TOUR 32 – (S); Centuries in Cambodia: Small Group Tour
14 Days. From AUD $1,800

This Cambodia small group tour of gives you the chance to see the real Cambodia 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 beach break minus the jolts.

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

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 6 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 6 nights, Simple guest house x 1 night).

 

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 $1,800

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
VISITING: BANGKOK - THE RIVER KWAI - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE - TRAT (Thailand).

Accommodation

  • Three star hotels,(6 nights).
  • 1 to 2 star hotels, (6 nights).
  • Simple guest house, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Taxi.

Day Trips

  • River Kwai, (full day).
  • 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
12 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:

BANGKOK - A local operator will take our small group tour on a full days tour to the bridge on The River Kwai. En route you will visit a floating market and the Phra Pathom Chedi which is the tallest Buddist monument in the world.

As well as the bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi you will also visit the Allied War Cemetary and the Death Museum.  L.

Day 3:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; SIEM REAP - Our small group tour will have a long but interesting days travel today. Firstly by bus to the Thai border town of Aranya Prathet. After completing immigration duties in Poipet you will travel on the much improved road to Siem Reap. No  meals.

Day 4:

SIEM REAP - A free day to wander around sleepy Siem Reap. Late afternoon our Cambodia small group tour will be taken to Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk or Moto for the sunset views of this amazing temple complex.

A few of the Siem Reap sights and/or activities beforehand in your free time may include:

The Angkor National Museum. 
       

For shoppers:

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 5:

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 6:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - Today by bus our small group tour heads to the hectic Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh  on another much improved road.  B.

Day 7:

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 8:

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 151; Friends;   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 9:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; SIHANOUKVILLE - A shorter bus trip today on another  smooth road, (by Cambodian standards), will see our small group tour in the coastal  resort town of Sihanoukville for three days seaside. No meals.

Day 10:

SIHANOUKVILLE - Relax on the beach ? B.

Day 11:

SIHANOUKVILLE - Repeat day ten or explore a little. For divers or snorkellers a number of operators run day trips.
As in all beach resorts a great restaurant or late night tipple will be available nearby also. B.

Day 12:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; TRAT - Another interesting days travel by mini bus back to Thailand for an overnight break in the likeable town of Trat. Trat will give us a  brief  glimpse of life in a  smaller Thai provincial capital. Dinner will be easy to find because if nothing else Trat has an unusually high number of food markets to choose from for dinner with the locals. B.

Day 13:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our small group tour will return to  Bangkok today by bus for a final night. A farewell dinner will  be had in the evening. B. D.

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

2017
08 Jul, 22 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 09 Dec, 23 Dec

2018
13 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 09 Jun, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 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 $1,800
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,000