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Rejoice Cambodia

Rejoice Cambodia Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights

from Phnom Penh / to Siem Reap

Tour Highlights
7 days and 6 nights of private tour from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the country side as you travel from one destination to another
Tour highlight at the marvelous Angkor complex
• Take a boat trip along Tonle Sap Lake
• Optional dinner and Apsara dance presentation
• Daily flights and unlimited number of guests
Dig deep into Cambodia’s past in a tour that will take you to its ancient beginnings to its modern tragic history. This 5-day tour will give you a deeper appreciation of the country and its people as you marvel at its glorious ancient shrines and temples. Have a profound appreciation of humanity as you witness Cambodia’s bitter contemporary story and be captivated by the undying spirit of the Khmers as they rise from the ashes of their struggles. Along the way, you will be treated to the natural wonders of the country as well as the simplicity of the people’s day-to-day lives.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)

Once you set foot in Phnom Penh, you will be greeted by your English-speaking local guide who will take you to your hotel to check in.

Welcome to the city where east meets west. Phnom Penh is one of the most alluring cities in Asia. It is a mix of traditional Khmer culture and its French colonial past. Its wide boulevards are line with trees and buildings of the colonial era stand majestically in the capital city.

After a brief rest to freshen up, you will be taken for a ride around the city aboard a cyclo, a uniquely Phnom Penh mode of transportation. First stop is the Royal Palace, a well-known city structure that was built in 1866. Then you’ll pass by Wat Prakeo, more popularly known today as Silver Pagoda. Its floors are covered with more than 5,000 silver tiles. It is also called Temple of the Emerald Buddha and you will see a collection of bronze, crystal, gold, and silver Buddhas in the temple.

From the Pagoda, you will proceed to Khmer-styled National Museum where you will see Cambodia’s finest religious, artistic, and archeological artifacts dating back to the 4th through the 13th century. It has a collection of over 5,000 Khmer cultural wealth under its roof which, by the way, is also literally a home to a large colony of bats. You will then proceed to Wat Phnom Temple, considered as the place where the city originated, on top of a hill.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At nightfall, proceed to the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club where you will enjoy a sumptuous set dinner of Asian and Western cuisines. The club is an old French colonial building situated by the river and has a great view of the convergence zone of four major waterways: Upper and Lower Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac Rivers.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh (B,L)

This day will take you to a trip to Cambodia’s bitter past. You will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Also known as “S-21”, the museum was once a school, but was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as detention and torture center of the regime. Next leg is Choeung Ek or more popularly known in the West as the “Killing Fields”. Although both sites are symbols of brutality and oppression, they will give you a better perspective of Cambodia’s history and appreciate more the beauty the country has to offer.

And what a better way to do it than visiting Stung Meanchey! The neighborhood is where you will find Pour un Sourire d’Enfant or “For the smile of a child”. This humanitarian organization provides street children with job training and education. Young scavengers of the municipal dump are brought to this site to learn new skills to have a better chance in the future. You may not be able to tour the school itself so as not to disturb the students, but you can surely drop by the center’s souvenir shop to buy some mementos. You will have your lunch at the school’s training restaurant, Le Lotus Blanc. But don’t think that you’re just eating a meal here; your presence and this part of your tour contribute to the training of the center’s youth. (Le Lotus Blanc is closed during National Holidays and the whole of April in celebration of Khmer New Year).

Spend the rest of the day scouring the lively markets of Phnom Penh. Drop by Central Market, an art deco structure presumably the largest market in the whole country. You may also want to try the Russian Market that is famous for its stone and wood carvings. You can find a variety of merchandise in both markets ranging from clothes to souvenirs, jewelry, food, silk products and food.

Spend the night at Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Tonle Sap Boat Adventure (B,L)

Hop on a private wooden boat and embark on an interesting journey to Tonle Sap River, considered as Cambodia’s lifeline. Learn more about Cambodia as this part of the country is not frequented by foreigners due to limited accessibility. Your river cruise will be made exciting by colorful floating houses and lively fishing stations. You will also get glimpses of mosques, pagodas, and Chinese temples along the way. You will take a brief detour to the village of Koh Chen where you will see the locals produce silver and copper ornamental products. These pieces of jewelry are significant components of marriage and traditional Khmer ceremonies. Your lunch will be served on the boat and you will head back to Phnom Penh in the afternoon.

