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Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive phnom penh

See the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom PenhSee the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax and settle into your hotel (room is available after 2:00 pm).

Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap rivers and is considered one of the loveliest of the French-built cities in this part of the world. It was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman named "Penh". She set up the monastery on a nearby hill, or “Phnom” in Cambodian, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong.

Later this afternoon, we recommend you head up to the rooftop to watch the sunset over cocktails in one of the best possible locations. You'll be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views of the royal palace and the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. 

Meals
None
Lodging
La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 2: phnom penh

Visit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offeringsVisit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offerings

After breakfast at the hotel, you begin the day with a "Khmer Architecture Tour" by trishaw, an excellent way to discover Phnom Penh's diverse architecture and bustling city. This private, half-day (3 hour) tour, meant to be a brief historical introduction to the city, includes a selection of well-known buildings as well as some less obvious examples such as religious architecture. You will explore the district around the old Post Office, then visit the area south-east of the Central Market.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom and comprising of different structures grouped together in one enclosure. They house a remarkable collection of Khmer art. Here you’ll find the Silver Pagoda, whose key works include a golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90 kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystals dating back to the 17th century. Afterwards, travel to the south of the city to learn about the darkest period of Cambodia’s history: the regime of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng, an old secondary school that was transformed into a detention center under the Khmer Rouge. The prison was called ‘S21’ and thousands of prisoners were detained, tortured and killed here.

Notes:
*Visits to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda will be led by guides on site as our guides are not authorized to do so.
*The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are sometimes closed without notice for official ceremonies. If this is the case, the visit will be replaced with another option if possible.

Optional Evening Performance - Cambodia Living Art dance (additional cost - approx. $35):
The magnificent dance performances of Cambodian Living Arts provides a great opportunity to learn more about the preservation of traditional arts in Cambodia and a truly entertaining show run by young Cambodians eager to share their passion for dance with visitors from around the globe. You'll enjoy an evening performance in one of the most memorable settings possible, just next to the beautiful National Museum in central Phnom Penh. During the show, you will hear explanations about the struggles of preserving traditional arts during and after the time of the Khmer Rouge. You'll also see different dances representing different celebrations and important occasions in the lives of the local people. The show is rich in variety and very lively with some of the best performers in the country - a truly memorable experience.

Note: From April to August, shows will run only 4 days per week - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Shows do not operate during the Cambodian New Year, usually a week long in April. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 3: mekong island exploration

Visit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeopleVisit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeople

In the morning, you'll embark on a 1.5 hour cruise on a local wooden boat to the small island of Koh Dach. Situated on the Mekong and isolated from the capital of Phnom Penh, you'll discover the real Cambodia and especially the art of silk weaving by hand; Koh Dach is renowned throughout the country for the quality of its silk. What better way to explore this island than by bicycle. You'll pedal along small roads to meet the weavers, its people and its lush countryside. As you pedal along the trail, you'll hear the clatter of the looms. A delicious Khmer lunch will be prepared by local family. The ride continues to the other side of the island. In the afternoon, you'll return by boat to Phnom Penh (1.5 hrs) and transfer to the hotel to freshen up.

In the late afternoon, you will join a street food tour. Street Food always was - and still is an essential part of Phnom Penh’s daily life and its culture. Led by a local chef, you will have the chance to experience the rich diversity of traditional Khmer cuisine by tasting a variety of very unusual dishes while gaining a deeper knowledge of the local life. Your amazing host, Nara, was born in Battambang and as the eldest of eight kids, had to learn early how to take care of his (7!) sisters. Fortunately, his grandmother was not only a great cook, but also a great teacher who initially aroused Nara’s enthusiasm for cooking. Whenever there was a party or celebration in his village, Nara and his grandmother were happy to serve the best local food with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. After being educated in a pagoda, Nara moved to Phnom Penh and took his first job as a chef in a restaurant. This opened the doors to his culinary journey. He was offered the opportunity to work as a teacher at a renowned cooking school in Phnom Penh, which finally gave him the ability to share the distinctiveness of Cambodian food and the life and culture of the Kingdom. Afterwards, return to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be free to relax. 

Note: After the Street Food Tour, you may not need dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 4: flight to siem reap & angkor wat

Pass villages like these on your way to the ruinsPass villages like these on your way to the ruins

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap where you'll set out to explore the world famous Angkor Wat Temple Complex. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II and constructed over a period of 30 years. It illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art and features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to your hotel where the rest of the day is free.

Optional evening activities:
1. Apsara Show with Dinner (approx. $40 per person) - 
End the day with a Traditional Dance Show, one of Cambodia's most famous arts. The dancers take you on a journey from the Angkorian palaces to villages today. The troupe, featuring live singers and musicians, present eight Classical and folk dances.

