15 Day Great Cambodia Explorer


15 Day Great Cambodia Explorer

$1999

Early Bird Special $1699
Set out on an enchanting journey through the temple-strewn landscapes, intriguing culture and enthralling cities of Cambodia on this incredible 15 Day Cambodia Adventure. From the stately grandeur of Angkor, the rural charms of a village at the mighty Mekong river, the relaxing beaches of Sihanoukville to the Cambodian flavours of Phnom Penh, this trip will leave you with myriad memories of a rich and wonderful country.

A journey from the majestic Angkor Wat to the coast of Cambodia with its pristine sandy beaches and scenic seaside towns. On this 15 day adventure you will explore the Angkor Wat Park, cruise through floating villages, spot rare Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Mekong River, relax on prestine beaches, trek through limestone caves and throw yourself in the bustling city life of Phnom Penh. This tour covers the main highlights of the Kingdom of Wonder.

Highlights:

- 2 full days in the Temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom
- Siem Reap and its unique bar/restaurant scene
- Jungle hiking
- Jungle temple of Beng Mealea
- Ancient capital of Koh Ker
- Cambodias jewel, the stunning temple of Preah Vihear
- Homestay on the shores of the Mekong
- Mekong waterfalls of Sopheak Mitt
- Kayaking on the Mekong
- Fun day out in the laid back riverside town of Kratie
- Spotting rare Irrawaddy river dolphins
- Hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampos
- Evening on Phnom Penhs hustling and bustling riverside
- Killing fields of Choueng Ek
- S 21 Khmer Rough detention center
- Royal Palace
- Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue center
- Beaches of Sihanoukville
- Coastal town of Kep
- Caves of Kampong Trach

What's Included?

- Airport pick up and drop off
- All transport
- 14 nights accommodation
- Meals as listed in the itinerary (14x Breakfast, 8x Lunch, 6x Dinner)
- Angkor Wat Pass
- Angkor Wat guide
- Beng Mealea entrance
- Koh Ker Entrance
- Preah Vihear transport and entrance
- Kayak tour
- Mekong boat tour
- Choueng Ek Killing Fields entrance
- S21 entrance
- Royal palace entrance
- Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
- Cave exploration in Kampong Trach
- Farewell Dinner
- And lots more...

Extras:

Every thing mentioned in the description and itinerary are included with no extra charges. But... The following is not:

- Your international flight
- Your spending money
- Your insurance. You must have the required travel and health insurance
- Your travel vaccinations
- Your visa if you need one. Contact us for more information or help to organize a visa for Cambodia
Start: Siem Reap
Finish: Phnom Penh (optional free transfer back to Siem Reap)
Group size: max. 10
Accommodation: Guesthouse (4 nights),
Hotel (10 nights)
Transport: Private mini bus/van

Day 1: Siem Reap (Dinner)

In the afternoon you will meet the group in the hotel lobby and go for the welcome dinner where you meet the other participants and get to know each other. After dinner you got free time to explore the city center and its vibrant nightlife with your new travel mates. We offer free transportation from the airport to the hotel. If you wish to use this service, please inform us with your booking.

Day 2: Temples of Angkor - Grand Circuit, Apsara Dance Dinner Show (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast the tour group will board tuktuks and discover the temples of Angkor on the Grand Circuit, including Pre Rup, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the impressive ruins and give an insight to the ancient Khmer empire. In the evening we will visit a traditional Apsara Dance show including a buffet dinner.

Day 3: Temples of Angkor - Small Circuit (Breakfast)

Today the tour will visit the worlds biggest religious monument, Angkor Wat, with its unique and seemingly endless bass reliefs. Climb to the top and enjoy the views over the vast area of the Angkor Archeological park. We also visit stunning Bayon temple with its many faces looking over visitors, the Terrace of the elephants and the famous 'Tomb Raider' temple of Ta Phrom. Get swept away by the mind boggling structures build centuries ago, now covered in sometimes dense vegetation.
Free time in the evening.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Beng Mealea - Koh Ker - Saem (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today's ride will take you from Siem Reap to the northern border with Thailand. Our first stop will be at the jungle temple of Beng Mealea, a majestic ruin heavily overgrown by trees and dense vegetation. Afterwards we are heading to Koh Ker, a former capital of the Khmer empire, where you can climb the massive 7-tier pyramid for stunning views over the area. Apart from the pyramid, there are many other ruins to be explored, including the giant Linga statues and scenic elephant temple. In the afternoon we are driving further north to the small village of Saem, located just a footstep away from the famous mountain temple of Preah Vihear on the Thai border.

Day 5: Saem - Preah Vihear - Preah Rumkel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning, we will board a number of pick up trucks, which will bring us up on an amazingly steep road to Cambodias famed jewel, the stunning Preah Vihear temple. Not only can you enjoy this masterpiece of ancient Khmer architecture, but also the overwhelming views from this steep cliff over vast parts of the country and Thailand. After lunch, we will continue to the mighty Mekong falls of Sopheak Mitt on the Laos border, before tackling the last stretch of the day to the sleepy town of Stung Treng.

Day 6: Stung Treng (Breakfast)

Wake up and enjoy the glorious views over the Mekong and its laid back daily life. Activities today include a kayaking tour to the world famous Ramsar wetlands, a visit to Stung Treng town and strolling through local villages. Here, you can really immerse yourself with nature and the way of rural Cambodians in these still untouched river communities.