Spend the rest of your day at your own convenience and have a good night’s rest at Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast, you will take a 6-hour journey to Siem Reap, the gateway to the enchanting temples of Angkor. Along the way, stop at the town of Skun and take a gastronomical challenge! This little town is famous for its local specialty—fried tarantula. Hawkers selling this treat called ch’ngain (meaning, tasty) are often found in buses and pick-up stations. These eight-legged creatures are dug up from their burrows in the soft soil of the countryside.

Continue your journey to Siem Reap and proceed directly to your hotel to check in. Take some time to stretch and relax before you embark on your next tour.

Your next destination is the Angkor National Museum. Using multimedia technology, you will be introduced to Cambodia’s shining history. You will also see the best of the Khmer Empire’s Golden Era through a vast collection of artifacts.

After the museum tour, spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure and enjoy your night at Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap (B)

Finally, you’ll have the chance to personally see Angkor. The first stop is the Roluos Group temples. Roluos was once the site of Hariharalaya, an ancient Khmer civilization. The town was believed to be erected some time during the 8th and 9th centuries by Angkor kings. It is consist of three core temples: Preah Ko, Lolei, and Bakong. It is surrounded by typical Cambodian scenery of rice paddies and sugar palm trees. To make your tour even more exciting, you will get a chance to ride a cow-drawn cart as you travel your way to Roluos Pagoda. Upon arrival, a private blessing ceremony for your health, well-being, and safe travel will be held by Buddhist monks for you. Truly, this will be an unforgettable experience!

By mid-day, you will get back to your hotel to relax.

After your personal lunch, you will take a trip to 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 start your exploration through the South Gate adorned by four giant faces and elephant carvings. The entrance path is lined with 54 images of demigods holding aloft the holy snake Naga.

You will travel your way to 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. Find your way to the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants whose elaborate bas-relief are simply attention-grabbing.

At the end of the tour, you may choose to return to your hotel or spend the rest of the night at your own leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B,D)

Ride a local Cambodian vehicle, the remork (similar to tuk tuk of Thailand) and visit the Ta Prohm temple. This ancient structure was erected in 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. It was also featured in the movie, thus the moniker “Tomb Raider Temple”. Include in your tour a visit to the Buddhist monastery Banteay Kdei which was built in the late 12th century and the “Pool of Ablutions” Srah Srang.

Scuttle back to your hotel to avoid the heat of the midday sun.

Commence your afternoon with a tour to the majestic Angkor Wat. This Cambodian historical landmark was constructed over a period of 30 years during the time of King Suryavarman 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. If that isn’t lavish enough, get enthralled with 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the walls of the temple. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of Cambodia’s national flag symbolizing the essence of the Khmers.

In celebration of your last night in Cambodia, you will be fittingly treated with a genuine Khmer dinner with accompanying performance of Apsara dancers.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Departure (B)

Depending on your flight schedule, you can visit Siem Reap’s lively market or drop by Artisans d’Angkor, an establishment that champions Khmer traditional arts through stone and wood carvings, gilding, silk printing, and lacquering. This place also provides livelihood to Cambodia’s youth as they learn to master their root’s arts and crafts.

Travel to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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 794 1.398 149
Hotel Category Superior 932 1.656 268
Hotel Category First Class 1.124 2.059 480
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas and New Year. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 16.04.2016 – 30.09.2016

Rates per Person in USD (Private Tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room (single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 785 1.379 139
Hotel Category Superior 913 1.616 248
Hotel Category First Class 1.066 1.940 420
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas and New Year. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages 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:
Phnom Penh: Double Leaf Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel *** (Superior)
Hotel Category Superior:
Phnom Penh: Villa Langka *** (Superior)
Siem Reap: Pavillon D’Orient Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe)
Hotel Category First Class:
Phnom Penh: White Mansion Boutique Hotel **** (Deluxe)
Siem Reap: Angkor Village Hotel **** (Garden View)

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