Cambodian Tour ( History, Adventure, Sailing and Beach Relaxation)
Tour Code : CT-O08
Duration : 49 Days / 48 Nights ( History, Adventure, Sailing and Beach Relaxation)
Destination : Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Phonm Penh, Sihanoukville, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham, and Kratie
Highlight : Rolous Group, Ta Prohm Temple, City of Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat Sunset, Beng Mealea Jungle Temple, Tonle Sap Great Lake, Pol Pot Tomb, Ta Mok House, Sambor Prei Kuk & Preah Vihear Temple.
Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival (D)
On arrival at the Poi Pet border our representative will met you and the group then transporting you to Siem Reap for your hotel check in. You will themn have a chance to freshen up before a welcome dinner.
Day 02: Siem Reap-Mondulkiri (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before setting off for Senmonorom in Mondulkiri. The trip takes roughly 11 hours with stops along the way for bathrooms, stretching and lunch. Once at in Senmonorom you will be checked into your hotel for the overnight stay and then enjoy dinner.
Day03: Trekking in the jungle (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be at the hotel before departing for Putaing village before continuing on to Roka village. You will then explore the jungle visiting one of the waterfalls in the area, visit the farming community of the local minority (Pnong). You will also have the opportunity for a swim before lunch. Then continue to explore the jungle area around the falls before sharing dinner with the indigenous people. Overnight stay will be home stay style accommodation.
Day04: Trekking in the jungle (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be in the jungle home stay before taking a different trail through the jungle. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area with an experienced local guide. The night will be spent camping and sleeping in hammocks with a BBQ for dinner.
Day05: Trekking in the jungle (B/L/D)
Enjoy a camp breakfast by the waterfall then head off through the jungle to visit another farm and village before heading back to Putaing village. There will again be an opportunity for swimming and washing. Staying overnight in a home stay in Putaing village.
Day06: Mountain Bike (B/L/D)
After the morning breakfast you will then be departing Putaing village by mountain bike and heading for a waterfall known as Leng Pokpras. Riding through the jungle and crossing the river before having lunch along the way. You will then prepare a campsite by the Leng Pokpras waterfall before dinner and an overnight stay.
Day07: Cycling (B/L/D)
After the campsite breakfast you will mountain bike to Putrum village where you will be able to look around the village and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then taking a different route back to Senmonorom before enjoying a sunset on Phnom Dos Kromom mountain. Overnight stay in Senmonorom.
Day08: Moundulkiri-Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Hotel breakfast before starting the return trip to Siem Reap. Check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Relax after long adventure with quadbike in the late afternoon (B/L/D)
Day 10: Siem Reap-Preh Vihear (Bird-watching tour) (B/L/D)
Today leave Siem Reap in the morning with a packed breakfast for a bird watching tour on the grasslands of Kompong Thom. Here you will be looking for the critically endangered Bengal Florican and wintering Manchurian Warbler. It is also possible to see raptors such as the Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier and the Greater Spotted Eagle flying over the grasslands. In the afternoon continue on to Tmatboey. The overnight stya will be at the Tmatboey Eco Lodge. Binoculars not supplied.
Day 11: Tmatboey (B/L/D)
Today the bird watching continues at Tmatboey . Firstly searching for the endangered Giant and White Shouldered ibis. These secretive birds are only found at remote water holes called trapeangs far from human settlements and can involve tracking them over long walks up to 5kms. Other species you will look for include the White-rumped Falcon, Rufous-Winged Buzzard, Spotted Wood Owl, Brown Fish-Owl, Brown Wood-Wol, Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker and Pale-capped Pigeon. Spending the night in the Tmatboey Eco Lodge.
Day 12: Tmatboey to Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Leave Tmatboey after some final early morning birding around Tmatboey and head back to Siem Reap via Koh Ker and BengMelea. Overnight Siem Reap.
