TOUR 32 – (S); Centuries in Cambodia: Small Group Tour
14 Days. From AUD $1,950

This Cambodia small group tour of gives you the chance to see fascinatingCambodia and as the roads of the Khmer nation have been greatly improved  this trip is no longer the arduous adventure it once was. So now you can enjoy some of the friendliest people in Asia, try new cuisine and have a relaxed holiday all in one. Starting and finishing in Bangkok means a taste of the Big Mango also.

Yes! Angkor Wat and the Phnom Penh attractions are included also.

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 11 nights, 1 to 2 star hotel x 2 nights).

 

cambodian buddhist monk standing next to a giant head of the future buddha at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

head of a granite statue at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
statue of an apsaras at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

From AUD $1,950

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
VISITING: BANGKOK - PHNOM PENH - PURSAT - BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP, (Angkor Wat).

Accommodation

  • Three star hotels,(11 nights).
  • 1 to 2 star hotels, (2 nights).

Transport
Bus, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips
 

  • Angkor Wat, (two or three hours at sunset followed by a full day).
  • Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S21) Genocide Museum, (half day).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
14 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Cambodia small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.       

  A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.        

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

 

Day 2:

Tonight our small group Cambodia tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - As this is a Cambodia tour we will take a short international flight to the capital Phnom Pehn to let it all begin. The hectic but fascinating city is a great place to start our cultural and historic exploration. Maybe try one of the national dishes of Amok for your first Kmer meal. B.

Day 3:

PHNOM PENH - A day to try and fully comprehend the short but brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. A visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where the Khmers have made fantastic efforts to come to terms with their recent history. Then to the just as infamous S21 which is now Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here you can view 100's of black and white photos Pol Pot's regime took both before and sometimes after torturing his victims. This experience will stay with you forever. You will come away with far more compassion and concern for your fellow man. B.

Day 4:

PHNOM PENH - A free day to explore the capital of this friendly and interesting country. Maybe buy a T-shirt for a dollar or two in the Central Market where, as in all Asian markets, bargaining is compulsory.

Other sights and activities include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Wat Montrei, Wat Ounalom or Independance monument just to name a few of the many attractions. A cooking course maybe at Cambodian Cooking Class.

Shoppers wont be left out either. Options include The markets of  Psar Thmei, Psar Tuol Tom Pong,(Russian Market), Psar O Russei, Psar Chaa and Psar Olympic. Art galleries and other shops are scattered around the main tourist area of Sisowath Quay by the river. The Cambodian Craft Cooperation, has some great silk, silver and pottery products among other things. There are a number of other charitable shops also. In between sights you can sup on some great food. A few of a number of restaurants where the profits go to worthy causes are. Cafe 151Friends;   Lazy Gecko Cafe, Le Rit's, Cafe, Yejj and Romdeng with the latter serving up lots of local Khmer specialities including the now famous deep fried spiders. B.

Day 5:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; PURSAT - A short bus trip today will see us in the less visited Pursat to get the feel of a real laid back provincial capital. For those in the market a life size marble statue  may be your souvenir of choice from Pursat.  Other than that strolling around this quiet destination is the thing to do. B.

Day 6:

PURSAT -  A free day to explore the town or for the more active it may be possible for the optional extra of a visit to the floating village of Kompong Luong.  At approx US$20.00 per person, naturally by boat, it  would see you in this watery village thirty kilometres from Pursat. Visits are only possible when water levels allow it. B.

Day 7:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; BATTAMBANG - A relatively  short bus trip today will see us in Cambodia's second city of Battambang. And what a comparison to Phnom Penh. This is the chill out capital of Cambodia. Less traffic chaos just to begin with makes it the perfect place to explore the old French architectural buildings. Some of the best coffee anywhere and more great food with the Eden cafe just one worth a mention for dinner and a glass of red. Lunch in the local market beside our accommodation with the locals a possibility also. No meals.

Day 8:

BATTAMBANG - A free day to explore, eat and and/or relax by the pool. Some of the attractions include the historic train station minus any trains, the historical Govenors Residence from the  early 1900's or the Battambang Museum which houses some lintels from the Angkor period among other things. B.

Day 9:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; SIEM REAP - Another medium days travel today will see us in Siem Reap the stopping off point to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Late afternoon our driver/guide will take us for the sunset views of this amazing temple complex. B.

 

Day 10:

SIEM REAP - A full day by van or car  with a local guide to explore the majestic and mysterious spectacle of Angkor Wat. Apart from the main Angkor Wat complex you will also visit the Bayon, Tha Prohm and Angkor Thom. B.

Day 11:

SIEM REAP - A free day to wander around sleepy Siem Reap. 

Lots of choices on meals today from French to Mexican. But a  food market with the locals is the place to get that, "save  the best till last", meal of Amok.

The Angkor National Museum or the  local market for that Angkor souvenir are just two places to begin with today.

For shoppers: 

 Lots of shopping opportunities now that tourism has arrived.
Artisans d'Angkor has a shop selling various pieces relating to local culture. 
Shops set up to benefit the blind, disabled and other worthy causes include Krouser Thmey, Nyemo,Rajana, Rehab Craft, Sentaurs d'Angkor and Tabitha Cambodia. These shops sell a variety of goods which include silk products, arts and craft, clothing, wallets, bags and the like. B.

 

Day 12:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK -  Our small group tour will go back to Bangkok today by bus via the Poipet/ Aranya Prathet border crossing. A long but interesting days travel.  B.

Day 13:

BANGKOK - A last free day in the city of angels to sight see, shop or just relax by the pool. Your tour coordinator will help you decide which way you want to go today. The big Mango offers a multitude of choices as always. A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 30:

Day 14:

Our Cambodia small group tour is officially over when you check out of your Bangkok accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

Tour Departure Dates

2018
28 Jul, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, 08 Sep, 22 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 08 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S, land only;
AUD $1,950
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,150