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Cambodia Highlight

Along the Mekong

Along the Mekong

Price:

USD

Time:

8 days 7 nights

Departure:

Phnom Penh

Transport:

Bus & Flight

Hotel:

3 star Booking

Hightlights: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Stung Treng- KratieChhlong - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom- Sambor Prei Kuk - Siem Reap

You will head north to Stung Treng. You will spend quite some time on the road, but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop on the way to break up the journey


       

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Stung Treng (L/D)


Today, you will head north to Stung Treng. You will spend quite some time on the road, but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop on the way to break up the journey.
Near Kampong Cham, visit Wat Nokor, a temple that is famous for its beautiful wall paintings. After a short tour of the provincial capital and its typical market, continue to one of the many rubber plantations of this area. On a guided tour, you will learn about the cultivation and production of rubber. A packed lunch will be provided.
Arrive in Stung Treng in the afternoon and head straight to the hotel for check in. Tonight, experience a special dinner at Tonlé Tourism Training Center, where young locals are being trained in the principles of hospitality to ensure a better future in Stung Treng. Dining here means most delicious Khmer food paired with a very personalized service. The students are as excited to meet their guests as the guests themselves to meet the students.
Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 2: Stung Treng (B/L)

After breakfast at a local restaurant, a short transfer follows to the small Community based Ecotourism village of O'Svay, only 25km from the Laos border.
Here, you will have a first glance at a typical Cambodian village and get in touch with the wonderful and welcoming Cambodian people. Board a local boat and embark on a breathtaking journey through the islands and flooded forests of the Mekong, a habitat of rare bird species. On the 3.5 hour boat ride, you will have plenty of time to relax and rest during a picnic lunch on a remote island that will give you the sense of being far away from everything, just surrounded by nature. Continue towards Stung Treng, where you will be back in the afternoon.
Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 3: Stung Treng - Kratie (B/D)

Breakfast will be served at a local restaurant near the market in Stung Treng.
This morning, visit Mekong Blue, a local silk weaving centre offering work and an income to disadvantaged young women in this remote area. You can tour the workshops and, if you like, shop for beautiful silk items that carry the 'UNESCO Seal of Excellence'.
From here, transfer South towards Kratie. On the way, stop to visit Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy in the village Sambo. The Vihea of the so-called '100 Pillars Pagoda' is an important historical and cultural building and quite famous for its legend involving a princess and a crocodile. The local youngsters are trained here in playing traditional musical instruments, an art that was on the verge of being forgotten after the Khmer Rouge regime. The kids will be happy to play show their talent and perform for you.
Lunch out
Continue along the banks of the Mekong, a very scenic route with great views. In the village Kampi, the best spot to view the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins along the Mekong. Get on board a local boat that will take you to the preferred places of these interesting creatures. As soon as you will have spotted the first dolphin, your boat driver will turn the engine off and you will follow the dolphins silently (duration 1 to 1.5 hours).
Arrive in Kratie (transfer ca. 30 minutes), where you will check in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to discover the small town by yourself.
This evening, get ready for one of the highlights of your trip: Visit the historic Wat Rokakandal on the banks of the Mekong to see the unique wall paintings, while the sun is setting over the river. A special Khmer dinner will now be served on the grounds of Wat Rokakandal. Dine under the stars by the Mekong, with the beautiful pagoda as a backdrop.
The local people receive training in the art of playing traditional musical instruments and how to perform a puppet show at Wat Rokakandal, and they will perform a private show for you after dinner. As Shadow puppet shows are very popular in Cambodia, nobody wants to miss it when the show is performed and you will be able to watch together with the entire village - an entertaining experience! (NOTE: The Shadow puppet show is not performed every day. A private show can be arranged on request.)
Overnight in Kratie.

Day 4: Kratie (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Now you are ready for a visit to Koh Trong, only a short 10 minutes boat ride away from Kratie. This Mekong island displays typical Cambodian village life, where people's livelihood largely depends on rice farming and fruits cultivation (Koh Trong is famous for its pomelo!). Upon arrival, you can decide whether you would like to take a local horse cart or pedal yourself around the island on a bicycle.
Your first destination is the island's Wat, where a special activity awaits you: A tree planting project initiated by a local farmer, in order to recultivate the once densely forested island. Contribute to the project by planting your own tree here and it will carry your name tag and leave a positive trace on the island.
After toughening up, relax with a beautiful Khmer lunch under pomelo trees at a typical wooden house right by the river.
Continue by horsecart or cycling around the island, where you will be able to taste local fruit and visit a Vietnamese floating village on the southern tip of the island. Return to Kratie by boat this afternoon, where you will have some time to relax.
Shadow puppet show now on day 3
This evening, you might be lucky to see the spectacular sunset over the Mekong that Kratie is famous for, but the late afternoon scenery is enjoyable any day with a cool drink at one of the drink stalls on the riverbanks.
Overnight in Kratie.

Day 5: Kratie - Chhlong - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Now it is time to drive South, towards Kampong Thom. On the way, stop to visit Chhlong (transfer time ca. 45 minutes), a tiny town with many French colonial houses that are amongst the most beautiful in Cambodia.
Upon arrival in Kampong Cham (transfer time ca. 2.5 hours), a delicious lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After a short tour of the provincial capital and its typical market, continue to Kampong Thom (transfer time ca. 2 hours), where you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax by your hotel's beautiful pool or to discover the provincial capital on your own.
Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 6: Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk - Siem Reap (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today, set off towards the rarely visited Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in the country that is enlisted to potentially become Cambodia's next UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sambor Prey Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th century and your local guide will take you to the most interesting of over 100 well preserved temples scattered in the forest. The three main sites are linked by small and shady tracks. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the jungle with breathtaking views. Your visit supports a community-based tourism project.
The seven villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells their products there. You will have the chance to visit and contribute further to the sustainability of the people's livelihood as the local community will prepare a simple but very tasty lunch for you in their picnic huts near the temples. Continue towards Siem Reap, about 2.5 hours away. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy a break.
Late afternoon, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat by local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to the hotel just after sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Now you are ready for a very special encounter: Get up close with an Elephant as you will ride on its back through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces - a truly unforgettable moment.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
Continue your tour at Ta Prohm temple, unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the 'Tomb Raider Temple' one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the ''pool of ablutions''. Return to the hotel for a relaxing break during the midday heat.

This afternoon, you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia's largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about four times it size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. (NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kampong Pluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses).
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

Enjoy today free at leisure to relax at the hotel or to do some last minute souvenir shopping at Siem Reap's colorful markets. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your individual departure flight.

Hotels used in the Tours :

City Hotel Name Room Category
Stung Treng Gold River Hotel Standard Room
Kratie Santepheap Hotel Standard Room
Kampong Thom Sambor Village Deluxe Room
Siem Reap Sonalong Boutique Village Superior Room

Include :

  •     Accommodation based on Double/Twin Room with breakfast
  •     Transfer & back-up by private A/C vehicles
  •     Biking Rental
  •     Water and Snacks during cycling
  •     Camping on day 4
  •     Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  •     English speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  •     All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  •     International flight reconfirmation (if any)

Exclude :

  •     Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  •     Domestic Airport departure tax Phnom Penh USD6/pax
  •     Meals other than mentioned
  •     Camera/video entrance fees
  •     Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  •     Any services other than mentioned
  •     International and additional domestic flights incl. taxes
  •     Travel insurance, tips, visa

Note : It is recommended especially for travelers to Cambodia to have a travel insurance covering also the cost of medical evacuation flights.
Remarks : Guides in other langages - French, German, Spanish and Itatian are available upon request. Extra charge applied.

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