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CAMBODIA IN YOUR EYES PHNOM PENH – BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP

Pickup:
October 16, 2017 12:00 am
Return:
October 27, 2017 11:00 pm
Tickets:
$4415
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CAMBODIA IN YOUR EYES

PHNOM PENH – BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP

 With a 3 day R & R shop-over in Hoi An Viet Nam

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 (Meals inflight): SYDNEY TO PHNOM PENH – Monday 16 October, 2017

We depart this morning on our exciting tour to Cambodia.  On arrival at Phnom Penh, we will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to our hotel.  The remainder of the day will be free to acclimatize from our flight and get ready for our fascinating day tomorrow.

 

Intercontinental, Phnom Penh (Deluxe rooms)

 

Day 2 (BD): PHNOM PENH – Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Breakfast is in our hotel.  This morning, we take a tour of Cambodia’s busy capital Phnom Penh. The city sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artefacts from around the country.  This afternoon, is free to relax or perhaps do some local shopping.

 

Intercontinental, Phnom Penh (Deluxe rooms)

 

Day 3 (BD): PHNOM PENH-OUDONG-BATTAMBANG – Wednesday 18 October

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After breakfast, we depart the city.  Our destination today is Battambang and on the way we visit Phnom Oudong, the ancient Cambodian capital during the latter stages of the Khmer Empire and the crowning site of many past kings.  Consisting of a series of stupas atop of large hill, there are outstanding views across the surrounding plains below. Phnom Oudong was bombed and desecrated by the Americans and then the Khmer Rouge, but still possesses a beauty that no war has been able to erase. We have time to explore before continuing to Kompong Chhnang, taking the time to stop at a pottery village before moving to the Pursat Province, famous for its marble stone carvings. We visit Kompong Louang village to take a boat ride, see the floating village, fishermen and local shops.  This afternoon, we arrive in Battambang, a riverside town and home to some of the best-preserved Colonial architecture in all Cambodia.

 

Battambang Resort, Battambang (Garden rooms)

 

 

Day 4 (B): EXPLORING BATTAMBANG – Thursday 19 October, 2017

Today we embark on a sightseeing tour to discover the charming city of Battambang and its environs.  As well as the elegant houses in the French colonial style along the river, we’ll also pass through traditional villages along the route where we can see the manufacture of family rice cakes and have contact with the local people going about their daily lives. We also visit a local family grape farm, Cambodia’s first vineyard – Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard, where we can learn about producing wine in the tropics and of course enjoy a spot of wine tasting! A few kilometres further south we arrive at the well preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps we are treated to a wonderfully peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside, with small villages dotting the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees, a wonderful sunset location… and visit the pagoda before heading to the 11th century temple of Wat Ek Phnom.  We now head to the Bamboo Railway station that has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods and people. The train in itself is very basic – one platform on 4 wheels activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform we travel the 8km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. On arrival, we visit a village and discover the daily life of the Cambodian country people. We visit a workshop which specializes in wooden sculptures. On the way back we will stop at the NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak where many different activities are offered with children from poor and disabled families.

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Battambang Resort, Battambang (Garden rooms)

 

Day 5 (BD): BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP – Friday 20 October, 2017

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Our touring today takes us into the countryside where visit Kompong Ompil village.  Here we join the farmer in the vegetable field and learn about the daily work of people here.  We have the chance to interact with the local village people.  We now leave this area and drive towards the border of Thailand.  We stop in the Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre, a fascinating way to learn about Cambodian silk. Here we witness the start-to-finish silk creation, growing and harvesting mulberry and the breeding process and the life cycle of the silk worm.  We now start our (approx.) two hour drive to Siem Reap.

Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap (Deluxe City rooms)

 

Day 6 (B): THE TEMPLES OF SIEM REAP – Saturday 21 October, 2017

We start a very special and busy day as we explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. We will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom, which is largely undiscovered by mass tourism – the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). We see the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara Baphuon Temple, lying just to the north of Bayon, a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon, we visit the most famous temple of all – Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat was named a World Heritage Site in 1992 and is famous for its beauty and splendour. The temple features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Ta Prohm was built in the 12th century. It’s a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII.  In the evening, we can visit the Angkor Night Market.

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Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap (Deluxe City rooms)

Day 7 (B): TONLE SAP LAKE, LAKE PEAREANG & THE BIRD SANCTUARY – Sunday 22 October, 2017

pic6This morning we take a one hour cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a floating village to experience a fisherman’s life. Back on dry land, we stop at Chantie Ecole-Artisan D’Angkor and the Old Market.  This afternoon, we’re in for some fun!  We’ll be transferred in our air – conditioned vehicle to a local village where we start our journey by scooter and boat to Lake Pearang which is an incredible place for the bird watching lover. The birds are mostly Painted Storks, Spot-billed Pelican, Chinese Pond Heron, Night Heron, Intermediate Egrets, Black headed Ibis, Oriental Darter, cormorants and terns, but we may also see Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Lesser Adjutants and plus some smaller herons. This is a form of responsible tourism that supports local communities and improves livelihoods. In contrast, it is managed and run by the community members themselves. All of the management decisions are made by, or in consultation with the community, and all of the profits directly benefit the local community. Returning from the lake, we’ll have the chance to interact with a local family who own a vegetable plantation near their home, to gain an understanding of their way of life as farmers growing and planting vegetables. After a fabulous day we head back to the hotel.  Own arrangements and cost for dinner this evening – try a local restaurant!

Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap (Deluxe City rooms)

 

Day 8 (BD): SIEM REAP – HOI AN – Monday 23 October, 2017

We’ll all agree that Cambodia is an interesting and charming country.  Are we now ready for a bit of R&R? Because today, we fly to Da Nang in Viet Nam.  On our arrival, we transfer to beautiful Hoi An.  We have the rest of the day to relax at our stunning resort.  We’ll eat “local” tonight!

Golden Sand Hotel, Hoi An, Viet Nam (Premier Garden rooms)

Day 9 (B): EXPLORING HOI AN – Tuesday 24 October, 2017

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After breakfast, we take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town.  We see the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and the local market. There are numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where we can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like. The next visit is to home of a craftsman in the old streets. Here we’ll have a brief introduction to the history, shape and colour of the lanterns as well as steps of making them. After that we can make our own lantern!  The rest of the day is completely free to continue sightseeing, or relax by the pool and sip a cocktail.  Own arrangements for lunch and dinner.

Golden Sand Hotel, Hoi An, Viet Nam (Premier Garden rooms)

Day 10 (B): HOI AN – Wednesday 25 October, 2017

We have a full day at leisure so relax and enjoy the resorts facilties, stroll through Hoi An’s delightful streets, visit the local restaurants, attend a cooking class or finalise our tailor-made clothing.  Own arrangements for lunch and dinner.Golden Sand Hotel, Hoi An, Viet Nam (Premier Garden rooms)

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Day 11 (B): DEPART VIETNAM – Thursday 26 October, 2017

Our morning is at leisure.  This afternoon we transfer back to Da Nang to join our return flight to Australia, via Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 (B): ARRIVE SYDNEY – Friday 27 October, 2017

We arrive into Sydney this morning.  Following Customs & Immigration, we make our way home with some absolutely wonderful memories of our holiday to Cambodia!

Tour Cost

Tour Cost: $3165.00PP twin.

Tips:          $150.00pp.

Airfare:      $1100.00

 

Total cost: $4415.00 pp twin or double share

 

Single Supplement: $740.00

Details for the flights with Singapore Airlines are as follows (in case any prices change).  Silk Air is operated by Singapore Airlines:

16 Oct 17         SQ212  SYD-SIN           0855am/1415pm

SQ5008            SIN-PNH           1635pm/1740pm (Silk Air)

26 Oct 17         SQ5023            DAD-SIN           1620pm/2205pm (Silk Air)

SQ251  SIN-SYD           2335pm/1015am 27 Oct 17

  • Fares and taxes are subject to change, final amount will be calculated at time of Booking and ticketing.
  • This fare is not eligible for Frequent Flyer points.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 dinners
  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • Meet and greet on arrival in Cambodia
  • Services of an English-speaking guide in Cambodia for all tours
  • All transportation – transfers and touring in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • One way economy flight from Siem Reap to Da Nang (Vietnam)
  • Vietnam Visa approval service fee
  • Meet and greet on arrival in Vietnam
  • Services of an English-speaking guide in Vietnam for airport transfers and ½ day touring
  • Return transfers from/to Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
  • Gratuities
  • Entry VISA for Cambodia
  • Stamping fee VISA for Vietnam

NOT included

  • Passport fees – All travelers must possess a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended length of stay in Vietnam.
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended
  • Meals other than stated
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenditure

 

 

Legend – Tipping

    All tipping and gratuities to be handled by Andrew, We can have the costing with gratuities included, but you never know that the tip actually gets to the person doing the work and you always feel like tipping that guide and driver direct in any case, even if it is included.

Tipping is not compulsory in Cambodia & Vietnam, but it is enormously appreciated. For a person who earns US$100 per month, a US$1 tip is significant. Upmarket hotels and some restaurants may levy a 5% service charge, but this may not make it to the staff. If you stay a couple of days in the same hotel, try and remember to tip the staff who clean your room.

Tipping at hotels will all depend on the quality of service. If you receive good service, you should leave the housekeepers around 1-2 dollars per day. If a bellman carries your bag, tip him 1 dollar per bag. Before you leave, if you wanted, you could also leave a few dollars to the individual at the desk. However, if you did not receive good service, don’t feel as though you need to tip at all.

 

In most restaurants, a 5-10% service charge is added to the bill. Unfortunately, this money does not always end up in the restaurant staff’s hands. You could tip around 5-10% of the bill if the service charge is not added. If the service charge is added, you could always leave some change for your waiter or waitress. If you are in a bar, you should probably tip your bartender. Bartenders are generally paid very little and rely on their tips. A good way to do this is to round up your bill to the nearest dollar or leave a few dollars for him or her

It is considered proper to make a small donation at the end of a visit to a pagoda, especially if a monk has shown you around; most pagodas have contribution boxes for this purpose.

Please Note

  • The cost is based on a conversion rate of AU$0.73 / US$1 – we reserve the right to re cost if the rate varies by more than 5% either way.
  • Costs are based on airfares, taxes, tariffs and exchange rates applicable as at 22 November, 2016 and are subject to change without notice.
  • All passengers must have a valid passport. The expiry date on their passport must be later than six months after this tour’s return date.