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Cambodia Highlight

Cambodia Charitable Tour

Cambodia Charitable Tour

Price:

USD

Time:

6 days 5 nights

Departure:

Siem Reap

Transport:

Bus & Flight

Hotel:

3 star Booking

Hightlights: Siem Reap - Battambang

Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.




Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival (-)
Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.
Take a rest from your flight at the hotel or discover Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful pagodas and the colorful market on your own.
This afternoon, a local tuk tuk will take you on a journey to get the first glimpse of the legendary Angkor Wat. 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.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, visit 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. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
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.
Later today, travel to the ''gem'' of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm afternoon light. The so-called ''Citadel of the Women'' remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
On the way back, peek into Banteay Samre temple. You will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce.
Stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was trained as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh's streets or from impoverished rural communities.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, enjoy a visit to the temples of the Grand Circuit, starting at Preah Khan Temple. This temple was built approximately during the same period as Ta Prohm, and originally served both as a religious university and a temple. Continue to Neak Pean, which is unique because it is not a temple but a sanctuary placed in the center of an artificial lake and connected to four surrounding ponds exactly at cardinals' points. Your final visit will be to the small temple of Ta Som, a Buddhist temple built under Jayavarman VII.
Around noon, break up your day with lunch at Sala Bai back in Siem Reap, a school training young Cambodians from poor family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality in order to give them a future. You will have plenty of opportunities to talk to the students as they will go on a tour of the school after the meal. (NOTE: Sala Bai is usually closed during national holidays and for the entire month of April over the Khmer New Year holiday.)
This afternoon, explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most illustrious among these is Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is 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''.
Enjoy a view of the sunset over the Angkor ruins at one of the temples.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap - Battambang (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast, embark on a boat trip that will take you on a fascinating journey across Tonlé Sap Lake to Battambang on a private boat. You will pass floating villages and flooded forests, portraying life on this body of water that forms Cambodia's heart. Packed lunch will be served on board. (Duration 3-5 hours. NOTE: This boat trip is only possible in the raining season as water levels would be too low during the dry season and transfer times extremely long. Alternative transport by road.).
Arrive in Battambang and transfer to check in at hotel. This afternoon, visit Ek Phnom, an 11th century temple north of Battambang and explore some of the many cultural villages, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Khmer treats.
Tonight, a special visit awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak. School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts - Phare Ponleu Selpak combines the Arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is a success story of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave you with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang! After the show, a dinner will be waiting for you at the center. (NOTE: The circus performance is not performed every day. Private performances are available on request.)
Overnight in Battambang.
Day 5: Battambang - Siem Reap (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Now you will head to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers in order to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons as there are no regular trains running any more. The ''train'' itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform (we will provide some cushions for your comfort), you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies (depending on season of visit). A true rollercoaster ride without loops! (NOTE: The train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently being rebuilt and the bamboo train service is not running regularly any more.)
Back in Battambang, visit Meahto Phum Ko'mah (Homeland in English), a non-profit NGO operating with orphans and vulnerable children that live on the streets or have been trafficked. The organization helps them to reintegrate into society by giving them a safe family environment, access to education and vocational training as well as health treatment. One of Homeland's projects is a fair trade handicraft center that aims to raise the families' income, especially of those where the women are affected by HIV/AIDS. Visit the weaving center and the Homeland Childrens' Center. Lunch will be prepared for you at the center's Fresh Eats Café, where skill training takes part.
This afternoon, you will be transferred back overland to Siem Reap (Duration 3 hours). Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure for some relaxation at, some more sightseeing or for some personal shopping on Siem Reap's colorful markets.
For example, visit Artisans d'Angkor, established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created.

Transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.

Tour Category Period Price / Person (Min. 2 person) 1 Single Traveler only
Standard 1 Apr 11 - 30 Sep 12 $739 $1,248
First 1 Oct 11 - 31 Mar 12 $790 $1,348
1 Apr 12 - 30 Sep 12 $775 $1,318
Superior 1 Oct 11 - 31 Mar 12 $900 $1,562
1 Apr 12 - 30 Sep 12 $857 $1,477
Deluxe 1 Oct 11 - 31 Oct 11 $1,243 $2,247
1 Nov 11 - 29 Feb 12 $1,343 $2,447
1 Mar 12 - 31 Mar 12 $1,243 $2,247
1 Apr 12 - 30 Sep 12 $1,208 $2,177

Hotels used in the Tours :

Tour Category City Hotel Name Room Category
Standard Siem Reap Casa Angkor Standard Room
Battambang Khemara Battambang Standard Room
First Siem Reap Steung Siem Reap Superior Room
Battambang Stung Sangke Deluxe  Room
Superior Siem Reap Villa Kiara Deluxe Room
Battambang La Villa Superior Room
Deluxe Siem Reap Hotel de la Paix Deluxe Urban View
Battambang La Villa Superior Room

Include :

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply).
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise.
  • Transfers from and to airport.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Private boat trip from Siem Reap to Battambang.
  • Visits to the charity organizations mentioned in the program, including a donation.
  • Daily drinking water, cold towels and snacks.

Exclude :

  • Other meals than mentioned.
  • Other services than mentioned.
  • International and Domestic Flights.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  • All international and domestic air tickets.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.

Important Notes :

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Cambodia.

Confirmations :

  • Please note that all the above services & package tours have not been booked yet, they are proposed for your information only. We will not launch any reservation before we receive your confirmation.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find out other possibility/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid as many important changes as possible.

Remarks :

  • The above rate is valid until 30 Sep 2012
  • Guides in other langages - French, German, Spanish and Itatian are available upon request. Extra charge applied.

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