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Wonderful Angkor with Beach extension 4 days plus 4

Tour Outline:
01-JAN-2018: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
02-JAN-2018: Siem Reap
03-JAN-2018: Siem Reap
04-JAN-2018: Departure – Siem Reap
08-JAN-2018: TRANSFER FROM SIHANOUKVILLE TO PHONM PENH AIRPORT

01-JAN-2018: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Pick you up from your hotel, after an early breakfast this morning, you will be transferred overland to Siem Reap (duration 7 hours), the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. A little outside of Phnom Penh stop in the town of Skuon to see their most famous specialty 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. After a short stop continue to Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap, on our arrangement

02-JAN-2018: Siem Reap

This morning head to quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like an explorer when you discover the 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 giving a very ‘Indian Jones’ feel to the experience.
In the afternoon, visit the Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre. Banteay Srei is made of pink sandstone and is one of the smallest temple you can visit but one of the most beautiful as well. Built in 967 AD by a guru to Jayavarman V, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture. As well the carvings and bas relief are in a perfect condition although being here for more than millenary. On the way back to Siem Reap you will visit the Banteay Samre. Situated on the eastern edge of the Angkor complex, this temple is very similar to Angkor Wat. On the way back, 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.
Overnight in Siem Reap, on our arrangement

03-JAN-2018: Siem Reap (B, L)

Get up early today and experience the break of dawn behind Angkor Wat. Watch as the first sunrays slowly climb over the towers of this magnificent building and paint the sky in beautiful colors. Enjoy breakfast at Angkor Café just across from Angkor Wat, before you visit the temple.
After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, 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. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then 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 by walk to the Baphuon, Phimean Akas, the terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
In the afternoon, Angkor Wat and explore the intricate carvings and passageways of this 12th century temple. 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. You will be there during sunset time, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to the hotel
This evening attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 7pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.
Overnight in Siem Reap, on our arrangement

04-JAN-2018: Departure - Siem Reap

In the morning, embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé 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. Continue to 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. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead).
In the afternoon, visit the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the natural beauty on a cow cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.
Your destination is Roluos Pagoda, where Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a memorable experience!

08-JAN-2018: TRANSFER FROM SIHANOUKVILLE TO PHONM PENH AIRPORT

Pick-up at the hotel in Sihanouk Ville, and transfer to airport in PNH (with driver only).
End of services !

* Price Inclusive Of:

  • Private English speaking local guide for transfers, tour and sight-seeing as per program;
  • Private vehicle (A/C Car) with driver for transfers, tour and sight-seeing;
  • Entrances’ fee on sites;
  • Early sunrise at Angkor Wat on January 3rd, 2018;
  • Boat trip to eco-floating village at Kampong Phluk;
  • Trip to Beng Mealea & Banteay Samre;
  • The visit to Banteay Srei temple and visit the village that producing palm sugar;
  • Visit of Phare Circus in the evening on January 3rd, 2018;
  • Private transfer Sihanouk Ville to Phnom Penh airport with driver only on January 8th, 2018;
  • Personalized program in details;
  • Pure drinking water and refreshing towels during the sight-seeing;
  • Taxes & service charges.

+ Prices Exclusive Of:

  • Visa’s fee (Usd 30.-per person), payable at the immigration;
  • Travel Insurance, drinks & other personal expenses;
  • Breakfast at Angkor Cafe on January 3rd, 2018;
  • International flight ticket;
  • Others are not mentioned on the inclusion above.

 

* Bookings and Payments:
– All services are subject to availability.
– In the event of an activity being unavailable, then the best reasonable alternative will be offered.
– In the event of chosen hotel accommodation becoming unavailable after confirmation, the best reasonable alternative accommodation will be offered.
– Reservations will be made only on confirmation of tour services.
– In the event of cancellation by the guest less than 3 days, 50 percent cancelation’s fee will be applied;
– We reserve the right to impose any cancellation fees from any third parties.
– In the event of cancellation due to forces beyond the control of Angkor Destination Travel, all deposits- received will be returned.
– The settlement should be by international bank transfer in advance, or (exceptionally) cash or credit card (Visa or Master card only) in Siem Reap – banking fees may be charged.

* Booking Information:
To book your tour, we require the following to be confirmed:
– Submit us the email confirmation of a final itinerary a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival for FIT,
and/or 25 days prior for group tours.
– We accept all types of credit cards (Visa or Master card and Amex).
– Payment by cash up on arrival is the most preferable.
– Payment by credit cards are subjected to add 2.5% for Visa & master cards, and 4.5% for Amex.

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