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  • Cambodia Exploration

    Code: CFT06 - Duration: 17 Days
    Start: Phnom Penh | Finish: Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia is becoming one of the most favorite destinations in Asia thanks for its natural beauty, amazing heritage sites, and smiling people. Starting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Explorer takes you to Sen Monorom in Mondulkiri where you can meet local people and beautiful waterfalls. We then drive to Kratie to take a boat trip to see the rare freshwater dolphins of Irrawady.  The next destination is Kampong Thom where you can visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples from the pre-Angkor period. From here we reach Siem Riep, the gateway to the majestic ruins of Angkor including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of Elephant, Grand and Small Circuits, Banteay Srei, Rolous Group etc. We also have chance to take a boat trip over the water of Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating fisherman’s villages for a closer view of the local lifestyle. From Siem Riep, we move to Battambang which is one of the country’s best-preserved colonial-era towns. Phnom Penh is a must with visits to some major sites such as Victory Monument, the Royal Palace, the famous Silver Pagoda and Toul Sleng Museum to understand more its rich historical past and French influence in the ornate Khmer-style temples and the grand colonial buildings and villas. There are stops in Kep – a perfect place for swimming and Sihanouk Ville - very quickly emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s premier beach destinations thanks for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

    Highlights:

    • Trip to Sen Monorom - Mondulkiri’s provincialcapital – a wonderful destination with elephant & wildlife sanctuaries and Eco-tourism projects
    • Admire the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat and its jungle temples
    • Explore the ancient capital Angkor Thom 
    • Visit to the sophisticated carvings of Banteay Srei temple, the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art
    • Take a boat trip on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, visit the floating village to integrate into the local life
    • Visit non tourist area of Battambang, one of the country’s best-preserved colonial-era towns
    • Discover the history and treasures of Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia
    • Relax in Kep & Sihanouk Ville with beautiful beaches and clear waters
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Cambodia Exploration

    Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Phom Penh - Sen Monorom (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Sen Monorom (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Sen Monorom (Modulkiri) (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Mondulkiri - Kratie - Mekong Dolphin (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Kratie - Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk (B/-/-)
    Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Riep (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Siem Riep - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Siem Riep - Banteay Srei - Preah Khan - Tonle Sap (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Siem Riep - Battambang (B/-/-)
    Day 11: Battambang - Phom Penh (B/-/-)
    Day 12: Phom Penh City (B/L/-)
    Day 13: Phom Penh - Takeo - Kep (B/L/-)
    Day 14: Kep - National Park - Sihanouk Ville (B/-/-)
    Day 15: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 16: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 17: Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh – Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Vietnam 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (-/-/-)

    Phnom Penh - Airport: 12km, ~35min drive

    phnom penh tonkin travelUpon arrival in Phnom Penh airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time at leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 2: Phom Penh - Sen Monorom (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Sen Monorom: 370km, ~5h drive drive

    Mondulkiri tonkin travelMorning after breakfast at hotel, we will departure from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. Drive to Chhup, the largest rubber plantation in the country, which was founded during the French colonial period by the tire manufacturer Michelin. Drive to Snuol where you can have lunch in a local restaurant. Drive to Sen Monorom, the provincial capital of the province Mondulkiri with landscapes and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. Arrive in Sen Monorom in the late afternoon. Check-in at the guest house. Sen Monorom is our starting point for exploring the surrounding area, the mountain communities, villages, landscapes and waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Modulkiri

    Day 3: Sen Monorom (B/L/-)

    elephant trekking at Phnong - tonkin travelEarly morning after breakfast at a local restaurant, we visit the local market, where are many of the Phnong people from nearby villages with their distinctive baskets on their backs to the trade. We have a full day tour of the nearby tribes in the villages of the hills and the beautiful waterfalls just a few km from the sleepy capital. There are hundreds of minority groups in the villages around Sen Monorom. One of the largest and most accessible is the Phlung who inhabit a part of the village of Phnong. Their distinctive cottages have wooden walls and thatched roofs, which almost reach the floor enough. Three or more families often live in one hut. They could count themselves lucky if they see during the day more than a handful of people, because they are all in the fields working. For lunch you will be provided with a Box lunch late. Make an elephant trekking at Phnong with experienced mahouts to explore the jungle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Modulkiri

    Day 4: Sen Monorom (Modulkiri) (B/L/-)

    discover sen monorom - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at a local restaurant, we drive to Bou Sra about 40 km northeast of Sen Monorom. This dual waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in Cambodia. Discover the village with the same name Phnong. On the way back they will see a variety of mountain communities, villages and stunning scenery. Lunch is provided with lunch box.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Modulkiri

    Day 5: Mondulkiri - Kratie - Mekong Dolphin (B/L/-)

    Sen Monorom - Kratie: 202km, ~3h30min drive

    Kratie - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at a local restaurant, we leave this isolated forested province behind and go over Snuol to Kratie. Arrive in Kratie to lunch. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we can explore the small provincial town of Kratie, with good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. This small town on the Mekong River is an unexpected pleasure, with a relaxing atmosphere. North of Kratie, visit the Wat Phnom Sambok to see the Buddhist monasteries and to enjoy the magnificent views over the surrounding countryside from the hilltop to be able to. Further north along the river we keep climbing and we will take a boat for a little trip to see the rare freshwater dolphins of Irrawady. The best time to see them in the late afternoon until sunset. Then drive back to Kratie for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie

    Day 6: Kratie - Kampong Thom – Sambor Prei Kuk (B/-/-)