Day 7: Stung Treng - Kratie (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we will continue our trip to Kratie, a picturesque old French colonial town on the shores of the Mekong. On the way we stop at the Pagoda of 100 columns, before we will arrive in Kratie late in the afternoon.

Day 8: Kratie and surroundings (Breakfast)

Our first stop is Kampi Pool to see the highly endangered Irrawaddy river dolphins. With only an estimated number between 60-80 individuals left in the wild, the tours are managed between the Ministry of Environment and WWF to secure the survival of those magnificent animals. Kampi Pool has the highest number in the world of the dolphins left, and sightings are almost always guaranteed. On the way back, we climb Phnom Sampos to visit its colourful Pagoda, have chats with the residential monks and enjoy the views of the Mekong which flows past nearby. The afternoon is free time to explore more of this sleepy little town. Recommended activities are renting bicycles to visit Wat Rokkokandal or to take a small ferry to Koh Trong island located in front of Kratie town. It has an interesting Vietnamese floating village and many secluded sandy spots for a refreshing swim in the Mekong.

Day 9: Kratie - Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch)

On our way south to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh we follow the shores of the Mekong to the town of Kampong Cham. From there, access to the island of Koh Sotin is either over a stunning, 1.3 km long bamboo bridge (in dry season only) or by ferry (rainy season). Koh Sotin is famous throughout Cambodia for its silk weaving and vegetable growing, Life goes slow, with barley any cars on its single road and where it is much more common to encounter an ox cart transporting all sorts of goods. Strolling around the villages is a step back in time.
In the afternoon, we continue our last stretch to Phnom Penh. After check inn free time to explore Phnom Penh's riverfront with its bustling bar and restaurant scene, undoubtedly one of the best places in Asia to get such a variety for drinking and dining.

Day 10: Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning we drive to the edge of town to visit the infamous killing fields of Choueng Ek. This symbol of Cambodia's tragic recent history is the place where the Khmer Rough executed thousands of political prisoners and buried them in mass graves. Afterwards we are heading back to town to pay a visit to Tuol Sleng S21 detention center. This former high school was transformed into a prison by the Khmer Rough, where political enemies were tortured up for several months before being sent to Choueng Ek.
Note: Those places are not for the faint of heart, with sometimes very graphic images.
After lunch, we will visit the royal palace. Within its compound lies the famous silver pagoda which houses a sacred emerald Buddha statue. Once our visit to the royal palace is finished, there will be free time in the afternoon to go shopping at a local market, stroll around town or just enjoy the busy daily life on the riverfront.

Day 11: Phnom Penh - Phnom Tamao - Sihanoukville (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we will board our bus to head further south to the beachside town of Sihanoukville. On our way we will stop at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (it is not a zoo, as often described by several tour operators). On its vast grounds, which makes one feel visiting a national park, you will get to see many animals home to the region, including sun bears, elephants, waterbirds and tigers. Animals here were either rescued from smugglers, poachers or private zoos, where they were kept under terrible conditions. The rescue centers mission is to resettle the animals back into the wild, if this is not possible, then to give them a safe home. After lunch, we are tackling the last stretch to Sihanoukville. Evening will be free time.

Day 12: Sihanoukville (Breakfast)

Today will be a day off from official tour activities. As Sihanoukville offers a great variety of things to do like snorkeling, fishing trips, quad biking, etc, it will be up to you how you will spend the day. Ask your knowledgeable guides for a list on what to do, and he will kindly assist you.

Day 13: Sihanoukville - Kep (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early morning departure to Kep along a very scenic coastal road. Before settling down at our hotel, we will visit the caves of Kampong Trach and one of the world famous Kep pepper plantations. The afternoon will be free, which gives you time to stroll around this picturesque and quiet seaside town to see the former royal residence, the crab market or to stroll around the eerie buildings of Cambodians elite from the 1960s. During the Khmer Rough regime, those villas were abandoned and haven’t been touched since. Another great activity is a hike around Kep National Park, which is located on top and around a hill in Kep. Allow 2 hours for the hike and get rewarded with stunning views over the gulf of Thailand.

DAY 14: Kep - Koh Tonsai - Kep (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We will board a boat in the morning to cross the waters to Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island), where we will spend the day relaxing on the beach under coconut palms to recover and to reflect on memories of the past 2 weeks in this tranquil atmosphere.
In the evening we will come all together for the farewell dinner.

Day 15: Kep - Phnom Penh - End of tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast we will set off to Phnom Penh, where the tour officially ends. For customers who would like to return to Siem Reap, we offer free transportation back.

Meeting Point/ Pick-up: The Rose Apple Guesthouse

Departures 2016:
- 07th November 2016 -FULL-
- 21th November 2016 -departed with 7 guests-
- 05th December 2016 -FULL-


Departures 2017:
- 09th January 2017
- 23rd January 2017
- 06st February 2017
- 20th February 2017
- 06th March 2017
- 20st March 2017
- 08th May 2017
- 22nd May 2017
- 05th June 2017
- 19th June 2017
- 03rd July 2017
- 17th July 2017
- 07th August 2017
- 21st August 2017

15 Day Great Cambodia Explorer $1999
Early Bird Special - book 90 days prior departure $1699

Price in USD per person and include tax.

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