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  • Treasure of Mekong & Tonle Sap

    Code: COT03 - Duration: 7 Days
    Start: Phnom Penh | Finish: Phnom Penh
  • As one of the jewels of Asia, Cambodia attracts more and more visitors from all over the world to come and admire its natural beauty and amazing heritage sites. This 7-day trip brings you to the two biggest cities: Phnom Penh and Siem Riep. Start in Phnom Penh, we visit some major sites such as 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. Cycling along a village in Mekong Islands to explore the local life. We then fly to the charming 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. You 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 and people. Ending the trip by a visit to Rabbit Island – a little island off the coast of Cambodia, near the town of Kep, which is regarded as the ultimate escape from the world.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the history and treasures of Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia
    • Take a sobering look at Cambodia's disturbing past with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, a testament to Cambodia's recent bloody past under the Khmer Rouge regime
    • Cycle along the village to explore the local life
    • Visit the monuments of Rolous, one of the earliest of the Khmer Capital cities
    • Admire the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat and its jungle temples
    • Explore the ancient capital Angkor Thom
    • Trip 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 of Chong Khneas to integrate into the local life
    • Relax on Rabbit Islands – the ultimate escape from the worldTreasure of Mekong & Tonle Sap
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Mekong Islands - Cycling 8km - Cruising (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Phnom Penh - Flight to Siem Riep (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Siem Riep - Angkor Temples (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Banteay Srei - Banteay Samre - Floating Village (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Siem Riep - Kep (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Kep - 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

    Toul Sleng Museum 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 for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    This afternoon, we will visit Toul Sleng Museum which was the biggest prisons in Pol Pot Regime, and meet one of the artists from Royal Cambodian Art University.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 2: Mekong Islands - Cycling 8km – Cruising (B/L/-)

    Mekong Islands tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to Mekong Islands which is bout 20km from Phnom Penh to the north by crossing Tonle Sap River and Mekong River by ferry. Cycling along the village of 8km to visit the local life and these villages most of villager are making farm plantation for living and especially is making silk. We return to Phnom Penh by boat cruise along Mekong River for 1.5 hours. In the afternoon, we continue to visit Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom; Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound.

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

    Day 3: Phnom Penh - Flight to Siem Riep (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Siem Riep: 320km, 40min flight

    ankor tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, our guide will meet and escort you to hotel for check-in or drop off the bags. The guide will start with a brief of history and introduction of Siem Reap province and Angkor. We then visit Angkor National Museum where you will see all the main artifacts from the pre-Angkor period up the post-Angkor period and especially a 30-minute meeting with our Khmer Archeologist from Khmer Royal University of fine and arts. 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: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 4: Siem Riep - Angkor Tours (B/L/-)

     Ta Prohm - tonkin travelEarly morning, 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 & Bayon whose 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 5: Siem Riep - Angkor Highlighted Temples (B/L/-)

    cambodia tours tonkin travelThis morning after breakfast, we visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group (Lo Lei, Preah Koh, and Bakhong Temples). Lunch with the local family and then we will continue to 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 to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.

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

    Day 6: Siem Riep - Kep (B/L/-)

    Siem Riep - Kep: 495km, ~8h35min drive

    rabit island - tonkin travelThis morning after breakfast at hotel, 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 we 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 we will visit a local pepper plantation and continue to visit Rabbit Island until late afternoon return to our hotel in Kep.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kep

    Day 7: Kep - Phnom Penh - Departure (B/-/-)

    Kep - Phnom Penh: 146km, ~2h40min drive

    kep tonkin travelEarly morning at 05:00, we transfer to view the sunrise on the Tonle Sap Lake and visit to floating village of Chong Kneas, return to hotel for breakfast at 08:00. Time is set free for your personal discovery or relaxation before our driver meet and transfer you to Phnom Penh airport for your flight to next destination. Thank you very much for travelling with us!

    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
    • Flight with tax: Phnom Penh – Siem Riep
    • Private traditional wooden boat trip in Tonle Sap Lake
    • Elephant riding
    • 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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