11D10N Cambodia Art and Living

Trip Code

11D10NCAAL

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

11 days

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Maximum Seats

6

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Battambang

Start and end in Phnom Penh! With the In-depth Cultural tour 11D10N Cambodia Art and Living, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Phnom Penh, Cambodia and 3 other destinations in Cambodia. 11D10N Cambodia Art and Living includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL (-)

Welcome to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide and transfer to hotel. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00. Notice: Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places and temples. The Royal Palace will be closed in the morning time. PHNOM PENH ‘Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s busy capital, sits where the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers meet. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, trendy restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the Cambodia. Despite its checkered past PP is in the midst of rapid change and growth, although it continues to exude a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Definitely eclectic and alluring it’s a Capital worth seeing’
Day 2

Day 2: PHNOM PENH (B-L-)

At 8:00am, you will meet the guide at your hotel lobby. Gain insight into the recent dark history of Cambodia at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum – a former school converted to a detention center during the Khmer Rouge. Equally as harrowing is the Killing Field of Choeung Ek. These are tough visits but important for learning about the country’s history. After lunch at local restaurant In the afternoon, we will visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, name for the 5,000 silver tiles that cover the pagoda’s floor, known for its collection of gold, silver, crystal and bronze Buddha statues. Continue to Russian Market (so called because a large number of Russian Expats who shopped here in the 1980’s). It is the largest market in Cambodia, where everything is sold from carvings to jewelry, clothes and souvenirs. Independence Monument, modelled on the central tower of Angkor Wat, Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1953. It also serves as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead. Wreaths are laid here on national holidays. Wrap up the tour, visit to the hilltop Wat Phnom temple which is the city’s namesake. Enjoy dinner at own account
Day 3

Day 3: PHNOM PENH-KAMPONG CHAM (B-L-)

Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a local private boat to Kampong Cham, a quiet town that's steeped in legends. Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way across. There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong River, and be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Phnom Penh-Kampong Cham Up on arrival at Kampong Cham, we continue our land journey to Kang Meas District (Ring of Gold), Kang Meas district were used as prisons and killing fields by the Khmer Rouge. We visit Wat O Trau Kuon and Wat Nikroath in Peam Chi Kang commune were used as a district prison and regional prison respectively. Continue to Wat Nokor, an impressive temple dating back to the 12th century and then to the city center. During low water season, we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop.
Day 4

Day 4: KAMPONG CHAM- SIEM REAP (B-L-)

After breakfast, we will start our explore with twin hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey - meaning man and woman hills. Perhaps you'll choose to find out what your destiny holds with a visit to one of the many fortune tellers, and don't forget to keep a lookout for the monkeys that roam around here! Then, driving straight to Siem Reap city crossing the Chamka Leu area which looks like a big forest with silk farms and rubber tree plantations. It’s approximately around 5hrs driving via route. Siem Reap is the gateway to the world-famous temples of Angkor and our destination today. We'll pass through Kampong Thom, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold, en route, with the rest of the day at leisure. Upon arrival at Siem Reap city, meet up with our guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Please note that standard check in time is at 14:00.
Day 5

Day 5: SIEM REAP (B-L-D)

Journey out of Siem Reap bust city to a rural village and experiences an ancient transportation of Ox-Card ride and return to visit Silk Farm center. The silk farm is not the only one silk farm, but it is more special at here, and the uniqueness is that the whole process uses the traditional manual method to produce, including sericulture, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Traditional dyeing process uses the natural dye, and the unexpected thing is that one of the elements to produce the black color is the iron nail. You will then travel along West Baray, the largest handmade reservoir by (8 x 2.2km) in the Angkor Park. In ancient times, the Baray was supplied by fresh water that came from two main sources: The Siem Reap and Puok Rivers. Lunch at a local restaurant and return to hotel for relax during the midday. Late afternoon, Remork (Tuk Tuk) transfer to a rural location (Treak village). It is a predominately a farming village where life revolves around the seasons and family. Life here fairly simple, and while Siem reap town is rapidly changed, change here is slow, giving you a chance to see the simple Cambodian way of life. Wander past rice fields, buffalo and oxen at work or rest and experience the smiles as children rush to greet you. We start with a short street food tour, explaining some Khmer traditions and the vibrant street food around today. We then journey out of town to our herb garden for the cocktail and cooking class. Our classes are very hands on and interactive and the Cooking class is in an outdoor covered pavilion, surrounded by Banana streets, bamboo and a fish pond, or out Herb Garden Then practice Khmer cuisine techniques creating your own dishes for dinner. Meals are eaten in a lovely pavilion in our candle lit tropical garden.
Day 6

Day 6: SIEM REAP (B-L-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will start tour with our tour guide from your hotel lobby, then you will get deeply explanation full day Angkor History by expert archeologist. At 8:00am, pick you from your hotel for the day’s tour. Your first visit is the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk and see the ancient capital of Angkor Thom built in the late 12th century before we head onwards to Bayon temple which is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. Baphuon is like an artificial mountain that recently re-opened after years of restoration. Following, you may visit the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then continue to the popular temple of Ta Prohm which is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, built in the late 12th to early 13th centuries. However, probably more famous for being the location where they filmed the Tomb Raider movie. Lunch is a Khmer feast served at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue to the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple, Angkor park’s most revered temple and the largest religious monument in the world. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas‐reliefs which are absolutely breathtaking. Your guide will explain the stories from the exquisite details and provide you with ample time to explore the inner and outer grounds of the temple. As a special final evening in Siem Reap, we will go to see a show of Cambodian Traditional Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.
Day 7

