Around Cambodia

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Cambodia has reinvented itself into a destination full to bursting with breath-taking temples, gorgeous beaches and a fascinating heritage. A laid-back and enticing land, the real pleasure comes from its ability to make you feel like an explorer again.

Places Visited

Australia - Phnom Penh (3N) - Kampot (1N) - Sihanoukville (2N) - Battambang (2N) - Siem Reap (4N) - Australia

Days 1: Fly to Phnom Penh
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Cambodia’s captivating capital, Phnom Penh. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
Days 1: Fly to Phnom Penh
Day 2: Explore Phnom Penh
A somewhat European city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, scarred still by the events of 1975, in recent years Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism making it a pleasurable place to be. Today's visits include the magnificent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, before reflecting on the past at the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields. Sunset at hilltop Wat Phnom rounds off the day.
Day 2: Explore Phnom Penh
Day 3: Kep
Depart for the beach town of Kep, stopping en route at Tonle Bati, a peaceful site of Angkor-era temples. Travel on to a pepper farm to learn about the renowned Kampot pepper. Take a boat ride out to Koh Thonsay where you can spend a few hours relaxing on the beach before transferring to Kep.
Day 3: Kep
Day 4: Journey to Sihanoukville
Visit the impressive cave temple of Phnom Chhnork before returning to Kampot for a walking tour. A charming riverside town, Kampot has a wealth of colonial architecture to discover. Travel to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach resort. Head up to the summit of Victory Hill for late afternoon views down over the city and Gulf of Thailand.
Day 4: Journey to Sihanoukville
Day 5: Sihanoukville at leisure
Spend the day at leisure - explore this lively town or just hit the beach for total relaxation. A delicious group lunch at a local restaurant is included.
Day 5: Sihanoukville at leisure
Day 6: Travel to Phnom Penh
Return to Phnom Penh with a stop en route at the Kirirom National Park. Here, footpaths wind their way amongst lush greenery and gushing waterfalls - keep an eye out for a variety of bird species.
Day 6: Travel to Phnom Penh
Day 7: Journey to Battambang
Journey north to Battambang stopping at Udong, a former capital city. Also visit a potters’ village and Touch Hill. Set in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, Battambang is also home to Cambodia’s grandest colonial architecture.
Day 7: Journey to Battambang
Day 8: Explore Battambang
Head out of town to the 12th century Prasat Banan Temple returning to Battambang via Cambodia's only vineyard for wine tasting. Take a stroll through the village of Wat Kor, and explore a local house, for a glimpse of traditional Khmer life. Visit a local NGO, La Maison de Coco, where skills such as weaving are taught to locals.
Day 8: Explore Battambang
Day 9: Travel to Siem Reap
Begin the journey towards Siem Reap, stopping in Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre. Learn about the cultivation of silk, from the planting of mulberry trees used to raise the silkworms to the harvesting of silk threads. Observe the artisans using the dyed and treated silk threads to create beautiful products in the workshops. On arrival in Siem Reap the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 9: Travel to Siem Reap
Day 10: Explore Angkor
The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Rising early, the tour begins at Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric temples which has been left in the grips of the jungle. Continue to the walled city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom’s centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breathtaking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the day is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved, of all of Angkor’s treasures. While away an afternoon in its shady precincts, and examine its wealth of fascinating and intricate embellishments.
Day 10: Explore Angkor
Day 11: Around Siem Reap
Journey to Kbal Spean to see the intricate stone carvings of Hindu gods and sacred linga carved into the river bed and banks. Continue on to the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly embellished Hindu temple constructed in rose sandstone. The work is so intricate it is said that it could only have been carved by the hand of a woman. Explore the early 12th-century temple of Banteay Samre before climbing to the summit of the 10th-century Pre Rup Temple for views over the lush paddy fields at sunset.
Day 11: Around Siem Reap
Day 12: Tonle Sap Lake
Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake where you can see the floating villages and observe the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle – release your inner adventurer and explore. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D’Angkor, where disadvantaged youths are taught traditional Cambodian crafts. Enjoy a classically Khmer cultural experience with an Apsara dance show this evening.
Day 12: Tonle Sap Lake
Day 13: Depart Siem Reap
Grab your last minute souvenirs before boarding an overnight flight to Australia via Danang.
Day 13: Depart Siem Reap
Day 14: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 14: Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

2016

2017

Additional Price Information:

Please note the Tour Dossier listed is applicable for 2015 departures.
Single Hotel Room Option from $520
Land Only (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap) 13 days from $2,247 pp (includes tipping)
Darwin passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an additional cost
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Cambodia and you will find high quality coverage. Cambodia has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Cambodia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

A lot of tourist shopping in Southeast Asia is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques. We have had cases where passengers have bought goods in stores, especially jewellery only to find upon their return home that they are of inferior quality.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to visit local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets in Southeast Asia where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However passengers must realise that in Southeast Asia the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Westernstyle wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Cambodia’s famous cities and scenic areas, as well as some more off the beaten track destinations. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available and have utilised travelling by road to allow you to experience Cambodia’s scenic countryside.

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