12DAYS CAMBODIA ADVENTURE & COMMUNITY ANGAGEMENT

 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap Tours Destinations

Toul Sleng
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Killing Field
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
National Museum
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Takeo, Cambodia
Phnom Tamao Rescuse Center
Takeo, Cambodia
Tarantulas
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Angkor National Museum
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phare The Cambodia Circus
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Bike tours along the local Village
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Banteay Srei Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Banteay Samre Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pradark Village
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tree Planting Project
Siem Reap , Cambodia
Ta Prohm Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Bayon Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sunset at Angkor Wat Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kampong Khleang Floating Village
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kayaking along the Floating Houses
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Beng Mealea Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Beautifull Kulen Waterfall
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Beautifull Kulen Waterfall
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kulen Trekking
Siem Reap, Cambodia
House Building Project
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cooking Class
Siem Reap, Cambodia
House Building Photo
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Countryside Tuk Tuk Tours
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Countryside Views
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rice Field Views
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sunset at Phnom Krom
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Artisan D' Angkor Galary
Siem Reap, Cambodia

OVERVIEW


 

Day1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)

Day2: Exploring  Phnom Penh - Toul Sleng & King Ling Fields (B/D)

Day3: Free The Bears At Phnom Tamao (B/D)

Day4: Private Transfer To Siem Reap - Visit Angkor National Museum (B/D)

Day5: Cycling To Temples & Trees Planting Project (B/D)

Day6: Cycling To Angkor Complex (B/D)

Day7: Kayaking On Tonle Sap Lake & Visit Beng Mealea Temple (B/L/D)

Day8: Trekking To Kulen Mountain & Overnight at Homestay At Kulen Mountain (B/L/D)

Day9: Starting Project In Volunteer Building Cambodia & Cooking Class (B/D)

Day10: Continue Project in Volunteer Building Cambodia - Tuk Tuk Tours (B/D)

Day11: Complete Project & Group Photos - Free and Leisure (B/D)

Day12: Old Market And Artisans D'Angkor - Siem Reap Departure (B/L)

 

DETAILS ITINERARY


DETAIL PROGRAM

Day1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)

On arrival of Phnom Penh Airport, you will be met and gret with our tour guide and driver then transferred to your hotel for check in and relaxe to release your jetlack.

After getting settled into the hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby where a trip briefing will be held.

After these poignant visits, head to the riverside area of Phnom Penh for a relaxing evening experience. Take note of the various activities taking place, from exercise classes and Khmer dancing to the endless array of food stalls. Participate in a Khmer dance class or sample some of the local delicacies on display. From here, either head back to the hotel or stay riverside to explore this bustling area independently.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Dinner

Day2: Exploring  Phnom Penh - Toul Sleng & King Ling Fields (B/D)

Today, set aside for learning a bit about Cambodia’s recent dark history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Housed in a former school taken over by the Khmer Rouge, S-21 (as it was called) was used as their main detention and torture center. After the visit, head to the equally as poignant Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Visiting both sites provides guests with some excellent insight into the current state of Cambodia.

From here, we will explore the most interesting and stunning sites of the city. First stop of the day: Royal Palace, dating back to 1866, the Palace also houses the Silver Pagoda, named for its over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors.

Stop next at the Khmer-style National Museum, housing the world's foremost collection (over 5,000 pieces) of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. In addition, the roof space also houses a large bat colony!

End the day with a delicious Khmer dinner at Friend/ Romdeng Restaurant. A charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Note: To see the Royal palace and silver pagoda in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriate clothes. Guests wearing short pans (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

Day3: Free The Bears At Phnom Tamao (B/D)

Today’s tour will begin at 07:30am. Set out early for a visit to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, a tranquil forested compound one-hour from Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet with the local staff who will explain the day’s programs and give background information about the centre.

Begin the Phnom Tamao tour with a walk through the 7 hectare compound alongside a caretaker. See more than 100 Asian Sun Bears and black bears who have been rescued from poachers and learn about Cambodia’s wildlife trade. There are also other animals, more than 12,000 in total, such as elephants and gibbons that are being rehabilitated and cared for at Phnom Tamao.

Although the animals are fenced off, there are plenty of opportunities to observe them. Join the caretakers to feed the bears and watch the gibbons as they swing from tree to tree. This is an incredible chance to see the diversity of Cambodia’s wildlife up close!

Later this afternoon, saying goodbye to the staff and animals, wrap up the Phnom Tamao tour and drive onwards to the city. The rest of your time, free at leisure until departing for a delicious dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day4: Private Transfer To Siem Reap - Visit Angkor National Museum (B/D)

After an early breakfast, transport will head overland to Siem Reap (duration 5-6 hours). Note: during this transfer we did not include tour guide to go with you for saving cost.