DAY 13: SIEM REAP-KOULEN MOUNTAIN (Adventure tour) (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel you will drive out of Siem Reap heading north east towards Koulen National Park. From here you will begin the trek to Koulen mountain visiting a a holy shrine and water spring. As this spring comes from the Buddhas foot the water is considered holy to Hindu and Khmer people. The trek then continues up Koulen mountain on foot to the "River of a Thousand Lingas". Here you will see thousands of lingas carved in to the river banks and just below the surface in the river beds. Hindus and the Khmer people believe this holy water will wash away any bad moods and bring good luck.. Enjoy a picnic lunch beside the river bed of the God Shiva. After the picnic the trek continues uphill for another 2 kms before reaching a waterfall where you will camp overnight. The night will be spent in tents after a welcome forest dinner.
DAY 14: KOULEN MOUNTAIN FOOT EXPLORING (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the waterfall campsite the adventure continues on foot to the Grand reclining Buddha. The Buddha has been carved from the stone at the top of the mountain. then continue across the mountain to an isolated village of the area. Then visiting the Srash Dorie also known as the Elephant Pond. This amazing statue dates back to 802AD. Enjoy an organic picnic lunch as you trek through the forest. Tonight enjoy dinner and it will be an overnight stay camping in tents.
DAY 15: KOULEN MOUNTAIN FOOT EXPLORING (B/L/D )
After the campsite coffee and breakfast the trek will continue with lots of sites to see in the jungle, depth temple and the holy shrine of the area, stunning scenic views, Buffalo Bend temple (KROR BIE KRARP), Chinese monastery cave, ascetic cave, mortar hill stone ( Perng Tbarl) and O Phor Orng Temple. Enjoy another lunch in the jungle similar to yesterdays organic meal. At around 4pm you should reach the village where you will be staying in home stay style accommodation overnight. Enjoy dinner with the local villagers.
DAY 16: KOULEN MOUNTIAN-SVAY LEUR COMMUNITY TREK DOWN HILL (B/L/D)
After breakfast and coffee you will begin the trek back down Koulen mountain. the stunning scenic views will stay in your memories forever. Lunch will be taken in a nearby village on the mountain slope before in the afternoon driving back to Siem Reap. Overnight stay in a hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 17: Relax (B/L/D)
Today will be at your leisure after the trekking so you can relax and enjoy Siem Reap town sight seeing.
Day 18: Siem Reap – Isanapura (known as Sambor Prey Kuk Temple) (B/L/D)
Early morning hotel breakfast before setting off in the vehicle to Sambor village roughly 25kms from the provincial town of Kompong Thom in Kompong Thom province. In the 7th century the site of Sambor Prey Kuk was called Icanapura and the capital of Chenla. Many temples were built in Sambor Prey Kuk during the reign of King Isanavarman I. Take a break for lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to explore the site. Overnight home stay in Sambor village with the opportunity to interact with the local people.
Day 19: Mahendraparvata – Hariharalaya (Known as Rolous) (B/L/D)
After a home stay breakfast, you will explore the River of a Thousand Lingas. Relax beside a natural waterfall or enjoy a swim and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon on the way back to Siem Reap you will stop at the Roluos group of temples. Roluos is the ancient centre of the Khmer civilisation and formerly known as Hariharalaya. Consisting of three temples, Preah Kor, Bakong and Lolei it is situated roughly 12kms from Siem Reap. King Jayavarman II after establishing the capital on Kulen mountain in 802AD moved the capital to Roluos possibly for better defence and a greater source of food supply. Back to Siem Reap for an overnight stay at the hotel and free time.
