Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia. We pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel where we inform you about the tour and handover a small welcome gift. As we understand that travelling might have made you tired you can relax at the poolside with a cocktail. At the end of the afternoon, your tour leader will take you to a pagoda where you can learn more about Buddhism en where you will be blessed by a monk; a very unique situation.
Day 2: After breakfast, our guide and tuktuk (3 wheel motorbike with carriage) will take you to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. Here we will visit the Angkor Wat temple, Bayon (Angkor Thom) and Ta Prohm where the movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider was filmed. These magnificent temples will give you an excellent introduction to the wonder of the Angkor period. After a long day visiting these ancient temples, we'll head back to the hotel where you can cool off in the pool.
Day 3: On this day we will start our private Jeep tour, with driver and tour leader, and visit the ruins of one of the best preserved temples Bantey Srei (women's temple) and the Kbal Spean on the slopes of the Kulen Mountains. We will reach these places by small dirt tracks where we can observe the farmers and their livestock walking in rice fields and along the roads. At Kbal Spean we will walk uphill for about 40 minutes, to see the ancient carvings in the riverbeds. Late in the afternoon we will go to your basic accommodation in the village. As the village is very small and has no guesthouses, we will sleep in a house on stilts, with the bathroom outside. In the evening children will come by to try to take every opportunity to practice their English with you. For this tour you only need a small backpack as we keep your room in Angkor Spirit Palace Hotel.
Day 4: In the morning we will visit the mysterious 12th century temple in the middle of the jungle in Beng Melea. This temple is heavily overrun by vegetation, like tress, vines and moss. After this we continue to the largest floating village of Cambodia, Kampong Kleang. During the dry season you can walk between the stilts on which the houses are built, rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the lake reaches peak level and water rises till one or two meters of the building floors. You will enjoy a boat tour through the village and have the chance to meet the locals. At half past 6 you will be picked up and we will take you to Smile of Angkor. Prior to this show, you can enjoy a buffet dinner with a wide selection of Asian dishes. The show is of top quality. A combination of sound, light, lasers and dance make this interpretation of the birth of Angkor into a breathtaking show.
Day 5: On our half day bicycle tour in Siem Reap we will give you an authentic view of the countryside life in Cambodia. The first few kilometers will be on a paved road where we stop at a miniature copy of the Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. From here we go to visit the cemetery and school. Then we go off the main road onto the dirt paths, were we can hardly see any cars as motorbikes and buffalos are more practical for transportation. As we move on we see people working in the rice fields before we arrive at a unique house of with a backyard were special pets are kept, about 25 three meter long crocodiles. Here you will have the chance to feed the monsters from a safe distance. After this we will pass an ancient temple from the Angkor period, Athvea named, which is not on the map of most travel agencies. Later on we head back to our start point. The afternoon is free at leisure.
Day 6: After breakfast, we'll head to the North East of the country. We will visit Hancey where you can see a beautiful pagoda built on a hill with a spectacular view of the Mekong River. Watch the monks and monkeys living in this temple complex. A boat will take us with our 'wheels' to the other side of the river, where we can observe the fishermen living and working by the shores.
Day 7: According to our guests, one of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the Irrawaddy dolphins. Less than 100 are still living in the Mekong River whilst the worldwide population stands at over 7,000. We will take a boat cruise on the river. After seeing the dolphins we will continue our way through the hillsides, by car. Approximately 4 hours later we will reach our accommodation – tree top lodge, where you can witness the mesmerizing scenery from your hammock.
Day 8: Today we will start our 2 day trek, hiking through the mountains and forest with a small backpack, an English speaking guide and an indigenous ranger. They will cook for you and hang up your 'bed' for the night - a hammock with mosquito net. We will sleep under the stars. The walk is around 8 - 10 kilometres a day.
Day 9: After breakfast we'll continue on walking through the jungle, crossing shallow rivers and seeing the flora and fauna of the Cambodian outback. For these trekking tours you must have good basic health - as an alternative, you can also do some parts of the tour by car and stay overnight in your lodge.
Day 10: As the jungle trekking has been quiet tiring we built in another more leisure day. We will visit Yaklom Lake for a swim and take a shower at the waterfall.
Day 11: A long day's travelling ahead! In the morning we will leave Rattanakiri province to our next destination. Koh Pen island We will stop for various photo opportunities on the way. At the end of the day we will watch the sunset on Koh Penh Island in the Mekong River from our Bambu huts. You will enjoy a BBQ dinner and sleep in hammocks.
Day 12: After breakfast we will have a small walking tour on the island before we heading to Phnom Penh. which will take approximately 3 hours. On the way you have to opportunity for a few stops.
Day 13: In the morning, a tuktuk will take you to the Genocide museum Tuol Sleng. The site is a former high school, used as the notorious security prison S21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to its fall in 1979. A short drive will take you to the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residency of the king of Cambodia. Here we can admire Khmer architecture in its purest form. Then we will ride out of town to visit Choeung EK, more commonly known as the Killing Fields, where thousands of people were brutally tortured and buried in a mass graves. On the way back to the hotel, we'll make a stop at one of the local markets.
Day 14: Today is free at leisure. You can relax at the swimming pool or make a trip to the city center. Optional you could book a boat ride on the Mekong River and a visit to Koh Dach Island, famous for their small scale silk industry.
Day 15: We hope you enjoyed the tour with us. We will transfer you to the airport, for your departure flight, where we say goodbye and hope to welcome you back to our beloved country.
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