Sights of Cambodia (10 Days / 9 Nights) (ref Xpl-A Camb) Starting with the Angkor Temples follow the Sanker River to the French colonial town of Battambang. Continue to the capital Phnom Penh, learn about Cambodia’s dark history at the Genocide museum and the Killing fields, then finally head South first to Kep and then Cambodia’s best kept secret Sihanoukville, a beautiful unspoiled beach resort way you can spend the final days of your trip at leisure. Day 1 – Siem Reap (D) Fly into Siem Reap International airport you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. You will have time to relax before heading off on a late afternoon trip to take in the spectacular views created by the wonderful sunset from the top of Bakkheng Hill, overlooking the Angkor complex area. Then we return to your hotel for an evening free at leisure. Enjoy dinner and an Apsara Show.
Day 2 – Siem Reap (B/L/D) Start with an early pre dawn optional tour to see the beautiful sunrise over historic Angkor Wat an experience we recommend not to be missed, then after visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom which was built in the 12th century. Within the royal enclosure you will see The Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Following lunch at a local restaurant we spend the afternoon at the most famous of all the temples of the former Khmer kingdom, Angkor Wat, this amazing architectural temple complex covers over 81 hectares and has 5 distinct towers which symbolize Meru’s five peaks and is considered today as one of the world’s architectural masterpieces The walls are decorated with beautiful hand carvings and bas reliefs depicting Hindu mythology with over 2000 Aspara Dancers which ornate the temple walls. Continue on to the Jungle temple ‘Ta Prohm’ which was hidden amongst the jungle undergrowth and then rediscovered. Remarkably it has remained relatively untouched. Ta Prohm rose to prominence when movie scenes from Tomb Raider were shot there. Late afternoon we return to your hotel. Evening is at leisure.
Day 3 – Siem Reap (B/L) After Breakfast visit Banteay Srei located 35km from Siem Reap, built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power the temple displays some of the finest classic Khmer Art, also visit Pre Rub with its beautifully carved false doors on the upper levels. After lunch drive to Chong Kneas and take a boat trip to the fishing villages, cruise through the villages of the Tonle Sap to discover the natural splendour and old lifestyle of the country. The Tonle Sap Lake is one of the natural wonders of the world. Due to the cycle of annual flood water, the Great Lake serves as a main source of freshwater fish and as the foundation of the Great Angkor Empire dating from some 1000 years.
Day 4 – Siem Reap – Battambang (B/L) From Siem Reap, we leave the Khmer empire behind and head for Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city, once a French Colonial settlement, it’s a city with a quiet charm and located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with rice paddies, stilted wooden houses fruit farms and an abundance of temples. Drive through rural villages to Battambang. On arrival visit Phnom Sampeau (Sailing boat Mountain). The hilltop used to house a number of temples now being rebuilt after they were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. At the temple mount there is a cave which acted as a Killing Field where people mainly children were thrown down and now seen as a Memorial Site. Then visit Wat Ek Phnom a temple from the days of Angkor, built in the 10th century damaged by the fighting and still hosting a field gun. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the colonial town of Battambang.
Day 5 – Battambang – Phnom Penh (B/L) Take an optional short ride on one of Cambodia’s Famous forms of Transport the Bamboo Railway. Then depart early from Battambang heading for the country’s capital Phnom Penh. Following lunch, we spend the afternoon visiting the beautifully ornate Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, which is located inside the palace complex and the National Museum which houses an array of architectural relics and art masterpieces of the Khmer Kingdom. Evening will be at leisure for you’re to explore this vibrant city.
Day 6 – Phnom Penh (B/L) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out and discovering Phnom Penh a fascinating city located on the banks of the Mekong and Bassac rivers, the city has seen both turbulent and nostalgic eras and today it is emerging as one of the must see destinations in Asia, rich in history of Cambodia’s dark past. Visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek before seeing the Tuol Sleng Museum a former high school used as a Prison and torture centre and known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge reign. Spend the early afternoon at Wat Phnom temple which was the site of the first pagoda, built by a woman named Penh in 1372, hence the naming of the nation’s capital Phnom Penh then indulge in a little shopping in the Central and Russian markets perfect for a souvenir The evening is free for you to explore the nightlife of the capital and your guide will be able to recommend places and restaurants to visit.
Day 7 – Phnom Penh – Tonle Bati – Takeo – Phnom Da – Kep (B/L) Leave behind Phnom Penh to visit the area of Kep. On the way, we will stop at Tonle Bati and visit Ta Prohm temple (dating back to the 12th-13th centuries) and a traditional silk weaving village in Takeo. Lunch will be taken at local restaurant before continuing on to the former French colonial seaside resort of Kep arriving mid to late afternoon.
Day 8 – Kep – Kampot – Sihanoukville (B/L) After breakfast at your hotel we embark on a half-day sightseeing boat trip to Rabbit Island (known as Koh Tunsay) where we discover the beautiful and pristine scenery in this region. In the afternoon we drive to Kampot and enjoy a tour of this quiet rural town with its stunning architecture, before continuing along the coast and through the wonderful Damrei (Elephant) Mountains to Kompong Som before finally arriving in Sihanoukville where we check you in to your hotel with the rest of the day free for you to enjoy Cambodia’s best kept secret, Sihanoukville beach resort.
Day 9 – Sihanoukville (B) Today is a free day for you to relax at your own leisure, simply enjoy your resort hotel, sunbathe or snorkel in the beautiful waters by the wonderful beach.
Day 10 – Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh (B) Transfer back Phnom Penh for your onward destination or choose to extend your stay relaxing in Sihanoukville.
Hotels to be used subject to availability
|Siem Reap||Somadevi Hotel||Cozyana Hotel|
|Battambang||Khemara I||Khemara I|
|Phnom Penh||Amanjaya||Hotel Castle|
|Kep||The Beach House Kep||The Beach House Kep|
|Sihanoukville||Soka Beach||Deva Raja Villa|
Cost per person on twin share basis as per itinerary
Includes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200
|4* hotels||3* hotels|
|No. of Persons||Price per Persons (£ GBP)||Price per Persons (£ GBP)|
Note Single Supplement applies to all persons numbers unless private 1 person travelling
Air fare in economy class for the sector shown in the above itinerary is subject to change by the airline before booking.
Payment. 1.On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller” OR by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account
Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with Xplore-Asia to whom payment for the tour is made. Your International Flight is payable direct toi the Flight Consolidator.
2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand, or on Acceptance if earlier – 50% of the total by Credit Card (3% charge) or International Bank Transfer, direct to Xplore-Asia
3. On arrival in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand – 50% payable by Credit Card (3% charge) or Cash. Cancellation Charges 35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount. Acceptance Payment non refundable
Included in the Cost • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability • Any single room subject to supplement shown. • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D) • Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable. • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate. • Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks) • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips). • All currently applicable taxes. • Where US$ 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. • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list. • Any international airfares to India and Asia • 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 – Cambodia Visa Fees on arrival $20 US per person – Phnom Penh Airport departure Tax $25 US per person • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners General note: 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.