Day 20: Siem Reap – Phnom Bahkeng – Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be at the hotel before setting off to explore Phnom Bakheng temple. Commonly referred to as the Temple mountain or Mount Meru in Indian mythology. The temple was cut from the natural sandstone in the hill in the 9th and early 10th centuries during the reign of King Yasovarman I. Then head back to Siem Reap for lunch and in the afternoon, visit the Old Market and Artisans d’Angkor. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 21: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Then in the morning shop for food at the local market for the cooking class and lunch. The afternoon will be at your leisure and then in the evening enjoy a Sbeik Thom performance. (Cambodian Puppetry)
Day 22: Banteay Srei Temple- Angkor Wat (B/L/D)
An early breakfast at the hotel for an early departure travelling by dirt road to the remote temple of Koh Ker which is approximately 120kms from Siem Reap. Built by King Jayavarman IV in 10th century, it once served as the ancient capital of Cambodia. Facing west towards Angkor city Koh Ker temple stands 35 metres high and its design resembles a seven-step stupa. It was built to worship Treypuvaneservara (the god of happiness). Lunch will be at Koh Ker temple. In the afternoon on the return trip to Siem Reap you will stop at the magnificanr Angkor Wat and the XI century temple of Banteay Srei. Dinner and overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 23: Angkor Thom – Ta Prohm (B/L/D)
Breakfast in the hotel
In the morning leave the hotel for Bayon temple, located in the centre of Angkor Thom. This temple is one of the most popular sites in the Angkor complex. It was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries by king Jataverman VII. The architectural composition of the Bayon exudes grandness in every aspect. Over 200 large faces are carved on the 54 towers giving this temple its majestic character, which at that time represented the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. The iconography of the four faces, has been widely debated by scholars and some think they represent the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. In keeping with the Buddhist character of the temple, it is generally accepted that the four faces on each of the towers are images of king Jayavarman VII and signify the omnipresence of the king. After lunch in Srah Srang, visit Ta Prohm temple.
Return to Siem Reap in late afternoon for an overnight stay.
Day 24: Khmer Culture (B/L/D)
In the morning after the hotel breakfast you will gain a first hand experience of Khmer culture in Pouk village, 16km west of Siem Reap: Silk weaving, water blessing at the pagoda and a meeting with monks. Lunch is at the village.
Afternoon: Traditional tattooing.
Return to Siem Reap: Free evening and overnight stay.
Day 25: Siem Reap – Anlong Veng – Banteay Chhmar (B/L/D)
After breakfast go on an excursion to Anlong Veng 125km north of Siem Reap. It was the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge to come under government control in 1998 and is the last resting place of Pol Pot. Sightseeing spots: Pol Pot’s tomb (Khmer Rouge Master 1975-1979), Ta Mok’s Garrison (Pol Pot’s commander).
Meeting and discussions with former Khmer rouge in Anlong Veng district, then continue to Banteay Chhmar where you will camp overnight near a local village.
Day 26: Banteay Chhmar– Battambang (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the village before you start to explore a temple built between the 12th and 13th centuries during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Located at Thmar Puok District, along the National Road No 59ª it has been abandoned and not arranged. After exploring this temple, you will have picnic lunch. If time allows we continue to Battambang and check into a hotel for an overnight stay. If not overnight in homestay.
Day 27: Battambang (B/L/D)
Breakfast in the hotel then in the morning: sightseeing of Battambang provincial town: Provincial Museum, pagodas, incense manufacturing, Pepsi Cola Factory (1960) and a visit to Wat Samrong Knong which was used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge. Meet with villagers living close to the temple whose relatives were imprisoned there.
In the afternoon: Visit Phnom Sampov and the 11th century hilltop temple of Phnom Banan, after climbing stone steps to the top. Returning back to Battambang town.
Day 28: Architecture Battambang (B/L/D)
Breakfast in hotel and then in the morning take a walking tour of Battambang city’s architecture accompanied by an art historian. The city boasts a rich urban heritage with a great variety of historical buildings, the styles and layouts representing different phases of the city’s history. Between Road #1 and Road #3 Battambang is characterized by a coherent group of about 800 heritage buildings from the French protectorate.