2. Phare Circus show (approx $50 per person) - 
Attend a Circus Art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak – “the brightness of art” school – an NGO that supports community development by providing social, educative and cultural services to children and their families. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to uniquely tell Cambodian historical, folk, and modern stories. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. 

Meals
Breakfast, optional Dinner
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort or similar

Day 5: siem reap: in-depth angkor

Explore Angkor Wat and other magnificent templesExplore Angkor Wat and other magnificent temples

In the morning, you’ll take part in a monk blessing ceremony in one of Siem Reap’s pagodas or temples. Before the ceremony, your guide will reveal some interesting facts about Buddhism in Cambodia, the daily life of the monks, and the disciplines they observe. While you are receiving the blessing by the monks, they will chant in their holy language and sprinkle holy water on you. After giving a donation to the monks, a piece of red Cambodian string will be tied around your right wrist to represent the fading away of negative thoughts and deeds from your life and to bring you good luck, health and protection in return! After the ceremony is complete, you'll have a chance to chat with the monks and exchange some thoughts and ideas with the help of your tour guide as translator. 

Afterwards, begin your Angkor tour at Angkor Thom, a fortified royal city with five monumental gates, that is encircled by a moat over 325 feet wide. In the center of Siem Reap are the city’s most important monuments, including Baphuon, Bayon, and the Terrace of Elephants. The Bayon is one of the most popular of Angkor’s monuments, and is a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.

In the afternoon, you’ll continue on to Banteay Srei where the most impressive Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. You’ll then visit a Golden silk farm, a non-governmental organization producing ecological and sustainable premium-quality silk products. It was founded in 2002 in the hopes of reviving traditional silk textiles. More than a workshop, this place is a perfect example of the Khmer heritage of Art and Culture. From the farming of silkworms, until the final design, everything is made according to the traditional way, one piece at one time. All workers are disadvantaged Khmers living close to the workshop and for most of them, have worked at Golden Silk since its founding. Each scarf is hand-made and takes about 5 months to 1 year; a long and meticulous work, which makes each piece unique: here the silk becomes art. Most of their creations are not for sale, but used for exhibitions all around the world to showcase this special and beautiful part of the Cambodian heritage. During the visit given by the founder of Golden Silk, the former director of the National Center of Cambodian Silk, you will discover the process step by step. And at the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to try spinning silk yourself! Return to your hotel in Siem Reap for the night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort or similar

Day 6: cooking class & gondola ride

Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruinsExplore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins

Today you will have the opportunity to learn how to cook a Cambodian cuisine with an enthusiastic, talented local chef and his team at an organic farm. You’ll begin with a talk by the chef followed by a tour through the market. You’ll return to the farm by tuk-tuk for an introduction to the agricultural process and then select your own fresh ingredients from the garden. From here, you’ll be taken to your own cooking station where you’ll begin the challenge of learning how to cook Cambodian food. You’ll have a chance to dine on your creation for lunch.

After lunch, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the “Jungle Temple”. You will find some splendid sculptured Devatas (Hindu deities) and an atmosphere that is unique to the temple. 

In the late afternoon, experience a Gondola sunset cruise with cocktails. This cruise is a great way to relax and cool down from a day of activities while enjoying some lovely views. The Gondola, a flat bottom traditional rowboat, will pick you up at the pier where you'll be welcomed with a cold hand-towel and a cool, refreshing drink. During the one hour of navigation, you have a chance to admire the stunning sunset view from the water to the jungle that surrounds the area. Make a short stop at the beautiful corner towers, Prasat Chrung, which stand at the great fortress of Angkor Thom. The towers were not built for defense, but rather to commemorate the deeds of Jayavarman VII. You will enjoy the tranquility of the tower ruins without the large crowds. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort or similar

Day 7: tonle sap lake & floating village

Explore village life around Tonle Sap LakeExplore village life around Tonle Sap Lake

After breakfast, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. You will journey up the Tonle Sap River, which links the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River, until you reach Tonle Sap Lake. This “Great Lake” takes up much of the center of Cambodia and changes in size depending on the season. During the dry season in February, it shrinks to a tenth of its original size becomes one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Your boat trip will take you to Kampong Pluk, one of the most remarkable fishing villages due to the height of its stilt houses. Depending on the season and lake conditions, cruise along the canals to explore other areas of the lake that are home to displaced Vietnamese people. Return to Siem Reap where the afternoon and evening are free to spend at your leisure or participate in optional activities.