A little outside of Phnom Penh, stop in the town of Skuon to see their most famous speciality being sold: deep-fried tarantula! A favourite snack of many Cambodians, many buses and pick-ups stop at the market to buy a bag of the “ch’ngain” (tasty) eight-legged creatures. The spiders are caught in the soft ground of the surrounding countryside and dug out of their burrows.

Upon arrival, check in and enjoy a break at the hotel before embarking on the first Angkor discovery tour. After relaxing, head out for a guided tour of the Angkor National Museum. The interactive museum showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire by use of multimedia technology to picture this interesting historical period.

After dinner, enjoy an evening show from Phare. Despite being known around town as the Cambodian circus, it is anything but a traditional big top. A nonprofit school for the arts, Phare is a demonstration of the graduate students’ acrobatic abilities. Exceptionally talented players act out everything from Cambodian folklore to the very real history of the Khmer Rouge; a must see for anyone visiting Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Distance and journey time: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap: 314km and spend time around 5-6hours.

Day5: Cycling To Temples & Trees Planting Project (B/D)

After your breakfast, travel out to the “gem” of the Angkor area by bike, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of Women” remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and is noted for its truly remarkably fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. Then we proceed to visit the temple of Banteay Samre, attributed to King Suryavarman II and maintaining the same style as the mother temple Angkor Wat (known as the small Angkor Wat). This temple is still very well preserved and houses the reliefs, depicting scenes from some of the most representative Hindu gods.

Afternoon, return back to Siem Reap town. On the way, stop at Preah Dak Village for Tree Planting Project (1 Tree for 2 persons). It gives the opportunity to offset the carbon of your holidays and help a local family to potentially generate some income. All equipments needed will be provided and you have to dig the holes and plant the trees by yourself.

Tonight, dinner will be arranged at The Pizza Company. After dinner, we have the opportunity to head to the Night Markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Cycling distance up to: 40km

Difficulty: Easy

Day6: Cycling To Angkor Complex (B/D)

Depart the hotel by bicycle and head onwards to the 12-13th century jungle temple of Ta Prohm (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films). 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 Ta Prohm, one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

Continue the cycle through jungle paths toward the ruined city of Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruins. Enter through the ancient East Gate, which boasts a row of fifty-four gods and demons holding the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore.

Continue on to Bayon Temple, sitting in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four 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. 

End the day with a cycle to the iconic Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and a range of over 2,000 Apsara dancers. The temple, which is found in the heart of the Cambodian flag, is believed to have taken 30 years to complete. Enjoy a sunset visit to Angkor Wat- one of the less visited and most beautiful times to be there. After the Angkor explorations, return to the hotel and relax before a dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Cycling distance up to: 30km

Difficulty: Easy

Note: Appropriate attire when visiting Angkor temples is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within the temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing.

Day7: Kayaking On Tonle Sap Lake & Visit Beng Mealea Temple (B/L/D)

Take advantage of the cool morning and wake early to head out for the famous Tonle Sap. Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, with a size that varies greatly depending on the season (swelling to about four times its size during the wet season. Explore this magnificent natural marvel by kayak. These two seats, inflatable kayaks are one of the best ways to see the lakes, as they can go where the noise, long tailed boats cannot. Paddle through sunken fields and floating forests to the village of Kompong Khleang.

This afternoon, head out to the beautiful Cambodian countryside while driving to the quiet village of Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. Feel like an explorer while wandering around this completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually give the opportunity to climb through it. After exploring, return to the hotel and dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day8: Trekking To Kulen Mountain & Overnight at Homestay At Kulen Mountain (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to the trailhead and begin to hike through seemingly endless rice fields. Rising up from the flat countryside is the enormous Kulen Mountain, and it slowly begins to dominate the view as the trail approaches.

Kulen Mountain (Phnom Kulen) is an impressive sandstone plateau in this otherwise flat area. The mountain is considered the birthplace of the Khmer empire and a sacred place for the Khmer. Upon arrival, set off on a challenging trek to the forest that surrounds Preah Ang Thom, the largest community on the mountain. As you walk/drive to the village, your guide will talk to you about how this conservation initiative involves local villagers who maintain the trails. By including them in the tour development, locals are provided with an income and therefore an incentive to help stop deforestation and help protect the wildlife.