Outside of the area, outstanding heritage building, like the New Khmer Architecture of the Battambong University, French Classical-style villas along the river and traditional Khmer wooden houses can be found. Throughout the city beautiful pagodas (Wat) are an expression of the city’s religious heritage. All these historical buildings and ensembles contribute to the city’s unique character and beauty. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay.
Day 29: Battambang – Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
By private transportation stopover at Kompong Chhnang to visit potters’ An Dong Russey Village, Kum Sre thmey Srok Roleap Pa Ear Khet Kampong Chhnang. Evening and overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 30: Phnom Penh (Capital city tour) (B/L/D)
In the morning visit places of interest downtown (Central market, Royal Palace, National Museum of Cambodia).
In the afternoon visit S-21 Khmer rouge interrogation centre (Toul Sleng) and Toul Tom Poung market.
Day 31: Phnom Penh ( B/L/D )
In the morning depart to visit Koh Dach, on the Mekong River, to visit silk factory and weaving and a local kruu Khmer who will tell each visitor about his/her future, the traditional way.
In the afternoon, observe the training in Khmer classical dancing of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 32: Phnom Penh - Koh Kong (Beach Tour) (B/L/D)
In the morning after breakfast, guests will be picked up for the tour of Koh Kong province. this is the arrival point for many tourists en router to Cambodia due to the international border crossing with Thailand which is only a short distance away. After lunch at a local restaurant travel on to Boeng Kayak for an eco tour. Here you will see natural area of mangrove forest, wildlife etc. Then returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay at Koh Kong town.
Day 33 : Koh Kong Safari World Resort (B/L/D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will have the chance to shop at a Thai Market that sells many products such as clothes, food, fruit, and souvenirs. Then come back and visit Koh Kong Safari World Resort with a mix of spectacular views of the greenery and the sea. Native animals of countries like Australia, Africa, Asia and the tropics including kangaroo, giraffe, deer, bear, and many others. After lunch at a local restaurant continue on to visit Koh Yor Beach and have dinner at local restaurant before returning back to the hotel in Koh Kong town.
Day 34 : Koh Kong - Sihanoukville (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel before the tour of Koh Kong city and continuing on to visit Tatai Waterfall. Visitors may climb up the individual small falls and take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. After that have lunch at local restaurant and return back to Sihanoukville.
Day 35:Sihanoukville (B/L/D)
Pick up from the hotel to visit Islands and have picnic lunch on the island. After having leisure time at island we return back to have city tour of Sihanoukville and have dinner at a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel.
Day 36 : Ream Beach –Kirirom Hillside Resort (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel then off to visit Ream Beah. After lunch at a local restaurant you then visit Kirirom Hill Side Resort set in beautiful natural surroundings with mountain views and tropical gardens. Overnight stay.
Day 37: Kirirom Resort with camping (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take a short trekking on Kirirom mountain till lunch. After lunch, visit some old buildings of the King Norodom Sihanouk era. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 38: Kirirom Resort – Bokor - Kep (B/L/D)
Overnight in Kompot. In the morning, drive to Bokor Hill, that is at an elevation of approximately 1,000 meters. Bokor Hill Station overlooks the scenic southern coast of Cambodia. It was built by the French in the early 1920's as a retreat from the oppressive heat of the lowlands. Bokor has been abandoned since World War II. The hill station consists of what was once an elegant hotel and casino, a Catholic Church, former royal residences and other buildings. Political instability and warfare in Cambodia have resulted in the buildings being left in a perpetual state of neglect. Due to its elevation and strategic location, Bokor was fiercely fought over by the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese. Shrouded by clouds and fog, the moss covered buildings provide an eerie atmosphere and exploring them is a sometimes spooky and exhilarating experience. The entire mountain area around Bokor has been given a protective status as a National Park by the Cambodian government. This will ensure that the beauty of Bokor, such as the magnificent views of the coastline and pristine jungle that serves as a habitat for wild elephants, monkeys and other jungle animals will not be encroached upon by future development. Return to Kampot. located at the foot of the Elephant Mountains. Enjoy a city tour walking around colonial French houses, markets. Drive to Kep. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kep.
