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  • Cambodia in Depth

    Code: CCT05 - Duration: 10 Days
    Start: Phnom Penh | Finish: Phnom Penh
  • Within 10 days, Cambodia in Depth gives you a wonderful trip to explore its natural beauty, amazing heritage sites and smiling people. Start and end in Phnom Penh, we visit some major sites such as Victory Monument, the Royal Palace, the famous Silver Pagoda and Choeung Ek Killing Field to understand more its rich historical past and French influence in the ornate Khmer-style temples and the grand colonial buildings and villas. We then head north to the rural areas of Kampong Cham and Kompong Thom to visit pre-Angkorian temples, rice fields and dense grasslands dominating the scenery. Reaching Siem Riep, the gateway to the majestic ruins of Angkor including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom (Bayon), Terrace of Elephant, Grand and Small Circuits, Banteay Srei, we have chance to take a boat trip to Battambang from which drive towards Kompong Chhnang through the fertile rice fields of the western Cambodia.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the history and treasures of Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia
    • Travel by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Riep to discover Kampong Cham and Kompong Thom
    • Visit the monuments of Roluos, one of the earliest of the Khmer Capital cities
    • Admire the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat and its jungle temples
    • Explore Bayon Temple at the center of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom
    • Trip to the sophisticated carvings of Banteay Srei temple, the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art
    • Visit the village of Puok on the way to Battmabang, home to the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm established to revive the Cambodia's beautiful silk production.
    • Visit non tourist area of Battambang, one of the country’s best-preserved colonial-era towns
    • Take a boat trip to the floating village of Kompong Luong
    • Visit the pottery villages around Kompong Chhnang the “Port of the Pottery”, located at the confluence of Tonle Sap Lake and Tonle Sap River
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival (-/L/-)
    Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Kampong Thom - Siem Riep (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Preak Khan - Neak Pean - Rolous Group (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Banteay Sey - Kbal Sean - Banteay Samre (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Siem Riep - Battambang (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Battambang (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Battambang - Kompong Chhang - Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
    Day 10: 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 (-/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Airport: 12km, 35min drive

    phnom penh tour 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.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Our next destination is the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. We will end our afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.

    Meals Included: Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham – Kompong Thom (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom: 200km, ~3h55min drive

    kompong Thom - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive towards Kompong Cham. En route, discover Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei Khmer temples (better known as the Killing Fields during the Khmer Rouge era) before visiting Wat Nokor, a 12th century Angkorian temple housing a contemporary and colorful pagoda. Enjoy a city orientation of Kompong Cham to discover its elegant colonial architecture. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kompong Cham. Continue towards Kompong Thom, stopping on the way at Wat Kohar Nokor, built in the 11th century during the reign of Suryavarman I, and the monastery of the nearby village. We will also visit Phum Prasat to see its pre-Angkorian tower located within the complex of the village’s pagoda. Upon arrival in Kompong Thom, check-in your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kompong Thom

    Day 3: Kompong Thom - Siem Riep (B/L/-)

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

    Sambor Prei Kuk tonkin travel After breakfast at hotel, we discover Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient capital of Chenla (early 7th century). Originally called Ishanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk shelters the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with more than 100 temples scattered throughout the lush forest. Have a picnic lunch on site before continuing to Siem Reap. En route, we visit traditional Cambodian villages and stop at Naga Bridge, an ancient Angkorian bridge which is still in use today.

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

    Day 4: Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat (B/L/-)

    sieam reap tour tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom: the South Gate, the Bayon with its 54 towers of enigmatic smiling faces of the compassionate Boddhisattva, the nearby temple-mountain of Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure with the Phimeanakas temple, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.  

    Our afternoon is spent to discover Angkor Wat (early-mid 12th century) dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This huge temple-mountain, built by King Suryavarman II is considered as the masterpiece of Khmer architecture and art. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

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

    Day 5: Pheah Khan - Neak Pean – Rolous Group (B/L/-)

    Preah Khan tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we explore the monastery of Preah Khan, meaning Sacred Sword, the small island temple of Neak Pean, and then Ta Som. These three temples were built by King Jayavarman VII and illustrate the preeminence of Mahayana Buddhism during his reign. Continue to the Srah Srang holy pond, and then the scenic Ta Prohm monastery, surrounded by the jungle.