Day 7: SIEM REAP (B-L -)

Your day of past and present begins with an 8:30am pick up at your hotel. The first half of the day explores two highlight temples, Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Banteay Samre built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. We follow Banteay Samre with Banteay Srei, one of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. Built largely of red sandstone, this gem of a temple boasts a pink color and some of the most exquisite depictions. When it’s time for a temple break, enjoy lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, we visit Artisans D’ Angkor, a local artisan boutique which was established to support Cambodian arts and crafts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created. The last stop of the day is The Old Market, it is the oldest Khmer market in Siem Reap. See vendors selling souvenirs such as clothes, jewelry, and more.
Day 8

Day 8: SIEM REAP--BATTAMBANG (B-L-)

Today, we journey Southwest of Cambodia to the richest in agriculture rice produce Battambang. The journey will take approximately around 3hours. ‘Battambang is a province in northwestern Cambodia. It is bordered to the west with Thailand. The capital of the province names Battambang, meaning ‘lost staff’, refers to the legend of Preah Bat Dambang Krahoung. Battambang is the leading rice-producing province of the country. As with much of Cambodia, French Colonial architecture is a notable aspect of the city, with some of the best-preserved examples in the country.’ Late afternoon at about 2pm we head out to Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), is a nonprofit arts school based in Cambodian working with children, young adults and their families through 3 interweaving fields of intervention: art schools, social support and educational programs. PPS gradually gathered more and more children living in difficult situations and helped them to reintegrate into society through the medium of culture and arts. The artistic training offered has been found to aid concentration, communication and creative thinking skills, thus vastly improving the choices available to children as they reach adulthood. PPS serves as a tool to build the careers of Cambodian Artists, to revive Cambodian art scenes, to make worldwide arts connections with Cambodia and to contribute to the artistic, educational and social programs of PPS Association. Continue the journey about 12km southwest of Battambang through the rice paddy field to the Phnom Sampov which means 'Ship mountain' because its peculiar shape reminds of a ship. This legendary 100-meter-high mountain, topped by Wat Sampeou, contains 3 natural caves, lined with Buddhist shrines and statues: Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak. Pkasla cave is full of uprooted stones and is considered important because Sampeou inhabitants go there to celebrate after a marriage. Some caves were used by the Khmer Rouges as killing caves. Skeletons of their victims still remain in the caves. Before the sun go down, refreshment with fresh coconut, and snacks at the foothill. At around 6pm a million of bats evacuate from the caves, creating a dark, fluid ribbon through the sky.
Day 9

Day 9: BATTAMBANG (B-L-)

After breakfast at your hotel, Enjoy the tour to the well-known village for its unique hand-made products by Cycling. The journey Northern of the city approximately seven kilometers. we go around the village from one place to other to explore the local product such as; rice paper—a fundamental ingredient in Asian cuisine, dried bananas, rice wine (a sweet and smooth homemade liquor), Fish paste processing, and a bamboo sticky rice cake. Your tour ends up with an amazing experience with a Norry or nori ride which is an improvised rail vehicle. You are on a fun and adventurous bamboo train ride along with a new creation railway track where you will see very nice view of the rice fields, local villages…… Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we travel by local tuk tuk, we visit a selection of local galleries. The culmination of the day is reached at a leading gallery with a presentation from the curator at Tep Kao Sol. Owned by local artist Loeum Lorn, Loeum is known for creating works out of melting colored ice and photographing it. You will not only gain insight into the often-creative thoughts of the residing artists, but also what drives artists who are flocking to Battambang to express themselves via art and design. After our discussion, we will relax and enjoy a short moving screening of a film by Khmer artists at a local studio who introduce the architectonical side of Battambang. A well-rounded, culturally immersive day learning about the arts culture of Battambang.
Day 10

Day 10: BATTAMBANG-PHNOM PENH (B-L)

This morning you will take a private transfer to Phnom Penh city. The journey will take approximately 5 hours, depending on the traffic. Along the way you will stop by Kampong Chhnang Pottery Making. Most families here produce the pottery in their houses and any will be happy for you to stop by. Also, we go to see the best organized co-operative workshop at the foot of the hill, called Phnom Meas. After lunch at local restaurant, continue to Phnom Oudong. Begin your walk up to the summit of Oudong Mountain. Absorb at the vast landscape of the beautiful Cambodian countryside and witness ancient stupas dedicated to kings and royal families while your guide touches on some key historical events that took place centuries ago. Later, enjoy some appetizing local food before continuing to your next stop for a spectacular view of Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Retreat, known for its method of purifying the mind of factors that cause distress and pain. Look for the impressive jade Buddha, a mummified monk, and ancient art. Before returning, make a final visit to the Kompong Luong silversmith village, popular for its animal-shaped boxes that can are often found in city markets. Then, transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 11

Day 11: PHNOM PENH-DEPARTURE (B-)

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel. Take a walk or get some last-minute souvenirs before your check out at midday. Your driver will meet you to assist with luggage and take you to the airport for your departure flight.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 3444 USD 3044 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 3644 USD 3244 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

· All nights hotel accommodation.
· All dinners and lunches and breakfast
daily.
· All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
· Sightseeing as specified .
· Expert English-speaking local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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