Day 39: Kep Relax (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a boat trip to Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay) and discover the beautiful and pristine scenery. Lunch and relax on the beach. Overnight stay.
Day 40: Kep - Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive back to Phnom Penh. Arrive in Phnom Penh, and check in at the hotel. overnight at the hotel.
Day 41: Whole Day relax (B )
Day 42: Phnom Penh - Phum Thmei - Kampong Cham ( Cruise tour )
07:45 RV Toum Tiou is open for embarking
08:00 Departure for Phum Thmei. Security briefing.
16:30 Arrival to Phum Thmei. Literally known as the "new village". Passengers will get an insight into Cambodian life, a nice way to have a break after their Phnom Penh "adventure". First village to be visited on the Mekong; a local ferry will come to pick them up and transfer them to shore.
18:00 Departure for Kampong Cham
19:00 Dinner on board
21:00 Arrival to Kampong Cham. Overnight on board
Day 43: Kampong Cham (B/L/D )
08:00 Passengers disembark for the visit of Kampong Cham. The passengers leave for a long tour to the Angkorian temple of Nokor Bachey then head to the ruins of a pagoda on the hill Phnom Pros, which translated would be: "the man’s hill", in front of Phnom Srey ("the woman’s hill").
12:00 Departure for Kratie with lunch on the way.
16:00 Cooking lesson with our Chef, as he unravels the secrets of Cambodia’s finest, traditional dishes.
19:00 Dinner while sailing.
22:00 Overnight at anchor on the way to Kratie
Day 44: Kratie (B/L/D)
06:00 Departure for Kratie.
07:30 Breakfast while sailing.
10:00 Documentary about the natural resources of Cambodia.
12:00 Lunch on board.
13:00 Arrival in Kratie.
14:00 Visit of Kratie. City tour of Kratie, visit of the pagoda of Wat Roka Kandal then the passengers will try to catch a picture of the unique fresh water Irrawaddy dolphins. Finally they will end this tropical day with a swim in the Mekong
18:00 Departure to Wat Hanchey
22:00 Overnight at anchor on the way to Wat Hanchey
Day 45: Wat Hanchey (B/L/D)
07:00 Departure for Wat Hanchey.
10:00 Arrival to Wat Hanchey and visit pre-Angkorian temple on the hill.
11:30 Departure for Kampong Tralach
12:30 Lunch on the way afternoon of navigating, perfect time for leisure, lecture and discussion about Cambodia with your local guide.
19:00 Dinner while passing through Phnom Penh.
22:30 Overnight at anchor next to Koh Chen
Day 46 Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chnang (B/L/D)
07:00 Departure for Kampong Tralach.
08:00 Arrival at Kampong Tralach. Visit of its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, you cross Kampong Tralach Krom the village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddies as we leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
10:00 Departure for Kampong Chnang. Lunch on board on the way.
14:00 Arrival in Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. Not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm - a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.
17:00 Departure for Chnok Tru. Dinner on the way.
21:00 Arrival in Chnok Tru Overnight at anchor next to Chnok Tru
Day 47: Chnok Tru - Siem Reap (B/L/D)
07:00 Chnok Tru. Local boats will come along side the RV Toum Tiou and pick up passengers for the visit of the biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River
09:00 Departure for Siem Reap. Time to pack and relax for half a day while crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake.
16:00 Arrival in Siem Reap. Passengers disembark, local tour agent will pick up passengers and transfer to hotel after a last lunch on board.
Day 48: Siem Reap (B)
Relax yourself for all day after long tour.
Day 49: Siem Reap- Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred by a comfortable bus to the Airport for those departing Siem Reap.For those continuing their stay accommodation and onward travel will need to be arranged at their own expense.