    Kratie - Kampong Thom: 125km, ~2h drive

    kampong tom - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we transfer along the Mekong River to Kampong Thom and we will cross the Mekong River at Kroch Chmar and Stung Trong Districts of Kampong Cham Province. Then keep driver through the countryside and Plantation Farm until we reach to Kampong Thom check in at hotel and lunch on your own account. After lunch visit to Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35 km northeast of Kompong Thom. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period. Return to Kampong Thom for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kampong Thom

    Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Riep (B/-/-)

    Kampong Thom - Siem Riep: 197km, ~3h30min drive

    floating market Tonle sap - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we continue to Siem Reap. En route, visit traditional villages and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check in at free until late afternoon, transfer to visit the floating Village at Tonle Sap Lake and view the sunset on the foot of Phnom Krom Mountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 8: Siem Riep - Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom (B/L/-)

    temples in siem reap - tonkin travelEarly morning after breakfast at hotel, we visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. At 09am come back to hotel for breakfast and rest in the noon to avoid of the heats of the day until 15:00 continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 9: Siem Riep - Banteay Srei – Preah Khan – Tonle Sap (B/L/-)


    Banteay Srei tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. 6:30a.m: We enjoy a drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back we visit Preah Khan, which is similar to Ta Prom, but the architecture is bigger and less tourist. 11:00am enjoy the local lunch with one of the local family near Siem Reap Town. Late afternoon, 16:00 visit to Floating Village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. We will see the Sunset on the food of Phnom Krom.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 10: Siem Riep - Battambang (B/-/-)

    Siem Riep - Battambang: 170km, ~3h drive

    Battambang tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we transfer by private vehicle, escorted by guide to Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang is located on both the highway and railroad linking Phnom Penh with Thailand. On arrival, we enjoy a walk around this colonial styled town and visit some outlaying hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave, which used as execution field under the Khmer Rouge rule. There are also some opportunities to take a drive along tiny winding tracks into some small villages (Ancient house), and enjoy the Bamboo Train where tourists hardly ever venture.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

    Day 11: Battambang - Phom Penh (B/-/-)

    Battambang - Phnom Penh: 290km, ~6h drive

    Kompong Luong VillageAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to Phnom Penh, en route we will stop to visit one of the biggest Khmer Communities on the Tole Sap Lake of Kompong Luong Village, this remote tour will be provided on the local traditional boat. And then continue to Phnom Penh, on arrival we will take a rest and enjoy the swimming at your pool until late afternoon, visit to Central & Russian market.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 12: Phom Penh City (B/L/-)

    phnom penh - tonkin travelAfter breakfast is at hotel, we enjoy Phnom Penh city tour starting with the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also known as the Museum of Fine Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in 1917 in the Khmer style. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art, especially sculpture from all eras. Visit the Royal Palace of King Norodom built in 1866 on the grounds of the old city, and the Silver Pagoda. It is located in the royal palace, called the Silver Pagoda, because there is a floor of 5000 silver tiles. Other treasures, which you will see are a Buddha made of solid gold and weighing 90 kilograms and a small emerald Buddha from the 17th Century, and baccarat crystal Buddha. Lunch is at the hotel. Then visit the infamous Tuol Sleng museum. In 1975, the Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and used as a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21) become. It soon became apparent as the largest such centre of detention and torture in the country.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 13: Phom Penh - Takeo - Kep (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Kep: 164km, ~4h drive

    kep tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. The journey southwards begins as we depart Phnom Penh and make our first stop at Phnom Chisor Temple dating back from the 11th century. A 500 step path leads up to the top of the hill from where we can enjoy fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. We get on our car to the quiet town of Takeo before taking a short cruise to Angkor Borei town, located just a few kilometer navigation from the Vietnam border. There is a small museum which displays several reproductions of sculptures from the nearby ruins and few artifacts dating as far back as the 4th century. After seeing this pleasant place, we continue our boat trip to visit a pre-Angkorian style temple of Phnom Da and a nearby temple of Asram Maharosei. The steep path over some big rocks makes Asram Maharosei different from other temples in Cambodia. Proceed to Kep city for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kep

    Day 14: Kep - National Park - Sihanouk Ville (B/-/-)

    Kep - Sihanouk Ville: 125km, ~3h drive

    Sihanouk ville - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we travel to Sihanouk Ville, en route stop take a boat to visit the Mangrove Forest at Ream National Park, one arrival you will free at on your own on the beaches. Sihanouk Ville are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia although the fast growing of tourism. There are some 10 km of beach stretching the whole length of the town and dozens of small islands just a short boat ride away, which make for a perfect tropical getaway, with facilities for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. This free day will provide you some great opportunities to soak up the sun and sea as much as you want by spending your time swimming or lazing on a beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanouk Ville

    Day 15: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)

    Today is the free day for your to enjoy the sun, sand, and beaches in Sihanouk Ville, or you can find the optional tour to some nearby islands for diving, snorkeling…

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanouk Ville

    Day 16: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)

    Today is the free day for your to enjoy the sun, sand, and beaches in Sihanouk Ville, or you can find the optional tour to some nearby islands for diving, snorkeling…

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanouk Ville

    Day 17: Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh – Departure (B/-/-)

    Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh: 230km, ~4h30min drive

    Breakfast at hotel and you will be free on your own for shopping, massage, swimming...... until our driver meet and transfer you to airport in Phnom Penh for your flight to next destination. End of our services!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Private traditional wooden boat trip in Tonle Sap Lake
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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