Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap
Day 2: Siem Reap (Floating Villages)
Day 3: Siem Reap (Angkor Temples Tour)
Day 4: Siem Reap (Smile of Angkor)
Day 5: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
Day 6: Phnom Penh (City Cyclo Tour & S21 Museum)
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville (Killing Fields)
Day 8: Sihanoukville
Day 9: Sihanoukville
Day 10: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh (Departure)
Day 1 Siem Reap (-)
On arrival in Cambodia at Siem Reap International Airport, you will clear customs, immigration and visa control (You will need to ask for a ‘Tourist Visa at a cost of $20 – Be sure to bring two passport photos) Exiting to baggage claim, you will be met by a hotel representative, holding a welcome sign with ‘See Cambodia Differently’ on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Siem Reap (B, L)
We depart the city for an unspoiled floating community called Kampong Phluk which is astonishing for its stilted-house villages and flooded forest. Stop on the way for the Rolous Market tour. This is a great chance for you to take the photos of locals selling indigenously grown vegetables, different fish species and other local produce. Have a glimpse of one of the bridges built in French colony and overlook at the Rolous River, whose waters flow into the Great Lake Tonle Sap. After this market tour we’ll all have a boat trip to the floating community of Kampong Phluk, visit an island pagoda, school and houses standing on 8 or 10m high stilts, fish farms and learn about the village life. Stop and have lunch in a family’s house before getting into a row boat and venturing beyond the villages into the flooded forest, the habitat to some of water-bird species. Eventually we jump back in to the big boat and set off for the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap, before returning to your hotel at around 3:30pm.
Day 3 Siem Reap (B)
Rising early, we journey after breakfast out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We begin by unravelling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before us, we then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.
Also this morning, we continue to Ta Prohm temple, which has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.
In the afternoon, we visit the immense walled city of Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which devas (gods) and asuras (devils) play tug of war with a naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality.
We begin our visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing.
Our climax is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire. Before clambering upwards, we unravel the mysteries of the bas-reliefs, with their intricate scenes of ancient battles against the Chams and their snapshot of daily life during the Angkor period.
Day 4 Siem Reap(B, D)
We start the day with a wonderful end to your time in Siem Reap, with a morning visit to the fascinating local silk farm situated just outside of Siem Reap. Once here you get an insight into the life cycle of silk from the mulberry plants to the weaves to the finished article. We finish off with at the ‘Artisans d’Angkor’ shop where you are able to pick up some high quality traditional Cambodian silk.
We then transfer you back to town or to your hotel to enjoy lunch and the remainder of the afternoon.
We end your time in Siem Reap with the fabulous and unique ‘Smile of Angkor’ stage show. Showcasing Cambodian history through a big stage dance and cultural show.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6pm so you have plenty of time to enjoy the elaborate buffet dinner with an array of choice. This is then followed by the show performance at 7:15pm. You will then be picked up and transferred back to your hotel or into town at 8:45pm, for you to enjoy the rest of the evening s you wish.
Day 5 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (B)
We leave after breakfast towards the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, pausing at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We then arrive in Phnom Penh and check into your hotel before being taken to the waterfront for lunch.
After lunch you are then free to spend the afternoon visiting theRoyal Palace & Silver Pagoda under your own steam. As an alternative you can visit Wat Phnom before spending time for a bit of shopping at the Russian and central markets.
Day 6 Phnom Penh (B)
We start the day be discovering the streets of Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of the city. A popular form of transport throughout Southeast Asia, the cyclo is still widely used in the Cambodian capital and is a comfortable way to see the sights. We start at Wat Phnom, symbol of the city, before heading west past the National Library.
We pass Phnom Penh train station before winding our way down to Psar Thmei, the leading market in the city. We then snake through some of the smaller back streets, including 178 St, brimming with art shops, and Bohemian 240 St with its cafes and boutiques. We pass Independence Monument, modelled on the central tower of Angkor Wat and continue stopping to visit the infamous Tuol Sleng museum (S-21) before returning to the elegant riverfront. We pass the glittering Royal Palace compound and the stunning National Museum before winding up back at your hotel or by the water front for lunch.
