20 Day Cambodia Unleashed


20 Day Cambodia Unleashed

$2499

Early Bird Special $2099


Unleash yourself and join us on an adventure of your lifetime! Journey 20 days from remote places in the Kingdom of Wonder, hike mountains, swim under mighty waterfalls, stay on the top of the Khmer Empire, get lost in the temples of Angkor, swim at pristine beaches, hike trough jungles, kayak the Mekong river with rare Irrawaddy river dolphins, explore caves, ride the world famous Bamboo train and feel the never stopping pulse of Phnom Penh! This is Cambodia at it's best! We will take you to places off the map, down off the beaten path to experience the real Khmer way of living. This is the ultimate journey trough Cambodia - fully UNLEASHED!

Cambodia Unleashed is designed to show you the real side of this amazing country and their people. To preserve the culture and to minimize the impact we travel in small groups of 10 persons only.
On this life changing journey you will explore Angkor Wat, enjoy the views of Preah Vihear, hike in the jungles of Phnom Kulen National Park, ride the famous Bamboo train in Battambang, climb the ancient pyramid temple Koh Ker, enjoy your breakfast with the view over the mighty Mekong river, kayak through mangrove forests, swim under waterfalls, spot the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins, elephant ride the highlands of Mondulkiri, swim in the pristine waters in the Gulf of Thailand, taste the worlds best pepper, visit the infamous Killing fields and the S21 and get drawn into the hustling and bustling life in Phnom Penh.

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
- Kulen Mountain waterfall
- Ride the bamboo train in Battambang
- Killing fields and caves of Phnom Sampeau in Battambang
- Old colonial town of Battambang
- Fun day out at Trav Kot
- 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
- Laid back riverside town of Kratie
- Spotting rare Irrawaddy river dolphins
- Hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampos
- Highlands of Mondulkiri
- Elephant riding in Mondulkiri
- 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
- 19 nights accommodation
- Meals as listed in the itinerary (10x Breakfast, 6x Lunch, 3x Dinner)
- Angkor Wat Pass
- Angkor Wat guide
- Kulen National Park Entrance
- Bamboo Train ticket
- 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 – you’re probably going to need one
- Your spending money – it’ll go a long way in Cambodia
- Your insurance. You must have the required travel and health insurance – stay healthy and hopefully it’ll be the only waste of money from your whole trip
- Your travel vaccinations – better safe than sick
- 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 (5 nights),
Hotel (12 nights), Homestay (2 nights)
Transport: Private mini bus/van

Day 1 - Siem Reap (Dinner)

Late afternoon meet the group in the hotel lobby and go for welcome dinner where the participants can meet and get to know each other. After dinner free time to explore the city center and its vibrant nightlife. 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 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 – Phnom Kulen National Park (Breakfast, Lunch)

Todays incursion will bring the tour to the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen for an amazing day out in the nature. On a moderate hike we will walk through dense jungle to spot the local flora and fauna, including the endangered Indochinese Silver Langur, bats, pitcher plants and more. After lunch, we visit a giant reclining Buddha statue and the River of the 1000 Lingas, before going for a refreshing swim at the beautiful Kulen Mountain waterfall. This day is nature at its best!

Day 5 – Battambang – Bamboo train- Phnom Sampeau (Breakfast, Lunch)

Battambang is a classically quaint provincial capital. French colonial architecture and beautiful pagodas set picturesquely along the river. Charming colonial-era buildings line narrow lanes, including the 'walking district' near the market where contemporary art galleries, local and foreign cafes, shops and bars inhabit the old shop houses. Outside of town the scenery quickly becomes one of villages and rice paddies, offering an excellent opportunity to see a bit of rural Cambodia.The nearby countryside harbors several picturesque old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, mountains and the famous 'bamboo train'.

Day 6 – Siem Reap –Trav Kot village (Breakfast, BBQ Lunch)

Following a number of busy days, we will take it slow today and head out to a small lake, where you can go innertubing, try yourself on fishing, take a swim or just relax in our recreation huts. For lunch, a delicious BBQ ( vegetarian and non vegetarian food available ) will be freshly prepared.

Day 7 - Siem Reap- Beng Mealea- Koh Ker - Saem (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Todays 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 8 - 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 small village of Preah Rumkel on the shores of the mighty Mekong on the Laos border.

Day 9 – Preah Rumkel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wake up and enjoy the glorious views over the Mekong and Cambodia's northern neighbor, Laos. Activities today include a kayaking tour to the world famous Ramsar wetlands and a visit to the mighty waterfall of Sopheak Mitt, which demarcates the border between Laos and Cambodia. Here, you can really immerse yourself with nature and the way of rural Cambodians in this still untouched river community.

Day 10 – Preah Rumkel – Kratie (Breakfast, Lunch)

After a morning stroll through Preah Rumkel, 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 11 – 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 12 – Kratie - Mondulkiri (Breakfast, Lunch)

A scenic drive from the lowlands of the Mekong to the mountains of Mondulkiri will be on the itinerary today. This easternmost province boasts many natural attractions and wasn’t accessible until recently, and it is still off the beaten path for most travellers. That said, it makes the trip even more enjoyable and worth, as there is still lots to discover in this beautiful and isolated province.

Day 13 – Mondulkiri (Breakfast, Dinner)

The first incursion of the day leads us on winding roads through forests to Cambodias most famous waterfall, Busra falls ( featured in many local karaoke videos ). Hop into the pristine waters for a refreshing swim in the pools of the first tier, or take the challenging climb to the bottom of the second tier before rewarding yourself with a cooling dip. We will head back to town for lunch, before driving further to a minority village in the mountains to go riding on elephants backs. Those magnificent creatures are former working elephants mostly used in illegal logging activities, and tourism gives the animals and its owners are great opportunity to engage in something else than hauling ancient trees out of the forests.

Day 14 – Mondulkiri – Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we will tackle the longest stretch of our roadtrip through Cambodia. On our way, we will stop in Kampong Cham for lunch, a pleasant town located on the shores of the Mekong.
Arrival in Phnom Penh will be late afternoon. After check-in 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 15 - 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. Its quiet gardens stand in stark contrast to the busy streets of central Phnom Penh just outside its walls.
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 16 – 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 keept 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 17 – 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 18 –Sihanoukville – Kep (Breakfast)

Early in the morning we will depart 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 small 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 19 Kep – Koh Tonsai - Kep (Breakfast, 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 3 weeks in this tranquil atmosphere.
In the evening we will enjoy the farewell dinner in Kep

Day 20 – Kep - Phnom Penh - End of tour (Breakfast)

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

Departures 2015:

- 14th March 2016
- 11th April 2016
- 09th May 2016
- 13th June 2016
- 11th July 2016
- 08th August 2016

20 Day Cambodia Unleashed $2499
Early Bird Special - book 90 days prior departure $2099

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