Optional evening activities:
1. Theam House (approx $35 pp) - a unique artist's studio and workshop home to Cambodian artist, Lim Muy Theam. You'll admire his lacquers, paintings and sculptures - all crafted in Khmer art. Enjoy a cocktail in his lush, tropical garden during this interesting meeting.

2. Countryside sunset Quad tour (approx $45 pp) - Take an ATV (Quad) ride through the countryside, past rice fields and villages. Stop to visit a pagoda and village or stop to take photos if the opportunity arises. You'll ride as the sun begins to set and admire the breathtaking view. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the Khmer culture and lifestyle.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort or similar

Day 8: depart siem reap

Bid farewell to friendly and vibrant CambodiaBid farewell to friendly and vibrant Cambodia

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or extend a few days to relax at Sihanouk Beach located on the southern Cambodian coast. Or consider extending to Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand to discover other cultures and sites.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,100
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap flight add $175 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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1st class hotels (4-5 star)
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Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

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There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Visit iconic Angkor Wat and Siem Reap's many other treasures
Visit iconic Angkor Wat and Siem Reap's many other treasures
Visit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offerings
Visit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offerings
Visit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeople
Visit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeople
Spend time exploring the charming town of Siem Reap
Spend time exploring the charming town of Siem Reap
Visit Pre Rup and other temples in Angkor Archaeological Park
Visit Pre Rup and other temples in Angkor Archaeological Park
Explore village life around Tonle Sap Lake
Explore village life around Tonle Sap Lake
Bid farewell to friendly and vibrant Cambodia
Bid farewell to friendly and vibrant Cambodia
Pass villages like these on your way to the ruins
Pass villages like these on your way to the ruins

Captivating Cambodia

History, culture, and pride in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat

overview

Place Cambodia vividly in a context of ancient grand kingdoms and recent human tragedy. The stunning ruins of Siem Reap, are the backdrop to a civilization that is still healing from events of the recent past.  Captivating Cambodia reveals and explains the most significant aspects of Cambodia’s ancient and contemporary history. Beginning in Phnom Penh, visit the small monastery around which the town was built some six centuries ago as well as Security Prison 21, where the Khmer Rouge tortured prisoners almost 40 years ago. Spend a day observing local life on a village island on the Mekong before heading to Siem Reap. No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the amazing Angkor Wat temple ruins. On this trip, you will stay long enough to explore beyond the key sites which concentrate most of the area's tourism.  Explore some of the other remote sites of Siem Reap and enjoy an excursion down the Tonle Sap River to Tonle Sap Lake. Located in the heart of the country, Tonle Sap Lake is a fitting place to end your Cambodian adventure.  

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overview

Place Cambodia vividly in a context of ancient grand kingdoms and recent human tragedy. The stunning ruins of Siem Reap, are the backdrop to a civilization that is still healing from events of the recent past.  Captivating Cambodia reveals and explains the most significant aspects of Cambodia’s ancient and contemporary history. Beginning in Phnom Penh, visit the small monastery around which the town was built some six centuries ago as well as Security Prison 21, where the Khmer Rouge tortured prisoners almost 40 years ago. Spend a day observing local life on a village island on the Mekong before heading to Siem Reap. No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the amazing Angkor Wat temple ruins. On this trip, you will stay long enough to explore beyond the key sites which concentrate most of the area's tourism.  Explore some of the other remote sites of Siem Reap and enjoy an excursion down the Tonle Sap River to Tonle Sap Lake. Located in the heart of the country, Tonle Sap Lake is a fitting place to end your Cambodian adventure.  

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive phnom penh
    See the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom PenhSee the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom Penh

    Upon arrival in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax and settle into your hotel (room is available after 2:00 pm).

    Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap rivers and is considered one of the loveliest of the French-built cities in this part of the world. It was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman named "Penh". She set up the monastery on a nearby hill, or “Phnom” in Cambodian, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong.

    Later this afternoon, we recommend you head up to the rooftop to watch the sunset over cocktails in one of the best possible locations. You'll be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views of the royal palace and the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. 

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: phnom penh
    Visit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offeringsVisit Phnom Penh's market and its many colorful offerings

    After breakfast at the hotel, you begin the day with a "Khmer Architecture Tour" by trishaw, an excellent way to discover Phnom Penh's diverse architecture and bustling city. This private, half-day (3 hour) tour, meant to be a brief historical introduction to the city, includes a selection of well-known buildings as well as some less obvious examples such as religious architecture. You will explore the district around the old Post Office, then visit the area south-east of the Central Market.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom and comprising of different structures grouped together in one enclosure. They house a remarkable collection of Khmer art. Here you’ll find the Silver Pagoda, whose key works include a golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90 kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystals dating back to the 17th century. Afterwards, travel to the south of the city to learn about the darkest period of Cambodia’s history: the regime of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng, an old secondary school that was transformed into a detention center under the Khmer Rouge. The prison was called ‘S21’ and thousands of prisoners were detained, tortured and killed here.

