with dense vegetation, pretty similar to when it was first rediscovered.

Take a lunch break in Siem Reap’s Sala Bai, a vocational learning center for underprivileged youth. This school teaches young Cambodians the principles of the hospitality industry as their preparation for the future. You will also have time to converse with the students and tour the school after lunch. Sala Bai is closed during the weekends, national holidays, and the whole month of April in celebration of the Khmer New Year.

Later during the day, explore the stunning Tonle Sap Lake. This body of water is considered as Southeast Asia’s largest inland freshwater lake with its size varying from season to season. During the dry season, it covers an area of about 2,500 square kilometers; its size quadruples to about 10,000 square kilometers during the wet season.

You will journey further to Kampong Phluck, an area thriving with authentic Cambodian fisherman’s life. This island is not an often-frequented tourist destination, but it displays marvelous views of mangrove forest, houses on stilts, and a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of inhabitants. Trips scheduled during the dry months of April and May when the water level is low, an alternative tour to the floating village of Chong Kneas can be arranged.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap and Departure (B)

Leisurely enjoy your breakfast as you wait for your departure time. You can also do some last-minute souvenir hunting in Siem Reap’s lively markets. You will then be transported to Siem Reap International Airport in time for your departure.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 15.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 1.212 2.096 136
Hotel Category Superior 1.278 2.237 188
Hotel Category First Class 1.370 2.413 294
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from January to March 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 16.04.2016 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 1.206 2.083 130
Hotel Category Superior 1.265 2.189 175
Hotel Category First Class 1.331 2.334 254
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from January to March 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Services included in our rates:
accommodation incl. breakfast (B)
other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Stung Treng: Golden River Hotel ** (River View)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Hotel Category Superior:
Stung Treng: Golden River Hotel ** (River View)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Pavillon D’Orient Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe)
Hotel Category First Class:
Stung Treng: Golden River Hotel ** (River View)
Koh Trong: Rajabori Villas Resort **(*) (Deluxe Fan)
Kampong Thom: Sambor Village Hotel **(*) (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Angkor Village Hotel **** (Garden View)

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