    In the afternoon, we visit the Roluos GroupPreah Ko, the temple-mountain of Bakong and Lolei temple set in the middle of an old water reservoir or Baray. The Roluos Group (late 9th century) represents the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer empire. Return to Siem Reap. En route, stop at the “Chantiers-Ecole, Les Artisans d’Angkor”, a vocational training center which revives the traditional Cambodian techniques and styles of wood and stone carving and polychrome lacquer.

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

    Day 6: Banteay Sey - Kbal Sean – Banteay Samre (B/L/-)

    bantey srey tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we drive through country side towards the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered to be the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art because of its delicate carvings. We continue the road to Kulen mountain range.  

    In the afternoon, we will walk through the forest (45 minutes) to Kbal Spean, the “River of a Thousand Lingas”. Here the symbol of the Hindu god Siva has been continually chiseled into the rocky riverbed. It was believed that the linga fertilized the water that irrigated the rice fields underneath. Return to Siem Reap and stop on the way to visit the marvelously restored Bantey Samre temple (mid-12th century).

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

    Day 7: Siem Riep - Battambang (B/L/-)

    Siem Riep - Battambang: 172km, ~2h55min drive

    battambang - tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we drive 120 km towards the northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey. Before reaching Banteay Chhmar, we stop on the way to visit the village of Puok, home to the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm established to revive the Cambodia's beautiful silk production. Discover every step of the production. Then visit the isolated Banteay Top, a magnificent ancient temple. Arrival at Banteay Chmar in the late morning and discover the temple of Banteay Chhmar, meaning “Narrow Fortress”, dating from the late 12th to the early 13th century . It is thought to have been built by Jayarvarman II and was later rebuilt by Jayarvarman VII as a funerary temple for his sons and four generals who had been killed in a battle repelling a Cham invasion in 1177. In the afternoon, take a tour around the village to discover the daily life of Khmer people, and pass through some beautiful rice paddies before continuing the road to Battambang. We will arrive Battambang in the late afternoon.

    Optional:

    Boat cruise from Siem Reap to Battambang during the high water level season.
    Note: From March to June / July, the water level may be too low to navigate and therefore this tour may not be operated.

    After breakfast, we drive to the fishing village of Chong Kneas and board a traditional wooden riverboat for a 6 to 7-hour cruise towards Battambang. First, cross Tonle Sap Lake to reach the Sangker River and then, sailing upstream discover the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve, a migratory bird sanctuary, and see the floating villages where traditional fishing methods are still preserved. Have a picnic lunch on board. Upon arrival in Battambang transfer and check-in hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

    Day 8: Battambang (B/L/-)

    battambang temple - tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we visit the traditional house at Phum Wat Kor then drive along the Sanker River through the charming country side until Wat Ek Phnom Temple (11th century). On the way back, we visit Wat Slaket Pagoda, and Prahok Market (Prahok is the Cambodian fermented fish paste). In the afternoon, experience a 2-hour sightseeing tour aboard a bamboo train, the old means of transportation. Enjoy the beautiful village landscapes, rice fields and then return to Battambang to visit the Provincial Museum and stroll through the town center with your guide and admire its colonial architecture and Chinese shop-houses and colorful temples.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

    Day 9: Battambang - Kompong Chhnang – Phnom Penh(B/L/-)

    Battambang - Phnom Penh: 294km, ~5h5min drive

    kompong chhnang - tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we drive towards Kompong Chhnang through the fertile rice fields of the western Cambodia, known as the granary of the country. En route, we take a boat trip to the floating village of Kompong Luong. Visit the pottery villages around Kompong Chhnang the “Port of the Pottery”, located at the confluence of Tonle Sap Lake and Tonle Sap River.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue driving towards Phnom Penh. En route, we will stop at the abandoned royal city of Oudong (early 17th century) and visit the temples and stupas that cover the hills. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, check-in hotel.

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

    Day 10: Phnom Penh - Departure (B/-/-)

    russian market - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, you can visit the Russian Market if time permits before our driver meet and transfer you to Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight.  End of 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 boat: Siem Riep – Battambang (August to March)
    • 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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