    Notes:
    *Visits to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda will be led by guides on site as our guides are not authorized to do so.
    *The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are sometimes closed without notice for official ceremonies. If this is the case, the visit will be replaced with another option if possible.

    Optional Evening Performance - Cambodia Living Art dance (additional cost - approx. $35):
    The magnificent dance performances of Cambodian Living Arts provides a great opportunity to learn more about the preservation of traditional arts in Cambodia and a truly entertaining show run by young Cambodians eager to share their passion for dance with visitors from around the globe. You'll enjoy an evening performance in one of the most memorable settings possible, just next to the beautiful National Museum in central Phnom Penh. During the show, you will hear explanations about the struggles of preserving traditional arts during and after the time of the Khmer Rouge. You'll also see different dances representing different celebrations and important occasions in the lives of the local people. The show is rich in variety and very lively with some of the best performers in the country - a truly memorable experience.

    Note: From April to August, shows will run only 4 days per week - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Shows do not operate during the Cambodian New Year, usually a week long in April. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: mekong island exploration
    Visit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeopleVisit Mekong Island's weavers and other craftspeople

    In the morning, you'll embark on a 1.5 hour cruise on a local wooden boat to the small island of Koh Dach. Situated on the Mekong and isolated from the capital of Phnom Penh, you'll discover the real Cambodia and especially the art of silk weaving by hand; Koh Dach is renowned throughout the country for the quality of its silk. What better way to explore this island than by bicycle. You'll pedal along small roads to meet the weavers, its people and its lush countryside. As you pedal along the trail, you'll hear the clatter of the looms. A delicious Khmer lunch will be prepared by local family. The ride continues to the other side of the island. In the afternoon, you'll return by boat to Phnom Penh (1.5 hrs) and transfer to the hotel to freshen up.

    In the late afternoon, you will join a street food tour. Street Food always was - and still is an essential part of Phnom Penh’s daily life and its culture. Led by a local chef, you will have the chance to experience the rich diversity of traditional Khmer cuisine by tasting a variety of very unusual dishes while gaining a deeper knowledge of the local life. Your amazing host, Nara, was born in Battambang and as the eldest of eight kids, had to learn early how to take care of his (7!) sisters. Fortunately, his grandmother was not only a great cook, but also a great teacher who initially aroused Nara’s enthusiasm for cooking. Whenever there was a party or celebration in his village, Nara and his grandmother were happy to serve the best local food with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. After being educated in a pagoda, Nara moved to Phnom Penh and took his first job as a chef in a restaurant. This opened the doors to his culinary journey. He was offered the opportunity to work as a teacher at a renowned cooking school in Phnom Penh, which finally gave him the ability to share the distinctiveness of Cambodian food and the life and culture of the Kingdom. Afterwards, return to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be free to relax. 

    Note: After the Street Food Tour, you may not need dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    La Rose Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: flight to siem reap & angkor wat
    Pass villages like these on your way to the ruinsPass villages like these on your way to the ruins

    Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap where you'll set out to explore the world famous Angkor Wat Temple Complex. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II and constructed over a period of 30 years. It illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art and features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to your hotel where the rest of the day is free.

    Optional evening activities:
    1. Apsara Show with Dinner (approx. $40 per person) - 
    End the day with a Traditional Dance Show, one of Cambodia's most famous arts. The dancers take you on a journey from the Angkorian palaces to villages today. The troupe, featuring live singers and musicians, present eight Classical and folk dances.

    2. Phare Circus show (approx $50 per person) - 
    Attend a Circus Art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak – “the brightness of art” school – an NGO that supports community development by providing social, educative and cultural services to children and their families. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to uniquely tell Cambodian historical, folk, and modern stories. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, optional Dinner
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: siem reap: in-depth angkor
    Explore Angkor Wat and other magnificent templesExplore Angkor Wat and other magnificent temples

    In the morning, you’ll take part in a monk blessing ceremony in one of Siem Reap’s pagodas or temples. Before the ceremony, your guide will reveal some interesting facts about Buddhism in Cambodia, the daily life of the monks, and the disciplines they observe. While you are receiving the blessing by the monks, they will chant in their holy language and sprinkle holy water on you. After giving a donation to the monks, a piece of red Cambodian string will be tied around your right wrist to represent the fading away of negative thoughts and deeds from your life and to bring you good luck, health and protection in return! After the ceremony is complete, you'll have a chance to chat with the monks and exchange some thoughts and ideas with the help of your tour guide as translator. 

