Cambodia Discovery

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Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most prominent attractions in all of South East Asia. Long considered ‘lost’, the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history. The site includes the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its many carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. We start the trip in vibrant Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, and visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a somber reminder of the reign of Pol Pot. The revitalised city is also home to Wat Phnom, as well as the Silver Pagoda, located in the Royal Palace. Its waterfront, located near the confluence of the Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong River, is a picture of tranquility and a great place to relax.

Trip Name
Cambodia Discovery
Last Updated
2019-02-19
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • This trip maximises your time in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, with an included flight between these two major cities. So there’s no need to worry about a long day of travel
  • Your 3-night feature stay at Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat will allow you to relax and rejuvinate whilst exploring stunning Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and surrounds
  • See the important sights of Phnom Penh on a full-day guided tour around the Cambodian capital. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) are sobering experiences you won’t forget
  • Enjoy two days of fully guided temple tours in Siem Reap, with in-depth insights into the history of these extraordinary structures and plenty of time at Angkor Wat
  • By dining on delicious local cuisine at the Sala Bai Hotel School, you’re supporting the cause of underprivileged hospitality students in training
  • Spend your nights in comfort under the roof of Peregrine standard hotels – centrally located and ideal for relaxing
  • Enjoy a visit to a working Buddhist Monastery and meet the resident monks to learn more about this religion and it’s importance to the Cambodian people
  • Stroll through the countryside of a farming village and learn about the wonderful work of a non government organisation (NGO) that is striving to improve the quality of life of Cambodian families.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES:
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.



Day 1 - Phnom Penh
Sua s'dei. Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You'll be transferred to your hotel – check with hotel reception for more information about your important group meeting this evening. If you have free time in the afternoon, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh and explore the city, taking in the interesting French colonial architecture. The National Museum, with its collection of classic Khmer craftsmanship, is well worth a visit. Dinner tonight will be at the restaurant run by Friends International. You might decide to go for a drink at the Foreign Correspondents' Club afterwards.  Notes: The restaurant run by Friends International is closed on public and school holidays. Alternative dinner arrangements will be made during these times.
Day 2 - Phnom Penh
Today a full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and are closed to the public. You will, however, be able to visit the Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country. Phnom Penh remains a living relic of the country’s past struggles and successes. Your included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. There is an optional visit to Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century. Later you head out of town to a working monastery to learn more about the life of a monk and Theravada Buddhism. Buddhism in Cambodia is a way of life that most people incorporate into their daily life. You will get to meet the monks, enjoy a sacred water blessing for good luck and prosperity, have a red band tied around your wrist to keep you safe in your travels and see the temple’s fascinating Pagoda art. Note: The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are major parts of the experience here, but if you don't wish to visit them, please inform your tour leader.
Day 3 - Siem Reap
Fly north to Siem Reap (approximately 40 minutes) where the great temples of Angkor await. After a relaxing morning at your hotel, travel into the countryside to a local farming community, walk through rice fields and learn about Cambodian stilt homes and life in a typical farming village. Hear about the myriad ways a non-government organisation called Husk Cambodia works directly with this community to improve the lives of Cambodian families. End the day with a stop for a sunset drink at a scenic point overlooking the countryside.
Day 4 - Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided exploration. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure, and the only one of Angkor's temples that has its entrance facing west – the others face east. Then there is Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', a temple famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon temple is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 gothic towers. For lunch you'll visit the Sala Bai Hotel School where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. Here you can enjoy a meal prepared by students at the school. After lunch it’s off to the Ta Prohm temple, which has large trees embedded in the stone foundations of the structure – powerful symbols of nature. Note: The Sala Bai Hotel School is closed on public and school holidays, so on these days an alternative restaurant will be used.
Day 5 - Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
Embrace a very early start today if you wish to experience a sunrise visit to the Angkor complex (this is optional). From here, continue onto Banteay Srei. You'll see it's not a huge temple, but thanks to its intricate stone carvings it is sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. At this point you can either head back to your hotel or carry on exploring more temples, such as Preah Khan. This temple contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Your ticket for the Angkor ruins also lets you spend more time exploring this site. Otherwise you might like to take a free afternoon to explore the town. If you have time, perhaps indulge in a traditional Khmer massage. Tonight you will enjoy a final dinner at a great restaurant in town serving local cuisine.
Day 6 - Siem Reap
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-03-201906-03-2019AUD $ 1,945-
08-03-201913-03-2019AUD $ 1,890-
15-03-201920-03-2019AUD $ 2,005-
24-03-201929-03-2019AUD $ 1,945-
05-04-201910-04-2019AUD $ 1,910-
12-04-201917-04-2019AUD $ 1,965-
03-05-201908-05-2019AUD $ 1,875-
10-05-201915-05-2019AUD $ 1,729-
07-06-201912-06-2019AUD $ 1,729-
21-06-201926-06-2019AUD $ 1,820-
05-07-201910-07-2019AUD $ 1,820-
23-08-201928-08-2019AUD $ 1,820-
13-09-201918-09-2019AUD $ 1,820-
27-09-201902-10-2019AUD $ 1,820-
04-10-201909-10-2019AUD $ 1,820-
18-10-201923-10-2019AUD $ 1,820-
25-10-201930-10-2019AUD $ 1,890-
08-11-201913-11-2019AUD $ 1,890-
15-11-201920-11-2019AUD $ 1,890-
29-11-201904-12-2019AUD $ 1,970-
13-12-201918-12-2019AUD $ 1,970-
20-12-201925-12-2019AUD $ 1,970-
27-12-201901-01-2020AUD $ 1,970-
03-01-202008-01-2020AUD $ 2,035-
10-01-202015-01-2020AUD $ 2,035-
24-01-202029-01-2020AUD $ 2,035-
07-02-202012-02-2020AUD $ 2,035-
06-03-202011-03-2020AUD $ 1,960-
13-03-202018-03-2020AUD $ 1,960-
20-03-202025-03-2020AUD $ 1,960-
22-03-202027-03-2020AUD $ 1,960-
03-04-202008-04-2020AUD $ 1,885-
10-04-202015-04-2020AUD $ 1,885-
01-05-202006-05-2020AUD $ 1,885-
08-05-202013-05-2020AUD $ 1,885-
05-06-202010-06-2020AUD $ 1,885-
19-06-202024-06-2020AUD $ 1,885-
03-07-202008-07-2020AUD $ 1,885-
10-07-202015-07-2020AUD $ 1,885-
21-08-202026-08-2020AUD $ 1,885-
11-09-202016-09-2020AUD $ 1,885-
25-09-202030-09-2020AUD $ 1,885-
02-10-202007-10-2020AUD $ 1,885-
16-10-202021-10-2020AUD $ 1,885-
23-10-202028-10-2020AUD $ 1,960-
06-11-202011-11-2020AUD $ 1,960-
13-11-202018-11-2020AUD $ 1,960-
27-11-202002-12-2020AUD $ 2,035-
11-12-202016-12-2020AUD $ 2,035-
18-12-202023-12-2020AUD $ 2,035-
25-12-202030-12-2020AUD $ 2,035-

Inclusions

    – The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour.

  • Visit to the Angkor complex: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei and a sunset moment near Angkor Wat.
  • Sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh (including entrance fees where relevant): Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek (the Killing Fields), Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, 3 day Angkor pass (including 2 days with a local guide).
  • Lunch at Sala Bai Hotel School prepared by underprivileged local youths learning skills to find employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Internal flight between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
  • Arrival transfer.

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts),Feature Stay in Siem Reap (3 nts)

Transport

Plane,Private vehicle

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