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  • Fascinating Cambodia

    Code: CFT03 - Duration: 11 Days
    Start: Siem Reap | 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. Fascinating Cambodia starts in Siem Riep, the gateway to the majestic ruins of Angkor including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom. The following day is spent for visiting Kulen Mountain, origin of the Khmer Empire. We pass paddy fields and remote villages to see the carvings of Yoni and Linga etched into the sandstone riverbed. 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 here, fly to Phnom Penh with visits to some major sites such as Royal Palace, the famous Silver Pagoda. The next destination is Sihanouk Ville which is very quickly emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s premier beach destinations thanks for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

    Highlights:

    • Admire the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat and its jungle temples
    • Explore the ancient capital Angkor Thom 
    • Trip to Kulen Mountain - origin of the Khmer Empire
    • Take a boat trip on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, visit the floating village of Kampong Khleang to integrate into the local life
    • Discover the history and treasures of Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia
    • Relax in Sihanouk Ville with beautiful beaches and clear waters
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Fascinating Cambodia

    Day 1: Siem Riep arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Siem Riep - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Siem Riep - National Park (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Siem Riep - Boat Trip - Relaxation (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Siem Riep - Flight to Phnom Penh (B/-/-)
    Day 6: Phnom Penh - Royal Palace - Local Market (B/-/-)
    Day 7: Phnom Penh - Takeo - Kep (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Kep – Countryside - Sihanouk Ville (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Sihanouk Ville - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 11: 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: Siem Riep Arrival (-/-/-)

    Siem Riep - Airport: 7km, ~15min drive

    Siem Reap Tonkin TravelUpon arrival at Siem Riep 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 for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    This afternoon, we will have an orientation tour of Siem Reap town by Tuk Tuk ride and visit local food market and we continue to a local pagoda for a very special blessing ceremony arranged by Buddhist monks to bring you the happiness, prosperities, peace of mind and pleasant trip.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 2: Siem Riep - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom (B/L/-)

    cambodia tours tonkin travelMorning after breakfast at hotel, we visit the most famous of all temples on the plain of Angkor, Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers glory on the Cambodian flag and a masterpiece of the 12th Century. Art historians describe him as a prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru, the five peaks the enclosing wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding ditches the sea.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the South Gate with its huge statues and the ancient capital of the 12th Century, Angkor Thom. We continue to see the Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara paid), the royal residence, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

    Optional: You can use bicycle to explore Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom instead of by car.

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

    Day 3: Siem Riep - National Park (B/L/-)

    sieam reap day tour tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. Today we will have a day trip to Kulen National Park which is 55km from Siem Reap, we will drive through the countryside and amazed by the scenery of rice paddies, Khmer Traditional houses, activities of the farmers at works, on arrival at the park we will visit the 1000 lingas on the river bed which was carved in 9the century by first King of Angkor Period then visit the reclining Buddha, a 23-metter waterfall. The nice and wonderful picnic lunch will be provided on the site. The rest of the time you enjoy the natural, waterfall, jungle until return to Siem Reap.

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

    Day 4: Siem Riep - Boat Trip - Relaxation (B/-/-)

    tonle sap cambodiaAfter breakfast at hotel, we will have around 3 hour tour to visit one of the amazing floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, we will choice one nice village for your family which is Kampong Khleang Village about 35km from Siem Reap. Your family will have a create chance to learn about the lifestyle of Khmer people, how they live, how they get married, by our guide help you to interact with the local family. Especially the boat ride is also interesting through the floating village and flooded forest in a giant lake of Tonle Sap. Return to Siem Reap before lunch time and the rest of the time you will enjoy our nice pool at the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 5: Siem Riep - Flight to Phnom Penh (B/-/-)

    phnom penh cambodia travel - tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, time is free until our driver meet and transfer you to airport for departure to Phnom Penh by Angkor Airs. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to hotel for check-in or drop off luggage.

    We then enjoy the sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh begins with a visit to the National Museum, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century. We continue to our driving to the Mekong Islands (Big & Small islands) to visit the weaving villages and scenery of Mekong islands then we return to Phnom Penh by local boat, it will cruise along the Mekong River to Phnom Penh city; sunset will be viewing on the way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 6: Phnom Penh - Royal Palace - Local Market (B/-/-)

    russian market phnom penh tour, tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we visit to the private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country and then. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales! Lunch at your own account and the rest of time free and easy at hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 7: Phom Penh - Takeo - Kep (B/-/-)

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

    kep tonkin travelBreakfast is served at hotel. Our 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. Then proceed to Kep city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kep

    Day 8: Kep - Countryside - Sihanouk Ville (B/-/-)

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

    kep tonkin travel 2Morning after breakfast, we travel through delightful scenery of rice paddies, sugar palm trees, traditional wooden houses, and karst limestone outcrops on the way to the cave of Phnom Chhnork. Inside the cave you will discover the remains of a 7th century brick temple. After this we will visit the caves of Phnom Sla’an, if you are feeling adventurous you can scramble through this cave until you magically appear into the sunlight on the top of the hill, being rewarded with perhaps some of the most beautiful views in Cambodia, with the traditional countryside stretching off into the Gulf of Thailand and its many islands. For the less adventurous you can follow a track up the outside of the hill be see the same views. During the 1960’s Kampot was world famous for its aromatic pepper you will visit a local pepper plantation. After lunch at Kampot City, we head out to Sihanouk Ville.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanouk Ville

    Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh - Departure (B/-/-)

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

    Breakfast at hotel and our driver will meet you at your hotel’s lobby for a drive to Phnom Penh airport for departure. 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
    • Flight: Siem Riep – Phnom Penh
    • 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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