TOUR 34: EXPERIENCE CAMBODIA IN COMFORT
15 Days. From AUD $2,550

This new Cambodia itinerary is for those wanting to really get onto the Cambodian baktrax as well as seeing the more famous places this wonderful country has to offer. Start and finish in Bangkok before experiencing the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, (Angkor Wat), attractions but in between get the ultimate Cambodian experience that very few tourists have yet to discover. These being Sen Monorom in Mondulkiri province and Ban Lung in Ratanakiri as well as the  more moderately touristed Kratie. Visit a minority village from Bang Lung and see many things other visitors miss out on.

BUT! Get there fast as word will get out as the  visitors arrive and they start raving about these exciting new destinations.

ACCOMMODATION = (Three star hotels X  10 nights, one to two star hotels X 4 nights).

From AUD $2,550

Apsaras
Wat Arun
taxi

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
Bangkok, phnom Penh, Sen Monorom, Ban Lung, Kratie, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat,

Accommodation
Three star hotels, ( 10 nights). One to two star hotels, (4 nights).

Transport
Bus, Boat, 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).
  • Trek and  boat trip to minority village from Ban Lung, (Full day).
Entry Fees

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary

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

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia in comfort small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Experience Cambodia in comfort 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:

Day 2:

Tonight our small group Cambodia tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - As this is a Cambodia tour in comfort 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 Khmer 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:

Tonight our small group Cambodia tour will stay in: SEN MONOROM -  By mini bus today for the approx 5 hour drive to Sen Monorom the capital of Mondulkiri province. This is real rural Cambodia with very few travellers making it this far east. Walk around this  friendly town with the odd restaurant geared up for tourists already. Explore the local market and  stroll around this once wild East of Cambodia to see how the locals go about daily life.. B.

Day 5:

SEN MONOROM -  Today we are free to explore Sen Monorom which is easily done on foot albeit a bit of an up hill down dale type of town. There are a number of tour operators and Mountain Bike tours as an optional extra if you want more activity. A visit to a minority Bunong village and a number of waterfalls are just two possibilities. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our Cambodia small group tour will stay in; BAN LUNG - Today only about two hours by van will see us in the next big thing in Cambodia and possibly all S. E. Asia.  As yet undiscovered apart from a few adventurous back packers  Ban Lung is a delightfully small town that can be strolled around at leisure on a flat layout. Local culture is what it is mostly about with a local market to explore with only locals as yet. Two or three western restaurants with a cold Angkor beer only add to the appeal. In the afternoon you will be taken by moto  to see Boeng Yeak Lom, a 700,000 year old crator lake. A very peaceful and scenic location it makes a great place for a cooling swim. Legend has it that a Loch Ness type creature inhabits the lake but don't let it put you off having a dip. No meals.

Day 7:

BAN LUNG - Today our Cambodia small group tour will go on a one day trek with a local operator to a waterfall and indigenous village with an English speaking local guide.  Firstly by car for 45 minutes to the village of Kachon. From here we take a wonderfully scenic boat trip on the Sesan river for about an hour while watching the indigenous people on the banks going about their daily lives. When we reach Koh Pong we need to register to enter the local commune. From Koh Pong we walk about two hours to get to a waterfall  The walk is through some beautiful forests with some remote panoramic views. On arrival cool down with a swim before enjoying a picnic lunch. After lunch we return to Koh Pong on a slightly fifferent route before driving back to Ban Lung. This is a relatively easy trek of approx 6 kilometres. B. L.

Day 8:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia small group tour will stay in; KRATIE-  Today by van we head for approx 4 hours to to the charming Mekong riverside town of Kratie, (Kra chee). This will give you the chance to experience a much larger provincial capital.B. B.

Day 9:

KRATIE - A totally free day to stroll around  and take it all in. Local markets, French era architecture and enough good restaurants to keep you busy today. Another lesser known Cambodian gem.B.

NOTE:  Tourists are now coming to Kratie to try and spot the endangered Irrawaddy fresh water Dolphin. If you would like to take a chance on spotting one that can be arranged as an optional extra on arrival. Alas no guarantees on seeing them at all though. A fin through the water perhaps at best for most. Do not expect to see  Flipper type tricks.

Day 10:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia small group tour will stay in Siem Reap -  Another interesting day by bus to of between six and seven hours will see us in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Late afternoon our guide will take us toAngkor Wat for the sunset views. No meals.

Day 11:

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 12:

SIEM REAP - A free day to wander around not so  sleepy these days,  Siem Reap.
A few of the sights and/or activities may include:
The Angkor National Museum. or a cooking courses.        

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.  Unlike the lesser visited places Siem Reap also has an amazing choice of international restaurants from French to Mexican and lots in between. Local markets for that last souvenir  also. B.

Day 13:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia in comfort  small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK -  Our  Experience cambodia small group tour will go back to Bangkok today by bus via the Poipet/ Aranya Prathet border crossing. Arriving late afternoon. B.

Day 29:

Day 14:

BANGKOK - A last free day in the city of angels to sight see, shop or just relax. Your tour coordinator will help you decide which way you want to go today. A number of optional day tours are also available. A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 15:

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

Head home knowing you saw both the super highlights as well as experiencing the local way of life while staying in comfortable accommodation. We think it may be the real local experience you are raving about most  on your return.

Tour Departure Dates

2018
04 Jun, 18 Jun, 02 Jul, 16 Jul, 06 Aug, 20 Aug, 03 Sep, 17 Sep, 01 Oct, 15 Oct, 05 Nov, 19 Nov, 03 Dec, 17 Dec

2019
07 Jan, 21 Jan, 04 Feb, 18 Feb, 04 Mar, 18 Mar, 01 Apr, 15 Apr, 06 May, 20 May, 03 Jun, 17 Jun, 01 Jul, 15 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug, 02 Sep, 16 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov, 18 Nov, 02 Dec

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

Price

AUD $2,550
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,550