    Afterwards, begin your Angkor tour at Angkor Thom, a fortified royal city with five monumental gates, that is encircled by a moat over 325 feet wide. In the center of Siem Reap are the city’s most important monuments, including Baphuon, Bayon, and the Terrace of Elephants. The Bayon is one of the most popular of Angkor’s monuments, and is a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.

    In the afternoon, you’ll continue on to Banteay Srei where the most impressive Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. You’ll then visit a Golden silk farm, a non-governmental organization producing ecological and sustainable premium-quality silk products. It was founded in 2002 in the hopes of reviving traditional silk textiles. More than a workshop, this place is a perfect example of the Khmer heritage of Art and Culture. From the farming of silkworms, until the final design, everything is made according to the traditional way, one piece at one time. All workers are disadvantaged Khmers living close to the workshop and for most of them, have worked at Golden Silk since its founding. Each scarf is hand-made and takes about 5 months to 1 year; a long and meticulous work, which makes each piece unique: here the silk becomes art. Most of their creations are not for sale, but used for exhibitions all around the world to showcase this special and beautiful part of the Cambodian heritage. During the visit given by the founder of Golden Silk, the former director of the National Center of Cambodian Silk, you will discover the process step by step. And at the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to try spinning silk yourself! Return to your hotel in Siem Reap for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: cooking class & gondola ride
    Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruinsExplore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins

    Today you will have the opportunity to learn how to cook a Cambodian cuisine with an enthusiastic, talented local chef and his team at an organic farm. You’ll begin with a talk by the chef followed by a tour through the market. You’ll return to the farm by tuk-tuk for an introduction to the agricultural process and then select your own fresh ingredients from the garden. From here, you’ll be taken to your own cooking station where you’ll begin the challenge of learning how to cook Cambodian food. You’ll have a chance to dine on your creation for lunch.

    After lunch, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the “Jungle Temple”. You will find some splendid sculptured Devatas (Hindu deities) and an atmosphere that is unique to the temple. 

    In the late afternoon, experience a Gondola sunset cruise with cocktails. This cruise is a great way to relax and cool down from a day of activities while enjoying some lovely views. The Gondola, a flat bottom traditional rowboat, will pick you up at the pier where you'll be welcomed with a cold hand-towel and a cool, refreshing drink. During the one hour of navigation, you have a chance to admire the stunning sunset view from the water to the jungle that surrounds the area. Make a short stop at the beautiful corner towers, Prasat Chrung, which stand at the great fortress of Angkor Thom. The towers were not built for defense, but rather to commemorate the deeds of Jayavarman VII. You will enjoy the tranquility of the tower ruins without the large crowds. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort or similar
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  • Day 7: tonle sap lake & floating village
    Explore village life around Tonle Sap LakeExplore village life around Tonle Sap Lake

    After breakfast, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. You will journey up the Tonle Sap River, which links the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River, until you reach Tonle Sap Lake. This “Great Lake” takes up much of the center of Cambodia and changes in size depending on the season. During the dry season in February, it shrinks to a tenth of its original size becomes one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Your boat trip will take you to Kampong Pluk, one of the most remarkable fishing villages due to the height of its stilt houses. Depending on the season and lake conditions, cruise along the canals to explore other areas of the lake that are home to displaced Vietnamese people. Return to Siem Reap where the afternoon and evening are free to spend at your leisure or participate in optional activities.

    Optional evening activities:
    1. Theam House (approx $35 pp) - a unique artist's studio and workshop home to Cambodian artist, Lim Muy Theam. You'll admire his lacquers, paintings and sculptures - all crafted in Khmer art. Enjoy a cocktail in his lush, tropical garden during this interesting meeting.

    2. Countryside sunset Quad tour (approx $45 pp) - Take an ATV (Quad) ride through the countryside, past rice fields and villages. Stop to visit a pagoda and village or stop to take photos if the opportunity arises. You'll ride as the sun begins to set and admire the breathtaking view. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the Khmer culture and lifestyle.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort or similar
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  • Day 8: depart siem reap
    Bid farewell to friendly and vibrant CambodiaBid farewell to friendly and vibrant Cambodia

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or extend a few days to relax at Sihanouk Beach located on the southern Cambodian coast. Or consider extending to Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand to discover other cultures and sites.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,100
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap flight add $175 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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1st class hotels (4-5 star)
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Group Size:
2-12
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Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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