After lunch you are then free again to spend the afternoon visiting theRoyal Palace & Silver Pagoda under your own steam. As an alternative you can visit Wat Phnom before spending time for a bit of shopping at the Russian and central markets.
Day 7 Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (B)
We begin the day with a visit to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) which is located about 17km southwest of Phnom Penh, and is the best known of the various Killing Field sites in Cambodia. After some time for reflection we leave Phnom Penh and travel south on National Highway 4 towards the south coast, journeying to seaside beach resort of Sihanoukville, which is the home of Cambodia’s finest beaches.
Day 8 Sihanoukville (B)
Day of Leisure
Day 9 Sihanoukville (B)
Day of Leisure
Day 10 Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh (B)
Depending on your departing flight we leave the beaches behind and transfer back to Phnom Penh. Please make sure that your departing flight is in the afternoon so we can transfer you from the beaches in plenty of time. The tour ends when we drop you off at the Phnom Penh airport for your departing flight.
Hotels – subject to availability
Standard Hotels: (1 x Double or Twin Room)
Siem Reap: Frangipani Villas / Angkor Home Hotel
Phnom Penh: Anise Hotel
Sihanoukville: Beach Club
Superior Hotels: (1 x Double or Twin Room)
Siem Reap: Royal Bay Angkor Inn / Sojourn / Pavilion D’Orient
Phnom Penh: Villa Langka / The Pavilion
Sihanoukville: Independence Hotel
Luxury Hotels: (1 x Double or Twin Room)
Siem Reap: Victoria Hotel
Phnom Penh: Raffles Le Royal
Sihanoukville: Sokha Beach
Cost per person on twin share/ single occupancy basis with breakfast as per itinerary
Per Person Includes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200
Standard = £949 per person (Subject to Availability)
Superior = £1099 per person (Subject to Availability)
Luxury = £1,449 per person (Subject to Availability)
*Based on two people sharing
For these tours please use the prices above but add the following single supplements if you require a single room.
Standard Single Supplement: £250
Superior Single Supplement: £390
Luxury Single Supplement: £740
Group Tour Dates:
8th to 17th January 2013
1st to 10th February 2013
21st Feb to 2nd March 2012
14th March to 23rd March 2012
3rd to 12th April
23 April to 2nd March 2013
13th to 23rd May 2013
3rd to 12th June 2013
23rd June to 2nd July 2013
12th to 21st July 2013
1st to 10th August 2013
1st to 10th November 2013
*Each tour has a minimum number of 2 people and a maximum number of 6
Any Domestic airfares, included in above cost, are subject to change without prior notice. See the below.
Some airlines demand payment on confirmation. When this happens we must ask you to pay for the flights immediately.
1. On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.
Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Cambodia to whom payment for the tour is made.
Payment for flights included in the itinerary may be required at the time of flight confirmations.
Any bank charges levied by the sending bank relating to transfers to our Partner Company or Complete India & Asia must be paid by the Client and added to the amount to be transferred. Please ask and instruct your bank.
2. You pay 50% of the total ten weeks prior to arrival in Cambodia, or on Acceptance if less than ten weeks – in GB £, by Credit Card (see below) or International Bank Transfer to Cambodia
3 The balance of 50% of the total is payable in GB £/ USD/THB
14 days before arrival in GB £ by International Bank Transfer
On arrival by or cash.
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35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.
Flight cancellation is not included in these charges
Acceptance Payment non refundable
Included in the Cost
- Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability
- Any single room subject to supplement shown.
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Overnights as mentioned
- Excursions as mentioned
- Transportation in private A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – excludes drinks)
- Public liability insurance
- All taxes
- Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
- All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
- Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
- Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
- Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.
Excluded from the Cost
- Expenses of a personal nature: table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water,tips,shopping etc.
- No tipping is included.
- Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
- Any international airfares to India and Asia
- Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.
- Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
- Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
- Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
- Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners
- All International flights & Visa fees, currently $20 per person (Tourist Visa)
- International airport tax, currently $25 per person (However this should be included in your flight ticket and you must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it)
- Meals, unless mentioned differently
- Beverages and personal expenses
- Other excursions and entrance fees
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)
All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made. The hotels/ services as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.