After arriving and walking through the village, the trail heads into the forest with the canopy high above providing shade even in Cambodia’s hottest months. Hike along the cleared trails, while you keep your eyes open for the wildlife that inhabits the area – in addition to the flying squirrels and birds, rare Silver Langur monkeys were recently discovered in Kulen.

After passing over a boulder passageway and through an active bat cave, you will stop for lunch along the banks of the Kulen River before heading back to Preah Ang Thom to visit Cambodia’s largest reclining Buddha, and if you still have energy, take in the beauty of the Kulen Waterfall.

Tonight we will experience homestay with local family at Kulen Mountant. Our accommodation is in a traditional Khmer village where our group will sleep in a large open air dormitory. The home stay is surrounded by orchards of exotic fruit trees. Tonight, enjoy your dinner prepared by local family.

Overnight in Homestay at Kulen Mountian.

Notes:

  • Due to bus 35s/45s cannot drive up Kulen Mountain so we will change to 02 x Bus 25s
  • Trekking information: 18km and spend time around 6 hours (go & back).
  • We recommend wearing long trousers and using insect repellant for this pioneering but rewarding experience.

Day9: Starting Project In Volunteer Building Cambodia & Cooking Class (B/D)

After an early breakfast, have a short meeting and a briefing program with the Volunteer Coordinator. And then depart to project site. Your help will improving the living conditions of local Cambodian families by Building Houses or Building Toilets or Building Wells. (Working duration: 7am-2pm)

Select a project and get involved! (will contact VBC directly)

After project, transfer to hotel for a short break and refreshing, then bring you for a chance to learn some of the secrets of Cambodian Cuisine at Kompheim Village Cooking Class (Private arrangement by Beyond Unique Escapes). There will be a demonstration to introduce you to some local ingredients and techniques and you’ll also have the chance to prepare your own dishes. There’s plenty of incentive to pay attention - afterwards, you get to dine on the results!

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

Time: 4:30pm–7:30pm

Overnight in Sem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day10: Continue Project in Volunteer Building Cambodia - Tuk Tuk Tours (B/D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Continue a project in Volunteer Building Cambodia.

Working Time: 7am-2pm

Later this afternoon, set out to explore the rural charms of the Cambodian countryside by Tuk Tuk (3pax per tuk tuks): a rich tapestry woven with lush scenery, colorful bustling villages, stilted houses, hidden temples, and dusty back roads hedged with sugar palms await!

Pass through the Village of Chreav en route to Tonlé Sap Lake. Wander down meandering roads where flashes of effervescent green and rich red earth abound from the fields. Stop for a brief rest in the shade of the ancient Wat Athvea, taking some time to explore this beautiful temple. Weave through the dusty back roads and end at a small, stilted hammock bar overlooking the rice fields. Stop for light refreshment before proceeding to the seldom visited Phnom Krom hill. The temple at Phnom Krom sits on top of one of the best vantage points overlooking the vast expanse of the Tonlé Sap Lake. Take in this view as the sun sets. 

Then head to the outskirts of town to Street 60. Busy every night, this street has the feel of a night market. Stop watching and observe the daily life of Cambodian people there. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day11: Complete Project & Group Photos - Free and Leisure (B/D)

After putting any finishing touches on the chosen project, we enjoy the spoils of the work and have a handover celebration and unveiling of a plaque with lots of speeches, photos and shaking of hands! We then bid farewell to our friends and the school and commence.

The rest of your time, relaxing by the beautiful hotel pool.

This evening, enjoy a dinner with traditional Apsara dance performance. Set in a sleek, modern and classy environment, this restaurant offers up an exciting array of enticing flavours from local Khmer cuisine to international dishes. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day12: Old Market And Artisans D'Angkor - Siem Reap Departure (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of your time for some shopping at Old Market and 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.

After lunch, transport will then be provided to the airport for the departing flight. End of service!! 

Note: This itinerary is subject to change in accordance with any change in government and community regulations and circumstances beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods); flight/train/boat delays, rescheduling or cancellations; traffic jams, vehicle breakdown; accidents; medical evacuations; riots; strikes; etc.

 

PRICE

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TOUR INCLUDES
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast (base on twin-sharing)
  • Private transfer with A/C Vehicle as per program
  • Private English-Speaking Tour Guide as stated in the program
  • All entrance fees to all destination as stated in the program 
  • Meal as stated in program, Breakfast at hotel, Lunch & Dinner at local restaurant
  • Cold mineral water & towels daily
  • Government tax and service charge 
TOUR EXCLUDES
  • Visa to Cambodia
  • Flight Domestic/International
  • Gala Dinner Surcharge if any
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • other note stated in above 

 


 

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